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Jamie Redknapp - Motivational Speaker
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Redknapp started his career at A.F.C. Bournemouth under his father, manager Harry Redknapp, before going on to play for Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and finally Southampton, under his father for a second time. Redknapp was also capped 17 times for England, scoring one goal, but his injuries with the side were so frequent that he hardly managed a sustained run with the team.Redknapp will be best remembered for his career with Liverpool. He was signed by Liverpool in January 1991, when still only 17 years old, and was the last player to be signed by manager Kenny Dalglish before his resignation the following month. It is a credit to Redknapp that at that young age, Dalglish had made a concerted effort to sign the fresh faced teenager from AFC Bournemouth, a club his father Harry was then manager of. Dalglish reportedly telephoned Redknapp and made an offer neither father nor son would ever refuse. The £350,000 fee was one of the highest paid for a teenage player at the time. Redknapp later became the youngest Liverpool player to appear in European competition at the time when he made his Reds debut against AJ Auxerre in the UEFA Cup.However, following Dalglish's departure, Redknapp or 'Redders' as he came to be known, was part of a transitional Liverpool team under Graeme Souness. Redknapp would later spend most of his first two-and-a-half years on the substitute's bench and in the reserves, becoming a regular first-team player only in the 1993-94 season at the expense of Mark Walters. According to an article by Stephen Thanabalan in World Soccer Magazine, at the time (1993), Redknapp had also become one of the mass-marketed poster boy icons of the newly developing FA Premier League, where alongside other photogenic young players like Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe, were used ceaselessly in commercials, advertising spots and for the league's promotional purposes in merchandising and sales. It was not uncommon to see Redknapp's face on the cover of any given football magazine like 'Shoot!', 'Match' or 'FourFourTwo' or even fashion magazines like GQ or Loaded.On the pitch, Redknapp established himself as a true midfield marshal during the Roy Evans managerial reign at Anfield. He rose to fame together with fellow young professional colleagues like Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, and managed to gain a League Cup winner's medal in 1995 and an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1996.Redknapp's talents in the game revolved around being a centre midfielder who the distributed the ball in attack around the pitch with a huge range of passing skills, as well as a keen eye for set pieces and long range shooting abilities. Redknapp scored many spectacular goals in his time at Anfield and it was his long shot while playing for England that forced Rene Higuita to produce his infamous 'scorpion kick' save.Redknapp's style of play was similar to that of a younger pretender to his place in the national team, David Beckham. The comparisons between them did not stop at football as in 1998, Redknapp married the pop star and singer Louise Nurding further entrenching his position as the less celebrated, albeit arguably more refined version of the two.Redknapp's contributions during the 1998/1999 season peaked as he created and scored a significant number of goals to help lift the club as it was undergoing a continental revolution under new boss Gerard Houllier. Redknapp became vice and then full club captain by 1999/2000 following the departures of John Barnes, Steve McManaman and Paul Ince respectively.Redknapp again led by example as the side blended youth talent in Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard with continental players like Patrik Berger and Sami Hyypia. Redknapp's contributions helped put the club back into the top three of the FA Premiership but unfortunately, a knee injury forced him to sit out the majority of the next campaign in 2000/2001 and in a bid to cure his long standing injury troubles he underwent knee surgery in America. As a result, Redknapp was unable to participate in the club's cup treble campaign which yielded the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. But, as club captain, he went up to receive the FA Cup with Robbie Fowler at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The popular player made his comeback from injury during the pre-season tour before the 2001/2002 season and received an amazing reception during the Far East tour of Singapore and Thailand, where his popularity is second to none.Tragically, just when it looked like he was back, injury struck again and although he fought back once more the end of his Liverpool career was in sight. In October 2001 he played and scored in a 2-0 win at Charlton Athletic, in a game that was to be his last for Liverpool.Redknapp then joined Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer towards the end of the 2002 season, and remained there for two-and-a-half years before becoming his father Harry's first signing for Southampton. In June 2005, he decided to retire from the game due to his constant injury problems, on the advice of medical specialists.Injuries blighted Redknapp's otherwise successful career, and with England, Redknapp's injury truncations were his bane and scourge, with even the British tabloids dubbing his career as an officially tragic case of jinx and ill-timing. After playing a brief part in Euro 96, injury ruled him out of both World Cup 98 and Euro 2000.Since his retirement, Jamie has begun an already successful media career with Sky Sports.
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