Yohan Benalouane

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Yohan Benalouane
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Personal information
Full name Yohan Benalouane
Date of birth (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
1996–2000 FC Tricastin
2000–2001 Racing Blondel Bollène
2001–2005 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Saint-Étienne B 2 (0)
2007–2010 Saint-Étienne 65 (2)
2010–2012 Cesena 26 (0)
2012–2014 Parma 25 (1)
2014– Atalanta 27 (0)
National team
2008 France U21[1] 1 (0)
2010– Tunisia 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2010

Yohan Benalouane (Arabic: يوهان بن علوان‎) (born 28 March 1987) is a Tunisian footballer who plays for Italian side Atalanta as a defender.



After a particularly poor performance in a 2-0 loss against Bologna in December 2010, Benalouane was substituted. On leaving the pitch, and being jeered by Cesena supporters, he stormed past the bench and headed straight down the tunnel.[2] He later publicly apologised for his behaviour.[3]


In the summer of 2012 Benalouane was loaned to Parma, making his move permanent in July 2013 in co-ownership deal. He signed a five-year contract with the Serie A outfit.[4] On 3 January 2014, he joined Atalanta on a loan deal.[5]

After a successful loan deal, Benalouane was bought outright by La Dea in June 2014.

International career[edit]

Benalouane was eligible to either France (by place of birth) or Tunisia (his parent came from). Despite played once for France under 21 team, he submitted a transfer request to represent Tunisia senior side in 2010. However despite he received a call-up against Chad in African Cup of Nations qualifier,[6] he missed the game because he failed vaccination prior the travel to Chad. In October he refused to join Tunisia for the match against Togo, which he expected to receive call-up from Laurent Blanc instead. However, FIFA warned Benalouane that as the paperwork had completed, he could represent Tunisia only, refuse to show up may risk a ban in club football.[7] Benalouane refused another call-up in August 2013.[8]


  1. ^ FFF
  2. ^ "Mercato: vicini i Riski; Benalouane si scusa". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 December 2010. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Cesena, Benalouane: "Chiedo scusa a tutti"" [Cesena, Benalouane: "I apologise to everyone"]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leonardi: Paletta Costs 35 Millions. Benalouane signed a five year contract". Parma FC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yohan Benalouane on loan to Atalanta". Parma FC. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ La Presse de Tunisie (French)
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Tunisie : Yohan Benalouane aurait décliné la convocation de Maâloul" (in French). Global Net. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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