Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa (2009)

Hatem Ben Arfa ( born March 7, 1987 in Clamart, Hauts -de -Seine ) is a French football player of Tunisian descent. He is currently the Premier League club Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa plays on the left wing or as a striker behind the strikers. Technology and game overview among his strengths.

The parents of Ben Arfa emigrated before he was born to France. It has with the French and Tunisian dual citizenship, but decided early to play for his native country France.

  • 2.1 club
  • 2.2 national team



Ben Arfa signed his first professional contract with Olympique Lyon with a term of three years by the year 2008. Youth department of Lyon had the player, 2002 to 15 years.

The midfielder moved into the 2004/2005 season from their own youth department in the squad Olympique Lyon, where he came to nine appearances in his first season and won his first French title. In the same season, Ben Arfa also completed four games in the UEFA Champions League. Against Rosenborg BK ( 2-1 Lyon) he played on 6 December 2005 for the first time 90 minutes into the "king class ", his coach Gerard Houllier could do without some experienced players as the first place in the group stage was certainly. The winning goal by the Brazilian team-mate Fred equalized after great assisted by Ben Arfa. 2006, 2007 and 2008, he defended the championship title with Lyon. In addition, Ben Arfa has won the Trophée des Champions and 2008 the French Cup with the team in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In the summer of 2008, Ben Arfa moved for 15 million euros to Olympique Marseille, but where he fell out with coach Deschamps and Marseille really wanted to leave. He was there in the season 2009/10 champions, League Cup and Super Cup winners become.

On August 28, 2010 Hatem Ben Arfa signed a loan agreement with the maturity of one season in the Premier League newly promoted Newcastle United. For the Magpies Ben Arfa played four times in the Premier League before settling on 3 October 2010 in the championship game of Newcastle against Manchester City by a foul by Nigel de Jong drew upon a tibia and fibula fracture.

Although he missed most of the first half of the 2010/11 season at Newcastle due to the serious injury, the Premier League club was convinced of his abilities. In January 2011, he was obliged for a transfer fee of € 6 million and signed a contract until the end of June 2015.


With the French U-17 National Team Ben Arfa was European Junior Champion in 2004 in their own country. In the tournament, the Frenchman was next to Jeremy Menez and Samir Nasri the discovery par excellence. For these junior selection attacking midfielder scored 15 goals in 22 international matches (as of 17 June 2005). After he was able to score goals against Northern Ireland, Turkey and Portugal, he came in the fall of 2005 for the first time in the French U-18 national team for the use.

On 13 October 2007, he finally gave up against the Faroe his debut in the senior team and also scored in this game, his first international goal. In May 2010, Ben Arfa was called by coach Raymond Domenech in the preliminary squad for the World Cup 2010. Shortly thereafter, on May 17, but Domenech dropped the striker back from his squad.



  • French Champion: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 ( with Lyon ), 2010 ( with Marseille)
  • French Cup Winners: 2008
  • French League Cup Winners: 2010
  • Winner of the French Super Cup: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010


  • U- 17 European Championship with France: 2004


The parents of Hatem Ben Arfa had emigrated from Tunisia in 1973 and went to Europe to settle in France in Picardy Saint- Michel ( Aisne ). Father Kamel, who was football player myself once and had played for the national team of Tunisia, a position found in a foundry. Hatem Ben Arfa was born in 1987 in Clamart and grew up in Chatenay -Malabry.