This can be the tale of a boy who dreamt of rock stardom yet grew as much as be a soccer God. Fernando Torres is respected by way of gamers, coaches and executives, loved in his place of origin and idolised by way of forty two million Liverpool enthusiasts the world over. From his delivery in Madrid's working-class Fuenlabrada district to his fabulous 33-goal first season at Liverpool and his profitable aim within the ultimate of Euro 2008, well known activities journalist Luca Caioli is going backstage of Torres' existence to determine what makes the recent hero of Anfield tick - in addition to kick. utilizing usually specific fabric from interviews with Rafael Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque, Andres Iniesta, Kenny Dalglish, Fabio Capello and Torres himself, Caioli paints a blinding own portrait of 1 of the world's most fun younger footballers.
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In December 1994, he left for Queen’s Park Rangers, spending seasons there sooner than relocating to Spain, enjoying for Osasuna (in Pamplona). ‘I arrived the day of Reyes (the day in Spain for giving Christmas presents), 6 January 1987, so now I’ve been dwelling right here for 22 years! ’ That’s correct, simply because after retiring from soccer in 1989, ‘The Cat’ – as he used to be referred to as by means of his good friend, the Liverpool captain, Graeme Souness – has reworked himself into one of many best-known faces and voices on Spanish tv and radio. ‘I am’, he says, ‘the simply English footballer on Spanish television. I’m nonetheless by myself at the podium. ’ He has commentated on either rugby and soccer suits, taken half in numerous panel discussions, all in his unmistakable English accessory, dubbed the voice of the grotesque sister within the Shrek 2 & three movies and had the glory of being represented within the Spanish identical of Spitting photograph at the Canal+ tv channel, along with his puppet determine taking the position of programme presenter, no much less. On Canal+ as constantly, he now provides Informe Robinson (Robinson Report), a chain taking a look at all facets of the area of activity. to speak with him and hear his eternal tales is a excitement. He is aware Liverpool rather well, a urban and membership with reference to his center, in addition to Fernando Torres, who used to be the topic of 1 of his programmes. How did he appear to you should you went to movie at Anfield? ‘He shocked me much. In a quick area of time, he’d realized what Anfield potential, the badge, the fanatics, the worth of the blouse, the ability of “You’ll by no means stroll Alone”. instantaneously, he realised what it capability to play for Liverpool. And what it capability is: to play for the folks. And keep in mind that there’s no code of behavior or type ebook – this isn’t anything you learn, it’s anything you're feeling. whilst i used to be there, I keep in mind that prior to going out directly to the pitch, Sam, who was once answerable for the dressing room, could name us and open the door simply as “You’ll by no means stroll by myself” used to be achieving its climax. And the executive, Joe Fagan, might let us know, as in Hill highway Blues (the US police television sequence of the 1980s), whilst Captain Furillo used to be giving his recommendation prior to going out on patrol, “Don’t disregard those humans, we're regularly of their debt. ” And that’s as the humans of Liverpool offer you every thing they've got. they've got an grand generosity and you've got to offer every little thing you've. you should be on their point. At Anfield, the lovers blow at you. It’s like a wind that pushes you in the direction of the rivals’ aim. ‘And it doesn’t basically ensue at domestic video games. I be mindful the Champions League ultimate in Istanbul opposed to Milan. At half-time i used to be thoroughly disheartened. i used to be hoping that the punishment wouldn’t be any more than the 3-0 that Ancelotti’s avid gamers had inflicted on us. yet from the stands the place the Reds have been within the majority, they began to sing “You’ll by no means stroll Alone”. Stevie (Gerrard) instructed me later that he’d heard it within the dressing room and that it gave every body encouragement, it made them consider that they couldn’t betray these humans.