Medhi Benatia

Medhi Benatia

Benatia in action for Bayern Munich in 2014
Personal information
Full name Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987
Place of birth Courcouronnes, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Bayern Munich)
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2002 Clairefontaine
2002–2003 Guingamp
2003–2005 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Marseille 0 (0)
2006–2007Tours (loan) 29 (0)
2007–2008Lorient (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Clermont 56 (2)
2010–2013 Udinese 80 (6)
2013–2014 Roma 33 (5)
2014– Bayern Munich 29 (2)
2016–Juventus (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2005 France U18 1 (0)
2006–2007 Morocco U20 4 (0)
2008– Morocco 42 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2016

Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia[note 1] (Arabic: المهدي أمين بن عطية المتقي; born 17 April 1987) is a footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus on loan from German club Bayern Munich, and for the Morocco national team, as a centre back.

He began his career at Marseille, spending his time loaned out to Tours and Lorient before joining Clermont in 2008. Two years later he joined Udinese, spending three seasons there before transferring to Roma. After helping them finish as Serie A runners-up in his only campaign there, he was signed by Bayern for €26 million, winning the Bundesliga in his first two seasons.

Born and raised in France, Benatia represents his father's Morocco at international level. He made his international debut for them in 2008 and represented the nation at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Early life

Benatia was born in Courcouronnes, France, to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother.[3][4]

Club career


Benatia joined Marseille in 2003, and signed his first professional contract with them two years later.[3] After loan spells at Tours and Lorient, he left for Ligue 2 club Clermont on 1 July 2008 on a free transfer.


On 1 July 2010, Benatia signed for Serie A club Udinese Calcio, again on a free transfer. He made 80 league appearances for Udinese, scoring six goals.[5]


On 13 July 2013, Benatia signed for Roma on a five-year contract in a €13.5 million transfer,[6] with Nico López and Valerio Verre going the other way on co-ownership as part of the same deal.[7] On 26 September, Benatia scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 victory against Sampdoria.[8] After further goals against Bologna, Catania.[9] and Chievo Verona in the second half of the season, he ended the season with five goals from 33 games.[10]

Bayern Munich

On 27 August 2014, Bayern Munich announced that they had signed Benatia[11] on a five-year deal[12] for a fee of €26 million.[13] Bayern Munich beat Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who were said to be also interested in signing him.[14] He admitted he was disappointed to leave Roma but was told he had to go because the club needed the money.[14] Upon hearing this, Roma President James Pallotta was furious and responded by saying he was sold for being a "poisonous liar".[15]

On 17 September 2014, Benatia made his official debut for Bayern in a (1–0) home win against Manchester City, for the opening match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League season, where he played for 85 minutes, completing 93% of his passes.

In the return match at Manchester City, he was sent off in the 20th minute for denying Sergio Agüero a clear goalscoring opportunity; the subsequent penalty was converted by Agüero and City went on to win 3–2.[16]

Benatia scored his first goal for Bayern on 13 December, opening the scoring in a 4–0 win at FC Augsburg with a header; this result put his club 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.[17]

On 12 May 2015, Benatia scored his first Champions League goal, heading Bayern into the lead in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona; although his team won 3–2, they were eliminated 3–5 on aggregate.[18]

He started the 2015–16 season in the German Super Cup, which Bayern lost in a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw at VfL Wolfsburg.[19] On 14 August, he headed Xabi Alonso's free kick for the first goal of the new Bundesliga season in a 5–0 thrashing of Hamburger SV.[20]

Loan to Juventus

On 15 July 2016, Italian champions Juventus signed Benatia on a season-long loan for €3 million, with an option to buy for an extra €17 million at the end.[21] He made his club debut on 27 August, in a 1–0 away win over Lazio in Serie A.[22]

International career

Benatia was a member of Morocco's squad at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and played in their first two matches of an eventual group stage exit, defeats to Tunisia and Gabon.[23][24] In the following year's tournament in South Africa, he played the entirety of all three matches as they again were defeated at the first stage.

Career statistics


As of matches played on 18 September 2016.
Tours2006–07Ligue 22901000300[25]
Lorient2007–08Ligue 100100010
Clermont2008–09Ligue 22710000271[26]
Udinese2010–11Serie A34300343[26]
Roma2013–14Serie A33540375[26]
Bayern Munich2014–15Bundesliga151207100242[27]
Juventus (loan)2016–17Serie A3000000030[26]
Career totals23115903023027317

International goals

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[29]
1. 4 June 2011 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco  Algeria 1–0 4–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification



Bayern Munich[30]



  1. Though frequently misspelled as "Mehdi", "Medhi" is correct. See, for example, his Twitter account and official profiles from FC Bayern and UEFA.


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