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Craig Levein

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 1.45CET
Craig Levein
Scotland manager Craig Levein ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 1.45CET

Craig Levein


Date of birth: 22 October 1964
Nationality: Scottish
Playing career: Cowdenbeath FC, Heart of Midlothian FC
Coaching career: Cowdenbeath FC, Heart of Midlothian FC, Leicester City FC, Raith Rovers FC, Dundee United FC, Scotland

• A classy central defender, Levein started out with Cowdenbeath before moving in 1983 to Hearts, where he gained legendary status. He remained at the Edinburgh club for the rest of his playing career and made over 500 appearances in all competitions, including 384 in the Scottish top flight.

• Capped by Scotland for the first time in March 1990. One of his 16 appearances came in that year's FIFA World Cup, a 2-1 win against Sweden in Genoa.

• After two serious knee injuries forced him to retire in 1995, Levein returned to third division Cowdenbeath to launch a managerial career. Set the club on course for promotion before leaving for top-flight Hearts in December 2000.

• Proved a popular and successful coach at Hearts but was lured south to manage Leicester in the English second tier in October 2004. Sacked in January 2006, Levein returned to Scotland and had a brief stint at Raith Rovers, moving on to Dundee United in October 2006.

• Impressive results at Tannadice were rewarded when he was prised away to become new manager of Scotland in December 2009, succeeding George Burley on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

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