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Fernando Torres

Fernando José Torres Sanspo nicknamed El Nino – Spanish football player, striker of the Sagan Tosu club, former player of the Spanish national team. On May 15, 2013, Torres and Juan Mata, after winning Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League, established a unique achievement, while being the current winners of four tournaments, winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, European Championships and World Championships.

Atletico Madrid

In 1999, Torres signed the first contract with his club. The performances of the young striker in the Spanish national team in the age category up to 16 years also brought success. In 2001, the Spaniards won the tournament in the Algarve and the European Under-16 Championship, in which Fernando scored 7 goals in 6 matches and was recognized as the best player. The debut match of the young goalscorer for the adult team “Atletico Madrid” took place in the end of the 2000/01 season, and a week later he managed to score his first goal, it happened in the game against Albacete. Literally through the season, the mattress returned to La Liga, then the Torres figures were quite modest – 6 goals in Segunda’s 36 matches, but this did not prevent Fernando from continuing to successfully play for teams of different age categories. For his first season in the top division, Torres managed to hit the opponents’ gate 13 times, and his Atletico Madrid finished the championship in 12th place. A little later, Fernando made his debut for the youth national team of Spain.

For several seasons, the Madrid club unsuccessfully fought for the right to participate in European competitions. For example, in the 2003/04 season, Torres scored 19 goals in 35 games and at the age of nineteen became the youngest captain in the history of the club, but Atletico Madrid finished 7th in the season, losing a ticket to the UEFA Sevilla Cup. Later El Nino received an invitation to the adult national team, making his debut in a friendly match against the Portuguese national team.

The interest of the leading European clubs to Torres increased, but each time he remained faithful to Atletico Madrid and continued to play for the Spanish national team, as part of which he went to the European Championship in 2004. Torres scored three goals at the 2006 World Championships in Germany. The 2006/07 season was the last for El Niño in Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool

On July 4, 2007, the footballer joined Liverpool, where he immediately received the famous T-shirt with the number “nine”, previously legendary players like Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler performed under this number.

In his very first season at Liverpool, Torres managed to score more than 20 goals in the Premier League for the first time since Robbie Fowler, breaking the record for the number of goals scored by a foreigner in the debut season, previously owned by Rud van Nistelroy (Fernando managed to score 24 goals in league), and also repeated the record of Roger Hunt, in eight home games in a row, hitting the opponent’s gate. All in all, in his account in the first season there were 33 goals in all tournaments. In June 2008, Fernando Torres went to the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, where, together with David Villa, he became the main striker of the national team. At the European Championship, he scored 2 goals, one of which was scored by him in the final match against Germany on June 29, 2008 in Vienna. This ball was victorious for the Spaniards, who won the final with a score of 1: 0 and, accordingly, became the best team of the Old World.

In the new season of the English Premier League, Torres scored Liverpool’s first goal in this tournament. The goal was scored at the 83rd minute of the match against Sunderland, which ended with a minimum victory of the guests 0: 1.

At the beginning of the new season, Torres helped his team with 3 balls, but that did not save Liverpool from 2 losses: from Tottenham Hotspur 1: 2 and Aston Villa 1: 3. He distinguished himself in games with Stoke City, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers.

On December 29, 2009, at the 93rd minute of the match with Aston Villa, scored the decisive goal, moreover, this ball became the 50th in the Premier League. The match ended with Liverpool’s minimal win with a score of 0: 1.

In the 2009/10 season, Torres was very susceptible to injuries and in total missed almost half of the championship matches. However, despite these difficulties, the Spaniard scored 18 goals in 22 matches, which allowed him to share 6th place in the ranking of scorers with Jermain Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur, who, however, spent 11 games more.

In the middle of the 2010/11 season, Chelsea was interested in the transfer to Torres, who offered £ 35 million for the forward, but the Merseyside refused to sell the Spaniard. Then Fernando made a written request to the leadership of the club with a request to put it up for sale, which he was denied

Chelsea

On January 31, 2011, the management of Liverpool accepted Chelsea’s offer to buy Fernando. On the same day, Torres signed a contract with his new club for a period of five and a half years with a salary of £ 175,000 a week. The amount of transfer – 58.5 million pounds, has become the biggest paid by the English Premier League club for a football player. Several fans of “Liverpool” in response to the transition burned Torres T-shirt at the club office. In an interview after the transition, Torres said that he would not say a single bad word to the “red” fans, and said that the final decision on the transfer was made not a couple of days before the window was closed, but noticeably earlier when Chelsea just made a proposal. On February 6, he made his debut for Chelsea in a home game against Liverpool. More than 14 matches (903 minutes) could not distinguish himself for the new club, and Carlo Ancelotti, Peter Cech [20] and Peter Odemwingie expressed themselves in support of the player. On April 23, in the match against West Ham United, in the 83rd minute, he scored his first goal for a new club, and in an extra time made an assist on Florent Malouda. Nevertheless, Fernando scored extremely rarely in the 2011/12 season, one of the goalless periods lasted almost five months, the psychological state of the player remained difficult, and the leadership of the Spanish national team considered the feasibility of Torres’ application for the 2012 European Championship.

On April 29, 2012, in a Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers, he scored 3 goals, thereby issuing his first hat-trick as part of Chelsea.

In the 2012/13 season, Torres became Chelsea’s top scorer in the Europa League, scoring 6 goals. At the same time, Fernando scored one goal in the finals of the tournament against Benfica, in the end Chelsea won 2: 1 and won the trophy. Chelsea top scorer in the 2012/13 season, scoring 22 goals in all tournaments.

He became the first player in history to score Chelsea in seven different tournaments during one season.

Milan and return to Atletico

Torres as part of Atletico in 2018

On August 29, 2014, Chelsea and Milan reached an agreement on the lease of a football player for a period of 2 years, the transfer will be formalized after the personal contract has been agreed and the medical examination is completed.

September 23, 2014, in a match against Empoli scored his first goal for Milan. The game ended with a score of 2: 2.

On December 27, 2014, it was announced that Torres would become a Rossoneri player on a permanent basis on January 5, 2015, to go to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Alessio Churchi. On January 7, 2015, Torres spent the first match for Atletico, coming out in the starting lineup for the Spanish Cup match against Real Madrid and playing almost 60 minutes, after which he was replaced by Coke. January 15, 2015 Torres scored the first goals for Atletico after returning, scoring a double against Real Madrid, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

He was recognized as the best Atletico player in May 2015, according to the fans. This contributed to the only goal against “Villarreal” and a goal in the match with “Levante”.

Since April 2016, entrenched in the starting lineup “Atletico”. In the Champions League quarterfinal match, he scored a goal against Barcelona.

In April 2018, it became known that the 2017/18 season will be the last for Fernando Torres as part of Atletico Madrid.

Sagan Tosu

On July 10, 2018, Fernando Torres became a Sagan Tosu player. Spanish striker joins Japanese club as a free agent

Frank Lampard

Frank James-Lampard is an English footballer, trainer, and children’s poet. Position on the field – attacking midfielder. The legend of the English club “Chelsea”. Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Lampard is considered one of the strongest midfielders and one of the best English players of his time. Known for his “speed, range and ability to score goals.” Lampard began his career at West Ham United, as did his father. In the 1997/98 season, he secured a place at the base, and next year he helped the team finish the season in fifth place in the Premier League, the highest place the club ever held. In 2001, he moved to Chelsea for £ 11m.

The best scorer in the history of Chelsea football club (211 goals). August 10, 2016 scored a 300th career goal. Included in the Hall of Fame of English football for his services and his contribution to English and world football in general.

Lampard joined West Ham United, where his father was an assistant coach as a youth player in July 1994, and a year later he signed a professional contract. In October 1995, he was loaned to the club of the Second Division of Swansea City, where he began his career with a 2-0 victory over Bradford City. In the Swansea City T-shirt, he spent nine matches and scored one goal, after which he returned to West Ham United in January 1996. The first match for the club after returning from the rental played against Coventry City and spent the rest of the season on the bench.

In March of the following year, Lampard broke his leg in the match against Aston Villa. At the start of the next season, he scored a goal against Barnsley. In the 1998/99 season, he appeared in every match, and his team finished fifth in the Premier League, which is the highest finish for the club in history.

After selling partner and teammate Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United after the 2000/01 season, combined with the departure of his father and Redknapp, Lampard followed suit and left West Ham, but chose to stay in London, joining Chelsea over 11 million pounds

In June 2001, he moved to Chelsea. After a “quiet” start, production grew after the sale of Chelsea to Russian Roman Abramovich, who brought to the club great players. Amidst them, Lampard has become one of the best players in Europe and the world. With Chelsea, he won the English championship in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, as well as another achievement in the 2009-10 season. Lampard also won the English Cup four times and was a two-time Premier League Cup champion in addition to being a UEFA Champions League finalist twice, winning the final once in the 2011-12 season against Bayern Munich. With that growth, he began to solidify his presence in the English team, for which he had played since 1999, but on sporadic occasions.

Lampard was considered English player of the year 2004 and 2005. In 2005, he was second in the FIFA election for best player in the world, losing to Ronaldinho Gaúcho. In a survey conducted by Kicker magazine in October 2006, Lampard was considered one of the best players in the English team this decade, and 7% said he was considered the best player in the world. Two years later, he was voted the best European football midfielder by UEFA.

In 2008, it was close to winning the title that was missing most to the Blues, the UEFA Champions League. The club had finally secured a place in the semi-finals to eliminate Liverpool, a club with which Londoners had already developed a rivalry over having been eliminated by them twice earlier in the tournament. Lampard left his mark in the duel, from a penalty shoot, devoting with great emotion the goal to his mother, who had died days before. At the commemoration, he repeatedly kissed the black belt as a sign of mourning on his forearm. He also scored in the final, against Manchester United, in a determined match on penalties. Chelsea came close to taking the lead with a good ball and a ball on Lampard’s cross, but the ball ended the opponent after the errors of John Terry and Nicolas Anelka in the decision of maximum penalties.

In 2009, with his contract renewed, Lampard almost won the UEFA Champions League but his team were eliminated in the semifinals against Barcelona by Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and David Villa, who were the champions of this tournament . In 2010, Lampard was one of Chelsea’s stars to win that year’s English Championship, the fourth English Blues title, and the third since Lampard was hired. In 2011, he narrowly missed the English championship, where Chelsea finished second only to Manchester United.

In 2012, Lampard and the Blues finally managed to reach their main goal and won the UEFA Champions League after beating Bayern Munich on penalties. In addition to the unprecedented achievement of the Champions League, he also won the English Cup.

In 2012, Chelsea still played two more cups, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, in which the Blues were defeated by Atletico Madrid and Corinthians respectively. In 2013, he won the UEFA Europa League over Benfica, his last title for Chelsea.

Since joining the Blues on June 14, 2001, Lampard has stated that his favorite team is Chelsea and that he wanted to end his career for the club. Even though the press had announced a possible trip to Barcelona, ​​Lampard made them all give up on this when he renewed his contract with the Blues and declared his love for the team and the fans.

In 2013, when he scored 2 goals against Aston Villa in a game of the English Premier League, Lampard overcame Bobby Tambling and became the top scorer in Chelsea history with 203 goals.

On August 6, 2014, his loan was announced by the end of the year to Manchester City. Lampard received the 18 shirt and showed he wanted to take the opportunity to work alongside his new teammates, making it clear however that the ultimate goal was to be ready to join New York City in the 2015 edition of MLS. He scored his first goal for Manchester City on September 21, 2014 in a game against his former club Chelsea, kicking in a volley within the area. In respect to Chelsea, where he played more than 600 matches and his fans, did not celebrate the goal.

After leaving Chelsea, he moved to New York City on July 24, 2014 for a two-year contract. Lampard made his debut in March 2015 and wore the No. 8 uniform. In July 2015 he was invited to play the MLS All-Star against Tottenham.

Didier Drogba

Didier Yves Drogba Tebili – Ivorian football player, striker. Top scorer in the history of Côte d’Ivoire. Top scorer among foreign players in the history of the English club Chelsea. For the total number of goals for Chelsea takes the 4th place. The first African footballer to score 100 goals in the English Premier League.

In his early years he moved to France. He started his football career at Levallois. Then he played for Le Mans, in which he made his debut in 1999 in the second division of the French championship. At the age of 21, Drogba signed his first professional contract. In the 2002/03 season, Drogba scored 17 goals in 34 matches, speaking for the “Guingach”. In the same season, he first came out in the national team of Côte d’Ivoire. In 2003, Drogba transferred £ 3,3 million to Olympic Marseille.

In 2004, Drogba moved to Chelsea for £ 24 million, becoming the most expensive player in the history of Côte d’Ivoire. In 2005, Drogba scored the decisive goals in the Super Bowl of England, the Football League Cup final, and in the 2012 Champions League final, and also helped the club win the Premier League. The following year, Drogba again won the championship of England, and also became the captain of the national team. In the same year, Drogba scored Côte d’Ivoire’s first goal at the world championships, and then became the best player in Africa. In 2007 and 2010, Drogba became the top scorer in the English Premier League. November 9, 2018 officially ended his career. The last club of a 40-year-old Ivorian was the American Phoenix Rising.

Drogba is known for his charity work, for which he was in 2007 appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Program. In 2011, Didier was awarded the “Humanity out of Sport” award for his participation in the movement after the end of the civil war in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as for the creation of the “Didier Drogba Foundation”, which provides financial and material assistance in the health and education of African peoples.

Drogba is married to Malian, they have three children. Professes Catholicism

Ángel Di María

Ángel Fabián Di María Hernández – Argentine footballer, attacking midfielder of the French club Paris Saint-Germain. The player of the national team of Argentina.

A pupil of the club “Rosario Central”, in 2007, Di Maria moved to Europe, signing a contract with the Portuguese “Benfica”. 3 years later, Real Madrid bought a football player for 25 million euros, where Di Maria became the champion of Spain and the winner of the Champions League. In August 2014, the midfielder moved to Manchester United. The £ 59.7 million paid for his transfer was a record for English clubs.

Since 2008, Di Maria has been regularly called to the Argentina national team. Angel is the winner of the gold medal of the Beijing Olympics and participates in three world championships (2010, 2014, 2018).