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Jonathan Benteke Lifeka (born 28 April 1995) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a striker for Oldham Athletic.

Jonathan Benteke
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Benteke Lifeka
Date of birth (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Oldham Athletic
Number 14
Youth career
2004–2006 JS Pierreuse
2006–2007 Standard Liège
2007–2009 Visé
2009–2013 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Visé 20 (2)
2014–2016 Zulte-Waregem 25 (2)
2016–2017 Crystal Palace 1 (0)
2017–2018 Omonia 3 (0)
2018– Oldham Athletic 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:00, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

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CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Benteke played youth football for JS Pierreuse before moving to the higher level Standard Liège in 2006 where he stayed for a season before moving to Visé's youth side. In 2009, he moved back to Standard where he played for four seasons in their youth teams without appearing for the first team. On his release from Standard, he rejoined Visé, where he made his professional first team appearance and was at the time playing in the Belgian Second Division.[1][2][3][4] While at C.S. Visé, Benteke went on to make eighteen appearances and scoring two times.

Zulte-WaregemEdit

On 24 June 2014, it was reported that Benteke was in talks over a move to Zulte-Waregem.[5] The move was confirmed on 28 June 2014, where he signed a three-year contract.[6]

However, at the start of the season, Benteke suffered a groin injury and did not return to training around September.[7][8] It wasn't until on 27 September 2014 when Benteke made his Zulte Waregem debut against Anderlecht, replacing Glynor Plet after 70 minutes.[9] It wasn't until 21 January 2015 that he scored his first Zulte-Waregem goal, in a 4–2 loss against Anderlecht in the quarter-final of Beker Van Belgie.[10] Benteke went on to score two goals in the league against Genk[11] and Oostende.[12] At the end of the 2014–15 season, Benteke went on to make eight appearances and scoring three times in all competitions.

However, the 2015–16 season saw Benteke found himself, competing for the first team role under the management of Francky Dury.[13] As a result, Benteke spent the most of the season on the substitute bench and did not score goals in his seventeen appearances in all competitions this season.[14]

Crystal PalaceEdit

On 1 September 2016, Benteke joined the development squad of Premier League side Crystal Palace, where his brother played.[15]

Nine days later he made his debut in a 2–1 win at Middlesbrough, replacing his sibling for the final six minutes; they were the first Belgian brothers to play in England's top flight.[16] At the end of the month, he suffered a knee meniscus injury, ruling him out for the next three or four months; his manager Alan Pardew called this "disappointing".[17] Benteke was released by the club at the end of the 2016–17 season.[18]

Omonia NicosiaEdit

In September 2017, Cypriot First Division club Omonia Nicosia signed Benteke on a two-year contract.[19]

Oldham AthleticEdit

On 6 February 2018, Benteke signed with League One Club Oldham Athletic on a short term deal until the end of the season.[20] On 27 July, Benteke signed a new one-year contract with the club.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Benteke was born in Belgium to parents of Congolese descent, and is the younger brother of Christian Benteke, who plays as a forward for Crystal Palace and the Belgium national football team.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 10 September 2016[23]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Visé 2013–14 Belgian Second Division 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
Zulte-Waregem 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 6 2 2 1 0 0 8 3
2015–16 Belgian Pro League 15 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
Total 21 2 4 1 0 0 25 3
Crystal Palace 2016–17 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 42 4 4 1 0 0 46 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jonathan Benteke On Life At Palace". Crystal Palace F.C. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  2. ^ ""Broers van" bij de Rode Duivels? Wij gaan nog een stapje verder" (in Dutch). Sporza. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Football (D2): Visé recrute Jonathan Benteke, le jeune frère de Christian" (in French). La Muese. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL: JONATHAN BENTEKE SUR LES TRACES DE SON GRAND FRÈRE" (in French). La Muese. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Kylian Hazard tekent bij Essevee, ook broer Benteke dicht bij contract" (in Dutch). HLN.be. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  6. ^ "OFFICIEEL: Zulte Waregem bindt Benteke aan zich" (in Dutch). Voetbal Nieuws. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Zulte Waregem moet Naessens drie maanden missen" (in Dutch). HLN.be. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  8. ^ "ZULTE WAREGEM. Meer dan ooit opleidingsclub" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Suarez loodst Anderlecht over de Gaverbeek" (in Dutch). Sporza.be. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Anderlecht freewheelt naar halve finales tegen experimenteel Essevee (4-2)" (in Dutch). HLN.be. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Herbeleef de leuke pot voetbal tussen Zulte Waregem en Genk" (in Dutch). HLN.be. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Oostende geeft Zulte Waregem lesje in counteren" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Benteke: 'Eindelijk voel ik mij topfit'" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Anderlecht sluit turbulent seizoen ondanks supportersprotest af op tweede plaats na zege" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Transfer Window Round-Up". cpfc.co.uk. 1 September 2016. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  16. ^ Warlow, Robert (12 September 2016). "Benteke brothers make history for Crystal Palace at Middlesbrough". Croydon Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Jonathan Benteke: Crystal Palace striker out for four months". BBC Sport. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Crystal Palace release Fraizer Campbell, Mathieu Flamini and Joe Ledley". Sky Sport. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Ποδοσφαιριστής της ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑΣ ο Jonathan Benteke". AC Omonia Nicosia. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Jonathan Benteke: Oldham sign Christian Benteke's brother on short-term deal". BBC Sport. 6 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Jonathan Benteke: Oldham Athletic re-sign striker on one-year deal". BBC Sport. 27 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Ποδοσφαιριστής της ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑΣ ο Jonathan Benteke". 7 September 2017.
  23. ^ "J. BENTEKE". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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