5.18.2008

Video: The best of Francesc Fabregas

Video compilation with the best goals and assistances of Cesc with Arsenal. Pure talent, great football:

5.13.2008

Cesc Fabregas Bio

This young talented footballer from Spain has amazed the whole world with his skills for the game. But we must start from the begining: Francesc Cesc Fabregas Soler saw the light on May 4, 1987 in Arenys de Mar, a sunny location in Catalonia, Spain.

Since he was a little kid the passion for football would motivate him. He decided to join FB Barcelona to start a career, by joining the youth divissions. He played mostly as a defensive midfielder, but he was also a prolific scorer, sometimes scoring more than 30 goals in a season. Despite that, Cesc never reached the first team.

Fabregas called up the attention of one of Arsene Wenger's seekers in Spain. Arsenal FC learned about their huge potential and signed him at the age of 16. Cesce made his team debut in a League Cup tie at home to Rotherham United, and in doing so became Arsenal's youngest ever first-team player. Although this fact doesn't count for any record, he converted a penalty in a penalty shootout, which the Gunners won 9-8. He then became the youngest goal scorer in Arsenal's history in a later round of the League Cup, scoring from very close range in a 5-1 triumph against Wolves.

In fact, it wasn't until the start of the 2004-05 season that 'Cesc' started making first squad appearances. First it was against Manchester United in the Community Shield and then four successive Premier League starts against Everton, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City. Fabregas impressed many observers in his first four appearances, claiming a goal against Blackburn in a 3-0 win, and went on to score Arsenal's third goal in a 5-1 Champions League victory against Rosenborg of Norway, making him the second youngest goalscorer in the history of that tournament.

It's important to mention that On March 1, 2006, Fabregas played his first game with the Spanish senior national squad (becoming the youngest player capped for Spain in 80 years), receiving rave reviews for his debut. He even contributed an assist for David Villa's goal, Spain's first in a 3-2 win over the Ivory Coast.

On May 15, 2006, the young Cesc was selected for the Spanish 2006 World Cup team. During the tournament, he came on as a second-half substitute in Spain's first two group matches, contributing an assist in their 3–1 victory against Tunisia. He then started alongside Spain's reserve players (including then-Arsenal teammate José Antonio Reyes) in Spain's third group match against Saudi Arabia. He earned a starting role in Spain's first knockout-stage encounter against France, in place of Marcos Senna, but Spain lost 3–1. Fàbregas also became the youngest player in Spanish football history to participate in a World Cup when he came on as a substitute for Luis García after 77 minutes in the 4–0 victory against Ukraine on 13 June 2006; he was then 19 years and 41 days old.

Cesc Fabregas' performance has improved over the seasons, and he has adopted a more aggressive style of play. His importance to the team as the main creative force is also reflected in his contributing 16 assists in all competitions in the 2006–07 season. By his own admission, scoring was a weaker part of his style game in his first few seasons at Arsenal; wasteful finishing also being symptomatic of the larger problem surrounding Arsenal in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. This changed initially in the 2007–08 season when he scored 11 goals in his first 16 games, although Arsenal manager Wenger claimed that the Spaniard's previous inability to score was down to a mental state, and even compared the Spaniard to french star Michel Platini, a French midfielder renowned for scoring. Given his young age, concerns have also been raised over the large number of games Fàbregas has played for club and country in the last few seasons, as burnout may become an issue if he is not adequately rested, but the midfielder has yet to sustain any major injuries in his five-year career with Arsenal. Whats more: he is now one of the best midfielders in the World.