Keegan was the most popular and one of the best football players of England in the 1970s. The diminutive striker, who began his career at Scunthorpe United, was affectionately called Mighty Mouse and won with Liverpool in 1973 and 1976, the UEFA Cup and the 1977 European Champion Clubs' Cup.
He then moved to the German 1 Bundesliga Hamburger SV. Even in Germany he was during his time at Hamburg 1977-1980 is fast becoming a popular sport man. He played a key role in the rise of the Hamburger SV to one of the defining clubs in Germany in the early 1980s. In his first season, 1977/78, he finished only 10th place in 1979 was the HSV German masters, with Keegan contributed 17 goals. In 1980 he reached the final of the HSV European Champion Clubs' Cup, the HSV lost to Nottingham Forest 0-1. In addition, the HSV runner-up was behind FC Bayern Munich. The decisive game was lost with 1:2 at the then newly promoted Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Its popularity was also expressed therein from that he was a successful pop singer. The British singer of Smokie, Chris Norman, produced his two hits in the German charts. The single " Head over Heels in Love" ( with the group Smokie ), in Germany a 10th place in the sales charts, climbed in 1979 in the UK Singles Chart at # 31
In the National Team of England his career was not so lucky. As a player, he participated in the European Championships in Italy in 1980, but resigned his team in the first round out. In the 1982 World Cup in Spain, he was missing mostly due to injury, so he could not help his team much. He came only a short stint in the second final round when he came off the bench against Spain. By 0:0 failed England ( unbeaten ) to Germany.
As England manager Keegan also had no luck. At the 2000 European Championships he defeated Although Germany in the first round 1-0, but dropped out after two 2:3 defeats against Portugal and Romania as well as Germany after the first round of. The first game of the World Cup qualifier against Germany at Wembley was also lost with 0:1. It was his last game and the last game in the venerable Wembley Stadium.
Until his temporary withdrawal from football in March 2005 Keegan coached the team of Manchester City in the English Premier League. After almost three years without appointing Kevin Keegan took over in January 2008, then for the second time as coach at the " Magpies " by Newcastle United and celebrated his coach comeback. On 4 September 2008, he resigned as coach.
- European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1977
- UEFA Cup: 1973, 1976
- English Championship: 1973, 1976, 1977
- English Cup: 1974
- Charity Shield: 1974, 1976
- German Masters: 1979
- European Footballer of the Year: 1978, 1979
- England's Footballer of the Year: 1976 (journalists election ), 1982 ( player choice)
- Onze d'Or: 1977, 1979