Famous Soccer Players

For his skills with the ball and the goal scoring capacity he is known as the King of Soccer. Well-known for his fitness and stamina levels, he was a part of the English team that won the World Cup, whom he represented from 1958 to 1970. Winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, Messi has won five league titles, and in the 2008 – 09 forming a triad with Andrs Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, scored 38 goals only to better the record, in next two seasons, to glorious 45 and 50. He played an influential role in club’s winning the Spanish Primera Divisin. He was named as the Italy’s Player of the Year in 2000 and in 2003. He shares the honor of representing the England in 3 World Cups with the 5 others, including Sol Campbell and Michael Owen.

Franz Beckenbauer

Wayne Rooney

Born on October 24, 1985 in Liverpool, England, this footballer has done wonders on the field. Brazil went on to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He also played for clubs such as Nancy, Saint-tienne, and Juventus. Put on a display of his sublime talent in the 2010 World Cup.

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo. Although, France beat Italy in the final match, they couldn’t stop Totti from lifting the Man of the Match title.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Michel Platini represented France from 1976 to 1987, and was also the coach of the team from 1988 to 1992. He played at a time when Germany was not unified, which is why he represented West Germany in 103 games, from 1965 to 1977. After a span of 5 years, Beckham was finally selected for the Manchester United team. He joined the Portugal national team in August 2003, and scored 2 times for his country in Euro 2004. Their skills, timing and desire to shoot the ball in the net are still admired all over the world even when, they are no more on the field.

Amazing: In the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, which was played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there was a record attendance of 199,854 spectators.

Astonishing: In 1973, Marcello Donadini, a referee from Italy had to be hospitalized, after a player who didn’t quite like his decision bit him on his back.

Sir Robert ‘Bobby’ Charlton was arguably the best midfielder and English player of all time. He scored 27 goals, in all, for his national team. Olympic Games 2008 held in China saw him win the gold medal for his country. Platini was a free kick specialist, and scored 41 international goals and 224 goals for the clubs that he played for.

Ronaldo

Ronaldinho

Bobby Charlton

David Beckham

Roberto Baggio

Pel is the best footballer ever to play on the field. His career lasted for 26 years from 1975 to 2001. You can find him in the right wing of the Barcelona attack, trying to concoct a blend of speed and trickery to frustrate and get past multiple defenders. Nine of these goals were scored in three World Cups. Known for the talent not easily found in the so many of the footballers, he is their hope for the glory. In the year 1957, at the age of 15, Pel was included in the Brazil national team for the World Cup. Diego Armando Maradona is an icon and hero for many footballers. Kahn also represented clubs like Karlsruher SC II, Karlsruher SC, and Bayern Munich.

Michel Platini

Franz Beckenbauer

Weird: In 1998, Second Division club Jiul Petroani Ion sold Radu, a midfielder from Romania, to Valcea for 500kg of pork.

A terrific presence on the field, Lionel Messi, according to some, has reserved a spot for himself in the ranks of all time great players like, Pel and Maradona. Christiano participated in the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup in which, team Portugal exited in the quarter finals and the second round, respectively.

Famous soccer players, such as Pel and Maradona are not only worshiped in their native places, but they are also idolized throughout the world. His full name is Ronaldo Lus Nazrio de Lima. He was a part of the Brazilian team, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Korea and Japan. Francesco Totti is also known as the Prince and Er Pupone. He started playing for his country in August, 2005, and participated in 2006 World Cup. He is often compared to Pel, and hence was fondly know as ‘White Pel’. He scored 49 international goals during his international career, and 208 club level goals for Manchester United, Preston North End, and Waterford.

Born in Munich, Germany, Franz Beckenbauer was also known as Der Kaiser or The Emperor, simply because he was extremely elegant in his style of play. He is the current president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Garrincha ranks second, after Pel, in the list of best Brazilian soccer players.

Francesco Totti

Maradona is the most celebrated Argentine football player. Records at the end of the 2006 – 07 season showed 23 goals against his name in 53 appearances for the United and the first title in four seasons for his club. 2007 – 2008 season rejoiced in his 42 goals in 49 games, the Premier League and Champions League titles that he won for the Manchester United and FIFA World Player of the Year award. Even though he was involved in many controversies, on and off the field, he is still regarded as one of the greatest footballer of all time.

Ronaldinho is another jewel from Brazil. In 2009 and 2010, Rooney won Premier League for the United but, lost to Barcelona in the finals of Champions League. Roma, to win the first league title, since 1983. In his debut match, Pel scored two goals. He was a member of the French team that won the 1984 European Championship, and his nine goals in that tournament is still a record that has not been broken. He bade good-bye to the field of soccer in 2003.

A teammate of the legendary Pel, Garrincha was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. For these clubs, he managed to score 95 goals in total.

David Beckham

There is no doubt that Ronaldo is one of the most celebrated players from Brazil, after Pel. He also played for Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, and Hamburger SV, besides being the manager for West Germany, Marseille, and Bayern Munich.

Pel

Diego Maradona

Franz Beckenbauer

Hristo Stoichkov

Michel Platini

Zico

David Beckham

Oliver Kahn

Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldo

Ronaldinho

Garrincha

Lenidas da Silva

Roberto Baggio

Francesco Totti

Christian Vieri

Bobby Charlton

Lionel Messi

Wayne Rooney

Cristiano Ronaldo

Pele

This most beloved Italian footballer was included in the greatest living footballers list that was prepared by none other than the famous Pel. He grew up in Brazil and honed his skills in its slums. This pre-Pel era player was known as the Rubberman because of his elastic body. In 1999, Pel was chosen as The Athlete of The Century, by the international Olympic committee. In 2003, he transferred to the United Manchester and scored 10 times in the first season. Currently, he is the coach of the national team of Iraq.

Zinedine Zidane played as an attacking midfielder for France, and was a part of the team that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. The Time magazine, in the same year, included Pel in the list of 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. He received the ‘Golden Ball’ award after being chosen as the best player in the tournament. Most unfortunately, Baggio missed his penalty kick. In 1992, his scintillating play was responsible for his club’s Championships League victory. With his 7 goals in qualifiers, he took his team to 2006 World Cup, but couldn’t take it past the semi-finals. The most famous footballer of his time, Lenidas da Silva is also believed to the father of the Bicycle kick. He was well-known for his free kicks, passing skills, and finishing, and scored 52 goals for his country. It took him 18 domestic yellow cards, earned during 2003 – 05, to realize that not every provocation needs to be taken seriously. At the age of 17, while playing for England against Australia, he scored and became the youngest Englishman to do so for his country. Born on June 24, 1987, this Argentinian footballer has joined the Barcelona when he was 13 years old. He represented France from 1994 to 2006, and in his 108 appearances, he scored 31 goals and was the play maker for hundred others. He was part of the Italian National squad in the Euro 2000 qualifiers. Born in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was influenced by another legend of the footballer, Zico. Through Lenidas da Silva, in 1938 World Cup, soccer world came to know about the natural talent, techniques and the spirit of Brazilian football. His goal, in the Premier League, scored against Arsenal, 5 days before he turned 17, made him the youngest scorer in the history of the league. He retired from football in 2004.

Zico

Zinedine Zidane

Christian Vieri was an Italian center-forward, who was named by the great Pel as one of the greatest living footballers ever. This skillful footballer has won many awards and acclaims. Italy lost to Brazil in the final match in penalty shoot out. The highlight of this prestigious tournament was the goal, a 35 meter free kick, scored by the Ronaldinho against England. In June 2005, Ronaldinho captained the Brazilian side to their second FIFA Confederations Cup title by beating Argentina in final match 4 – 1. He is famous for his natural play and terrific control over the ball. In the past, he has played for the Gremio, Paris SG, FC Barcelona soccer clubs. Although his full name is Manuel Francisco dos Santos, he earned the nickname of Garrincha, a term meaning ‘little bird’, for his playful behavior on the field. During his career, Stoichkov earned global acclaim four times in a row. After the season of 1997 – 1998 season, Beckham was selected for England’s World Cup team. He was the first player to score 4 goals in World Cup soccer bout.

Garrincha

Diego Maradona

Oliver Kahn

Statistic: Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, France, England, Italy, Germany and Spain are the only eight countries who have managed to win the biggest prize ever in soccer – the World Cup.

Hristo Stoichkov

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Lenidas da Silva

Zico, whose real name is Arthur Antunes Coimbra, played for Brazil from 1976 to 1988. Throughout his career, Maradona enthralled his fans and the opponents with his extraordinary footwork and balance. Born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal, Cristiano was signed by Sporting Lisbon at the age of 10 years. Besides coaching various countries and clubs, he also played for Flamengo, Udinese, and Kashima Antlers, for whom he scored 192 goals. Ronaldo played for Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil lost to the French side in the final match. At the age of 9, he joined the Everton club’s academy and in 2002, found himself as a FA Youth Cup finalist. He is also known as the Phenomenon, because of his speed, dribbling and passion for scoring again and again. Many believed that Germany reached the 2002 World Cup finals not because the team was a great one, but because Oliver Kahn’s goalkeeping skills managed to keep Germany alive in the tournament. In 1991, Manchester United, signed this 16-year-old teenager for its youth squad. In all, he scored 23 goals for Italy and 194 goals for all the clubs that he played for.

Pel

Oliver Kahn

Francesco Totti

Wayne Rooney

Diego Maradona

His full name is David Robert Joseph Beckham. His skills included decisive and accurate passes and he was well-known for his powerful free kicks. In 2000 – 01, Totti, another celebrated Italian football player, scored 13 goals and helped his favorite club, A.S. In the 2006 World Cup, he was the best player of the tournament, and won the ‘Golden Ball’ award. He started his professional career with CSKA Sofia and later moved on to the FC Barcelona soccer club. He represented Italy in the World Cup 1994 and scored 5 goals for his team. His conversion rate was so good that he managed to score an average of one goal per game in his world cup matches. But in the same event, in the finals, he was involved in a controversial incident, in which he headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. In the FIFA World Cup (2006), David Beckham led the English football team. In 2008, he partnered with the teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and won the Premier League and Champions league for his club, the Manchester United. He participated in Euro 2004 and World Cup held in 2006 and 2010.

He is the man who shouldered the responsibility of giving the Brazilian football the solidity, it deserved. For Real Madrid, in 2010 – 11, he won the Copa del Rey and in La Liga, netted 40 times to create a record. In his club’s history, he became the first footballer to scale the ladder of Under (16, 17, 18), B-team, and first team in a single season. He scored against Romania and Belgium and got the team in the Finals. He was chosen twice, for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.

A true specimen of the present day footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro has everlasting stamina that leaves his opponents worried. Top scorer of the tournament, Ronaldo helped the Brazilian team to win their 5th FIFA World Cup title.

One of the most well-known German footballers, Oliver Kahn was a goalkeeper who represented his country from 1994 to 2006. Can you recollect his real name in full? His real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento.

Christian Vieri

Hristo Stoichkov is thought of as the most successful Bulgarian soccer player. In his long career, spanning 25 years, he scored 1,000 goals. He was one of the best forwards in all of Europe, and besides playing for his country, represented as many as 12 clubs throughout his career. Zico was a part of the ’80s Brazilian squad that was widely considered to be the best team Brazil ever produced. However, in the year 2002, as a member of Brazil squad for the FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored eight goals in only seven games. The lethal combination of speed, strength and skills, and the irresistible urge to score made him the most expensive player of the 2009. He won the title of ‘European Footballer of the Year’ twice, He is only the second footballer to win the World Cup as a player and coach, and the only one to win it as a captain and coach. At the club level, he played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid

How Come Madrid Was Completely Wrong In Selling Sneijder And Robben

Perez had other plans. He came in vowing to assemble a group of globe class group of “Zidanes plus Pavones” – meaning best avid gamers plus top Spanish talents.

It was an overhaul, but the change saw important players discarded to create room for the stars and the Spaniards. He was also believed to become tough to deal with, demanding special attention and when on the field the game had to be played around him. Sneijder on his aspect had an superb 1st season in the Bernabeu but appeared a bit inconsistent in his second.

It’s in these contexts that it can be unjustifiable why Real sold these two players. Alongside Cambiasso, Sneijder has created Inter Milan the most consistent and most powerful team in Europe forming a formidable link between the back as well as the attacking strengths of Milito. The first Galactico Madrid saw players like Samuel Eto’o, Claude Makelele, Pedro Munitis and Fernando Morientes leave the Bernabeu. In the time however, the arriving of Kaka and Ronaldo seemed to ascertain their stay with the bench, something they both would not have accepted. Real, under Perez nonetheless decided to sell him.

His legacy ended with mountains of unfulfilled promises, his dream of shinning with the World’s greatest club in no way materializing thanks to Florentino Perez’s. Manuel Pellegrini experienced insisted on keeping him and in fact develop his group close to his likes.

Robben has been the most impressive player at the Bundesliga and is a potential winner of the MVP for the Champions League. The difficulty with the program, nevertheless, was there were no game enthusiasts left to supply the balance on the field, the kind that Sneijder provided. But Real’s new investments have failed to live as much as expectations, clearly being outshone by the participants they discarded.

On his primary spell as President, Florentino Perez changed his philosophy. Playing a very dynamic game, he was vouched as a complete midfielder, strong in supporting his backline, great at holding the ball and retaining it flowing, super accurate passes and a powerful shot that threatened any opponent.

And to bring in his preferred game enthusiasts, Madrid had to cash in on Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.

Robben came to Madrid amid mixed expectations and in his first season lived up to his reputation as an very technical, quick and brilliant player. At the semi final against Lyon, he scored the only goal that ensured a final against Inter.

The current spell saw Dutchmen Sneijder and Robben offloaded even though Coach Manuel Pellegrini experienced insisted on their staying. .

Sneijder on his aspect has turn out to be the focal point, the crucial player for Jose Mourinho’s Internazionale. Often outshining Munich’s supposed golden boy Franck Ribery, it was Robben who saved Bayern from the jaws of Manchester at the critical stage of the Champions League when he scored a critical goal after Ribery had been sent off. The prepare of building a football team of the greatest gamers along with the best Spaniards started by bringing inside likes of Karim Benzema, Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo on one hand and Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso about the other. He nevertheless was highly prone to injuries with some commentators referring to his legs as glass-made and so missed out on numerous essential games for his club. Authentic, meanwhile, was kicked out with the initial knockout stage with the sixth year in a row this time by Frenchmen Lyon. Money raised from these transfers saw the likes of Michael Owen come in, a complete flop.

The two game enthusiasts are now essential figures at their respective clubs, Sneijder, now at Inter and Robben at Bayern, both leading their clubs towards the Champions League finals where Inter won 2:0, thanks to Sneijder’s outstanding midfield display

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Last night was the first of four semi final games in the UEFA Champions League and saw Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, gathering a crowd of over 52,000 fans. Following this on the 29[sup.th] and 30[sup.th] April the second leg of the semis will commence, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid playing at the Allianz Arena in Munich and Chelsea taking on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London. Real Madrid, who will each play two games to determine the two qualifying teams for the final, which will be held in Lisbon on the 24[sup.th] May.

Atletico Madrid have never previously made it this far in the UEFA Champions League and have waited 40 years to reach the semi finals. Throughout the competition they have had a perfect home record until last night where both teams failed to score any goals.

Throughout the competition Atletico Madrid have scored 22 goals in total, with 8 wins and 3 draws. Real Madrid have been knocked out in the semi finals by German teams for the past 2 years and in 2012 Bayern Munich beat them on penalties to make it through to the finals.

Tonight, Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi finals at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, kicking off at 20:45. The four qualifying teams are Chelsea vs

Google Localizes Youtube for European Audiences

Right now it’s restricted to your browser, to your PC, and we want you to be able to take that same content and bring it to your mobile phone and be able to watch it in your living room,” Hurley said.

Plans to reach those other screens are already under way: on May 30, Apple Inc. Localized versions now exist for Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the U.K. Hurley and his co-founders sold YouTube to Google last October for US$1.65 billion.

“We have a goal to put YouTube on every screen, and we mean on mobile devices and in the living room. Linking with producers of local cultural content and making it easier to search that material may improve Google’s image in some countries.

. Google Inc. However, it will require partnerships with mobile phone operators, and months or even years of work, before YouTube Mobile offers the same experience as the Web site offers PC users today, Hurley said.

Over half of YouTube’s traffic today comes from outside the U.S., Hurley said, and delivering localized versions of YouTube is a way for the company to capitalize on that.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

At 22, he had played the most games ever for the German national team by a player so young. He had played 41 games at the time, which was more than any previous player of his age. In 2012, Bayern Munich came in second in the UEFA Champions league, after narrowly defeating Real Madrid in the semi-final. By 2002, he had signed a contract with the professional Bundesliga team, and from that time forward was an important and popular player for the Bavarian side. Between 2002 and 2012, Bayern Munich were champions of the Bundesliga five times, in part due to Schweinsteiger’s strategic play. The Legend

Personal Life

Schweinsteiger was born in Kolbermoor, a small town just west of Rosenheim in Bavaria, Germany. He has an older brother, Tobias, who is also a professional soccer player. At the time of this writing, Tobias was on loan at a team in the 3rd Bundesliga (a lower league than the professional 1st Bundesliga). He frequently finds openings and scores from midfield, and also takes important penalty kicks. In addition, Bayern Munich won five German Cups during the first decade of Schweinsteiger’s tenure. Schweinsteiger plays as a midfielder, but is also an important goal-scorer for Bayern Munich. In 2007, Schweinsteiger began dating model Sarah Brander.

Professional History

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been a fixture of German soccer since he joined Bayern Munich’s youth team in 1998. Even when he’s not scoring goals, Schweinsteiger has a talent for setting his teammates up to score. The All-Star Team represents the best players from all the World Cup qualifying countries.. As a talented player who has remained loyal to the team throughout his entire career, Schweinsteiger has almost become synonymous with Bayern Munich, and when he’s gone the team will not be the same.

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Career Highlights

Schweinsteiger has been nicknamed the ‘midfield motor’ by fans and teammates due to the effect he has on his team’s strategy and play. The record has since been broken by another player. The player has also been an important part of Germany’s international team since he began.

Born in 1984, Schweinsteiger was known as a rebel when he was young, but by 2011 he had become vice-captain of Bayern Munich. In the history of Bayern Munich in particular, Schweinsteiger is certain to be remembered. His fame skyrocketed after the 2006 World Cup, when he scored several goals against Portugal and helped the German team take third place in the competition. Tobias has not achieved the same level of success as his younger brother, however. As of 2013, he had scored over 50 goals for Bayern Munich during his career, with an extra 23 goals scored for the German international team.

The impressive resume that Bastian Schweinsteiger boasts, even before the age of 30, seems to solidify his place in the German soccer pantheon. During that game, Schweinsteiger’s penalty goal was the decisive factor that allowed Bayern to go through to the final against Chelsea. Recently, a number of injuries, including injuries to the ankle and a broken collarbone, have forced Schweinsteiger to miss several games per season.

There is no end to the career highlights one could discuss with regard to Bastian Schweinsteiger, but there are a few that stand out from the rest. Although he began his career as a winger, he has frequently played center midfield for the past several years. Two years earlier, in 2010, he was selected for the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team

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Balotelli is well known for his lack of social skills, to put it mildly, often previously displayed by disruptive and sometimes aggressive behavior on the pitch, as well as causing problems away from it. During his first season at Liverpool, he played mostly as a wing-back, sometimes even a full-back, and it’s not that hard to fathom the reasons for his failure to impress. His long-ago spoken words “judge me after three years” came to mind, as well as “a team that spends over £100m in a single transfer window should be winning the title”. Many started calling for him to be sacked.

As mentioned before, Javier Manquillo was on loan at Liverpool from Atletico Madrid, a two-year loan with an option to buy. The club had spent nearly £120m on new players the previous summer. On loan, again.

After the nightmare at the Britannia Stadium at Stoke, he had a long meeting with the people from FSG in charge of the club. Before that, he had spells at Watford and Reading. Rodgers had previously claimed that Mario Balotelli would NOT be joining Liverpool, and indicated several times after that signing the Italian was NOT his decision.

However, the very next season indicated that this was probably too big a step for the Northern Irishman. Also, many people feel that his man-management skills thoroughly failed the test with Mario Balotelli.

Upon his arrival, Brendan Rodgers was widely perceived as someone with a lot of potential for becoming a truly great manager, having impressed during his two years of managing Swansea. Balotelli is considered widely as a striker that gives most output in a partnership, and the away 0-3 victory against Tottenham was a good example of that. Many players were played out of their natural position, and while one might argue that this probably helped the development of Raheem Sterling, it very much hindered that of Lazar Markovi? and Emre Can. He was slowly entering the “big-boys’ game” as Liverpool were expected to continually challenge top teams in England and fight with some strength for a Champions League spot.

Many people blame Rodgers for not utilizing players optimally, with again Balotelli and Rickie Lambert being the case. The option was believed to be activated by 20 appearances for Liverpool, so Rodgers carefully avoided the boy crossing the magical number 19. But when Sturridge got injured, Balotelli spent most of his time on the pitch as a lone striker. Now he has joined Olympic Marseille. As for Lambert, a tall player with much strength and little speed was expected to feed on skillfully threaded passes, the cunning footwork of Coutinho, instead of sending high crosses into the box. The loan was then cut short, and he was sent back to Madrid. It was decided that he will be given another chance. Partnered with Daniel Sturridge, Balotelli was a real handful for the Spurs’ defense.

Lazar Markovi? is very useful when he plays as a classic winger, an attacking midfielder, or even a second striker, paired up with a classic center-forward. To be fair, Can did relatively well as a center-back in a line of 3 at the back, but his energy and creativity was sorely missed in midfield.

Of course, the first question that springs to mind is why the boy was even signed. Yet, he played mostly as a center-back, and sometimes as a full-back, in an attempt from Rodgers to make the 11 players on the pitch flexible in terms of formation. Probably the last one.

. When the season ended, Rodgers had spent three years as the Liverpool manager, and became the first manager in 50 years of club’s history not to have won a single trophy in that time. The season was thoroughly revised. As wrong as it gets.

It would seem that having an inexperienced manager without a single trophy in his career, at such a high level, is taking its toll. The team failed to achieve any of the goals set by the owners of the club, that supposedly being to reach the top 4, to win a cup and to work on developing the young players in the squad. More experienced, accomplished managers such as Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri and Roberto Mancini are, failed to make something of him, and despite the obvious talent, Balotelli is still constantly falling short of his potential, his ability to focus, his football intelligence, work-ethic, discipline and team spirit being under constant bombardment from the critics. The 2013/14 season and the unexpected title charge saw his reputation rise rapidly. The same can be said of Emre Can, who has shown time and time again that as a box-to-box central midfielder, he can be the driveing force of the team

(SPO) 18 TURKS IN BUNDESLIGA.

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Hoffenheim:

Serdar Tasci (101)

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Hamburg:

Borussia Dortmund:

Ramazan Ozcan (8)

Freiburg:

Sankt Pauli:

Hamit Altintop (162)

Ilkay Gundogan (22), Mehmet Ekici (0)

Bayern Munich:

FC Koln:

Nuri Sahin (105), Yasin Oztekin (1)

(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)

Taner Yalcin (19)

Bayer Leverkusen:

Below is a list of Bundesliga teams with Turkish players and the

number of games these players have played:

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Werder Bremen:

Burak Kaplan (4), Eren Derdiyok (33)

Deniz Naki (0)

Mesut Ozil (101), Onur Ayik (1)

Eintracht Frankfurt:

Umit Korkmaz (35), Halil Altintop (202), Cenk Tosun (1)

Stuttgart:

BERLIN, Aug 4, 2010 (TUR) — 18 Turkish football players will play

in 12 teams at the German Football League (Bundesliga) during the

2010-2011 season.

Nurnberg:

Tunay Torun (22)

Eintracht Frankfurt has three, Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen,

Borussia Dortmund and Nurnberg teams have two, Bayern Munich, Stuttgart,

Hamburg, Hoffenheim, Freiburg, FC Koln and Sankt Pauli teams have one

Turkish players in their squads.

Omer Toprak (14)

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Joe Nathan Torn UCL Ligament – Injury May Require Surgury

SOURCE: Joe Nathan Injury: Torn Ligament May Require Tommy John Surgery

Joe Nathan Torn UCL Ligament – Injury May Require Surgury

Joe Nathan Injury Torn Ligament Tommy John

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen tweeted that Joe Nathan is suffering from a tear in his right elbow’s ulnar collateral ligament UCL and he may require Tommy John surgery. Thus effectively ending his season.

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