Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Jacques Marcel Pavard (born 28 March 1996) is a French professional footballer who plays as a right back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the France national team. Although usually deployed as a right-back, he is also capable of playing as a centre-back.

Benjamin Pavard
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Pavard with France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Jacques Marcel Pavard[1]
Date of birth (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Maubeuge, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 5
Youth career
2002–2005 US Jeumont
2005–2015 Lille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Lille II 20 (1)
2015–2016 Lille 21 (0)
2016–2019 VfB Stuttgart 84 (2)
2019– Bayern Munich 51 (5)
National team
2015 France U19 4 (0)
2015–2017 France U21 15 (0)
2017– France 33 (2)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  France
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2018 Russia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:22, 10 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2021

He began his career at Lille in Ligue 1 and transferred to VfB Stuttgart in 2016, where he won the 2. Bundesliga in his first season. In January 2019 he agreed a move to Bayern Munich, which was completed after Stuttgart's relegation at the end of the season. In 2020, he completed an historic sextuple by winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.

Pavard made his international debut for France in November 2017, and won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Maubeuge, Nord, near the Belgian border, Pavard first played with his hometown club in Jeumont, where former France international striker Jean-Pierre Papin also began his career.[3]

Pavard joined Lille's academy at the age of nine.[3] He made his Ligue 1 debut on 31 January 2015 against FC Nantes, playing the full game in a 1–1 away draw.[4] Pavard made 21 league appearances across two seasons for Lille, before leaving the club in 2016.[3]

VfB StuttgartEdit

On 30 August 2016, Pavard moved to VfB Stuttgart, signing a four-year contract.[5] He made his debut in the 2. Bundesliga on 3 October, scoring in a 4–0 home win over SpVgg Greuther Fürth.[6][7] He played 21 games[8] and his team ended the season as league champions.[9]

Pavard made his Bundesliga debut on 19 August in a 2–0 loss at Hertha BSC.[10] He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga with a delightful back header on 29 October in a 3–0 win over SC Freiburg at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.[11][3] He extended his contract with Stuttgart on 20 December 2017 until 30 June 2021.[12]

He was one of only four players to feature in every single second of the 2017–18 Bundesliga season.[8] He played in several positions, namely right-back, centre-back, defensive midfielder and right wing, but after the appointment of Tayfun Korkut as manager in January 2018 he was exclusively a centre back; the team conceded 10 goals in their last 14 games as they went from near the relegation places to finish 7th, only just missing out on a UEFA Europa League place.[8]

In 2018–19, Pavard was again a regular as Stuttgart fought relegation all season, which was confirmed with defeat to 1. FC Union Berlin in a playoff.[13]

Bayern MunichEdit

On 9 January 2019, Bayern Munich confirmed Pavard would join the club for the 2019–20 season, signing a five-year contract lasting until 30 June 2024.[14]

He made his competitive debut on 3 August in a 2–0 defeat in the 2019 DFL-Supercup against Borussia Dortmund, as an 80th-minute substitute for Thiago Alcântara.[15] On 31 August, he scored his first goal for the club to equalise in a 6–1 home win over Mainz 05.[16] On 11 February 2021, Pavard scored Bayern's only goal in a 1–0 win against Tigres UANL in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Final, as the club won its sixth trophy in a year.[17]

International careerEdit

On 6 November 2017, Pavard was selected by France's head coach Didier Deschamps for the friendly matches against Wales and Germany.[18] He made his debut against the Welsh on 10 November in a 2–0 win at the Stade de France, replacing Christophe Jallet at half time.[19]

On 17 May 2018, he was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[20] On 16 June, Pavard made his World Cup debut in a 2–1 victory over Australia.[21] On 30 June, Pavard scored his first international goal, a long range shot from outside the penalty area, in a 4–3 victory over Argentina in the World Cup's round of 16.[22] The goal was later voted as goal of the tournament[23] and nominated for goal of the year.[24] He also became the first French defender to score a goal in the World Cup since Lilian Thuram scored against Croatia in the 1998 semi-final.[25] Pavard won the World Cup, after starting all of France's games except for their last group match against Denmark.[26]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 13 April 2021[27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lille 2014–15 Ligue 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2015–16 Ligue 1 13 0 1 0 3 0 17 0
Total 21 0 1 0 3 0 25 0
VfB Stuttgart 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 21 1 0 0 21 1
2017–18 Bundesliga 34 1 2 0 36 1
2018–19 Bundesliga 29 0 0 0 2 0 31 0
Total 84 2 2 0 2 0 88 2
Bayern Munich 2019–20 Bundesliga 32 5 6 0 8 0 1 0 47 5
2020–21 Bundesliga 19 0 1 0 7 0 4 1 31 1
Total 51 5 7 0 15 0 5 1 78 6
Career total 156 7 10 0 3 0 15 0 7 1 200 8

InternationalEdit

As of match played 31 March 2021[28]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2017 2 0
2018 16 1
2019 9 0
2020 4 1
2021 2 0
Total 33 2
Scores and results list France's goal tally first.[citation needed]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 June 2018 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia 9   Argentina 2–2 4–3 2018 FIFA World Cup
2 17 November 2020 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 31   Sweden 2–1 4–2 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

HonoursEdit

VfB Stuttgart

Bayern Munich

France

Individual

Orders

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Décret du 31 décembre 2018 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 31 December 2018 on promotion and appointment]. Official Journal of the French Republic (in French). 2019 (1). 1 January 2019. PRER1835394D. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Benjamin Pavard: 10 things on VfB Stuttgart's French World Cup winner". Bundesliga. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Nantes vs. Lille – 31 January 2015 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  5. ^ "VfB sign Benjamin Pavard". VfB Stuttgart. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Mit dieser Startelf spielt der VfB". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). 3 October 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Hier finden Sie alle Informationen zum achten Spieltag". Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German). 3 October 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "VfB Stuttgart and France defender Benjamin Pavard: The next Lilian Thuram?". Bundesliga. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Stuttgart wins German 2nd division to return to Bundesliga". ABS-CBN Sports. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Leckie double helps Hertha beat Stuttgart". Bundesliga. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  11. ^ Tillenburg, Robin (29 October 2017). "Stuttgart siegt in Überzahl gegen Freiburg". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "VfB extend contract with Benjamin Pavard". VfB Stuttgart. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Union Berlin hold on against VfB Stuttgart to earn historic promotion". Bundesliga. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  14. ^ "FC Bayern sign world champion Benjamin Pavard". FCBayern.com. FC Bayern Munich. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Off-colour Red fall to ruthless Dortmund". fcbayern.com. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Bayern Munich 6–1 Mainz". BBC Sport. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Pavard completes sextuple for dominant Bayern". FIFA.com. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Benjamin who? Pavard is surprise inclusion in France squad". Fox Sports. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  19. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (10 November 2017). "France 2–0 Wales". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  20. ^ "World Cup 2018: Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette left out of France squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  21. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - France - Australia". FIFA.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  22. ^ "French player rips a screamer vs. Argentina for his first international goal and one of the wildest shots of the World Cup". Business Insider. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Pavard's stunner voted Hyundai Goal of the Tournament". FIFA. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  24. ^ "FIFA Puskas Award 2018 - THE NOMINEES". FIFA.com. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Benjamin Pavard, like Lilian Thuram, scores at World Cup". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Benjamin Pavard Player Profile - ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Benjamin Pavard". soccerway.com. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Pavard, Benjamin". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Bayern Munich secure eighth successive Bundesliga title with win at Werder Bremen". bundesliga.com. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Bayern win the Champions League". ESPN. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  31. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 July 2018). "France 4–2 Croatia". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  32. ^ "Pavard's stunner voted Hyundai Goal of the Tournament". FIFA. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  33. ^ "World 11: The Reserve Team for 2017–18". FIFPro.org. 24 September 2018. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  34. ^ "Champions League breakthrough team of 2019". UEFA.com. UEFA.com Reporters & Editors. 30 December 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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