El Fardou Ben Nabouhane

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El Fardou Ben Nabouhane.jpg
Ben Nabouhane with Red Star in 2018
Personal information
Full name El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane
Date of birth (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Passamainty, Mayotte, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade
Number 31
Youth career
2000–2006 JS Saint-Pierroise
2006–2008 Le Havre AC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Le Havre 8 (0)
2008–2010Le Havre B 64 (17)
2010–2013 Vannes 92 (22)
2013–2015 Veria 61 (25)
2015–2017 Olympiacos 2 (0)
2016Levadiakos (loan) 12 (2)
2016–2017Panionios (loan) 34 (9)
2018– Red Star Belgrade 30 (20)
National team
2014– Comoros 16 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2018

El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane (born 10 June 1989), also known simply as Ben, is a Comorian footballer who plays as a forward for Red Star Belgrade.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Passamainty, Mayotte, France, Ben began his career on the overseas collectivity of Mayotte. He proceeded to move to the island of Réunion to play for the Réunion Premier League giants JS Saint-Pierroise. In 2006, he joined Le Havre.

After spending one year in the reserves, El Fardou was promoted to the senior squad. He made his professional debut and start for Le Havre on 3 March 2008 in a Ligue 2 match against Troyes AC, playing 72 minutes before being subbed out.[1] He made one more appearance that season and though he did not contribute that much, he still received a winner's medal as Le Havre were crowned Ligue 2 champions and were promoted to Ligue 1 for the 2008–09 season.

Ben did not see much time in Ligue 1 play early on, instead playing in the reserves. He received his first call up to the squad for their Coupe de la Ligue match against Rennes, held on 12 November 2008. In the match, which he started, he scored his first professional goal in the 15th minute, contributing to Le Havre's 2–1 win over Rennes.[2] He made his Ligue 1 debut just three days later in a match against Paris Saint-Germain.

Veria[edit]

After three years playing for Ligue 2 side Vannes OC, he signed a two-year contract with Greek Super League side Veria. He made his debut with the club in an away draw against Platanias in August 2013. He was named Superleague's second top scorer during the 2013–14 Superleague Greece season as he scored 15 goals with Veria.[3] During his second season at Veria he scored his first season goal in a home victory against Xanthi, also grabbing an assist during that match as well as during the second matchday against OFI. He got injured for two weeks and he returned to the pitch as a substitute against PAS Giannina. Ben scored against Xanthi in a 2–2 away draw, while he also assisted the second goal with which Nikos Kaltsas equalized the score. On 17 January 2015, Ben scored twice against OFI in a 4–1 home victory and he was eventually named as the MVP of the 19th matchday.[4] He was also offered a three-year contract extension after the OFI away victory, with triple wages, but it was rejected as the player demaded higher wages. His contract was set to expire on 30 June 2014. On 20 April 2015 Ben also scored twice against Asteras Tripoli in a 4-0 home victory, also assisting one.[5] In the second season, 2014–15 Superleague Greece with the club, he went on to score 10 goals and assist 8.

Olympiacos[edit]

In July 2015, Ben signed a contract with Greek giants Olympiacos on a free transfer from Veria.[6] According to newspapers rumours Levadiakos was not the only Greek club interested in signing Ben, with Platanias also considering signing him in the January transfer window. The Comoros international suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in May[7] and was surplus to requirements for Olympiacos manager Marco Silva.[8] On 29 December 2015, since he did not manage to earn a single appearance with the club, he signed a six month contract with Levadiakos until the end of 2015-16 season.[9] On 10 January 2016, in his first appearance with his new club, he scored in a 3-1 away loss against Olympiacos.[10]

On 8 July 2016, he signed a 2 year contract with Panionios for the 2016-17 season, on loan from Olympiacos.[11] On 3 December 2016, in his 9th appearance with the club he scored the only goal for his team in a 1-1 away draw against Platanias. He finished the 2016-17 season as the top scorer and MVP of the club.

On 26 July 2017, after his loan at Panionios expired, Ben scored a brace for Olympiacos in a 3-1 victory against Partizan in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.[12][13] With only 10 appearances with the club in all competitions in the first half of the 2017-18 season, Ben attracted the interest of Serbian club Red Star Belgrade, which offered him a three year contract.[14] On 19 December 2017, the Comorian international striker was dropped from the Olympiacos first-team squad after deciding not to extend his contract.[15]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

On 12 January 2018, Ben signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Red Star Belgrade.[16] The transfer fee was estimated to be 500,000. His contract, which runs until 2020, is worth €1 million plus bonuses.[17]

On 29 August 2018, Ben scored twice, each time from an assist by Miloš Degenek's, in 2–2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg; as a result Red Star Belgrade qualified to the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League.[18]

International career[edit]

On 5 March 2014, he made his international début with Comoros, in a friendly against Burkina Faso.[19] Subsequently sidelined with a serious injury with his club, he returned to action to help his national team reach the qualifying competition of a major international tournament for the first time in their history, a goal they have been pursuing since 2007. On 24 March 2016, it was Ben who scored the only goal of the Africa Cup of Nations preliminary qualifying round match against Botswana, his country’s first-ever win in a competitive international. [20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 December 2018[21]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Havre 2007–08 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 5 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 1 7 1
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 10 1
Vannes 2010–11 24 3 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 26 3
2011–12 35 11 1 1 0 0 2[a] 0 38 12
2012–13 33 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 8
Total 92 22 1 1 0 0 4 0 97 23
Veria 2013–14 33 15 1 0 0 0 34 15
2014–15 28 10 2 0 0 0 30 10
Total 61 25 3 0 0 0 64 25
Levadiakos (loan) 2015–16 12 2 2 0 0 0 14 2
Total 12 2 2 0 0 0 14 2
Panionios (loan) 2016–17 34 9 2 0 0 0 36 9
Total 34 9 2 0 0 0 36 9
Olympiacos 2017–18 2 0 2 0 6 2 10 2
Total 2 0 2 0 6 2 10 2
Red Star 2017–18 14 8 0 0 2 0 16 8
2018–19 12 10 0 0 14 7 26 17
Total 26 18 0 0 16 7 42 25
Career total 235 76 11 1 22 9 5 1 273 87
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Coupe de la Ligue

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Comoros' goal tally first.[19]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2016 Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh, Mitsamiouli, Comoros  Botswana 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 11 November 2016 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia  Togo 1–1 2–2 Friendly
3. 2–1
4. 26 March 2017 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius  Mauritius 1–0 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5. 8 September 2018 Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh, Mitsamiouli, Comoros  Cameroon 1–0 1–1
6. 16 October 2018  Morocco 1–0 2–2
7. 2–2
8. 17 November 2018 Stade de Moroni, Moroni, Comoros  Malawi 1–0 2–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Troyes v. Le Havre Match Report
  2. ^ Le Havre AC 2 – 1 Stade Rennes
  3. ^ Κορυφαίοι Παίκτες
  4. ^ Βέροια - ΟΦΗ 4-1
  5. ^ Βέροια-Αστέρας Τρίπολης 4-0
  6. ^ Greek Super League transfers in 2015/2016 season
  7. ^ Η αποθεραπεία του Μπεν
  8. ^ Platanias want to sign Mohamed Ben
  9. ^ Olympiakos lend Ben to Levadiakos
  10. ^ Olympiakos break consecutive wins record Retrieved 10 January 2016
  11. ^ Δανείστηκε Μπεν ο Πανιώνιος
  12. ^ Με ήρωα τον Μπεν άλωσε το Βελιγράδι ο Ολυμπιακός, 3-1 την Παρτίζαν
  13. ^ Partizan vs Olympiakos 1-3
  14. ^ Στην Ελλάδα ο Ερυθρός Αστέρας για Μπεν!
  15. ^ Mohamed Ben dropped from Olympiacos first-team squad
  16. ^ Бен потписао!
  17. ^ Έκλεισε στον Ερυθρό Αστέρα ο Μπεν
  18. ^ "ЗВЕЗДА У ЕВРОПСКОЈ ЕЛИТИ: Од пакла до Лиге шампиона!". Večernje novosti (in Serbian). 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  19. ^ a b El Fardou Ben Nabouhane at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ Comoros Islands beat Botswana to record first-ever win
  21. ^ a b "M. Ben Soccerway stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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