Long-time Premier League player Joey Barton drinks, bets against his own team, thrashes passersby and teammates – and is concerned about politics, art and culture. He is now the coach of the English third division club Fleetwood Town. The story of a football-playing hooligan.
Page 1: Out of Everton, turned professional at City and the first scandals
On June 1, 2020 it will be time again: Joey Barton has an appointment in court, so to speak in his third living room – after the regular living room and the pubs of England. In April, he is said to have attacked opposing coach Daniel Stendel after a game by Fleetwood Town against FC Barnsley and damaged two incisors in the process, so it is justifiable.
Why Barton, 37 now, was at this game at all? Well, he's been Fleetwoods trainer since summer 2018. A year earlier he had ended his active career, then he had to serve a five-month ban on illegal betting. He bet on over 1200 games, several times even against his own teams.
Barton then made his football comeback in the third-rate League One as a coach from Fleetwood, a small town about an hour and a half drive from his home in Liverpool. The team is currently ninth, the promotion playoff places are within reach.
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Repudiated by Everton, turned professional at City
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Oh yes, his playing career was chaotic. Actually it is Barton's chaos, however, is even older than his playing career. "My friends didn't give a shit about school, get drunk and take drugs," he said 11Freunde, "I didn't want to be an outsider, so I got drunk all the time. I only let myself go when I was 16." "Data-reactid =" 29 "> Oh yes, his playing career was chaotic. Actually, Barton's chaos is actually older than his playing career. "My friends didn't give a shit about school, get drunk and use drugs," he said 11Freunde, "I didn't want to be an outsider, so I got drunk all the time. I didn't break away from them until I was 16."
Barton had already had another breakup at this point. From his heart club, Everton FC. At the age of 14 he had to leave the youth department after six years in the club. It was not good enough, it was said.
Instead, Barton joined Manchester City, where he should have made his professional debut in November 2002, at the age of 20. But when coach Kevin Keegan wanted to take his place on, Barton couldn't find his jersey. Then Keegan brought someone else. Less than half a year later he was supposed to play again and this time he had his jersey with him, two weeks later he scored his first goal.
In the following season, the aggressive midfielder became a regular player and was rewarded with calls to the English Under-21 team. And then the scandals started.
Cigar in the eye, spanking and a bare bottom
In April 2004, he took on the referee at half-time in a FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur and was dismissed for it. It was the first of a total of nine dismissals of his professional career.
In a friendly game against the Doncaster Rovers the following summer, he instigated a mass brawl. At the end of the year it was Christmas party: youth player James Tandy said he had to light Barton's T-shirt. Barton didn't think it was funny and stubbornly stubbed out his cigar in Tandy's eye.
In the table, Bartons City then oscillated between midfield and relegation battle. It was the gray time before the sheikh's arrival. City was a club like many others, not a dazzling high-gloss product. When Barton and City were guests at his ex-club Everton, he presented their fans with his bare bum as feedback on swaggering songs. Shortly thereafter, he played his only international game, eleven minutes against Spain.
After beating his teammate Ousmane Dabo in hospital in May 2007, Barton was suspended. In court, Barton admitted his guilt and got a suspended sentence. The following summer he moved to Newcastle United for around seven million euros, 25 at the time.
Page 2: 74 days in prison, red cards and the contradiction of Joey Barton
74 days in prison and a red card to say goodbye
At his new club, Barton was initially slowed down by injury problems. He spent part of the rehab at home in Liverpool. Then he knew where there was something to experience. A security camera filmed him in December when he beat up a passer-by together with two other people. Barton was back in court – this time sentenced to six months in prison.
After 74 days he was released early and was back on the pitch. At the same time, he promised improvement and got help. Barton underwent therapy to cope with aggression and henceforth avoided alcohol, at least a little. Until then, he drank after every game, he reported. So he changed his behavior after the games, but not during that.
Barton punched his opponent Morten Gamst Pedersen in the ribs and saw red, he fouled Xabi Alonso and also saw red. Newcastle reacted and suspended Barton, pardoned him again and finally let him move free to the Queens Park Rangers in 2011. He spent one season in London and got a red card to say goodbye. In the game against his former club City, he hit Carlos Tevez with his elbow and kicked Sergio Agüero.
Barton in Marseille: "Welcome sweet and tender hooligan"
In the summer, Barton ventured abroad. On loan, he moved to France, to Olympique Marseille. Marseille, of course! A city, similarly infamous as Barton himself. "Welcome sweet and tender hooligan", the fans wrote on a banner to greet them. Barton, the soccer hooligan. One of them.
He missed the first twelve games due to a suspension due to the incidents during his last game for QPR, the rest of the season was enough for a goal, a dismissal and another suspension. Barton had to watch two games because he called his opponent Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain "Pussy" and an "overweight ladyboy".
He loves confrontation and contradiction
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Just like he loves the contradiction. Because Barton is actually much more than the beating football bully. Barton is interested in politics, art and culture. He studied philosophy, quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, raves about George Orwell's book Animal Farm and the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara. "These people fascinate me because they break a line," he says. "They are not subjects of the system."
Barton appears to be reaching his team
QPR dropped out of the Premier League during Barton's time in Marseille. When he returned after the loan, Barton was suddenly a second division player. The following season he rose with QPR. Then he relegated at his own request by switching to second division FC Burnley, rose again – and moved abroad again in 2016. Whereby, to the Rangers to Glasgow, in the near abroad. Wherever there are pubs.
After less than five months, Barton was back from Glasgow. During a training session, he had an argument with his teammate Andy Halliday and was initially suspended before the club canceled his contract. In winter Barton returned to Burnley and continued to play until summer when he was no longer allowed to. The story of betting came in between. "I did this out of boredom," said Barton later. "If my brain is not focused and I have a lot of free time, there are problems."
The ban ended his career as an active player, but Barton wasn't fed up with football. So he became a coach. "We will be the best-prepared team in the league," he said when he took office in Fleetwood. In his premier season, he led Fleetwood in eleventh place in the regular League One table – and last place in the fair play table with a total of eight relegations. He seems to be reaching his team.
Joey Barton's Career Stations
|08/2011||08/2012||Queens Park Rangers|
|07/2013||08/2015||Queens Park Rangers|
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