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Fernando Torres

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 9
  • Date of birth: 20 March, 1984 (26 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
7 Fernando Torres
5|7 Fernando Torres
3 As substitute
52|57 Total Spain
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Spain
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Fernando Torres
0 Fernando Torres
8 Total Spain
5 Total Spain
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|1 Fernando Torres
0|0 Fernando Torres
68|125 Total Spain
8|0 Total Spain
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Spain games played

  1. Spain 0-1 Switzerland
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  2. Spain 2-0 Honduras
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. Chile 1-2 Spain
    Friday, 25 June Match report
  4. Spain 1-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report
  6. Germany 0-1 Spain
    Wednesday, 7 July Match report
  7. Netherlands 0-1 Spain
    Sunday, 11 July Match report

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The Liverpool striker is expected to be fully fit despite his domestic season ending in mid-April after he underwent a second knee operation in three months. The initial surgery on the torn cartilage in his right knee ruled Torres out for six weeks, and a similar rehabilitation period was expected second time around.

Torres was previously sidelined for a month with a hernia in November but, when fit, he was in terrific goalscoring form and set a club record for reaching 50 league goals in the fewest appearances when he scored the stoppage-time winner against Aston Villa in December. It was his 72nd match.

Torres scored three times at the last World Cup but his most important goal for Spain came in the Euro 2008 final when they beat Germany to lift the trophy, making him a European champion at three age levels, having previously won – and top-scored – at the Under-16 and Under-19 tournaments.

He captained hometown club Atletico Madrid as a 19 year-old and scored 82 goals in 214 league matches prior to his £20m-plus move to Liverpool in July 2007.

Torres has a pre-match ritual of crouching on his haunches shortly before kick-off and staring down the pitch at the opposing goal. He explains it as a visualisation technique: “I try to see the goal and try to think where the ball is going.”

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