A Profile of Samuel Eto’o

One of the ironies of Samuel Eto’o playing for FC Barcelona is that he originally joined arch-rivals Real Madrid, who immediately put him out on loan; first to second division CD Leganes; then to first division Espanyol after playing just one league match for Madrid; and finally to Mallorca. He did so well at the latter club that they signed him for a club record and became the highest scorer in the history of the club with a total of 54 goals between 2000 and 2004.

The Cameroon striker signed to FC Barcelona after a series of negotiations between Barcelona, Mallorca and Real Madrid who had retained an option on him. On one hand Madrid didn’t require him in the team as they already had two strikers in the form of Ronaldo and Raul; on the other hand they didn’t want him to play for Barcelona, a club that was looking for a quality striker to cement the attack after they were unable to come to an agreement with midfielder Edgar Davids, who had spent the second half of the 2003-2004 season on loan to the Catalan club.

With Eto’o in place as striker and Ronaldinho as attacking mid-fielder, Samuel Eto’o quickly proved to be good value for money and scored a total of 24 league goals in the 2004-2005 season. Although he helped FC Barcelona to take the league title, he narrowly missed the title of top goal scorer in La Liga.

However, at the celebrations that followed at the Nou Camp he gave speech in which he openly criticised Real Madrid, apparently venting the bitterness he felt for being passed over by the club in favour of being put on loan. He later had to retract his statement and issue an apology.

The following year Samuel Eto’o was able to improve of his league score and with a total of 26 goals he narrowly took the “Pichichi” crown, just one goal ahead of David Villa from Valencia. His strong performance on the pitch saw him also score six Champions League goals, helping to propel Barcelona all the way to the final against Arsenal. He was strongly implicated in the result as first the Arsenal goalkeeper was sent off for a foul against Eto’o in the first 20 minutes; failing to capitalise on the one man advantage, Eto’o equalised in the 76th minute from a pass from Larsson and Belletti scored the winning goal a few minutes after.

On the basis of a strong season Samuel Eto’o was awarded the title of UEFA Champion’s League Best Forward as well as Best African Player for the third year running.

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Significant Information About Arsenal Football Clubs

Year 1886 marked the foundation of one of the most successful football clubs of UK, the Arsenal Football Clubs. The club has grabbed its first trophy during the 1930-31 football seasons. In English football, this team is the winner of all the domestic titles.

In the formal English First division league, this club has won a record number of ten trophies in the years 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48, 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91 respectively.

During the period of first division league, Arsenal had been runners-up on three football seasons in the year 1925-26, 1931-32 and 1972-73.

In the year 1992, Barclays Premier League started as the FA Premier League and Arsenal was the winner of three seasons successively. This F.C. had grabbed the title in the year 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04 respectively.

The FA Cup – Arsenal extends to the prestigious FA Cup and has won the title ten times in the year 1929-30, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1970-71, 1978-79, 1992-93, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05 respectively. The club has won the runners up seven times in the year 1926-27, 1931-32, 1951-52, 1971-72, 1977-78, 1979-80 and 2000-01 respectively.

League Cup – Based on sponsorship, League is known as the Carling Cup. Club has been four times runners up in the year 1967-68, 1968-69, 1987-88, 2006-07. Community Field – Arsenal has grabbed trophy 12 times, i.e. in the year 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 respectively. It has been runners-up for seven times, i.e. in the year 1935, 1936, 1979, 1989, 1993, 2003, 2005 respectively.

Arsenal has not performed well in Europe, appeared once in UEFA Champions League Final in the year 2005-06, and finished as runners-up to Barcelona FC of Spain who is winner by 2-1 in Monaco. This football club has also won UEFA Cup in the year 1993-94 and runners up for two times, i.e. 1979-80, and 1994-95.

It was also UEFA Cup Runners up in the year 1999-2000 and runners-up of UEFA Super Cup in the year 1994. Some of the world best footballers have been the part of this great football club. For ardent football lovers, watching the live action and thrill of Arsenal football club is certainly a remarkable experience!

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Day Trips From Reus

Reus is situated in north east Spain on the Costa Dorada. It is a historic city with a number interesting sights to visit and when you need to take some time out there are a great choice of bars, restaurants and shops.

Reus Airport is just 2km from the city and about 80km south of Barcelona on the CN-420 road to Tarragona. From the railway station in Reus there is a daily train service to Barcelona which takes about 55 minutes.

The best way to explore Reus and the surrounding area is by car. It is easy to drive to positioned near the Autopista del Mediterraneo which the principal motorway going north to south along Spain’s eastern coast. From the Autopisto just follow the T-315 which runs directly into Reus. If you are approaching from western Spain drive along the major E-90 motorway and join the N-420 towards Baden.

Reus is probably most famous for being the home of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, but it boasts no examples of his work and the finest Modernist creations are by Lluis Domenech I Montaner which include the Pere Mata Institute, the Casa Navàs, the Casa Rull and the Casa Gasull.

Reus has for many centuries been notable for the production of wines and spirits (particularly brandy). Other products include olives and hazelnuts. A recommended tour of Reus starts in the Plaza de Prim with its beautiful Theatre Fortuny along Calle de Monterols to Plaza del Mercadal with the modernist Casa Navas which still contains all its period furniture, coffered ceilings and lamps. Plaza de Sant Pere has a sixteenth century Gothic church with an octagonal bell tower from the top of which you can see the whole of the Costa Dorada.

In the old quarter of Reus you will find the Gothic San Pedro church (Antonio Gaudi was christened here on 26th June 1852), and the Prim-Rull Museum. The Reus Tourist Office offers scheduled excursions to buildings which are generally closed to the public plus free entrance to the Salvador Vilaseca Museum and the Art and History Museum with paintings and drawings by Maria Fortuny and Joan Rebull.

In the month of June Reus holds its biggest fiestas with live music in the squares every night and street entertainments including Castellers which are the famous towers made of men. Once you have seen the main attractions that Reus city has to offer, you might like to consider a day trip to Tarragona, Salou or Montblanc.

TARRAGONA

Tarragona is very full day of sightseeing. It is only a 15km drive from Reus along the N-420A, C14, T11 and A7 motorways. It is the capital of the Costa Dorada, standing on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Tarragona has a large number of tourist attractions concentrated in a small area.

It was invaded by the Romans in 218BC and most of the monuments forming the city’s cultural heritage were built during the Roman occupation including the amphitheatre, the aqueduct and the Escipions Tower. The Roman city wall was built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC with a good part of it still remaining along with three towers from the same period.

Its imposing Romanesque-Gothic cathedral has one of Spain’s finest cloisters dating back to the 13th century. Nearby are the archiepiscopal palace and the archaeological museum. You will find almost everything of interest within the old city walls. The most important street is Las Ramblas which leads to a great viewing point called the Balcón de Europa which overlooks the lower part of the city and fishing neighbourhood of Serrallo.

Tarragona is a port and commercial centre exporting some Spain’s finest wines which are produced in the nearby Priorat region. Also the Carthusian monks who were expelled from La Grande Chartreuse in France in 1903 settled in the city and still produce their famous green chartreuse liqueur.

SALOU

Is just 10km west of Tarragona and is 10km from Reus city centre along the C14 and C31B motorways.

Salou is fairly spread out and merges with the neighbouring resorts of La Pineda to the east and Cambrils to the west, all of which have l clean sandy beaches and secluded rocky coves. Salou is also packed with entertainment for all ages including watersports to an aqua park, go-karting and Universal’s Port Aventura which is a massive theme park modelled on Florida’s Busch Gardens.

Salou’s seafront promenade has beautifully landscaped gardens and parks with fountains which are lit up at night. It offers some very lively entertainment with a number of nightclubs, bars and British-style pubs.

MONTBLANC

Is a medieval town just 30km from Reus along the C14 and N240A motorways. Montblanc a former residence of kings and knights and is the place where St. George reportedly slayed the dragon. In the village there is a marker commemorating the deed.

The dukedom of Montblanc was created by King Juan I in 1387. In the Middle Ages Montblanc had its own fairs and markets and a notable Jewish community. It still have with two thirds of the primitive walled area from the 15th century, towers and the gates of Sant Jordi and Bover and it was designated a monument of historic and artistic value in 1947.

The majestic Gothic church of Santa Maria with its baroque façade has a stone altarpiece dedicated to saints Bernardo and Bernabe. You can also visit the 13th century churches of Sant Miquel with a Romanesque façade; the church of Sant Francesc and the church and hospital of Santa Magdalena with a Renaissance cloister.

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What Is Designer Furniture?

Designer furniture is furniture that has been designed by an individual or a company to be very fashionable and contemporary in style. It is often unique and usually made from the best materials. Because designer furniture is very stylish and made very well, it is usually pricier than mass-produced furniture.

Some people are under the impression that designer furniture is uncomfortable and expensive but this is not the case. Admittedly sometimes pieces are uncomfortable and overpriced but most are designed with comfort as well as style in mind and most are fairly priced.

Throughout history there have been notable furniture designers that have made outstanding creations that are still very sought after.

An example of a notable furniture designer is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was a Scottish designer and part of the Arts and crafts movement. He is well known for his striking chairs with high backs. These were designed for the Argyll Street Tea Room.

A more modern furniture designer is Terence Conran who founded Habitat.

A company well known for furniture design is Knoll. Their famous tulip chair, by Eero Saarinen was created in the 1950’s but is still very much in demand today. It is made from aluminium and moulded fibreglass reinforced plastic and can be customised with a choice of coloured seat pads. The simple design is beautiful. They are also famous for the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. This was designed in 1929 but has been widely copied since the 1960’s.

The designers of today could one day be in this league and so it pays to look after any pieces you buy.

When you look to buy designer furniture you obviously need to make sure that you are buying the genuine article so look for makers marks. Also look at the quality of the workmanship and the materials used.

If you are looking to make an investment in the hope that it will rise in value, make sure that you research the designer you are interested in and see how the value of their work has changed over the years. Also look at how well known they are compared to what potential you think they have. Catching a young design graduate before they hit the big time can net you a great bargain.

If you are buying designer furniture make sure that you really love the piece because they don’t always go up in value.

Designer furniture is great because it leads the way and the High Street follows. It is made well and from quality materials. If you love quality goods and fashionable design then this type of furniture could be just for you.

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