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Official Benoit Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Threads' started by papaspur, 14 Jan 2012.

  1. ArcspacE

    ArcspacE Banned

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    I think he's also done some for Hudd and Berba back in the day. Some posted pics some time ago - could be the same guy
     
  2. spurspinter1

    spurspinter1 Gerry Armstrong

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    Beniot was in my dream last night, but I can't remember what happened but I thought I may as well inform you guys as it is the Beniot thread...:cool:
     
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    Bullet Paul Walsh

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    Bullet Paul Walsh

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    Oh dear

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  5. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahaah
     
  6. Superhudd

    Superhudd Simon Davies

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    No charge on Benny

    :lol: Apparently the ref saw it, therefore no further action.

    That swings and roundabouts thing, put this down as one going for us.
     
  7. papaspur

    papaspur Neil Ruddock

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    I have to say that Benny making contact with whoever-that-was' shin looked bad, but accidental because he was going for the ball. I'd have to see the replays again, but either way, I guess he was a bit lucky to escape FA action.
     
  8. Yossarian

    Yossarian Steve Hodge

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    About time I'd say.
     
  9. Jurgen the German

    Jurgen the German Chris Jones

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    Lucky to escape without punishment. Then again we deserve some luck this season. This "it all evens out over the course of the season" gonad*s doesn't hold water. Were still owed a few decisions, in a big game would be nice like Arsenal away or United at home.
     
  10. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Frederic Kanoute

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    Did he do something similar to their right back in the first half? I was further away from that one.
     
  11. Libero

    Libero Jose Dominguez

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    Lucky boy.....probably should have been retrospectively banned but we are due a touch with the decisions so thats one back in the bag.
     
  12. Denmark Spur

    Denmark Spur Justin Edinburgh

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    Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto on getting the 'job' done

    By Leon Mann BBC Sports News

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto picks the dictaphone up off the table, holds it out in front of him like a microphone and, to the tune of the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha", sings: "Don't you wish your left back was B-A-E."

    This extrovert outburst is the Tottenham defender's response to being asked whether the Spurs crowd have a song for him.

    The 27-year-old breaks into fits of laughter before offering the dictaphone back.

    Is this the same self-described mercenary who famously told an interviewer that football was 'just' a job?

    "Football is just a job," insists Assou-Ekotto. "But a very good job!"

    This season, for Assou-Ekotto, it looks a very good job indeed. His team are third in the Premier League and challenging for the title and the Cameroon international, who arrived at White Hart Lane from French side Lens in 2006 , is a consistent candidate for employee of the month.

    The man who said he moved for the money - and said players who pretended otherwise were liars - is a firm favourite with the Spurs supporters, whether that is in spite of or because of his fabled frankness.

    Born in France but having chosen to play for Cameroon - with customary forthrightness he has said he had "no feeling" for the French national team - Assou-Ekotto has 17 international caps but, from a Spurs perspective, escaped Africa Cup of Nations duties this winter because Cameroon failed to qualify for the finals.

    “I only want to be there because the manager knows I can do the job. That's the only time I can give 400% - because I know I'm there by merit. So kissing up to the manager to get a game is not for me”

    In the absence of international calls, he has already racked up 28 appearances for the north London side this season.

    In the stands at White Hart Lane, he is known as "Disco Benny" having gained cult status for his "coolness".

    He smiles as he explains what it takes to be the reason for his appeal to supporters.

    "The reason I may be considered cool is because I don't take myself too seriously," he says. "This is why I can go on the pitch with my hair in a big afro.

    "This is because my focus is giving 400% of myself on the pitch to make the fans happy."

    If he is a crowd-pleaser, he is also an ambitious one.

    "Spurs can win the title, like Emirates Marketing Project, Manchester United and maybe like Chelsea," he says, adding that the worst scenario for Tottenham this season would be to finish just outside the Champions League places.

    The mere suggestion has Assou-Ekotto shaking his head.

    "It will be very bad. I prefer to play all the season in eight or ninth than be second, third or fourth and lose all the games towards the end of the season.

    "I don't want to play Europa League anymore."

    It is not just Spurs fans who are impressed, and it is not just Assou-Ekotto's attitude that is impressing them.

    The Opta stats show a significant improvement in his game this season, particularly when it comes to getting forward. Fans of fantasy football will know his points tally is up there with the Premier League's best while - back in the non-virtual world - it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could sneak into the Professional Footballers' Association team of the season.

    "I would be surprised but personally I don't care," he says. "If I am in then I won't be at the awards, I'll be at home on my sofa."

    He is reluctant to talk about direct comparisons with his fellow left-backs in the Premier League, insisting his focus is only on himself, and adding that other people's "judgements are rarely objective".

    Even so, without naming names, he is critical of some of the defending he has seen in England.

    "When a defender is caught out of position and running with the ball facing his own goal, the tendency is to just kick it out. It's actually encouraged. I find this very strange.

    ASSOU-EKOTTO FACTS

    Total passes per 90 minutes: 61.1
    Successful passes per 90 minutes (defenders only): 49
    Touches per 90 minutes: 83.3

    Stats provided by OPTA

    "As a professional footballer, you should be able to do more than just that. You should be able to have the mental capacity and skill to be able to stop, look, dribble and pass it rather than just kick it out.

    "It is highly encouraged over here but it's something I've never been able to understand."

    But he is chuckling again as he concedes that his manager at Spurs, Harry Redknapp, sometimes adopts a slightly more pragmatic approach to the art of defending.

    "When I make some skill on the pitch I can hear his voice saying, 'Benny! Very careful!', and with a smile I say, 'OK', because I understand why he says that."

    In fact, Assou-Ekotto's career has flourished under Redknapp. Having had his differences with both Martin Jol - the manager at the club when he arrived - and the Dutchman's successor Juande Ramos, the left-back now knows he has the full backing of his manager and this, he says, has given him the confidence to express himself on the pitch.

    In his own unique way, he explains how it works.

    "If I had to ask the manager to give me a game, then I know I would not play well because part of me would feel like I'm here because I asked for it.

    "I only want to be there because the manager knows I can do the job. That's the only time I can give 400% - because I know I'm there by merit.

    "So kissing up to the manager to get a game is not for me. This is maybe why the words that come out of my mouth are not always the ones people want to hear.

    "It's not in my nature."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16960846
     
  13. spurspinter1

    spurspinter1 Gerry Armstrong

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    Why is there not a video of that interview. I want to see Benny singing don't ya wish etc etc
     
  14. N10 Yiddo

    N10 Yiddo Andy Gray

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    Benny Just Gets More Awesome Every Day...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16960846

    With an opening paragraph of:
    'Benoit Assou-Ekotto picks the dictaphone up off the table, holds it out in front of him like a microphone and, to the tune of the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha", sings: "Don't you wish your left back was B-A-E." '

    You know it's going to be about him being awesome!
     
  15. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Frederic Kanoute

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    Any other song is now not valid. the king of coolness has spoken. he has made his choice. white stripes NO.

    'dont cha wish your left back BAE' from this moment forward.
     
  16. DHSF

    DHSF Les Ferdinand

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    GHod - it takes a player to tell us which song to sing cos our songs are SO brick.

    Its actually a pretty good song
     
  17. nelto

    nelto Naybet

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    Brilliant, now why didn't we think of that. But then again we're nowhere near as cool.
     
  18. Rossi22

    Rossi22 Pedro Mendes

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    That song has been around for ages but it's not exactly football fan friendly is it? Would make us look a little [​IMG]
     
  19. southstand1882

    southstand1882 Mitchell Thomas

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    superspurs Teemu Tainio

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    Hoping a video of that interview is on focus on Saturday, was the same with the other ones he's done with the bbc I believe.

    Bloody love disco benny!
     

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