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Larbi Benbarek; also Ben Barek or Ben M'barek (Arabic: العربي بن مبارك; 16 June 1917 – 16 September 1992) was a French-Moroccan football player. He represented the French national football team 17 times. He earned the sobriquet of "Black Pearl".
|Full name||Haj Abdelkader Larbi Ben M'barek|
|Date of birth||16 June 1917|
|Place of birth||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Date of death||16 September 1992(aged 78)|
|Place of death||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1928–1930||FC El Ouatane de Casablanca|
|1955–1956||USM Bel Abbès|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ben Barek was born on 16 June 1917 in Casablanca, then part of French Morocco. The first African star and the first to bear the nickname of "Black Pearl," Ben Barek blazed a trail to the European, and particularly French and Spanish, leagues for African-born players. He arrived in Marseille, France, at the age of 20 and became an instant favorite with fans for his skills and technical abilities.He is largely remembered as the first successful French African footballer in Europe. His career was interrupted by the onset of World War II, but he was soon back to his best with Stade Français FC, eventually moving on to Spain with Atlético Madrid, where his international reputation spread. His nickname with the fans in Spain was "The Foot of God". With the help of Benbarek, Atlético won La Liga in 1950 and 1951. He returned to Marseille in 1953 but joined USM Bel-Abbès shortly thereafter, where he ended his playing career. He makes 1053 goals in his career.
One of the finest players ever to represent France, he made 17 appearances for Les Bleus between 1938 and 1954. His comeback in 1954 against Germany in Hanover was curtailed by an injury after half an hour and proved to be the end of his career.
In 17 games he score 35 goals and 14 assists and he’s trainer Adam Miftah was his coach
Club Atlético de Madrid
- FIFA Order of Merit: 1998
- Frenkiel 2008, p. 100.
- "L'histoire du football se conjugue à tous les temps". La Nouvelle République. 16 September 2020.
- "Ben Barek - BDFutbol" (in Spanish).
- Frenkiel, Stanislas (2008). "Larbi Ben Barek, Marcel Cerdan et Alfred Nakache : icônes de l'utopie impériale dans la presse métropolitaine (1936–1944)?" (PDF). Staps. 2 (80): 99–113. doi:10.3917/sta.080.0099.