Central university of ecuador soccer players by Paul Iñiguez


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Central university of ecuador soccer players by Paul Iñiguez

  1. 1. History soccer and the most famous soccer players By. Paul Iñiguez
  2. 2. History soccer The answer to the question "when was soccer invented" isnt as easy to answer as you might think. Sure, the modern version of the game was standardized by the English in the 19th century, as they created the first rules for the game of soccer (the Laws of the Game in 1863), the first national team and the first Football Association, a governing body for English soccer that will soon be copied by many other nations. However, early versions of the game can be traced back to ancient times, with the Chinese playing a rather blunt kicking game back in the second century BC, or with Mezoamerican cultures practicing a game that was a combination of soccer and basketball. You can read all about the complex history of soccer in this article.
  3. 3. The most famous soccer players Michael Ballack – Early Career His father being a soccer player himself (although not a famous one, as he spent most of his career in the German second division) it was only natural that young Michael take up on soccer and he did so at his local team, BSG Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt (Michael was born in a period full of political tensions in Germany and the name of his first team says it all). His outstanding play as central midfielder for Chemnitzer FC however, earned him the nickname"Little Kaiser" from the teams fans, in reference to legendary German national team captain, Franz Beckenbauer, who was nicknamed "The Keiser", or the King.
  4. 4. Gabriel Batistuta His debut at Newells professional squad in 1988 was a huge step for Gabriel Omar Batistuta and although he played most of the matches as either a first team player or a substitute, he didnt have it easy with the Rosario club. His family was away and his girlfriend was sleeping in a small room at the stadium and he also had some weight problems he had to work hard to overcome. Fortunately, Argentinean bigwigs Riverplate saw great potential in the player and they took him on in 1989, where Batistuta would be coached by one of his childhood idols,Daniel Passarella. But his relationship with his coach would not be the best and after a few confrontations between the two, Batistuta was dropped from the squad and sold to Riverplates arch-rivals Boca Juniors.
  5. 5. David Beckham  Born in East London, Beckham was raised in a family of Manchester United supporters, with both his parents traveling to Old Trafford from London to see the teams matches, often taking young David with them. Getting the taste of soccer, David started playing for the Ridgeway Rovers, a youth team coached by his father and Steve Kirby.  Although taking part at several trials at the Manchester United youth facilities, he had some tries at his local club, Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur, however he would come back to the Manchester United youth in 1991.  After playing there for 1 year and winning the FA Youth Cup with the team, David Beckham was given the chance to play for Manchesters first squad, in a League Cup game against Brighton and Hove Albion, which would be his first appearanceas a professional soccer player.
  6. 6. Gianluigi Buffon  Born in a family of athletes, with his mother being a discus thrower, his father a weight lifter and his two sisters volleyball players, Gianluigi Buffon took up on soccer, soon getting his first professional contract at age 17, from Parma FC.  Being sent straight into the hells of Serie A, one of the hardest leagues to play in if youre a goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon proved to have a strong mind and a strong body and quickly earned a pinned down first squad position.
  7. 7. Fabio Cannavaro  Being born in Naples, Fabio Cannavaro was a huge fan of locals SSC Napoli, which were at the top of their game when Fabio was growing up. With Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara in the team, Napoli won the league title (the Scudetto) and determined the young Cannavaro to take up soccer at the clubs youth team. He spent some time close to his favorite stars, beinga ball boy for the team in home matches.  However in just a couple of years, young footballer Fabio Cannavaros dream came true: he was selected for the first squad, given a professional contract and was able to play alongside some of his childhood heroes, who were now long standing veterans in the team.  On March 7th 1993, he played his first match in a league that will not forget him too soon, Serie A. The coincidence is that his debut was made on one of the stadiums that will mark his entire career, Juventus Delle Alpi. However, losing some of their stars, including Maradona, made Napoli sink in the table and in desperate need of funds, they had to sell Fabio Cannavaro to rivals AC Parma.
  8. 8. Roberto Carlos  He first one, a 35 meter free kick that went flying with a physics-defying curve to hit the post and go in the goal was voted the Free Kick of the Century and another famous goal of his, a volley taken from the corner flag that went straight in the back of the net, are bound to make you rub your eyes a couple of times when you see them for the first time.  But obviously, Roberto is a soccer player that thrived off his defensive qualities, not on his goals, having played left back for most of his career. The followingbiography will take you through this wonderful career that saw the player take on the shirt of Palmeiras, Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid and nowadays, Fenerbahce Istanbul.
  9. 9. Deco Born in Brazil, Deco played for a second division club, Corinthians Alagoano, that didnt show promise for being a good launch pad for a talented soccer player.  For this reason, when Benfica offered him a deal at age 19, Deco was quick to accept, as Benfica is one of the most important teams in Portugal, he was moving to a country that spoke roughly the same language and he had the prospects of starting aEuropean career, which is the dream of manyBrazilian players.  After a short loan spell at FC Alverca, where he played regularly, Benficas manager, Graeme Souness did not want him back at the team for the next season, as he thought of Deco as a footballer he could not use in his team. Therefore, Benfica sold him to Salgueiros, a smaller team from Porto, where he played 12 games, before catching the eyes of bigwigs FC Porto.
  10. 10. Samuel Eto’o  At age 26, already being a star footballer, Eto is considered by many as being the greatest ever soccer player from Cameroon at the end of his career. But, since that point in his life is still around 10 years away, lets focus on his earlier professional life, in this Samuel Etobiography.  It will probably be surprising for many to know this, but Samuel Eto actually started his career at his current teams arch-rivals, Real Madrid, who have the merit of discovering the talented player at the Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon.  Joining the youth team of Real at only 15 years of age, in 1996, he only spent 1 year at the club, being loaned to second divisions CD Leganes in the 1997-1998. Returning to Real, he was taken on the first team when being only 17 years old, however he had a frustrating season, being given the chance to play for the Santiago Bernabeu side in only 3 games and even those, as a late substitute. 
  11. 11. Luis Figo  Portuguese soccer is well known for having some of the most prestigious and well-equipped youth training camps in the World and Sportings youth facilitiesare amongst them. It is here that Luiz Figo started out playing soccer, being born in Lisbon himself.  He grew up in a team that would later be a large part of the "GoldenGeneration" of Portuguese soccer, with other important teammates such as Rui Costa. Although growing up in such a professional and competitive environment, the pressure didnt slow down the footballer, Figo shining out whenever he played and eventually winning his first senior game at Sporting in 1989 (age 17).  Although not a first squad constant (as would be expected from a 17 year old footballer), Figo managed to win his place in the team the following years and started showing more and more of his brilliance with each passing year.  Already having spent 6 seasons at Sporting, a move to a bigger club was inevitable and it was Juventus and AC Parma who made the first move, both teams offering him a contract.  Still young and being ill consulted, Luiz Figo signed for both clubs at the same time, triggering a scandal that resulted in a 2 year ban for him to transfer in the Italian Serie A. I think this was for the best, as Spanish giants FC Barcelonaimmediately moved in and signed the young midfielder.
  12. 12. Ronaldinho  Ronaldo de Assis Moreira by his full name, Ronaldinho was often calledRonaldinho (or little Ronaldo) by his friends, even from his younger days.  Raised in Porto Alegre, in the Rio Grande do Sul state of Brazil, he was also given a secondary nickname in Gaucho, which is how Brazilians call people from that particular area (later on he would use the name Ronaldinho Gaucho to distinguish himself from Ronaldo, who was also referred to as Ronaldinho at times).  Following the footsteps of his older brother, Roberto, who was playing professional soccer for local club Gremio, Ronaldinhos skills drew a lot of eyes, even during his early days as a soccer player. When he joined Gremios youth team, he already had some experience with different branches of the game, such as futsal or beach soccer.  At age 13, he managed to get the first media praises, as he scored all 23 goals in one of his futsal teams game.  Afterwards, a string of good games for Gremios youth squads brought him in the Brazil national squads, his brightest performance being the one in Egypt 1997 for the Brazilian Under-17 team, where he scored 2 goals and assisted a few more. 
  13. 13. Steven Gerrard  The average lifetime of a player at a given club is around 4 years, after which he needs to move, either due to entering a stage of self sufficiency at that club, losing the first squad or simply wanting a new challenge or a higher salary.  There are a few exceptions and when it comes to stability and having a conservative nature, the English excel. This is how it was possible for a player like Steven Gerrard to already have so many years under his belt at Liverpool, since he started playing for the youth teams of the Reds in 1989, at 9 years of age.  His childhood years were not the most promising though, as he would rarely play for the Liverpool youth squad, having problems with late growth spurts until he was 14.  Although still considered a very talented player that could become an option for the Liverpool first squad in a few years, Stevie Gerrard was allowed to trial for various other clubs in England.  As he noted in his recent autobiography, this was to force Liverpool into offering him an YTS (Youth Training Scheme) contract. He also had an incident at home that almost stopped him from playing soccer, being close to losing a toe to agarden fork.  Finally, in 1997, at age 17, Steve Gerrard was given a professional contract from Liverpool and saw his dream come true. 
  14. 14. Cristiano Ronaldo  Usually, the name of Ronaldo, at least in soccer, was firmly tied to the Brazilian striker, as he was immensely renowned after winning almost anything a footballer could dream of winning. However, entering a poorer period of his career at Real Madrid, Ronaldo slowly began to succumb and young Cristiano Ronaldo was there to grab the name for his own.  So, nowadays, most people will think of the young Portuguese rather than the ex-"Il Phenomeno" when hearing the name Ronaldo. (By the way, this name was given to Cristiano by his mother after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, so theres no connection between him and the Brazilian player).