Fernando Torrres was born in Madrid in March 1984. He played for his first football team, aged 5, as a goalkeeper and signed as a professional for Atletico Madrid aged 15, made his first-team debut two years later, and became club captain at 19. After 200 appearances for Atletico, he was signed for a club-record GBP20 million by Liverpool in July 2007, and in his debut season in the Premier League became the first Liverpool player in 12 years to score 20 goals. He made his debut for Spain in 2003, has amassed over 50 caps to date, and has played in two European Championships and one World Cup. He scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2008 European Championships Final. He has an older brother and sister, and has a current personal fortune estimated at more than GBP14 million.
This book was recommended to me by Darren McCartney,
thanks Darren I will check it out.
“Here We Go Gathering Cups In May” is the story of Liverpool F.C’s ongoing love affair with the European Cup, told through the eyes and voices and the fans themselves. 7 Finals. 7 Fans. 7 amazing adventures, in which the ingenuity (and pockets) of the fans have been challenged as they set their sights on getting to that final by hook or by crook.Above all this collection of essays tells of the bond between a club and its fans; the lengths those fans will go to, in order to be there at the endgame to cheer on their team; what happened along the way; their escapades in some of Europe’s iconic capitals; and their recollections of those historic nights – nights of glory and, sometimes, nights of tragedy.
About the Author
Kevin Sampson is the author of 7 novels and one work of non-fiction – EXTRA TIME. His work has been translated into 11 languages and his bestselling novel POWDER is published by Canongate in the U.S Nicky Allt is the author of THE BOYS FROM THE MERSEY, a best-selling fan memoir published by MILO in 2004. Dave Kirby is an enormously popular poet, specialising in themes of football and street life. Jegsy Dodd is a poet and musician whose current album ORIGINAL SINNERS is a mainstay in the Indie chart and Radio One favorite. John Maguire is the creator of the Liverpool fans RTK website. Peter Hooton is the former lead singer of popular 90s band The Farm. He regularly contributes to magazines such as 4-4-2 and Swine and for the official Liverpool F.C website. Tony Barrett is a head feature writer for The Liverpool Echo.
HANSEN, Rush, Souness, Keegan, Clemence, McDermott, Neal, Kennedy, Heighway, Nicol – the list of great Liverpool players scouted by Geoff Twentyman goes on and on. Now, for the first time, the family of the club’s former Chief Scout between 1967 and 1986 has unearthed the diary that exposes the fascinating secrets behind the signings that helped the Reds dominate football at home and abroad in the 1970s and 1980s as well as revealing some of the famous names that Liverpool never signed. Secret Diary of a Liverpool Scout tells Twentyman’s remarkable story and gets the players’ modern day take on how British footballing history could have been very different.
Came across this new book, I am sure it is a great read. I have ordered by copy today.
Fernando Torres is already a football idol. Signed to Liverpool for GBP20 Million, ‘El Nino’ has taken 10 years to go from child prodigy to one of the greatest players on earth. His pacy runs and genius goal scoring has won the hearts and minds of millions of fans. This is his amazing story. Fanatical about the great game from the age of five, Fernando joined Atletico Madrid in 1995, aged only eleven, and three years later was voted best under-15 player in Europe. A few seasons later, and after many a stunning goal, Torres was named Atletico’s club captain, going on to score 21 goals in 2003-04. Fast becoming a goal machine, Fernando netted three times in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and established himself as a true contender on the international stage. Several clubs were queuing up to sign him, and form a storm of media speculation emerged the truth: Fernando was to wear the number 9 shirt for Liverpool in 2007. He hasn’t looked back since – 33 goals in 2007-8 made Torres the highest foreign goal-scorer in a debut season in football history. To top is all off, Torres put in an incredible performance to take Spain to Victory in Euro 2008. El Nino is a truly extraordinary player, and his story reads like a football fairytale. An intimate look at a star who just keeps on rising, this book is essential reading for any fan.
How many times have we asked this question? The answers are usually either Paisley or Shankly but no one can really say for sure.
I recently read Paul Tomkin’s latest book Dynasty and if you are a Liverpool fan you have to read it and analyse it.
Paul does an outstanding job in rating all the Liverpool Managers since Shankly in the areas that they were responsible for such as games and transfers. It is very interesting to look at the statistics and what you will see will surprise you.
I will not give any of the book away but please do give it a read, it will make you a more complete Liverpool Supporter and will make you think beyond just the weekly or bi-weekly game, it will make you see the bigger picture.
Great job Paul.
Tuesday Apr 28Posted by: Michael Owen Comments Off
Being released to coincide with the official start of Liverpool’s coronation as European Capital of Culture, Tales From The Travelling Kop is a compilation of supporters’ experiences at Liverpool away games over the past four decades. It has been compiled by the writers from fans’ website Walton Breck Road with contributions from some of the club’s supporters.
Featuring six European Cup finals, one UEFA Cup, three FA Cups, one League Cup, one Cup Winners’ Cup and the clinching of two League Championships; Tales From The Travelling Kop contains stories from some of the most important games and events in the history of Liverpool Football Club with all stories in the book written by some of the club’s passionate supporters.
Available from Saturday 12th January 2008 in either paperback or a limited edition hardback with all proceeds from the sale of the book going to the Parkinson’s Disease Society, Tales From The Travelling Kop costs £18 is a must for any Liverpool fan.
Limited edition hardback
Binding: 15.24 x 22.86 cm
Release Date: Saturday 12th January 2008
Available at www.lulu.com/content/1350480
Binding: 15.24 x 22.86 cm
Release Date: Saturday 12th January 2008
Available at http://www.lulu.com/content/1929057