Binya with Gaziantepspor in 2011
|Full name||Gilles Augustin Binya|
|Date of birth||29 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Neuchâtel Xamax (loan)||19||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Gaziantepspor (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Yaoundé, Binya signed for S.L. Benfica for 2007–08, after playing for three years for Algerian club MC Oran. At the beginning of the season the Portuguese planned to loan him to fellow Primeira Liga club C.F. Estrela da Amadora for a year, but with the substitution of Fernando Santos for José Antonio Camacho the deal was cancelled, and the player remained with the Reds.
While playing for Benfica in the UEFA Champions League in November 2007, Binya was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Hansson, following a dangerous challenge on Celtic's Scott Brown. On 16 November 2007 UEFA gave him a six-match ban, meaning that he would play no further part in the remaining two Champions League group games against A.C. Milan and FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and the four following European matches.
Domestically, Binya finished the campaign with 16 league appearances, profitting from forced absences to first-choice holding midfielder, Portuguese international Petit. In 2008–09 he was used rarely, but still collected four yellow cards in only seven games (including two in a 0–2 loss at C.D. Trofense); at the season's closure he was deemed surplus to requirements, going on to serve a loan at Switzerland's Neuchâtel Xamax.
On 16 June 2010, Binya was signed by Neuchâtel on a three-year contract.
Binya was first called up to the Cameroonian national team in October 2007, by national manager Otto Pfister. Subsequently he went on to represent his country at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, where Cameroon finished second to Egypt – Pfister was also the team's coach.
- McGeady's Celtic art baffles Benfica; UEFA.com, 6 November 2007
- Youtube video of tackle on Brown
- Benfica big on Binya staying power; UEFA.com, 5 November 2007
- Binya verlängerte bei Xamax (Binya extends at Xamax); NZZ Online, 16 June 2010 (German)
- Gilles Binya at footballzz.co.uk
- Gilles Binya profile at ForaDeJogo
- Gilles Binya at National-Football-Teams.com
- Gilles Binya profile at Soccerway