Daniel Amartey

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Daniel Amartey
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Amartey playing for the Ghana national football team against the Mali national football team, 31 March 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 18
Youth career
2010–2012 International Allies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Djurgårdens IF 34 (0)
2014–2016 Copenhagen 44 (3)
2016– Leicester City 30 (1)
National team
2012– Ghana U20 2 (0)
2015– Ghana 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:01, 3 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:35, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Daniel Amartey (born 21 December 1994) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Leicester City and the Ghana national football team as a defender and midfielder.

Career[edit]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Amartey started out playing for second tier club International Allies in Ghana where he was spotted as a sixteen-year-old by Magnus Pehrsson who was on a scouting trip in Africa during his preparation to take over as manager of Djurgårdens IF. When Pehrsson became manager he secured the transfer rights for Amartey from the day he turned 18.[1] To help prepare Amartey for his future permanent move to Sweden in 2013 the club brought him over for shorter periods of time in both 2011 and 2012 where he got to play for the clubs U21 team.[2][3]

Amartey made his Svenska Cupen debut on 3 March 2013 against Umeå FC.[4] He then made his league debut in the 2013 Allsvenskan opening game away against Helsingborgs IF on 31 March.[5] Amartey was praised by the media for his strong start to the 2013 season, and foreign clubs like FC Schalke 04 and 1. FC Kaiserslautern started to scout him.[6][7] On 26 May he scored his first ever goal for the club when he headed home the 1–1 equalizer in the 2013 Svenska Cupen Final which Djurgården eventually lost against IFK Göteborg on penalties.[8] After his first season in the Swedish league as an eighteen-year-old Amartey was ranked as the 10th best player in the league by newspaper Expressen and 18th best by Aftonbladet.[9][10] In November 2013 Amartey confirmed that he was in talks with Liverpool F.C. over a possible move to the English club.[11]

FC Copenhagen[edit]

In July 2014, Amartey moved to F.C. Copenhagen for a fee of €2.5 million plus add ons, and made his Superliga-debut on 20 July in a match against Silkeborg IF.[citation needed]

Leicester City[edit]

Amartey playing for Leicester City in October 2016

On 22 January 2016, Amartey joined Premier League side Leicester City on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee around the region of up to £6 million.[12] In his first season in his new country, Amartey featured five times as his team Leicester City won the Premier League title. He made his debut for the club on 27 February 2016, in 1–0 win over Norwich City at the King Power Stadium.[13]

In the 2016–17 season, Amartey became a first team regular following the departure of N'Golo Kanté.[14] partnering teammate Danny Drinkwater in the central midfield role.[15] While his workrate roughly equalled Kanté's, he has been unable to match his tackles and interceptions.[16] Amartey scored his first goal for Leicester in a 88th-minute equaliser away at Stoke City on 17 December 2016, salvaging a 2–2 draw.[17] On 8 February 2017, just over 12 hours after returning to Leicester from international duty, Amartey played 120 minutes (including AET) in a 3–1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Derby County.[18]

International career[edit]

In May 2012 Amartey made his debut for the Ghana national under-20 football team in a game against Nigeria.[19] He was also selected to play in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup but Djurgården wanted to keep him in Sweden since the tournament clashed with the 2013 Allsvenskan season.[20] In January 2015, Amartey played in all the group matches for Ghana at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Black Stars finished as runners-up.

He played six times at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, lasting 90 minutes in every match to help Ghana finish fourth in the tournament.[21] His performances saw him named in the CAF Team of the tournament.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 October 2017[22]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2013 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 23 0 6 1 29 1
2014 11 0 1 0 12 0
Total Sweden 34 0 7 1 0 0 41 1
Denmark League Landspokal Cup Europe Total
2014–15 FC Kobenhavn Danish Superliga 29 3 5 0 9 3 43 6
2015–16 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0
Total Denmark 44 3 7 0 12 3 63 6
England League Cup Europe Total
2015–16 Leicester City Premier League 5 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17 24 1 3 0 7 0 34 1
2017–18 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total England 30 1 5 0 7 0 42 1

International[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2017.[23]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2015 8 0
2016 4 0
2017 10 0
Total 22 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Copenhagen

Leicester City

International[edit]

Ghana

Africa Cup of Nations Silver Medal: 2015[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MP om de nya ghananerna" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. 26 August 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Afrikanska löften på Kaknäs" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Amartey ansluter i augusti" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. 11 July 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ertons hattrick sänkte Umeå" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. 3 March 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Allsvenskan, herrar Matchinformation: Helsingborgs IF – Djurgården" (in Swedish). SvFF. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Månsson: Nu har det vänt för Djurgården" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Han jagas av storklubbar" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "IFK Göteborg cupmästare efter straffar" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Här är allsvenskans 50 bästa spelare – år 2013" (in Swedish). Expressen. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Allsvenskans 50 bästa spelare" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Djurgarden star Daniel Amartey confirms transfer talks with Liverpool". Metro. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leicester City Sign Ghana Star Daniel Amartey". Leicester City F.C. 22 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Leicester City 1-0 Norwich City, BBC Sport, 27 February 2016 
  14. ^ Leicester City's Daniel Amartey filling the Kante void will take time, Leicester Mercury, 29 September 2016, retrieved 5 January 2017 
  15. ^ Daniel Amartey will be the Leicester star to replace N'Golo Kante, says Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken, Daily Mail Online, 18 October 2016, retrieved 5 January 2017 
  16. ^ "Leicester City: What has changed at the Premier League champions?". BBC Sport. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City, BBC Sport, 17 December 2016 
  18. ^ "Leicester City 3-1 Derby County Leicester". BBC Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ghana U20 get their revenge against Nigeira U-20 in five-goal thriller". Ghana Soccernet. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Talangen kunde spelat VM – stoppades av Dif" (in Swedish). Expressen. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  21. ^ a b MJClayton (6 February 2017). "Leicester City's Amartey in AFCON team of tournament - at centre-half". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Eliteprospects.com – Daniel Amartey". Eliteprospects. 26 June 2013. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Amartey, Daniel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "PHOTOS: Daniel Amartey picks up Superliga and Cup medals in Denmark - GHANAsoccernet.com". social_image. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  25. ^ Boakye, Kwame. "Daniel Amartey: Ghanaian player wins two league titles in one season - Sports - Pulse". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Ghana - D. Amartey - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

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