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Benoît Pedretti
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Pedretti playing for Auxerre
Personal information
Full name Benoît Pedretti
Date of birth (1980-11-12) 12 November 1980 (age 43)
Place of birth Audincourt, France
Height 1.77 m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Nancy B (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Sochaux 141 (5)
2004–2005 Marseille 31 (3)
2005–2006 Lyon 21 (2)
2006–2011 Auxerre 154 (12)
2011–2013 Lille 60 (6)
2013–2015 Ajaccio 41 (3)
2015–2018 Nancy 66 (1)
Total 514 (32)
National team
2002–2005 France 22 (0)
Teams managed
2021–2023 Nancy B
2021–2022 Nancy (caretaker)
2023– Nancy
Honours
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Benoît Pedretti (born 12 November 1980) is a French football manager and former player who is the manager of the reserve team of Nancy. A midfielder, he was a deep-lying playmaker well-known for his wide range of passing.

He started his professional career at Sochaux, and played there from 1999 to 2004. Following brief stints with Marseille and Lyon where he spent one season each he joined Auxerre in 2006. In 2011 he left the club for Lille before moving to Ajaccio in 2013. His last stint was at Nancy, from 2015 to 2018.

At international level, Pedretti gained 22 caps for the France national team between 2002 and 2005.

Club career

Sochaux

Pedretti began his career at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 1999, in the club's youth system, and in the same year, he played his first professional match. Sochaux finished the season in fourth place in the Division 2 missing out on promotion to the Ligue 1.

The following season, Pedretti, despite his inexperience, became a mainstay of the team taking part in all matches and thereby contributing to Sochaux's championship in the Division 2 in 2001.

He became a regular first team player in the 2002–03 Ligue 1 season making 35 league appearances and scoring 3 goals. The team also had a strong cup run that year, reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, but losing 4–1 to Monaco. Pedretti featured in the UEFA Cup with Sochaux the following year as they qualified for European football. However they struggled to make any significant impact on the competition.

Marseille

Pedretti then moved to Olympique de Marseille for a transfer fee of €4.5 million in 2004. At Marseille, he found it difficult to cement his place in the starting line-up in a season marked by instability at the club with many players coming and going and coach José Anigo being replaced by Philippe Troussier during the season.

Lyon

Pedretti made 31 appearances in all competitions before moving to Olympique Lyonnais in 2005 for €7 million after one season at Marseille. He was again used sparingly at the club which at the time had fierce competition for midfield places. Pedretti only amassed 21 appearances in all competitions and was often denied a place by the likes of Florent Malouda and Juninho Pernambucano spending much time on the bench. He made his Champions League debut but was involved in only 21 league games in his only season for Lyon.

Auxerre

Pedretti again moved, this time to AJ Auxerre for a €6 million fee in 2006 after he decided to make a fresh start. This move gave Pedretti the first team action he had desired with him being a mainstay in their midfield for several years. During his time at the club he featured in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League.

During the subsequent 2007–08 season, he became captain of the "AJA", following the departure of Benoît Cheyrou to Marseille. He continued to show good performances, especially during the quarterfinals of the League Cup where he scored a decisive goal in stoppage time against his former team Marseille.

With multiple injuries keeping the Auxerre captain sidelined for several months during the 2010–11 season, Pedretti participated in 20 league games. After the end of the season, Pedretti stated his desire to leave Auxerre with league title holders Lille OSC being his preferred club.

Pedretti amassed 170 appearances during his five-year stay. He was a highly influential member of the squad and featured for the national team, increasing his total to 22 caps.

Lille

Pedretti was signed by Lille for an undisclosed fee on the opening day of the summer 2011 transfer window as a replacement for Newcastle United-bound Yohan Cabaye. Pedretti said, “It [Lille] is a very good club with great, interesting challenges. […] My choice is to come to Lille."

Ajaccio

On 4 August 2013, Pedretti agreed a two-year deal with AC Ajaccio. He scored a wonder goal for Ajaccio in his second game for the club, netting from 20 yards out, in a 1–1 draw with reigning champions PSG on 18 August. Ajaccio decided not to renew his contract in 2015. Thus, he became a free agent.

Nancy

On 1 August 2015, Pedretti signed a one-year contract with AS Nancy, with an option for a second year. In January 2018, having struggled with injuries at the end of the 2016–17 and the beginning of the 2017–18 season, he announced his retirement from professional football. He took up the role of assistant coach to Patrick Gabriel.

International career

On 20 November 2002, Pedretti made his debut for the France national team that year, coming on as a late substitution for Lilian Thuram in a 3–0 win over Serbia and Montenegro. He was part of the French squad that won the Confederations Cup in 2003 and reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2004 when France were knocked out by the eventual champions Greece in the quarter finals by the score 1–0. He played 22 internationals for France the last of which was against Hungary in a 2–1 win.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sochaux 1999–2000 French Division 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01 38 0 1 0 1 0 40 0
2001–02 French Division 1 33 0 2 0 1 0 36 0
2002–03 Ligue 1 35 3 1 0 4 0 4 0 44 3
2003–04 33 2 1 0 5 0 5 0 44 2
Total 141 5 5 0 11 0 9 0 0 0 166 5
Marseille 2004–05 Ligue 1 31 3 1 0 1 1 33 4
Lyon 2005–06 Ligue 1 21 2 2 0 1 0 5 0 29 2
Auxerre 2006–07 Ligue 1 31 1 1 1 2 0 6 0 40 2
2007–08 37 1 1 0 4 2 42 3
2008–09 30 1 1 1 1 0 32 2
2009–10 36 4 4 1 1 0 41 5
2010–11 20 5 1 0 2 1 8 0 31 6
Total 154 12 8 3 10 3 14 0 0 0 186 18
Lille 2011–12 Ligue 1 31 4 3 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 40 6
2012–13 29 2 3 0 3 0 6 0 41 2
Total 60 6 6 0 4 1 10 1 1 0 81 8
Ajaccio 2013–14 Ligue 1 14 1 0 0 1 0 15 1
2014–15 Ligue 2 27 2 1 0 3 0 31 2
Total 41 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 46 3
Nancy 2015–16 Ligue 2 33 0 0 0 2 0 35 0
2016–17 Ligue 1 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
2017–18 Ligue 2 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 66 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 69 1
Career total 514 32 24 3 33 5 38 1 1 0 610 41

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2002 1 0
2003 10 0
2004 7 0
2005 4 0
Total 22 0

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Nancy B 18 June 2021 Present &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&&040.&&&&&040.00
Nancy (caretaker) 25 September 2021 3 January 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 −3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.77000030.77
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33

Honours

Sochaux

Lyon

  • Trophée des Champions: 2005, 2006
  • Ligue 1: 2005–06

France

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