Benjamin Stambouli

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Benjamin Stambouli
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Stambouli with Montpellier HSC in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-08-13) 13 August 1990 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Centre-back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 17
Youth career
1996–1997 Marseille
1997–2001 Gallia Uzes
2001–2003 Sedan
2003–2004 Gallia Uzes
2004–2010 Montpellier
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Montpellier 112 (3)
2014–2015 Tottenham Hotspur 12 (0)
2015–2016 Paris Saint-Germain 27 (0)
2016– Schalke 04 85 (0)
National team
2011–2012 France U21 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:04, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Benjamin Stambouli (born 13 August 1990) is a French footballer who plays as a defender and midfielder for German club Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.

He began his professional career with Montpellier, playing 130 games from 2010 to 2014 and winning Ligue 1 in 2012. After a season each with Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain – winning five domestic trophies with the latter – he signed for Schalke in 2016.

Stambouli was a France youth international, having earned 14 caps at under-21 level from 2010 to 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Stambouli's father is Henri Stambouli, a former player and the current youth director of French club Marseille. In addition, one of his grandfathers is former manager Gérard Banide.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Montpellier[edit]

Born in Marseille, Stambouli spent eight months as a child at Olympique de Marseille, and also had two years at Sedan before joining the ranks of Montpellier in July 2004.[4] On 3 March 2010, he signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal with Montpellier.[5]

Stambouli made his professional debut on 8 August 2010 on the first day of the 2010–11 Ligue 1 season, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 home win over Bordeaux.[6] During the 2011–12 season, he played 26 league games as Montpellier won the Ligue 1 title for the first time in the club's history. During the 2013–14 season, Stambouli played 37 out of Montpellier's 38 league games and was promoted to position of vice-captain behind Brazilian Hilton.[7]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Stambouli signed for Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be in the region of £4.7 million.[8][9] He scored his only goal for the club in a Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on 27 November, following up a shot from Roberto Soldado, which had rebounded off of the post. Stambouli appeared in every round of the League Cup as Tottenham reached the final at Wembley where, however, Stambouli was an unused substitute as Tottenham were beaten 2–0 by Chelsea.[10] At the conclusion of his first year at Spurs, Stambouli had made just 12 appearances in the Premier League.[11]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 20 July 2015, Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc confirmed Stambouli would be joining PSG for a fee of £6 million, £1.3 million more than Tottenham had paid a year earlier.[11][12] He made his debut on 1 August in the 2015 Trophée des Champions at the Stade Saputo in Montreal, playing the final 20 minutes in place of Marco Verratti in a 2–0 victory over Lyon.[13] Stambouli played 40 total matches for PSG, winning all four domestic trophies in his one whole season, but did not score and assist and was unpopular with some fans due to his connections to their rival Marseille.[14][15] His final match was the 2016 Trophée des Champions, which his team won 4–1 against Lyon in Austria.[15]

Schalke 04[edit]

After spending only one season with the French champions, Stambouli joined Germany's Schalke 04 on a four-year deal on 26 August 2016.[16] He made his debut on 9 September in a 2–0 home loss to reigning champions FC Bayern Munich.[17] On 20 May, he was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct in the last game of the season, a 1–1 draw at FC Ingolstadt 04, and suspended for two matches.[18]

Stambouli suffered a metatarsal injury in October 2019, ruling him out for the rest of the season.[19] On 4 August 2020, he extended his contract with Schalke until 2023.[20] And for 2020–21 season, he was appointed Schalke's vice-captain, after Daniel Caligiuri's departure to Augsburg.

International career[edit]

Stambouli played 14 times for France at under-21 level, from his debut on 8 October 2010 in a 2–0 friendly win over Turkey in Troyes.[4]

Stambouli is eligible for the Algeria national football team because his father was born there; in November 2018 he denied rumours that he would play for them.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 November 2020[22]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Montpellier 2010–11 Ligue 1 26 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 31 0
2011–12 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
2012–13 21 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 27 1
2013–14 37 2 3 0 1 1 41 3
2014–15 2 0 2 0
Total 112 3 7 0 5 1 5 0 1 0 130 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2014–15 Premier League 12 0 2 0 5 0 6 1 25 1
Paris St. Germain 2015–16 Ligue 1 27 0 6 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
2016–17 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 27 0 6 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 40 0
Schalke 04 2016–17 Bundesliga 23 0 3 0 11 0 37 0
2017–18 28 0 4 0 32 0
2018–19 21 0 1 0 5 0 27 0
2019–20 9 0 1 0 10 0
2020–21 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 84 0 10 0 16 0 110 0
Career total 235 3 25 0 13 1 29 1 3 0 305 5

Honours[edit]

Montpellier[22]

Tottenham Hotspur

Paris Saint-Germain[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Benjamin Stambouli: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ Daniez, Par Clément (20 Jul 2015). "Qui est Benjamin Stambouli, la dernière recrue du PSG?". LExpress.fr (in French). Retrieved 23 Nov 2020.
  3. ^ "Les Stambouli, au nom du pèreâ?¦ et du fils". leparisien.fr (in French). 23 Apr 2011. Retrieved 23 Nov 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Benjamin Stambouli" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Benjamin Stambouli passe professionnel" (in French). Montpellier HSC. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Ligue 1, Montpellier - Stambouli satisfait" (in French). Goal.com. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Pailladins – Benjamin Stambouli". French Football weekly. 22 December 2013. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Tottenham sign Benjamin Stambouli". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ Stambouli completes move, Accessed 1 September 2014
  10. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (1 March 2015). "Chelsea 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Stambouli joining PSG, confirms Blanc". goal.com. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Benjamin Stambouli: Tottenham midfielder joins Paris St-Germain". BBC Sport. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  13. ^ West, Harry (1 August 2015). "Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Lyon: Aurier and Cavani seal more silverware". Goal.com. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Benjamin Stambouli signe à Schalke 04 (Officiel)" (in French). France TV. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b Johnson, Jonathan (26 August 2016). "Benjamin Stambouli completes move to Schalke after one year at PSG". ESPN FC. Retrieved 26 February 2019. The man from Marseille -- something which did not add to his popularity with PSG supporters -- made 40 appearances across all competitions in his time in the French capital, failing to score a single goal or provide an assist.
  16. ^ "Benjamin Stambouli erhält Vierjahresvertrag bis 30. Juni 2020". www.schalke04.de (in German). FC Schalke 04. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  17. ^ "FC Schalke 04 0–2 Bayern Munich". BBC Sport. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Zwei Spiele Sperre für Schalkes Stambouli" (in German). German Football Union. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  19. ^ Fayiga, Kunle (17 June 2020). "Schalke sporting director Schneider hopeful of Stambouli contract renewal". Goal. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Benjamin Stambouli stays a Royal Blue". Schalke 04. 4 August 2020.
  21. ^ "Algérie : la position ferme de Benjamin Stambouli" (in French). Foot Mercato. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  22. ^ a b c Benjamin Stambouli at Soccerway

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