Yohan Benalouane

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Yohan Benalouane
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Benalouane training with Atalanta in 2014
Personal information
Full name Yohan Ben Alouane[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
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)
2014–2015Atalanta (loan) 44 (1)
2015– Leicester City 16 (0)
2016Fiorentina (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008 France U21[2] 1 (0)
2018– Tunisia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:27, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2018 (UTC)

Yohan Ben Alouane (Arabic: يوهان بن علوان‎, also known as Yohan Benalouane; born 28 March 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Leicester City. Born and brought up in France, Benalouane represented the country as a youth before switching to represented Tunisia at senior international level.

Club career[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.[3] He later publicly apologised for his behaviour.[4]

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.[5] On 3 January 2014, he joined Atalanta on a loan deal.[6]

Leicester City[edit]

On 3 August 2015, Benalouane joined Premier League club Leicester City on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be €8 million.[7][8] On 31 January 2016, he joined Italian club ACF Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season,[9] but did not play for the club due to injury.[10] 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.[10] He played only four league games (all as a substitute) in the 2015–16 Premier League season, when Leicester became champions, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (minimum five league matches required).[11]

Following the close of the transfer window, Benalouane was excluded from Leicester City's finalised squad for the 2016–17 Premier League season.[12] 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 Jeffrey 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.[13]

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 team in 2010. However, despite receiving a call-up against Chad in an African Cup of Nations qualifier,[14] 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.[15] Benalouane refused another call-up in August 2013.[16]

In March 2018, Benalouane was once again called up by Tunisia, and this time he accepted the call up.[17] Benalouane made his debut for Tunisia in a 1–0 victory over Iran on 23 March 2018, playing the full match.[18] He was named in Tunisia's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2018[20]
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 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
2017–18 Premier League 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Total 16 0 7 0 4 0 2 0 29 0
Fiorentina (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 177 4 20 1 5 0 11 1 213 6

International[edit]

As of match played 23 June 2018
National team Year Apps Goals
Tunisia 2018 5 0
Total 5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Match – France – Allemagne – FFF". 
  3. ^ "Mercato: vicini i Riski; Benalouane si scusa". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 December 2010. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Cesena, Benalouane: "Chiedo scusa a tutti"" [Cesena, Benalouane: "I apologise to everyone"]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Leonardi: Paletta Costs 35 Millions. Benalouane signed a five year contract". Parma FC. 17 July 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Yohan Benalouane on loan to Atalanta". Parma FC. 3 January 2014. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Leicester City Sign Yohan Benalouane". Leicester City FC. 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Leicester seal deal for defender Yohan Benalouane". ESPN FC. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Leicester's Yohan Benalouane joins Fiorentina on loan". 
  10. ^ a b JBlackwell (2 June 2016). "Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane files appeal over unpaid Fiorentina wages". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 9 February 2017. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Which Leicester players get a Premier League winners' medal?, Sky Sports, 7 May 2016, retrieved 9 May 2016 
  12. ^ Blackwell, Jordan (2 September 2016). "Leicester City's Premier League squad: Benalouane out, Hamer in". leicestermercury.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Leicester City 3–1 Derby County". BBC Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  14. ^ La Presse de Tunisie Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in French)
  15. ^ "FIFA Rules in Tunisia's Favor in Yohan Benalouane Case". Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tunisie : Yohan Benalouane aurait décliné la convocation de Maâloul" (in French). Global Net. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Foxes Set For International Duty". 20 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Foxes Impress On International Stage". 24 March 2018. 
  19. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44342860
  20. ^ "Y. BENALOUANE". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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