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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hamburg SV 1978 - No.7 Keegan.

Its fair to say Kevin Keegan’s three seasons in the Bundesliga were quite eventful. He managed to win the German title, the Ballon d’Or twice,  play in the European Cup final against Nottingham Forest and release a top-10 smash hit.

It was a golden period for the German team as well under the rigid, systematic approach of Yugoslav Branko Zebec. The addition of the target-man Hrubesch allowed Keegan to flourish – to some extent Hrubesch-Keegan was Toshack-Keegan revisited. With the imaginative Magath prompting behind these two, HSV now possessed one of the most lethal forward lines in the league.

Central to it all though was the little man from the north of England, a scampering dribbler with a bubble-perm taking on and beating Europe’s best. As much as anyone else, Keegan was the catalyst for HSV’s rise.

Yet, in his typically forward-thinking way, he was already pondering the next step. As it had been for his Liverpool career back in 1977, the European Cup final would be a curtain call for Keegan at HSV. Although it did not end in glory, 'Mächtig Maus' had made himself part of Hamburg folklore.

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