Wissam Ben Yedder
Ben Yedder with Toulouse in 2012
|Full name||Wissam Ben Yedder|
|Date of birth||12 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Sarcelles, France|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2018
Wissam Ben Yedder (born 12 August 1990) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Sevilla. He is nicknamed "Benyebut", incorporating but, which is the French word for a goal.
Having begun his career at amateurs UJA Alfortville, he joined Toulouse in 2010. He totalled 71 goals in 174 games for them, surpassing André-Pierre Gignac as their greatest league scorer of the 21st century. He moved to Sevilla for €9 million in 2016.
Ben Yedder was born in Sarcelles, Île-de-France, of Tunisian descent. Among his childhood friends was Riyad Mahrez. Ben Yedder began his career at local UJA Alfortville in the fourth-tier Championnat de France Amateur, before moving to Toulouse FC of Ligue 1 in 2010.
On 16 October 2010, he made his professional debut in a 0–2 home loss to Paris Saint-Germain, replacing Yannis Tafer for the final 29 minutes. He made 13 substitute appearances across his first two seasons, and scored his first goal for Toulouse on 21 April 2012: ten minutes after coming on in place of Paulo Machado, he equalised in an eventual 2–1 loss at Evian.
In the following three Ligue 1 campaigns, Ben Yedder recorded 15, 16 and 14 goals respectively. On 10 August 2012, in the first game of the season, he came on at half time for Pantxi Sirieix and equalised for a 1–1 draw at reigning champions and local rivals Montpellier. In the reverse fixture, the last of the campaign, on 26 May 2013, he scored both goals in a win over Montpellier.
Ben Yedder scored a penalty in a 3–3 draw against Caen on 20 September 2014. In doing so, he reached 35 Ligue 1 goals for Toulouse, surpassing André-Pierre Gignac as their highest scorer in the league in the 21st century. He attained the milestone of 50 goals in the competition on 19 December 2015, when he put them ahead in a 1–1 home draw against Lille. The following 9 January, he scored another hat-trick in a 3–1 win at fellow strugglers Reims.
On 30 July 2016, Ben Yedder signed a five-year contract with Spanish club Sevilla FC, for a reported €9 million fee. After being an unused substitute in their UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid on 9 August, he made his debut five days later, replacing fellow new signing Luciano Vietto for the final 29 minutes of a 0–2 loss to FC Barcelona in the first leg of the year's domestic equivalent. On 20 August, he started in his first La Liga game and scored a goal in a 6–4 victory over RCD Espanyol at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Ben Yedder scored five goals across Sevilla's 14–2 aggregate Copa del Rey win over Tercera División club SD Formentera in December 2016, including a hat-trick in the 9–1 home victory in the second leg. This haul made him the tournament's top scorer that season, alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi. On 7 January 2017, he registered a hat-trick in a 4–0 La Liga win at Real Sociedad.
In Sevilla's UEFA Champions League campaign in 2017–18, Ben Yedder scored all three goals in a group stage victory over Slovenia's NK Maribor on 26 September, his first hat-trick in the competition. On 21 November, after scoring twice as Sevilla came from a 0–3 deficit at half time to draw with Liverpool, he taunted A.C. Milan – who lost the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final to Liverpool in a similar fashion – over Twitter. On 13 March 2018, in the second leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Ben Yedder came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and scored two goals in the span of 4 minutes to help secure a 2–1 win and enable Sevilla to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup or Champions League for the first time since 1958, and for the first time ever in the Champions League era. It was a fantastic save by David De Gea which stopped Ben Yedder scoring a hat-trick. This did allow Manchester United to focus on the league, however this too was unsuccessful. Dillion Kinsella the Manchester United fan spokesman described the defeat by Sevilla as “the worst in Manchester United’s history.”
The Tunisian Football Federation, from Ben Yedder's parents' country, made five attempts to get him to represent their team. In October 2017, after he turned down their offer to get him into the squad before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they admitted defeat.
In March 2018, after playing well for Sevilla, France manager Didier Deschamps included Ben Yedder in the squad for two friendly matches against Colombia and Russia. He made his debut in the 3–2 loss to the Colombians on 23 March at the Stade de France, replacing Olivier Giroud for the final 17 minutes. On 17 May, he was named on the standby list for the 23-man French squad for the World Cup.
- As of match played 19 May 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|UJA Alfortville||2009–10||Championnat National 2||23||9||0||0||—||23||9|
- As of match played 23 March 2018
- Wissam Ben Yedder sa saison en CFA2 Groupe F 2012/2013 avec Libre/Etranger
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- "Montpellier began their Ligue 1 title defence with a draw overshadowed by referee Antony Gautier, who showed three red cards". Sporting Life. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Ben Yedder offre la victoire à Toulouse" [Ben Yedder gives victory to Toulouse] (in French). France Info. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
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- "Ligue 1, Ben Yedder atteint la barre des 50 buts" [Ligue 1, Ben Yedder achieves the milestone of 50 goals] (in French). Yahoo!. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Ligue 1: Grâce à un triplé de Ben Yedder, le TFC donne un cours de maintien à Reims" [Thanks to a hat-trick from Ben Yedder, TFC give Reims a lesson in how to stay up] (in French). 20 Minutes. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
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- Sáez, A. (29 May 2017). "Ben Yedder, Pichichi copero junto a Messi" [Ben Yedder, Cup top scorer alongside Messi]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "Real Sociedad 0–4 Sevilla: Wissam Ben Yedder scores hattrick". beIN Sports. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "Ben Yedder hat trick gives Sevilla 3-0 win over Maribor". USA Today. Associated Press. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
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- Benson, Michael (17 May 2018). "World Cup 2018: Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City stars included in France's squad for finals". Talksport. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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- "Ben Yedder, Wissam". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
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