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Fernando Torres

Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain), nicknamed El Niño ("The Kid"), is a Spanish Association football, who plays for Liverpool F.C..

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Fernando Torres biography


Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain), nicknamed El Niño ("The Kid"), is a Spanish Association football, who plays for Liverpool F.C..

Torres started Fernando Torres career with Atlético Madrid, with whom Fernando Torres progressed through the youth ranks. Fernando Torres made Fernando Torres professional debut in 2001 and finished Fernando Torres career with the club having scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. Prior to this, Torres played two seasons in the Segunda División, making 40 appearances and scoring seven goals. Fernando Torres joined Liverpool F.C. in 2007, after the club paid their record transfer fee to sign Fernando Torres and marked Fernando Torres first season with the club by being their first player to score more than 20 league goals for the club in a season since Robbie Fowler in 1995-96 in English football.

Fernando Torres is also a Spain national football team and made Fernando Torres debut for the team against Portugal national football team in 2003. Fernando Torres has since participated in three major tournaments; UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. Fernando Torres was unable to score for Spain during the 2004 tournament, but did so on three occasions in the 2006 World Cup. Torres scored the winning goal for Spain in their 1–0 win over Germany national football team in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final.

Early career

Fernando Torres, born on 20 March 1984, became interested in association football as a child and joined Fernando Torres first team, Parque 84, at the age of five. Fernando Torres grandfather was not passionate about football, but prided himself in being an Atlético Madrid supporter, and Torres inherited Fernando Torres love for the Madrid club. However, when Fernando Torres was seven years old, Fernando Torres started playing regularly as a striker in an indoor league for Fernando Torres neighbourhood club, Mario’s Holland. Fernando Torres was later voted the best player in Europe for that age-group. Torres' first season at the highest level of Spanish football, La Liga 2002-03, was a good one which saw Fernando Torres manage to score 12 goals in 29 appearances as Atlético finished 11th. Aged just nineteen, Fernando Torres was also named Atlético's club captain. Atlético reached the final, but lost on penalties to Villarreal CF. Cerezo later said in January 2006 that the club were willing to listen to offers for Torres, and Torres claimed Newcastle United F.C. had made a bid to sign Fernando Torres in March.

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which Torres participated as a member of the Spain national football team, Fernando Torres admitted that Fernando Torres had turned down the chance to join Chelsea at the end of the La Liga 2005-06 season. Following the La Liga 2006-07 season, in which Fernando Torres scored 14 La Liga goals, with reports in the English media stating that Torres was the main transfer target of Liverpool. The rumours reached such a fever pitch that Atlético president Enrique Cerezo made a statement saying, "We've received no offer from Liverpool or any other club or player." However, a few days later, new reports suggested Atlético had agreed a deal with Liverpool for Torres; the fee rumoured was £25 million with Luis Javier García Sanz moving in the opposite direction in a separate transfer deal. Then on 30 June Atlético announced a deal with Villarreal to sign Diego Forlán, which was seen as a move to replace Torres before Fernando Torres departure had become official. On 2 July it was reported Torres had cut short a holiday to fly back to Madrid to finalise the move to Liverpool. The following day, Torres passed a medical for Liverpool and it was announced that a farewell press conference would be held in Madrid on 4 July to bid farewell to the Atlético fans. The transfer fee is the highest paid in Liverpool's history,

Liverpool

Torres made Fernando Torres competitive debut for Liverpool against Aston Villa F.C. in a 2–1 win on 11 August 2007. Fernando Torres made Fernando Torres first appearance in the UEFA Champions League four days later in a 1–0 victory over Toulouse FC, after coming on as a 79th minute substitute. Fernando Torres first Premier League goal came on Fernando Torres Anfield debut on 19 August, in the 16th minute in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea F.C.. Fernando Torres first hat-trick came in a 4–2 victory over Reading F.C. in the Football League Cup in September, with all of Fernando Torres goals coming in the second half. Fernando Torres first goals in the Champions League came on Fernando Torres third appearance in the competition as Liverpool beat F.C. Porto 4–1, during which Fernando Torres scored twice.

Fernando Torres won the Premier League's player of the month award for February, during which Fernando Torres scored four goals in two league appearances, including a hat-trick against Middlesbrough F.C. on 23 February 2008. This hat-trick and another in a 4–0 victory over West Ham United F.C. on 5 March 2008 meant Fernando Torres became the first Liverpool player since Jack Balmer in November 1946 to score a hat-trick in successive home matches. Later in March, after Fernando Torres scored a 47th minute header against Reading F.C. at Anfield, Fernando Torres became the first Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler in the 1995-96 in English football season campaign to score 20 league goals in a season.

In April, Fernando Torres scored another Champions League goal, this time against Arsenal F.C. in the quarter-final second leg, to help take Liverpool through to the semi-final. This goal took Fernando Torres onto 29 goals for the season in all competitions, eclipsing former Liverpool F.C. favourite Michael Owen personal record for goals in a season. On 11 April 2008, it was announced Torres had made a six man shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award, which was eventually won by Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United F.C.. The Spanish international was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, which was won by Cesc Fàbregas of Arsenal and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

On 4 May 2008, Torres scored a 57th minute winner against Manchester City F.C., which equalled the consecutive Anfield league goal record of eight games set by Roger Hunt. After scoring Fernando Torres 24th league goal in the final game of the season, a 2–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Fernando Torres set a new record for the most prolific foreign goal scorer ever in a debut season in England, eclipsing Ruud van Nistelrooy's 23 goals. Fernando Torres ended the season in joint second with Emmanuel Adebayor in the race for the Premier League golden boot. Torres was subject to media speculation that Chelsea were willing pay £50 million to sign Fernando Torres but Torres responded by saying it would be "many years" before Fernando Torres left Liverpool. Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks also negated the idea of a transfer, saying Fernando Torres would not allow Torres to leave the club at any price. Torres made a promising start to the Premier League 2008–09 season, scoring the only goal in a 0–1 away win against Sunderland A.F.C.. Fernando Torres suffered what was later confirmed as a hamstring tear in a 0–0 draw against Aston Villa, which would keep Fernando Torres out for two to three weeks. Torres made Fernando Torres return in a 2–1 victory against Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League and went on to score a brace in the Merseyside derby against Everton on 27 September to give Liverpool a 2–0 win. Fernando Torres followed this up with another two goals the following weekend against Manchester City F.C. in a 3–2 win away at the City of Manchester Stadium as Liverpool came back from a two goal deficit. The first of these goals was the 1,000th goal Liverpool have scored since the inception of the Premier League.

International career

In February 2001, Torres won the Algarve Tournament with the Spain under-16 team. The under-16s took part in the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in May, which they also won, with Torres scoring the only goal in the final, as well as finishing as the tournament's leading goalscorer and was also named the player of the tournament. making Fernando Torres Spain's top scorer for qualification. In the second group match, Torres scored twice against Tunisia national football team; firstly in the 76th minute to take Spain 2–1 into the lead and then again from a penalty kick in the 90th. Fernando Torres finished the tournament as Spain's joint top scorer alongside fellow striker David Villa with three goals. The Madrileño was called up to Spain's UEFA Euro 2008 squad, where Fernando Torres set up Villa to score Spain's first goal of the tournament in the opening game against Russia national football team. Torres came under criticism for apparently refusing to shake the hand of Spanish manager, Luis Aragonés, after being substituted. Fernando Torres has since denied being angry with the coaching, citing that Fernando Torres was actually "angry with himself". Torres scored the winner and claimed the Man of the match award in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final against Germany national football team in a 1–0 victory. Fernando Torres was later named as a striker along with Fernando Torres striking partner David Villa in the "team of the tournament".

Torres picked up a thigh injury during a 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 6, meaning Fernando Torres was likely to miss three games for Liverpool.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Torres

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