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Mehdi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia
Date of birth:
17 April 1987
Place of birth:
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:24, 13 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013
Mehdi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia, born 17 April 1987, is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Morocco national team as a centre back.
Benatia was born in Courcouronnes, France, to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother.
Benatia joined Marseille in 2003, and signed his first professional contract with them two years later.
After loan spells at Tours and Lorient, he left for Ligue 2 club Clermont on 1 July 2008 on a free transfer.
On 1 July 2010, Benatia signed for Serie A club Udinese Calcio, again on a free transfer. He made 80 league appearances for Udinese, scoring six goals.
On 13 July 2013, Benatia signed for Roma on a five-year contract in a €13.5 million transfer, with Nico López and Valerio Verre going the other way on co-ownership as part of the same deal.
On 26 September, Benatia scored his first goal for the club in a 2:0 victory against Sampdoria.
After further goals against Bologna, Catania and Chievo Verona in the second half of the season, he ended the season with five goals from 33 games.
On 27 August 2014, Bayern Munich announced that they had signed Benatia on a five-year deal for a fee of €26 million.
Bayern Munich beat Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who were also interested in signing him.
On 17 September 2014, made his official debut for Bayern in a (1:0) home win against Manchester City, for the opening match of the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season, where he played for 85 minutes, completing 93% of his passes.
In the return match at Manchester City, he was sent off in the 20th minute for denying Sergio Agüero a clear goalscoring opportunity; the subsequent penalty was converted by Agüero and City went on to win 3:2.
Benatia scored his first goal for Bayern on 13 December, opening the scoring in a 4:0 win at FC Augsburg with a header; this result put his club 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.