Nicolas Benezet

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Nicolas Benezet
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Personal information
Full name Nicolas Benezet
Date of birth (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Montpellier, France
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
(on loan from Guingamp)
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2004 Montpellier
2004–2010 Nîmes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Nîmes 90 (18)
2013–2015 Évian 40 (3)
2015Caen (loan) 12 (4)
2015– Guingamp 78 (11)
2019–Toronto FC (loan) 8 (2)
National team
2011 France U20 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 August 2014

Nicolas Benezet (born 24 February 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays for Canadian club Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on loan from Guingamp. He plays as an attacking midfielder and is known for his positional versatility and small frame.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Montpellier, Benezet played in the youth academy of Montpellier before signing with Nîmes in 2004.[1] He made his professional debut in the 2010–11 season on 15 October 2010 in a league match against Istres appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw.[2] On 8 December 2010, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a three-year deal with Nîmes.[3] Two days later, he rewarded Nîmes by scoring his first professional goal in a 3–2 victory over Istres in the Coupe de France.[2] On 21 December, he scored his first professional league goal in a 2–0 win against Metz.[4]

At the end of the 2012–13 season, top-flight clubs Sochaux-Montbéliard and Evian Thonon Gaillard showed interest in signing him[5] and in July 2013, Benezet joined Evian.[6]

On 3 July 2015, Benezet signed for En Avant de Guingamp.

In July 2019, following Guingamp's relegation from Ligue 1, Benezet joined Major League Soccer club Toronto FC on loan for the remainder of their season, with the club holding an option to make the transfer permanent at the conclusion of the loan.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 October 2019[8][9]
Club Season League National[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nîmes 2010–11 Ligue 2 23 2 3 1 0 0 26 3
2011–12 Championnat National 34 7 0 0 0 0 34 7
2012–13 Ligue 2 33 9 3 0 0 0 36 9
Total 90 18 6 1 0 0 96 19
Évian 2013–14 Ligue 1 29 3 1 0 0 0 30 3
2014–15 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 7
Total 40 3 2 0 0 0 42 3
Caen (loan) 2014–15 Ligue 1 12 4 0 0 0 0 12 4
Total 12 4 0 0 0 0 12 4
Guingamp 2015–16 Ligue 1 19 4 2 0 0 0 21 4
2016–17 5 1 2 1 0 0 7 2
2017–18 29 3 1 0 0 0 30 3
2018–19 25 3 3 0 0 0 28 3
Total 78 11 8 1 0 0 86 13
Toronto FC (loan) 2019 MLS 8 2 1 0 0 0 9 2
Total 8 2 1 0 0 0 9 2
Career total 140 25 17 2 0 0 157 27

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicolas Benezet vrai feu follet". Midi Libre. 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Istres v. Nîmes Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 15 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Nicolas Benezet passe pro" (in French). Foot-National. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Nîmes v. Istres CDF Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Le Nîmois Nicolas Benezet affirme avoir signé à Evian/Thonon". Fabrice Dubault (in French). France 3. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Officiel : Nicolas Benezet s'engage pour 4 ans !". Official site (in French). Evian Thonon Gaillard FC. 1 July 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Toronto FC Acquire Nicolas Benezet on Loan". torontofc.ca. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Nicolas BENEZET - Football : la fiche de Nicolas BENEZET (Guingamp)". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "N. Benezet". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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