Player of the day: Luis Suarez
Today’s Player of the day is the Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. Suarez has become an instant fan favourite an Anfield since signing in 2011 and will be pivotal to his countries quest for a medal at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
Suárez began his professional career in 2005 at Nacional in Montevideo. In 2006, at age 19, he moved to the Netherlands to play for Groningen in the Eredivisie. Suárez transferred to Ajax in 2007 and made a major impact at the Amsterdam club. In 2008–09 he was named club Player of the Year and he led Ajax in scoring and the following year he was named the club captain, Suarez led the Eredivisie in scoring with 35 goals in 33 games and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. He scored 49 goals in all competitions and Ajax won the KNVB Cup. In the 2010–11 season he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal and joined an elite group of players from the club, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, to do so.
In January 2011, he transferred to Liverpool for £22.8 million. During his partial season at Liverpool, Suárez helped the club move from twelfth in the league in mid-January to finish sixth. After winning the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Copa América, Suárez had a disappointing 2011–12 season by his standards. Liverpool finished in eighth place and Suárez scored 11 league goals including his first Liverpool hat trick against Norwich. He also finished sixth for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or. In February 2012 Suárez won his first trophy with Liverpool, as they won the League Cup. During the 2011–12 Premier League season.
Suárez represented Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. In 2007 he scored in his senior team debut against Colombia but was also sent off for a second yellow card. In the 2010 World Cup he played an important role in Uruguay's fourth place finish and scored three goals. He was also involved in one of the tournament's most controversial incidents in the final minutes of extra time against Ghana; he prevented a goal with his hands to save his team from losing. He was given a red card, but the ensuing penalty kick was missed; Uruguay advanced after winning the shootout. He was strongly criticized for this action,but also lauded as a hero for sacrificing himself for his team. In 2011, Suárez scored four goals for Uruguay as they won a record fifteenth Copa América, and he was named Player of the Tournament. Suarez was picked for the Uruguay Olympic squad for the London 2012 and will be hoping to guide the team to a medal success.
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