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Craig Levein
Personal information
Full name Craig William Levein
Date of birth 22 October 1964 (1964-10-22) (age 45)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Scotland (Manager)
Youth career
Lochore Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Cowdenbeath 60 (0)
1983–1995 Heart of Midlothian 329 (15)
National team
1990–1994 Scotland 16 (0)
Teams managed
1997–2000 Cowdenbeath
2000–2004 Heart of Midlothian
2004–2006 Leicester City
2006 Raith Rovers
2006–2009 Dundee United
2009– Scotland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig William Levein (born 22 October 1964 in Dunfermline) is a Scottish former professional footballer and current manager of the Scotland national team. During his playing career he played for Cowdenbeath and Heart of Midlothian.

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Playing career

As a youth, Levein attended Inverkeithing High School, where he was in the football team alongside another future Scottish international footballer, Gordon Durie. His early football career saw him turn out for Dalgety Bay, Leven Royals and Inverkeithing under-16s. At the age of 15, however, he gave up football for a year, only resuming when his brother, who played for junior club Lochore Welfare invited him to training there. Levein subsequently signed for Lochore and after trials with several senior clubs he finally joined Cowdenbeath in 1981.[1]

Levein quickly established himself in the first team at Central Park and soon became a target for larger clubs than Cowdenbeath. In 1983 he moved to his boyhood heroes Heart of Midlothian for a fee of £40,000 and soon found himself a regular place in the Hearts first team. Levein won the SPFA Young Player of the Year award in 1985 and 1986. He made his Scotland debut in March 1990, a 1-0 win against Argentina at Hampden Park and played well enough to earn a place in Scotland's 1990 World Cup squad.

His playing career was punctuated by two separate serious knee ligament injuries, which eventually forced him into early retirement in 1995. However, it was not just injuries that kept Levein from playing during his time at Hearts; he was once given a 12-game ban after punching, and breaking the nose of, Hearts teammate Graeme Hogg during a pre-season friendly against Raith Rovers.

International career

Levein won 16 caps for the Scotland national team.

Coaching and managerial career

After being forced into retirement as a player, Levein had coaching positions at Hearts and at Livingston. In November 1997 he was appointed as manager of Cowdenbeath and turned a struggling team into one that could challenge for promotion. Cowdenbeath were promoted in 2001, but Levein had left in December 2000 to take over as manager at Hearts.

Hearts and Leicester City

His time in charge of Hearts was highly successful, where he guided them to third place in the SPL in two successive seasons and thus guided them into European competition. His impressive record in Scotland caught the attention of Leicester City.

Leicester appointed him as manager on 19 October 2004.[2] However after a poor start to the 2005-06 season, which left the club languishing third from bottom in the Championship relegation zone, he was sacked as manager on 25 January 2006.[3]

Raith Rovers

Levein was appointed as manager of Scottish Second Division club Raith Rovers on 5 September 2006, on a non-contract basis.[4] However, after Dundee United parted company with Craig Brewster, Levein left his non-contract role at Raith Rovers to take up the job at Tannadice.

Dundee United

He was unveiled to the press on 30 October 2006.[5] Levein guided United to four successive home victories, earning him 'Manager of the Month' for November 2006, later repeating the award in March 2007 and again in October 2007. On 21 January 2008 he was appointed Director of Football at the club, giving him a seat on the Board of Directors in addition to his existing managerial responsibilities.

Scotland

On 23 December 2009, Levein left Dundee United to become the new Scotland manager. He agreed a five and a half year deal.[6] In his first match in charge against the Czech Republic, the team they would later face in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I, his team posted a 1-0 win over the Czechs, with the goal coming from Celtic F.C. Captain Scott Brown (Scottish footballer).

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1981/82 Cowdenbeath Scottish Second Division 60 0 N/A N/A - 60 0
1982/83
1983/84
Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier Division 19 0 2 0 - - 21 0
1984/85 36 1 4 0 5 1 2 0 47 2
1985/86 33 2 5 0 3 0 - 41 2
1986/87 12 0 - 1 0 2 0 15 0
1987/88 21 0 - - - 21 0
1988/89 9 0 2 0 - 2 0 13 0
1989/90 35 0 3 0 3 0 - 41 0
1990/91 33 4 - 3 0 4 0 40 4
1991/92 36 2 4 0 3 0 - 43 2
1992/93 37 3 3 0 3 0 3 1 46 4
1993/94 30 3 3 0 2 0 2 0 37 3
1994/95 24 0 4 0 2 0 - 30 0
1995/96 1 0 - 2 0 - 3 0
Career Total 384 15 48 0 79 38 60 11 571 17

Managerial record

Up to 15 December 2009 (League matches only):

Years Club Pld Won Drawn Lost Pts/game Win%
1997–2000 Cowdenbeath 127 46 26 55 1.29
2000–2004 Hearts 170 74 41 55 1.55
2004–2006 Leicester City 72 20 26 26 1.19
2006 Raith Rovers 7 1 3 3 0.86
2006–2009 Dundee United 117 43 37 37 1.41

Honours

Player

Hearts

1985-86
1985, 1986

Manager

Hearts

Dec 2001, Apr 2003

Dundee United

Nov 2006, Mar 2007, Oct 2007, Nov 2009
2007-08

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Simple English

Craig Levein
Personal information
Full name Craig William Levein
Date of birth October 22, 1964 (1964-10-22) (age 46)
Place of birth    Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Dundee United (Manager/Director of Football)
Youth clubs
Lochore Welfare
Senior clubs
Years Club
1981–1983
1983–1997
Cowdenbeath
Heart of Midlothian
Total
National team
1990–1994 Scotland
Teams managed
1997–2000
2000–2004
2004–2006
2006
2006–
Cowdenbeath
Heart of Midlothian
Leicester City
Raith Rovers
Dundee United

Craig William Levein (born 22 October 1964 in Dunfermline) is a Scottish former professional footballer and current football manager. Levein currently manages Scottish Premier League club Dundee United where he is also the Director of Football. During his playing career he played for Cowdenbeath F.C., Heart of Midlothian and won 16 caps for the Scotland national team.

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