Dietmar HAMANN

Dietmar Hamann - Newcastle United - Biography 1998/99

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Date: 08 November 1998

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      Monday, 27 August 1973
      Waldsasson, Germany
  • Germany
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 7th August 1999 in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 17th September 2006 in a 4-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers (Aged: 33)
    • Club Career
  • Newcastle United
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th August 1998 in a 0-0 draw at home to Charlton Athletic (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
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Dietmar HAMANN - Newcastle United - Biography 1998/99

For most neutrals, the single season "Didi" Hamann spent at Newcastle will not live long in their memories of the German midfielder's career. Hamann won titles at home with his local team Bayern Munich, and, after leaving Newcastle, went on to greater success with Liverpool, winning English and European trophies in his time with the Reds. He was also an important part of the German side that reached the World Cup Final in 2002. Dietmar had come to attention in the previous World Cup in France, and Kenny Dalglish paid around £5million to bring him to Newcastle on the back of some impressive performances in that tournament. Before long Dalglish was sacked and replaced with Ruud Gullit, but it was clear that the Dutchman rated Hamann just as highly. Though the 1998-99 season was not a great success for Newcastle, Didi's performances were a rare bright spot. He became known for his powerful shooting and spectacular free-kicks, as well as a superb range of passing. Hamann scored his first goal for Newcastle in a 3-0 home win over Bradford City in the FA Cup 4th Round, and appeared in every round as the Magpies returned to their second successive FA Cup Final. His other major contribution to Newcastle's cup run was a glorious seventy yard pass that allowed on-loan striker Louis Saha to knock out Blackburn in a tense 5th Round replay at Ewood Park. Hamann's relationship with the press and Newcastle's fans was not always the most positive, and it was no surprise to see him agitate for a transfer away from St James' in the summer of 1999. The £8million Liverpool paid meant Newcastle made a sizeable profit on one season's work, but the team was weakened by Hamann's loss. What was more surprising was to see Didi, who had played in an attacking midfield role at Newcastle, converted into a totally defensive force under Gerard Houllier. During his time at St James Park Hamann made thirty-one appearances for Newcastle, and scored five, mostly spectacular, goals. He went on to score the last competitive international goal before the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium, his long-range winner leading to the resignation of former Newcastle hero Kevin Keegan from the England manager's job. (Martin Rowntree)