Monday, July 5, 2010

Semi Final Lobby

Germany national football team

Manuel Neuer        

Sponsor:Click2.infoManuel Neuer (German pronunciation: [ˈmaːnu̯ɛl ˈnɔʏ.ɐ]; born 27 March 1986 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German footballer and the current goalkeeper of Schalke 04. Neuer's hero and idol as a child was fellow German and former Schalke goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Tim Wiese


Tim Wiese (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪm ˈviːzə]; born 17 December 1981 in Bergisch Gladbach) is a German goalkeeper who currently plays for Werder Bremen and the German national team. He joined them in 2005 from Kaiserslautern.

Hans-Jörg Butt


Hans-Jörg Butt (German pronunciation: [ˈhants ˈjœʁk ˈbʊt]; born 28 May 1974 in Oldenburg) is a German footballer who currently plays for FC Bayern Munich in the German League, as a goalkeeper.
Known for taking penalty kicks (he has netted nearly 30 goals in Germany's top flight) Butt has played for Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in his country, having arrived at Munich already aged 34.
During his career, Butt has scored three times from the penalty spot against Juventus, once with each club.

Marcell Jansen


Marcell Jansen (born 4 November 1985 in Mönchengladbach) is a German footballer who plays for Hamburger SV and the German national team. He is well known for his accurate crossing and pace, despite his tall stature. Jansen has represented his country on 30 occasions so far, showing up as left-back. On club level he has also played on the left of midfield and left wingback, back in his youth years, also featured as left winger and even striker, a term declaring his versatility. He appeared in injury time during UEFA Euro 2008 as striker.

Arne Friedrich


Arne Friedrich (German pronunciation: [ˈaɐ̯nə ˈfʁiːdʁɪç], born 29 May 1979 in Bad Oeynhausen) is a German football defender, who currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg and the German national football team.
As of July 2010, Friedrich has represented his country on 77 occasions, his debut coming in the 2–2 draw against Bulgaria in Sofia on 21 August 2002.
He was included in the 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup, where Germany finished third. Friedrich started almost every game and was very instrumental in getting Germany to the Third Place match. He is a very versatile player, playing full back, center back, and occasionally a more midfield position. He was also called up to Germany's Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 squads.

Dennis Aogo


Dennis Aogo (born 14 January 1987 in Karlsruhe) is a German footballer of partly Nigerian descent who plays for Hamburger SV.

Serdar Tasci


Serdar Tasci (Turkish: Serdar Taşçı, pronounced [ˈserdær ˈtæʃtʃɯ]) (born 24 April 1987) is a German football player of Turkish descent, who currently plays as a defender for Stuttgart and the German national team. Tasci usually plays as a centre back or right back.

Holger Badstuber


Holger Badstuber ([ˈhɔlɡɐ ˈbaːtˌʃtuːbɐ], born 13 March 1989 in Memmingen) is a German footballer who is currently playing as a defender for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and internationally for Germany.

Per Mertesacker


Per Mertesacker (born 29 September 1984 in Hannover) is a German footballer who plays as a defender for Werder Bremen and the Germany national football team. Despite his intimidating height, his game is unusually clean for a defender, evident by his relatively few bookings. He is known for having a penchant for scoring headers from set-pieces and corners due to his height advantage.

Philipp Lahm


Philipp Lahm (born 11 November 1983 in Munich, Germanyis a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for Bayern Munich and is the interim captain of the German national team, following the absence of Michael Ballack who withdrew because of an injury.

Jérôme Boateng


Jérôme Boateng (born 3 September 1988 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf) is a German footballer who plays as primarily a central defender, although able to play as a full back on either side. He has agreed a five-year deal to join E

nglish club Manchester City after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Sami Khedira


Sami Khedira (Ar:سامي خضيرة) - (born 4 April 1987 in Stuttgart) is a German footballer player of partial Tunisian descent, who plays for VfB Stuttgart. Khedira has been at the club since 1995 and won the Bundesliga title in the 2006–07 season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger


Bastian Schweinsteiger (pronounced [ˈbasti̯an ˈʃvaɪnʃtaɪɡɐ]  born 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, Germany) is a German footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team. A right-footed player, he occupied a central role during the 2009–10 season. During the 2010 Champions League Final he played centre-midfield: the position he occupied for most of the season. He is one of the longest-serving players at Bayern, having been at the club since he was a teenager.

Mesut Özil


Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzʊt ˈœzɪl], Turkish: [ˈmesut ˈøzil]; born 15 October 1988 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German professional footballer of Turkish origin who plays for Werder Bremen and the German national football team.

Piotr Trochowski


Piotr Trochowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpjɔtr trɔˈxɔfski]; born 22 March 1984) is a Polish-born German footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Hamburger SV and the German national team. He is known for his powerful shots and skillful dribbling.

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos (born 4 January 1990 in Greifswald) is a German international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich as an attacking midfielder. He is the older brother of Werder Bremen forward Felix Kroos.

Marko Marin


Marko Marin (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Марин) (born 13 March 1989 in Gradiška, now Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a German footballer of Bosnian Serb origin playing for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga as a winger.

Stefan Kießling


Stefan Kießling (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtɛfan ˈkiːslɪŋ]; born 25 January 1984 in Lichtenfels) is a German footballer who currently plays as a striker for Bayer Leverkusen. Since he arrived in 2006, he has played 130 games for the club, scoring 50 goals. He has also represented Germany five times.

Lukas Podolski


Lukas Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]); born Łukasz Podolski IPA: [wu'kaʃ poˈdɔlski]) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before moving to Bayern Munich. After three years in Munich with mixed success, Podolski returned to Köln. He was first capped in 2004 and has been part of the squad in all major tournaments since then. Although he was eligible to play for Germany and Poland, Podolski chose to play for Germany.

Miroslav Klose


Miroslav Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪʁoslaf ˈkloːzə] ; born Mirosław Marian Kloze IPA: [miˈrɔswaf ˈklɔzɛ] on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he has become well-known for his knack of scoring headers and his front-flip goal celebration routine.
Klose plays internationally for the German national team. Although Polish by birth, Klose holds German nationality. He was the top scorer and thus the Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with five goals. Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup, the 2002 World Cup hosted jointly by the Korea Republic and Japan. He scored in his first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, opened the scoring against England in the first round of the knock out stages, and scored twice on his 100th cap against Argentina in the quarter-finals, giving him a total of 14 goals in World Cup finals. This puts him joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of FIFA World Cup goalscorers.
He is the first German player since German reunification to finish as the World Cup's top scorer, and the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups. Natural with the head, he was first team roster before injuries took him out of the team for a while, and during his rest Ivica Olić took over, impressing, and replaced Klose as Louis van Gaal's first team striker.

Thomas Müller (footballer)


Thomas Müller (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈmʏlɐ]) (born 13 September 1989 in Weilheim) is a German international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich.
Müller plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles – as an attacking midfielder, second striker, or on either wing.He has been praised for his pace, technique and composure, and has shown consistency in both scoring and creating goals.A product of Bayern's youth system,he made his first-team breakthrough under new Bayern manager Louis van Gaal during the 2009–10 season, playing almost every game as the club won the league and cup double, and reached the Champions League final.This earned him an international call-up, and at the end of the season he was named in Germany's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he scored two goals in the round of 16 match against England to take Germany through to the quarter finals, making him the youngest player since Pele to sc 



Claudemir Jerônimo Barretto (born 27 March 1981 in Mogi das Cruzes), commonly known as Cacau, is a Brazilian-born German football striker who is currently playing for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Cacau received German citizenship in February 2009, he made his international debut in May that year in a friendly match against China PR. He is part of the German national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[ore multiple goals in a knockout round, and the youngest German since Franz Beckenbauer to do so in any game.

Mario Gómez


Mario Gómez García (born 10 July 1985 in Riedlingen) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. Gómez joined Bayern after six years in Stuttgart. The fee was a record for a player transferred in the Bundesliga, estimated to be €30–35 million. When Stuttgart became champions in 2006–07 and Gómez contributed 14 goals he was elected German footballer of the year. In the following seasons Gómez has improved on his record each time, scoring 35 goals over the course of the 2008–09 season.


Spain national football team

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas Fernández Spanish pronunciation: [ˈiker kaˈsiʎas]; (born 20 May 1981 in Móstoles,Madrid) is a Spanish football goalkeeper who plays for the Spanish La Liga club Real Madridand serves as captain for the Spanish national team. He is currently first-choice goalkeeper for both club and country and serves as a vice captain for his club. As captain of the national side, he led a young Spanish team to their first European Championship in 44 years, his first senior international honour.
Since bursting onto the scene as a teenager, Casillas has been recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, illustrated by the many awards he has received. He was ranked 4th in the 2008 European Footballer of the Year voting, and also the highest ranked goalkeeper in2009.At the end of 2009 he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for the third consecutive time.

Víctor Valdés

Víctor Valdés i Arribas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktor βalˈdes]; born 14 January 1982 inL'Hospitalet de Llobregat, ,Barcelona, Catalonia, is a Spanish football goalkeeper, who plays for Barcelona. He is the most successful goalkeeper in Barcelona's history, having won four La Liga titles, two Champions League titles, and one Copa del Rey title. Before joining the principal team in 2002–03 season, Víctor played for the youth teams and Barcelona B.Currently, he has a contract with Barcelona until 2014.

José Manuel Reina

José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [xo'se ma'nwel 'rejna 'paeθ]; born 31 August 1982), is a Spanish footballer who is currently playing as a goalkeeper for the English Premier League side Liverpool and the Spain national football team.
The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Reina began his career with the FC Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000-01 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2004. However, he soon moved on to Liverpool and making his debut in 2005. He instantly becoming first-choice goalkeeper and won his first major honour in 2006, the FA Cup. He saved three out of four West Ham united penalties in the final to help win the trophy. In 2007, Liverpool reached the Champions League Final, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in four of his first five seasons at the club.
At international level, Reina played for Spain's youth team, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 1999. He made his senior debut in 2005, and has generally been selected as the second-choice keeper behind Iker Casillas. He was part of the Spain squad for the 2006 World Cup and made one appearance in their victorious Euro 2008 campaign, earning him his first international honour.

Raúl Albiol

aúl Albiol Tortajada (born 4 September 1985 in Vilamarxant, Valencia) is a Spanishfootballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.

Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué Bernabeu (Catalan pronunciation: [ʑəˈɾaɾd piˈke]; born 2 February 1987 inBarcelona, Catalonia , Spain) is a Spanish footballer, currently playing as a centre backfor Barcelona.
A product of Barça's cantera, he initially left the club for Manchester United in 2004, where he remained for four years, before returning to Barcelona under Josep Guardiola's leadership, and helping Barça to become the first Spanish club ever to complete the treble. Piqué is one of four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto'o.

Carlos Marchena

Carlos Marchena López (born 31 July 1979 in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Seville,Andalusia) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Valencia CF and the Spanish national team.
Mainly a central defender with an aggressive approach, he can also pitch in as a defensive midfielder.

Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol i Saforcada (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkaɾles puˈjol]; born 13 April 1978) is a SpanishCatalan footballer who currently plays for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and internationally for the Spanish national team.
Mainly a central defender, he can also appear on either flanks, especially as a right back. He also serves as a longtime team captain for his only club FC Barcelona, after taking over fromLuis Enrique in August 2004.

Joan Capdevila

Joan Capdevila Méndez (born 3 February 1978 in Tàrrega, Lleida, Spain) is a Spanishfootballer who currently plays for Villarreal CF and Spain.
His usual position is left defender, but he is also capable of operating as a winger and, from a defensive position, often contributes with goals, although not as often as he would have liked since his skills are often focused on illusion tactics.

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos García (born 30 March 1986 in Camas, Andalusia) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He usually plays as right or centre back.

Álvaro Arbeloa

Álvaro Arbeloa Coca (born 17 January 1983) is a Spanish football player currently playing for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He is predominantly a right back, although he can play as a central defender. During his return to Real Madrid, he has started most of the games as a left back.
Arbeloa trained with Real Madrid as a youth player, and worked his way up to the first team, making his debut in the 2004–05 season. However, he mostly played for the Real Madrid B team. He moved to Deportivo La Coruña to play first team football in La Liga in 2006, but moved to Liverpool after half a season. He cemented his place in the Liverpool first team and played in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, although the team lost to Milan. Arbeloa made 93 appearances in his three seasons at the club. He returned to Madrid in 2009 for a fee of 6 million.
Internationally, he made his senior debut in 2008 and has played for Spain at UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning the former tournament. His daughter, Alba, was born 26 April 2010.

Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta]; born 11 May 1984 in Fuentealbilla,Albacete, Castile-La Mancha) is a Spanish football midfielder who currently plays for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona. His willingness to play anywhere on the pitch, coupled with a natural humility, has earned him the sobriquet El Ilusionista (The Illusionist), El Anti-Galáctico (The Anti-Galáctico), Cerebro (The Brain) and most recently Don Andrés from the Spanish press.After the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooneyasserted that he believed the midfielder to be the best player in the world.His current contract with Barcelona runs until 2015.


Xavier Hernández i Creus (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʃaβi erˈnandeθ]; born 25 January 1980 inTerrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia), commonly known as Xavi, is a Spanish footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club Barcelona. Widely considered among the finest playmakers in world football, Xavi was named the official Man of the match of the 2009 Champions League Final as he helped Barcelona defeat Manchester United to win their thirdChampions League-title. He was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA at UEFA Euro 2008 and was one of the five finalists for the 2007-08 FIFA World Player of the Year. In all he has been capped 84 times for the Spanish national team. He is regularly cited as the best midfielder currently playing.

Cesc Fàbregas

Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas i Soler (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛsk ˈfaβɾəɣəs]; born 4 May 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder. He captains the Premier League sideArsenal and also plays for the Spanish national team.
Fàbregas started his career as a trainee with Barcelona but was signed by Arsenal in September 2003 at the age of 16. Following injuries to key midfielders in the 2004–05 season, he established himself as Arsenal's starting central midfielder and playmaker. He went on to break several of the club's records, earning a reputation as one of the best young players for his position of his generation.
In international football, the Spaniard's national career began when he represented the Under-17 side at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland. As a result of his club performances, he was called up to the senior squad in 2006. He has played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2008, where he helped Spain to become eventual winners in the latter.

Juan Manuel Mata

Juan Manuel Mata García (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan manˈwel ˈmata]; born 28 April 1988) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Valencia CF, mainly as a left winger.
A clever player, he possesses great pace, intelligence,and goalscoring ability

Xabi Alonso

Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano(born 25 November 1981 in Tolosa, Basque Country, Spain) is a Spanish footballer who plays for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He is a midfielder, often playing as a deep-lying playmaker.
Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad, and after a brief loan period at SD Eibarreturned to the La Liga club. John Toshack appointed Alonso as his team captain and Alonso succeeded in the role, taking Real Socieded to second place in the 2002–03 season. The Spaniard moved to Liverpool in August 2004 for £10.5 million. He won theUEFA Champions League in his first season at the club. The following season he won theFA Cup, and subsequently also the FA Community Shield. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season, in a deal worth around £30 million.
Internationally, Alonso has represented Spain in the Euro 2004, Euro 2008 tournaments and the 2006 World Cup. He made his international debut in April 2003 in a 4–0 victory against Ecuador. He won the Euro 2008 tournament with Spain.
He holds the record for the longest-range goal ever scored in open play in the Premier League, being some 61 yards away from Steve Harper's line when he netted againstNewcastle United in 2006. The season before, he scored from 78 yards with an effort against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup.

Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets i Burgos (born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish footballer who plays forBarcelona, as a defensive midfielder.

Javi Martínez

Javier 'Javi' Martínez Aguinaga (born September 2, 1988 in Estella-Lizarra, Navarre) is aSpanish footballer who currently plays for Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish first division, as acentral midfielder.

David Silva

David Josué Jiménez Silva (born 8 January 1986) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Valencia CF and the Spanish national team. Silva is due to join Manchester Cityon a four-year contract subject to a medical, after his participation in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Silva is capable of playing on either wing or as a traditional number 10, and sometimes as a supporting striker.

Jesús Navas

Jesus Navas González (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz ˈnaβas]; born 21 November 1985 in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Seville) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Sevilla FC in theSpanish first division.
A right winger who can play on the left flank on occasion, his main assets are his quick dribbling and an ability to run at opposing defenders.

David Villa

David Villa Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈβiʎa]; born 3 December 1981), nicknamedEl Guaje (The Kid in Asturian), is a Spanish footballer who currently plays as a striker forBarcelona and the Spanish national team.
Despite sustaining a serious injury as a child, he started his professional career withSporting de Gijón and made his debut in 2000 in Spain's Segunda División. He moved to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, after a total of 38 goals and 80 appearances for Gijón. He made his La Liga debut at Zaragoza and scored 31 goals in 73 appearances in the next two seasons, winning the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España, his first senior honours. He joined Valencia in 2005 for a transfer fee of €12 million. He was the second highest scorer in the 2005–06 season with 25 goals, and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey for a seventh time in the 2007–08 season. In 2010 he moved to Barcelona for €40 million.
Villa made his international debut in 2005 against San Marino. He has since participated in three major tournaments: 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. He scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup, was top scorer at Euro 2008 with four goals and another five at the 2010 World Cup. He is the second all-time scorer for Spain, trailing Raul González's record of 44 goals. Statistics (based on goal importance and the tournament they were scored in) demonstrate Villa to be the most prolific goalscorer in the world between 2005–2009, seeing the back of the net over 156 times, while the IFFHS listed him 4th in the "World's Top Goal Scorer 2009" rankings, while in 2010, he came 1st in their "2010's World Top Goalscorer at International Level" rankings. Villa has two children with his wife Patricia and often attends charity events supported by sports personalities.

Fernando Torres

Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984), nicknamed El Niño (The Boy in Spanish), is a Spanish footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Spain national team as a striker.
Torres started his career with Atlético Madrid, progressing through their youth system. He made his first team debut in 2001 and finished his career with the club having scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. Prior to his La Liga debut, Torres played two seasons in theSegunda División, making 40 appearances and scoring seven goals. He joined Liverpool in 2007, after signing for a club record transfer fee. He marked his first season at Anfield by being Liverpool's first player, since Robbie Fowler in 1995–96, to score more than 20 league goals in a season. Torres became the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals after scoring against Aston Villa in December 2009.
He is also a Spanish international and made his debut for the country against Portugal in 2003. He has since participated in four major tournaments, UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He did not score a goal at UEFA Euro 2004, but he scored three at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Torres scored the winning goal for Spain in their 1–0 win over Germany in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final.

Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma

Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (born 28 July 1987), commonly known as Pedro orPedrito, is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona.
Naturally right-footed, he plays as either a winger for forward, the ambidextrous nature of his game meaning he can play on either side of the pitch. He is excellent at finding the right position and has a powerful shot, most notably from long range.

Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente Torres (born February 25, 1985) is a Spanish professional footballerwho plays for Athletic Bilbao in Spain's first division, as a striker.