Fernando Torres – Spain

26th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Full Name: Fernando Jose Torres
Date of Birth: 20th March 1984
Position: Striker

Current Club: Liverpool (England)
2009/2010 Apps/Goals: 22/18

International Appearances: 71
International Goals: 23

 

Known as ‘El Nino’ by his adoring fans at his club Liverpool in England, Fernando Torres has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s finest strikers, with a large portion of the general public even touting Torres as the very best at what he does, which is scoring goals.

Since joining Liverpool back in 2007 from his former club Atletico Madrid, Torres has been a scoring machine under the guidance of Spanish compatriot Rafael Benitez as Liverpool manager. Reporters in Spain claimed Torres always had the raw materials and potential to make it big in the game, and that Atletico Madrid was a club holding him back in his progression, but only the smart few would have predicted just how fast Torres would take to the physical style of English football. ‘El Nino’ as the fans like to shout from the Anfield (Liverpool) stands of every home game, or simply ‘Liverpool’s Number 9′, was quoted at 16/1 for England’s Golden Boot in his very first season (2007-2008) and was thwarted only by a player which would late become the World’s Best Player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in his bid to land the Golden Boot award in just his first season in the English Premiership after scoring 24 goals in 33 league games for Liverpool.

Liverpool fans quickly knew the £25 Million they initially paid for the Spaniard was a snip. Thereafter, however, big things were expected of ‘El Nino’ but injuries put pay to any real inroads for Fernando Torres as the Spainish international only accumulated 14 league goals in his second spell at the club after an injury blighted season, while Torres missed substantial parts of the last season (2009-2010) for the Reds but, however, still managed to end the season with the best Goals Per Game ratio in the Premiership after scoring 18 goals in just 22 league appearances.

 

Disappointing end to the campaign: Torres finished the 2009-2010 domestic season on the sidelines for his club, Liverpool, through a knee injury which forced him into surgery as so he would recover in time for the World Cup finals. However, Torres rarely had a run of games in the Liverpool team due to his injury problems, with reports earlier in the season suggesting Torres needed a Hernia operation in the summer. However, even with injuries plaguing his pitch time, Torres has still been able to fight through the pain barrier and score plenty of goals.

 

Strengths: There’s plenty of them; ranging from his blistering turn of pace and acceleration, his quick feet and skills when in possession, his ability and agility to get past a defender, and, more importantly as a forward, the ease at which he scores his goals. Torres is your typical striker in that he can score from absolutely anywhere and has the talent, know-how and sheer audacity to make a goal out of a seemingly impossible situation. The basic rule of thumb is; When you see Fernando Torres in possession of the ball, be on your toes as anything can and probably will happen.

 

Weaknesses: A fairly new weakness has come to light only recently in that Torres, perhaps born out of frustration because of all his injuries during the last year or so, has become more aggressive. Near the end of the season, before he had his knee operation, Torres was arguing with Referee’s a lot more than usual and this often resulted in a booking for the Spaniard. His temperament has been questioned and Rafael Benitez was even quoted as saying he needed to have a quiet word with Torres in order to calm him down. Apparently he does have a past for arguing with Ref’s so perhaps we should expect a few cards during the summer. Other than that, though, Torres doesn’t appear to have too many serious flaws in his play.




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