Fahid Ben Khalfallah
Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Arabic: فهيد بن خلف الله; born 9 October 1982) is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays for and is head coach of Australian side Nunawading City. He represented the Tunisia national team between 2008 and 2011.
Ben Khalfallah with Bordeaux in 2010
|Date of birth||9 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Péronne, France|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Position(s)||Winger, attacking midfielder, forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2021|
Ben Khalfallah played in the French second and third divisions until the age of 25, first with Amiens SC, then with Stade Lavallois and Angers SCO, until he got his first taste of Ligue 1 football with SM Caen. His new team, however, was relegated at the end of the season after a decent first season in Ligue 1 for the midfielder.
In the summer of 2009, he signed for Valenciennes FC for three years. He started the season very well, starting five games and coming on as a substitute in another five, scoring 3 goals and providing 5 assists.
His first season in Australia was very successful; scoring five goals and making nine assists in the A-League helping to win that competitions Premiership and Championship, as well as being awarded the Victory Medal as the club's player of the season.
On 24 April 2015, Melbourne Victory announced that they had retained Ben Khalfallah's services for a further two years, the player citing that he enjoyed life in Melbourne and playing for the club.
On 26 April 2017, Ben Khalfallah confirmed that he would be leaving the Victory at the end of the season. This was confirmed by the club on 12 May 2017, with Ben Khalfallah listed as one of 7 players departing the club at the end of the season.
Ben Khalfallah signed with rival A-League club Brisbane Roar on a one-season deal shortly after leaving the Victory. On 20 April 2018, following the elimination of Brisbane Roar against Melbourne City in the A-League Elimination Finals, Fahid Ben Khalfallah decided to retire at the age of 35.
On 19 May 2018, only a month after announcing his retirement, Ben Khalfallah came out of retirement and sign for NPL2 East Victoria club Nunawading City for the remainder of the season. After promising the coaching staff he would play for Nunawading after his stint with Roar, Ben Khalfallah made his debut on the same day his signing was announced against the Eastern Lions in a goalless draw. Ben Khalfallah scored his first goal for Nunawading against Melbourne City FC Youth, winning the game 3–1. Nunawading finished the season in bottom place in NPL2 East and were relegated to the fifth-tier State League Division 1 South-East for 2019.
In September 2018, Ben Khalfallah was announced as player-coach of Nunawading for the 2019 State League 1 season. Nunawading went on to finish top of the 2019 State League 1 South East ladder, winning the league and winning promotion back into the NPL in 2020.
Ben Khalfallah was born in Peronne, France to Tunisian parents. His father had emigrated to France, also as a professional footballer. Although his parents were Muslim, Ben Khalfallah has described himself as an atheist.
He has often spoken very positively of the experience for himself and his family since moving to Melbourne, Australia for Melbourne Victory, and this was a key reason for his re-signing for the club.
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- Panas, Philip (14 October 2019). "Football Victoria confirm new NPL structures for 2020". Soccerscene. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
- Fahid Ben Khalfallah condemns Paris religious terror The Age 17 November 2015