Michael James Owen is one of the greatest football stars in England and the world as well. He announced his retirement in 2013. During his football career, he is the most successful and wins numerous team and individual awards.
Owen was the member of “golden generation” that consisted of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, and so on.
He played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team. His performance at the 1998 FIFA World Cup brought him to national and international prominence. When Owen played for Liverpool, the club won five titles of major international sporting events in 2001, including English Football League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, the Football Association Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup, which proved Owen’s strength. At the same time, Owen won FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
Owen, putting on England football shirt, scored six times during 2002 World Cup qualifying, including a hat-trick against Germany at Munich’s Olympiastadion, as England won the qualifying group. He was named as European Footballer of the Year for 2001 consequently. In April 2002, he was appointed as England’s captain in place of the injured captain David Beckham, which made him become the youngest England captain since Bobby Moore in 1963.
After his retirement, as always, Owen loves football. He has been to Wuhan, China to promote soccer among the youth. He met his loyal fans and watched a futsal football game. Besides Wuhan, he would go to Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dongguan.