This is often the tale of a boy who dreamt of rock stardom yet grew as much as be a soccer God. Fernando Torres is respected through avid gamers, coaches and bosses, loved in his place of birth and idolised through forty two million Liverpool enthusiasts the world over. From his beginning in Madrid's working-class Fuenlabrada district to his awesome 33-goal first season at Liverpool and his profitable objective 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 unique fabric from interviews with Rafael Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque, Andres Iniesta, Kenny Dalglish, Fabio Capello and Torres himself, Caioli paints a stunning own portrait of 1 of the world's most enjoyable younger footballers.
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Not anything was once ready, every thing used to be improvised. in point of fact I’m pleased with having performed it and that individuals have fond stories of it. ’ And what are your stories of the successful objective? ‘I bear in mind this large suspense, because the ball type of swept its manner into the target, floating in the course of the air sooner than brushing the web subsequent to the publish. after we observed it used to be really within, there has been an explosion of pleasure. We had positioned ourselves in entrance in a ecu Championship ultimate after such a lot of years and having suffered loads in qualifying. It used to be the easiest second of these years and the deserved results of a difficult crusade. ’ What was once the toughest second of Euro 2008? ‘The fit opposed to Italy was once tricky. We suffered simply because we have been up opposed to a group that fought very well, in general Italian, yet mainly simply because there has been a mental barrier. The quarter-finals have been the place Spain continually misplaced. It used to be the tensest second yet i believe the soccer, finally, was once the place we gained it. If an individual deserved it over the one hundred twenty mins, it was once Spain. we needed to win the fit, the Italians sought after a draw. We went to consequences and we went via within the approach that Italy is used to dealing with and we arrived within the semi-finals on advantage. ’ so much international locations envied Spain’s striker duo of Villa and Torres. Is it actual that it used to be you who obtained them to appreciate one another higher over a ‘fabada’ (an Asturian bean stew)? ‘I take to each other with El Guaje and Fernando, I’ve identified them either for it slow. We met up with the households they usually bought to grasp one another a piece larger to boot. in any case the buddies of my neighbors take to each other with one another. It’s a resource of satisfaction for me, yet I don’t are looking to provide myself the credits – it’s general that solid humans hit it off jointly. And the tale in regards to the fabada is right. El Guaje’s mom made it and we ate it after the fit opposed to Sweden and that i can guarantee you all of us loved it. ’ conversing of nutrients, it sounds as if your wife’s tortilla (Spanish omelette) has helped Torres adapt to Liverpool? ‘I’m fortunate to have a spouse, Yolanda, who's a beautiful cook dinner and an excellent hostess. Fernando and Olalla stay approximately 50 metres away. we adore to fulfill up with them and different team-mates to have lunch, dinner, or simply celebrate jointly. while you’re outdoors your individual kingdom, it’s great to be with humans out of your personal tradition and to take pleasure in oneself up to attainable. we're a really homely kinfolk, we now have daughters, Grecia and Alma, and while acquaintances come around we love to have a fish fry or watch a movie. We additionally exit as a gaggle and in Liverpool there are locations that aren’t in any respect undesirable. ’ What recommendation did you supply Fernando to assist him while he arrived? ‘Fernando is excellent at getting his head around diversified occasions and that’s why he’s tailored to Liverpool so speedy and so good. He understands precisely the place issues stand and is intensely mature for his age. He in a short time felt cozy the following, quite a bit in order that now it’s Fernando who’s giving me recommendation and never the wrong way around.