Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wayne Rooney Returns for England in Crucial Game

The quarterfinals are shaping up at Euro 2012. Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and the Czech Republic have booked berths. Both Russia and Holland, two pre-tournament favorites, crashed out, Holland being the biggest shock losing all three games in their group. Heads will roll in Amsterdam. Tomorrow’s final group games pair France against Sweden with Ukraine taking on England. Ukraine need to win to make it through. Standing in their way, one Wayne Rooney, England’s talisman. Soccer writer and guest blogger, Luke James, sketches him out below -
English supporters see Wayne Rooney as the returning hero in the game against Ukraine on Tuesday. A tie or a win will see England through to the quarterfinals.
Wayne Rooney is a perfect example of how The Beautiful Game can transform lives. Born in 1985 into a working class family in Liverpool, Rooney started his career at the age of nine with local team Everton’s youth program. He stuck with the program and made his Everton first team debut in 2002. Two years later, at just 19 years of age Rooney signed to Manchester United for £25.6 million. Since Rooney arrived Manchester United have won the Premier league 4 times, the UEFA Champions League, and two League Cups. In April 2011 he scored his 180th United goal making him the fourth highest United goal scorer of all time. Expect him to move up that ranking towards Sir Bobby Charlton’s record. His achievements have made him a global star – last year, more replica Manchester United Rooney shirts were sold throughout the world than any other Premier League player.
There is a perception that Rooney may not be the brightest bulb. Wayne sports a tattoo “Just Enough Education to Perform.” But his football mind is brilliant. In David Winner’s superb article,Beautiful Game, Beautiful Mind, in ESPN Magazine last month, he posits this observation about Rooney, “Behind his prominent brow and famously thick skull resides an under appreciated mind.” Rooney confirmed that he uses visualization techniques, seeing himself scoring goals. Mental imagery and repetitive training are thought to build neural pathways like programming a computer. When Rooney turns on, he’s lightning fast. He’s the hard drive England need tomorrow.

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