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Encyclopedia > Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan (born May 19, 1979) is a Uruguayan footballer.


He was born in Montevideo into a family of footballers. His father Pablo Forlan had played for the national football team during the 1974 World Cup held in West Germany and his grandfather Juan Carlos Corazzo played for Independiente.


A promising tennis player in his youth, he decided however to follow the family tradition and concentrate on football playing for several South American clubs before transferring in January 2002 to play for Manchester United in England for a fee of 6.9 million.


He made his debut for the team on January 29 against Bolton Wanderers but did not score his first goal for the club, a penalty, until August 18 in a Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa.


His record of 17 goals from 95 appearances for the club does not compare favourably against team mate Ruud van Nistelrooy's 110 goals from 136 games, and it was widely thought that he would not start the 2004/2005 season in the Red Devils team colours. Forlan was strongly linked to a move to Spanish club Levante Union Deportiva, but signed on 21 August 2004 with another Spanish club, Villarreal.


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Diego Forlan Man United ! (211 words)
Diego Forlan signed for Manchester United on the 22nd January 2002 from Argentine side Independiente.
At the start of his playing days at Old Trafford their where a lot of people myself included what thought Diego was a good player but his bottle seemed to go when he had a goal scoring opportunity and for any forward missing chance after chance it would certainly affect the confidence of the player.
This is what happened to Diego Forlan he lost his confidence until the day we came across our arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield where he scored twice.
ESPN.com Soccernet England: Diego Forlan (814 words)
With the loss of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke from the United ranks, Forlan is the first reserve striker after Van Nistelrooy and Solskjaer though in truth his pace and drive make him better suited to playing on the wing.
United had Forlan watched a number of times before their interest was publicised in the tabloid newspapers.
Forlan was a tennis prodigy as a youngster but decided to follow the family way and started his career at Penarol.
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