Gilles Binya

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Gilles Binya
Gilles Binya.jpg
Binya with Gaziantepspor in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gilles Augustin Binya
Date of birth (1984-08-29) 29 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 28
Youth career
2001 Nassara Yaoundé
2002 Constellacio Yaoundé
2003 Cotonsport Garoua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Tonnerre Yaoundé
2004–2007 MC Oran 59 (2)
2007–2010 Benfica 23 (0)
2009–2010 Neuchâtel Xamax (loan) 19 (1)
2010–2012 Neuchâtel Xamax 32 (0)
2011–2012 Gaziantepspor (loan) 23 (0)
2012– Gaziantepspor 62 (0)
National team
2007– Cameroon 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2010

Gilles Augustin Binya (born 29 August 1984) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Gaziantepspor. A defensive midfielder, he is known for his stamina and aggressiveness.

Club career[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

International career[edit]

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.


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