Carlos Tévez life and biography

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Carlos Tévez biography

Date of birth : 1984-02-05
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality : Argentine
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-06-13
Credited as : Football player Argentina, Manchester City soccer club, FIFA World Cup

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Carlos Alberto Tevez born February 5, 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina is an Argentine football playerwho plays as a forward for English club Manchester City. He has previously played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United and Manchester United. He transferred to Manchester City in the 2009–10 summer transfer window, becoming the first player to move between the two Manchester clubs since 1999.

His career has been dogged by a long-standing affair with Media Sports Investments, the company who owned the rights of Tévez, and several other players and coaches. This eventually resulted in West Ham United being fined over issues regarding third-party ownership.

He has made 50 appearances for the Argentina national team, scoring 9 goals. He was described by Diego Maradona as the "Argentine prophet for the 21st century".

Carlos Tevez's story is very similar to that of many other kids in Argentina. Born into poverty in a working-class neighborhood in the province of Buenos Aires known as Fort Apache (thus his peculiar moniker, the 'Apache'), he was able to escape thanks to football.

Even in those early street games he displayed the fierceness, the courage and the poise that he would later exhibit on the pitches of Argentina and beyond. He started his road to stardom in the lower ranks of the local All Boys soccer club, and was acquired by Boca Juniors, the club that gave him his debut in the Argentine top division.

Coached by Carlos Bianchi, he became an idol and participated in one of the club's most successful championship runs, winning the domestic league, the Copa Libertadores and an Intercontinental Cup in 2003. With Bianchi no longer at the helm of the team towards the end of 2004, Tevez left the club after securing another title: the Copa Sudamericana.

He arrived at Brazil's Corinthians, where he earned the love of the fans and won a league title. But a bad run of form and a decline in Tevez's performances saw him back up for auction once more. West Ham, a modest English team, picked him up and he paid them back by helping them stay in the top division.

The big clubs finally took notice, and Manchester United added him to their star-studded squad, though he struggled to find his place. He participated in several of the club's successes, including winning a league title, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008. In 2009, his differences with Sir Alex Ferguson reached their pinnacle, and Tevez accepted an offer to play for neighbours and rivals Manchester City, where he has excelled.

Strengths: A very courageous player, Tevez makes full use of his body. He adds a great ability to protect the ball to his technical skills, and he can be a traditional centre forward in the box or play deeper.

Weaknesses: With the exception of his long tenure at Boca, he has been unable to stay at one club for more than two years in a row.

Career high: He was the top scorer for the Argentine team that grabbed an Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004.
Career low: His second season at Corinthians included disputes with his team-mates and with the fans.

Style: Strength and courage are the trademarks of Carlos Tevez's style.

Quotes: After receiving criticism for a series of low-key performances with his national team, he declared: "Sometimes I don't even want to play for Argentina."

Trivia: He has a large scar on his neck, a consequence of a bad burn suffered as a child. He has been offered the chance to have the scar tissue surgically removed, but has always refused.

Soccernet says: Carlos Tevez has been playing with the national team since his youth, but never exploded as he has with several of his clubs. He will have to play with greater consistency if he is to earn a permanent spot as a starter with the national team.

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