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Encyclopedia > Benni McCarthy
Benni McCarthy
Personal information
Full name Benedict Saul McCarthy
Date of birth November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12) (age 30)
Place of birth    Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 10
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995-1997
1997
1998-1999
1999-2002
2001-2006
2006-
Seven Stars
Cape Town Spurs
Ajax
Celta Vigo
FC Porto
Blackburn Rovers
029 0(37)
020 0(24)
35 (20)
82 (21)
129 (57)
65 (32)   
National team2
1997- South Africa 65 (28)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:03, 9 November 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17 April 2007.
* Appearances (Goals) is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, and formerly inside forwards, are the players on a team in football in the row nearest to the opposing teams goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... The Seven Stars is a former football team from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. ... Ajax Cape Town is a South African Premier Soccer League team based in Parow, Cape Town. ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Real Club Celta de Vigo is a Spanish football team from Vigo in Galicia. ... FC Porto emblem (Larger version) Futebol Clube do Porto (short: FC Porto, FCP) is a Portuguese sports club, best known for its football section. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ...

Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy (born November 12, 1977 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a professional footballer, currently playing for English side Blackburn Rovers and South Africa. is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... Soccer redirects here. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ...

Contents

Road to Amsterdam

Playing for Seven Stars, the 18-year old McCarthy scored 37 goals in 29 games in the 1995-96 season, followed by another 24 goals in 20 matches, which earned him a transfer to Cape Town Spurs which two years later merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Amsterdam farm team Ajax Cape Town. The Seven Stars is a former football team from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... A farm team, or farm club, generally refers to a minor league baseball league in the United States which are at a lower pay level and play in smaller cities and towns than do Major League Baseball, and which are under the control of the two major leagues and are... Ajax Cape Town is a South African Premier Soccer League team based in Parow, Cape Town. ...


In 1997, after an impressive showing at the African Youth Cup and FIFA World Youth Championship, he joined the Dutch side, where he scored 9 goals and was crowned champion in his first season. After a relatively successful 1998-99 season he was sold to Spanish side Celta Vigo for a sum reported to be over 6m EUR, at the time the most expensive transfer for a South African player. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The FIFA World Youth Championship is the world championship of football for male players under the age of 20 and is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). ... Real Club Celta de Vigo are a Spanish football team from Vigo in Galicia. ...


Celta Vigo

Although regarded as one of the best African players at the time, McCarthy never established himself as a regular choice for Celta Vigo's manager, Víctor Fernández. After two poor seasons at the Galician club, he was loaned to struggling FC Porto in the 2001-02 season where he soon rediscovered the form that took him to Europe. Real Club Celta de Vigo are a Spanish football team from Vigo in Galicia. ... Víctor Fernández, (born in Zaragoza, Spain; November 28, 1960) is a Spanish football coach. ... Galicia (Spain) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... FC Porto emblem (Larger version) Futebol Clube do Porto (short: FC Porto, FCP) is a Portuguese sports club, best known for its football section. ...


At Porto he played under the then newly-appointed coach José Mourinho for an underperforming team had never been quite good enough to challenge for the top honours in Europe. However, that would soon change. José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, commonly known as José Mourinho, GOIH (pron. ...


After representing Bafana Bafana in the 2002 African Nations Cup, his national side were knocked out in the semi-finals, McCarthy returned to Porto where he became the main force behind the team's recovery. He helped them to third place in the league and automatic qualification for the UEFA Cup by scoring an impressive 12 goals in only 10 matches, but Porto's finances did not allow them to keep the player, despite the desire of both sides to continue. First International Australia 1 - 2 South Africa (Sydney, Australia; 10 May 1947) Largest win Australia 0 - 8 South Africa (Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955) Worst defeat Australia 5 - 1 South Africa (Newcastle, Australia; 7 June 1947) Mexico 4 - 0 South Africa (Los Angeles, USA; 6 October 1993) USA 4 - 0... The 2002 African Nations Cup was the 23rd edition of the African Nations Cup, the Mali. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ...


So, in 2002-03 Mccarthy returned to Celta Vigo where he spent a lot of time on the bench as squad player while Porto captured the League Cup in Portugal and the UEFA Cup. When former teammate Hélder Postiga was sold to English side Tottenham Hotspur in the 2003-04 season, Porto finally acquired the funds to buy McCarthy for a sum of €3.5 M. Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga, OIH, or Hélder Postiga (pron. ... Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club which plays in the Premier League. ...


FC Porto

On his return, McCarthy not only found club morale was at its highest for years, but that Porto now had a highly organized team with some of the best Portuguese players. He grabbed the Golden Boot award (with 20 goals in 23 games) on the final day with a terrific hat-trick, and was instrumental in Porto's superb run in the 2004 UEFA Champions League, which they won. Notably, he was responsible for scoring two goals against Manchester United to defeat them in the second round. In sports, a hat-trick (more often rendered in North America as hat trick, without the hyphen) is associated with achieving something in a group of three. ... FC Porto emblem (Larger version) Futebol Clube do Porto (short: FC Porto, FCP) is a Portuguese sports club, best known for its football section. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ...


When José Mourinho left and was (shortly) replaced by Italian coach Luigi Del Neri, McCarthy considered leaving for the FA Premier League, but the two years left in his contract posed a problem. When the Italian coach was fired and replaced by his former Celta coach Fernandez (who he said he would rather quit playing than be coached by again) he tried to pressure Porto to sell him to Everton, who needed a replacement for Wayne Rooney. José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, commonly known as José Mourinho, GOIH (pron. ... Luigi Del Neri (born August 23, 1950 in Aquileia, Udine) is an Italian football manager, currently in office with U.S. Città di Palermo of the Serie A. A former football player for Foggia and Udinese, Del Neri started his coaching career in1986 for Serie D team Pro Gorizia. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Porto refused to sell and despite Fernandez praising McCarthy and describing him as a world class striker, rumours continued to rage about which Premiership club McCarthy would move to, with West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers being mooted as possible destinations. Blackburn Rovers were in talks with Porto but could not agree a fee. However, he stayed with the club and was rewarded with winning another Portuguese national championship with FC Porto in the 2005-06 season. For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ...


On 25th July, 2006, McCarthy flew out to England to undergo a medical and probable contract signing to join Blackburn Rovers [1] and, three days later, signed a four year contract with Blackburn Rovers for a £2.5m fee.


Blackburn Rovers

After a disappointing performance in the side's 3-0 defeat to Portsmouth, McCarthy found the net on his debut at Ewood Park against Everton on the 23 August 2006. McCarthy further endeared himself to Rovers fans, scoring a goal on his European debut for the club in a 2-2 against Salzburg in the UEFA Cup, and scoring another in the return leg. He finished second top scorer in the Premiership in 2006-07 with 18 league goals (24 goals in total), leading to speculation that he may attract interest from other clubs such as Chelsea.[1] Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. ... Everton F.C. is an English football club from the city of Liverpool and was founded in 1878. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs in the 2006–2007 season, as green dots. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ...


Club career statistics

(correct as of 8 November 2007)
Club Season League Cup[2] Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Ajax
1997-98 16 9 - - - - - - - 16 9 -
1998-99 19 11 - - - - - - - 19 11 -
Total 35 20 -
Celta Vigo
1999-00 31 8 - - - - 5 3 - 36 11 -
2000-01 19 0 - - - - 4 4 - 23 4 -
2001-02 2 0 - 1 0 - 1 1 - 4 1 -
2002-03 14 2 - - - - 5 3 - 19 5 -
Total 82 21 -
F.C. Porto
2001-02 6 12 - - - - - - - 6 12 -
2002-03 19 0 - - - - 4 4 - 23 4 -
2003-04 29 19 - - - - 12 4 - 41 23 -
2004-05 22 11 - - - - 9 3 - 31 14 -
2005-06 23 3 - 1 0 - 4 1 - 28 4 -
Total 129 57 -
Blackburn Rovers
2006-07 36 18 1 6 3 1 8 3 0 50 24 2
2007-08 10 5 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 15 8 0
Total 65 32 2

The Union Européenne de Football Association or Union of European Football Associations in English, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Real Club Celta de Vigo are a Spanish football team from Vigo in Galicia. ... Futebol Clube do Porto (pron. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006-07 seasons FA Cup Final. ... The 2007-2008 season will be the 128th season of competitive football in England. ...

National team

McCarthy was the joint top scorer in the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso with 7 goals, including 4 in 13 minutes against Namibia. The 1998 African Cup of Nations was the 21st edition of the African Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). ...


The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France was the first time South Africa's national football team had reached the finals and McCarthy (then at Ajax) was one of their key players. After a 3-0 defeat against future World Champions France, South Africa played their second game against Denmark. Trailing since the 13th minute, McCarthy tied the game at 1-1 in the 52nd minute and giving South Africa a chance for qualification. However, the third game also ended a draw (against Saudi Arabia), which left the South Africans in third place and eliminated from the competition. 1998 World Cup redirects here. ...


The Korea/Japan World Cup saw history repeating for the South Africans. After a 2-2 draw against Paraguay and a 1-0 victory over the Slovenians, McCarthy's 30th minute equalizer in the last game against Spain was just not enough. South Africa eventually lost 3-2 and finished with another third place in the group stage. 2002 World Cup redirects here. ...


There was often conflict over McCarthy's lack of participation in national team matches (whose interests often collide with his clubs') and he actually retired from international games after the 2002 World Cup. However, he returned to the national team in 2004 and is South Africa's leading scorer of all time. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Titles

  • Netherlands Championship: 97/98
  • Netherlands Cups: 97/98, 98/99
  • Portuguese Championships: 03/04, 05/06
  • Portuguese Cups: 05/06
  • Portuguese Supercups: 03/04, 04/05
  • UEFA Champions League Cup: 03/04
  • FIFA Intercontinental Cup: 2004

Trivia

His older brother is Jerome McCarthy, a former professional footballer who played for Kaizer Chiefs and Manning Rangers among others. Kaizer Chiefs can refer to: Kaizer Chiefs Football Club - a South African football team Kaiser Chiefs - a music group Categories: Disambiguation ... Fidentia Rangers is a South African football (soccer) club now based in Cape Town after the new owners, financial services company Fidentia Holdings, moved the franchise from Durban to C.T. During the 2005/2006 off-season Manning Rangers, first winner of the Premier Soccer League back in 1997, were...


Notes

  1. ^ Stanton, Chris. "Benni: Future in club's hands", Sky Sports, 2007-05-14. Retrieved on 2007-05-15. 
  2. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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External links


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Benni McCarthy won the Portuguese Superliga scoring title in 2004 and despite Porto's signings of big strikers in the off season McCarthy remains Porto's most prolific goal scorer.
Benni McCarthy was nominated for the the African Player of the year award.
Benni McCarthy is a well deserving candidate for the award however faces some worthy competition.
McCarthy wants to play in 2010: Sport: Soccer: News24 (1079 words)
McCarthy said he had not made himself available for recent Bafana games because he wanted to establish himself in the gruelling English Premiership with Blackburn first - and because of his wife's pregnancy.
Why should we keep on begging Benni to play for Bafana, He once wrote a letter informing us of his decision to retire from the national team,He must not be considered anymore for Bafana,enough is enough we have better players who can do the job for our country.
Benny is used to being coached by far technicaly superior coaches than the less fancied current Bafana coach.
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