|Full name||Javier Alejandro Mascherano|
|Date of birth||8 June 1984|
|Place of birth||San Lorenzo, Argentina|
|Height||1. Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) San Lorenzo is a city in the south of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, located 23 km north of Rosario, on the western shore of the Paraná For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. 75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
West Ham United
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Javier Alejandro Mascherano (pronounced IPA: [ˌmaskeˈɾano]) (born 7 June 1984 in Santa Fe) is an Argentine football player who currently plays for Liverpool. Events 1099 - The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Santa Fe is a province of Argentina, located in the center-east of the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. He joined the club on loan from Media Sports Investments in January 2007 and later signed permanently for Liverpool in February 2008. Media Sports Investments ( MSI) is the international fund of investors that runs Brazilian football club Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Mascherano holds an Italian passport due to his ancestry. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest  Mascherano's two most used nicknames (in Argentina) are Masche and Jefecito (Little chief). 
Mascherano came through the youth ranks at River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Club Atlético River Plate, known also as River Plate or simply River, is an Argentine Sports club best known for its football Buenos Aires is the Capital and largest city of Argentina. It is geographically located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. However, before making his club debut he made his name representing Argentina.
His River Plate league debut came on August 3, 2003 against Nueva Chicago. Events 8 - Roman Empire General Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Nueva Chicago is an Argentine football club based out of the Mataderos barrio of Buenos Aires, which is also called Nueva Chicago River won 2-1. After returning from the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, Mascherano was straight back into action for River in the 2003 Copa Sudamericana final. The 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in United Arab Emirates between November 27 and December 19 2003. The Copa Sudamericana ( English: South American Cup, Portuguese: Copa Sul-Americana) also known as Copa Nissan Sudamericana Over the two legs River were beaten 4-3 by Peruvian club Cienciano. Club Cienciano del Cusco is a Football (soccer club from Cuzco, Peru.
Mascherano won his first silverware when River won the 2003-04 Clausura (Closing) championship. In the 2004 Copa Libertadores River reached the semi-final, but lost on penalties to arch-rivals Boca Juniors. The Copa Santander Libertadores, also known as Copa Libertadores de América, ( Taça Libertadores da América) is a football cup competition played Club Atlético Boca Juniors known also as Boca Juniors or simply Boca, is one of the most popular Argentine Sports clubs, best known for
Around this time several clubs including Real Madrid, and Deportivo de La Coruña declared an interest in signing Mascherano, but River Plate turned down all offers, saying that none of the interested parties were prepared to pay enough. Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña SAD (in English Royal Sports Club of La Coruna) is a Galician ( Spain) football club member of the
2004-05 was not a successful season for River, finishing 3rd in the Apertura championship and only 10th in the Clausura. In the Copa Libertadores River again lost in the semi-final, this time to São Paulo. São Paulo Futebol Clube, usually called São Paulo FC or just São Paulo, is a traditional Brazilian football team from São Paulo, founded
After the Confederations Cup in Germany, Brazilian club Corinthians acquired Mascherano from River Plate for US$ 15 million. The 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament was the seventh FIFA Confederations Cup. Sport Club Corinthians Paulista is a Brazilian Sports club, based in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, most known for its football
The Brazilian Série A runs from April, so Mascherano joined Corinthians in mid-season. Sport Club Corinthians Paulista is a Brazilian Sports club, based in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, most known for its football After playing only nine games for his new club, on September 2005, Mascherano suffered a stress fracture to his left foot causing him to miss the end of the season. He went back to Argentina to be operated on by the National team doctor and recuperate.  However, Corinthians still claimed the 2005 Série A championship with the team captained by Mascherano's Argentine compatriot, Carlos Tévez. New teams from 2004 Promoted in 2004 Brasiliense and Fortaleza Relegated in 2004 Criciúma Guarani Vitória Grêmio The season Champion Carlos Alberto Tévez (born Carlos Alberto Martínez, 5 February 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine
In total, Mascherano was out of action for six months, only returning on 5 March 2006. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  Corinthians were forced to start their 2006 Copa Libertadores without Mascherano, but he returned in time for the Round of 16 tie against River Plate, which Corinthians lost. The Copa Toyota Libertadores 2006 was the 47th edition of the Latin American Copa Libertadores football club tournament The 2006 Brazilian Série A also went badly for Corinthians, and at one stage they were battling against relegation. The 36th season of the Campeonato Brasileiro began on April 15, 2006, and reached its end on December 3, 2006. In June, the league season was interrupted for the 2006 World Cup. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament
Although his performance drew the attention of European clubs, he stated his desire to remain with Corinthians, to help with the relegation battle, and postponed any transfer until January at the earliest.  However, hours before the summer 2006 transfer window closed, Mascherano joined West Ham United for an undisclosed fee along with team-mate Carlos Tévez. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played Carlos Alberto Tévez (born Carlos Alberto Martínez, 5 February 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine 
During the summer of 2006 Mascherano was linked with top clubs around europe, he stated he would relish playing in Spain for Real Madrid or Barcelona but he was snapped up by West ham. The move to West Ham was seen as surprising, with many of Europe's top clubs having been linked with Mascherano all summer. There were many rumours about the nature of the transfer, primarily regarding Media Sports Investment's interest in buying-out West Ham. Media Sports Investments ( MSI) is the international fund of investors that runs Brazilian football club Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Rumours included speculation as to whether West Ham truly owned the players, and also that if a high enough (£112 million was touted) offer was received West Ham would be forced to sell.  (It has since been discovered that Global Soccer Agencies and Mystere Services are the companies that owned Mascherano. )
Before Mascherano joined, West Ham had won one game, drawn one and lost one. However upon his arrival the team went into freefall, losing eight games and drawing one game in all competitions before their next win on 29 October. Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II During this time, Mascherano rarely featured in the team, despite their struggles, prompting rumours about financial clauses related to the amount of time he was actually played. In October, the Argentina national coach, Alfio Basile, declared that he hoped Mascherano would leave West Ham "as soon as possible," and "I hope for God's sake that Mascherano can go to Juventus. Alfio Rubén Basile (born November 1 1943 in Bahía Blanca) known as Coco, is an Argentine Football (soccer coach "
On 16 January 2007, Liverpool requested clearance from FIFA to take Mascherano on loan from West Ham. Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Association Football)  FIFA's rules state that no player can play for more than two different clubs between 1 July and 30 June the following year, but Mascherano had already played for both Corinthians and West Ham during this time.
FIFA approved the deal on 31 January 2007. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Association Football) Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  However, although Liverpool submitted his registration details before the midnight transfer deadline, England's Premier League did not immediately announce whether it would allow Mascherano to play for Liverpool, saying that it wanted to "take time to satisfy itself with the proposed arrangements". The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs 
In a further twist, it was announced on 2 March that the Premier League were charging West Ham with breaking rule B13, concerning acting in good faith, and rule U18, which concerns the influence of third-party ownership. Events 986 - Louis V becomes King of the Franks. 1127 - Assassination of Charles the Good  On 27 April the Premier League issued West Ham a world-record fine of £5. Events 1124 - David I becomes King of Scotland. 1296 - Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated 5 million. 
On 10 February, Liverpool added Mascherano to their Champions League squad and gave him the number 20 shirt. Events 1355 - The St Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club Eventually, on 20 February 2007, Mascherano's move to Liverpool became official after the Premier League accepted Liverpool's request to register the player at Anfield. Events 1472 - Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a Dowry payment Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Mascherano made his debut for Liverpool against Sheffield United on 24 February 2007, and was praised by the Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and team captain Steven Gerrard after Liverpool's 4-0 victory. Sheffield United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Events 303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Rafael " Rafa " Benítez (born April 16 1960) is a Spanish former footballer and has been the manager Steven George Gerrard MBE (ˈdʒɛrɑd born 30 May 1980 Whiston Merseyside) is an English football player After playing in a match against Arsenal on 31 March, Benitez called Mascherano a "monster of a player". Events 307 - After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Rafael " Rafa " Benítez (born April 16 1960) is a Spanish former footballer and has been the manager  His first Champions League appearance came in the quarter-final first leg against PSV in Eindhoven on 3 April. Philips Sport Vereniging ( English: Philips Sports Union) widely known either as PSV or PSV Eindhoven, is a Sports club from Eindhoven ( is a Municipality and a city located in the province of Noord-Brabant in the south of the Netherlands, originally at the confluence Events 1043 - Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. Hastily establishing himself as a starter at the club, Mascherano played in the Champions League Final that year against AC Milan, which Liverpool lost 2–1. Route to the final See also UEFA Champions League 2006–07 Teams qualified for the Champions League group stage either directly or through three preliminary rounds Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy He was voted Liverpool's man of the match by the fans on the official Liverpool website. 
Following months of speculation, Mascherano signed a four-year permanent contract with Liverpool on 29 February 2008, ending his association with Media Sports Investments. Leap years Although the modern calendar counts a year as 365 days a complete revolution around the sun takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common  The transfer, which reportedly cost Liverpool £18. 6m, was allowed to go through as Mascherano was not contracted to another club, making him exempt from the rules of the transfer window. He scored his first Premier League and Liverpool goal on March 15 2008, with a 25 yard strike against Reading. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs Javier Mascherano is now seen as one of, if not the best defensive midfield player in the world due to solid and eye catching performances. He is quickly becoming a fan-favourite at Anfield, as he is referred to as "Tommy" - a popular Liverpudlian name. 
In his first game at Old Trafford against Manchester United he was sent off after collecting two yellow cards.  He was initially booked for a poorly timed tackle on Paul Scholes, and later dismissed for running towards the referee to protest a yellow card shown to Fernando Torres. Paul Aaron Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain nicknamed El Niño ("The Kid" is a Spanish footballer, who plays for Liverpool Mascherano had to be pushed from the field of play by Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. Steven George Gerrard MBE (ˈdʒɛrɑd born 30 May 1980 Whiston Merseyside) is an English football player Xabier Alonso Olano, commonly known as The Football Association causing the usual one game suspension to be extended to three games for improper conduct. The Football Association, also known as simply The FA, is the governing body of football in England and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey  He then admitted the improper conduct charged to him but pleaded on the further two to three match suspension but was denied by The Football Association . Mascherano was also fined £15,000 for the misconduct .
In September 2001, Mascherano was part of the Argentina team that finished fourth in the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The FIFA U-17 World Championship 2001 was held in the cities of Port of Spain, Malabar, Marabella, Couva, and Bacolet His impact at youth levels was such that he made his senior international debut before playing a single minute for River Plate's first team. That international debut came in a friendly against Uruguay on July 16, 2003. The Uruguay national football team is controlled by the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol. Events 622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar. 1054 - Three Roman legates fractured relations between the Western and Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. 
Halfway through the 2003-04 Apertura (Opening) championship Mascherano was called up to play in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. The 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in United Arab Emirates between November 27 and December 19 2003. Argentina again finished fourth with Mascherano the team's outstanding player. Argentina national U-20 football team has been the most successful nation in the FIFA World Youth Championship winning a record six times  Mascherano was however suspended for the third place match.
In January 2004, Mascherano joined up with Argentina's under-23 team for the South American Pre-Olímpico tournament in Chile. Chile, officially the Republic of Chile ( Spanish:) is a country in South America occupying a long and narrow Coastal strip wedged between the Argentina won the tournament.
At the end of the 2003-2004 season Mascherano was included in the squad for the 2004 Copa América. The Copa América 2004 was a football tournament held in Peru, from July 6 to July 25, 2004. Argentina lost to Brazil on penalties in the final, but Mascherano impressed enough to be voted Argentina's player of the tournament by his team-mates. 
In August 2004, Mascherano was part of the gold medal-winning Argentine team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics started on August 11, (two days before the opening ceremony and ended The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was an International Multi-sport event which was celebrated
In June 2005, Mascherano joined up with the national team for the Confederations Cup in Germany. The 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament was the seventh FIFA Confederations Cup. Argentina met Brazil in the final and lost 4-1.
In the 2006 World Cup, Mascherano played every minute of every game for Argentina. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina and is controlled by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA
In July 2007, Masche scored his first two goals for the senior Argentina's team during the Copa América 2007 and was widely selected as the best Argentine player in a squad full of stars. The Copa América 2007 was the 42nd edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for South America. 
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|NAME||Mascherano, Javier Alejandro|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Mascherano, Javier|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1984-6-8|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||San Lorenzo, Argentina|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|