Benjamin Nivet

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Benjamin Nivet
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-01-02) 2 January 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Chartres, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Auxerre 13 (0)
1999–2000Châteauroux (loan) 30 (5)
2000–2002 Châteauroux 54 (8)
2002–2007 Troyes 165 (32)
2007–2012 Caen 167 (24)
2012–2019 Troyes 226 (41)
Total 655 (110)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Benjamin Nivet (born 2 January 1977) is a French former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He began his career in 1997 with Auxerre, and is best known for his association with Troyes, whom he represented over 12 years in two separate spells, from 2002 to 2007 and later from 2012 until his retirement in 2019. He also spent five years at Caen between 2007 and 2012.

Nivet holds the records at Troyes for most appearances and most goals for the club.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Chartres, Nivet started his career as a youth with Auxerre. He made his first league appearances in the 1997–98 season. However, by the end of the following season, he had made only twelve further appearances and was sent on loan to Ligue 2 club Châteauroux for the 1999–2000 season, before making the move permanent for the next season.

After establishing himself as a regular for Châteauroux, he made the step back up to Ligue 1 with Troyes in January 2002. Despite a slow start, Nivet established himself as a regular in the club's 2002–03 relegation season. Wearing the number 10 shirt, he proved an eye for goal, weighing in with 12 goals in Troyes' 2005–06 promotion season. He played at Troyes from 2002 to 2007.

He signed a three-year contract with Stade Malherbe Caen on 8 June 2007, a club newly promoted to Ligue 1.

After five years in Caen, he could not avoid relegation at the end of the 2011–12 season. A free agent, he returned to Troyes, promoted to Ligue 1, signing a one-year contract on 11 June 2012.[2]

On 28 May 2017, Nivet scored the decisive goal which saw Troyes promoted to Ligue 1 after defeating Lorient 2–1 in the two legged promotion/relegation game.[3]

In the spring of 2019, Nivet announced his retirement from professional football aged 42.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Sources:[5][6][7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Auxerre 1997–98 Division 1 7 0 2 0 9 0
1998–99 6 0 6 0
Total 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Châteauroux 1999–2000 Division 2 30 5 3 0 33 5
2000–01 33 4 6 1 39 5
2001–02 21 4 4 0 25 0
Total 84 13 13 1 0 0 97 14
Troyes 2001–02 Division 1 / Ligue 1 6 0 1 0 7 0
2002–03 23 2 1 0 24 2
2003–04 Ligue 2 35 6 4 1 39 7
2004–05 32 12 3 1 35 13
2005–06 Ligue 1 38 6 2 1 40 7
2006–07 31 6 2 0 33 6
Total 165 32 13 3 0 0 178 35
Caen 2007–08 Ligue 1 35 2 1 0 36 2
2008–09 32 6 2 0 34 6
2009–10 Ligue 2 36 6 4 0 40 6
2010–11 Ligue 1 31 3 3 0 34 3
2011–12 33 7 3 0 36 7
Total 167 24 13 0 0 0 180 24
Troyes 2012–13 Ligue 1 37 10 3 0 40 10
2013–14 Ligue 2 36 8 7 3 43 11
2014–15 35 11 2 0 37 11
2015–16 Ligue 1 34 3 2 1 36 4
2016–17 Ligue 2 36 7 1 2 2 1 39 10
2017–18 Ligue 1 26 2 3 2 0 0 29 4
2018–19 Ligue 2 22 0 1 0 1 0 24 0
Total 226 41 19 8 3 1 248 50
Career total 655 110 60 12 3 1 718 123
Notes
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue
  2. ^ Includes Ligue 1 relegation playoffs

References[edit]

  1. ^ FEATURE | A Nivet Ending Story: the 40-year-old leading Troyes’s charge to avoid another humiliating Ligue 1 season | Get French Football News
  2. ^ "ESTAC Troyes - Site officiel - Archives des fils info". ESTAC (in French). Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  3. ^ Ligue1.com - Troyes trump Lorient for top-flight spot
  4. ^ The medal of the day At 42, Benjamin Nivet retires as a professional footballer | Sport Archives
  5. ^ "Benjamin Nivet » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Ligue1.com - Player profile Benjamin NIVET (ESTAC Troyes)". Ligue 1.
  7. ^ "Benjamin NIVET - Football : la fiche de Benjamin NIVET (Troyes)". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.

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