August 19, 2019
Latest News

Thomas Partey: European players appear favored over Africans

 Atletico de Madrid's midfielder Thomas Partey, from Ghana, attends the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in MAjadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 29, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez

Atletico de Madrid's midfielder Thomas Partey, from Ghana, attends the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in MAjadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 29, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez

Madrid, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- European soccer players seemed to be more valued than African counterparts, Atletico Madrid and Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey said in an interview with EFE on Thursday.

Partey added that even the most distinguished African players, such as Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (who has played for Barcelona and Manchester City) Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o (who played for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea) or even Ivorian retired striker Didier Drogba (who played for Marseille and Chelsea) were not good enough to win the coveted Ballon d'Or trophy.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who joined Atletico's youth system at age 19, said some people felt that African soccer players are of lower quality and hence cheaper than European players who have come up through the ranks of clubs.

When asked about his club's upcoming Saturday match against bitter crosstown rivals Real Madrid, Partey said he anticipated a difficult game, given the giant club's recent good form, last seen during Madrid's Cope del Rey first leg clash with Barcelona at the Camp Nou which ended in a hard-fought 1-1 draw despite the second-half appearance by Lionel Messi.

The Ghanaian player discussed the Clasico draw between Madrid and Barcelona in the semifinal of the Copa and said he did not feel the result would have any effect on his side for the upcoming derby game.

Partey underscored the fact that his team had to focus on what they have to do during the game, which is due to be held in Atletico's home pitch, the modern Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Notably this season, Atletico has yet to lose a game at home which, Partey explained, fills his team with confidence.

According to Partey, the fans' support has played a key role in Atletico's unbeaten run at Wanda Metropolitano and added that his club has tried to reward its fans for their support.

After 22 matches, Atletico is second-place in the La Liga standings with 44 points, six points behind leader Barcelona but, crucially. two points ahead of Madrid after 22 matches played.

Atletico failed to take advantage of Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Valencia on Feb. 2 to narrow the gap as it lost away the following day to Real Betis 1-0, a slender defeat that also cut Atletico's lead over Madrid.

Asked whether his team, given the six-point deficit behind Barcelona, is still in the hunt for the La Liga title, Partey said he hoped the Catalan club might lose one of its upcoming matches.

However, whether or not Barcelona has a loss, Partey said Atletico must get the job done and win games in order to have a chance at going for the league title.

Partey has been getting more playing time in the wake of injuries to Spain midfielders Saul Ñiguez and Jorge Resurreccion (better known as Koke) but a rejuvenated Ñiguez and Koke may spell a return to the bench for the Ghanaian.

When asked if he will continue to play when Atletico's injured Spain midfielders return to the pitch, Partey highlighted the importance of having all his teammates available during this decisive part of the team's 2018-2019 campaign.

Partey said he was aware that he still had room for improvement and that he was keen to follow his coach's instructions.

News history
Paola Espinosa, miracle worker in platform diving going for medal in Tokyo

By Gustavo Borges

Justin Thomas wins BMW Championship, climbs to No. 1 in FedEX Cup standings

Medinah, USA, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- American golfer Justin Thomas won the BMW Championship at the Medinah Country Club near Chicago on Sunday, finishing with a...

Atletico Madrid starts off La Liga season by blanking Getafe 1-0

By Iñaki Dufour

Chelsea's winless drought under Lampard goes on with 1-1 draw vs. Leicester

London, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Sunday went winless for the third encounter in a row as the London side played to a 1-1 draw at home...

Ramos on same path as Casillas, Raul, Sanchis after 283 wins

Madrid, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has achieved 283 victories with the La Liga side, equaling Paco Gento, and is en route to...

Manchester City settle for 2-2 draw against visiting Tottenham

Manchester, England, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Manchester City stumbled at home against Tottenham here Saturday night, squandering leads on a pair of occasions...

Bale makes strong showing in Real Madrid's convincing 3-1 win over Celta Vigo

Vigo, Spain, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid cruised past Celta Vigo 3-1 on Saturday in their La Liga opener thanks in large part to the play of Gareth Bale,...

Mane, Firmino lead Liverpool to narrow 2-1 win over Southampton

Southampton, England, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino provided the offensive firepower in Liverpool's 2-1 road victory Saturday over...

Arsenal beats Burnley 2-1 in 2nd consecutive Premier League win

London, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 on Saturday to open the 2019-20 Premier League season with two successive wins.

Athletic upset Barcelona 1-0 in LaLiga opener

Bilbao, Spain, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Aritz Aduriz began what he says will be his final professional season here Friday with a spectacular goal to lead Athletic...

Alibaba co-founder acquires full ownership of Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center

New York, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- The co-founder and executive vice chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has acquired full ownership of the Brooklyn Nets...

Real Madrid faces 1st test without Hazard

Vigo/Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid will take on its first test of the season without Eden Hazard of Belgium who sustained a last-minute injury that...

Vinicius, Neymar called up for Brazil’s friendlies vs Colombia, Peru

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Brazil national team coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, best known as Tite, on Friday called up Real Madrid’s winger Vinicius...

Zidane: I count on James and Bale

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday said he counts on James Rodriguez of Colombia and Gareth Bale of Wales, in contrast...

Japanese soccer rises in value in Spain

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Japanese soccer has been thriving over the past few years, which led to an increase in the number of Japanese players in Spain,...

Leg injury postpones Hazard’s La Liga debut

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Belgian forward Eden Hazard, Real Madrid’s major signing for the upcoming season, is set to be sidelined during his club’s...

Manchester City ready for tough Tottenham test

London, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Manchester City will take on Tottenham Hotspur in its first home game of the new Premier League home season on Saturday, a...

Tokyo, Aug 16 (EFE).- Andres Iniesta – the skilled midfielder who scored the decisive goal in Spain's 2010 World Cup victory and now plays in the Japanese...

A stroll through New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

By Alvaro Celorio

Barcelona coach: I'm happy with the squad I have

Barcelona, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Thursday that he is satisfied with the players he has as the team prepares for the...

Messi, Ronaldo among nominees for UEFA Player of the Year Award

Madrid, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Argentina forward Lionel Messi, Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk were nominated on Thursday...

New keeper Adrian is the hero as Liverpool wins 4th Super Cup

Istanbul, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Days after joining the club, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian saved a Chelsea penalty here early Thursday to secure victory for the...

Kipchoge: Running sub-2-hour marathon is about making history

Patricia Martinez

Sala was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide before fatal plane crash

London, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide before he died in a plane crash over the...

I agree Welcome to We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.