|Birth Name(s) : Fernando Torres
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|1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 22:32, 29 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of September 3, 2007.* Appearances (Goals)|
Torres scored 75 goals over 5 seasons in the Spanish top flight, with only Samuel Eto'o and David Villa scoring more in the same period. Torres also played two seasons in the second division where he scored 7 goals in 40 games.
2001–02 saw Atlético win promotion back to La Liga. The then 17-year-old Torres didn't have the best of seasons in front of goal though, netting only 6 times in 36 appearances in the Segunda División. In November Torres represented Spain at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. He scored one goal in three games, but the team didn't progress past the group stage. Later that season in July, Torres won the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Again he scored the only goal in the final and ended as the tournament's leading goalscorer (4 goals in 4 games) and best player.
2002 saw Atlético Madrid returning to the first division of Spanish football. In his first season playing in the top division, Torres did not find the transition from second tier football too much of a hindrance as he scored 13 goals as Atlético finished 12th. He also made his debut for the Spanish U21 team.
Atlético's 7th place finish in 2004 did qualify them for the Intertoto Cup, giving Torres his first taste of European club competition. They made the final, but agonisingly lost on penalties, this time to Villarreal.
After the 2006 World Cup, which Torres particpated as a member of the Spain National Team, Torres admitted that he turned down the chance to join Chelsea after the end of the 2005-06 season.
Again in 2007, Torres's future at Madrid was the subject of much speculation after Atlético's inability to secure a UEFA Cup spot. Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester United were all linked with a move for the player. Following the end of the 2006-07 season, reports in the English media stated that Torres was the main transfer target of Liverpool.
On July 2 it was reported that Torres had cut short his holiday to fly back to Madrid to finalize the move. The next day Torres passed a medical for Liverpool and it was announced that a farewell press conference would be held in Madrid the on 4 July to bid farewell to the Atlético Madrid fans. Later that day, Atlético officially confirmed his transfer to Liverpool on their website.
Torres is Liverpool's current record signing. Although the British media reported the transfer to be £26.5 million, Rafael Benitez confirmed in an interview with Spanish media that the deal was closer to £20 million. It was widely reported that Torres took a pay cut as part of the transfer. A drop from £103,000 a week in Spain, to about £90,000 according to The Times.
He scored his first hat-trick for the club on September 25 in a 4-2 away win against Reading in the League Cup. He put Liverpool a goal ahead at 2-1, his second put Liverpool into the lead again at 3-2, and was followed by the 4-2. He received the Man of the Match and he took the match ball, as all players do when they have scored a hat-trick in a game.
In February 2001, Torres won the Algarve Tournament with the Spain under-16 team. In May, the under-16s took part in the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship, which they also won, with Torres scoring the only goal in the final. He finished as the tournament's leading goalscorer (7 goals in 6 games) and was also voted the best player.
In 2003, Torres made his senior debut for the full Spanish national team on September 6, 2003 in a friendly against Portugal. His first goal for Spain came against Italy on April 28, 2004. At the end of the season Torres was chosen as part of the Spanish squad for Euro 2004. He only appeared as a late substitute in Spain's first two group games, but made the first eleven for the deciding game against Portugal. Torres hit the post in the 62 minute after Nuno Gomes put Portgual ahead on 57 minutes. Spain lost 1-0 and were eliminated.
At his first ever appearance in a World Cup finals at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Torres scored the final goal in a 4-0 victory over Ukraine with a volley. In the second group match, Torres scored twice against Tunisia, in the 76th minute for Spain to take the lead 2-1 and then again from a penalty kick in the 90th. Torres was dropped from the team for a friendly versus Romania in November 2006, but returned to the national side for the friendly against England in February 2007, a 1-0 win for Spain.
He also has a cameo appearance in Torrente 3, a 2005 Spanish comedy where he plays himself, and diverts danger by juggling a hand grenade like a football.
- Segunda División: 2001-02
- 1998 Nike Cup Europe (an under-15 youth cup)
- 1998 Top under-15 European player
- 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship: Top goalscorer (7 goals in 6 games), Best player
- 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship: Top goalscorer (4 goals in 4 games), Best player
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