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Thomas Partey – sublime ball competition talent (Part 2)

The back of his shirt says Thomas’s name, not his surname Partey. This is an expression of faith.

“The costume photographer asked why I didn’t choose Partey on the back of my shirt, I told him it was because my name started from Thomas, and everyone knows Thomas better. This is my Holy name.” “My parents are Christian and pray every day. When you were born into a Christian family, you had to live by its culture, and I am a believer”.

His faith also influenced his decision to choose a tattoo. Partey’s right arm has a tattoo of his face, a way to remind him to always follow his heart and be honest with himself. “I believe that every person in the world is a god. If I am a god by myself, I have to make decisions for myself and do things my way.”

In addition, there is an octopus tattoo, Partey’s nickname from the kick to Almenia in loan form. At that time, he impressed the team by winning the ball with a very long stride. “I used to say that, if it were an animal, I wanted to be an octopus,” Partey said with a smile. “They call me the Octopus, because I devour every ball on the field.”

Tackles and cuts are the highlight of Partey’s gameplay. As of August 2017, only three La Liga midfielders tackled the ball more successfully than Thomas, when he played in Atletico’s shirt. The 27-year-old midfielder is also very high in the number of successful dribbles, and he can also be a builder and a destroyer in Arteta’s scheme.

“I still want to develop myself,” Partey said. “I still want to learn more. Arteta is very important to me. He and Technical Director Edu told me about their plans and I feel very excited. I have to adapt quickly, learn everything as fast as I can. I was mentally prepared for this, but I needed to perform in the same style I used to play”.

Arteta’s approach to the match contrasts with the footballing style of Diego Simeone, the coach of Atletico – where Partey has played six seasons earlier. It will take time for the Ghanaian player to get acquainted and adapt to a new city. Thomas was discovered by Atletico in 2011 by a Ghanaian scout, and after being loaned twice, he has been with the team in red and white stripes ever since.

Going from Ghana to Spain at the age of less than 20 is a real challenge. “It’s very different, it’s colder,” said Partey. But he quickly recognized Madrid as home. His connection with the Spanish capital was so deep that he invested in a subordinate side city called Paracuellos Antamira. When Covid-19 raged in the spring, he still agreed to pay the club’s salary. Partey says a lot comes from family. He described Arsenal as a big family, and said that Arsenal fans’ passionate welcome on social media made him feel like he was here a long time ago.

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Thomas Partey – sublime ball competition talent (Part 1)

Midfielder Thomas Partey, in an interview for the first time after coming to Arsenal, reiterated his nickname “octopus” from the Almeria era because of his sublime ball competition.

In the town of Krobo Odumase, eastern Ghana, the Parteys often get up early and run up the mountains. Led by Mr. Jacob, father of five children. He wants to help his children develop strength and improve soccer skills with any tool at hand.

As the eldest son in a family of four half-brothers, from a very early age, Thomas knew what to do: “Dad wanted me to become a professional footballer,” he said. “We’re always aiming for that. He has been with us running up the mountains since dawn. We practice jumping and hitting our heads, with the ball being the leaves in the air. Father is the head coach my fairy”.

Jacob is also sure to know what he wants. He tutored Thomas since he was very young. He nurtured his son’s dream of being a player until he became a good midfielder in Europe. That journey started under the trees in the hills of Krobo Odumase, and now continues at Arsenal, where Partey just landed last week for a fee of $ 58 million.

That transfer fee means sky-high expectations for Partey. Arsenal waits for Partey’s skills and strength to help the team under Mikel Arteta become more fighting and more cohesive. “This is a new challenge for me,” Partey said in his first interview at the club. “I will never give up, even in the worst of situations. I need to work hard. I’ve been here and know that the only way to meet everyone’s expectations is to train hard and kick out”.

Partey’s way of talking in real life contrasts with courage on the field. Polite and somewhat shy, he met his new teammates for the first time on October 13, arriving at the training ground immediately after working on national duties for Ghana in Turkey. He answers questions with a smile on his face, is open and relaxed throughout the interview.

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Signs that Dortmund must sell Sancho (Part 2)

In the opposite direction, Dortmund spent $ 56 million on Emre Can and Jude Bellingham. Without selling more players, Dortmund will not be profitable from the transfer. They could lose more than $ 100 million.

The Dortmund squad currently has only two players worth more than $ 100 million, Jadon Sancho and Haaland. None of their remaining players are worth more than $ 50 million. The transfer window has only nearly a week, Dortmund is difficult to sell at the same time many players to balance their finances. The best and possibly the only way for them to cover losses is to sell Sancho or Haaland.

On August 10, Sports Director Michael Zorc announced Sancho would stay for this season. Before that, they chose August 10 as the deadline for selling players. Man Utd negotiated to recruit Sancho, but did not reach an agreement with Dortmund.

The Guardian newspaper on September 28 revealed that Man Utd is considering sending an official proposal to Dortmund for Sancho. Zorc’s statement on August 10 did not guarantee that Sancho would stay, as was the case with Ousmane Dembele summer 2017. At that time, Zorc declared “there is no way to sell Dembele” on July 4, 2017. On August 25, 2017, Barca announced the recruitment of Dembele for $ 177 million, including payments based on the player’s achievements.

Compared to Haaland, Dortmund is easier to let go of Sancho’s hand. They have many attacking midfielders that can partially replace Sancho, such as Thorgan Hazard, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt or Giovanni Reyna. In the middle position, Dortmund does not have a true striker but Haaland. Youssoufa Moukoko is rich in potential. But, he was only 15 years old, too young to play, even with Dortmund.

Dortmund still wants Man Utd to pay $ 140 million for Sancho. In the previous negotiation, the two sides only exchanged through intermediaries. Man Utd has not yet sent a question to buy directly to the German club.

“Red Devils” are still waiting to liquidate some players before buying. Andreas Pereira is going to Lazio in the next few days, while Diogo Dalot is in talks to Milan. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero and midfielder Jesse Lingard are also welcomed by many teams.

Man Utd needs Sancho more than Dortmund now. The disappointing performance in the first two Premier League matches was a warning for Man Utd. Bruno Fernandes alone is not enough to create opportunities for public goods. Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, two pairs of defenders Luke Shaw – Aaron Wan-Bissaka have not created any chances for his teammates. Coach Ole Solskjaer needs more resilience from midfield, to bring Man Utd out of the quagmire.

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Signs that Dortmund must sell Sancho (Part 1)

For the first time since 2010, Borussia Dortmund have lost money, and they may have to sell Jadon Sancho to Man Utd to balance their finances.

Dortmund’s after-tax loss amounts to $ 51 million, in its 2019-2020 season’s financial report. After nine consecutive years of reporting profit and accumulating up to 265 million USD, Dortmund first suffered losses.

Covid-19 is only part of the reason why Dortmund suffered a heavy loss. Pandemic Dortmund reduced ticket sales 14 million, down to 38 million, rate 12%. This loss is not even equal to Man Utd’s loss in just three games without audience. Because the ticket price to enter the stadium in the Bundesliga is many times lower than in the UK.

The low ticket sales made the Bundesliga teams less affected by Covid-19. Television royalties and sponsorships increased by $ 3 million and $ 11 million, respectively. Dortmund’s revenue increased slightly by 1.4%, to $ 443 million. Their operating expenses also increased by only 3%, to $ 416 million.

The main reason why Dortmund lost last season was because the profit from player transfers dropped sharply by 52% to 47 million USD. Dortmund’s player depreciation expense also dropped by 15%, to $ 124 million. These two “punches” make Dortmund from a profit of $ 20 million in the 2018-2019 season, to a loss of $ 51 million in the 2019-2020 season. Their profit after tax decreased by up to 353%. They forecast a loss of 82 million to 88 million USD this season, or 20% of sales. In a similar way, Dortmund earned five dollars and lost six dollars.

In the past five years, excluding transfer profits, Dortmund have suffered heavy losses, $ 71 million per year. They are also the only team in the Bundesliga to maintain annual player depreciation costs of more than $ 100 million. This clause shows that Dortmund is not only the team that sells the most, but also buys the most players in the Bundesliga.

Since 2016, Dortmund always sells pillars. From Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan (2016), Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2017), Pulisic, Sokratis (2018) to Abdou Diallo, Paco Alcacer, Julian Weigl (2019). In the summer 2020 transfer window, they just sold midfielder Omer Toprak to earn $ 5 million.

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How many African players did MU have before bringing Ighalo?

MU is not in the habit of using African players, with striker Ighalo is a rare case. It should be noted that players from the black continent who join the Red Devils are often not very successful.

Striker Odion Ighalo became the first Nigerian player to wear a MU shirt with a six-month loan contract from Shanghai Shenhua. Before that, “Red Devil” had 6 other names from Africa throughout history.

Quinton Fortune (1999-2006)

Unlike Ighalo, Quinton Fortune never played at any club in Africa nor in his hometown of South Africa. The 1977 former midfielder started his career in Spain with Mallorca and Atletico Madrid, before moving to MU in 1999 for £ 1.5 million.

At MU, he made 76 appearances, scored 5 goals and won 1 Premier League title and 1 FA Cup, and became the longest African player in the MU shirt so far. Leaving in 2006, Quinton Fortune drifted through a few famous clubs before retiring in 2010.

Eric Bailly (2016-present)

Brought in under coach Jose Mourinho, Eric Bailly is one of the most expensive African players with a £ 30 million transfer. The Ivory Coast midfielder played an important role in the Europa League and League Cup championships of MU in the first season.

However, the constant injuries made Bailly unable to make a breakthrough in his career. He has not played for a minute this season due to still being treated for a terrible knee injury.

Eric Djemba-Djemba (2003-2005)

MU spent 3.5 million pounds for Nantes in 2003 to bring Eric Djemba-Djemba in the hope that the Cameroonian player will replace Roy Keane. However, what this midfielder left is very disappointing. 39 Eric Djemba-Djemba’s appearances have mostly come in cup tournaments or friendly matches. He left Manchester just two years later.

Mame Biram Diouf (2009-2012)

Mame Biram Diouf started as a dream at MU with a goal in his debut match with Burnley. Sir Alex Ferguson then wanted to make the Senegalese player a super substitute, like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But unexpectedly, that goal was the only … goal of Diouf during his time at MU. The presence of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and young talent Daniel Welbeck made Diouf overshadowed.

Wilfried Zaha (2013-2015)

Wilfried Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last contract before leaving the head coach by bringing back from Crystal Palace for £ 15 million. Despite a contract for 5 and a half years, the Ivory Coast player has only made 2 appearances in the Premier League after the debut of new boss David Moyes in the British Super Cup.

Manucho (2008-2009)

Not many clubs made the transfer of players from Angola, so MU’s decision to bring in the unknown striker Manucho in 2007 caught the attention of NHM. The fans’ excitement increased after he had 4 goals in CAN 2008. However, he was troubled by a work permit, forcing MU to lend Panathinaikos.

In the end, Manucho only played once for MU before being loaned again and then sold. This year 36 years old, he is playing in the final days of his career when he joined the Spanish 3rd class team UE Cornella.


India: Hometown of tennis legends

Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza has created a new chapter in the country’s glorious doubles history: Becoming the first female Indian tennis player to win a Grand Slam women’s doubles championship after winning Wimbledon 2015 with Martina Hingis.

With this title, Hingis attracted attention because she was 34 years old, returned recently and it was the first Wimbledon women’s doubles championship in 17 years of the former Miss Switzerland. However, with Indian and Asian tennis, Mirza’s glory is even more proud.

In the final match, the Mirza / Hingis pair made a spectacular comeback against the Russian pair E. Makarova / E. Vesnina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 even though the decisive game was 2-5! This is a huge disappointment for two Russian female players after the beginning of the year, they also lost to the Italian pair S. Errani / R. Vinci in the final game of the 2015 Australian Open, despite leading 5-2.

Mirza’s doubles championship helped Asian tennis make their mark at Wimbledon after all players were eliminated in the singles. Since Li Na guarded the racket, Asian tennis at the Grand Slam tournaments only expected K.Nishikori, but the Japanese star also gave up early due to injury.

In fact, Mirza had won the Grand Slam three times in the mixed doubles, twice with fellow countryman Mahesh Bhupati (Australia Open 2009, France Open 2012) and once with Bruno Soares of Brazil in the US. Expanding 2014. She and Hingis from April 2015 rose to the world ranking of 1 female couple. What is special is that Mirza’s Wimbledon women’s doubles championship came 12 years after the now 28-year-old started her professional career and 12 years after winning the young women’s doubles championship also at Grand Slam on the grass in 2003. (with A.Kleybanova – Russia).


Aston Villa faces Sheffield United in the second round of the Premier League

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could make his new club debut in this match after Aston Villa spent $ 22 million to recruit him from Arsenal.

This is Villa’s third major signing after Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash. The 3-1 victory over Burton at the League Cup on September 16, when Watkins scored his first goal for the club, showed that Dean Smith’s teachers and students were ready for the Premier League match.

In addition to the rookies mentioned above, the Villa Park home team is pursuing Bertrand Traore and Milot Rashica. Villa looks fresh and fresh after escaping last season’s relegation battle.

Sheffield United lost 0-2 in their opening game against Wolves, as they conceded two goals in the first six minutes of the first half. They then went on to lose to Burnley in the penalty shootout and were eliminated from the League Cup. Chris Wilder hopes to celebrate his 100th career win this weekend. But to do that, he needs to improve his creativity in attack. Against Wolves, Sheffield United held more ball, finished more but hit the target only once.

Wolves – Man City: 2:15 pm Tuesday, September 22

Man City started the season with a difficult trip to forecast many difficulties at Wolves Stadium. This is the opponent that Pep Guardiola and his students have lost in the last three encounters. Last season, two defeats against Wolves contributed to Man City’s breathlessness in the championship race with Liverpool.

Guardiola’s army won five matches at the end of last season, scoring 21 goals and keeping four clean sheets of them. But the confidence Guardiola is building could be ruined if they leave Wolves in the way. It is entirely possible because Man City is having a crisis in the center position.

Aymeric Laporte was positive for nCoV while John Stones was eliminated from England in two games against Iceland and Denmark in the Nations League due to not being physically fit. Guardiola may have to rely on Nicolas Otamendi – who had been substituted for the last six games last season – and rookie Nathan Ake.

On the contrary, this is an opportunity for Ake to prove his ability, thereby competing for the main kick after moving from Bournemouth. The 25-year-old midfielder kicked in both matches for the Netherlands earlier this month. Appearing in the squad of a championship candidate has been a desire of Ake since his time with Chelsea.


Best African Team: Indispensable Salah and Mane

The France Football website has just announced the best team of African players.

Goalkeeper: Andre Onana (Cameroon / Ajax Amsterdam)

Not only was the best African goalkeeper last year, Onana was also voted in the list of the best goalkeepers in the world in 2019 by France Football. At the age of 23, he proved the level of a star. international when playing for Ajax Amsterdam, there are amazing saves against the world’s top strikers while playing in the Champions League. His most unfortunate point in 2019 is that it is impossible for the Cameroon team to go deep in AFCON.


Youcef Atal (Algeria / Nice)

Last summer, he participated in the Algerian squad to win the AFCON 2019 championship. The young defender closed the old year with a serious injury, possibly having to take several months off.

Aissa Mandi (Algeria / Real Betis)

Not a big-name player, but Aissa Mandi is a highly-rated center-back. The France Football page describes Aissa as an African version of Virgil van Dijk at AFCON 2019, never allowing her opponent to easily overcome, making a great contribution to helping Algeria win the championship.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal / Napoli)

Koulibaly has proven himself with European football for many years, playing well for Napoli in all competitions. His unfortunate absence in the AFCON final because of the suspension was the big cause of Senegal’s bitter defeat.

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco / Dortmund)

As a product of the Real Madrid training facility, Achraf is playing for the German giant on loan and performing very well here. Achraf Hakimi is considered as one of the best African players under 21 years old.


Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria / Leicester)

Since coming to Leicester in the middle of the 2016/2017 season, Wilfried has always been the number one choice in midfield of this team. This season, the 23-year-old has made a great contribution to the Fox’s rise to Manchester City, holding second place in the Premier League.

Ismael Bennacer (Algeria / AC Milan)

Ismael Bennacer is the most impressive player, helping Algeria to win the AFCON 2019 championship, voted by the organizers as the best player of the tournament. AC Milan bought Ismael Bennacer from Empoli for 16 million euros.

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco / Ajax Amsterdam)

In 2019, Ziyech really makes European football pay attention to him, impressed by both style of play, goal statistics and assists. He was the main factor helping Ajax win the domestic double and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.


Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool)

Salah has just had a nearly perfect year. He could not have success at AFCON 2019, making up for the dreamy playing days with Liverpool. The striker is said to be somewhat depressed compared to his first season with The Reds, but he still contributed greatly to the Red Brigade’s treble in 2019.

Sadio Mane (Senegal / Liverpool)

Many opinions suggest that Mane deserves the Golden Ball 2019 instead of Lionel Messi. In the first half of the 2019/2020 season, he is still playing very well, facing the opportunity with Liverpool to win the Premier League title for the first time in history.

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria / Manchester City)

Still not able to touch the European Cup, but in 2019, Mahrez is arguably the most successful African player in terms of the title, winning the treble with Man City, and with the captain’s armband in hand, helping Algeria up continental championship.

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The biography of football player Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian footballer who currently plays as a winger for Liverpool club and the Egyptian national team.

With the nickname “Pharaon”, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world today, known for his ability to finish, dribble and speed. 

Salah began his career with Cairo club El Mokawloon in the 2010 Egyptian Premier League, then joined Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, he starred as he helped the club win the first season, winning the SAFP Golden Player award. Salah’s performances subsequently attracted the Chelsea club and he joined the club for a fee of £ 11m in 2014. However, he played less in his first season and on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and AS Roma, he eventually signed a contract to buy off by Roma for 15 million euros.

After a stellar performance in Rome to put them second and a record point won in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign Liverpool for a club record fee of 36.92 million board. On his second in England, he adjusted his play from being a natural winger to a full-fledged striker and quickly became the focus of the team. Salah went on to break the Premier League’s scoring record in a 38-game season, receiving the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in 36 matches. Salah’s performance earned him a number of individual awards, including PFA’s Player of the Year. He also ranked third in the FIFA Player of the Year award in 2018. 

In the next season, he also represented Egypt at a young level in an international tournament. He won bronze medals at the U-20 Cup of African Nations and participating in the 2011 FIFA World Cup U-20, before making his team debut later that year. After his performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was named CAF’s most promising African talent. Since then, he has helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 African Cup and was the top scorer in the CAF qualifiers to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With his performance, Salah voted CAF Player of the Year, BBC Africa’s Best Player of the Year and was selected to the CAF Team of the Year and the African Cup of Nations Championship Team.

As an advocate for equal women’s rights in the Middle East, he said: “We need to change the way we treat women in our culture” – Salah was voted one of 100 influencers in the world in 2019. Besides, he was one of the six stars on the magazine cover.

In 2020, Salah won the Premier League with Liverpool after a very successful 2019-2020 season.


Willian receives a higher salary than any Liverpool player (Part 2)

Let’s continue to the previous post! With his current salary, Willian will be fourth in joining the ranks of Manchester City, behind Kevin De Bruyne (£ 350,000/week), Raheem Sterling (300,000) and Sergio Aguero (£ 240,000).

Willian receives a higher salary than any Liverpool player. Despite losing the Champions League spot, Arsenal are still paying large sums of money. Willian is not the highest earning person in the eighth Premier League club. Mesut Ozil (£ 350,000 per a week) is undoubtedly the strangest salary in the Premier League as he is entering the twilight of his career and is currently at odds with the board and unable to join the team, or not even regular main stone.

It is thought that Willian’s salary will be quickly surpassed by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, if the Gabon player chooses to sign a new contract at Emirates. He is currently paid £ 200,000 a week. Players including Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno all make half of what Willian is entitled to under his current contract with Arsenal. Willian also now makes more money than Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker and England captain. Kane is the 10th highest-paid player in the tournament, on par with Salah, Mane and Aubameyang.

Coach Mikel Arteta was desperate for Willian, a player strongly believed to have played a key role in the club’s transformation under the Spaniard. Arsenal officially confirmed the transfer on Friday morning, when Willian revealed it would wear the number 12 shirt.

Chelsea had to accept Willian leave when the club could only meet a two-year contract and even wanted to cut down on the previous salary. The Blues are busy in the transfer market this summer after Frank Lampard has finally been allowed to sign the player after the club’s transfer ban expires. Chelsea broke its salary record, after turning Timo Werner into the club’s highest-paid player at £ 270,000 a week.