Saïd Benrahma

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Saïd Benrahma
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Benrahma while with Nice in 2015.
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Saïd Benrahma[1]
Date of birth (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Aïn Témouchent, Algeria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Winger, forward
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2006 NRB Bethioua
2010–2011 Balma SC
2011–2013 Colomiers
2013 Nice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2018 Nice 17 (3)
2013–2016Nice II (loan) 37 (11)
2016Angers (loan) 12 (1)
2016Angers II (loan) 3 (1)
2017Gazélec Ajaccio (loan) 15 (3)
2017–2018Châteauroux (loan) 31 (9)
2018– Brentford 81 (27)
National team
2015– Algeria 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:29, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:23, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Mohamed Saïd Benrahma (Arabic: سعيد بن رحمة‎; born 10 August 1995) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Brentford and the Algeria national team.

Club career[edit]

Nice[edit]

A winger, Benrahma began his youth career with Algerian club NRB Bethioua,[3] before moving to France and joining Balma SC, Colomiers and then Ligue 1 club Nice in 2013.[4] He made his professional debut under manager Claude Puel during the 2013–14 season,[5][6] but played most of his football for the club with the reserve team, for whom he made 37 appearances and scored 11 goals between 2013 and 2016.[7] Benrahma scored one goal in his three first team appearances during the 2014–15 season and scored a further two in 2015–16.[8][9]

Ankle injuries and the arrival of manager Lucien Favre led to Benrahma spending a large portion of his latter career with the club away on loan, at Ligue 1 club Angers and Ligue 2 clubs Gazélec Ajaccio and Châteauroux.[5] Benrahma departed the Stade de Nice in July 2018,[10] having made 18 appearances and scored three goals during his time with the club.[7]

Brentford[edit]

On 6 July 2018, Benrahma moved to England to join Championship club Brentford on a four-year contract, with the option of a further year, for an undisclosed fee,[11] reported to be £2.7 million.[5] He scored his first goal for the club on his third appearance, in a 4–2 EFL Cup first round victory over Southend United on 14 August 2018.[12] Six weeks later, Benrahma was sent off for the first time in his Bees career after committing two bookable offences during a 2–2 draw with Reading on 29 September.[12] After returning from injury in December,[13] Benrahma broke into the starting lineup and came into form in mid-January 2019, scoring nine goals in 14 league matches.[14] He was nominated for the January and February PFA Fans' Player of the Month awards and one of his three goals in a 5–1 win over Hull City was chosen as the Championship Goal of the Month for February and as Brentford's Goal of the Season.[15][16][17][18] An ankle injury suffered in early April 2019 ended Benrahma's season,[19] by which time he had made 45 appearances and scored 11 goals.[12]

Benrahma missed Brentford's entire 2019–20 pre-season match programme and returned to competitive play in mid-August 2019,[20] before breaking back into the starting lineup late in the month.[7] During a 2019–20 season in which his performances led to him being voted the Brentford Supporters' Player of the Year and named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year,[21][22] Benrahma made 46 appearances and scored 17 goals, which included two hat-tricks.[23] His performances during Brentford's run to the 2020 Championship play-off Final saw him win the January 2020 PFA Fans' Player of the Month and the July 2020 Championship Player of the Month awards.[24][25][26] In addition, he was nominated for the 2020 London Football Awards EFL Player of the Year award and the 2019–20 PFA Fans' Championship Player of the Year award.[27][28]

International career[edit]

In September 2015, Benrahma was called up to the Algeria national team for friendly matches against Guinea and Senegal.[29] He made his debut in the match versus Senegal on 13 October 2015, when he came on as a substitute for Baghdad Bounedjah after 70 minutes of the 1–0 victory.[30] One month later, Benrahma was called into the squad for two 2018 World Cup second round qualifiers versus Tanzania, but did not make an appearance.[7] Benrahma's club form at Brentford during the 2018–19 season was recognised with a call-up for two 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and he won his second international cap with a start in a 1–0 win over Tunisia on 26 March 2019.[30] He was named in Algeria's preliminary squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Benrahma was born in Aïn Témouchent and grew up in Sidi Bel Abbès.[5] He moved to Toulouse, France with his parents at the age of 11 and holds a French passport.[5] Benrahma's father died in January 2020 and he publicly dedicated each of his subsequent five goals to him.[32][33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 September 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nice 2013–14[6] Ligue 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2014–15[8] 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
2015–16[9] 9 2 1 0 10 2
Total 17 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 3
Nice II 2013–14[7] CFA Group C 12 3 12 3
2014–15[7] 13 5 13 5
2015–16[7] 2 0 2 0
2016–17[7] CFA Group D 10 3 10 3
Total 37 11 37 11
Angers (loan) 2015–16[7] Ligue 1 12 1 1 0 13 1
Angers II (loan) 2015–16[7] CFA Group B 3 1 3 1
Gazélec Ajaccio (loan) 2016–17[7] Ligue 2 15 3 0 0 15 3
Châteauroux (loan) 2017–18[7] Ligue 2 31 9 3 3 34 12
Brentford 2018–19[12] Championship 38 10 4 0 3 1 45 11
2019–20[23] 43 17 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 46 17
2020–21[34] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 81 27 4 0 3 1 3 0 91 28
Career total 196 55 8 3 4 1 0 0 3 0 211 59
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football Association – List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2018 and 31/07/2018". p. 4. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Saïd Benrahma – Forward – First Team – Brentford FC". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Benrahma : "Apprendre auprès de grands joueurs"" (in French). DZFoot. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ "La Fiche de Saïd Benrahma – Football algerien". www.dzfoot.com. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Fisher, Ben (25 June 2020). "'He could nutmeg a mermaid': the rise of Brentford's Saïd Benrahma". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Saïd Benrahma at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Benrahma transféré à Brentford". OGC Nice (in French). Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Said Benrahma joins Brentford from OGC Nice". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  13. ^ Vickers, Anthony (24 November 2018). "Fine margins and injuries have cost Brentford dearly". gazettelive. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Said Benrahma Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Benrahma and Henry nominated for PFA Player of the Month". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Benrahma and Watkins POTM nominees". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Saïd Benrahma wins Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Maupay takes the honours at Player of the Year Dinner". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Algeria forward Said Benrahma ruled out of Afcon with injury | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  20. ^ Thomas, Lyall (29 July 2019). "Frank: Bees stars will be ready". West London Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma share prizes at Virtual Awards Event". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  22. ^ a b "De Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Brentford 1 Fulham 2". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  25. ^ a b "Said Benrahma wins PFA Bristol Street Motors Player of the Month". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  26. ^ a b "Sublime Said secures July Player of the Month prize". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  27. ^ "Bees up for London Football Awards prizes". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  28. ^ "PFA Player of the Month Awards". Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  29. ^ "EN : Liste des sélectionnés pour la Guinée et le Sénégal" (in French). DZfoot. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  30. ^ a b "Saïd Benrahma". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Saïd Benrahma named in Algeria selection". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  32. ^ ""I was pleased to be able to pay tribute to him because he was so proud of me and happy for me"". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  33. ^ "Brentford FC | 11 February 2020 – Leeds United – Home | officialbfcpics.co.uk". officialbfcpics.co.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Games played by Saïd Benrahma in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 September 2020.

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