Yohan Benalouane

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Yohan Benalouane
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Personal information
Full name Yohan Benalouane
Date of birth (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 29
Youth career
1996–2000 FC Tricastin
2000–2001 Racing Blondel Bollène
2001–2005 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Saint-Étienne B 2 (0)
2007–2010 Saint-Étienne 66 (2)
2010–2012 Cesena 26 (0)
2012–2014 Parma 25 (1)
2014–2015 Atalanta 44 (1)
2015– Leicester City 5 (0)
2016 Fiorentina (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008 France U21[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:01, 19 March 2017 (UTC).

Yohan Benalouane (Arabic: يوهان بن علوان‎‎; born 28 March 1987) is a French born Tunisian footballer who plays as a defender for Leicester City.

Biography[edit]

Cesena[edit]

After a particularly poor performance in a 2–0 loss against Bologna in December 2010, Benalouane was substituted. On leaving the pitch, and being jeered by Cesena supporters, he stormed past the bench and headed straight down the tunnel.[2] He later publicly apologised for his behaviour.[3]

Parma/Atalanta[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Benalouane was loaned to Parma, making his move permanent in July 2013 in a co-ownership deal. He signed a five-year contract with the Serie A outfit.[4] On 3 January 2014, he joined Atalanta on a loan deal.[5]

After a successful loan deal, Benalouane was bought outright by La Dea in June 2014.

Leicester City[edit]

On 3 August 2015, Benalouane joined Premier League side Leicester City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be €8 million.[6][7] On 31 January 2016, he joined Italian club ACF Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season,[8] but did not play for the club due to injury.[9] In June 2016, Benalouane filed an appeal with the Lega Serie A over unpaid wages from Fiorentina, whose sporting director claimed Leicester had deceived them over the player's fitness.[9] He played only four league games (all as a subsititute) in the 2015–16 Premier League season, when Leicester became champions, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (minimum five league games required).[10]

Following the close of the transfer window, Benalouane was excluded from Leicester City's finalised squad for the 2016-17 Premier League season.[11] Benalouane spent most of the season playing for the reserves, but returned to the first team in January 2017 following the departures of Luis Hernández and Jeff Schlupp. He played his first senior game of the 2016-17 season in a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Derby County on 8 February 2017.[12]

International career[edit]

Benalouane was eligible to play either for France (by place of birth) or Tunisia (through parentage). Despite playing once for the French under 21 team, he submitted a transfer request to represent the Tunisian senior side in 2010. However, despite receiving a call-up against Chad in an African Cup of Nations qualifier,[13] he missed the game because he failed to be vaccinated prior to travel to Chad.

In October he refused to join Tunisia for the match against Togo, for which he expected to receive a call-up from Laurent Blanc instead. However, FIFA warned Benalouane that as the paperwork had been completed, he could represent Tunisia only, a refusal to show up may risk a ban in club football.[14] Benalouane refused another call-up in August 2013.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 March 2017[16]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saint-Étienne 2007–08 Ligue 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2008–09 Ligue 1 29 1 0 0 0 0 9 1 38 2
2009–10 Ligue 1 29 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2010–11 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 66 2 2 0 1 0 9 1 78 3
Cesena 2010–11 Serie A 15 0 1 0 16 0
2011–12 Serie A 11 0 3 1 14 1
2012–13 Serie A 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 26 0 6 1 32 1
Parma 2012–13 Serie A 21 1 1 0 22 1
2013–14 Serie A 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 25 1 2 0 27 1
Atalanta 2013–14 Serie A 17 0 1 0 18 0
2014–15 Serie A 27 1 2 0 29 1
Total 44 1 3 0 47 1
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 4 0 2 0 3 0 9 0
2016–17 Premier League 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 5 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
Fiorentina (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 166 4 17 1 4 0 9 1 196 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ FFF
  2. ^ "Mercato: vicini i Riski; Benalouane si scusa". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 December 2010. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Cesena, Benalouane: "Chiedo scusa a tutti"" [Cesena, Benalouane: "I apologise to everyone"]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leonardi: Paletta Costs 35 Millions. Benalouane signed a five year contract". Parma FC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yohan Benalouane on loan to Atalanta". Parma FC. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Leicester City Sign Yohan Benalouane". Leicester City FC. 3 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Leicester seal deal for defender Yohan Benalouane". ESPN FC. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/10152641/leicesters-yohan-benalouane-joins-fiorentina-on-loan
  9. ^ a b JBlackwell (2 June 2016). "Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane files appeal over unpaid Fiorentina wages". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Which Leicester players get a Premier League winners' medal?, Sky Sports, 7 May 2016, retrieved 9 May 2016 
  11. ^ Blackwell, Jordan (2 September 2016). "Leicester City's Premier League squad: Benalouane out, Hamer in". www.leicestermercury.co.uk. Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Leicester City 3-1 Derby County". BBC Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  13. ^ La Presse de Tunisie Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (French)
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20101013070245/http://foreign.peacefmonline.com/sports/201010/89692.php. Archived from the original on October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Tunisie : Yohan Benalouane aurait décliné la convocation de Maâloul" (in French). Global Net. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Y. BENALOUANE". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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