benjamin stambouli - fact file

2014 - 2015        midfielder

FULL NAME :   BENJAMIN STAMBOULI
 

Born on 13th August 1990 in Marseille, France.

Height : -   1.8m  (5' 10")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 

 
A signing that came out of left field, Spurs splashed out a rumoured £4.7 million on Montpellierís defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli with Swansea City, Marseille and Fiorentina all showing previous interest in the French Under-21 international.  New Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had been tracking his former charge - Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin - to play the role of a protector in front of the back four, but with the Saints not letting the French international leave after a number of departures, the Plan B that hadn't been revealed was Stambouli.

The midfielder started his career as a youngster at Marseille and then moved to Sedan and Montpelier following his father who was on the coaching staff.  Football was in his family, as his father was also a former Marseille player and his grand-father also managed Olympique and AS Monaco.  Was part of the team that won the French equivalent of the national youth cup, the Coupe Gambardella in 2009 beating FC Nantes.  Benjamin has been at Montpelier as a youth and senior player for 10 years, making his breakthrough into the first-team the season they won their first ever French league title in 2012.

Vice-captain at Montpellier at the age of 23, the hard-working midfielder fits in with Pochettino's philosophy for players to play in his dynamic, pressing style.  Additionally, he has a good range and accuracy of passing, along with the physical attributes to serve him well in the Premier League.  Having also featured in a number of positions - centre-half, full back and midfield - Benjamin can appreciate other areas of the game and is a player who reads the game well, without needing to crunch into tackles.  When he does make tackles, he usually wins them and then uses the ball creatively.  Stambouli is not always one to go charging forward and his goal ratio suggests that he is not the man to add goals from midfield, but he rejected the chance to move to Marseille, as they wanted him to play in a central defensive three, whereas he sees his future as a central midfielder.

Benji featured sporadically during his first season at Spurs, scoring a drilled shot from 16 yards in the home Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade to show what he could contribute, but often he looked off the pace and in one game looked like he was running in treacle, as an opponent went past him.  He did come back to play more of a part in games he got an opportunity in, but with Ryan Mason making a place in the defensive two in midfield his own, Stambouli had to make due with the occasional appearance.  What he did look good at was holding the ball when in possession and finding a white shirt when he released it.

However, interest in the summer of 2015 from newly promoted Watford looked like taking him to Vicarage Road until a last minute swoop by Paris St. Germain gave the player a chance to return to his own country and play Champions League.  Tottenham managed to negotiate a fee for him that was more than we bought him for and he left them club without having a chance to show what he could add to the side.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Marseille (France) 1996 ?? ??  ?? ??
Gallia Uzes (France) 1997 ?? ??  ?? ??
FC Sion (Switzerland) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Sedan 2001 ?? ??  ?? ??
Gallia Uzes (France) 2003 ?? ??  ?? ??
Montpelier Youth (France) 2004 ?? ??  ?? ??
Montpelier (France) 3rd March 2010 Free ??  112 3
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR August 2014 £4,700,000 13th September 2014 v Sunderland (Premier League) (away) (as a sub)  drew 2-2 ?? ??
Paris St. Germain (France) 21st July 2015 £6,000,000 ??  ?? ??
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Career Record

Montpelier (France)
- League appearances; 2 goals
- FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European/Other appearances; ?? goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European appearances; ?? goals
Paris St. Germain (France)
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European/Other appearances; ?? goals
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- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

Honours
France international
0 full caps;  0 goals
4 Under-21 caps; 0 goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
Coupe Gambardella (French Youth Cup) winners medal 2009  (Montpelier)
Ligue 1 winners medal 2011-2012  (Montpelier)

Milestones
- appearance
100th game for Montpellier - Valenciennes (away) in game 13 of the 2013-14 season.

           

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What they said about Benjamin Stambouli
President Louis Nicollin on his young midfielder ...  August 2014 (FourFourTwo)

" I would have been happy if he stayed, because he was my future captain."
 

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             Appearances

Season League FA Cup League Cup European/European Cup Winners Cup/UEFA Cup Football Combination Metropolitan League South-East Counties Division 1 South-East Counties Division 2
2011-2012 (Montpelier) - - - - - - - -
2012-2013 (Montpelier) - - - - - - - -
2013-2014 (Montpelier) 37 (? goals) - - - - - - -
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