Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Manchester United vs Schalke 04 - Who's Who

Manchester United Starters

Goalie - Edwin van der Sar - Long time goalie for Ajax in the 90s, came to Manchester United in 2005. Played in 130 matches with the Dutch National Team between 1995 and 2008. He has won the award for Best Europen Goalkeeper 4 times, Dutch Football Goalkeeper of the Year 4 times, and he is the most capped player in Netherlands history.

Defense - Nemanja Vidic - 29 year old Serbian center back who established himself with Red Star Belgrade in the early 2000s. Came to Manchester United in 2006 and has been a mainstay since the 2006-2007 season. Vidic has scored a pair of goals in 54 appearances for Serbia and has twice been named the Serbian Footballer of the Year.

Defense - Rio Ferdinand - 32 year old English center back who has been with Man U since 2002 logging well over 200 appearances. Ferdinand has 80 caps with the English national team and has netted 3 international goals including one against Denmark in the 2002 World Cup.

Defense - Patrice Evra - 29 year old French outside back came to Manchester United in 2006 after playing over 100 matches with Monaco. Evra also has 33 caps with the French National Team.

Defense - Fabio - 20 year old Brazilian outside back who has been with Manchester United since 2008. Played internationally for Brazil's U-17 squad. Scored his first Premier League goal this season against Wigan Athletic.

Midfield - Ryan Giggs - 37 year old Welsh veteran who has been with Manchester United since 1990 logging over 850 appearances (in all competitions) and 150 goals over his storied career. Has twice been named the Wales Player of the Year and has appeared 64 times scoring 12 goals for the Welsh National Team.

Midfield - Michael Carrick - 29 year old center mid who came to United in 2006 after stints with West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur. He has made 22 appearances for the English National Team and was on England's 2010 World Cup team though he did not receive any playing time while there.

Midfield - Park Ji-Sung - 30 year old Korean midfielder who joined United in 2005 after playing with PSV Eindhoven. He has 100 caps with the South Korean National Team and has scored 13 international goals. He scored goals in 3 consecutive World Cups (2002 against Portugal, 2006 against France, 2010 against Greece) and following the 2011 Asian Cup, retired from international play.

Midfield - Antonio Valencia - 25 year old Ecuadorian midfielder joined Manchester United in 2009 after spending two seasons with Wigan Athletic. Valencia has 44 caps with the Ecuadorian National Team and has score 6 goals for them, 5 in World Cup Qualifying matches.

Forward - Javier Hernandez - 22 year Mexican striker who goes by Chicharito in his first season with Manchester United after playing previously in Mexico for Guadalajara. Chicharito is the first Mexican ever to play for United. He also plays for the Mexican National Team where he has notched 14 goals in 23 matches including a pair at the 2010 World Cup.

Forward - Wayne Rooney - 25 year old English striker who started with Everton before joining Manchester United in 2004. Rooney scored 26 goals last season in 32 matches and has tallied 144 goals in 315 matches in all competitions for United. Rooney has scored 26 goals for English in 70 appearances, but failed to score in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Schalke 04 Starters

Goalie - Manuel Neuer - 25 year old German keeper has been with Schalke since 2005 logging over 152 appearances. Neuer has 17 caps with the German senior national team after appearing with their youth teams from 2004-2009. Neuer played in all of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches with the exception of the third place game against Uruguay.

Defense - Christoph Metzelder - 30 year old center back who came to Schalke after spending 2007-2010 with Real Madrid. Metzelder also appeared in 47 games for Germany's National Team between 2001 and 2008.

Defense - Joel Matip - 19 year old Cameroonian defender who has been with Schalke since 2009. Matip, though born in Germany, has opted to play for Cameroon's National Team already notching 5 caps before his 20th birthday.

Defense - Hans Sarpei - 34 year old Ghanaian defender in his first season with Schalke 04 after playing previously with Bayer Leverkusen. A member of Ghana's World Cup team in 2006 and 2010, he has logged 36 caps for the Black Stars and scored one international goal.

Defense - Atsuto Uchida - 23 year old Japanese defender in his first season with Schalke 04 after playing several years with the Kashima Antlers. Uchida has 39 caps with the Japanese National Team and started 5 games in the 2011 Asian Cup which Japan ended up winning.

Midfield - Jose Jurado - 24 year old Spanish midfielder playing in his first season in Germany after playing with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Mallorca. He has played for Spain's youth national teams between 2001 and 2009 but has yet to make an appearance for the Senior National Team.

Midfield - Kyriakos Papadopoulos - 19 year old Greek midfielder in his first season with Schalke 04 after playing for Olympiacos. Has been a member of the Greek youth national teams since 2006.

Midfield - Alexander Baumjohann - 24 year old German midfielder in his second stint with Schalke playing most recently for Bayern Munich. Baumjohann made a pair of appearances for Germany's U-21 side back in 2009.

Midfield - Jefferson Farfan - 26 year out Peruvian who has been with Schalke 04 since 2008 after playing with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Farfan has been a part of the Peruvian National team since 2003 logging 40 appearances and netting 12 goals. 7 of his 12 goals came in World Cup Qualifying matches.

Forward - Raul - 33 year old legendary Spanish striker who logged over 700 appearances and scored over 300 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid. In his first season with Schalke 04 he has been a big part of their run to the Champions League Semifinals. Raul had 102 caps with Spain and scored 44 international goals, including goals in 3 different World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006)

Forward - Eduardo Goncalves de Oliveira - 29 year old Brazilian striker 'Edu' is in his first season with Schalke 04. Played most recently in Korea for the Suwon Bluewings.

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