Mehdi Benatia

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Mehdi Benatia
Mehdi Benatia 2011.jpg
Benatia playing for Morocco in 2011
Personal information
Full name Mehdi Amine El Mogammed Benatia
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Courcouronnes, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2002 Clairefontaine
2002–2003 Guingamp
2003–2005 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Marseille
2006–2007 Tours (loan)
2007–2008 Lorient (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Clermont 57 (2)
2010–2013 Udinese 72 (5)
2013–2014 AS Roma 33 (5)
National team
2005 France U-18 1 (0)
2006–2007 Morocco U-20 4 (0)
2008– Morocco 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Mehdi Benatia (Arabic: مهدي بنعطية‎; born 17 April 1987) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Morocco national team as a centre back.

Early life[edit]

Mehdi Benatia was born in Courcouronnes, France, to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Benatia joined Marseille in 2003, and signed his first professional contract with them two years later.[1] After loan spells at Tours and Lorient, he left for Ligue 2 club Clermont on 1 July 2008 on a free transfer.

On 1 July 2010, Benetia signed for Serie A club Udinese Calcio, again on a free transfer. He made 72 league appearances for Udinese, scoring five goals.[3]

On 13 July 2013 A.S. Roma signed him from Udinese for €13.5m on a five-year contract,[3] with Nico López and Valerio Verre going the other way on co-ownership as part of the same deal.[4] On 26 September, Benatia scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory against Sampdoria.[5] After further goals against Bologna and Catania,[6] he finished the year as Roma's joint-top scorer.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yokhin, Michael (5 February 2014). "Mehdi Benatia -- how France lost the best of Generation '87". ESPN. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW. "Lemerre n’y est pour rien…"". Telquel. N° 379. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Transfer news: Roma sign defender Mehdi Benatia from Udinese". Sky Sports. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ De Martinis, Julian (14 July 2013). "Roma sign Benatia and a new goalie you've never heard of". ESPN. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Another win for Roma". Sky Sports. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mehdi Benatia's Match History". WhoScored. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Benatia explains goal touch". Football Italia. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2-14. 

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