Ángel Correa

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Ángel Correa
Ángel Correa.jpg
Correa playing for Atlético Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Ángel Martín Correa Martínez[1]
Date of birth (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 10
Youth career
Alianza Sport
Tiro
2007–2012 San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 San Lorenzo 48 (10)
2015– Atlético Madrid 201 (34)
National team
2015 Argentina U20 11 (6)
2016 Argentina Olympic 2 (1)
2015– Argentina 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:53, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Ángel Martín Correa Martínez (born 9 March 1995), known as Ángel Correa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaŋxel koˈrea]), is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and winger for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national team.

Correa began his professional career at the age of 18 with Argentine club San Lorenzo, winning the Torneo Inicial in 2013 and the Copa Libertadores in 2014. In 2015, he signed with Atlético Madrid of La Liga.

Correa captained the Argentina under-20 team to victory at the 2015 South American U-20 Championship, where he was named the player of the tournament. Since 2015, he has been a regular selection for the Argentina senior squad.

Club career[edit]

San Lorenzo[edit]

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Correa joined San Lorenzo's youth setup in 2007, aged 12, after a trial period.[3] In the summer of 2012, he was due to join Portuguese club Benfica on a free transfer, but the deal later collapsed.

Correa signed a four-year professional deal with the Ciclón on 23 September 2012,[4] and was promoted to the first-team in January 2013. On 31 March he played his first match as a professional, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–1 loss at Newell's Old Boys.[5]

On 11 May, Correa scored his first professional goal, netting the last of a 3–0 home success against Boca Juniors.[6] He finished the campaign with 13 appearances (eight starts, 747 minutes of action), scoring four goals.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Correa with Atlético Madrid in 2018

On 27 May 2014, after scoring six goals in 2013–14, Correa had agreed a deal with La Liga holders Atlético Madrid for a reported fee of €7.5 million.[7] He signed a five-year contract with the Madrid side, joining the club after the 2014 Copa Libertadores.[8]

In June 2014, however, Correa was sidelined for six months due to a heart tumour. After undergoing surgery on 18 June in New York, he started a light training in August,[9] and officially joined the club on 13 December.[10][11]

On 22 August 2015, Correa finally made his Atleti debut, replacing Óliver Torres in a 1–0 home league match win against UD Las Palmas.[12] He scored his first goal for the club on 19 September, netting the first in a 2–0 away win against SD Eibar; he also assisted Fernando Torres in the second goal.

On 6 November 2019, Correa marked his 200th appearance for Atlético, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Bayer Leverkusen.[13] On 10 August, Atlético announced that Correa and teammate Šime Vrsaljko were both positive for COVID-19, ruling them out of the team's quarter-final fixture against RB Leipzig.[14]

On 22 May 2021, Correa scored in Atlético's 2–1 win over Real Valladolid on the final day of the 2020–21 La Liga season to win the league title for the first time since 2014.[15]

International career[edit]

South American U-20 Championship selection[edit]

6 of January 2015, Humberto Grondona, the Under-20 Argentina Selection Technical Director, submitted a list of 32 Argentine players including Correa, invited to train to make the final roster for the South American Under-20s Championship.[16][17] After four days of training Grondona announced the final 23-man roster that featured Correa as the captain of the Under-20 Argentine side.[18]

14 of January, Correa made his debut for the U-20 Argentina selection playing against Ecuador in the first game of the group stage. He scored a goal and twice assisted to Giovanni Simeone for a 5–2 win.[19]

18 of January, the third game of the group stage Correa scored a goal during a 6–2 win against Peru, helping Argentina advance out of the group stage.[20]

26 of January, Argentina once again facing Peru in the playoff elimination stage of the tournament, Correa scored again during this matchup, helping Argentina advanced to the final with a 2–0 win.[21]

7 of February, Argentina was set to play against the tournament host Uruguay in the final for the U-20 South America Cup. Throughout this tough matchup the game was a stalemate at 1-1, until Correa scored at the 81st minute to put Argentina up for 2–1 win for the U-20 South America Championship,[22][23] and Correa earning honors for the Best Player of the Tournament.[24]

U-20 World Cup selection[edit]

13 of May 2015, Humberto Grondona confirmed the list of 21 football players including Correa to represent Argentina in the U-20 World Cup hosted by New Zealand.

21 of May, in their second last friendly before the U-20 World Cup competition, facing off against Tahiti where Correa scored a header from a corner set for a 3–1 loss.

30 of May, Argentina opening match for the U-20 World Cup group stage was against Panama, Correa scored both goals for Argentina for a 2–2 draw,[25] Argentina only earned two points in the group stage meaning they failed to advance into the knockout round.

Argentina senior national team selections[edit]

Correa playing for Argentina in 2016

On 4 September in the following year, Correa made his full squad debut, coming on as a late substitute for Ezequiel Lavezzi in a 7–0 friendly home routing of Bolivia. He scored the last goal of the match.

Style of play[edit]

Correa has been compared to compatriot Sergio Agüero, due to his similar height. However, his playing style is more similar to Carlos Tevez, in a more attacking positional role.[26] He holds good skill, pace and low centre of gravity, aside from a good technique and first touch.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 May 2021.[28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Lorenzo 2012–13 Argentine Primera División 13 4 1 0 2[a] 0 16 4
2013–14 35 6 0 0 9[b] 2 1[c] 0 45 8
Total 48 10 1 0 11 2 1 0 61 12
Atlético Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 26 5 5 2 5[d] 1 36 8
2016–17 31 4 7 4 9[d] 0 47 8
2017–18 37 8 4 0 15[e] 1 56 9
2018–19 36 3 4 2 8[d] 0 1[f] 0 49 5
2019–20 33 5 1 1 8[d] 0 2[g] 1 44 7
2020–21 38 9 2 0 8[d] 0 48 9
Total 201 34 22 9 52 2 3 1 280 46
Career total 249 44 23 9 64 4 4 1 341 58
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  3. ^ Appearance in Copa Campeonato
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  7. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of match played 3 June 2021[29]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina
2015 3 1
2016 4 0
2017 1 0
2018 2 0
2019 2 1
2021 1 0
Total 13 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[29]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2015 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Bolivia 7–0 7–0 Friendly
2. 26 March 2019 Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Morocco  Morocco 1–0 1–0

Honours[edit]

San Lorenzo[30]

Atlético Madrid[30]

Argentina U20[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 18 de mayo de 2019, en Valencia" [Minutes of the Match held on 18 May 2019, in Valencia] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Ángel Correa". atleticodemadrid.com. Atlético de Madrid. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Araya y Correa, dos joyas del Esperanza Alba" [Araya and Correa, two pearls of Esperanza Alba] (in Spanish). Colo-Colo's official profile. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Ángel Correa firmó un contrato por cuatro temporadas" [Ángel Correa signed a four-year contract] (in Spanish). Mundo Azulgrana. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Newell´s llegó a la cima en el Gasómetro" [Newells' reaches the top at Gasómetro] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Torneo Final 2013: San Lorenzo goleó a Boca con una gran actuación de Buffarini" [Torneo Final 2013: San Lorenzo thrashed Boca with a great performance from Buffarini] (in Spanish). Mundo D. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Ángel Correa ya es del Atleti" [Ángel Correa is already an Atleti player] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Atleti y San Lorenzo alcanzan un acuerdo por Ángel Correa" [Atleti and San Lorenzo reach agreement for Ángel Correa] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid's official website. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ángel Correa trabajó por primera vez luego de su operación del corazón" [Ángel Correa trained for the first time shortly after his heart surgery] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Atletico Madrid sign San Lorenzo's Angel Correa after heart surgery". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Ángel Correa ya es rojiblanco" [Ángel Correa already is a rojiblanco] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid's official website. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Al Atlético le falta" [Atlético lacks something] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Correa reaches 200 games for Atleti". Atlético de Madrid. 6 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  14. ^ "PCR tests for remaining first team players, coaches come back negative". Atlético de Madrid. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Diego Simeone, Ángel Correa win La Liga with Atlético Madrid". Mundo Albiceleste. 22 May 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  16. ^ "La Sub 20 tiene su preselección para el Sudamericano de Uruguay | Noticias | TyCSports.com". 2014-12-13. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  17. ^ "Atlético: Ok de Argentina Sub-20 a Ángel Correa". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  18. ^ "Ángel Correa será el capitán del Sub 20 - MDZ Online". 2015-01-12. Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  19. ^ Clarín.com. "Correa, el pibe que superó un momento delicado y volvió a lo grande". www.clarin.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  20. ^ "6-2. Simeone y Correa siguen imponiendo su ley y Perú ayudó a su mala suerte – Fútbol – Noticias, última hora, vídeos y fotos de Fútbol en lainformacion.com". 2015-01-20. Archived from the original on 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  21. ^ Clarín.com. "Argentina festejó por Simeone y la magia de Correa". www.clarin.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  22. ^ Clarín.com. "Argentina, un campeón con ángel y corazón". www.clarin.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  23. ^ Día, DaD-Día a. "Selección Sub 20: ¡Argentina campeón!". Día a Día (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  24. ^ ElPais. "Los premios del Sudamericano". Diario EL PAIS Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  25. ^ "Con Ángel Correa inspirado, Argentina empató ante Panamá". Blasting News (in Spanish). 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  26. ^ "Sky Sports Scout, in association with Wyscout, reports on Argentine starlet Angel Correa". Sky Sports. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  27. ^ "Ángel Correa: Scout Report | Argentina's emerging Young Talent". Outside the Boot. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  28. ^ "Ángel Correa". ESPN. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  29. ^ a b Ángel Correa at National-Football-Teams.com
  30. ^ a b c "Á. Correa". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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