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Name Patrice Evra
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc A former Manchester United captain who won an astonishing five league titles during his nine years at Old Trafford

Affiliation

Org France National Team
Club as Player West Ham
  Juventus
  Manchester United

2013 10 26 Retrieve

[Patrice Evra on Bixente Lizarazu] I don’t have a status in the French team, I’m just a player. Whether I have the armband or not, I do my role as captain. I’m like that. You can’t stop me from saying what I think, but there is one boss – Didier Deschamps. There are some people, some commentators, they want to lie to the people of France, saying Evra is unloved, arrogant. That’s not true. When I meet people in the street they are super friendly. I do not know what Lizarazu has against me. He was never voted the best fullback in the world like I was. With France, he did not shake my hand when I arrived, but he’s like that. It doesn’t affect me at all, but the problem is that it can affect my family. These bums should stop lying to France. They are parasites. We were children in Knysna [at South Africa 2010], but when will they stop talking about it?

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Juventus defender Patrice Evra compares team-mate Gonzalo Higuain with Ruud van Nistelrooy in an interview] I did not know him personally, but he goes crazy when he does not score goals. It’s in his nature. I remember a match where we were both on the bench and he did not have any nails left in the end. He told me that he simply had to score when he came on. It’s the only thing he thinks about. I remember van Nistelrooy was just like that. They are among those players who were simply put on this world to score goals. Those who cannot sleep if they do not score. And that’s perfect for Juventus

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Patrice Evra speaks about ageing] I’m starting to see myself like a bottle of wine, you know? The older I get, the better the taste. I am a competitor and I want to play until my legs can’t do it anymore. When I see that my level is dropping, I will just retire. I am honest with myself, but at the moment I am having fun. I love to run. I’m playing every game like it’s my last

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Evra suggests in graphic terms that Christophe Dugarry benefited during his playing days from his friendship with Zinedine Zidane and referring to him only as ‘Duarig’] My brother told me, you have to take care of ‘Duarig’, He works with you, Duarig? You know who I’m talking about, but do not say his real name. You will understand

Duarig, if he has a problem with me, let him come to Marseille. We will talk about it, we’ll discuss it, no worries. I respect him, [he’s a] world champion, European champion. But I think he is the only person in the world who knows the number of pubic hairs that Zidane has on his family jewels

2018 02 10 Retrieve

[Patrice Evra reveals his delight at returning to the English Premier League with West Ham United] The Patrice Evra of Manchester United is done. Now is a new challenge, which is Patrice Evra playing for West Ham. People say, ‘Why are you still playing when you have nothing to prove?’ But every day you wake up, you have something to prove to yourself. When I was working on my own, not one time was I ever thinking about retirement. Every day, I was going to training with a lot of anger. In life, nobody gave me anything for free, so that’s why I know I have to work hard. I will bring my winning mentality in every game. Even in training and in the gym, you have to have that mentality. For me, winning is something normal. I will do my best to bring to my team-mates that mentality

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Patrice Evra used his Twitter account to tease a private text message conversation with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after the Juventus star’s winning Champions League performance] The only person in the world that can take the pressure and be the best player in the world like Michael Jordan is Cristiano Ronaldo. Don’t try to tap the screen for his number

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Patrice Evra tells a bizarre story about how he dealt with a foot injury earlier in his career] An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In the hospital I told the Monaco coach, Didier Deschamps, ‘It’s too painful. I can’t play. I can’t even walk!’ But the team needed me, so the doctors tried everything to take away the pain. Nothing worked. Then someone from the club staff said, ‘Why don’t you just go old school?’ Everyone said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘Just slide a chicken down his boot’. It sounded crazy but, you know me, I’m open minded. So I went to my local butcher. The butcher said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘A piece of chicken. But just a tiny one’. He said, ‘A tiny one? How come?’ I said, ‘I’m gonna put it in my boot’. He just laughed. I went home with the chicken. I ordered new boots: one in size 42.5, the other in size 44. I passed the ball. [It] felt okay. Painful, but okay. So I ended up playing with chicken in my boot for four months. I didn’t train with it - my mother would never have forgiven me for wasting food - but before every game I would visit the butcher. ‘Morning, Patrice. The usual, yeah?’ The chicken enabled me to play so well that, in January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Evra reveals Liverpool apology nine years after Suarez racism] In the end, he admitted it and he was banned for eight games, and he had a massive fine. I remember after that, Liverpool played a game and they all wore the T-shirts saying ‘support Suarez’. He had been banned for racist abuse, had been fined and they support him that way. I was confused and upset. But, when I did the punditry on Sky and Jamie Carragher apologised after eight years, I was so surprised. He said they made a big mistake that day and he apologised. It really touched me and now I will respect Liverpool as a football club because, when this happened, I was really disappointed with the club. I received an email from the chairman of Liverpool apologising for what happened nine years ago. He said I was welcome to come to Liverpool if I need anything. It really touched me because it’s better late than never, but I was surprised that Liverpool supported that kind of attitude.

When you have those kind of problems, people around you just think you are crying. Even when I said: ‘You will see the report’, people thought I was still talking about it. I wasn’t still talking about it - I even named Suarez as Player of the Year that year. I could evaluate Suarez on the pitch and know the person he was. It was a tough, tough, tough time. I will never call Suarez a racist person, because I don’t know him personally. Even when we played in the Champions League final, when I was playing for Juventus, I shook his hand in the corridor and spoke to him. I forgive really fast

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were Manchester United targets in 2013] He said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent’. And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this. After two weeks, we were in the dressing room waiting. When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble’. But we arrived and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat’. And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news. He came, and he said, ‘I’m really sorry. Some people have said that I’m going to retire even before I say it myself. That’s why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me’. He apologised to [Robin] van Persie, he apologised to Shinji [Kagawa], because he just brought them. He apologised to them especially

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has revealed how legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson once prepared the team to face Arsenal by telling the players: ‘don’t fck up my Sunday’ in his pre-match team talk]</b> I remember a game. It was sometime we were playing against Arsenal. It was Sunday, it was sunny, and the speech of Ferguson was like 15 seconds. He was like: ‘Guys, it’s Sunday, it’s really sunny outside. I don’t want no one to fck up my Sunday’. And you know if you missed a cross or something… You don’t want to be the person to do that! Don’t ruin his Sunday – it’s very important for him!

I remember when Van Persie came. He said: ‘Come on Patrice, come on, you have to motivate everyone, it’s an important game’. I was like, ‘Robin, don’t worry, those are my kids, we’re going to win easy’ – and we won! I made that comment when we won 3-1 at the Emirates. We scored that great goal in counter-attack with Ji-sung Park, [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and the French journalists after the game were really like: ‘Oh, the result doesn’t reflect the philosophy of the game’. I was like: ‘Are you serious? I just feel like today was 11 men and against 11 babies’. After that it was in the paper. ‘Patrice is calling Arsenal babies!’. But it’s just the feeling… I respect so much this club, but it was just my feeling when I played against them – I know I’m going to win. I’ll be honest with you, I played against this player, and after 34 minutes they were asking: ‘Patrice, can we swap shirts at half-time?’ So I was like: ‘I’ve already won the game’

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Bruno Fernandes won a penalty despite looking like he committed the foul] In my opinion, it’s not a penalty. The defender is being a little bit clumsy but it shouldn’t be a penalty