Yohan Benalouane

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Yohan Benalouane
Personal information
Full name Yohan Benalouane
Date of birth (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina (on loan from Leicester City)
Number 25
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 65 (2)
2010–2012 Cesena 26 (0)
2012–2014 Parma 25 (1)
2014–2015 Atalanta 27 (0)
2015– Leicester City 4 (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 15:34, 07 December 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2010

Yohan Benalouane (Arabic: يوهان بن علوان‎‎; born 28 March 1987) is a Tunisian footballer who plays for Fiorentina as a defender on loan from Premier League side Leicester City.



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]


In the summer of 2012 Benalouane was loaned to Parma, making his move permanent in July 2013 in 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

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] He played only four league games in the 2015–16 Premier League season, when Leicester became champions, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (minimum five league games required).[8]


On 31 January 2016, Benalouane joined Italian club ACF Fiorentina on a loan with the right to make the deal permanent.[9]

International career

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,[10] 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.[11] Benalouane refused another call-up in August 2013.[12]


  1. FFF
  2. "Mercato: vicini i Riski; Benalouane si scusa". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 December 2010. p. 6. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Cesena, Benalouane: "Chiedo scusa a tutti"". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Leonardi: Paletta Costs 35 Millions. Benalouane signed a five year contract". Parma FC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Yohan Benalouane on loan to Atalanta". Parma FC. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Leicester City Sign Yohan Benalouane". Leicester City FC. 3 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Leicester seal deal for defender Yohan Benalouane". ESPN FC. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Which Leicester players get a Premier League winners' medal?, Sky Sports, 7 May 2016, retrieved 9 May 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/10152641/leicesters-yohan-benalouane-joins-fiorentina-on-loan
  10. La Presse de Tunisie (French)
  11. https://web.archive.org/20101013070245/http://foreign.peacefmonline.com:80/sports/201010/89692.php. Archived from the original on October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Tunisie : Yohan Benalouane aurait décliné la convocation de Maâloul" (in French). Global Net. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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