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Achraf Bencharki (Arabic: أشرف بنشرقي‎; born 24 September 1994) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for French club RC Lens. He can be deployed as a left winger or a attacking midfielder or a striker.

Achraf Bencharki
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Bencharki in 2018.
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Taza, Morocco
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lens
(on loan from Al-Hilal)
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Maghreb de Fès 45 (18)
2016–2018 Wydad Casablanca 41 (10)
2018– Al-Hilal 7 (3)
2018– Lens (loan) 16 (3)
National team
Morocco U20 1
2014–2017 Morocco U23 5 (4)
2017– Morocco A 2 (2)
2017– Morocco 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:20, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:14, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

Born in Taza, Morocco, Bencharki began his career at Maghreb de Fès where he joined the first team for the 2014–15 season.[2] In the 2015–16 season, he scored 9 goals in 27 matches.[2]

In 2016, he moved to Wydad Casablanca for a reported transfer fee of 300 million Moroccan dirham.[2] He helped the club win the 2017 CAF Champions League and qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup.[3] He was praised for his performances in the CAF Champions League and was widely considered the best player of the competitions's final.[4][5][6]

In January 2018, Bencharki joined Saudi Professional League club Al-Hilal[3] for a $9 million transfer fee.[7]

In August 2018, he joined Ligue 2 club RC Lens on loan for the 2018–19 season.[7][8]

International careerEdit

Bencharki played for the Morocco national under-23 team and under 21 team[9] having previously played for their under-20 team.[10]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 January 2018 Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco   Mauritania 4–0 4–0 2018 African Nations Championship

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Achraf Bencharki". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "مواهب من المغرب: بنشرقي القوة الهادئة". sport360.com (in Arabic). 9 February 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Fayad, Mohammed (23 January 2018). "Al Hilal sign Achraf Bencharki". Goal. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ Er-rafay, Oumeïma (28 October 2017). "Vidéo. WAC-Ahly: Achraf Bencharki, une étoile est née" [Video. WAC-Ahly: Achraf Bencharki, a star is born]. le360.ma (in French). Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ Mansour, Adel (4 November 2017). "رجل رائع – رجل مخيب | الوداد × الأهلي". goal.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  6. ^ "African Team of the Month: October 2017". Goal. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b Senoussi, Zoubida (29 August 2018). "Morocco's Achraf Bencharki Joins France's RC Lens on Loan". Morocco World News. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Mercato : Kyei et Bencharki prêtés à Lens". La Voix Du Nord (in French). 28 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Achraf Bencharki of Morocco U21 News Photo". Getty Images. Stade Leo Lagrange, Toulon, France. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Chuba Akpom bags late point as Aidy Boothroyd's side come back with 10 men to kick off Toulon campaign with draw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Bencharki, Achraf". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 January 2018.