|Full name||Alan David Hansen|
|Date of birth||13 June 1955|
|Place of birth||Alloa, Scotland|
|Playing position||Defender (retired)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. Alloa ( Allmhagh Mòr in Gaelic is a small Burgh in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 6 miles to the east of Stirling, on the north Clackmannanshire ( Siorrachd Chlach Mhannainn in Gaelic; nicknamed "the wee county" and sometimes called Clacks is one of the 32 local government Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Events 1525 - Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the Celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) A pundit is someone who offers to mass-media his/her opinion or commentary on a particular subject area (most typically political analysis, the Social sciences Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered He played for Partick Thistle FC (1973 to 1977 - 108 appearances), Liverpool FC (1977 to 1988 - 623 appearances), and the Scottish national team (1979 to 1987 - 26 caps). Partick Thistle Football Club are a Scottish professional football club from the city of Glasgow. Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar)
Hansen's grandfather was Danish, and Hansen was raised on a diet of sport. The term Dane may refer to People with a Danish ancestral or ethnic identity whether living in Denmark, emigrants or the descendants of emigrants Hansen received his scar from a volleyball-related incident, aged 17. Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet Running late for a match, Hansen ran into a glass door. During his stay in hospital he had 27 stitches in his head.
Hansen turned down the opportunity to study at the University of Aberdeen, in order to join his brother John at Partick Thistle. The University of Aberdeen is an Ancient university founded in 1495, in Old Aberdeen, Scotland. John Angus McDonald Hansen (born 3 February, 1950 in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire) is a former Scottish footballer who played for Partick Thistle Football Club are a Scottish professional football club from the city of Glasgow. During the summer while his application was being processed, he worked for six weeks in the offices General Accident insurance - which he hated. Aviva plc ( has a corporate lineage dating back to 1696 and is the world's fifth-largest Insurance group the largest insurance group in the UK and the second-largest  As a trainee, Hansen was watching in the Hampden Park stands as Partick Thistle F. Hampden Park in Glasgow is Scotland 's National stadium. Its primary use is as the home to Queen's Park F C. , which included his brother John, upset firm favourites Celtic in the 1971 Scottish League Cup final, convincingly beating their illustrious couterparts 4-1. The Celtic Football Club is a Scottish football club based in the east end of Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League. The Scottish Football League Cup is an Association football competition open to all Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League clubs
After breaking into the first team, Hansen quickly established a reputation for himself as a confident central defender, and was watched by numerous top clubs, including Bob Paisley's Liverpool. Robert " Bob " Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 — 14 February 1996 was an English football half back who became Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. In 1975/76 season Hansen played 21 times as Partick won the Scottish First Division championship to gain entry into the Scottish Premier Division. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Sponsorship On July 20, 2007, it was announced that Scottish Football League would be sponsored by Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru The Scottish Premier League, currently known as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for sponsorship reasons and often known as the Premier League or SPL By the end of the following season Hansen had racked up 35 top flight appearances which helped earn him a move south of the border.
Hansen cost Liverpool the bargain price of £110,000. The Pound Sterling ( symbol £; ISO code: GBP) subdivided into 100 pence (singular penny) is the Currency He made his Reds debut on the 24 September 1977 in a league match at Anfield. Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Anfield is an all-seater Association football Stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England Derby County were the visitors and were beaten by a single goal scored by Terry McDermott. Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based at Pride Park Stadium in Derby England. Terry McDermott (born 8 December 1951 in Liverpool) is a former football Midfielder and current coach Hansen hit his first goal the following month on the 19 October during a European Cup 2nd round 1st leg tie at Anfield. Events 202 BCE - The Battle of Zama results in the defeat of Carthage and Hannibal. He opened the scoring in the 14th minute as Liverpool demolished German side Dynamo Dresden 5-1. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Dynamo Dresden are a German football club, based in Dresden, Saxony.
Hansen was put into the first team sporadically throughout the season - he wasn't in the side which lost the League Cup final after a replay to Nottingham Forest in 1978 but was selected for the side which retained the European Cup with a 1-0 victory over FC Bruges at Wembley, the goal scored by Dalglish. The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition Nottingham Forest Football Club is an English professional football club based at the City Ground in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) ||-||-||} Club Brugge KV is a Football club from Bruges in Belgium. original Wembley Stadium was a football Stadium in Wembley, a suburb of north-west London, standing on the site now occupied by the
The following year Hansen was in the squad as Liverpool regained the League title and also fully established himself as a first choice central defender when long serving club captain Emlyn Hughes was sold to Wolves. Emlyn Walter Hughes, OBE ( 28 August 1947 &ndash 9 November 2004) was an English footballer who captained He also made his full debut for Scotland, though his international career would prove something of a frustration for him. The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. Jock Stein gave Hansen his Scotland debut on the 19 May 1979 in a British Home Championship match at Ninian Park, Cardiff, in which Wales were the hosts and soundly beat the Scots 3-0. John 'Jock' Stein CBE (5 October 1922 &ndash 10 September 1985 was one of the most notable managers in British football history Events 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships 110 men and Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) The British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship) was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom Ninian Park is a football stadium in Leckwith, Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff ( 'kɑːdɪf) is the Capital and the largest city and county in Wales. The Wales national football team represents Wales in international men's football. Hansen's 2nd cap came the following month on the 2 June in a prestigious friendly against reigning World Champions Argentina, The South Americans proved why they were the best in the world beating the Scots by 3 goals to 1 at Hampden Park. Events 455 - The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina and is controlled by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA South America is a Continent of the Americas, situated entirely in the Western Hemisphere and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a Hampden Park in Glasgow is Scotland 's National stadium. Its primary use is as the home to Queen's Park F
Liverpool's domination of club football continued in 1980 with another League title and then in 1981 they ended the season with their first League Cup after defeating West Ham United 2-1 in a replay at Villa Park. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played Villa Park is a football Stadium in the district of Aston, in Birmingham, England Hansen scored the winning goal in the 28th minute. They also regained the European Cup with a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid.
The league title returned to Anfield in 1982, and the team also retained the League Cup with victory over Tottenham Hotspur, although Hansen missed this triumph with injury. Anfield is an all-seater Association football Stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Tottenham Hotspur, ˈtɒʔnəm is an English professional football club which currently plays in the Premier League. Hansen was selected in the Scotland squad for the summer's World Cup in Spain, which proved an enormous disappointment. The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th staging of the World Cup was held in Spain from June 13 to July 11. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The team failed to progress beyond the qualifying group due to drawing 2-2 with the USSR. An accidental collision between Hansen and central defensive partner Willie Miller allowed USSR striker Ramoz Shengelia through to score the Soviets' second goal. William Ferguson Miller, MBE (born May 2, 1955 in Glasgow) is a former professional football player who made a club record 558 league The USSR national football team was the national football team of the Soviet Union.
In 1983, Liverpool once again took the League title and held on to the League Cup, this time defeating Manchester United in the final. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) The two trophies would remain at Anfield too in 1984, although Hansen was involved in a controversial incident in the League Cup final at Wembley when he appeared to handle a shot on the goal line. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Despite protests from opponents and fierce Merseyside rivals Everton, no penalty was given. Merseyside is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1365900 The Merseyside Derby is an Association football match contested between the Everton and Liverpool football clubs the two most successful clubs from the Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. Liverpool won the final after a replay.
The club then completed a treble of trophies when they added yet another European Cup to the league title and League Cup. The final against AS Roma ended 1-1 and went to a penalty shoot-out, which Liverpool won. Associazione Sportiva Roma, ( commonly referred to as simply Roma, is an Italian professional football club from Rome, and are currently amongst
Liverpool emerged trophy-less from the following season, and were banned from all European competition after the 1985 European Cup Final at Heysel was preceded by rioting which caused the deaths of 39 Juventus fans. The 1985 European Cup Final was a football match played between the clubs Liverpool F See also Heysel Stadium disaster The King Baudouin Stadium (French Stade Roi Baudouin, Dutch Koning Boudewijnstadion The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred owing to Football hooliganism in which a retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels collapsed on May 29 Though the result of the game was immaterial, Liverpool lost it 1-0. Hansen would never play a European tie again.
Manager Joe Fagan retired after Heysel, and Hansen's friend, team-mate and fellow Scotsman Dalglish was appointed as player manager. Joe Fagan (born 12 March, 1921 in Liverpool, died 30 June, 2001) was an English football manager best known He gave Hansen the captaincy and the season ended in triumph, as in 1986 Liverpool became only the third side in the 20th century to complete a League and FA Cup "double", following Tottenham in 1961 and Arsenal in 1971. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) The twentieth century of the Common Era began on The Double is a term in football, which refers to winning a country's top tier division and its primary cup competition in the same season Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Hansen lifted both trophies as captain and earned his first FA Cup winners' medal, thereby completing the domestic set.
Liverpool won nothing in 1987, losing the League Cup final when Arsenal defeated them 2-1, while arch-rivals Everton took the League title. Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) But in 1988, arguably the most skilled Liverpool team of all, with Hansen as skipper, lost just twice as they coasted to the League title - Hansen's seventh - and reached the FA Cup final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Wimbledon in one of the competition's biggest shocks. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The 1988 FA Cup Final took place on 14 May 1988 at Wembley Stadium. This article refers to the original club from London which existed until 2004
Hansen missed much of the 1989 season with a knee injury, but battled back to regain his place in the side in the latter half of an eventful campaign on the pitch and a tragic one off it. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) In April 1989, after the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, Hansen was among many Liverpool stars left distraught by the tragedy, attending 12 funerals and visiting the injured in hospital. A funeral is a Ceremony marking a person's Death. Funerary customs comprise the complex of Beliefs and practices used by a Culture to remember Liverpool eventually won the FA Cup against Everton in the final at Wembley, though Hansen didn't lift the trophy — this honour was given to team-mate Ronnie Whelan who had deputised capably in Hansen's absence through injury and retained the role on the basis of continuity and reward even after the club's first choice captain was fit again. Ronald 'Ronnie' Andrew Whelan (born 25 September 1961 is a former Irish football Midfielder who was an integral part of the dominant Liverpool Hansen did not complain. In the 1988/9 season, Liverpool lost the League title and a second "double" thanks to a crucial goal in the final seconds by Arsenal player Michael Thomas at Anfield which gave the Highbury club the title. Michael Lauriston Thomas (born August 24 1967 in Lambeth, London) is an English former footballer. Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in Highbury, North London, which was the home ground of Arsenal Football Club between 6 September 1913
Hansen made fewer appearances the following season as his persistent knee problems continued to affect his fitness, but he still captained Liverpool to another League title, which made it eight individually for Hansen, which was a record at the time. The club came close to the "double" yet again, but lost a thrilling FA Cup semi final 4-3 to Crystal Palace. A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout, cup or sudden death tournament, is a type of Tournament where the loser of each Crystal Palace FC is an English football club based in South Norwood, London. Hansen tried to continue the following season but the knee got the better of him, and he retired in 1991. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar.
Hansen won his last of a paltry 26 Scotland caps in 1987. Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) The reason given for his lack of caps by Scotland coaches of the late 70s and the whole of the 80s was that a formidable partnership had formed between Miller and Alex McLeish at the dominant Scottish side Aberdeen (managed at the time by Alex Ferguson) and it made sense to keep them together at international level. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. Alexander "Alex" McLeish (born 21 January 1959) nicknamed "Big Eck" is a Scottish former professional footballer who Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, (born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager Indeed, Ferguson (in temporary charge after the sudden death of Jock Stein) dropped Hansen from the squad for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, citing Hansen's poor international form and reluctance to play international friendly games in the warm up to the World Cup as the reason. The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. The United Mexican States ( or commonly Mexico (ˈmɛksɪkoʊ () is a federal constitutional Republic in North America.
There were strong rumours that Hansen would be approached to take over as manager of Liverpool after his former captain Graeme Souness left in 1994. Graeme James Souness (ˈsuːnɨs (born 6 May, 1953 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) However, he ruled himself out of the running, stating that despite his great affection for the club, he simply was not interested in coaching or management; a position he has maintained ever since Roy Evans got the job. Roy Quintin Echlin Evans CBE (born October 4 1948 in Bootle, England) was a Liverpool football player who eventually
On 4 October 2006 Hansen once again pulled on a Liverpool shirt playing in a charity match for the Reds` Legends team against a Celtic Legends team. The Celtic Football Club is a Scottish football club based in the east end of Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League.
Hansen was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006. The Hall of Fame is housed at The National Football Museum in Preston, England. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. He is, unsurprisingly, still a firm favourite amongst Kopites everywhere, so much so he was voted in at No. Kopites are supporters of Liverpool Football Club who once stood and now sit on the Kop at Anfield stadium 12 in the official Liverpool Football Club web-sitepoll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop conducted in 2006, more than 110,000 supporters worldwide voted for their favourite 100 Reds of all-time.
After rejecting the idea of management, when he retired from football in 1991 he planned to take three months off. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. After his wife pointed out that during his rest period, the telephone had not rung once, he started calling the networks.  Sky Television employed Hansen as a pundit and summariser almost as soon as he ceased playing, and soon he had established enough of a reputation as a considered observer and thinker within the game for the BBC to approach him. British Sky Broadcasting ( BSkyB — Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the He began working for BBC Radio 5 Live before moving on to Match of the Day. Match of the Day (sometimes abbreviated as MOTD) is the BBC 's main football Television programme
For more than a decade, Hansen has been employed as the main pundit for the BBC's football coverage (rights to show matches or highlights permitting) and he is known as a calm, authoritative, and rational analyst of the game who is particularly keen on highlighting the triumphs and "shocking" mistakes of defenders. It is worth noting that unlike all the other ex-professional footballers now employed by the BBC, Hansen has always refused to sit with the commentator at matches; preferring instead to be in the studio at the stadium for live matches and at Television Centre for highlights programmes. A studio is a Artist 's or worker's workroom or an artist and his or her Employees who work within that studio A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English is a place or venue for (mostly outdoor Sports Concerts or other events consisting
Hansen is known for frequent repetition of phrases such as "power and pace", "pace, power and determination", "touch and technique", "incredible hit" and most often "it's in the back of the net", "time and time again", or "time and again", and on one occasion "time and time and time".
Hansen is also infamous for the phrase "you'll never win anything with kids" having made the remark following Manchester United's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the 1995/96 Premier League season. After selling high profile players like Ince, Hughes and Kanchelskis in the summer of 1995, United had introduced several youth team players into the first team, yet went on to win a league and cup double later that season.
Away from football analysis, Hansen is a keen and talented golfer, and he is a respected member of Hillside Golf Club playing off a handicap of three. A golf handicap is a numerical measure of an Amateur Golfer s playing ability He has hosted documentaries on the sport and worked at the Masters tournament for the BBC. The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The US Masters (outside of the United States is one of four major championships in men's He has also presented programmes on the rise in status and wealth of the modern footballer and appeared in numerous television commercials, most recently starring as a butler cleaning his master's football boots in an advert for Danish lager, Carlsberg. A butler is a senior servant in a large Household. In the Great houses of the past the household was sometimes divided into departments with the butler The Kingdom of Denmark ( ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊ (archaic ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊ commonly known as Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe Lager (storage camp bearing etc is the more popular of two main types of Beer; the other being Ale. The Carlsberg Group (ˈkɑrlzbɚɡ is a large Brewing company founded in 1847 by J He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the BBC website on football issues and has also built a good reputation as a motivational speaker. For "The Daily Telegraph" in Australia see The Daily Telegraph (Australia. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Motivation is the reason or reasons for engaging in a particular behavior especially Human behavior as studied in Philosophy, Conflict, Economics He now stars in several television and radio advertisements for the Morrisons chain of supermarkets. Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC ( is the fourth largest chain of Supermarkets in the United Kingdom.
Hansen is married to Janet. The couple live in the Hillside area of Southport, and have a son (Adam) and a daughter (Lucy). Southport is a seaside town on the Irish Sea coast situated within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, in England, UK. They have spent their honeymoon, his 40th birthday and their 25th wedding anniversary in Barbados; and as a family take a holiday to New York city every December for Christmas shopping. Barbados ( Portuguese word for bearded-ones, bɑrˈbeɪdoʊz -dɒs situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent Island nation The City of New York 
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