Mourad Benhamida

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Mourad Ben Hamida
Personal information
Full name Mourad Benhamida
Date of birth (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Villeurbanne, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1999-2006 Olympique Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Olympique Lyon 0 (0)
2007–2010 Montpellier 32 (1)
2011-2012 Lyon Duchère 8 (0)
2012 Club Africain 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 France U-18
2006 France U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mourad Benhamida (born 18 January 1986 in Villeurbanne, Rhône) is a French footballer.[1]


He was trained in the youth sections and player development program of Olympique Lyon.[2]

Olympique Lyon[edit]

Benhamida was known for his prowess in the ranks of the Olympique Lyon's junior amateur team, playing in the CFA 2 that he captained. In April 2006, Olympique Lyonnais' president Jean-Michel Aulas announced that Benhamida would sign a one-year professional contract with the club alongside fellow young hope and France U-18 international Grégory Bettiol. Both helped their team win the second division Amateur Championship to get promoted in the CFA.[3]

He is considered part of the young generation of promising players formed by Olympique Lyonnais who were signed by the club (sometimes before being sold to other outfits) like: Jérémy Berthod, Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa, Bryan Bergougnoux, Grégory Bettiol, and Jérémy Clément.

Montpellier HSC[edit]

Benhamida, after receiving little playing time with Lyon, transferred to Montpellier HSC on a Bosman transfer. He made his debut as a late match substitute in Montpellier 3–1 win over FC Libourne. He scored his first goal on 17 August 2007 against Troyes AC in Montpellier's 3–0 victory.[4]


  • 2006 : Champion de France des réserves
  • 2005 : Finalist of the Coupe Gambardella
  • 2005 : Champion de France 18 ans