Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pepe Reina

José Manuel Reina

José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (born 31 August 1982), is a Spanish footballer who is currently playing as a goalkeeper for the English Premier League side Liverpool. Reina is well known for his distribution, and ability to save penalties. Pepe is the 2nd vice-captain for Liverpool in the absence of Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. In the 2010-11 season he made his 100th Premier League clean sheet for Liverpool, in a 3-0 win against Aston Villa.The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Reina began his career with the FC Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000–01 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2004. However, he soon moved on to Liverpool and making his debut in 2005. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and won his first major honour in 2006, the FA Cup. He saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final to help win the trophy. In 2007, Liverpool reached the Champions League Final, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in first three seasons at the club and is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the premier league and the world At international level, Reina played for Spain's youth team, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 1999. He made his senior debut in 2005, and has generally been selected as the second-choice keeper behind Iker Casillas. He was part of the Spain squad for the 2006 World Cup and made one appearance in their victorious Euro 2008 campaign, earning him his first international honour. In 2010 he won FIFA World Cup with Spain, despite not making an appearance in the competition.Reina captained Liverpool in the Premier League on 6 December 2010, in a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa. This clean sheet gave him his 100th in 198 games, the fastest Liverpool keeper to reach this landmark. On 9 May 2011, Reina played His 150'th consecutive league game for Liverpool. Reina was only one of two players to have played in all of Liverpool's league games for 2010-2011 season the other being Martin Skrtel. In June 2011 Reina had a double hernia operation.Reina has been a regular in the Spain squad, mostly as the second choice keeper after Iker Casillas. He was part of the team that won the Euro 2008 but only played one game in the finals. He played a full game against Greece which Spain won 2–1.In October 2008, he and Casillas broke the national record for the longest time spent without conceding a goal. They went unbeaten for 710 minutes, longer than the legendary Andoni Zubizarreta and Francisco Buyo. Wesley Sonck of Belgium ended their goalless streak when he scored against them in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match. In July 2010 he won FIFA World Cup in South Africa with Spain, despite failing to make an appearance in the competition.Reina married longtime girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdoba on 19 May 2006, before joining up with the Spanish national squad for the 2006 World Cup. The couple have two daughters, Grecia and Alma, and a son named Luca Reina. Luca was born 26 May 2011. He was the former next door neighbour of Chelsea F.C. striker and Spanish international teammate Fernando Torres.His father Miguel Reina was in goal for Atlético Madrid in the 1974 European Cup Final which they lost to FC Bayern Munich 4-0 in a replay after the first match finished 1–1.Although a steely and serious figure in his role as goalkeeper, Reina is known for his exuberant, jester-like character off the pitch, often entertaining his teammates with jokes and songs, and famously acting as a crowd-pleasing master of ceremonies at Spain's official victory celebrations following the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup.

Pepe Reina's Best Saves

Pepe Reina Great Skill

Pepe Reina Trophy

Pepe Reina Wedding

Pepe Reina great Performance

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