Fernando José Torres Sanz (born March 20, 1984) is a Spanish footballer. He was born in Fuenlabrada and in the neighborhood of Madrid was the youngest player to play for Atletico Madrid and the youngest to become captain (at age 19). Nicknamed "El Nino" (Kid), his youthful face, Torres is a striker for Spain and Liverpool. Torres placed 55 goals in five seasons in the Spanish top flight only Samuel Eto'o and David Villa scoring more than the same period. Torres also played two seasons in second division, where he had 7 goals 40 games.
In 1999, Torres signed his first contract with the club until the end of the 1999-2000 season, he was involved in the first team. His next success was the European Under-16 Championship in England in 2001 where he finished as a tournament player in Spain on the way to victory.
At that time, Newcastle United, Bobby Robson was apparently informed of talent Torres, who, however, rejected Newcastle move scout.Robson Spanish. Torres made his debut for Atlético Madrid Vicente Calderón Stadium against Leganes and he made the first goal of the club next week, and the game against Albacete.
In 2002, Atlético Madrid Spanish Football returns to the first division. His first season to play in the top division, Torres did not find a move to the second level of damage too much football as he did 13 goals. Torres is the top scorer in La Liga Atletico and for the last four seasons.He is the youngest player to play for Atletico Madrid and the youngest to become captain (at age 19).
In 2003-2004 Torres made further progress, as he made 19 league goals in just 35 appearances. He was also named captain of the club Atletico Atlético just 19 years has also improved, but was wearing a UEFA Cup place on the last day of the season as they finished seventh due to goal difference behind Team Seville two head-to-head record (2-1, 0-2).
This season Torres made his debut in the whole of the Spanish national team on September 6 friendly against Portugal in 2003. His first goal came against Italy, Spain, April 28, 2004. End of the season, Torres was elected to the Spanish team for Euro 2004. He only appeared in late substitute in Spain in the first two group games, but he made the first eleven hours to decide the match against Portugal. Torres struck after 62 minutes after Nuno Gomes put before Portgual is 57 minutes. Spain lost 1-0 and were eliminated.
Atlético's 7th place in 2004 did not meet the Intertoto Cup, which Torres him a taste of European club competition. They made the final but unfortunately lost on penalties, this time to Villarreal.
His first appearance in the final of the World Cup at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, Torres placed the final goal of volleyball 4-0 win in Ukraine. In the second group match, Torres was placed twice against Tunisia, Spain 76 minutes to lead 2-1 and then again in the 90th penalty. Torres was dismissed from the team friendly against Romania in November 2006, but returned to the national team friendly against England in February 2007, 1-0 win in Spain. With the World Cup Torres admitted that he refused the chance to join Chelsea after the 2005-06 season.
Again, in 2007, the future of Torres in Madrid has been a subject of much speculation after Atlético's inability to secure a UEFA Cup place. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been transferred to the player. After the end of the 2006-07 season, reports in British media reported that Torres was the main target of the transfer of Liverpool.
Rumors already at its peak so that Atlético president Enrique Cerezo statement saying: "We have received an offer from Liverpool or any other club or player." However, a few days later new reports suggested that Atletico had agreed to manage Torres of Liverpool, was rumored to pay more than £ 20 million Luis Garcia. Then 30 June Atlético announced that, by agreeing to deal with Villareal to sign Diego Forlan (seen as a potential replacement for Torres) .
July 2 days reported that Torres had cut short his vacation to return to Madrid to finalize the move. The next day, Torres passed a medical at Liverpool and it was annouced that the farewell press conference will be held in Madrid on 4 July to bid farewell to the Atletico Madrid fans. Later that day, Atlético officially confirmed his transfer to Liverpool on their website.
Torres Liverpool to wear the number 9 shirt, which was previously worn by Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush legendary. It was revealed at the press conference that the cost of Liverpool was £ 27 million. It is also widely reported that Torres had a pay cut as part of the transfer. Place £ 103 000 a week in Spain, about £ 90 000 depending on the period.
Torres has made official debut with Liverpool FC July 17, 2007, when the friendly against Werder Bremen. Torres has painted his first goal for Liverpool FC August 3, 2007, when the friendly against Shanghai Shenhua, who was also his first start. Torres is the signature recording of Liverpool FC. It is August 11, 2007 Torres made his competitive debut against Liverpool FC v Aston Villa 2-1.
He made his first Premier League goal on his Anfield debut on August 19, in 16 minutes of the match Chelsea and Steven Gerrard pass, he took the ball past Chelsea's defender Tal Ben Haim and the grade of net Chelsea, he silenced many critics, such as Aaron Williams, a biased supporter of Manchester United and the infamous image of the media. The match ended 1-1, when a bad decision by Rob Styles has Chelsea a controversial penalty in the 62nd minute.