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Cheick Ismael Tiote is an Ivorian footballer who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United and the Ivory Coast national team. He has been described as a "tough tackling defensive midfielder."
His name is frequently misspelled as "Cheik", but the player himself confirmed to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle newspaper that the correct spelling is "Cheick".
Tiote joined English Premier League side Newcastle United on 26 August 2010 for a fee of 3.5 million after he was granted a work permit. He made his debut on 18 September 2010 against Everton at Goodison Park. His debut was very successful - completing all of his 64 passes. He also made two interceptions, completed all five of his attempted tackles, and his only shot was on target. He started all of the rest of the Magpies' games, putting in strong performances against Manchester City and in the 2-1 away win over West Ham. Tiots received man of the match for his performance in the 1-0 away victory against Wigan Athletic.
He was sent off in the 3rd Round FA Cup tie against Stevenage suffering a three match domestic ban, but scored a memorable first goal on his return, scoring a 25-yard volley for the late equaliser in a 4-4 draw against Arsenal, a game the Magpies trailed 0-4 at half time.
On 25 February 2011 Newcastle United announced that Tiote had signed a new six-and-a-half year contract to show his commitment to the club, keeping him at Newcastle until 2017. Upon signing his new deal, Tiote said 'The experience of playing in the Premier League has been better than I ever hoped it could be. This is a great club and the fans have been brilliant - I have never known support like it.
Fabricio Coloccini is an Argentine football defender who currently captains Premier League club Newcastle United, and plays for the Argentine national team. At the age of 30, Coloccini has already represented numerous football clubs, however it was his successful spell at Deportivo La Coruna where he earned his reputation as a top-level defender. After beginning his career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, Coloccini attracted the attention of AC Milan. He failed to establish himself there however and subsequently went on loan to four different clubs. In July 2011, he was promoted to club captain of Newcastle United after proving himself as one of the Premier League's most reliable and strong central defenders. In April 2012 he was named in the PFA Team of the Year due to his influence in Newcastle's impressive season. Coloccini also holds an Italian passport due to his Italian ancestry.
Coloccini joined Newcastle United on a five-year contract in August 2008 for a fee of up to 10.3 million. Two days later, he made his debut against the reigning league champions, Manchester United, playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 away draw.
Since his debut, Coloccini has been one of the most consistent inclusions in Newcastle's squad, and formed a partnership with fellow newcomer Sebastien Bassong in his first season. He was not immune to the pressures of representing Newcastle's infamous defence, coming under his most intense criticism for his performance in Newcastle's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool. Despite his mistakes in the game, manager Joe Kinnear voiced his support for Coloccini, stating that he believed his "Mr. Reliable" would bounce back.
On 1 February, Coloccini was substituted against Sunderland in the 93rd minute. Up until this point, he had played every minute of every game for Newcastle all season. He was dropped for the 1-1 draw with Stoke City, but played in Newcastle's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa which saw them relegated.
Francesc "Cesc" Fabregas Soler (born 4 May 1987) is a Spanishfootballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club FCBarcelona.
Fabregas started his career as a trainee with Barcelona but was signedby Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003 at the age of 16.Following injuries to key midfielders in the 2004-05 season, he went onto establish himself as Arsenal's starting central midfielder,playmaker, and captain. He broke several of the club's records in theprocess, earning a reputation as one of the best young players for hisposition. In 2011, he returned to Barcelona for an initial fee of ú29m(34m Euro's) with a further ú4m (5m Euro's) in variables.
In international football, the Spaniard's national career began when herepresented the Under-17 side at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championshipin Finland. As a result of his club performances, he was called up tothe senior squad in 2006. He has played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup,UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup, helping Spain to becomeeventual winners in the two most recent tournaments.
On 15 August 2011, Barcelona signed Fabregas for an initial fee of ú29million (34 million Euro's) with a further ú4 million (5 millionEuro's) in variables, ending one of the most protracted transfer sagasin recent times. Fabregas joined a team that had won three La Ligatitles in a row and two Champions League titles in three years, and onethat featured the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, AndresIniesta, and David Villa. He made his debut in the second leg of theSupercopa de Espana, coming on as a substitute against Real Madrid.Barcelona won the tie 3-2 and 5-4 on aggregate. He scored his firstgoal in a 2-0 win against FC Porto as Barcelona won the 2011 UEFA SuperCup, and his first league goal on his league debut against VillarrealCF.
Jose Bosingwa da Silva, known as Bosingwa, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, as a right defender.
An attacking fullback, his pace and ability to get up and down the flanks creates problems for the opposition. He spent most of his professional career with Porto and Chelsea.
A Portuguese international in the 2000s, Bosingwa represented the nation at Euro 2008.
On 19 June 2009, FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge conceded defeat in his club's attempt to sign Bosingwa, who remained at Stamford Bridge. He sustained a knee injury in October, being rendered unavailable for the rest of the season. The club announced in early March that he required further surgery, ruling him out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
On 24 April 2012, Bosingwa played a vital role in Chelsea's match against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. He replaced injured Gary Cahill after only 12 minutes, and helped his side record a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou and a 3-2 aggregate win; for most of the match he had to play as centre-back, as John Terry was also sent off before half-time.
In his natural position, Bosingwa played the full 120 minutes in the Champions League final against FC Bayern Munich, as the Blues won 4-3 on penalties and became the first club from London to win the tournament. With Chelsea's back four being commended for their ability to keep the strong opposing offense at bay, Bosingwa himself received plaudits for his efforts against French winger Franck Ribery; Shortly after, however, along with teammates Drogba and Salomon Kalou, he was told he could leave once his contract expired the following month.
Queens Park Rangers
On 17 August 2012, Bosingwa signed a three-year deal with Queens Park Rangers. He scored his first goal for his new club on the 28th, netting against Walsall in a 3-0 home win in the season's Football League Cup.
In December 2012 Bosingwa was fined two weeks' wages, for refusing to sit on the bench for a league game against Fulham.
Bosingwa's consistent performances at club level earned him his first call-up to the Portuguese national team in May 2007 for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier in Belgium. Bosingwa made 24 appearances for Portugal as first choice right back including all four matches at Euro 2004 in Austria and Switzerland.
In the past three seasons Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong has carvedhimself a niche as Arsenal's No 1 defensive midfielder.
Strong in the tackle, positionally aware and a good distributor of theball, he is becoming a master at protecting his back four, breaking upopposition forays and initiating attacks.
Arsene Wenger made his singing permanent at the end of the season afteran impressive start to the Cameroon man's Arsenal career.
First-team opportunities were few and far between at Arsenal and Alexwas the loaned out to Premier League side Charlton in January.
Before Christmas he made just four starts, though he did score hisfirst goal in an Arsenal shirt during a 6-3 victory at Anfield in theCarling Cup. He grabbed the Gunners' third in fortuitous fashion asSami Hyypia's attempted clearance bounced in off the midfielder afterCesc Fabregas' corner had cleared a bunch of players at the near post.
He spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Charlton where heimpressed greatly despite their relegation to the Championship. "It wasgood for me to play every week. I played maybe 12 or 13 games," he saidof his time with the Addicks.
Alex made further inroads into Arsene Wenger's first team as hefeatured 15 times throughout the season. Although playing the majorityof those matches as a holding midfielder he also operated in defence.
He impressed in Arsenal's run to the Carling Cup Semi-Finals and havingearned a late call-up to Cameroon's squad for the Africa Cup ofNations, was named in the tournament's Best XI.
Injury sidelined Alex on his return from that competition though he wasa surprise inclusion to face Manchester United in a vital title clashin April. He barely put a foot wrong at Old Trafford and went on toplay every minute of Arsenal's last five Premier League fixtures.
In June, he signed a new long-term contract with the Club.
2008/09 was Alex's breakthrough season. The then 21-year-oldestablished himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger's squad, making 48appearances in all competitions.
He enjoyed his most productive and eye-catching campaign yet as heemerged as a genuine midfield enforcer - the perfect foil for CescFabregas in the Arsenal engine room.
Arsene Wenger's 4-3-3 formation allowed Alex to flourish in 2009/10season in his preferred position behind the more attack-mindedmidfielders but he did get forward to score one goal - a thumpingheader against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
That was his final Premier League contribution before heading to theAfrica Cup of Nations and Alex was missed. His absence was also keenlyfelt when injury ruled him out of vital trips to Barcelona, Tottenhamand Wigan. It's not outlandish to suggest that Arsenal would have madea better fist of those three games with their midfield rock in place.
On 20 August 2012, Song signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelonafor a fee of 15m. He made his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid inthe 2012 Supercopa de Espana on 29 August 2012 as a substitute for thelast 15 minutes, finishing the match with a perfect passing statistic.On 17 November, Song scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 3-1 winagainst Real Zaragoza after being assisted by Lionel Messi.
Jose Mourinho used the word 'multifunctional' when Michael Essien signed for Chelsea from Lyon in August 2005, and the reported ú24.4 million price tag reflected this versatility.
Comfortable in central midfield, over the years he has also played at right-back, in the centre of defence and as a right winger.
After a low-key start to his Chelsea career, which saw a period of adaptation to what referees would accept as legitimate tackles, Essien was voted 2007 Player of the Year by supporters, recognising not just steam-train performances in midfield but also his ability to provide solutions to a multitude of problems elsewhere.
He followed up an outstanding performance in central defence during a clean sheet 2007 FA Cup Final display with his selection at right-back in the Champions League Final a year later, picked ahead of two specialists in the position.
Memorable goals are part of the Essien repertoire. His equaliser against Arsenal in December 2006 was voted that campaign's Chelsea Goal of the Season and was nearly matched by a charge forward and angled drive in Valencia that sent the Blues into the 2007 Champions League semi-final. Then came the 25-yard left-footed volley that almost eliminated Barcelona from Europe in 2009.
That sensational strike came just two months after he had returned from a damaged cruciate ligament sustained on international duty which had kept him sidelined for six months.
Within days he had scored both in Europe and the league, and Michael's short season continued as he put in a trademark dominating performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and the season would end there on a high with Everton beaten 2-1 in the Final.
Major injury struck again in 2009/10, and again on national service.
New manager Carlo Ancelotti was able to rotate his midfield regularly, meaning Essien was in and out a little in the opening couple of months.
He fired home from distance against Blackburn in late October as we won 5-0, then dominated Bolton twice in four days and finally providing the effective barrier that prevented Man United from scoring at the Bridge.
Michael hit another two, the first time he had done so for Chelsea, against Wolves in November, his first a header and his second another from outside the area that wriggled under the goalkeeper.
He was imperious alongside Mikel against Arsenal at the Emirates, and scored against APOEL in the Champions League before succumbing to a torn hamstring.
The damage kept him out until January, by which time he had joined up with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations, but after playing 45 minutes against Ivory Coast, he broke down in training with a fresh knee problem.
Michael underwent surgery at the end of January, but complications meant he would not return before the end of the campaign, forced to spend the Double-winning celebrations, and the World Cup, on the sidelines.
He returned fully fit for 2010/11 and started excellently, scoring three in two games against West Ham and Zilina, and amply plugging the gap left by the departures of Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Deco. A needless injury-time red card after heading the only goal of the game against Fulham brought an impressive run to an end, and following his return from suspension the midfielder struggled to dominate games in the same way.
Despite that Essien still clocked up 33 league appearances, taking him past the 200-game mark for the club, but disaster struck once more on the first day of pre-season training under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, when further knee damage was sustained, expected to keep him out for a further six months.
Pre-Chelsea: Michael grew up near Accra, capital of his homeland, and the city that also gave the world Marcel Desailly.
Unlike the former Chelsea captain, Michael remained in Africa into adulthood, beginning his club football at Liberty Professionals.
His profile was raised by a third-placed finish for Ghana in the Under 17 World Cup which led to a trial at Manchester United, but he eventually signed for French side Bastia.
At first he was used to fill a variety of positions across the defence but could not hold down a regular place. Then injury left a vacancy in midfield and Michael never looked back.
Bastia reached the French Cup Final in 2002 and the following summer he made the move to league champions Lyon for 7.8 million euro.
He was voted Player of the Year in France while at the club and shone as Lyon became one the Champions League's most feared teams, but he made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League.
Michael arrived at Chelsea a full international, and has taken his international appearances to over 50 during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He represented his country at the 2006 World Cup, their first appearance at the tournament, and was immensely proud to play in the 2008 African Nations as part of the host team, though Ghana eventually finished third.
In late 2008 he sustained his cruciate ligament injury while playing for Ghana, and his most recent long-term knee problem also came on international duty at the 2010 African Nations, where he broke down in training and did not recover in time to take part in Africa's first World Cup in the summer. He spent over a year away from the international stage to ensure a full recovery but with a Chelsea season under his belt, he announced in May 2010 that he was once more available to play for Ghana.
Nicklas Bendtner (born 16 January 1988 in Copenhagen) currently plays for Sunderland on loan from Arsenal as a striker. His preferred position is centre forward, but he has also played on the right side of attack for Arsenal.
Bendtner started his national team career by scoring three goals in three starts for the Denmark under-16 national team in February 2004. He then scored six goals in 15 games for the Denmark under-17 national team, and was named 2004 Danish Under-17 Player of the Year.
Bendtner was the youngest player selected for the Danish under-21 national squad for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship tournament. He replaced Morten Rasmussen in the Danish starting line up. He got his under-21 debut on 17 May 2006, at the age of 18, scoring both goals in a Danish 2-0 victory over Spain under 21s in a friendly match.
Henry has rich imagination and believes that shooting stars fall from the sky to become sparkling sweets. He looks up at the starry sky and cheerfully tells Oliver, "I bet that star tastes of orange, and that one over there tastes like lemon!"
Princess Anna is quite different from her older sister, Elsa. Anna is cheerful and easygoing. She looks nothing like a princess and enjoys her carefree role as the younger sister. When catastrophe strikes, Anna begins a perilous journey to rescue Elsa, herself and the Kingdom. She is helped by Kristoff, Sven and Olaf. Bullyland figurines are made from TVC which has several advantages over PVC figurines. TVC is softer, non-toxic and it is made from a recyclable material unlike PVC.