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Fernando Llorente celebrates his winning goal!

Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente

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The stars are bright, Fernando!

It finished 5-4 but it could have finished 10-9! One of the most exciting matches of the Premier League season took place last weekend and it didn't involve any of the teams at the top of the table. Swansea City beat Crystal Palace 5-4 in a match that had more twists and turns than a Hollywood blockbuster. Palace opened the scoring in the first-half but Swansea equalised before half-time to make it 1-1. Nobody knew that in the second half there would be seven goals in just 24 minutes! Swansea's Leroy Fer scored twice (66th & 68th minutes) to make the score 3-1 to the home team, then, it was Palace's turn to score three goals without reply. When Christian Benteke scored with just five minutes left, it looked like Palace had turned the game on its head. But Swansea turned the game upside down once again. In injury time, the Swansea City substitute, Fernando Llorente, not only scored the equaliser to make it 4-4 but got the winner, too. Swansea's 5-4 win took them off the bottom of the table and left Palace without a win in seven matches.

Llorente scoring against Manchester City.

I see the win as a turning point in so many ways. Sometimes you feel like you need something crazy and maybe this game can be that moment. Bob Bradley, Swansea manager.

What other amazing games have been played in the Premier League?

Fernando Llorente is one of Swansea's biggest-ever signings.

Swansea's amazing 5-4 win against Crystal Palace was probably the most exciting match in the Premier League this season. The lead changed three times, there were seven second-half goals and an injury-time winner. However, in recent seasons, there have been many exciting matches, let's take a look at a few of them. Which matches do you remember? Which was the best? 

  • Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool, January 2016 - Another 5-4 thriller. Norwich equalised injury time but Liverpool scored the winner with the last kick of the match. In the celebrations on the touchline, Liverpool's manager, Jurgen Klopp, lost his glasses!
  • Tottenham 6-4 Reading, December 2007 - Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick and Reading took the lead three times but Spurs came back to win.
  • Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal, April 2009 - The match is best remembered for Arsenal's Russian forward, Andrei Arshavin scoring four goals but there was also a 90th-minute equaliser for Liverpool.
  • Manchester Utd 4-3 Manchester City, September 2009 - Manchester Utd took the lead three times but each time City equalised. City's third equaliser arrived in the 90th minute but there was still time for Michael Owen to score the winner for Utd!
  • Manchester City 3-2 QPR, May 2012 - City's first Premier League title is well-known but it was a fantastic match. City needed to win to win the title. Edin Dzeko equalised for City in the 92nd minute and Sergio Aguero scored in the 95th to give City the title!

What do we know about Fernando Llorente?

Llorente won the World Cup with Spain in 2010.

Fernando Llorente was born in Pamplona in Spain, in February 1985. He made his name with Spanish side, Athletic Bilbao. He played 333 times for the Basque club and scored 118 goals. While with Bilbao he also made his debut for the Spanish national team. In 2010, he was part of the Spanish squad that won the World Cup in South Africa and in 2012 he was part of the squad that won the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. In 2013, Llorente moved to Italy to play for the Italian Champions, Juventus. In Turin (Juve's home city), Llorente won the Italian title three times and also helped the team reach the final of the Champions League where they were beaten by Barcelona. In 2013, Llorente returned to Spain to play for Sevilla. He only played 36 times for Sevilla but he did help them win the Europa League last season when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Final. In the summer of 2016, Llorente became one of Swansea City's biggest-ever signings when he joined the Welsh club.

Do you know any nicknames of Premier League players?

Llorente's Sevilla beat Liverpool in the Final of the Europa League last season.

Fernando Llorente is known as 'The Lion King', this is his nickname. He is not named after the lion in the film of the same name but because the club where he made his name, Athletic Bilbao, are known as 'The Lions'. Many Premier League players have nicknames, Sergio Aguero is sometimes called 'Kun' or Sergio 'Kun' Aguero. His nickname comes from a Japanese cartoon and it was the name his grandad gave to him because that was the only word he said when he was little!  There have been others. Ex-Manchester Utd striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was called the baby-faced assassin because he looked so young and scored lots of goals, ex-Arsenal striker, Dennis Bergkamp was called the non-flying Dutchman because he was scared of flying (the flying Dutchman is a famous ghost ship), and Chelsea's Cesar Azpiliceuta is called 'Dave' because his surname is too difficult to say for many! 

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What do you think?

Fernando Llorente was the hero for Swansea in their 5-4 win against Palace. Are you surprised that Swansea City have a World Cup winner in their team?

The match finished 5-4. Do you think this was the most exciting match of the season? What's the most exciting match you can remember?

Fernando Llorente's nickname is 'The Lion King'. Do you know any other nicknames?

Take another look at the football English in the article (the words in bold). Were any of these words new for you? Can you try to use some of them in the comments section below?

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
01/12/2016
ME
6922
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I'm not surprised at all. Swansea is a PL team and Llorente had already won many trophies. Now he will try to make smth big with his new team. That must be a great new experience!


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aragorn1986
01/12/2016 16:20
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

I'm not surprised at all. Swansea is a PL team and Llorente had already won many trophies. Now he will try to make smth big with his new team. That must be a great new experience!

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aragorn1986
01/12/2016
ME
6922
points

Definitely the most exciting match of the season. 'El Chino' Recoba, Gabriel Batistuta (Batigol), Harry Kewell (Wizard of Oz), Ariel Ortega (Burrito- Little Donkey) - just some of them..


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aragorn1986
01/12/2016 16:28
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Definitely the most exciting match of the season. 'El Chino' Recoba, Gabriel Batistuta (Batigol), Harry Kewell (Wizard of Oz), Ariel Ortega (Burrito- Little Donkey) - just some of them..

odavaz
02/12/2016
FR
42
points

I'm not surprised, now there very "little" clubs who developping and signing many top players.

The most exciting max that i remember was the europa League match (LIVERPOOL - DORTMUND).


odavaz
02/12/2016 09:27
France
Chelsea
42

I'm not surprised, now there very "little" clubs who developping and signing many top players.

The most exciting max that i remember was the europa League match (LIVERPOOL - DORTMUND).

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kwesimanifest
02/12/2016
GH
14277
points

Am not surprised at all given the standing performances they put up last season.


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kwesimanifest
02/12/2016 21:48
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Am not surprised at all given the standing performances they put up last season.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/12/2016
GH
14277
points

Soomewhat this seems to be the most exciting match of the season given the manner with which goals were being scored even in added time.


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kwesimanifest
02/12/2016 21:49
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Soomewhat this seems to be the most exciting match of the season given the manner with which goals were being scored even in added time.

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kwesimanifest
02/12/2016
GH
14277
points

Wazza for wayne Rooney


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kwesimanifest
02/12/2016 21:50
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Wazza for wayne Rooney

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nguyentruong
03/12/2016
VN
42
points

I think all of PL team receive a lot of money from TV rights


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nguyentruong
03/12/2016 06:24
Vietnam
Arsenal
42

I think all of PL team receive a lot of money from TV rights

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elghoul
04/12/2016
DZ
9099
points

It is effectively a surprise to see Llorente playing for this Welsh Premier League team.
Exciting and extraordinary football with a lot of goals. We are far from Italian Calcio.
Lalmas the greatest Algerian player is known as the sheep because of his partly nude head. Argentian Pastore is nicknamed el flaco.
I don't like very much Hollywood blockbuster movies.


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elghoul
04/12/2016 15:12
Algeria
Arsenal
9099

It is effectively a surprise to see Llorente playing for this Welsh Premier League team.
Exciting and extraordinary football with a lot of goals. We are far from Italian Calcio.
Lalmas the greatest Algerian player is known as the sheep because of his partly nude head. Argentian Pastore is nicknamed el flaco.
I don't like very much Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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kwesimanifest
05/12/2016
GH
14277
points

Managers sometimes cause trouble on the touchline when then kick out footballs when it gets out of play expecially when their teams are some goals down.


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kwesimanifest
05/12/2016 06:40
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Managers sometimes cause trouble on the touchline when then kick out footballs when it gets out of play expecially when their teams are some goals down.

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PACOSAEZ
06/12/2016
ES
247
points

I remember the match Man. Ud. against Bayer Munich when the English team scored two goals in the injury time. It was amazing.


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PACOSAEZ
06/12/2016 15:44
Spain
Manchester United
247

I remember the match Man. Ud. against Bayer Munich when the English team scored two goals in the injury time. It was amazing.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

Yes i am,few years ago Swansea used to play in lower divisions in England,but with determination u can do anything.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:39
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes i am,few years ago Swansea used to play in lower divisions in England,but with determination u can do anything.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

This was the most exciting match this season,but the most exciting match that i watched live is the match between Liverpool and Dortmund last season 4-3 for the reds.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:41
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

This was the most exciting match this season,but the most exciting match that i watched live is the match between Liverpool and Dortmund last season 4-3 for the reds.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

Yes,Rooney is called the Golden Boy.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:42
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes,Rooney is called the Golden Boy.

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