Selim Benachour

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Selim Benachour
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Personal information
Full name Selim Benachour
Date of birth (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Martigues
Youth career
1995–2001 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Paris Saint-Germain 28 (1)
2002 Martigues (loan) 28 (1)
2003 Troyes (loan) 9 (2)
2005–2006 Vitória Guimarães 25 (4)
2006–2008 Rubin Kazan 23 (3)
2008–2009 Al Qadsia 25 (3)
2009–2010 Málaga 22 (0)
2011–2012 Marítimo 33 (5)
2012–2014 APOEL 38 (3)
2015–2016 Mumbai City 11 (1)
2016– FC Martigues 15 (2)
National team
2002–2010 Tunisia 44 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2017 (UTC).

Selim Benachour (Arabic: سليم بن عاشور, Salīm bin ʻĀshūr‎‎; born Slim Ben-Achour, 8 September 1981 in Paris) is a Tunisian footballer, who plays as a midfielder for FC Martigues.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Benachour started his career with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 and stayed in the club until 2005. He was given twice on loan from Paris Saint-Germain to Martigues in 2002 and Troyes in 2003.


In 2005, he left France and moved to Portugal, signing with Vitória Guimarães, where he enjoyed one successful season at the club. The next season, he signed a contract with the Russian side Rubin Kazan and two years later he moved to Al Qadsia in Kuwait.


In 2009, he signed with the Spanish La Liga side Málaga. On 13 September 2010 he was not registered to play in La Liga and was released by the club, with one year still left on his contract.[1]


On 21 January 2011, he returned to Portugal and signed a contract with the Marítimo until the end of the 2011–2012 season.[2]


On 16 June 2012, Benachour signed a two-year contract with the Cypriot club APOEL.[3] On 23 August 2012, he scored his first goal with APOEL in a Europa League play-off round match against Neftchi Baku in Dalga Arena, equalising the score in the 83rd minute, in a match which ended with 1–1 draw.[4] He became a champion with APOEL after helping his club to win the 2012–13 Cypriot First Division. During the 2013–14 season, he appeared in two 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage matches for APOEL and won all the titles in Cyprus, the Cypriot League,[5][6] the Cypriot Cup[7][8] and the Cypriot Super Cup.[9][10]

Mumbai City[edit]

On 28 July 2015, he signed for Indian Super League club Mumbai City FC managed by his former teammate Nicolas Anelka.[11]

International career[edit]

He was widely considered one of Tunisia's best players, an elegant playmaker with range of passing and great vision, and played for Tunisia's national squad in the 2002 World Cup. However, he was not included in the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, in which Tunisia national football team were knocked out in the first round. He was part of the squad that won the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

Sources suggest he turned down the chance to play for the France national football team in favour of the Tunisia national football team.


Cyprus APOEL

Personal info[edit]

He is multilingual. He speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ El Málaga Club de Fútbol acuerda con Selim Benachour su desvinculación; Má, 13.9-2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Benachour assina até ao final da época 2011/2012;, 21.1–2011 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Προκαταρκτική Συμφωνία με Selim Benachour" (in Greek). APOEL FC. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Neftçi 1–1 APOEL". UEFA. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "AEL vs. APOEL 0-1". Soccerway. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  7. ^ ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0-2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "APOEL vs. Ermis 2-0". Soccerway. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "APOEL FC 1-0 APOLLON". APOEL FC. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "APOEL vs. Apollon 1-0". Soccerway. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Benachour joins former team-mate Anelka at Mumbai City". Goal. Retrieved 28 July 2015.