Graeme Souness is known as a Scottish football analyst and retired professional football player and manager. He is most famous for being the captain of the Liverpool football club and the Scottish national team. He is also known for his managerial stint with Rangers and his analyst work with Sky Sports.
Graeme Souness was born in the year 1953. He was raised in the suburbs of Saughton in Edinburgh. As a young sports fan, he grew up supporting the Rangers and Hearts. As a teenager, Graeme Souness was playing in the North Merchiston club of local boys.
Graeme Souness started his career when he was an apprentice in Tottenham Hotspur with Bill Nicholson. He signed a professional contract when he was still 15 years old during the year 1968. However, he grew frustrated because of a lack of the first-team opportunity, and he told Nicholson that he was the best player in the club and deserved more playing time.
He made his first appearance in the first team when he played for the Spurs in the UEFA Cup. After that, he played as a backup for the team. In the summer of 1972, he played in the North American Soccer league under Montreal Olympique. He played in 10 games out of the scheduled 14 games. He had a successful run and was named to the all-star team for the league.
Graeme Souness strongly played the midfielder position, and later on, he became captain of the thriving Liverpool team in the 1980s. He became the captain of the Scottish National Team in the late 1980s. In his career, he played for three clubs called the Tottenham Hotspurs, Sampdoria, and Middlesbrough. A horrific tackle ruined his career while playing for Scotland.
Souness started his managerial career after joining Rangers and led them to get Scottish Title with four league cups. After his first coaching stint with the Rangers, he joined Liverpool as their manager. Afterwards, he became the manager of other clubs like Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Benfica, Torino, Southampton, and Galatasaray.
After retiring from his career as a manager, he went to work for sports media like beIN Sports, RTE, and SkySports.
In 1985, Graeme Souness wrote an autobiography called No Half Measures. In the year 1999, he wrote a new book that chronicled his post-playing career.
Souness's political beliefs have sparked debate at various periods throughout his career. Souness and teammate Sammy Lee appeared in an episode of the BBC's Liverpudlian drama series Boys from the Blackstuff was themselves in 1982. The series, written by Alan Bleasdale, presented a critique of Thatcherism – particularly the widespread unemployment prevalent in urban Britain – that appeared to conflict with Souness's own Conservative beliefs. Souness was one of 15 famous current and past footballers mentioned in a newspaper advertising encouraging "every patriotic Scot to assist Scotland's role in the United Kingdom which has served Scotland well" in the run-up to Scottish Parliament elections in 2007.
Graeme Souness met his first wife, Danielle Wilson, in the year 1982. They got married two years later, in 1984. He became a stepfather to her daughter that she had from a previous marriage. They ended up becoming the parents of three children of their own. Unfortunately, their love did not last, and they ended up getting a divorce.
He got married to Karen Souness in 1994. They have a son together and have two stepchildren from a previous relationship of Karen's. Lauren, his stepdaughter, works as a sports presenter for Al-Jazeera. In 2010, he sold the family house to Fred Goodwin, located in Colinton. He then moved to a newly developed property of Sandbanks in Poole.
|Birth Date:||6 May, 1953|
|Occupations:||Association football player
Association football manager
|Description:||Scottish association football player and manager|
|Net Worth 2021:||7 million|