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John Toshack OBE

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Footballer for Liverpool and manager of Real Madrid.
Currently manager of the Welsh national team.
League career: Cardiff City, Liverpool (96 goals) and Swansea City.
Management career: Swansea City, Sporting Lisbon, Real Socieded (twice), Wales, Deportivo La Coruna, Beskitas, Murcia, Wales (again).

Summary
Toshack started his playing career at 16 years old for Cardiff City. He impressed Bill Shankly a few years later and was signed to play for Liverpool for the fee of £110,000 in November 1970.

He did not become a first team regular until he formed a striking partnership with Kevin Keegan, which became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of the club.

Keegan's arrival was perfect for Toshack and the pair have been described as the 'Little and Large' strike force of that time. There was an almost telepathic understanding between them for setting up and scoring goals.

At 6ft 1 inch, naturally Toshack was brilliant at scoring with his head and became a major factor in helping Liverpool win league titles and cup prizes, including two European cups.

After seven years at the Kop he had scored a total of 96 goals. Toshack went on to become Swansea's player-manager in 1978 and became a hero at the club by taking the Swans from the fourth to the old first division in successive seasons, leading the top teams in the league and finishing in 6th place! He has recently been reappointed as the manager of the Welsh national team.


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