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      Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe)

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      mcarz
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #30: Aug 29, 2010 12:24:08 am
      Anybody have an idea as to what number he will wear? Maybe number 7 or 4?
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      Reply #31: Aug 29, 2010 12:25:09 am
      Guessing 4 mate,
      3,4,7,11,15 to choose from i reckon
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      Reply #32: Aug 29, 2010 12:27:41 am
      Hahaha, nice one.

      Didn't think there'd be one out so quickly!

      It was made before he signed mate :D.
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #33: Aug 29, 2010 12:29:42 am
      Anybody have an idea as to what number he will wear? Maybe number 7 or 4?

      I would guess 4. When you look at lfc.tv, number 4 is left vacant after Aquilanis loan move and Raul Meireles waers number 4 for Porto, I think.
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #34: Aug 29, 2010 12:31:38 am
      F***ing boss.
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      Reply #35: Aug 29, 2010 12:32:46 am
      Bet he gets injured!!! :f_tongueincheek:


      Just kidding!! Don't hit me!!!
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      Reply #36: Aug 29, 2010 12:34:59 am
      I think with Raul, Daniel and Martin in the squad, tattoos could be one of the favorite subjects in the changing room banter :P
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #37: Aug 29, 2010 12:37:20 am
      Oh and i guess i should say it - you were right Res :D
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #38: Aug 29, 2010 12:37:23 am
      welcome to the biggest club in the world, Raul.
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      Reply #39: Aug 29, 2010 12:40:13 am
      I would guess 4. When you look at lfc.tv, number 4 is left vacant after Aquilanis loan move and Raul Meireles waers number 4 for Porto, I think.

      As long as its not something ridiculous like 73 :)
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      Reply #40: Aug 29, 2010 12:41:57 am
      Article in the Telegraph already - for us, it is excellent news if the Press already excited about a player!

      "To assert that Meireles, a Portuguese international of considerable repute and, at 27, in the prime of his career, will be a success in the Premier League is to indulge in astrology, but his arrival does at least indicate that Hodgson has identified the weakness which ultimately cost Liverpool their status among Europe's elite and his predecessor his job.

      What Liverpool have lacked in recent years – even when the midfield axis of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso was at its destructive, creative best – is dynamism.

      Moving Steven Gerrard into an advanced trequartista role behind Fernando Torres elicited the best from the England international, but came at the cost of robbing Liverpool of impetus from deep, of the thrust particularly vital in the frenetic world of the Premier League.

      That is exactly what Meireles provides. First for Boavista, then for Porto and Portugal, his role has been to prompt attacks, not with the range of passing that makes Alonso such a rare gem, but with his relentless energy, his movement, his thrust. Whereas the Basque controlled space, Meireles fills it. If he can replicate the form which earned him the move, the Portuguese will bring an end to the sight of Liverpool lost in stasis."


      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/liverpool/7969621/Roy-Hodgson-shows-forward-thinking-by-signing-Raul-Meireles-for-10.7m.html
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      Reply #41: Aug 29, 2010 12:45:43 am
      Article in the Telegraph already - for us, it is excellent news if the Press already excited about a player!

      "To assert that Meireles, a Portuguese international of considerable repute and, at 27, in the prime of his career, will be a success in the Premier League is to indulge in astrology, but his arrival does at least indicate that Hodgson has identified the weakness which ultimately cost Liverpool their status among Europe's elite and his predecessor his job.

      What Liverpool have lacked in recent years – even when the midfield axis of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso was at its destructive, creative best – is dynamism.

      Moving Steven Gerrard into an advanced trequartista role behind Fernando Torres elicited the best from the England international, but came at the cost of robbing Liverpool of impetus from deep, of the thrust particularly vital in the frenetic world of the Premier League.

      That is exactly what Meireles provides. First for Boavista, then for Porto and Portugal, his role has been to prompt attacks, not with the range of passing that makes Alonso such a rare gem, but with his relentless energy, his movement, his thrust. Whereas the Basque controlled space, Meireles fills it. If he can replicate the form which earned him the move, the Portuguese will bring an end to the sight of Liverpool lost in stasis."


      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/liverpool/7969621/Roy-Hodgson-shows-forward-thinking-by-signing-Raul-Meireles-for-10.7m.html

      Have to be honest mate, while that is positive, that journalist talks a load of sh*te. Sounds like he has been told to write an article on Meirles and he has done so without a clue as to what to say.
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      Reply #42: Aug 29, 2010 12:55:37 am
      Have to be honest mate, while that is positive, that journalist talks a load of sh*te. Sounds like he has been told to write an article on Meirles and he has done so without a clue as to what to say.

      BUT let me put it to you another way, would a similar article be written about Konchesky tomorrow?  Or would an article praise Lucas or Poulsen for their ability to transform a game? 

      Joe Cole's signing showed our ambition, this one does too.

      Important to let other teams know that we've got players who they should fear.

      Great if the media start writing up on our signings as it shows we can compete with the mega bucks teams and bring in players of quality that people get excited about - ok we had the Masch money but (a) that money could have gone towards our debt; or (b) have been divided up for 3/4 ok or good players. 
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #43: Aug 29, 2010 01:06:10 am
      Unbelievably happy about this one. Welcome to Liverpool FC, Meireles.
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #44: Aug 29, 2010 01:19:55 am
      Where the hell this that come from??.. :D Nevermind where!! I'm delighted with this..Welcome to Anfield Raul!!

      Make us proud!
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      Reply #45: Aug 29, 2010 01:28:36 am
      Another Telegraph article saying how alot of top clubs have been after him:

      "The Portugal international midfielder, 27, is expected to sign for the Anfield club this weekend as Roy Hodgson seeks to compensate for the loss of the Argentina international, who is joining Barcelona in a £22million deal.

      It is understood that Meireles had been lined up by Barcelona, should they have failed to land Mascherano and sources at the Camp Nou revealed that Meireles would now be joining Liverpool instead. Liverpool will reinvest the majority of the Mascherano money in Meireles, with a deal that could rise to as much as £17m.

      Meireles had been strongly linked with a move away from Porto and a departure appeared inevitable when he was omitted from their Europa League squad last week. Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas was resigned to losing the player and it was reported that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also wanted him to replace Owen Hargreaves.

      The signing would represent a coup for Liverpool. Meireles was coveted across the continent after establishing himself as one of the most impressive central midfielders in European football.

      He came close to joining Jose Mourinho at Internazionale last season after the Italian club agreed to exchange winger Ricardo Quaresma with Porto but the deal broke down after Quaresma refused to return to Portugal.

      Both Chelsea and Barcelona had watched Meireles last season and the player was understood to want a move to an elite European club after six years of success with Porto.

      Meireles emerged as one of his country's most promising players in the European Under 16 championships in Israel in 2000, starring alongside Quaresma as Portugal won the title. He joined Porto in 2004, after making his name with Boavista, and has won the Portuguese league title four times in his six seasons with the club.

      The heavily tattooed midfielder was promoted to the Portugal team after the 2006 World Cup and has gone on to establish himself in Carlos Queiroz's side, winning 38 caps and scoring 6 goals.

      He was part of the squad at Euro 2008 and started every one of Portugal's World Cup qualifying games. He scored the decisive goal in the play-off with Bosnia, effectively qualifying Portugal for South Africa, where he impressed, scoring in the 7-0 rout of North Korea."
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      Reply #46: Aug 29, 2010 01:34:02 am
      So so so so f*cking happy about this!
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      Reply #47: Aug 29, 2010 01:53:04 am
      Looks like Roy fooled us all with the Aquilani loan - I said it was a bad move unless he had something up his sleeve (think I suggested Defour)

      Well played, Sir. F***ing delighted.   ;D
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      Reply #48: Aug 29, 2010 02:02:04 am
      Welcome Raul!!

      I am extremely positive and excited over this signing. Would prefer him to the whining Masch any time, any day!!
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      Reply #49: Aug 29, 2010 03:23:41 am
      Welcome Raul. Hope to see you get settled in there quickly and start performing. :D
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      Reply #50: Aug 29, 2010 04:22:08 am
      FUCKING INSANE

      <3

      Love this
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      Reply #51: Aug 29, 2010 07:19:16 am
      Never heard of him but what I'm ready from all you guys is that you're happy with this and if Crouchie likes this, I'm in.

      Welcome to the Club, Meireles.

      We have our own Raul now!
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #52: Aug 29, 2010 07:35:15 am
      Quality addition
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      Reply #53: Aug 29, 2010 07:45:40 am
      Welcome to the club mate. Viva Raul.
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      Reply #54: Aug 29, 2010 08:19:03 am
      Welcome to the worlds biggest club Raul>>>

       Our new signing in 10 facts
      Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles - but how much do you know about our newest recruit?

      Raul Jose Trindade Meireles was born in Porto on March 17, 1983. He shares his birthday with American actor Rob Lowe and women's football superstar Mia Hamm.

      Meireles was one of Portugal's star performers in their four matches at the 2010 World Cup finals. He played 329 minutes in total out in South Africa and covered a distance of 41.49km, reaching a top speed of 25.99 km/h.

      As well as playing in all four matches at the tournament, he started each and every one of their 12 games in qualifying and scored a crucial goal in the play-off tie with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

      Meireles won his first international cap in November 2006 against Kazakhstan, while his first goal for his nation came in a Euro 2008 clash with Turkey.

      He's renowned for his love of tattoos. He had his first one done at the age of 19 and has since regularly added new ones all over his body.

      Meireles already has experience of playing at Anfield - he was a 65th-minute substitute for Porto during an emphatic 4-1 win for Liverpool in the Champions League group stage clash in November 2007.

      He's also competed against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in the tournament - scoring a volley against the latter in 2007.

      He's no stranger to silverware having helped Porto to four consecutive league titles between 2006 and 2009, as well as three Portuguese Cups and three Super Cups.

      Meireles also starred in Portugal's success in the European U16 Championships at the turn of the century.

      After moving to Porto from Boavista in 2004, he was initially deployed at left-back before commanding a more familiar central midfield role.

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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #55: Aug 29, 2010 08:46:32 am
      Think he's the first Portugeezer mate.

      No...bearded gimp Abel Xavier was!
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      Reply #56: Aug 29, 2010 08:53:50 am
      No...bearded gimp Abel Xavier was!

      Is correct.

      Welcome to the club Raul hopefully you can be the ammunition for Torres Gerrard and Cole to fire.
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #57: Aug 29, 2010 09:01:37 am
      Welcome to the club!
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      Reply #58: Aug 29, 2010 09:04:13 am
      Quick signing, brilliant signing.
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      Re: Raul Meireles Player Thread
      Reply #59: Aug 29, 2010 09:24:44 am
      Signed with the stealth of a ninja. Always wanted Raul on a Liverpool shirt ;)

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