Hatem Ben Arfa born in 7 March 1987. He was born in a sporting family. His father was a former Tunisian footballer named Kamel Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa began his career at ASC Chatenay-Balabry in France. After two years at the club, he then moved to Mountroge CF 92. In 1998, he joined sporting club AC Boulogne-Billancourt.
Career (Club Early life)
He is a French footballer plays for Paris Saint German as an attacking midfielder and for France national team plays as a winger. He has been rated one of the top rated footballers. He started his career in lie-de-France region. In which he trained at AC Boulogne-Billancourt. In 1999, to attend Clairefontein academy he was selected. Before leaving Lyon he spent three years there and won four ligue 1 titles. He did play as a centre forward but soon he was driven to play the winger role. In 2008, he was signed by his rivals Marseille by 11 million euro. With Marseille, he won 2009/10 league title. It was his fifth overall and won coupa de la ligue in 2010.
After two years providing the services for Marseille, he then joined in English club Newcastle United in 2010/11 season on loan. He spent four years there. He was signed for Nice in January 2015. But, he had a bit of delay before playing for the team first time having represented Hull City and Newcastle United. For Nice, he had 32 league appearances and has 17 goals getting the attention of big European clubs and later on went to Paris Saint German 1 January 2016. He is a former French youth international and played in all level of France football. He was called up for senior team October 2007 and played qualifying match against Feroe Island in 2008 UEFA Euro in order to qualify. For France he played 15 games and got 2 goals.
He joined Lyon, the side won its first ever ligue 1 championship. In 2004, after spending in the youth club he then taken into professional football getting signed for Chelsea for a three year deal. Along with fellow young player Karim Benzema he was promoted to senior team and were given the number 34 shirt. He made his debut for Lyon in 2004/05 season against Nice winning by 1-0. In 11 September 2004, he made his first start in a 2-1 victory over Rennas. After two months, he got his first goal against Lille in a coupa de la ligue match winning by 3-2. He made his first UEFA Champions League against Manchester United. In the following season, he went back to his first team’s number 18 shirt. He made his first champions league start against Norwgien in a 2-1 victory. His first league goal came in 2006/07 season against as that turned out to be the match winning goal winning by 1-0. Since the departure of Florent Malouda and Sylvain Wiltord, new manager Alain Perrin who went for a modern day formation of 4-3-3 and driven Ben Arfa to play the role of winger for 2007/08 season. Ben Arfa though looked threat in that role scoring a goal in a 5-1 victory against Metz but did not look impressive as Benzema’s hattrick overshadowed Ben Arfa’s performance. His best performances came against Paris Saint German and against VFS stattgurt in a champions league game scoring couple of goals against each sides and both the results gone in favor of Lyon. For his impressive performances he was awarded “The National union of professional footballers and the young player of the year”. He extended his contract in 2008 until 2010. After he got a training session scuffle with Sebastien Squailacci, his career at Lyon reached at an impasse.
Some top English sides like Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal and the giant Spanish side Real Madrid and Marseille the side awaiting for his arrival to the side reportedly wanting the promising lad. On 28 June 2008, Lyon cancelled the proposal of their rivals for temporarily but, he chose Southern Coast on 29 June and would not return for the pre-season to play for Lyon. La Provenence reported that Ben Arfa missed his training in June 30. He was signed for Marseille of a money of 12 million euro in 1 July 2008. In December 2008, Ben Arfa told in the newspapers that his former club was lacking quite a bit of class and was not a quality side. On the same day, he had his training season for Marseille. He were given number 20 shirt. On 16 July, he had another bust-up this time with Dutch footballer Djibril Cisse the French international, later Djibril Cisse joined in an English club Southerland on loan. He made his league debut in the opening day of the season drawing 4-4 with Rennas. In that 4-4 draw he scored his first goal. In first 11 matches he got 6 goals starting impressively for the side. But, one thing never left him is controversy and now this time with Cameroon international Modeste M’bami ahead of the Liverpool game in UEFA Champions League. Both had to be separated by Ronald Zubar. In a 4-2 loss against Paris Saint German, the controversy started again. He was out of the squad for getting injured and returned in Saint-Eteinne game scoring a goal to take his side 3-1 win in his comeback match. In 2009/10, he was given the number 10 shirt and had his debut in a 2-0 victory over Grenoble in an away match coming in as a substitute.
He got his first match as a starter in the following week against Lille assisting the match winning goal to Brandao. Yet another controversy but, he was fined 10,000 euro for not attending in a training session on 8 October 2009. A month later, a hot argument between him and the manager Didier Deschamps for a training session for which he later apologized. Under Deschamps, he played 15 games out of 20 league matches and only played full 90 minutes in two matches, one against Monaco in a 2-1 defeat and one against Axuerre in a 2-0 defeat. In 2010, he earned praising from both Deschamps and sporting director Jose Anigo. On 10 January 2010, he scored his first goal against Trelissac in the Coupa de France. A month later, he assisted a goal to Lucho Gonzalez in which his side won by 5-1 over Valenciennes. He scored an away goal against Danish club FC Kovenhavn to draw in the 1st leg in an away match in UEFA Europa League. In the home match, he scored another goal to see his side 3-1 win and 6-2 in aggregate. On 27 February, his first league goal came in Paris Saint German game in a 3-0 win. In the month of February, he showed why he was given the award of UNFP player of the month. Marseille won all four matches in which Ben Arfa started. On 7 April, his penalty goal lead his side a 3-0 win over Sochaux. That was a big victory leading them to be at the top of the table and hardly moved from the spot winning the title on 5 May after a 3-1 victory over Reinnas.
Departure from Marseille
On 22 July 2010, the English club Newcastle United showed interest in signing Ben Arfa. His agent declared that Newcastle United and other European clubs showing interest in signing him. On 9 August, a season-long loan was an option to make this move permanently was reportedly negotiated between the two teams. The deal could not be done as Marseille falling short of 350,000 million euro short after wanting 650,000 million euro from Newcastle United. On 12 August, the president of Marseille Jean-Claude Dassier announced it that the player would not be moving to Newcastle. Quite similar action in case of leaving Lyon. The respond from Ben Arfa to the statement was that he would not be returning to the club, Marseille’s training facility and would not be playing with the side for the remaining matches of the season.
He also stated that the relationship between him and Deschamps was beyond repair. He traveled to Newcastle hoping that the two sides would come to an agreement. He missed several training sessions and was left of the matches in two league matches against Valenciennes and Lorient. He has given up his number 10 Jersey to new man signing Andree-Pierre Gignac. On 19 August, a proposed move to Werder Bremen was failed as the club’s sporting director declared that the club was not interested about Ben Arfa. Werder Bremen offered a fee of 8 million euro but denied it as the deal between Newcastle and Marseille was done on 27 August said by Dassier. Marseille agreed to a 2 million euro loan fee, Newcastle was set to give another 5 million euro had Ben Arfa made 25 appearances in 2010/11 season.
Loan to Newcastle United
On 27 August 2010, he agreed to personal terms and in the same day, the club announced that it had a long-loan season. On 11 September 2010, his debut match was against blackpool in a 2-0 defeat. On 18 September, He got his first goal against Everton in a 1-0 victory. On 3 October, he suffered an injury in his left leg in a league match against Manchester City. On 5 January 2011, both Marseille and Newcastle had come to an agreement of a four and a half year deal to send Ben Arfa to Newcastle. In January 2011, by the English media it was reported that he had gone another surgery to ensure that he will be getting better treatment. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was happy that Ben Arfa was running and could be seen in the team by April. But, there was no rush to play him in the team instead opting to rest him until May. He said his words, “I am not throwing him so early, I want to protect him”. Ben Arfa cameback to training session in April 5. He did participate in the warm ups and for the first team fully but due to light training and fitness, he was not able to appear a single game in 2010/11 season.
Ahead of the season 2011/12 after continuing his rehabilitation, he was appearing in friendly games with the senior team. He returned on 15 July 2011 against Conference National club Darlington. Yet falling in another injury this time on the ankle while playing against Sporting Kansas City in a pre-season tour of United States. He went back to his home country to rehab the injury and returned to Newcastle on 18 September. He was selected in the first team to participate in the Football League Cup drawing against Nottingham Forest on 21 September. He made his first season debut against Nottingham Forest coming as a substitute. Three days later, he returned to premier in a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers. On 26 December 2011, after a goalless quite a bit of period scored in an away match in a 2-0 victory over Bolton. On 7 January 2012, he scored against Blackburn Rovers helping to win the game in round three of FA Cup by 2-1. On 22 January 2012, he scored in a 5-2 defeat to Fulham. After two months, he scored an away goal against Arsenal in a 2-1 win. Against West Brom, he helped his team with a goal and a couple of assists which won them the game by 3-1.
He scored a beauty of a goal against Bolton Wanderers winning by 2-0. He had a decent new premier league season, his opening goal against Tottenhum saw them home by 2-1. Two weeks later, he scored an astonishing goal against Aston Villa to earn a point drawing it by 1-1. He caught up with another injury, this time catching up hamstring but, returned in 7 March 2013 against Anzhi Makhachakala in Europa League. He then scored an equalizer in his comeback match against them and helping a 2-1 win also ensuring that Newcastle has been promoted for the next season. He got off the mark in 2013/14 season by a bang! Providing them their first victory over Fulham with a goal and against Aston Villa he assisted and scored in the same match helping them winning it. He did “Icing on the cake” stuff winning an away match against Crystal Palace and a late goal from him was a disgusting for the home side.
Loan to Hull City
On 2 September 2014, he was signed on a season-long loan. On December 15, he made his debut against West Hum United in a 2-2 draw by substituting Abel Harnandez. On December 2014, he left Hull City saying nothing to anybody and manager did confirm that, that is the end of him in the English club. On 4 January 2015, Newcastle released him from the contract.
On 5 January 2015, the ligue 1 club Nice signed him, stating that, “If Real Madrid had call at that time, I made up my mind”. The reason has been answered of why he returned to France, “There are people here who trusts me, who do not judge me as some people judge me through press”. He though has not been allowed to play for the club as due to the rule that one player can play for only two clubs in a season where he played for Newcastle and Hull City. On 3 February, in press he said that the deal with Nice that has been done has been canceled. On 9 June, Nice would re-sign him at the start of the ligue 1 2015/16 season. He made his debut for Nice in AS Monaco’s match on 8 August 2015. Seven days later, he scored his first goal for his new club helping the side to draw the match 3-3 against Troyes AC. On 22 August, he scored a superb solo goal against SM Caen seeing his side 2-1 win.
Paris Saint German
On 1 July 2016, few top European teams showed signs of picking Ben Arfa in their squad after seeing a stat of his last season for Nice he scored 18 goals in 37 appearances. He was signed for a two year contract with Paris Saint German. On 6 August 2016, His first “PSG” goal came in a 4-1 victory against his former club Olympique Lyonnais in 2016 Trophee des Champions. On 1 February 2017, an impressive performance having a goal in his pocket and having couple of assists seeing his side 4-0 win over Stade Rennais FC in the round of 16 of coupa de France. On 5 April 2017, a rare start for him was given and he grabbed it with both hands providing a goal and a couple of assists to see his side 4-0 win over US Avranches in the quarter finals of 2016/17 coupa de France.
He capped in all youth teams of France. With Under-16 team, he scored 7 goals in 10 appearances. He made his debut for the side in 2003 in Aegean cup of Turkey. On 12 January, he scored his first goal of the tournament in a 3-2 win over Belgium. That win also assured them to get the third place to get the finish. In Mantaigo tournament, he scored a couple of goals in a massive 8-0 win over Gabon. He scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over Russia. And in final group stage match in a 3-1 victory over England. He scored in the final match against Italy but found themselves 5-1 defeat. For the Under-17 team he had his debut seeing his side 5-2 win over Sweden. In the Tornio-val-de-marne, he scored two goals and conceded none and also won the trophy. At 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, along with his teammates Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema the combination was superbly strong. Ben Arfa appeared in all five matches and scored against Northern Ireland, Turkey and Protugal. For Under-17 team, he played 17 games and scored 11 goals. Because of playing for Lyon, he missed a massive amount of portion for Under-18 team. On 15 March 2011, he made his debut in a 3-3 draw over Germany. He though unfortunately, has not seen a goal of his own. But, the foursome of Ben Arfa, Nasri, Benzema and Menez has made superior and won the 2006 UEFA Under-19 championship. In the first round, his lone goal against Wales saw them home and has not lost a game. His injury was a massive blow for France, they were eliminated by Scotland in terms of points.
Before 2006 World Cup in Germany, Tunisia offered him a place insisting him to play here rather than representing France national team. On 10 October 2007, he was called up for the first time in senior team and played in Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Feroe Islands and Lithuania. He made his debut against Feroe Island in a 6-0 victory replacing Frank Ribery. He was, however, omitted by Domenche’s final 23-man squad on May 28. On 25 February 2010, after a long break, he was called up in friend game against Spain 3 March. For World Cup 2010, he was named in 30-men preliminary squad but, could not make into the final 23-men squad. After two years without France shirt, he was called up by new manager Lauren Blanc in a friendly game against Norway on 11 August 2010.
Hatem Ben Arfa is the boy of Paris city. His parents are Kamel Ben Arfa and Sonia Ben Arfa.He was born in the Paris suburb of Clamart and was raised in Chatenay-Malabry. Hatem Ben Arfa describe himself as a moderate practicing Muslim.