Ronaldinho’s Biography

Ronaldinho was born into a family of football addicts, living in a wooden house in the heart of a favela. His father, Joao da Silva Moreira who played for an amateur club made ends meet by by working as a car park attendant at Gremio Football Club. His brother Roberto was a great hope for the club but then his career was unfortunately ended by a terrible knee injury.

At the age of 8, tregedy struck as Ronaldinho’s father drowned in a swimming pool at a villa provided by Gremio for Roberto. Following in the footsteps of his brother Ronnie then joined the Gremio’s footballing school and wowed everyone there. He made it into the first team in 1997 and was being heralded as one of the best young hopes in Brazilan football. Meanwhile, he was already making the breakthrough with the national squad, and his six goals were fundamental in Brazil’s Copa America triumph in 1999.

In 2001, Ronaldinho moved on to PSG where he became a fan’s favourite with his tremendous flair and excting style of football – also contributing tremendous amounts of goals. However his employer’s still weren’t happy with his atitude and looked ot get rid of him. Of course, he continued to shine in the international arena. His finest hour came at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, where he was a key member of the side that won Brazil’s record fifth world title – scoring in the quarter final and playing an integral role in midfield in the final.

Ronaldinho then moved to Barcelona – arguably the biggest club in the world – for what now seems a bargain at £21,000,000. When he arrived, he said that his desire was to bring as much success to the club as so many Brazilians had done before him, such as Evaristo, Ronaldo, Romario and Rivaldo. Having won the World Footballer of the Year title it seems he has now fulfilled that desire.

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A Football Genius – Robert Prosinecki

If you’re a footy fan you’ve probably heard of this legendary midfielder, former member of Croatian national team. Robert Prosinecki was born in 1969. in Germany’s Schwenningen, where his parents were working. He came in Croatia at early age and started playing for Dinamo Zagreb, but coach Miroslav Blazevic dismissed him saying his (in)famous sentence: ‘If this lad becomes a real football player, I’ll eat my coaching diploma.’

I’m not sure if his diploma still remained in one piece, but Robert Prosinecki then signed for Red Star Belgrade and made his debut in young national team of Yugoslavia. In fact, in 1987. Robi or Zuti (‘the yellow one’, due to his blonde hair) came to the world’s attention at the World Youth Championship in Chile where he was named player of the tournament!

Who would thought this midfielder would become the only player in World Cup history to score for two different national teams? In Italy 1990, Prosinecki scored one goal for Yugoslavia in a group match against United Arab Emirates. As Yugoslavia fell apart soon after that, Robi became prominent member of Croatian national team. Eight years later, during FIFA World Cup finals in France he scored 2 goals, in a group match against Jamaica and in the third place match against the Netherlands. The second goal included his famous technique, that fooled opponent players completely.

Croatia won third place that year (with striker Davor Suker as Golden Boot winner), but among many Croats there’s a still regret for what might have happened if only coach Blazevic didn’t leave Robert Prosinecki on a bench during semi-final match against France, which Croatia lost 1:2.

However, the 3rd place in a World Cup will forever remain the crown of his career, but let’s not forget he also won European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991., and played for Spain’s big two clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. In Portsmouth, where he played only in season 2001/2002., Robert is even now held as a hero and his nickname was ‘Croatian Magician’.

I met this football genius about 10 years ago, you never guess where – at the art gallery! No, he didn’t become a painter, but he opened exhibition of painting as a special guest. Calm and down-to-earth, he gave autographs afterwards and took pictures with his fans.

Robert Prosinecki ended his playing career in 2004., but his famous dribblings, passes and goals are already part of greatest moments in football history.

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Cristiano Ronaldo – Read the Biography on Cristiano Ronaldo

Son of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal to the name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. His second name Ronaldo was given to him by his father, who was a great admirer of U.S. president Ronald Regan. The youngest of four children, Cristiano Ronaldo has three siblings; an older brother Hugo and two sisters; Elma and Liliana Cátia who works as a singer in Portugal by the stage name Ronalda.

The Portuguese footballer who plays for Barclays Premier League 2006-2007, 2007-2008 Champions and winner of the 2007-2008 Champions League; Manchester United. Wearing the number 7 shirt, he plays as a winger, a central attacker and as a second forward. His passion for football was seen as early as age three and by age six when he started primary school this passion became even more obvious. His football career started at age eight when he first played for an amateur team Andorinha, for which his father was the kit man. In 1995 at just ten years old, his reputation grew in Portugal, this saw the two top teams in Madeira, in CS Marítimo and CD Nacional showing a keen interest in signing the youngster. He signed for CD Nacional and after a title winning season; he went on a three day trial at Sporting who immediately signed him for an undisclosed sum of money.

While at Sporting the Portuguese winger trained at the club’s football factory, the Alcochete; where his skills were nurtured. Though his progression at the club was obstructed by his growth, Cristiano Ronaldo became the only player in the club’s history to represent the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, B team and first-team all in the same season. He scored two goals on his debut for Sporting against Moreirense and featured in Portugal’s Under 17 team for the UEFA Under 17 Championships. His appearance for Portugal at these championships sparked the interest of Liverpool’s then manager Gérard Houllier at the age of 16 but Houllier refused to sign him because he was deemed too young.

However, in 2003 the winger caught the eye of Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson when Sporting beat Manchester United 3-1 in a match that marked the inauguration of the Alvalade XXI stadium in Lisbon. With the departure of David Beckham, Manchester needed a right winger and he was signed for a fee of £12.24 million, becoming the Manchester United’s first Portuguese player ever. The Portuguese winger made his first appearance for the Red Devils at Old Trafford in a 4-0 win. He scored his first goal for Manchester United in the 2004 FA Cup Final against Millwall FC, the winger also scored Manchester United’s 1000th goal in a 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in October 2005. At the end of the season, he had a tally of 10 goals and was voted by fans to be FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year 2005, an award he also won in 2006.

In the summer of 2006, the Portugal winger was at the center of a controversy with fellow Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney; when both teams met in the world cup quarter finals. The incident saw Rooney being shown a red card and the resulting elimination of England from the world cup on penalties; the last of which was taken by the winger. Despite the incident both players remained friends and in November 2006, he won the Barclays Player of the Month award again an award he also won in December 2006. He scored his 50th goal for Manchester United which proved to be the decisive goal that gave Manchester United their first Premiership title in four years against rivals Manchester City.

In April 2007, the Portuguese national signed a new five year deal worth £120,000 a week, making him the highest paid player in Manchester United’s history. Among his accolades, the Portuguese footballer won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the PFA Young Player of the Year awards, the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Association Award and 2007 Portuguese Footballer of the Year at the end of his 2006-2007 season at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2007-2008 season for the Barclays Premier League Champions saw him exceeding George Best’s forty year old record for the most goals scored by a midfielder in a season, at 32 goals by scoring 42 goals in all competitions helping Manchester United to back to back Premiership titles and the coveted UEFA Champions League title. Ronaldo who also placed third in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007 will be looking to place first in the same awards this year as he has proven to be the best player on the planet, with this season’s stellar performances. Cristiano Ronaldo however had a very disappointing Euro 2008 campaign with Portugal, which saw him scoring only one goal for his country that was eliminated by Germany in the quarter finals. He has also been linked to a lucrative transfer deal worth approximately EUR100 million euros to La Liga giants Real Madrid.

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Football FC Bedding For Your Kids

If your kids love the game of football then football club bedding is the way to go. Before buying FC beddings, you must know well in advance, which football club does your kids support. For example, if your kids like Manchester United, they would not like the look of bedding that has Chelsea or Arsenal in it. Once you are aware of the club your kids support, next you need to see players they love watching. Often, kids have two or three favorites with regard to players. You need to find a football club bedding with some exclusivity. It can be in the form of design, logo or style.

While some kids prefer bedding with the team logo and jersey, there are plenty of kids who want a photograph of their favorite player in the bedding. Bedding with team logo and jersey is normally more expensive as compared to the bedding with a picture of individual player. For example, if your kid is a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, he would like the football club bedding with a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo rather than a group photograph of all the team players.

Buying fc beddings for your kids:

Rather than buying from an official store of these football clubs, it is advisable that you buy from other online stores. This is because of the simple reason that official stores do not provide any discount on football club bedding. As there is not much to do in terms of style and design in beddings, your focus should be on the quality.

Buying bedding for your kids is not an easy task especially when you take into consideration the fact that there are so many football clubs playing in various countries. Football clubs from English Premier League are more popular among kids. It includes, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool FC and Chelsea. Spanish football clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona are also quite popular.

Make sure that football club bedding you have chosen is of high quality and is going to last for a long period of time.

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The Best of Barcelona, Catalonian Capital of Spain

Located on the northeastern coast of Spain is the intoxicating city of Barcelona. Set against the Mediterranean Sea, this multifaceted jewel rewards visitors and locals alike with mesmerizing architecture, impressive museums, outstanding cuisine and more.

Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia, buzzes with a hip, modern vibe, yet retains its rich and diverse history. There is no end in sight when it comes to interesting things to see and do in this sunny, vivacious city. In that respect, a highlight of the best that Barcelona has to offer can be helpful.

The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

The Gothic Quarter, once the center of the city during Roman times, is surprisingly well preserved within this modern-day community. Narrow streets lined with Gothic buildings dating from the 14th and 15th century wind about in a maze-like fashion. Of special interest is the huge Cathedral, one of the greatest Gothic buildings in all of Spain. In addition, a number of pretty squares offer a relaxing place to soak it all in while you note how old and new architecture seem to thrive in each others company.

There is no lack of choice when it comes to bars and restaurants in the Gothic Quarter. Take time to enjoy authentic tapas and a glass of sangria to renew your strength. For the more energetic, the Quarter offers up some tempting night-life. The Placa Reial and Calle Ferran are excellent spots to find a variety of cafes and bars where the action never stops.

Ramble through Las Ramblas

Only a few blocks southeast of the Gothic Quarter is an area known as Las Ramblas, or La Rambla. The lovely tree-lined streets, five in all, are brimming with busy bodies and afford plenty of people watching. Street shows are plentiful and include such exotic offerings as sword swallowing while eager vendors pay no mind as they busily push their wares.

A lively bird market one street over is worth a peek as is the Modernist Boqueria Market. The market is found next to the famous 19th century opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. The area does end on a seedy note and becomes seedier at night with peep shows and the like as you make way towards the monument of Christopher Columbus and the outlying harbor.

In regards to eating and shopping, prices tend to be elevated in Las Ramblas due to its high volume of tourists. Better choices and prices can be found outside of the area, although there is something to be said for sipping a glass of sangria while watching the live theater play out on the street before you.

Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi is beloved to all in Barcelona and his unfinished cathedral, the truly magnificent Sagrada Familia, is said to be the number one visited attraction in the city. If time allows for nothing else, be sure to see this most famous building. The breathtaking spires are intertwined with sculptures and make a bold statement against the backdrop of blue sky. The museum is housed inside and requires a fee to enter. If short on time, simply gazing at Sagrada Familia from the outside is rewarding enough.

Gaudi’s home can be found in the wildly intriguing Park Guell along with amazing sculptures, buildings and tile work designed by the man himself. Gaudi’s style has been admired by architects around the world and his work can be found all over the city. If Gaudi’s architecture is your thing, it might be worth investing in one of the many tours offered.

More to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has an impressive aquarium, L’Aquarium de Barcelona, located in the Port area. It boasts an underwater tunnel measuring at 80 meters long with six million liters of water and an immense Oceanarium, the only one found in Europe.

The Spanish Village, or Espanyol de Montjuic, is another famous attraction that depicts different types of architecture from all over Spain. There are a number of craft shops that highlight traditionally made Spanish goods found throughout the village. It is also the venue for the famous Flamenco show Tableo de Carmen, a traditional Spanish music and dance experience.

There are over 50 museums in Barcelona, but a few of the most popular are the Picasso Museum, the History of Catalunya Museum, the Maritime Museum and the FC Barcelona Football Club Museum. It is always best to check in advance for museum operating hours and fees.

Travel is always an adventure and unique Barcelona is a big city deserving of exploration. With so many options, a must-see-and-do list can be helpful. Pick your favorites, make your list and get ready to enjoy Barcelona, a prime European destination.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – On the Sunny Side of the Street

Never in Manchester United history was so much owed by so many to so few as when substitutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham in tandem together wrote soccer poetry with their feet in the Champions League final versus Bayern Munich in 1999. Indeed, the match against the German club was to become the pinnacle of Solskjaer’s long and illustrious footballing career.

Born in the small town of Kristiansund on February 26th 1973, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his playing career with local club Clausenengen. Even though the Manchester United faithful hardly raised an eyebrow when he arrived in Manchester in 1996, it did not take long for the supporters to realise the club had unearthed a real find. A no-nonsense performer with a powerful work ethic, his drive and determination inspired his Old Trafford team-mates and put fear into opponents. Scoring several crucial goals for Manchester United during the 1996/97 campaign, Solskjaer finished as the club’s top scorer with 18 League goals in his very first season at The Theatre of Dreams.

Although the Norwegian striker had his soccer career cut short by injuries in 2007, he stayed with the Old Trafford club and eventually took over the reigns of the Manchester United Reserves the following year. As for the international stage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his first appearance for Norway in a friendly against Jamaica in Kingston on 26 November 1995, and went on to collect a total of 67 senior caps for his native country. In honour of the loyal Manchester United stalwart, a fully deserved testimonial game was staged against Espanyol in front of an incredible 68,000 crowd at Old Trafford in August 2008.

After finding the back of the net on his Manchester United debut at home to Blackburn Rovers in August 1996, the Norway international proceeded to make a total of 366 outings for the Manchester Reds, scoring 126 goals. Indisputably, the highlight of Solskjaer’s footballing life came in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when he netted the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the last minute of the match, winning the coveted Treble for Manchester United.

In retrospect, the prodigious Norseman was no doubt one of the most significant footballing servants ever to pull on the famous red shirt in Manchester United history. Sir Alex Ferguson has without doubt had some notable success in the transfer market in the past, and the £1.5 million he paid Norwegian outfit Molde to sign Solskjaer seems like a complete bargain by today’s prices.

«We had to score some goals after the pressure we had. It’s unbelievable and it’s very difficult to describe how I feel just now. But if people still wonder why I stay at Manchester United they can see why. The team spirit, it is unbelievable.» – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quote.

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What Is La Liga?

La Liga is the term commonly used for top division of soccer in Spain. Each season, twenty Spanish clubs compete to win the championship for La Liga. The teams play each other twice for a total of 38 games during each season. After the season is complete, the team with the most points is awarded the championship. The top three teams advance to the UEFA Champions League. The fourth place team has a chance to qualify as well, but must go through a playoff. The bottom three teams are relegated to a lower division. Let’s look at the history.

La Liga began play in 1929. There were ten teams that competed, including Barcelona and Real Madrid. Over the years, a total of 59 teams have competed in the top division. Only Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Bilbao have played in the top division every season. They have played a total of 79 seasons in La Liga. Valencia and Espanyol have played 75 seasons each. Barcelona won the first title in 1929. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the most prominent teams in the league. Real Madrid has won a total of 31 championships. They have finished in second place 19 times. Barcelona has won 20 league titles. The two teams have combined to win the Champions League crown 12 times. During the Spanish Civil War, the league was briefly disbanded.

Different teams have had strong eras. In the early years of the league, Atletico Bilbao was the dominant team. They won four championships in the 1930’s. Valencia and Barcelona were the dominant teams of the 1940’s, each winning three titles during that decade. Real Madrid and Barcelona were the dominant teams of the 1950’s. Real Madrid won four championships during the 1950’s. In the 1960’s, Real Madrid became the most dominant team in La Liga. They won a remarkable eight championships in the 1960’s. They remained strong in the 1970’s, winning five championships. During the 1990’s, Barcelona began establishing themselves as a major force. They picked up six championships. The two major clubs have mostly dominated the 2000’s, although Valencia did win two titles in 2002 and 2004. Barcelona is the two time defending champion.

La Liga has seen some amazing players over the years. Being one of the top leagues in Europe, many superstars flock to Spain to play for one of the dominant teams. Raul Gonzalez, Hugo Sanchez, and David Beckham are among the major stars that have played with Real Madrid. Barcelona has also featured many of the best players in the world. Lionel Messy, Ronaldinho, and David Villa are among the formidable stars that have played for Barcelona. Other teams have featured some talented players as well.

With so many powerful teams, La Liga rivals the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A as the top leagues in Europe. Their teams constantly perform well in the Champions League and other European competitions. The status of La Liga doesn’t figure to change any time soon.

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Lionel Messi the Successor of Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario city on June 24, 1987. He started playing football at the age of five for Grandoli, a club coached by his father. Messi switched to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Every month Messi required treatment for the illness that cost over 500 Pounds. River Plate showed interest in Messi’s progress, but did not have enough money to pay for his treatment. FC Barcelona was made aware of Messi talent. After watching him play, Barcelona signed him and offer to pay for the medical bills if he was willing to move to Spain.

Messi is a player with exceptional quality. He is highly creative, and has the skills to take on defenders with ease. He is a versatile left-footed player who can play either in the middle or on either wing, or even as a centre forward. Messi makes up for the lack of height with his speed and agility. His sudden changes in pace make him a true problem for the defenders. In addition, his accurate powerful shot make him truly unique in free kick and corner situations. He has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, and indeed Maradona himself named Messi his «successor».

In club football, Messi made his debut against Espanyol on October 16, 2004, becoming the third-youngest player ever to play for FC Barcelona and youngest club player who played in La Liga at that that time (a record broken by team mate Bojan Krkic in September 2007). He scored his first senior goal against Albacete Balompié on May 1, 2005. Messi was 17 years, 10 months and 7 days old at that time, becoming the youngest player to ever score in a La Liga game for FC Barcelona until 2007 when Bojan Krkic broke this record.

Messi won the Under 20 World Cup in Holland with Argentina. He was crowned the leading goalscorer and voted best player in the tournament. Aged 18 years, he had become one of the hottest properties in the world game. Shortly after, he made his first full international appearance in a friendly against Hungary. In 2005, José Pekerman called Messi up to the senior Argentine national team. He made his debut on August 17, 2005 against Hungary. He was sent off in the 63rd minute, just 40 seconds after he came in as a substitute. The referee found Messi to have elbowed defender Vilmos Vanczák, who was tugging Messi’s shirt. He left the pitch disappointed and in tears.

Since then, Lionel Messi has developed into a more complete and mature player. There are still many years left in his career. Everyone is waiting for him to emulate Diego Maradona success by guiding Argentina to win the World Cup again.

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Visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic For a Discovery Holiday in Barcelona

You may not consider a water feature to be an alternative to a night at the theatre or a cabaret club, but a visit to Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic may well change your mind.

The fountain does far more than simply squirt water – its water jets are accompanied by a stunning light show, which is set to music.

Head to Montjuic from your holiday apartments from Thursday to Sunday evenings during the summer and on Friday and Saturday nights in the rest of the year and you will be able to see this very special fountain in action.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic has a huge variety of choreographed routines, with the jets and lights accompanied by music ranging from classical to 21st century pop and from Disney film scores to The Godfather.

While the idea may sound very modern, the fountain was actually built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition.

Carlos Buigas produced a design so intricate for the illuminated fountain that some said it could not be built, but a huge team managed to deliver it on time for the event.

Unfortunately, it was badly damaged in the Spanish Civil War a few years later and was not repaired until 1955. A further renovation took place ahead of the 1992 Olympics, when the decision was taken to add a musical element.

There are plenty of other attractions on Montjuic, not least the spectacular view over Barcelona from the top of the hill.

You will also find a selection of galleries and museums, including one dedicated to the work of modern artist Joan Miro, some beautiful gardens and the famous Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) exhibit, as well as the stadium used for the Olympics, which is now home to Primera Liga club Espanyol.

Of course, these are only a few of the things you will want to do if you book city apartments in Barcelona for a break.

Make sure you also make time to explore Antoni Gaudi’s stunning architecture and to sample the local cuisine in the busy bars and restaurants of Las Ramblas, while a trip to the Camp Nou and FC Barcelona’s museum is a must for any football fan.

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What Chance Does FC Barcelona Have Of Winning The Spanish League?

With an away victory against Real Betis on Saturday night and a clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla on Sunday resulting in a victory for Madrid, the most important question for many Barcelona fans is whether their team has what it takes to finish the season with the 2007 La Liga title.

Prior to this weekend, May 5th and 6th, FC Barcelona was in top position with Sevilla just one point behind and Real Madrid trailing two points. While Barcelona’s victory at least gave room to breath a little, the result they were hoping for between their two closest rivals was a draw. Instead Madrid moved up into second place although they still remain two points behind Barcelona. That margin is too close for comfort and the fight looks like it will go on right to the end.

Barcelona’s form has been rather patchy at some points during the current season, including a period when a run of five matches saw them score one goal in each, drawing four times and winning just once; and one of the lowest points in the domestic calendar must surely have been in January when fellow Barcelona team RCD Espanyol beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Estadi Olimpic.

The team definitely lacked something when Lionel Messi was out of action through injury and perhaps Ronaldinho’s lack of form at times is due to the immense pressure there must be on all the players. And so, back to that big question; does Barcelona have what it takes to win this year’s Spanish League title?

Whatever the answer, it’s not going to be easy to do. As winners of both the Spanish League and Champions League titles in 2006 the pressure has been on the repeat their performance and after being knocked out of the UEFA competition the focus has been purely domestic. With clear focus, determination, hard work and a little luck the team does have what it takes to hold on to the title for another year, but if they make anything more than the smallest mistake then their ambitions will be thwarted.

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