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David Luiz pictured in his youth

Can you work out which Premier League star this is from his childhood snaps

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

12:09 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:05 GMT, 4 April 2013

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Who is this

Clue: Look at the hair in the first picture

Improvement: David Luiz has impressed this season after making several mistakes last term

Improvement: David Luiz has impressed this season after making several mistakes last term

Yes, it's Chelsea defender David Luiz!

The
Brazilian centre back posted this picture on his Instagram account on
Wednesday morning, a digital collage of images from his youth in
Diadema, Sao Paulo.

He was released by Sao Paulo FC at the age of 14 and signed for Vitoria, helping them achieve promotion to the second division.

In January 2007 he moved to Benfica and, four years later, signed for Chelsea.

Joker in the pack: David Luiz (left) larks around with Eden Hazard during Chelsea training on Wednesday

Joker in the pack: David Luiz (left) larks around with Eden Hazard during Chelsea training on Wednesday

His time in England has been tumultuous to say the least, but this season he has cut the glaring errors of last season out and impressed both in defence and in a midfield role.

Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for him, although at 25 years old, Chelsea would be loathe to sell him.

Luiz captained Brazil during their recent friendly against Italy and has been touted as a potential successor to John Terry as Chelsea skipper.

Spring cheer: 'I met some inspirational friends at the hospital today @GreatOrmondSt support these kids if you can they touched my heart #life #perspective.' Luiz said on Instagram

Spring cheer: 'I met some inspirational friends at the hospital today @GreatOrmondSt support these kids if you can they touched my heart #life #perspective.' Luiz said on Instagram

India"s DRS stance backfires on Mahendra Singh Dhoni as umpire errors mar opening test

India's DRS stance backfires on Dhoni as umpire errors mar opening test

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UPDATED:

20:21 GMT, 17 November 2012

The folly of India's opposition to
the Decision Review System was laid bare as umpires Aleem Dar
and Tony Hill made six glaring errors.

PICTURE DISPUTE

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from the First Test in Ahmedabad due to a dispute between the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news
organisations.

The BCCI has
refused access to Test venues to established picture agencies Getty
Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic agencies.

MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

The Board of Control for Cricket in
India have resisted the use of technology because of doubts over
accuracy, particularly in relation to the Hawk-Eye system used for lbw
decisions.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
was seen wagging a finger and arguing with the umpires on a day which
saw his side denied four plumb lbws.

His behaviour is likely to lead to
disciplinary charges by the International Cricket Council, although his
frustrations can be understood after Kevin Pietersen, Samit Patel and
Alastair Cook, in each innings, all survived appeals which technology
would have correctly given out.

England were also victim of two
questionable lbw calls which resulted in the dismissals of Patel and
Stuart Broad, prompting wicketkeeper Matt Prior to say: 'There's
technology that can help in making split-second decisions so why
wouldn't you use it

On the receiving end: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has seen his team fall victim to some poor decisions

On the receiving end: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has seen his team fall victim to some poor decisions

'We've seen it in a number of series now where it's worked very well. It's not about trying to sneak wickets using technology. It's about eradicating major errors that can happen.'

Steven Gerrard can win title at Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers hits back at Sven Goran Eriksson

Rodgers hits back at Eriksson barb, saying Gerrard can win title at Liverpool

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18:27 GMT, 29 August 2012

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has scoffed at suggestions by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson that Steven Gerrard should leave Anfield to win a league title.

Gerrard, the influential Reds and England skipper, has claimed winners' medals in most of the major competitions open to Liverpool but the Barclays Premier League is a glaring exception.

With the Merseysiders finishing eighth last term and the team being rebuilt by Rodgers, Eriksson has suggested that, at 32, Gerrard is running out of time to fulfil his league dream.

But Rodgers said: 'I think Steven, over the years, has had a number of chances to leave here. He has always felt this is the club where he could still win it and he has still got a number of years left in his career.

Challenge: Steven Gerrard (right) will not have to leave Liverpool to win the title, says Brendan Rogers

Challenge: Steven Gerrard (right) will not have to leave Liverpool to win the title, says Brendan Rogers

'We understand how difficult it is going to be but I think he will still feel the dream is here. I don't think he needs to move anywhere. Of course we will go through difficult moments – but his dream is to win the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool.

'I, along with everyone else and the supporters, will fight for our lives to try to make that possible.

'He is an iconic figure for this football club. His status and everything he has gained in the game has been through Liverpool Football Club.

'He has won every major honour you could possibly win at this club, but obviously there is one missing and he will want to fight for the rest of his career to win it here.

'Thankfully with Steven, he is realistic as well. He knows the reality. He is not misguided with anything.

'Sven obviously has his reasons for saying that but I have been delighted with Steven's contributions since I have been here.

Happy: Rodgers is over the moon with Gerrard's contribution

Happy: Rodgers is over the moon with Gerrard's contribution

'I have seen him from the outside but from the inside working with him as a man, as a player, he is a wonderful role model for everyone here.

'Let us see if we can fight to win it ourselves and hopefully he can stay here and be a real ambassador for the club.'

Rodgers is considering making changes to his squad in the final two days before Friday's transfer deadline.

The club have been linked with a number of players in recent days, with Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott the latest high-profile example.

Rodgers, speaking at a press conference to preview his side's Europa League qualifying round play-off second leg against Hearts, was unwilling to comment on speculation.

He said: 'There is nothing on any player. I will speak about a player after Friday if he is in the door.

'In these next 48 hours speculation and gossip will be rife, I could be here all day answering speculation. I have no need.

'We have got the end of the window coming up. I want to work with a tight-knit group between now and the end of January and then we can assess it from there.'

There is also uncertainty over the futures of a number of the current Liverpool squad, including Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Joe Cole and Jay Spearing.

Uncertain future: Charlie Adam is one of several players whose destiny is not known

Uncertain future: Charlie Adam is one of several players whose destiny is not known

Rodgers said: 'We have had a number of
enquiries about some of our players. I have been open and up front with
all the players. You can see from Sunday's game our spirit is very
strong in the group, but the reality is players want to play.

'Everyone knows where they stand at this moment. One or two of them may have decisions to make as to whether they want to be a squad player or play regularly somewhere else.'

After crashing 3-0 at West Brom in their Premier League opener, Rodgers hopes his side's pulsating 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City on Sunday will kickstart their season.

Their most immediate task is to claim a place in the Europa League group stages by completing the job against Hearts after claiming a 1-0 aggregate lead from the first leg at Tynecastle last week.

The likes of Gerrard and Luis Suarez were rested for the trip to Edinburgh but could feature despite the proximity of Sunday's home clash with Arsenal.

Rodgers said: 'It is easier when you have two home games. With the travel in that last week and the recovery process, it is easier to go Thursday-Sunday with a reasonably strong side.

'Tomorrow we'll be strong. We're looking to win the game and keep the momentum going.

'Our performance levels at the weekend were excellent and we want to just keep that going forward'

Artur Boruc is QPR target

Hughes wants keeper Boruc at QPR to challenge Green after just one game… and one gaffe

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07:26 GMT, 22 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Mark Hughes is targeting Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc to challenge Rob Green after his glaring error in QPR's home mauling by Swansea.

Green let Spanish midfielder Miguel Michu beat him from distance with a handling error to open the scoring in the 5-0 rout.

Oh no: Rob Green lets Miguel Michu's strike escape him

Oh no: Rob Green lets Miguel Michu's strike escape him

Annoyed: Green is frustrated with himself

Wanted man: Mark Hughes wants Artur Boruc

Wanted man: Mark Hughes wants Artur Boruc

Now Hughes wants the 32-year-old former Celtic stopper, currently a free agent, to come to the Barclays Premier League, according to The Mirror.

Boruc left Fiorentina but has not found a new club and Hughes would love more competition for the No 1 jersey at Loftus Road.

The R's are adding to their squad in other positions too; Michael Dawson is incoming from Spurs – perhaps the centre defender can offer the goalkeeper, be it Green or Boruc, more protection.

Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia has also arrived in London with QPR interested in signing him.

Strauss left frustrated by third Test as off-colour England pay for resting Anderson and Broad

Strauss left frustrated by third Test as off-colour England pay for resting Anderson and Broad

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19:15 GMT, 11 June 2012

Captain Andrew Strauss felt England lacked intensity in their third-Test draw with the West Indies but was happy with England's performance in the series win.

Rain wiped out the first two days at Edgbaston and Strauss admitted his side struggled to get into their full rhythm in what play was possible, with the final day a complete washout.

The most glaring example of that lack in
intensity came when, having reduced the tourists to 283 for nine by
dismissing Ravi Rampaul in the first over, an unfamiliar bowling attack
allowed Denesh Ramdin and Tino Best to put on 143 for the last wicket,
with Best's thrilling 95 a world record for a Test number 11.

Tough to take: Tino Best lashed out on his way to a galling but thrilling 95

Tough to take: Tino Best lashed out on his way to a galling but thrilling 95

The absence of England's regular new-ball pair, with James Anderson rested and Stuart Broad suffering slightly with illness, played its part and several catches went down but while Strauss acknowledged the need to improve, he preferred to take the positives from a 2-0 series win.

'Obviously we played enough good cricket in those first two Test matches to win them reasonably comfortably,' he said.

'This Test match was frustrating for all sorts of reasons, clearly the rain wiping out the first two days doesn't help with the intensity of the cricket and we certainly didn't get everything right when we were out there in the field.

Another one for the cabinet: Andrew Strauss poses with the Wisden Trophy after winning the series

Another one for the cabinet: Andrew Strauss poses with the Wisden Trophy after winning the series

'But I think by and large we are very happy to have won the series. The West Indies have got some dangerous players there, we were able to overcome that challenge and we obviously go into our next Test assignment in pretty good fettle and feeling pretty confident.

'We are also aware that there are definitely areas in which we need to improve. It wasn't a perfect performance by us, in the little play we did have, and that is frustrating. Obviously we dropped a few catches and you don't want to be in a situation where number 11 gets 95 all that often!'

QPR have a mountain to climb, says Clint Hill

QPR have a mountain to climb to stay up, says Hill after disallowed goal

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22:02 GMT, 11 March 2012

It may have helped hasten the arrival of goalline technology, but that was little consolation to Clint Hill, as he reflected on QPR’s plight and admitted it would take a ‘massive’ turnaround to avoid relegation.

With even Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan readily conceding that Hill’s 20th-minute header had crossed the line, the defender was feeling understandably aggrieved at the failure by a truly hapless set of officials to award a goal that would have put QPR in front.

With 35million the estimated cost of dropping out of the Barclays Premier League, he was even more concerned about the impact such a glaring error might have on his club’s prospects.

Crucial moment: Bogdan dives to try and stop Hill's header

Crucial moment: Bogdan dives to try and stop Hill's header

QPR found themselves in the bottom three, following a result that enabled Bolton to overtake them, and Hill said: ‘Every little thing seems to be going against us at the moment. If that had counted, it would have kick-started our game. We would hopefully have gone on to get a few more goals.

‘Will it cost us our Premier League place You look at everything that happens – every decision, every mistake – and you can’t help thinking: “If only that had gone our way.”

'The league table doesn’t lie and we haven’t been good enough for whatever reason. But breaks like that mean we’re going to have to do it the hard way now. We’ve got some big teams coming up, and if we do manage to escape, it will be one hell of a season.

‘It’s horrible the way you can get punished for mistakes. I can’t put my finger on why we’re losing so many games, but I do know it will be a massive achievement if we stay up, given the games we’ve got to play.

Match zone - Bolton v QPR.jpg

‘That would have been my first Premier League goal, and I feel robbed. You try all your career for a moment like that, and I knew straight away it was in. You could even see by the reaction of their team that it was a goal.’

Bogdan, whose reflexes prevented the ball travelling even further over the line, knew he’d got away with one and made no attempt to dress it up any other way.

‘It was behind the line, for sure,’ he said. ‘I was hoping there wouldn’t be any whistle, and as the seconds passed, I was like “Oh, yeah!”

‘If you work hard, you’re going to get your luck, and I thought we worked hard today. I’ve just seen a replay of their goal, and it was offside, so it was one decision each.

‘Goalline technology Er, not right now! I can’t say I would be in favour of it for this one! It’s up to other people to decide whether it is needed. Whatever happens, we just have to get on with it.’

England must strive to be the Manchester United of Test cricket

England must strive to be the Manchester United of Test cricket

England have scaled cricketing
heights equivalent to Dubai's world's tallest building, the Burj
Khalifa, over the last 18 months but spinner Graeme Swann wants his team
to stay at the top of the Test tree for another 10 years or more.

As they head into this week's first
Test here against Pakistan, starting on Tuesday, the glaring gap on this
team's CV is a Test series win in the subcontinent (or in this case,
the Gulf) and Swann believes England's elevated status should spur the
team on.

Let's hope it's plain sailing in Dubai: Graeme Swann (glasses) and Alastair Cook enjoy a day trip to Abu Dhabi with the crew of the yacht Azzam, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Let's hope it's plain sailing in Dubai: Graeme Swann (glasses) and Alastair Cook enjoy a day trip to Abu Dhabi with the crew of the yacht Azzam, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, in the Volvo Ocean Race.

'It does add an extra dimension of pressure but one we should thrive on and enjoy,' said Swann.

'I'm sure Manchester United have always been happy as the team being chased in England. That's the way we've got to see it. We've got to revel in being No 1 and try to stay there for a decade or so.'

England must decide whether to include Monty Panesar alongside Swann for the opener.

The two warm-up matches have confirmed that pitches here are conducive to spin, having been constructed from soil imported from Pakistan.

Play like United: Graeme Swann

Play like United: Graeme Swann

Far from feeling the pressure of expectation that the off-spinner should be the match-winner in such conditions, it is a scenario Swann relishes.

'It's nice to have a holiday during a home Test series when Jimmy Anderson's bowling like he did last year,' he said.

'But you do start to feel a bit shallow about it and a bit hollow when the victories have taken place and you've had no real part in them. You know me, I like to be the centre of attention and I like the plaudits. If you're a racing driver you want to win the race. You don't want to help your team-mate do it.'

England have been reluctant in the past to tamper with their tried and trusted Test attack of three pacemen and one spinner.

Panesar's last Test was the famous drawn Ashes Test of 2009 in Cardiff and Swann, who confirmed his left thigh is giving him no further problems following a scan, would love the chance to bowl in tandem with his former Northamptonshire team-mate again.

'Yes, I would,' said Swann. 'I've always advocated the use of two spinners. I love the rhythm and tempo the game takes with two spinners, the fact you have men around the bat, all close.

'It's great seeing Monty back and bowling so well. When he's bowling well like he did this week, it comes out of his hand so lovely and it fizzes and dips. Monty always tries to give it a rip and I loved watching him set fields the other day.'

Fernando Torres backed by Andre Villas-Boas despite lack of goals

We don”t judge our strikers on the score… Villas-Boas defends 50m goal-shy Torres

Andre Villas-Boas had nothing but praise for Fernando Torres, despite watching Chelsea”s 50million man fluff his first Barclays Premier League start for almost two months.

Torres” latest goal drought grew to 10 matches as the Blues drew 1-1 in their west London derby against Fulham in what was another blow to their increasingly-remote title hopes.

The game at Stamford Bridge must have seemed the perfect time to give Torres a chance to play himself back into form ahead of Didier Drogba”s January departure for African Nations Cup duty.

Goal shy: Fernando Torres has been backed by his Chelsea manager despite his glaring lack of strikes

Goal shy: Fernando Torres has been backed by his Chelsea manager despite his glaring lack of strikes

But after some positive early signs, including a volley the striker was unlucky to hit straight at David Stockdale, Torres looked as lost as he had ever done in a Chelsea shirt.

Manager Villas-Boas pointed out the Spaniard had set up Juan Mata”s opener, neglecting to mention that was only because he had miscontrolled Ashley Cole”s cross.

Explaining Torres” recall, Villas-Boas said: “We decided to bring Fernando in. He”s been working well and he had an impact in the game.

“He worked well for the team, assisted Mata for his goal, and showed the level of commitment he has shown in training.”

He added: “We don”t judge our strikers on the score.

“We are one of the most attacking teams in the country. We have a lot of goals spread out among the team.

Fall guy: Torres failed to help Chelsea see off west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge

Fall guy: Torres failed to help Chelsea see off west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge

“What is important is that they make an impact. That is what we expect from them.”

Villas-Boas all but conceded the title, something which might have been the cue for Torres to be given a run in the side without fear of it proving too costly.

But Chelsea simply cannot afford to keep throwing away points because they are suddenly back in a real battle to finish in the top four, with Arsenal knowing a win against Wolves today would lift them above their London rivals.

Billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich may yet forgive Villas-Boas not winning the title this season but he is unlikely to tolerate failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Thrown it away: Andre Villas-Boas has conceded Chelsea

Thrown it away: Andre Villas-Boas has conceded Chelsea”s title hopes are over

“The difference between us and the top will be big,” Villas-Boas said.

“We had reduced it to seven points recently, but 13 points would be new for us.

“With City and United continuing to get the points they are getting at the moment, it”ll be difficult.

“That is the perspective we have to make at the moment: it”s difficult. It”s not impossible. You cannot say that.

“But we have to focus on our position at the moment and make a real assessment. Maybe the Premier League is over for us at the moment.”

BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards boycott threat from BOA

BOA chiefs threaten BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards boycott over shortlist

The absence of any sportswomen on the BBC”s final shortlist for this year”s Sports Personality of the Year award could see senior British Olympic Association officials BOYCOTT next week”s ceremony in Salford.

BOA chairman Lord Moynihan and chief executive Andy Hunt have been invited to next Thursday awards but are still considering whether to attend.

Missing out: Rebecca Adlington was a surprise omission from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist

Missing out: Rebecca Adlington was a surprise omission from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist

2012 SPORTS PERSONALTY OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

Mark Cavendish (cycling)
Darren Clarke (golf)
Alastair Cook (cricket)
Luke Donald (golf)
Mo Farah (athletics)
Dai Greene (athletics)
Amir Khan (boxing)
Rory McIlroy (golf)
Andy Murray (tennis)
Andrew Strauss (cricket)

A BOA spokesman said it was more important that the BBC had agreed to review the shortlisting process.

The spokesman said: “The Sports Personality of the Year is a prestigious honour and, typically, the BBC does a fantastic job recognising truly deserving sports men and women.

“This year, however, there were some glaring omissions from the list.

“Whether we attend this year is less important than what happens with the award in the future.

“To that end, we are encouraged to see that the BBC will review the process by which the finalists and winners are chosen in subsequent years.

Boycott: BOA chairman Lord Moynihan may not attend next week

Boycott: BOA chairman Lord Moynihan may not attend next week”s ceremony

“With next year being an Olympic year – and such an important year for British sport – this review is timely and will no doubt lead to an even better process going forward.”

The BOA feel strongly about the issue because almost half of the British team at London 2012 will be women athletes.