Saturday, August 20, 2011

Luis Alberto Suárez

Luis Suarez
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 24 January 1987), commonly known as Luis Suárez, is a Uruguayan international footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool as a striker. Suárez also plays for the Uruguayan national team. He is known as 'El Pistolero' (The Gunner). Suárez grew up in Salto alongside six siblings, with a single mother.In 2005, he began his professional career at Montevideo side Nacional. His older brother Paolo Suárez is also a professional football player.
He moved to the Netherlands with Eredivisie side Groningen in 2006 at the age of 19, before transferring to Ajax in 2007. He made a major impact at the Amsterdam club as a supporting striker with the main striker initially being Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, then Marko Pantelić, and later Mounir El Hamdaoui. Following the arrival of manager Martin Jol at Ajax and the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Arsenal in 2009, Suárez was made the club captain. Suarez moved to Liverpool for €26.5 million in January 2011, briefly becoming the club's most expensive player.
In 2010, Suárez was named Dutch Footballer of the Year, having ended the season as top scorer in the Eredivisie with 35 goals in 33 league matches (49 goals in all competitions). On 5 August 2010, Suárez became a father, with his wife bearing a baby daughter in Barcelona. Also in 2010, Suárez became a member of the select group of players having scored more than 100 goals for Ajax in competitive matches, joining players like Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.In 2011, Suárez scored four goals for Uruguay in winning the 2011 Copa América, and was named player of the tournament.
In Uruguay, Suárez played for Nacional. During his time with the Uruguayan club under the management of ConCon, he won the national championship. In his first season with the club he scored 13 goals but only played in 16 games.
After that controversial season, Groningen purchased him for approximately € 800,000. During his first season in Europe, Suárez performed well at Groningen, scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances.His impressive play attracted the attention of other European clubs and, following the season, he was sold to Ajax for €7.5 million on 9 August 2007.
The transfer initially seemed doomed when Suárez lost his case before the Dutch Football Association's arbitration committee.That same day, however, Ajax informed Groningen that they would be willing to pay more for him.

Suárez made his official debut for the team in the Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague. In the match he won a penalty kick for Ajax, though it was missed by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. In his Eredivisie debut for the club, he scored one goal, made three assists and won another penalty, helping Ajax beat newly promoted De Graafschap 8–1 In his home debut at the Amsterdam Arena, he scored another two goals against Heerenveen to continue the excellent start to his Ajax career.He then scored a hat-trick for the club in the league match against Willem II, to take his tally for Ajax to 14 goals in 27 appearances.He ended his first season with Ajax with 20 goals in 40 appearances.
Suárez received a lot of negative attention in the 2008–09 season, due to the high number of yellow cards he received. He was given a seventh yellow card against Utrecht in a 2–0 win for Ajax, which earned him a suspension against Den Haag. He ended the 2008–09 season with 22 goals from 31 games in the league,finishing second in the top-scorers table, a goal behind Mounir El Hamdaoui of AZ.

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