Benjamin André

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Benjamin André
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Personal information
Full name Benjamin André
Date of birth (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Nice, France
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Holding midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
1996–2006 Stade Raphaëlois
2006–2008 Ajaccio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Ajaccio 187 (12)
2014– Rennes 59 (2)
National team
2010–2011 France U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:56, 22 December 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 May 2015

Benjamin André (born 3 August 1990 in Nice) is a French footballer. He currently plays for the French club Stade Rennais in Ligue 1. He plays as a holding midfielder, but also operates in the hole just behind the lead striker.

Football career[edit]

Benjamin was with the Corsica-based club since he was 16 years old, joining the club as an academy player after arriving from his hometown of Nice in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. After gaining notice playing on the club's under-18 side, he was promoted to the senior squad for the 2008–09 season, despite being only 17 years old at the time of the promotion. Benjamin appeared sparingly early on in the season making his debut on 22 August 2008 against Sedan appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw.[1] He earned his first start in a Coupe de France match on 22 November 2008 against amateur side Bagnols Pont playing 120 minutes. The match went into a penalty shootout with the young André converting Ajaccio's final shootout goal ensuring the club's advancement to the next round.[2]

Five days later, he made his first league start in a 0–2 defeat to Boulogne.[3] Throughout the season, his starts increased and, despite Ajaccio's inconsistent play, became an instant revelation[4] helping the club reach the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France. He scored his first career goal of the season on the final match day of the season against Châteauroux in a 1–2 loss.[5] His best season with Ajaccio was the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season. Although Ajaccio relegated, he provided 4 goals and 5 assists across all competitions.[6]

Stade Rennais[edit]

In the summer transfer market of 2014, Andre signed with Rennes after 6 years at Ajaccio.[7] On January 25, 2015, André scored his first goal for Rennais. He scored against Caen in a 4-1 loss.[8]


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