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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Henry and Merry preserve their baby's stem cells

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Thierry Henry has paid to preserve potentially life-saving stem cells from his baby daughter's umbilical cord. The news comes just days after the News revealed a trial was under way into the procedure at the Rosie Hospital at Cambridge's Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Thierry, 27, and his wife Nicole Merry, 25, paid £500 to have Tea's umbilical cord frozen, so she would have access to her own stem cells if she ever needed them to treat serious illness.

Stem cells, which have the ability to become many different types of tissue, are already used to treat leukaemia and other blood disorders.

Scientists also hope they might one day offer cures for people with diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and spinal cord injuries.

Umbilical cord blood is known to be a particularly rich source of stem cells.

If the Cambridge trial is successful, the British Stem Cell Registry, which is behind the study, could begin offering a commercial service to the parents of newborn babies at the Rosie.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Arsenal victory over Sparta Prague

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Henry scored as Arsenal advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday. Robin van Persie scored twice and Thierry Henry added another to lead Arsenal over visiting Sparta Prague 3-0 for its fourth straight win.

Henry, Arsenal's record goalscorer, scored twice at Sparta Prague two weeks ago and scored again against the Czechs in the 23rd minute at Highbury. Jose Antonio Reyes crossed for Henry to score from 25 meters (yards).

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Arsenal vs Sparta Prague

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Arsenal can book a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with victory over Sparta Prague at Highbury on Wednesday (November 2).

The Gunners recent Premiership exploits have been something of a circus, with botched penalty attempts and an away defeat to lowly West Bromwich Albion all part of the repertoire. However, they have been somewhat more convincing in Europe, and currently sit top of Group B, five points ahead of nearest challengers Ajax.

Arsene Wenger’s men saw off the threat of Sparta in Prague a fortnight ago, and there is little to suggest that a victory can not be obtained here in the return fixture. That night, Thierry Henry returned from his long injury absence to score both goals in a 2-0 win after Jose Antonio Reyes suffered a rib injury.

Once again the fitness or otherwise of the French star is the main concern for Wenger. The striker missed the 1-1 draw with Spurs at the weekend, but is hopeful of a return to action here. Henry has scored 31 times in 60 Champions League appearances, with only Raul of Real Madrid and Manchester United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy having found the net more often in the competition. Despite recent gossip about his future lying elsewhere, Henry remains Arsenal’s key man if they are to mount a serious challenge for the European title this term.

Freddie Ljungberg is a doubt after the Swedish international limped out of the north London derby and missed training on Tuesday (November 1).

Monday, October 31, 2005

Thierry Henry Bio

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Arsenal idol, lethal striker and popular media image, Thierry Henry was born on August 17, 1977 in Paris. He spent his childhood with a soccer ball by his side. His West Indian origins gives him a unique personality. On 31 August 1994, when he played his first Division 1 match with Monaco against Nice, he was 17 years old.

His progress continued unabated and in 1996, he won the European Junior Cup, with David Trézéguet.. The following year, Henry participated in the under-20 World Cup in Malaysia and graduated to the senior ranks as a first selection when he came of age. The choice proved to be wise as Henry turned out to be the most prolific scorer for France in their dominant run through the World Cup of 1998.

In 1998, during the French World Cup, he marked 4 goals and was the strongest french player. Then, in Euro 2000 he scored 3 goals in 5 matches and dodged every defence he met. 1m88 and 83 kilos, Thierry Henry is above all, remarkable in his physical fitness, he is one of the fastest players in the world. He spent several months with Juventas in Turin, but he left to rejoin Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera at Arsenal in 1999; he plays there still. On 5 July 2003, Thierry married Nicole Merry, the British model he met whilst filming the Renault Clio campaign.

Henry has amazed football fanatics all over the world with his natural physical ability. His offensive execution has been called spectacular, and most effective of all is his uncanny speed with the ball at his feet. There is not a defender in the world that has proved capable of keeping up with him.