22.05.20 Player Profile: Anthony Bartolo (Men's U17 Captain)
Anthony Bartolo is one of our several promising players at Under 17 level. This season, he captained the Men's Under 17 team before the season was interrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Swieqi United's Media Team sat down with Anthony in order to get to know him better.
Role: Central Midfielder
Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, Tennis, Astrophysics, Video games
Club you support: Barcelona
Current favourite player: Lionel Messi
Football hero: Lionel Messi
Favourite Manager: Pep Guardiola
Earliest memory of football: Playing football at Melita when I was 4 years old
Favourite memory with Swieqi United FC: Knocking Floriana out of the U17 Knockout competition this season, on penalties, after a hard-fought draw.
Is there a coach/Are there any coaches who have had a serious influence on your outlook on football? Yes, Pep Guardiola. The way his teams play football and how he sees the game is simply outstanding and I try to replicate his midfielders’ performances on the pitch.
What/Who inspires you on a daily basis and why? My passion for football and the motivation to improve in every aspect of life.
What advice would you give to younger players chasing their dream in football? Hard work is vital for success! Never stop enjoying playing football!
What are your future aspirations both personally and footballing wise? Personally, I am aspiring to get into University to continue my studies in the medical area. Footballing wise, I would just like to keep on playing for as long as I can and hopefully achieve great things, not only as an individual, but with my team in the near and distant future.