Wissam Ben Yedder
Ben Yedder in training 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 25 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July 2013
Wissam Ben Yedder (born 12 August 1990) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Sevilla FC. He is nicknamed "Benyebut", incorporating but, the French word for a goal.
Having begun his career at amateurs UJA Alfortville, he joined Toulouse in 2010. In 2015, he reached 50 Ligue 1 goals for them, having a year earlier surpassed André-Pierre Gignac as their greatest league scorer of the 21st century. He moved to Sevilla for €9 million in 2016. At international level, Ben Yedder has represented France at under-21 level, and at futsal.
Born in Sarcelles, Île-de-France, of Tunisian descent, 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.
On 30 November 2013, Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 home win over Sochaux. He recorded another treble on the 17 May 2014 as Toulouse finished the season with a 3–1 win over Valenciennes.
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 league game and scored in a 6–4 victory over RCD Espanyol at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. On 7 January 2017, he scored his first La Liga hat-trick in a 4–0 away win against Real Sociedad.
- As of match played 25 February 2017
- Wissam Ben Yedder sa saison en CFA2 Groupe F 2012/2013 avec Libre/Etranger
- "Ben Yedder rêve toujours d'Euro" [Ben Yedder always dreams of the Euros] (in French). La Depeche. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Battu par Evian TGFC, Toulouse n'arrive pas à enchaîner" [Beaten by Evian TGFC, Toulouse fail to concentrate] (in French). France Info. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "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.
- "BEN YEDDER HAT-TRICK DOES FOR SOCHAUX". Ligue 1. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- Lewis, Daniel (17 May 2014). "Result: Wissam Ben Yedder hat-trick downs Valenciennes". Sports Mole. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Toulouse: Ben Yedder meilleur buteur du siècle avec le TFC" [Toulouse: Ben Yedder greatest goalscorer of the century with TFC] (in French). 20 Minutes. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "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.
- "Sevilla agree to sign Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder" (in Spanish). ESPN. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- Sargeant, Jack (22 August 2016). "Sevilla won 6–4 in Jorge Sampaoli's 1st La Liga game as manager. You should watch them this season.". SB Nation. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- "Real Sociedad vs Sevilla FC". La Liga. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- "Wissam Ben Yedder Soccerway Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 May 2016.