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: 15/06/2016 16:21 CET
08.08.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice1-2MonacoMonaco9000
15.08.2015French Ligue 1TroyesTroyes3-3NiceNice7210
22.08.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice2-1CaenCaen9010
29.08.2015French Ligue 1AngersAngers1-1NiceNice9001
12.09.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice0-1GuingampGuingamp9000
19.09.2015French Ligue 1BastiaBastia1-3NiceNice9000
23.09.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice6-1BordeauxBordeaux9020
27.09.2015French Ligue 1St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne1-4NiceNice8420
18.10.2015French Ligue 1RennesRennes1-4NiceNice9011
24.10.2015French Ligue 1AjaccioAjaccio3-1NiceNice9000
28.10.2015French League CupThird roundCaenCaen1-2NiceNice000
01.11.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice0-0LOSCLOSC9000
04.11.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice1-2NantesNantes4500
08.11.2015French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille0-1NiceNice9000
13.11.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance2-0GermanyGermany1000
17.11.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageEnglandEngland2-0FranceFrance4600
20.11.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice3-0LyonLyon9000
28.11.2015French Ligue 1ToulouseToulouse2-0NiceNice9000
04.12.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice0-3ParisParis9000
12.12.2015French Ligue 1ReimsReims1-1NiceNice9000
15.12.2015French League CupRound of 16GuingampGuingamp2-2
18.12.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice1-0MontpellierMontpellier9000
04.01.2016French CupNinth roundNiceNice2-2
10.01.2016French Ligue 1LOSCLOSC1-1NiceNice9000
15.01.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice2-1AngersAngers9020
23.01.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice2-1LorientLorient010
31.01.2016French Ligue 1CaenCaen2-0NiceNice9000
03.02.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice1-0ToulouseToulouse9010
06.02.2016French Ligue 1MonacoMonaco1-0NiceNice9000
05.03.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice2-1TroyesTroyes3000
12.03.2016French Ligue 1MontpellierMontpellier0-2NiceNice7701
20.03.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice3-0AjaccioAjaccio9011
02.04.2016French Ligue 1ParisParis4-1NiceNice9010
10.04.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice3-0RennesRennes7330
15.04.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-1NiceNice9000
22.04.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice2-0ReimsReims9011
30.04.2016French Ligue 1NantesNantes1-0NiceNice9000
07.05.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice2-0St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne9000
14.05.2016French Ligue 1GuingampGuingamp2-3NiceNice9001

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 (29)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Nice ( FRA)

  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 65kg

  • Currently playing:
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • 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: 31/05/2016 23:57 CET