Benoît Pedretti

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Benoît Pedretti
Personal information
Full name Benoît Pedretti
Date of birth (1980-11-12) 12 November 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Audincourt, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Sochaux 141 (5)
2004–2005 Marseille 31 (3)
2005–2006 Lyon 21 (2)
2006–2011 Auxerre 154 (12)
2011–2013 Lille 60 (6)
2013– Ajaccio 37 (3)
National team
2002–2005 France 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:50, 28 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 August 2006

Benoît Pedretti (born 12 November 1980 in Audincourt, Doubs) is a French association football midfielder playing for AC Ajaccio. He is a deep lying playmaker well known for his wide range of passing.

He started his professional career at Sochaux, and played there from 1999 to 2004. He then played for Marseille for one season. Following his brief stint with Marseille he joined Lyon before moving once again to Auxerre. His next destination was Lille. He has gained 22 caps for France.

Club career[edit]

FC Sochaux-Montbéliard[edit]

Pedretti began his career at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 1999 at the club's youth system and in the same year, Pedretti played his first professional match. During this season, Sochaux fails to place on the podium but the following season, becoming Pedretti, despite his inexperience, the mainstay of the team so that he takes part in all matches and D2 becomes champion in 2001 and captain of training York Return. He became a regular first team player in the 2002-2003 season when he made 35 league appearances and scored 3 goals. The team also had a strong cup run that year, reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, but losing 4-1 to Monaco. Pedretti also featured in the UEFA Cup with Sochaux the following year as they defied all expectations to qualify for European football. However they struggled to make any significant impact on the competition.


Pedretti then moved to Olympique de Marseille in 2004 but found it difficult to cement his place in the starting line-up. The environment can not blend into the group because of the instability at the club. Indeed, many transfers are made and Jose Anigo is replaced by Philippe Troussier as coach during the season


He made 31 appearances in all competitions before moving to Olympique Lyonnais in 2005 for €7,000,000 after one season at the club. His move to Lyon is particularly achieved through the presence of a clause in his contract to ease starting in case of non-qualification into the Champions League. Pedretti was again used sparingly at the club which at the time had fierce competition for midfield places. Pedretti only amassed 21 appearances in all competitions and was often denied a place by the likes of Florent Malouda and Juninho Pernambucano and he spent much time on the bench. Pedretti is unable to secure a place holder in the number of Champions title in France and is mostly constrained to be replaced. He discovers the Champions League but is involved in only 21 league games during his only season for Lyon.


Pedretti again moved, this time to AJ Auxerre for an undisclosed fee in 2006 after he decided to make a fresh start. This move gave Pedretti the first team action he had desired with him being a mainstay in their midfield for several years. During his time at the club he featured in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League.

During the following season in 2007/08, he became captain of the AJA following the departure of Benoît Cheyrou to Marseille . He continues by following good performance, especially during the quarterfinals of the League Cup where he scored a decisive goal in stoppage time against his former team, the Olympique de Marseille.

Wounded several times during the 2010-2011 season, Auxerre captain is sidelined for several months and participated in twenty league games.

Pedretti amassed 170 appearances during his five year stay. He was a highly influential member of the squad and featured for the national team, increasing his total to 22 caps.


After the end of the 2010-2011 season, Pedretti stated his desire to move with Lille OSC being his preferred club after their recent league victory. Pedretti got his wish and signed for an undisclosed fee on the opening day of the summer 2011 transfer window as a replacement for the Newcastle United F.C. bound Yohan Cabaye. Pedretti said that “It [Lille] is a very good club with great, interesting challenges,". "My choice is to come to Lille." [1]


On 4 August 2013, Pedretti agreed a two-year deal with AC Ajaccio.[2] Pedretti scored a wonder goal for Ajaccio in his second game for the club, netting from twenty yards out, in a 1-1 draw with reigning champions PSG on 18 August.[3]

International career[edit]

In 20 November 2002, Pedretti made his debut for the France national football team that year, coming on as a late substitution for Lilian Thuram in a 3-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro.[4] He was part of the French squad that won the Confederations Cup in 2003 and reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2004 when France were knocked out by the eventual champions Greece in the quarter finals by the score 1-0. He has played 22 internationals for France the last of which was against Hungary in a 2-1 win.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pedretti is married and has one child, a daughter, Lena born on 29 August 2005.

Career Statistics[edit]



FC Sochaux

Olympique Lyonnais




  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Transfer News: Ajaccio happy with Benoit Pedretti deal". Sky Sports. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cavani nets late leveller". ESPNFC. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Match: France v Serbia & Montenegro". ESPN Soccernet. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Match: France v Hungary". ESPN Soccernet. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

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