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 Mouttaqi Benatia[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Courcouronnes, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 5
Youth career
2000–2002 Clairefontaine
2002–2003 Guingamp
2003–2005 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Marseille 0 (0)
2006–2007 Tours (loan) 29 (0)
2007–2008 Lorient (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Clermont 56 (2)
2010–2013 Udinese 80 (6)
2013–2014 Roma 33 (5)
2014– Bayern Munich 8 (1)
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 21:14, 16 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Mehdi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia (Arabic: مهدي بنعطية‎; born 17 April 1987) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Morocco national team as a centre back.

Early life[edit]

Benatia was born in Courcouronnes, France, to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Marseille[edit]

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

Udinese[edit]

On 1 July 2010, Benatia signed for Serie A club Udinese Calcio, again on a free transfer. He made 80 league appearances for Udinese, scoring six goals.[4]

Roma[edit]

On 13 July 2013, Benatia signed for Roma on a five-year contract in a €13.5 million transfer,[5] with Nico López and Valerio Verre going the other way on co-ownership as part of the same deal.[6] On 26 September, Benatia scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 victory against Sampdoria.[7] After further goals against Bologna, Catania.[8] and Chievo Verona in the second half of the season, he ended the season with five goals from 33 games.[9]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 27 August 2014, Bayern Munich announced that they had signed Benatia[10] on a five-year deal[11] for a fee of €26 million.[12] Bayern Munich beat Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who were also interested in signing him.[13] On 17 September 2014, made his official debut for Bayern in a (1–0) home win against Manchester City, for the opening match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League season, where he played for 85 minutes, completing 93% of his passes.

In the return match at Manchester City, he was sent off in the 20th minute for denying Sergio Agüero a clear goalscoring opportunity; the subsequent penalty was converted by Agüero and City went on to win 3–2.[14]

Benatia scored his first goal for Bayern on 13 December, opening the scoring in a 4–0 win at FC Augsburg with a header; this result put his club 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.[15]

Controversy[edit]

On 8 September 2014, after penning a five-year deal with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Benatia admitted he was disappointed to leave Roma but was told he had to go because the club needed the money.[16] Upon hearing this, Roma President, James Pallotta, was furious and responded by saying he was sold for being a "poisonous liar".[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 December 2014.[18]

Season Club League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Tours 29 0 1 0 - - 30 0
2007–08 Lorient 0 0 1 0 - - 1 0
2008–09 Clermont 27 1 1 0 - - 28 1
2009–10 30 1 2 0 - - 32 1
Clermont 57 2 3 0 - - 60 2
2010–11 Udinese 34 3 0 0 - - 34 3
2011–12 27 1 0 0 11 1 38 2
2012–13 19 2 0 0 6 0 25 2
Udinese 80 6 0 0 17 1 97 7
2013–14 Roma 33 5 4 0 - - 37 5
2014–15 Bayern Munich 8 1 0 0 5 0 13 1
Career total 207 14 9 0 22 1 238 15

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Roma[19]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "M. Benatia" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Yokhin, Michael (4 February 2014). "Mehdi Benatia -- how France lost the best of Generation '87". ESPN. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "INTERVIEW. "Lemerre n’y est pour rien…"". Telquel (in French) (N° 379). Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Mehdi Benatia career stats at Soccerbase
  5. ^ "Transfer news: Roma sign defender Mehdi Benatia from Udinese". Sky Sports. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  6. ^ De Martinis, Julian (13 July 2013). "Roma sign Benatia and a new goalie you've never heard of". ESPN. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Another win for Roma". Sky Sports. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mehdi Benatia's Match History". WhoScored. Retrieved 15 February 2014. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Team statistics". A.S. Roma. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mehdi Benatia: Bayern Munich sign Roma defender". BBC Sports. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transfer von Benatia ist fix" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO BENATIA" (in Italian). AS Roma. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Transfer news: Mehdi Benatia says Bayern Munich was obvious choice despite European interest". Sky Sports. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Man City 3-2 Bayern Mun". BBC Sport. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "FC Augsburg 0-4 Bayern Mun". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Transfer news: Mehdi Benatia says Bayern Munich was obvious choice despite European interest". Sky Sports. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Pallotta, James (8 September 2014). "Statement by James Pallotta". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mehdi Benatia". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "M. Benatia". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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