Yassine Benzia

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Yassine Benzia
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Personal information
Full name Yassine Benzia
Date of birth (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Saint-Aubin-lès-Elbeuf, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lille
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2005 Saint-Aubin
2005–2006 Oissel
2006–2009 Caudebecais
2009–2010 Quevilly
2010–2012 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Lyon 38 (4)
2015– Lille 46 (8)
National team
2010 France U16 3 (0)
2011 France U17 6 (4)
2011–2012 France U18 9 (9)
2012–2013 France U19 16 (7)
2013–2015 France U21 9 (6)
2016– Algeria 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 November 2016

Yassine Benzia (born 8 September 1994) is an Algerian footballer who plays for the French club Lille in Ligue 1[1] as a striker.[2]

Benzia is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level. He played with the under-17 team at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[3] In March 2016, FIFA approved his request to change his international allegiance to Algeria.[4]

Club career[edit]

Following the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup Benzia signed his first professional contract with Lyon agreeing to a three-year deal on 27 October 2011.[5] He was subsequently promoted to the senior team by manager Rémi Garde and assigned the number 25 shirt. Benzia made his professional debut on 20 May 2012 in a league match against Nice appearing as a substitute.[6]

International career[edit]

In January 2016, Algerian Football Federation president Mohamed Raouraoua announced that Benzia had opted to switch his international allegiance to Algeria. In March 2016, FIFA approved his request to change his international allegiance to Algeria.[4] On 26 March 2016, he played his first game for Algeria, against Ethiopia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.[7]

Style of play[edit]

At the age of 17, Benzia was dubbed the new Karim Benzema.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 March 2017[10][11][12]
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon 2011–12 Ligue 1 1 0 1 0
2012–13 16 0 3[e] 2 1[f] 0 21 2
2013–14 11 2 2 0 1 0 5[g] 0 19 2
2014–15 10 2 1 0 2[e] 0 13 2
2015–16 1[f] 0 1 0
Total 38 4 2 0 2 0 10 2 2 0 53 6
Lille 2015–16 Ligue 1 25 5 1 0 3 1 29 6
2016–17 21 3 1 0 1 0 2[e] 0 25 3
Total 46 8 2 0 4 1 2 0 54 9
Career total 74 12 4 0 6 1 12 2 2 0 107 15
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Includes Trophée des champions
  5. ^ a b c All appearance(s) in Europa League
  6. ^ a b All appearances in Trophée des champions
  7. ^ three appearance in Champions League, two appearances in Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2016.
National team Year Apps Goals
Algeria 2016 2 0
Total 2 0

International goals[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2016. Algeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Benzia goal.[13]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2016 Stade Linité, Victoria, Seychelles 2  Seychelles 1–0 2–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'OL dégaine Yassine Benzia, sa pépite, à l'entraînement". Foot01 (in French). 13 March 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Yassine Benzia: "Mon modèle, c'est Karim Benzema"". Lyon Capitale (in French). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Benzia gamble paying off for France". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (in French). 20 June 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b HMF (March 7, 2016). "Benzia officiellement autorisé à jouer avec l'Algérie" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Benzia passe pro". L'Equipe (in French). 27 October 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lyon v. Nice Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Burnton, Simon (25 March 2016). "Holland 2-3 France, Republic of Ireland 1-0 Switzerland and more: clockwatch – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Benzia le nouveau Benzema" [Benzia the new Benzema]. 10 Sport (in French). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "OL: Palerme vise Benzia, le "nouveau Benzema"" [OL: Palermo going after Benzia, the "new Benzema"]. Canal+ (in French). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Yassine Benzia". footballdatabase. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Yassine Benzia". soccerway. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Yassine Benzia". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Yassine Benzia at Soccerway

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