Nabil Bentaleb

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Nabil Bentaleb
Nabil Bentaleb.jpg
Bentaleb with Schalke 04 in 2018
Personal information
Full name Nabil Bentaleb[1]
Date of birth (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Lille, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 10
Youth career
2001–2004 AJS Wazemmes
2004–2009 Lille
2009 Mouscron
2010–2012 Dunkerque
2012–2013 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Tottenham Hotspur 46 (0)
2016–2017Schalke 04 (loan) 32 (5)
2017– Schalke 04 41 (7)
National team
2012 France U19 1 (0)
2014– Algeria 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 December 2018

Nabil Bentaleb (Arabic: نبيل بن طالب‎; born 24 November 1994) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and the Algeria national team.

Bentaleb made his senior international debut in March 2014 and has represented Algeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lille to Algerian parents, Bentaleb started his career at the academy of local side, Lille.[4] However, he was released from the academy at the age of 15 and then went to Belgium to play for Mouscron.[4] Bentaleb then went on trial with Birmingham City before eventually signing into the academy of Tottenham Hotspur in January 2012.[4] During the 2012–13 season Bentaleb broke into the under-21 side at Tottenham and scored four goals in fourteen matches, including a winning goal against Arsenal's Academy.[5] His performance that season earned him a new four-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur until 2018.[5]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 22 December 2013, Bentaleb was selected into the 18-man first-team squad for Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match against Southampton.[6] He made his professional debut in that match when he came on as a substitute in the 50th minute for Mousa Dembélé, Tottenham won the match 3–2.[6] His first start for Spurs came in the North London derby against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on 4 January.[7] Bentaleb scored his first goal for the club on 17 December 2014 in the fifth round of the Football League Cup against Newcastle United.[8]

On 1 March 2015, Bentaleb started for Tottenham in the 2015 Football League Cup Final, a match they lost 2–0 to Chelsea.[9] On 6 July, he signed a new five-year contract.[10]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 25 August 2016, Bentaleb joined Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a season-long loan deal.[11] He went on to make his debut in an away match against Frankfurt two days later, which Schalke lost 1–0.[12] His first start came the next weekend against Bayern, after which Bentaleb became a fixture in new manager Markus Weinzierl's starting eleven. Enduring Schalke's worst ever start to a Bundesliga with five consecutive losses,[13] Bentaleb confirmed his desire to remain in Gelsenkirchen, saying that "at Schalke they believe in me", while also appreciating the fans' ability to stick beside a team going through a rough patch in comparison to English fans.[14]

On 15 October, Bentaleb came through with his first goal for Schalke, a strike from distance that put them temporarily ahead of Augsburg in a 1–1 draw. This was the first goal reviewed by goal-line technology in the Bundesliga to be successfully allowed.[15] In Schalke's next match, he scored twice against Mainz in a 3–0 victory, becoming the first Algerian to achieve the feat in Bundesliga play.[16] Immediately after the match, a report[17] emerged claiming that Bentaleb had already signed a four-year contract to remain with Schalke, which would go in effect after a permanent buying option in his loan deal was picked up, putting his future at White Hart Lane in question.[18]

On 24 February 2017, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had reached an agreement with Schalke 04 for Bentaleb's transfer to be made permanent at the end of the loan period.[19][20]

In March 2019 he was demoted to Schalke's under-23 team, "due to disciplinary reasons".[21] He returned to the first-team in April 2019,[22] before being dropped to the second team again later that month.[23]

International career[edit]

On 14 November 2012, Bentaleb made his debut for France U19 in a friendly match, coming on as a half time substitute in a 3–0 loss to Germany U19.

Despite having represented France, he has been courted by the Algerian Football Federation,[24] and some sources said he already accepted.[25] In January 2014, Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood suggested that The English Football Association were also interested.[26] However, Bentaleb would not meet the requirements to play for England under the unique rules set out in the Home Nations agreement. The Home Nations agreement requires that players engage in a minimum of five years of education before the age of 18 within the territory of the relevant association and do not offer national team eligibility through residency.[27]

On 15 February 2014, Bentaleb pledged his international future to Algeria.[28] A few days later, he was called up by Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodžić for a friendly match against Slovenia.[29] He made his debut on 5 March, playing the full game in a 2–0 win over Slovenia.[30] He scored his first goal for his country against Romania on 4 June 2014 at the Stade de Genève in Switzerland.[31]

In June 2014, Bentaleb was named in Algeria's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[32] He started in midfield for the team's opening match of the tournament – a 2–1 defeat by Belgium in Belo Horizonte on 17 June.[33] He also played the full ninety minutes for Les Fennecs in their two other Group H matches; a 4–2 defeat of South Korea and a 1–1 draw with Russia. However, he was an unused substitute during the team's 2–1 defeat to Germany in the round of 16.[34]

On 15 December 2014, Bentaleb was named in Algeria's 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 September 2019.[36]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 Premier League 15 0 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 20 0
2014–15 26 0 0 0 3 1 6[a] 0 35 1
2015–16 5 0 4 0 0 0 2[a] 0 11 0
Total 46 0 5 0 3 1 12 0 66 1
Schalke 04 (loan) 2016–17 Bundesliga 32 5 3 0 9[a] 2 44 7
Schalke 04 2017–18 16 4 3 0 19 4
2018–19 25 3 3 2 6[b] 3 34 8
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 73 12 9 2 15 5 97 19
Career total 119 12 14 2 3 1 27 5 163 20
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 16 October 2018[37]
National team Year Apps Goals
Algeria 2014 9 1
2015 10 2
2016 2 1
2017 8 1
2018 6 0
Total 35 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.
Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 June 2014 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland 3  Romania 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2 27 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea 13  Senegal 0–2 0–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
3 13 June 2015 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria 17  Seychelles 4–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 12 November 2016 Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria 21  Nigeria 2–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 7 January 2017 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria 22  Mauritania 3–1 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Nabil BentalebUEFA competition record
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  12. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 0 Schalke". Sky Sports. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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  17. ^ Hochrainer, Sebastian; Siekmann, Marc; Wenzel, Peter (24 October 2016). "Schalke hält Knaller Bentaleb" [Schalke keeps banger Bentaleb]. Bild (in German).
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  21. ^ "Nabil Bentaleb: Algeria international disciplined by Schalke". BBC Sport. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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  35. ^ "Gourcuff names Algeria squad for Africa Cup of Nations". FIFA. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
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