Alex Song

Profile Football Stars | Alex Song | Song was called-up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and was the only Cameroonian named in the Team of the Tournament. Known for his colorful hair dye, Song also possesses a French passport. Song was born in Douala, Cameroon and lost his father at the age of three. Song joined the Bastia youth team in 2003-04 and became a part of the first team the following season with 31 appearances. Bastia were playing in French Ligue 1 during the time Alex Song had a stint there. Song was Noted for his high versatility  While playing for Bastia, he was selected as a part of French U-16 football team. He later chose to represent Cameroon his country of birth. During his time at Bastia, he attracted attention from numerous clubs, Including Inter , Juventus , Manchester United , Lyon, and Middlesbrough . During his time at Bastia Song made a total of 32 league appearances. Song impressed Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as a trialist during Arsenal's p

Yossi Benayoun

Profile Football Stars | Yossi Benayoun | Benayoun started his career aged nine with Hapoel Be'er Sheva. By his 16th birthday, he was the Ajax youth team's highest scorer and best player, and Ajax duly Offered Benayoun a four-year professional contract.  Haifa's Goalkeeper, Nir Davidovich, saved the shot but Benayoun scored the rebound to give his team the win Benayoun finished as the league's joint fourth-leading goalscorer That season, with 15 goals in 25 appearances. After That season, Benayoun moved to Maccabi Haifa in a deal signed by Ya'akov Shahar (Maccabi Haifa's president) and Eli Zino (the former president of Be'er Sheva), and it was Agreed That the two clubs would share the profits from selling Benayoun to a European club. Benayoun also scored 16 goals in 29 matches for Haifa in the 1998-99 Liga Leumit, finishing the season as the equal leading goalscorer for his eighth team

In 2002, Benayoun moved to Racing de Santander in Spain's La Liga, scoring five goals in 31 matches his first season (2002-03 La Liga), seven goals in 35 matches his second (2003-04 La Liga), and nine goals in 35 matches his third (2004-05 La Liga), the latter Including a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruña in a 4-1 away victory. In total, he made 101 appearances for Racing, scoring 21 goals. Newly Promoted FA Premier League team West Ham United completed the signing of Benayoun in July 2005 for a fee of £ 2.5 Million, with Benayoun signing a four-year contract. Manager Alan Pardew hailed the signing citing Benayoun's ability to 'open the door when teams sit deep 'while Benayoun Revealed his excitement at the opportunity to play for West Ham and in the Premiership. The signing Appeared to be a match made in heaven Following Benayoun's first season in the which he scored five goals and made the Premier League Premier League eight assists. Benayoun played in the 125th FA Cup Final for West Ham against European Champions Liverpool. Benayoun scored five times in 34 matches in his first season at West Ham, three goals in 29 appearances his second season.

Benayoun moved to Liverpool under controversial circumstances. The Controversy was heightened on 10 July when the Israeli media reported That Benayoun's agent , Ronen Katsav, had Agreed a deal with Liverpool's Benayoun the which would mean taking a lower pay than the £ 50,000 a week Offered by West Ham in May. On 12 July, Liverpool's official website reported on Their That the signing of Yossi Benayoun had been completed a £ 5 million deal with him signing a four-year contract. Benayoun finished his second season at Anfield in spectacular fashion; scoring a goal in each of Liverpool's last three home matches. In the 2008-09 season, Benayoun played in 39 matches, scoring nine goals, Including eight league goals against Wigan, Blackburn, Newcastle, Sunderland, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and a brace against Arsenal. On 12 September 2009, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool in a 4-0 win against Burnley. He Remains the only player to score Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup hat tricks. He scored the first goal in Liverpool's 3-0 win over West Ham.

Benayoun signed for Chelsea on 2 July 2010, agreeing on a three-year deal, and keeping him with the Stamford Bridge club until summer 2013. On 26 August 2011, Juan Mata Offered Benayoun his number 10 shirt. "(Florent Malouda wears number 15 for Chelsea.) Benayoun changed to wear number 30 shirt. On 20 September 2011, Benayoun scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 78th minute of a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town. Benayoun scored his first Champions League goal for Arsenal in a 3-1 defeat to Olympiakos.

Benayoun was a member of the Israel U16 team came That third in the 1996 UEFA European Under-16 Championship. Benayoun scored his first international hat-trick in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier against San Marino at Ramat Gan Stadium on 8 September 1999. The match finished as an 8-0 win for Israel. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Benayoun Became the leading player of the Israeli national team after equalizing against Cyprus at home (That game ended in a 2-1 to Israel) and scoring twice against Switzerland. In the away game in Cyprus, Benayoun assisted the winning goal after Nir Davidovich saved a crucial goal. Just prior to the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, Benayoun was given the captaincy of the Israeli national team. In eight appearances in the qualifiers, Benayoun has scored two goals. On 2 September 2010, Benayoun scored his second international hat-trick against Malta in a 3-1 win.

Personal information
Full name Yosef Shai Benayoun
Date of birth 5 May 1980 (age 31)
Place of birth Dimona, Israel
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder

Club information
Current club Arsenal
(on ​​loan from Chelsea)
Number 30

Youth career
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1989-1995
Ajax 1995-1996
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1996-1997

Senior career
years Team
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1997-1998 25 (15)
Maccabi Haifa 1998-2002 130 (55)
Racing de Santander 2002-2005 101 (21)
2005-2007 West Ham United 63 (8)
2007-2010 Liverpool 92 (18)
2010-Chelsea 8 (1)
2011-Arsenal (loan) 16 (2)

National team
1998-2001 Israel U21 11 (5)
1998-Israel 85 (24)


Maccabi Haifa
     Israeli Premier League winners: 2000-01, 2001-02
     Israel State Cup finalist: 2002

West Ham United
     FA Cup finalist: 2006

     FA Community Shield finalists: 2010
     Premier League Asia Trophy: 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy

     Footballer of the Year - Israel: 2000-01


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