'in partnership with MOSONGA RAPHAEL'
Rio FerdinandMay 4th, 2007 Rio Ferdinand (fullname Rio Gavin Ferdinand) born on November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London, England. He is a footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. Rio Ferdinand plays at centre-back for Manchester United in the FA Premier League and for the England national football team. He has achieved more than 50 caps for the English national team, and has played in three FIFA World Cup tournaments, and at this present time is considered one of the best Defenders in the Premier League today.Rio Ferdinand Clubs careerFerdinand started playing at West Ham United (youth team) in 1992 while a student (Blackheath Bluecoat school) and became a professional player under their youth system. Rio made his first team debut on 5 May 1996 as a substitute in a match against Sheffield Wednesday.Ferdinand joined FA Premier League football club Leeds United in November 2000 for £18 million. In August 2001, Rio Ferdinand became the captain of the Leeds squad.In the half of 2002, he joined Manchester United, on a five year deal. Ferdinand went on to win the Premier League championship with Manchester United in his first season.Before December 14, 2005, he had never scored a goal for United, finally scored, in a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.Then scored a last minute goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford, possibly his most important Manchester United goal to date.Rio scored again in a 2-0 victory at the english national team. Rio Ferdinand played for his country at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.Ferdinand fulfilled his promise as a world-class defender during the 2002 World Cup, where his partnership with Campbell boasted the best defence during the tournament and he was immediately hailed as the finished product as a result for his confident marshalling of the English defence.(source: www.rioferdinand.org, his website was last updated on 04/05/2007)
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