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Player of the Week - Luis Suárez

Player of the Week - Luis Suárez

A Miracle!

At the end of May, Luis Suárez was in a wheelchair after suffering a knee injury when training with his Uruguay teammates. Many believed that Suárez's World Cup dream was over and he wouldn't recover in time to play in Brazil. But Suarez made a fast recovery and, after missing Uruguay's surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica, he was ready to play against England and his Liverpool teammates; Gerrard, Sturridge, Johnson, Sterling and Henderson. Suárez made a fantastic comeback and scored 2 goals to eliminate England from the World Cup and set up a winner-takes-all match against Italy, for a place in the knockout stages of Brazil 2014.

How was the 2013/14 Premier League season for Luis Suárez?

Suárez missed the first 6 games of the season because of suspension, but for the rest of the 2013/14 season, Suárez was sensational. He scored 31 Premier League goals and was the Premier League's top scorer. He also formed a fantastic partnership with Daniel Sturridge and they scored over 50 Premier League goals, to become one of the highest scoring strike pairs in Premier League history. Suárez also won the Premier League Player of the Year award after a fantastic season with Liverpool. He became the first Liverpool player to score more than 30 goals in a season since Ian Rush, in 1985-86.

What do we know about Luis Suárez?

Suárez celebrates against England, Getty.Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz was born in Salto, Uruguay, on 24 January 1987. His mother had to bring up Luis and his six brothers on her own after his parents separated. “I had a really hard time growing up,” he says. “As you can imagine, coming from a large family, we didn’t have many resources at home.” Football was an escape: “I started playing when I was very young, and by the age of four I could run faster with the ball than without it.” When he was 11, he was invited to a national youth training camp but could not attend: “All my dreams had come true but it was too expensive – I didn’t even have enough money to buy a pair of boots.”

Who has Suárez played for?

He began his senior career in 2005, with Uruguayan club Nacional, scoring 10 goals in 27 games. In 2006, he moved to Europe to represent Dutch club Groningen, where again he scored 10 goals, this time in 29 games. Ajax saw his potential and signed him in 2007. He spent four years with the Dutch giants and was named the Dutch league’s Player of the Year for 2009/10 after scoring 35 goals in 33 league games, 49 in all competitions. Liverpool paid almost £23m to bring him to England in January 2011.

Why did Suárez want to move to Europe?

Luis Suarez is the Premier League Player of the Year, Getty.Suárez’s 12 goals in 29 games helped his first club, Nacional, to win the 2005/06 Uruguayan title. But there was a problem: his girlfriend (now wife) was thousands of miles away in Barcelona. “My happiness [after winning the title] was not complete. Sofia and I had to continue a long distance relationship for a year. The only thing I thought about was being by her side again. That’s how my European adventure started; when I got a call to play in Europe, I didn’t think twice. I went to play for Groningen in the Netherlands when I was only 19, but I had the girl of my life, Sofia, back next to me.”

What has Suárez achieved with Uruguay?

Luis Suárez made his senior debut for the Uruguay national team in February 2007 – he was sent off in the 3–1 win against Colombia. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was named Man of the Match twice (against Mexico and South Korea), with Uruguay reaching the semi-finals. He scored in the Final of the Copa America in 2011, as Uruguay beat Peru 3-0 to win a record 15th title. And his 11 goals made him top scorer in the South American section of qualification for the 2014 World Cup, which Uruguay reached by beating Jordan 5–0 in the play-off. Uruguay have won the World Cup twice, including the very first one, held in Uruguay in 1930.

Can Suárez help Uruguay get the victory they need against Italy?

 

Suarez in action for Uruguay, Getty.

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Did you know......?

  • Suárez's nickname is 'El Pistolero' which translates to 'The Gunfighter'.
  • Suárez's daughter is called Delfina, which is an anagram of Anfield!
  • There is a Liverpool FC that play in Montevideo, Uruguay. They play in Uruguay's top division.
  • Suárez has scored some fantastic goals this season. One of Suárez's best goals was against Norwich City in December 2013 when he scored from nearly 40 metres!
  • In May 2014, Suárez was ranked as 'Europe's most influential player', ahead of Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.
Suarez in action for Liverpool, Getty.

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What do you think?

Is Luis Suárez the key player for Uruguay?
Can Suárez win the Golden Boot at the World Cup?
Can Uruguay win the World Cup?
Will Suárez be the top scorer in the Premier League again this season?
 
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Uruguay fans in Brazil, Getty.
 

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hsn's picture
hsn
15/01/2023
TR
5522
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Football is the only way out for poor people to jump from the poverty to the upper class nowadays.


hsn's picture
hsn
15/01/2023 17:12
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5522

Football is the only way out for poor people to jump from the poverty to the upper class nowadays.

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Gabriel Amaral
01/06/2021
BR
1512
points

Luis Suarez still the key player for Uruguay till this days. I never fought thta Uruguay were one of the favourites to win the WC, but they managed to bring us really excitement moments in Brazil 2014.


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Gabriel Amaral
01/06/2021 23:04
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Luis Suarez still the key player for Uruguay till this days. I never fought thta Uruguay were one of the favourites to win the WC, but they managed to bring us really excitement moments in Brazil 2014.

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mobeckham
19/06/2020
TR
6510
points

Suarez is a very talented player but I don't like him because of his behaviour on the pitch.


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mobeckham
19/06/2020 17:49
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Suarez is a very talented player but I don't like him because of his behaviour on the pitch.

kirito2001
10/01/2018
VN
180
points

Uruguay can't win the WC and Suárez can't win the Golden Boot, too. Because Brazil will win the WC and Lionel Messi will win the Golden Boot

 

 


kirito2001
10/01/2018 14:11
Vietnam
Manchester United
180

Uruguay can't win the WC and Suárez can't win the Golden Boot, too. Because Brazil will win the WC and Lionel Messi will win the Golden Boot

 

 

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RafaelRC
05/04/2017
BR
663
points

Correct me please
Suarez has an interesting life history, he is a winner inside and outside of the pitch. I guess that he is in the top 5 world's fowards actually. His definition capacity is incredible, the Liverpool 's fans must miss him and all Premier League because he is an amazing player.
I have a doubt, could you help me?
What means: Set up winner takes all?
Thanks.


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RafaelRC
05/04/2017 11:37
Brazil
Arsenal
663

Correct me please
Suarez has an interesting life history, he is a winner inside and outside of the pitch. I guess that he is in the top 5 world's fowards actually. His definition capacity is incredible, the Liverpool 's fans must miss him and all Premier League because he is an amazing player.
I have a doubt, could you help me?
What means: Set up winner takes all?
Thanks.

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Rich
06/04/2017
ES
594
points

Hi RafaelRC

First of all, your question. Is this one phrase or a longer sentence? In football, 'to set up' means to assist with a goal. You could say Suarez set up Messi, who scored the goal. A 'winner takes all match' is a match when only one team can win - there are no prizes for second place. 'To set up' can also mean to arrange something in the future. You might set up a meeting with a colleague, for example. So it's possible that the phrase 'to set up a winner takes all match' means that a match has been arranged (following two semi-finals) where the winner will win everything.

Hope that helps and is not too confusing!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


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Rich
06/04/2017 21:15
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi RafaelRC

First of all, your question. Is this one phrase or a longer sentence? In football, 'to set up' means to assist with a goal. You could say Suarez set up Messi, who scored the goal. A 'winner takes all match' is a match when only one team can win - there are no prizes for second place. 'To set up' can also mean to arrange something in the future. You might set up a meeting with a colleague, for example. So it's possible that the phrase 'to set up a winner takes all match' means that a match has been arranged (following two semi-finals) where the winner will win everything.

Hope that helps and is not too confusing!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

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RafaelRC
06/04/2017
BR
663
points

Thanks!!! I got it now.


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RafaelRC
06/04/2017 22:00
Brazil
Arsenal
663

Thanks!!! I got it now.

Talapker's picture
Talapker
28/01/2017
KZ
205
points

1. Of corse, he is key player for Urugway, because he is top scorer of the World. He is very brutal and at the same time very sensetive and friendly. He has high degree of technique


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Talapker
28/01/2017 12:58
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
205

1. Of corse, he is key player for Urugway, because he is top scorer of the World. He is very brutal and at the same time very sensetive and friendly. He has high degree of technique

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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

he might go to different country in this season.


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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:38
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

he might go to different country in this season.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No they are very good but they can't


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:37
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No they are very good but they can't

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Maybe he can succeed it but I am not sure.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:37
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Maybe he can succeed it but I am not sure.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

He is very important player for Uruguay team but Uruguay team is very good as team,there lots of good players.


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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:36
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

He is very important player for Uruguay team but Uruguay team is very good as team,there lots of good players.

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assemjuve
27/02/2016
PS
3705
points

no they will not.


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assemjuve
27/02/2016 11:03
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

no they will not.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Suarez is very talented player. On the other hand he is not a team player and sometimes he makes stupid things. Uruguay has a population of only 4mil.people. Still, it is an option to win a trophy eventually.


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aragorn1986
27/11/2015 23:33
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Suarez is very talented player. On the other hand he is not a team player and sometimes he makes stupid things. Uruguay has a population of only 4mil.people. Still, it is an option to win a trophy eventually.

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1326
points

Well done!!!!!!!! Suares.


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almirpereira
26/10/2015 18:34
Brazil
Chelsea
1326

Well done!!!!!!!! Suares.

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raulito
25/06/2014
PE
0
points

before making any comment I want to congratulate premier skills english for such a great new change on its design.If the older one was great This is greater and more innovative.Thank u guys for your contribution to english learners.
Luis suarez is of course the key player for Uruguay.Uruguay as well as Portugal,Argentina and Brazil is a one man team.So far Neymar is the world cup top scorer,but I believe Suarez can catch him up.I don't think Uruguay is gonna win the world cup 'cause if a team depends too much in a single player,surely there will be a game they'll need more than that.I think Suarez will be again the top scorer in the premier league as long as he doesn't get injured


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raulito
25/06/2014 04:05
Peru
Chelsea
0

before making any comment I want to congratulate premier skills english for such a great new change on its design.If the older one was great This is greater and more innovative.Thank u guys for your contribution to english learners.
Luis suarez is of course the key player for Uruguay.Uruguay as well as Portugal,Argentina and Brazil is a one man team.So far Neymar is the world cup top scorer,but I believe Suarez can catch him up.I don't think Uruguay is gonna win the world cup 'cause if a team depends too much in a single player,surely there will be a game they'll need more than that.I think Suarez will be again the top scorer in the premier league as long as he doesn't get injured

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admin
25/06/2014
GB
560
points

Thanks Raulito
We're still working hard on the designs and have some developments still to do, but it's wonderful to hear that you appreciate it.
Thanks again

Jack
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admin
25/06/2014 09:28
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Thanks Raulito
We're still working hard on the designs and have some developments still to do, but it's wonderful to hear that you appreciate it.
Thanks again

Jack
Premier Skills English Team

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admin
24/06/2014
GB
560
points

Suarez recovery was really remarkable!


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admin
24/06/2014 15:12
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Suarez recovery was really remarkable!

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Anec
24/06/2014
LK
0
points

2014 World cup is totally unpredictable so we have to wait and see what happen in the end.


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Anec
24/06/2014 12:33
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

2014 World cup is totally unpredictable so we have to wait and see what happen in the end.

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