Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Jamie Vardy

Name: Jamie Vardy
Age: 29 years (10 January 1987)
Stature: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Nationality:  England
Role: midfielder

Jamie Vardy is a striker of Leicester City, who is also capable of operating at the position of a winger. He was born on 11 January 1987 in Sheffield, England.

In 2002, Jamie started to play football in Sheffield Wednesday, from where he moved to Stocksbridge Park Steels the following year. The striker trained in the academy of the club during four years and managed to develop into a full-grown footballer, who was ready for the senior action.

In 2007, Vardy joined the main team of Stocksbridge Park Steels and penned his first professional contract. The head coach decided to give the player an opportunity to show his skills and let him on the pitch in the starting line-up for a number of matches. The footballer lived up to the manager’s expectations and proved he deserved a regular place. Jamie amassed 66 goals in 107 fixtures for the club during three years due to his pace and imperious form.

In 2010, the striker completed a move to FC Halifax Town and spent one year with the new team. Vardy confirmed his reputation of a talented goalscorer by firing 29 goals in 41 games during the season. The footballer’s stellar performance drew the attention of various clubs, including Fleetwood Town, which secured Jamie’s services in 2011. The player made 36 appearances and found the net 31 times for the team during one year.

In the summer 2012, Vardy sealed a deal with English side Leicester City and scored three goals in 15 matches for the new club as of November 2012.


Striker and winger who began his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, scoring 66 goals in 107 appearances. In 2012, he began a career with Leicester City.


He was released by his first youth career team Sheffield Wednesday and developed with the Stocksbridge Park Steels.


He was awarded Fleetwood Town's Player of the Year honors in 2011-2012 and helped them win a Conference Premier title that year.


He got engaged to Becky Nicholson and the couple welcomed a daughter named Sofia in 2014. He also had a daughter named Ella with a former girlfriend.


He was coached by Nigel Pearson at Leicester City.

Calum Chambers

Calum enjoyed a highly encouraging first season at Arsenal, proving invaluable at both right back and in the centre of defence, especially during the early months of the campaign.
Arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2014, the defender made his competitive debut in the Community Shield victory over Manchester City, having previously impressed in the Emirates Cup.


Initially deployed at the heart of defence, he then moved to right back, with a series of calm and authoritative displays across the back four resulting in him winning the club’s August Player of the Month award.
His first Gunners goal, and indeed his first at professional level, came in November 2014. With Arsenal leading Burnley 1-0 at Emirates Stadium, the defender pounced on a loose ball to stab home from close range at the North Bank end.
An ever-present in the first half of last season, Calum helped Arsenal to retain the FA Cup after the turn of the year, making four appearances en route to Wembley.
Tall, athletic and comfortable on the ball, Calum began his career at Southampton, making his senior debut in a Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage in 2012. He featured regularly for the Saints in 2013/14, making 21 Premier League appearances, predominantly at right back.
Calum is a full England international, having made his debut against Norway in September 2014, aged 19, and was part of the under-21 squad that travelled to this summer’s European Championship in the Czech Republic.

Yohan Cabaye

Name: Yohan Cabaye
Age: 30 years (14 January 1986)
Stature: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Nationality:  France
Role: midfielder

Yohan Cabaye is a French midfielder of Paris Saint-Germain.

Yohan went in for football at the age of five. He trained in the Tourcoing academy during seven years, when French side Lille scouts noticed the young talent and took him to their youth team, where Cabaye played for six years. The 2004/2005 season was the first professional season for Yohan and he propelled his team towards lifting the UEFA Intertoto Cup. In 2005/2006 Cabaye became a regular and made his Champions League debut under the guidance of Claude Puel. Puel’s successor Rudi Garcia put Yohan at the midfielder position, which revealed the footballer’s talent and he scored 15 goals, acting as a midfielder in 2009/2010, which became the most successful season in Cabaye’s career. In 2010/2011 the player helped Lille to win Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.

In June 2011 Yohan Cabaye signed a five-year contract with English Premier League club Newcastle United. He got on the scoresheet of the new team by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic during the 9th round of the 2011/2012 Premier League. The following game was the Football League Cup match against Blackburn Rovers, where the midfielder netted an equalizer from a free kick in the 96th minute and two teams proceeded to extra time. On 4 January 2012, he went on to net of ‘The Red Devils’ from a free kick, sending the ball right to the upper corner of the goal and helping his team in a hammering 3-0 victory.

Having played 93 matches and scored 18 goals for the Magpies, Cabaye returned to France and joined Paris Saint-Germain in January 2014.

Victor Leandro

Marcel Scmelzer

Name: Marcel Schmelzer
Age: 28 years (21 January 1988)
Stature: 181 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Nationality:  Germany
Role: defender

Marcel Schmelzer is a left back for Borussia Dortmund and the extended German squad. He was born in Magdeburg, Germany.

Marcel began his football career at the hometown clubs Fortuna Magdeburg and then FC Magdeburg. When 17, Schmelzer caught the eye of Borussia Dortmund scouts and was invited to the youth team.

In 2008 the defender signed a professional contract with The Black Yellows. Marcel’s first Bundesliga appearance fell on 16 August 2008 in a 3-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, as he substituted Dedê in the 78th minute.

During the first season with Borussia Dortmund Schmelzer took part only in 12 matches, but the next season he secured a spot in the starting lineup with 28 appearances.

The left back has received calls-up both from the U-21 and senior national teams. Being part of the German U-21 team, Marcel won the European U-21 Football Championship.

Matthias Ginter

Name: Matthias Ginter
Age: 22 years (19 January 1994)
Stature: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Nationality:  Germany
Shirt number: 28
Role: midfielder

Matthias Ginter is a German footballer, born on 19 January 1994 in March, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Matthias began his youth career at his hometown club SV March and went on his football grooming with SCFreiburg in 2005. In 2011, he recorded the Junior DFB-Pokal together with the team. In January 2012, Ginter made his professional first-team debut in a 1-0 win over Augsburg. He produced a scintillating display then as he scored a winning goal in the 88th minute.

Having made over 70 appearances for freiburg during two seasons, Ginter moved to Borussia Dortmund in the summer 2014.

Matthias Ginter has represented Germany at various youth levels. In 2014 he earned his debut cap for Germany national team.


Name: Juanfran
Age: 27 years (11 September 1988)
Stature: 178 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Nationality:  Spain
Role: midfielder

Jose Gimenez

José María Giménez
Age: 21 years (20 January 1995)
Stature: 185 cm
Nationality:  Uruguay
Role: defender

Marcos Llorente

Full NameMarcos Llorente Moreno
Real Madrid
On Loan at
Real Madrid Castilla
Date of Birth30 January 1995
Height (cm)182
Weight (kg)65


Dani Carvajal

Name: Daniel Carvajal
Age: 24 years (11 January 1992)
Stature: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Nationality:  Spain
Shirt number: 20
Role: defender

Daniel Carvajal is a Spanish defender playing for Real Madrid. He was born on 11 January 1992 in Leganés, Spain.

Danier was formed in the youth ranks of giant club Real Madrid in between 2002 and 2010. In 2010, he made his senior debut for the reserve squad of Los Merengues and shortly became the team’s captain. Carvajal made a total of 68 appearances for two seasons for Real Madrid B and helped them to win the Segunda División B in the 2011/12 season. In the summer 2012, he moved to Germany to join Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. After a successfull season for the German side Daniel returned to Real Madrid as his former club activated the buy-out clause of his contract.

Daniel Carvajal represented Spain at U18, U19 and U21 levels.

Alvaro Arbeloa

Name: Álvaro Arbeloa
Age: 33 years (16 January 1983)
Stature: 184 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Nationality:  Spain
Role: defender\

Alvaro Arbeloa was born in 1983 in Salamanca. Currently, he is a Real Madrid and Spain national team midfielder.

Being a kid, Alvaro drew attention of the Madrid club and was proposed to sign a contract and train with the club. At that time the club was coached by Rafael Benítez. Later the player began to progress fast and joined the reserve team. Soon he got a chance to play a couple matches in the main squad but failed to become a solid roster member.

In 2006, Alvaro requested for a transfer and was sold to Deportivo La Coruña. The request reflected his desire to have constant playing practice and gain a solid place in the Real Madrid main squad which was extremely difficult. With regular appearances the player improved from match to match and could not avoid attention of other famous clubs.

In January 2007, he was spotted by Liverpool F.C. owners and at the end of the month he officially became a player of the team. The transfer was a bargain for Liverpool with only 2.5 million euros paid, half of which went to Real Madrid as it was them who had all rights for the player.

Alvaro made his fully fledged debut in the team’s main squad in the UEFA Champions League 1/8 final versus FC Barcelona. The player’s main task was to control the fast Lionel Messi and by far thanks to successful display of the defender his team managed to score twice opposed to a single goal from Barcelona that granted a victory to the club.

In April 2007, Alvaro scored his first goal for the English club. Before the 2007/08 season Alvaro changed his number ‘2’ for ‘17’ which was free after Craig Bellamy’s departure. A year later Alvaro made his debut in the Spain national team.

In 2009, Real Madrid realized they needed their alumnus and returned him to the native team. Alvaro became one of the sounding Real Madrid acquisitions in 2009. Currently, he is one of the key wingback players.

Real Madrid

For the 2009/10 season Arbeloa returned to his former club Real Madrid for a transfer fee of around $5 million. He signed a contract until 2014 and immediately secured a regular place as a right-back, however, he had to share this position with his teammate Sergio Ramos who was switching between right back and center back throughout the season.

In the final win against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey 2010/11 he was in the starting eleven. During the season 2011/2012, Sergio Ramos permanently moved into the central defense and Arbeloa could secure his spot at the right back. Being a regular, Arbeloa played 26 league games and won the Spanish championship with Madrid. In early August 2012, he extended his contract with the Spanish champions until 2016.

Arda Turan

Name: Arda Turan
Age: 29 years (29 January 1987)
Stature: 174 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Nationality:  Turkey
Role: midfielder 

Arda Turan is a midfielder playing for Atlético Madrid and the national team of Turkey.

The career of the Turk started at Galatasaray when he was 12. As the footballer turned 18 he was loaned by Manisaspor and then returned to his first club where he started to deliver quality football almost at once. Arda was brought to the team by Gheorghe Hagi, a Romanian legend of Galatasaray who was a manager of the squad at that time.

Soon Arda became a transfer target for many European clubs such as AC Milan or Liverpool but he decided to extend his contract with the Turkish side saying he was completely satisfied with all the things that surround him and there’s nothing he would like to change. Turan aimed at earning captainship and accomplished that goal in the season 2007/08.

Arda moved to Atlético Madrid on August 10, 2011 having signed a 4-year contract with the ‘rojiblancos’.
Concerning his international career it should be said that Turan was called up to every youth team since his first ever start for the U-16 national team in 2002 and till he received his first call-up for the senior national team. He was one of those to bring bronze medals to the Turkish team in the European Championship of 2008. Arda scored 2 times in 4 games (including a winner against Switzerland) but he wasn’t allowed to the semifinal match where his team lost 2-3 to Germany due to disqualification.

International Career

Arda Turan is a regular player in the National team. His made over 50 appearances for Turkey at senior Level. His first game was against Luxembourg on August 16; his side came out on top, winning the game 1-0.
He scored his first international in a friendly against Uruguay.
Euro 2008 was the stage where he would make a name for himself. He featured in 9 of Turkey's 12 qualification matches.
In the tournament, he scored 2 goals during Turkey's run towards the semi-finals. His first goal came in the 92nd minute against co-host Switzerland.
His second goal was in a match against the Czech Republic, in which the winner would go through to the quarter-finals. His goal came in the 75th minute with a low drive shot to beat Petr Cech.
Turkey eventually lost in the semi-finals to Germany in a thrilling 5-goal match, where Turkey lost 3-2. So far, Arda Turan has made a total of 64 appearances and has scored 12 goals.

Marc Bartra

Name: Marc Bartra
Age: 25 years (15 January 1991)
Stature: 183 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Nationality:  Spain
Role: defender

Marc Bartra Aregall was born in 1991 in Sant Jaume, Spain. Currently he plays for FC Barcelona as a central defender.

A Spanish footballer started youth playing career in Espanyol and then joined FC Barcelona youth ranks. After that he went on with Barcelona’s reserves since 2009.

In February 2010 Bartra made his debut for the first team substituting Jeffrén Suárez for the last 30 minutes, when they suffered a 1–2 loss to Atlético Madrid. His fist La Liga match, where he played all 90 minutes, was a goalless draw against Deportivo de La Coruña.

Marc Bartra helped his team to advance from behind with the first goal for Barca and the match against Málaga CF ended 3-1 win.

He played for the Spanish team at Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels. Since 2010 Bartra represents the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia.

Jordi Masip

Name: Jordi Masip
Age: 27 years (3 January 1989)
Stature: 180 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Nationality:  Spain
Role: goalkeeper

A Spanish footballer Jordi Masip López plays as a goalkeeper for Barcelona B. Masip was born on 3 January 1989 in Sabadell.

Jordi started his career at the academy of CE Mercantil, where he first appeared in 2003. The young player quickly established himself in the starting eleven of the youth team. In a year, Masip was signed for the youth department of Barcelona. He joined the club, when he was 15. During the 4 years at the club’s academy, the keeper went through all the junior ranks in the Barcelona system.

In 2008, Jordi was considered to be ready to make his debut on senior level. He signed his first professional contract, but was immediately loaned to Vilajuïga. Masip spent the 2008/2009 season with the temporary club making 24 appearances in the fourth division. In 2009, the keeper returned to Barcelona and started to perform for the reserves. He’s already made more than 20 appearances for the B squad.
On international level, Jordi earned his single call for the Spain U-17 team in 2006.

Pablo Dani Osvaldo

Name: Pablo Osvaldo
Age: 30 years (12 January 1986)
Stature: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Nationality:  Italy
Role: forward

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is a forward of Southampton. He was born on 12 January 1986 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Pablo’s youth career began in 1995 in Lanus youth squad. Osvaldo was part of the academy for 4 years until he joined Banfiel Youth Team in 1999, where he continued to climb up the academy ladder till 2000. That year Pablo moved to Huracan Youth Team, where he ended his youth career and began to play pro football.

In 2005 Pablo signed a contract with Huracan, where he made 33 appearances and scored 11 goals in 2005/06 season. The start of his career was successful and the following year Osvaldo was signed by Italian Atalanta. However, Pablo failed to live up to Atalanta’s expectations and in summer 2006 was sent to Lecce, where he scored eight goals in 31 appearances for the club in 2006/07 season.

In 2007 Osvaldo signed a contract with Fiorentina FC. During two years with the club Pablo Daniel Osvaldo played 51 matches and scored 5 times. In 2009 he signed for Bologna, spending one season there and netting only 3 goals in 25 appearances.

In January 2010 he was loaned to the Spanish club Espanyol, scoring 7 goals in 20 matches within 6 months. He lived up to the club’s expectations and Osvaldo’s loan deal with Espanyol was turned into a long-term deal. The Argentine striker scored 13 goals in 24 matches over 2010/2011 season spent in Spanish Espanyol.
In 2011 Osvaldo was sold to Roma and spent two successfull seasons with the club.

After that he was lured to an English side Southampton. Things were not going smoothly for Osvaldo at Southampton and in January 2014 he was loaned to Juventus.
From 2007 till 2008 Pablo was called to play in the Italy U21, where he made 12 appearances and netted two goals. Since 2011 he has played for the Italian national team.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and the Politics of Identity in Italian Football

In the end his services were not called upon; with qualification for next year’s European Championships already secured, Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli, whether for reasons tactical or political, chose to leave Argentina-born striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo on the bench for the duration of Friday’s match against Serbia.
Osvaldo’s selection has re-exposed some of the fault lines crisscrossing the politics of identity in Italy. Fitting then that this most recent call to arms should have been to replace the other cause célèbre of the less ashamedly xenophobic factions of the fans and followers of Italian football, Mario Balotelli, who had pulled out with an injury. The symmetry is especially appealing given that Osvaldo’s last appearance in national team colours was as a substitute for Balotelli in an under-21 match almost exactly three years ago.
Of course though that wing of the Juventus support who unfurled a banner with the words ‘There are no black Italians’ for the benefit of Balotelli suggest a degree of disturbing denial amongst at least a tiny segment of Italian society, thus far no American-style ‘birther’ movement of the kind to have hounded US President Barack Obama has emerged in the peninsula demanding that the Manchester City striker publish evidence that he was indeed born in Palermo. Such a group of course would of course be entirely irrelevant (but no less preposterous) in Osvaldo’s case. Rather, then, than the claim that there are no black Italians, the rallying call of the chauvinist seems to have altered to something akin to ‘there are no Italians who were born outside Italy.’
Perhaps the most critical public attack has come from Davide Cavallotto, an MP for the Lega Nord, an extreme right-wing political party and important coalition partner of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Cavallotto declared “the selection of Osvaldo to the national team attests to the undeniable failure of the Figc’s[1] policies. Cesare Maldini’s project, which should have led our young talent to the Azzuri shirt, is turning into a boarding house for oriundi.”
In a footballing context ‘oriundi’ refers to players born outside Italian territory, typically of Italian descent, who have taken Italian citizenship and represented their adoptive country. Italy has a rich tradition of importing talent from its diaspora. Indeed, their presence was crucial to Benito Mussolini’s ambitions to create a football squad capable of winning the World Cup and thereby lending credence to his doctrine of Italian racial superiority. The team that hoisted the trophy in 1934 on home soil included three players who had been born and raised in Argentina: Luis Monti, Enrique Guaita and Raimundo Orsi. All three men had been capped previously by their country of birth and Monti had even been on the losing end in the World Cup final four years earlier when Uruguay had beaten Argentina to win the inaugural tournament. In 1938, when Italy won the World Cup for the second time in succession, their winning line-up included no Argentinian-born players, but did feature the naturalised Uruguayan Miguel Andreolo.
In fact given the presence of Claudio Gentile in 1982 and Mauro Camoranesi in 2006, born in Libya and Argentina respectively, it can safely be argued that Italy have never won football’s greatest prize with a team made up entirely of home-born players.
Odder still perhaps is not this neglect of history, because human beings do seem as a rule wont to ignore or disregard evidence that disputes their claims, but rather the basic fact that any one who has taken up citizenship with a country, irrespective of whether or not she was born there, is under the law as much a citizen as anyone else. I don’t claim to have any training in the law, least of all in the finer points of its application to naturalisation in Italy, but I imagine that it would be safe to assume that any naturalised Italian enjoys the same rights as anyone who received her citizenship by having had the good fortune of having being born in Italy to Italian parents.
Perhaps Mr Cavalotti is not the best person from whom to be taking lessons on Italian civics. After all the full name of his party is the ‘Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania’, which clearly betrays its fundamental mission of separation from the rest of Italy. The Lega Nord advocates the creation of a state known as Padania, whose borders would gird most of the north of the current Italian state. Many of the party’s members are well known for the disdain in which they hold the centre and south of the country, whose residents act as a swarm of leeches, sucking dry the economic successes of the more industrialised north.

Some critics of Osvaldo’s selection, including former national team coach Cesare Maldini, have justified their cynicism with the argument that there are other strikers more deserving of a call-up based on current form. While it may be true that the Roma player had three fairly unexceptional seasons in Italy, before departing for Spain in 2010, where he scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for Espanyol. He has three goals in his last three games this season and it can be argued that he is playing as well as any fit Italian striker at the moment, bar perhaps Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi, both of whom were picked ahead of him for the match against Serbia.
Members of the Lega Nord have in the past complained not only about the presence of overseas-born footballers but ones native to the slightly more domestic climes of Naples and Rome in the national squad. Cavalotto’s party colleague Matteo Salvini declared before last year’s World Cup that he would support the entire squad except for its Neapolitan captain Fabio Cannavaro and his Roman deputy Daniele De Rossi, so in retrospect it seems that poor Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, born in Argentina and playing now for Roma, was always liable to be a prime target for the Lega’s ire. Still, perhaps it would be better for Mr Cavalotti to ignore Osvaldo’s selection, as well as the imminent return of the currently injured Brazilian-born Internazionale midfielder Thiago Motta to the national side. He may instead wish to devote his time to dictating the selection policy of the Padanian Squad
The other charge levelled against Osvaldo, one suffered by fellow ‘oriundi’ of recent years such as Motta, Comoranesi and Amauri before him, is that this is a choice made simply because he is not good enough for the country of his birth. Though it is true that Argentina currently have a surfeit of exceptionally talented players in Osvaldo’s position, surely it is the striker’s right as a dual-national to make himself for either nation, or indeed, until he has made a senior competitive appearance for one country, both. Osvaldo may have arrived in Italy as an economic migrant, but his assumption of Italian citizenship, his acclimatisation to Italian life and his desire to play for his new country are surely in no way tempered by any allegiance he may still feel to the land of his upbringing. Whatever one might see as the chief motivation for Osvaldo’s decision to represent Italy, his reasons have to be less sinister than the agents that offered great financial incentives to the likes of Monti and Orsi during the fascist years to come to Italy in order to create a squad of supposedly super-human Italian athletes and burnish the image of Mussolini’s regime.
Osvaldo for his part seems to have shown remarkable restraint. This weekend he slyly suggested he was “more Italian” than some members of the Lega Nord—a claim their own desire for separation would surely corroborate—while graciously thanking Prandelli for the faith placed in him. The coach of the Azzurri may yet play the striker in Tuesday’s qualifier against Northern Ireland. Cavalotti, Salvini and those of a similar frame of mind will presumably have their television sets turned off and in the meantime instead be dreaming of a fictional Padania, where the borders will be closed to Argentinian-Romans such as Osvaldo and from which even the Milan-raised Balotelli will find himself deported to his natal Sicily

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