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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wayne Rooney Profile

Wayne Rooney

WAYNE MARK ROONEY

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer. He plays as a striker for Manchester United, a Premier League club, and the England national team.

He was born 24 October 1985 at Croxteth, a suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. His parents, Thomas Wayne and Jeanette Marie Rooney, are from Irish descent. Rooney and his younger brothers (Graeme and John) was brought up Catholic in Croxteth.

Wayne Rooney joined Everton youth club since he was 9 years old, and made his professional debut in 2002. But he just spent two years in this club before moving to Manchester United in the 2004 when he was 18 years old. United actually got a hard competition from Newcastle United that bid £ 20 million for Rooney. But Manchester United has won the bidding war with a bid of £ 25.6 million. This is the highest fee ever paid for a player who is still under 20.

Rooney has brought United won the Premier League four times, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and two League Cups. Also holds two runner-up medals from both the Premier League and the Champions League. In August of the 2011–12 season Rooney scored his 150th goal, becoming United's highest goalscorer since the start of the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney made his senior international debut with England national club in 2003. He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the competition's youngest goalscorer. He is regularly selected for the England squad, including at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Rooney has won the England Player of the Year award twice, in 2008 and 2009. As of September 2011, he has won 72 international caps and scored 28 goals.

In 2011 he is listed as the third highest-paid footballer in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with an annual income of €20.7m (£18m) including sponsorship contracts.

First used the number 8 shirt Rooney made his United debut on 28 September in a 6–2 home win over Fenerbahce in the Champions League. He was even able to score a hat-trick. These goals made Rooney the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League aged 18 years 335 days. Though, his first season with Manchester United ended without winning a trophy. His club is only able to finish in third place in the league and unable to advance to the round of eight of the Champions League.

Rooney first trophy with Manchester United came in the 2006 League Cup, and he was also named man of the match after scoring twice in United's 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic in the final. And Rooney won his first Premier League title at the end of the 2006–07 season. Rooney, who then use the number 10 shirt last worn by Ruud van Nistelrooy, then successfully bringing United retain the Premier League trophy in the next two seasons (2007-2008 and 2008-2009). In 2007-2008 United also win the Champions League after they defeated league rivals Chelsea in the final. In the 2010-11 United won again the Premier League.*

Other profiles: Lionel Messi AND Cristiano Ronaldo

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Cristiano Ronaldo Profile

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer. He plays now as a winger or striker for Spanish giant club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team.

Ronaldo was born at 5 February 1985 in Santo António, Madeira (Portugal). He is the youngest child of José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener, and Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook. He has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His great-grandmother Isabel da Piedade was from Cape Verde

Ronaldo became the most expensive player in football history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer deal worth £80 million (€94m, US$132m) for 6 years. In addition, he was to be paid £11 million per year over the following six years, made him the highest-paid football player in the world at the time.

Manchester United signed Ronaldo from Sporting CP (Sporting Lisbon) for £12.24 million in 2003 when Ronaldo still 18-year-old. He played for United till 2009, and success bring United to be the champion of Premier League three times (2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09)  

In 2008, Ronaldo won the Champions League with United, was named best forward and player of the tournament and was the competition's top goalscorer. He also crowned at 12 January 2009 as a 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, a first Premier League player to be named. He is also the first Portuguese player to win the award since Luís Figo in 2001.

Netherland legend Johan Cruyff said in the year, "Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law, who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United."

On 15 May 2011, Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in a season in the history of Real Madrid with 51 goals, better than the club's record of 49 by Ferenc Puskás. He would later finish the season with a total of 53 goals, made him the first Real Madrid player to ever reach and exceed 50 goals in a season.

Ronaldo earned his first cap for Portugal national team in a 1–0 victory against Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003. He is a member of Portugal squad in Euro 2004 & 2008 and World Cup 2006 & 2010.

Other Profile:  Lionel Messi

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lionel Messi Profile

Lionel Messi
Lionel Andrés Messi is a best soccer player in the world now. He won Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player in 2009 and 2010. He is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona. He plays as a striker or winger.

Lionel Messi was born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. His father is Jorge Horacio Messi, a factory steel worker, and his mother is Celia María Cuccittini, a part-time cleaner. His paternal family ancestor is from Italy.

At the age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, then he joined to Newell's Old Boys at 8. At the age of 11, he suffered a growth hormone deficiency. It needs much money for treat it, and FC Barcelona offered to pay his medical treatment if Messi move to Spain. Barcelona very impressed with Messi talent. Then Messi and his father moved to Barcelona where Messi joined the club's youth academy.

His playing style and ability have compare to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".

Messi broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a goal in his debut in the 2004–05 season of La Liga. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. He became a first team regular in the 2006–07 season and scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico versus Real Madrid.

Messi achievement increasingly skyrocket in following seasons. He scored 38 goals for Barcelona  in the 2008–09 season, and become the most important player of Barcelona successful in a treble-winning campaign. He broke the goals record in the following 2009–10 campaign, where Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equaling Ronaldo's record for Barcelona. He exceeded this record again in the 2010–11 season with 53 goals in all competitions.

Messi has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, scoring in two of those finals, against Manchester United in both 2009 and 2011. He scored 12 goals in the 2010–11 Champions League, made Messi became only the third player (after Gerd Müller and Jean-Pierre Papin) to top-score in three successive European Champion Clubs' Cup campaigns. However, Messi is the first player to win the Champions League top scorer titles for three uninterrupted years after Champions League changed its format in 1992.

Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Netherlands with six goals, including two in the final match. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament in 2007. Messi led Argentine football team won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing (2008).

At international level Messi has scored 17 goals in 61 games.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

SUAREZ Makes a Perfect Start for The Reds

Luis Suarez, an instant hero in the Reds' 2-0 victory against Stoke City
Luis Suarez enjoyed a dream debut for Liverpool as he stepped off the bench to score the second goal in a 2-0 win over Stoke and prove that life goes on without Fernando Torres at Anfield.

The Uruguayan made a £22.8million move to England from Ajax in the January transfer window as part of Kenny Dalglish's plans to rebuild the 18-time champions of England.

And, although he began the match among the substitutes, Suarez could not have announced himself in any better fashion than with a goal at The Kop end following his 63rd minute introduction.

Wearing the No.7 shirt made famous by Dalglish and Kevin Keegan, the striker could yet see the Premier League's dubious goals panel deny him his 79th minute strike following the intervention of Andy Wilkinson, but he still claims the spotlight.

Raul Meireles had put Liverpool in front in the 47th minute, while injured £35m-man Andy Carroll was watching from the stands having been signed on deadline day as a replacement for new £50m Chelsea striker Torres.


Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz was born 24 January 1987 at Salto (Uruguay) is a striker of Uruguay national. He played for Ajax Amsterdam since 2008 before moved to Liverpool on 28 January 2011 when Ajax accepted an offer of £22.8 million (€26.5 million) from the English club. He replaced Fernando Torres, who moved to Chelsea, as the main striker of Liverpool.


In 2010, Suárez was named Dutch Footballer of the Year, having ended the season as top scorer in the Eredivisie with 35 goals in 33 league matches (49 goals in all competitions).*

Monday, January 31, 2011

Liverpool land Luis Suarez in £22.7m deal with Ajax


Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Dutch club Ajax in a five-and-a-half year deal worth about £22.7m.


"Luis Suarez has completed his transfer to Liverpool in a deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2016," a club statement read. Suarez, 24, will wear the coveted number seven shirt, made famous by his boss Kenny Dalglish.

The striker scored 49 goals in 48 games for Ajax in the Eredivisie last season.

Ajax, who told Liverpool to return with a "respectful" bid after rejecting their initial offer of £12.7m, will make a £16.3m profit on a player they bought from Dutch outfit Groningen in 2007. But BBC Sport blogger Tim Vickery suggested that Liverpool have invested wisely.

"If I had £23m in my bank account I wouldn't have too many qualms about spending it on Suarez," Vickery told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Everybody wins. Ajax played the transfer game poker very well. Liverpool have paid top whack but they have got a striker who can play across the line."

During his spell with the Amsterdam club, Suarez scored 111 goals in 159 appearances. His scoring ratio for Uruguay is one goal in every three internationals, having scored 10 times in 30 games, including three goals in last summer's World Cup.

The Uruguayan has just finished serving a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder in a league match in November.

"I can understand Luis wanting to go to Liverpool. It's a beautiful club but then it has to be satisfying for both parties," said Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

Suarez is the first major signing for Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) since it bought the club in October 2010.

But the news comes as Liverpool are on the brink of losing star striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea, who are working to seal a deal for the Spaniard before the January transfer window closes at 2300 GMT on Monday.

Earlier this month Suarez, who has scored seven goals in the Dutch league this season, spoke of his desire to play in the Premier League.

"I used to think that English football was not my style," the Uruguayan, who turned 24 on Monday, told the Sunday Times. "But I saw Carlos Tevez play at Boca and Corinthians and I never imagined that he would play in the Premier League.

"When I see the way that Tevez plays there I think I can be a big name in England. It's because of the energy, and the spirit they put into the game in England. Now, I think it's a kind of football that suits me."

Source: BBC Sports

Liverpool Confirm Torres Deal with Chelsea


Liverpool have confirmed they have agreed the sale of Fernando Torres to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

It is understood Chelsea's offer is £45 million and the striker will now hold talks with the Blues as he seeks to finalise a deal before the transfer window closes.

A statement read: "Liverpool Football Club tonight confirmed they have agreed a fee with Chelsea for the sale of Fernando Torres. The player has now been given permission to speak to the London club."

Torres joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007 and has scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League games.

Liverpool have moved to compensate for the loss of Torres by agreeing a £35 million deal for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.

The club are also hopeful of signing Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, while Stephen Warnock has been linked with a return to Anfield on loan.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are working hard to sign Benfica defender David Luiz before the transfer window closes.

Roman Abramovich has thus sanctioned one of his biggest ever spending sprees on just two players, splashing out a total investment of almost £130 million to sign Fernando Torres and David Luiz on transfer deadline day.

Torres will command wages of a basic £175,000-a-week but with image rights, bonuses and the signing-on fee spread over the period of his contract, plus wage rise increments in the final years of the deal, the total outlay in wages is £36 million.

That brings the total package to over £80 million-plus for Torres, whereas Chelsea are paying £21 million for Luiz, with the deal coming up to £25m with Nemanja Matic as a makeweight.

As Luiz's Brazilian's wages will be a far more modest £100,000-a-week, including his bonuses, making his total outlay £45 million.*

Source: Soccernet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Messi: It Was A Wonderful Surprise

Sporting a disbelieving look but smiling all the same, Lionel Messi joked at how heavy the newly presented FIFA Ballon d’Or felt. After his Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola offered to take it home for him, the Argentinian magician stepped down from the stage and spoke about his triumph to FIFA.com.

FIFA.com: Lionel, how are you feeling?
 

Lionel Messi: I’m happy, but I didn’t expect it because everyone had been talking so much about Xavi and Andres [Iniesta]. They also deserved it for the wonderful year they had. They won the World Cup, which usually goes a long way to deciding who wins this award, and they both had big parts to play in that. That’s why I thought one of them would be going up to collect the trophy. It was a wonderful surprise.

How do you think they are feeling?
 

I don’t think they’re sad about it. It was a great thing for the three of us and the club to have got this far. I think we all enjoyed the gala.

You obviously feel they deserved to win it, but what do you think tipped it in your favour?
 

Well, the people who voted decided to choose me and I’m very grateful for that. This is my second world player of the year award and I feel just as happy as I did the first time, if not more so. We’re going to enjoy it.

Did you feel that your performances at South Africa 2010 might have worked against you?
 

Yes. We didn’t have a bad World Cup but we didn’t achieve the goal we’d set ourselves, which was to be champions. That was the one big regret I have from last year.

Can you make up for it in this year’s Copa America?
 

That’s our next goal at international level and it’s in Argentina too. It would be great for the country, the fans and for us too because it will allow us to have a more relaxed build-up to the next World Cup.

It would also be something of a relief for you after all the criticism you’ve attracted with La Albiceleste.
 

Yes it would. I want to achieve something big with the national side and this would be a great opportunity to do just that.

Who are you going to dedicate the award to?
 

To all my team-mates for helping me to win it, to my family and to everyone who supports me.

Source: Fifa.com







LIONEL MESSI Crowned As The Best Of 2010


Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the inaugural Fifa Ballon d'Or award at a ceremony in Zurich.

Messi, 23, won the prize - a merger of the Fifa Player of the Year prize and Ballon d'Or - ahead of his Barca team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

"I'm surprised to win but pleased to be here with my friends," said Messi, who won the two separate awards last year.

Jose Mourinho, who won an unprecedented Treble with Inter Milan in 2010, was named the Coach of the Year.

Messi added: "To win it makes it even more special. I want to share it with all of my friends, my family, all the Barcelonistas and the Argentinians."

Hamit Altintop won the Puskas Award for Goal of the Year for his wonder volley when Turkey played Kazakhstan, Brazilian striker Marta won the Women's Player of the Year for a fifth consecutive time and Germany's Silvia Neid won the Women's Coach of the Year.

The last player to win the Ballon d'Or award twice in a row was Dutch striker Marco van Basten in 1988 and 1989, while Messi's former Barca colleague Ronaldinho won the Fifa prize in 2004 and 2005.

Many thought Iniesta, who scored the winning goal as Spain beat Netherlands 1-0 in the World Cup final in Johannesburg in July, and Xavi, who was the lynchpin of the Spanish side, were favourites to win at a glittering ceremony in Switzerland.

But Messi scored a remarkable 60 goals for club and country in 2010 and is widely regarded as the most gifted footballer of his generation.

The only Spanish winner of either prize was Luis Suarez who won the Ballon D'Or in 1960.

The coaching prize is the latest accolade in a glittering career for Mourinho, who has won league titles in Portugal, England and Italy.

"The most important things for me are the collective titles, not the individual ones," said Mourinho, who left Inter to join Real Madrid in the summer.

The Ballon d'Or is awarded based on votes cast by journalists from around the world, as well as coaches and captains of national teams.* 


Source: Fifa.Com
Photo: Getty Images

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CESC FABREGAS Confident Recovered for World Cup

Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas is "100 per cent" confident he will be fit to play for Spain at the World Cup.

Fabregas has been out of action since suffering a cracked bone in his fibula during the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on 31st March.

The classy midfielder has been ruled out for the rest of the season, but Fabregas is confident of recovering in time to make Spain's squad.

Fabregas is set to visit a specialist in London next week, with the player expecting to then step up his rehabilitation work ahead of Spain's opening match in South Africa, against Switzerland at Durban on 16th June.

Writing his captain's notes in the Arsenal match programme for the Premier League game against Manchester City, Fabregas said: "I am back in Spain at the moment, but will return to London for a specialist appointment and routine scan in the next few days.

"I will be at the last [Arsenal] game of the season, of course, because all the players will go on a lap of the pitch to thank the fans for their support again this season.

"After that, I will return to Spain for the rest of my rehabilitation, then get ready for the World Cup.

"In my mind, it is 100 per cent that I will be over my injury in time for the World Cup."

Source: Skysports.com

Messi gets Rooney's vote

Wayne Rooney, who is expected to be crowned the PFA player-of-the-year on Sunday evening, has hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world.

The Manchester United star, who will miss the remainder of the Premier League campaign with a groin injury, has scored 34 goals this season and elevated himself amongst the world's best players.

However, having watched Barcelona star Messi at close quarters, Rooney himself feels Messi is the outstanding star of this generation.

"It's nice that people put me up there but I think Lionel Messi is the best in the world," he told United Review. "The things he can do with the ball are unbelievable and he is scoring a lot of goals as well.

"He has been fantastic again this year. He is the best player in the world."

Rooney is the clear favourite to win the PFA player-of-the-year and he is also nominated for a third triumph in the young player category as well. The 24-year-old could become only the third player, after Andy Gray and Cristiano Ronaldo, to win both awards in the same season.

Source: soccernet

Torres fears for long-term health in England

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres fears a lengthy spell in the Premier League could result in chronic long-term injuries.

Torres is currently ruled out for the season with a reoccurring knee problem that has also limited him to just 22 appearances this season, although he has still scored 18 goals.

The Spanish international, who expects to be fit in time for the World Cup, is concerned at the physical toll of the English top-flight and is amazed that players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have performed at such a high level for so long.

"The Premier League is such a tough competition and I have always admired this championship and the players who are here," Torres told the News of the World.

"This is my third season and I'm still amazed to see Gerrard, Rooney and Lampard, players who have been here a long time, still playing at such a high level and with such impressive rhythm because the English league really wears down a player.

"I just can't imagine what state I'll be in within five or six years if I continue to play here - it could easily give me problems when I stop playing. The physical level is superior to all other countries."

Torres' future is currently the subject of much speculation but another Premier League club, Manchester City, reportedly head the queue to sign the 26-year-old.

Source: Soccernet