Friday, August 13, 2010

BEBE: 10 things you need to know

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Here's everything you need to know about the frontman...

1) Bebe was born in the residential Lisbon suburb of Agualva-Cacém on 12 July 1990. He was raised in an orphanage after spending part of his childhood on the streets and has represented Portugal in the Homeless World Cup.

2) The dreadlocked forward can play wide left or through the middle. He's 6-foot-3, powerfully built and blessed with a strong right foot.

3) Bebe only joined previous club Vitoria Guimaraes five weeks ago, having signed a pre-contract agreement in January. But what a five weeks it was...

4) Bebe made his Vitoria debut on July 14, lasting 45 minutes and scoring the opener in a 5-0 win against Fremaunde. He also played a half in each of a 4-2 win against Groningen, a 5-2 defeat against Benfica, a 0-0 draw with Vila das Aves and a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Beira-Mar in which he scored a second half equaliser, before starring, but not scoring, in a 2-0 win against Oliveirense and netting in a standout performance in the 2-2 draw with Póvoa de Varzim. He rounded out the month with an hour - but no goals - in a 1-1 draw against Vila do Conde.

6) Bebe sealed his United move by impressing in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Mata Real, scoring the first in a 4-0 romp against Braganca and hitting the opener in a 2-2 draw against Santo Tirso. He ended his Vitoria career with four goals in 10 pre-season games and was universally reckoned to be the side's best player.

7) First discovered while playing for amateur team Loures, Bebe had been with Portuguese Division 3 side Estrela de Amadora for the last two years. Former coach Jorge Paixao said: "He was raised on the streets and that's where he learned to play his football. All the players come through youth academies now and they're all the same. Bebe is nothing like that. He's an old-fashioned player. He learned everything that he knows on the street. He possesses a natural creativity and that could really make a difference."

8) United snapped up Bebe from under the noses of Real Madrid. Clearly it will have given Fergie's mate Carlos Queiroz - on whose behalf he was in Portugal this week, testifying for his former right-hand man at a disciplinary hearing - to have put one over on his ex-employers at the Santiago Bernabeu.

9) Bebe's Fcebook page lists his favourite book as the Da Vinci Code and his favourite film as Blood Diamond. He's a fan of Kizomba - Angolan/Portuguese music that's a bit like Samba - and hip-hop.

10) Bebe now becomes the eighth striker on United's books although two - Danny Wellbeck and Mame Biriam Diouf - have gone out on loan. United now have a trio of young strikers - Bebe, Javier Hernandez and Ferderico Macheda - with aan average age of 20 to back up Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, who have a combined age of 27.6.

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