Benoît Croissant

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Benoît Croissant
Personal information
Full name Benoît Croissant
Date of birth (1980-08-09) 9 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Vitry-le-François, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Clairefontaine Troyes AC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Troyes AC 47[1] (3)
2001–2002 Sheffield United 2[2]
2002 Stormvogels Telstar (loan)
2002–2005 Stormvogels Telstar 52[3]
2005–2006 Suez Cement (Asmant el-Suweis)
2006–2007 Liaoning Whowin F.C.
2007 Indianapolis Braves
2007–2008 Al-Najma 27[4] (4)
2009–2012 Tampines Rovers FC 110 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Benoît Croissant (born 9 August 1980 in Vitry-le-François) is a former French football player who retired in 2012. He has played his whole career as a centre defender. Having played for 8 clubs in 8 countries, he is considered a globetrotter.

He has been educated at the National technical centre of Clairefontaine for 3 years which has a high reputation of producing some of the most gifted French players.

Career[edit]

He played his early football career for Troyes AC where he stayed for 4 years before moving to England to play with Sheffield United in 2001. Sheffield manager Neil Warnock loaned him to Dutch club Stormvogels Telstar in 2002 for match experience and played in the talented pool called the eerste divisie. In 2003, he was eventually transferred to the Dutch side and signed a new 2-year contract. His last year in the Netherlands was terrible for Croissant as he was injured for almost the whole season.

He then decided to leave Europe and signed for Egyptian Premier League club Suez Cement (Asmant el-Suweis). However, the deal fell through and he then went to China and signed for Liaoning Whowin F.C.. He stayed there few months before moving to Indianapolis Braves. The Braves were a promising side with a drive to progress into the MLS .

Croissant decided to move to a more competitive competition and signed for the Bahrain club Al-Najma in June 2007. In his first season with Al-Najma, he won the Bahraini King's Cup and participated in the AFC Cup 2008. In August 2007, he scored his first goal with the Barhaini club against Al Wakrah during the Gulf Cup in Abu Dhabi[5]

He has played for Tampines Rovers in the Singapore S.League from November 2008 till December 2012. Despite having received several offers at the end of the years 2009 and 2010 from different clubs, including Australian side North Queensland Fury[6] and the defeat of the Singapore Cup Final 2010, he decided to stay with the Rovers and won the S.League and the Singapore Charity Shield in 2011[7] and 2012 consecutively.

With the Rovers he participated for the second time in the AFC Cup 2011 and he scored an important opening goal in the away game against Victory SC in Maldives.[8] The Rovers managed to progress to the last 16 where the played against Arbil SC in Iraq where they unfortunately lost after extra time.

He has won two S.League championships as well as two times the Singapore Charity Shield in 2011 and 2012 before hanging up his boots.

Career after Football[edit]

Benoît holds a master's degree in Business and Sport Management from Sheffield Hallam University and various UEFA recognized football coaching diplomas.

He is based in Singapore and the co-founder and director of a sports marketing and event management agency called Number 9 Sports Asia [1] and registered as FIFA Players’ agent from the Football Association of Singapore.

Benoît is also regularly working as a football pundit for different television channels in South East Asia covering matches of the FIFA World Cup, English Premier League, S.League, Malaysia Super League, Asian Champions League, etc.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Najma
Tampines Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benoît Croissant". www.stat2foot.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Benoît Croissant". www.footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Croissant". www.msn.vi.nl. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Al Najma". www.goalzz.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Najma sign off on winning note". Gulf daily news. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fury in a jam, so keen to get Croissant". Townsville Bulletin. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Stags wins the Charity Shield". Footballopod.com. 10 February 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Muang Thong triumph, South China stumble". FIFA.com. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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