Hatem Ben Arfa

  • Date of birth : 07/03/1987
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : France France
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Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa

Clubs: Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille, Newcastle United FC

• Born in the Parisian suburbs to a Tunisian father, his prodigious talent earned him a place at the celebrated Clairefontaine academy and he was recruited by Olympique Lyonnais aged 15; won the 2004 European U17 title with France on home soil, scoring three goals to become the tournament's joint top marksman.

• Made his senior debut for Lyon at 17, in August 2004, and was on the fringes of the first team for the club's title wins in 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07.

• Enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2007/08, scoring six goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances and winning the French double with Lyon, though he did not play in the Coupe de France final; also won his first six senior international caps that season, the first of them on 13 October 2007 in a UEFA European Championship qualifier in the Faroe islands, which he marked with a goal in a 6-0 win.

• Left Lyon for Marseille in 2008 at a cost of €12 million and started all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage; second place in Ligue 1 in his first season was followed by another French title – and League Cup win – in his second, but a disagreement with coach Didier Deschamps triggered his departure to Newcastle.

• Missed most of his debut season in the Premier League as a result of a fracture to left fibula and tibia sustained in October 2010 against Manchester City FC; returned to fitness and form in 2011/12, scoring a couple of brilliant solo goals and helping Newcastle qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

• Scored France's consolation goal in Laurent Blanc's first game as head coach – a 2-1 defeat in Norway – but played no part in the team's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign as he recuperated from injury.

• Recovered superbly in 2011/12 to warrant an international recall and made the France squad for UEFA EURO 2012 where he made two appearances as France fell at the quarter-final stage.

• Domestic 2012/13 season hampered by injury, but came back to play 27 times in the league the following campaign, however, was not included by Didier Deschamps in the France squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. 

UEFA honours
UEFA European Under-17 Championship: winner 2004

Last updated: 29/07/14 10.07CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 20/02/2015 16:37 CET
15.09.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull2-2West HamWest Ham1100
24.09.2014English League CupThird roundWest BromWest Brom3-2HullHull9001
27.09.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull2-4Man. CityMan. City1700
18.10.2014English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal2-2HullHull9000
25.10.2014English Premier LeagueLiverpoolLiverpool0-0HullHull7100
01.11.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull0-1SouthamptonSouthampton7200
08.11.2014English Premier LeagueBurnleyBurnley1-0HullHull3100
23.11.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull1-2TottenhamTottenham5700
29.11.2014English Premier LeagueMan. UnitedMan. United3-0HullHull3500

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Hatem Ben Arfa
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 07/03/1987 (28)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Nice ( FRA)

  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 65kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    15/09/04: Lyon 2-2 Man. United
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Final tournament - Group stage)
    04/05/04: France 3-0 Northern Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

France U-2110
France U-1921
France U-1753

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 20/02/2015 16:37 CET
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