Jeumont, tennis, and the World Cup: discover more about Benjamin Pavard
Team— Aug 31st 2023
Everything there is to know about the new Nerazzurri defender
Benjamin Pavard was born in Maubeuge on 28 March 1996. Pavard grew up in Jeumont, in the north of France, where he began to play football in his local team before entering the Lille youth system. The defender made his senior debut with Les Dogues in January 2015, at 19 years of age. In the summer of 2016, Benjamin moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he played three seasons and helped to gain promotion to the Bundesliga. In 2018 he played a major part in France's World Cup victory in Russia, before moving to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019. Now, after five successful years with the Bavarian side, Pavard is the newest Inter player.
Pavard is nicknamed Benji, a diminutive of his first name. The Frenchman presented himself as 'Benji the Interista' to the Nerazzurri fans.
GOALS AGAINST INTER
Benjamin has previously played at San Siro with Bayern Munich in the last group stage of the Champions League. At the Allianz Arena, it was the Frenchman who scored to unlock the match.
ENFANT DU PAYS
Raised in Jeumont, Pavard's hometown is very close to his heart. At the entrance to the village, there is a sign that reads "Ville de Benjamin Pavard" (Benjamin Pavard's town): Jeumont wanted to celebrate his achievements after the 2018 World Cup win. A great pride for the French player and his family, now eternalised in Jeumont.
WORLD CUP GOALS
Pavard has scored 18 career goals, including some very important ones: in 2021 his goal sealed the victory for Bayern Munich against Tigres in the Club World Cup. His favourite goal, however, is the one he scored in the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup against Argentina. It was a brilliant shot, voted as the goal of the tournament.
NOT ONLY FOOTBALL
Outside of football, Benjamin is a big fan of many sports: the one he follows most closely is tennis.
HIS BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Pavard has won a lot over the course of his professional career, but for him, nothing compares to winning the World Cup with France: the most moving moment of his career.
When Benjamin isn't in training or on the pitch, he enjoys spending his time practising yoga.
Of all the legendary players that have worn the Inter shirt, Pavard particularly loved Javier Zanetti, whom he considers an inspiration.
Rap, zouk, 80's French music... Benjamin doesn't have a favourite genre and listens to a wide range of styles.
Pavard has only just arrived in Italy, but there's no doubt that his favourite food is pasta.
Between films and TV Benjamin prefers the latter: he is particularly fond of Prison Break.