Tributes flood in for Spain, Atletico legend Aragones

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Tributes have poured in after former Spain coach Luis Aragones passed away on Saturday. Aragones, who led Spain to glory at UEFA Euro 2008, died aged 75 at Madrid’s Clinica Cemtro in the early hours of Saturday morning, local time. As a player, Aragones won three La Liga titles with Atletico Madrid, and also led the capital club to one Spanish title and three Copa del Rey crowns as a coach. The world of football has been quick to pay ...

Bifouma joins West Brom on loan

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Espanyol’s French striker Thievy Bifouma has joined West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. Thievy, 21, has made just 11 appearances in La Liga this campaign – including nine off the bench – and netted three goals. The English Premier League club have agreed a €500,000 loan fee, with another €100,000 in potential add-ons. Reports suggest a €4million deal could make the deal permanent in the off-season. A France Under-21 international, who can play either through ...

The Bright Career of SteveHeyer

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Born on January 16th in the year 1984, StephonHeyer is one of the finest football players who plays for New York jets in the national football league. He is one of those payers who are naturally skilled at the game and have been showing signs of stardom ever since their childhood days. He is a pro at his work as his football playing skills have often been appreciated. He is a star player who has won a lot of accolades. He plays at the offensive tackle position and has been excelling at this position since a long time. He attended Brookwood high school and also did a two year letterman in football. Steve Heyeralso played college football at Maryland and had a thoroughly successful career there. He came under spotlight as his coaches and teammates appreciated his skills and prowess. When he ...

Ryan Babel

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Ryan Guno Babel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɑjɐn ˈbaːbəl]; born 19 December 1986) is a football player who currently plays for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. He can play as a left winger and as a striker. Babel began his career at AFC Ajax in 1998, working his way up through the youth team and into the senior squad. He played three seasons for the first team before he was transferred to Liverpool in mid-2007, where under three successive managers he failed to secure a regular first team position. Babel was sold to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in January 2011, for a sum around half of that which Liverpool paid for him. Babel has been part of the Dutch national football team since 2005, and has represented his country at all youth team levels. Early career Ryan Babel, born 19 December 1986, ...

Ruud van Nistelrooy

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Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij, (Dutch pronunciation: [ryt vɑn ˈnɪstəlroːi̯]; born 1 July 1976), better known as Ruud van Nistelrooy, is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hamburg in the German Bundesliga. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 60 goals. He is a three-time Champions League top scorer, as well as a top scorer in three different European domestic leagues. Van Nistelrooy began his career with Den Bosch, before moving onto Heerenveen, eventually making a name for himself at PSV Eindhoven where he won two Dutch leagues. His goalscoring record at PSV attracted attention from Manchester United; a deal was in place in the summer of 2000, but because of injury problems his move was secured a year later for a then British record fee of £19m. His time ...

Valon Behrami

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Valon Behrami (born 19 April 1985) is a Swiss footballer of Albanian descent who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League, as well as the Swiss national team. Early life Behrami was born in Titova Mitrovica, Yugoslavia to Albanian parents. When Behrami was five, his parents both lost their jobs; his mother Halime as a secretary and his father Ragip as a manager of a plastics company. As a result, Behrami along with his parents and older sister Valentina moved to Stabio, a village in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Behrami's mother described him as energetic: "As a child, running was Valon's favourite pastime — he just never got tired. Even now, he can hardly sit still for a second. He always needs a ball at his feet." Club career Early Career Behrami started out playing football with Swiss club sides FC ...

Karim Benzema

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Karim Benzema (born 19 December 1987) is a French football player of Algerian heritage who currently plays as a striker for the La Liga club Real Madrid and internationally represents the French national football team. Benzema came through the youth academy at Lyon and has been capped at senior level for France. He played in UEFA Euro 2008 and was the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 for the 2007–08 season, just three seasons after making his professional debut. This was also his breakthrough season which saw him earn many awards and a new contract which resulted in him becoming one of the highest-paid footballers in France. He signed for Real Madrid in July 2009, on a six year contract. Personal life Benzema was born in Lyon, to parents of Kabyle Algerian race. Benzema grew up with nine siblings and his father Hafid in ...

Antonio Di Natale

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Antonio Di Natale (born 13 October 1977 in Naples) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Udinese. A versatile striker, Di Natale can play anywhere in the front line, as a lone striker or out wide in a 3-pronged attack but is most effective when played as an out-and-out striker. He is notable for his dribbling skills, pace and for his ability to score and create goals. Club career Though born in Naples, Di Natale moved up north and joined Empoli's youth system. He impressed while playing for the Tuscany side in Serie A and even received his first Azzurri call-up. He was awarded a contract extension. When Empoli was relegated he moved to Udinese. After having joined Udinese in the 2004–05 Serie A season, Di Natale partnered with Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Di Michele in attack, and the Friulian club ...

Cristiano Ronaldo

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs; the first or maternal family name is Santos and the second or paternal family name is Aveiro. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾɨʃtiˈɐnu ʁuˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985), commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and serves as captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo is 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). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is to be paid £11 million per year over the following six years, makes him the highest-paid football player in the world. Ronaldo holds the distinction of being the first player to win the FIFA ...