Steve McMANAMAN; Action never stops for Kop star chasing glittering prizes.Laid-back Steve McManaman Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. will approach the most critical phase of his career in typically relaxed mood.
Nothing and no-one seems to bother the easy-going eas·y·go·ing also eas·y-go·ing
a. Living without undue worry or concern; calm.
b. Lax or negligent; careless.
c. Scouser scouse
1. A lobscouse.
a. often Scous·er A native or resident of Liverpool, England.
b. often Scouse The dialect of English spoken in Liverpool. .
And it's just as well, because over the next three weeks his season will reach the sort of knee-trembling climax that would make many players wilt with apprehension.
This is McManaman's hectic schedule for club and country:
The European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final second leg against Paris St Germain at Anfield on Thursday.
England's must-win World Cup qualifier against Georgia at Wembley the following Wednesday.
Then come the nerve-jangling final three games of Liverpool's pursuit of their first League title for seven years - against Spurs, Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday.
Next up - provided they come through this Thursday of course - will be the Cup Winners' Cup Final in Rotterdam on May 14.
And even then it won't be over for the 25-year-old, who will be wanted by Glenn Hoddle Glenn Hoddle (born October 27, 1957 in Hayes, London) is a football manager and former player for Tottenham Hotspur and England. He has had spells as manager of Swindon Town, Chelsea, England, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers. for this summer's controversial international tournament in June.
All this for a man who has played football virtually non-
stop for two years. But McManaman is a remarkable athlete and shows no sign of burn-out - either mental or physical. If he's got any energy left, he'll need it for the talks Liverpool are planning this summer to negotiate a new contract with with one of their most valuable players. McManaman, still with two years left on his current deal, reckons the pressures are far worse for the managers anyway. He says: "Pressure? What pressure. There are always going to be things that get you down, but in comparison to a manager, the players have got it relatively easy. "All we have got to do is go out there and play. A manager seems to have a thousand jobs these days, doesn't he? "From buying and selling players to contract talks, to going abroad to scout, to dealing with the media. "If Kevin Keegan Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born February 14, 1951 in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England) is a former English football manager and is regarded as one of the all-time greatest British football players. thought all that was affecting him outside the game, his relationship with his family or whatever, then his was the only natural decision to take. "Fortunately, being a footballer and being a manager are entirely different jobs. It's definitely a lot worse being the gaffer." Don't mistake for one moment, however, that McManaman is a free-wheeling, footballing cavalier who doesn't care. If there's one thing that does make him bristle bristle
1. the thick strong animal fibers collected at commercial abattoirs for use in brushes.
2. the sharp serrated awns of grass and some cereal seeds that confer a capacity to penetrate normal skin and mucosa and to cause ulcerative stomatitis, grass seed abscess and the like. it is suggestions that he and his team-mates - once described as the Anfield brat pack brat pack
A group of highly successful young people engaged in the same profession: "the kind of overnight fame that characterizes the literary brat pack - are happy to be under-achievers. He says: "Of course I care. I want to win everything with Liverpool and England just the same as the fans do. I want to achieve exactly what they want and they just have to believe me on that. "If I can still have a laugh and a joke after being beaten, that doesn't mean I'm not disappointed by what's happened, but I can't change my nature. "I'm pretty laid back off the pitch. If I get kicked, I just get up and get on with it." Apart from his philosophical nature, McManaman is blessed with the heart, lungs and legs of a thoroughbred racehorse racehorse
refers usually to thoroughbred but may also include standardbred, trotter. . He's got the courage and stamina of a Red Rum
Red Rum (bay gelding, May 3, 1965–October 18, 1995. Sire: Quorum, dam: Mared) was a racehorse who achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977. coupled with the pace of a Shergar. Add his eye-blinking skills and you've got a pretty formidable opponent. Lawrie McMenemy, who handed him his first Under-21 cap before he had even played a first team game for Liverpool, once looked at his wiry wir·y
1. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.
2. Sinewy and lean.
3. Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse. frame and joked: "I've seen more fat on a chip." But that frame is built for the demands of the modern-game. Just take a look at McManaman's appearance record. He's already close to clocking up 300 games for Liverpool in just six seasons - that's an average of around 50 a campaign. And his remarkable resistance to injuries means he's missed just THREE games in the last three years. He runs more miles on the pitch than any other player yet comes off hardly in a sweat. It's no surprise then to learn he was a schoolboy cross-country champion. He says: "I can run all day. Running has never been a problem for me. "I'm told I once beat Curtis Robb in my school days and I went along to a Liverpool Harriers training session once. But football's always been my first love." The man who makes Liverpool tick is having to get used to some special attention. But he even makes light of the man-markers who seem to be shadowing his every step this season. "It doesn't bother me. When these guys disregard the ball and follow me about, it's quite funny, actually. "They spend so much time running next to me that I end up nattering with them, talking about any old rubbish. "You have to put them off any way you can - even if it's by boring them stupid!" If McManaman has one weakness it's his finishing - and he knows it. Boss Roy Evans
Fowler's career began with Liverpool,with whom he made his debut in 1993. on the training ground. "But once we get into the real match action, Robbie has that killer instinct killer instinct n to have the killer instinct → ir a por todas
killer instinct n → combativité f;
to have the killer instinct → which all good strikers need, whereas I don't get as many goals as I should. "I'd love to score more and I'm working on it. But actually I'd prefer to blame Robbie for the criticism! If he wasn't so sharp, I wouldn't look so bad!" Evans already rates Macca as "priceless". And If he can add a regular goal touch to his all-round game, he would undoubtedly be a world-beater.
FACT FILE Born: Liverpool, February 11, 1972. Height: 5ft 11. Weight: 10st 6lb. Club supported: Everton. hero: Duncan Mackenzie Duncan Mackenzie (1861–1934) was a Scottish archaeologist, whose work focused on one of the more spectacular 20th century archaeological finds, Crete's palace of Knossos, the supposed centre of Minoan civilisation. . FIRST CLUB: Joined Liverpool on schoolboy forms at 15. First job: To clean John Barnes John Barnes is the name of several people:
UEFA n abbr (= Union of European Football Associations) → U.E.F.A. Cup Tenerife 1 Schalke 0 Internazionale 3 Monaco 1 Second-leg matches to be played April 22. EUROPEAN CUP Ajax 1 Juventus 2 Borussia Dortmund 1 Manchester United 0 Second-leg matches to be played April 23. Cup-winners' Cup Paris St Germain 3 Liverpool 0 Barcelona 1 Fiorentina 1 Second-leg matches to be played April 24.