Graeme Souness Biography
Graeme Souness is a Scottish former professional football player and manager currently serving as a pundit on Sky Sports. A midfielder, He was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s. Souness was player-manager of Rangers in the late 1980s and captain of the Scotland national team.
Also, He played for Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur, and Sampdoria. His managerial career started when he joined Rangers. Souness led the team to three Scottish titles and four league cups. Later, Graeme joined Liverpool as manager. He went on to become manager of Galatasaray, Benfica, Torino, Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, and Newcastle.
Graeme Souness Age
Graeme Souness was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 6, 1953. He is 69 years old.
Graeme Souness Height
Souness is a man of above-average stature and stands at a height of 5 ft 11 inches ( Approx 1.80 m).
Graeme Souness Family
Graeme was born and brought up in the Saughton Mains area of Edinburgh. Graeme supported local side Hearts and Rangers. As a teenager, Souness played for the local boys’ club North Merchiston. His playing career started as an apprentice at Tottenham Hotspur under Bill Nicholson. In 1968, he signed professional forms as a 15-year-old.
Frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities, the teenage He reputedly informed Nicholson he was the best player at the club. Graeme made one first-team appearance for Spurs, in a UEFA Cup tie as a substitute. Graeme played in the North American Soccer League for the Montreal Olympique during the summer of 1972. Also, he appeared in 10 of his team’s 14 matches. Graeme was named to the league’s All-Star team for that season.
Graeme Souness Wife
His first wife was called Danielle Wilson whom he met in 1982 and in 1984 married. He adopted Danielle’s young daughter, and they had three more amazing children together. The duo separated in 1989 and later divorced.
After the divorce, He married Karen Souness. The duo was hitched in 1994. Together, they have a handsome son and Graeme has two stepchildren from Karen’s previous relationship. His stepdaughter Lauren works at al-Jazeera as a sports presenter.
Graeme Souness Salary
Graeme earns an annual salary of $239,601 per year.
Graeme Souness Net Worth
Souness has an estimated net worth of $27 million.
Graeme Souness Career
Graeme sold Souness to Middlesbrough for £30,000 in 1972. Graeme made his first appearance for Middlesbrough on January 6, 1973, in a 2–1 league defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage. On December 11, 1973, Souness had his first goal in a 3–0 league victory over Preston North End at Ayresome Park. Fraeme’s tenacious style started to garner acclaim during his time at Middlesbrough. His first season with the team saw Middlesbrough finish fourth, two places, and 14 points short of promotion.
In n May 1973, Jack Charlton was appointed Middlesbrough manager and this was his first managerial post. One of Jack’s first signings was experienced former Celtic midfielder Bobby Murdoch, a fellow Scot whom Graeme later cited as an important influence in the development of his playing style. In 1973–74, ] Promotion as champions of the Second Division followed. Graeme’s influence was demonstrated after he scored a hat-trick in the season’s final fixture, an 8–0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
He almost sparkled a riot after placing a large Galatasaray flag into the center circle of the pitch of arch-rivals Fenerbahçe. Galatasaray had just beaten them in the Turkish Cup final on 24 April 1996. The iconic image of Graeme planting the flag drew comparisons with Turkish hero Ulubatlı Hasan. The latter was killed as he planted the Ottoman flag at the end of the Siege of Constantinople. This earned Graeme the nickname “Ulubatlı Souness”
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