Wayne Rooney

April 29, 2008

Wayne Rooney Factfile

Full Name: Wayne Mark Rooney

Position: Forward/Striker

Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Birthdate: 24/10/1985

Height: 1.78m (5 ft 10 in)

Previous Clubs: Everton (1996–2004)

Current Clubs: Manchester United ( 2004– still )

Wages: Roughly £110,000 (216,950.99 USD/684,755.95 Malaysia Ringgit) per week in 2007-2008 season

Success fact


By age 14, Rooney was playing for Everton’s under-19 lineup. At 17, he catapulted into England’s highest division, and suddenly the cameras were enamored. Rumors swirled about Roon, and the pundits and talking heads touted him England’s new shining star, the St. George who would slay the dragon of English soccer disappointment.

While this was quite a set of expectations to live up to, Rooney’s no mental midget. He took these expectations and surpassed them, and was crowned the youngest player ever in the national squad, the youngest goal scorer in the Premiership and the youngest scorer in the European Cup in the process.

Clearly, Everton couldn’t lay claim to Rooney for long. In the brutally capitalistic European soccer business, the teams with the bling have the power, and the blingiest of them all, Man U, called dibs. The transfer made Rooney the second most-expensive player in England. All before he turned 20.

Wayne Rooney in his 1st success in Everton

While Rooney’s performance in his professional debut was impressive, his first goal would come under much more splendid circumstances. The afternoon of October 19, 2002, saw Everton pitted against Arsenal, a powerful team that was enjoying a 30-game unbeaten streak. Rooney was sent in to replace Tomaz Radzinski in the dying moments of the game. In the final minute, he found the underside of the crossbar off a Thomas Gravesen pass, winning the game for Everton and shattering Arsenal’s streak.

If this wasn’t glory enough, this goal made Rooney, at age 16, the youngest scorer in the history of the Premiership (his record was later broken by James Milner of Leeds United).

This was only the first record that the Liverpudlian would break. One year later, in 2003, 17-year-old Rooney became the youngest player to represent England. Seven months later, he became the youngest to score for his country, in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia.

Wayne Rooney joins Manchester United

Newcastle eventually dropped their bid and, on August 31, 2004, Rooney announced that he would join the most profitable soccer team on Earth. Man. U. acquired the services of the young star for six years, at a cost of roughly £31 million (over $61 million US/$192 million Malaysian Ringgit) including wages. This sum made him one of the most expensive players in the country. Rooney does, however, have the honour of being the most expensive teenage footballer ever, being a few weeks short of his 19th birthday when Manchester United signed him.

Rooney debuted for Old Trafford in a Champions League game against Fenerbahce on September 28, 2004, and immediately proved his worth by scoring his first professional hat trick.

At the international level, Rooney is set to succeed Paul Scholes at the head of the England attack. This makes him, by default, the most scrutinized player in the country.

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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

April 27, 2008

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Vital Stats

* Date of Birth: October 3, 1981
* Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden
* Previous club: Juventus
* Current club: Inter Milan (2006-2010)
– He move to Inter Milan for 4 year contract with transfer
fee 25 million EUROS (RM 118,100,128.00) and he will
recieve a salary about 4-5 million EUROS
(RM23,620,025.00) per season.

WHAT IS HE KNOW FOR?

A pure goal scorer, Ibrahimovic has tallied key goals throughout his career, such as the game-winning goal in the 2002 Dutch Cup.

WHAY IS HE VALUABLE PLAYER?

Ibrahimovic is a physically gifted striker who is tough to cover for any defender. He keeps possession well and is difficult to tackle. Scoring goals is his main focus, which he often does when he finds the ball at his feet. He took Malmo from division two to division one, helped Ajax capture two titles and led Juventus to a Serie A title.

DEFINING MOMENT

In 2005, Ibrahimovic was named the Swedish Footballer of the Year and nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year — he finished eighth.

QUICK BIO

Ibrahimovic began playing soccer competitively at the age of 10. In 1999, he joined his first professional team, Malmo FF, a second division Swedish Football club. In his first season, Ibrahimovic scored 12 goals in 26 games and helped Malmo jump to the top division. After his successful season, Arsenal of the English Premier League and Ajax Amsterdam of the Eredivisie showed interest in him. Malmo blocked a transfer to Arsenal, but later agreed with Ajax on a transfer for €7.8 million (roughly US $10 million). In 2002, Ibrahimovic and Ajax had a banner year, as the team captured the Eredivisie Championship, the Dutch Cup and the Dutch Super Cup. In 2004, Ibrahimovic helped Ajax secure a second Eredivisie title before he moved to Juventus of the Italian Serie A for €19 million (roughly US $23.5 million). With a 16-goal contribution from Ibrahimovic, Juventus won the Serie A title. His 2002 World Cup appearance for Sweden reinforced his arrival on the soccer scene.


Thierry Henry …

April 27, 2008

Thierry Henry Factfile

Full Name: Thierry Henry

Position: Winger/Forward/Striker

Birthplace: Paris

Birthdate: 17/8/77

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 83 kg

Previous Clubs: Juventus, AS Monaco, Arsenal

Last Clubs: Arsenal
– He sign 4 years new contract with Arsenal, I believe will be his last club to play with. In keeping with that record, Arsenal are set to make him their best-paid player with the new deal worth a reported basic of 110,000 pounds (RM 1,005,578.00) a week.

Current club: Barcelona

– Finally he move to Barcelona at Spain for 16 Million pounds.

More Details (from AFCi):

Thierry began his career under Wenger at Monaco, making his league debut against Nice in August 1994. He became captain of the French Under-18 side in
1996 and made his full international debut in October 1997 in a 2-1 friendly win v South Africa. Thierry was voted Young Footballer of the Year in 1996 and was a French league title winner with Monaco in 1997. He has scored 3 goals in 11 appearances for France (up to August 1999) and was their top scorer in their victorious 1998 World Cup campaign.

Now .. Henry sign new 4 year contrack with Arsenal and he says “”This is my last contract. It is where I belong.” Those words, uttered by Thierry Henry as he committed his future to Arsenal in May, were music to the ears of anyone associated with the Club.”. After that I believe Tierry Henry will be a legend in football industries.