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Benni McCarthy's career in facts and figures

Posted: 6 June 2013 Time: 15:13

All the key facts and highlights of Benni McCarthy’s 18-year-long goal-laden career.

Full name: Benedict Saul McCarthy
Born: 12 November 1977 in Hanover Park, Cape Town
Clubs: Young Pirates, Crusaders FC, Seven Stars (1995-96 – 49 games, 39 goals), Cape Town Spurs (loan, 1996/97 – 7 games, 3 goals), Ajax Amsterdam (1997-99 – 43 games, 23 goals), Celta Vigo (1999-2003 – 74 games, 14 goals), FC Porto (loan, 2001/02 – 11 games, 12 goals), FC Porto (2003-06 – 104 games, 43goals), Blackburn Rovers (2006-10 – 140 games, 52 goals), West Ham United (2010-11 – 14 games), Orlando Pirates (2011-13 – 43 games, 13 goals)
National Teams: South Africa U-20 (12 games, 5 goals), South Africa U-23 (13 games, 2 goals), South Africa (1998-2012 – 80 games, 31 goals)
(Note: sub appearances included)

Highlights:
1995: Benni McCarthy, aged 17, is given his debut by Gavin Hunt at Second Division side Seven Stars

1997: Scores twice away to Kaizer Chiefs while on loan at Cape Town Spurs; top-scores at African Youth Championship and is Player of the Tournament; joins Ajax Amsterdam for a South African record fee; makes his Bafana Bafana debut against The Netherlands; plays in the World Youth Cup finals

1998: Scores four goals for South Africa against Namibia in the African Nations Cup; Top scorer and Player of the Tournament; helps Ajax win Dutch League and Cup; scores South Africa’s first ever World Cup finals goal

1999: Wins Dutch Cup; joins Celta Vigo in Spain

2002: Plays in Afcon; scores 12 goals in 10 starts on loan at FC Porto in Portugal; becomes first South African to score at two World Cups

2003: Signs for FC Porto

2004: First South African to win a Uefa Champions League winners medal, coming on as a substitute as FC Porto beat AS Monaco 3-0 in the Final; also wins Portuguese League and Super Cup and is top scorer in the country

2005: Wins Portuguese Super Cup with Porto

2006: Plays in Afcon; wins Portuguese League and Cup with Porto; joins Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League

2007: Second-top scorer in Premiership with 18 League goals

2008: Scores his 31st goal for South Africa, making him Bafana Bafana’s all-time top scorer

2010: Signs for West Ham United

2011: Joins Orlando Pirates; wins Telkom Knockout Cup

2012: Helps Pirates complete their second successive Treble; wins 80th cap

2013: Retires from football … while leading the vote amongst fans for the Pirates line-up in next month’s Carling Black Label Cup

Previous comments on this story...

DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:19 pm
What more can you dispute. Would the media mounted Legend step aside and let the real achievers " Legends" stand up.

Europe he is associated with Porto, locally he is associted with the DTC

Once and Always
Milestone-aka-Da~Sh!t
posted: 03:20 pm
What a Great career!!
The Downs
posted: 03:20 pm
WOW Sthembiso Ngcobo can only dreams this let alone even playing in Israel
Football Fanatic
posted: 03:22 pm
2013: Retires from football … while leading the vote amongst fans for the Pirates line-up in next month’s Carling Black Label Cup
______________________________________________________________________This is an insult ot Benni's achievement,but then again,tables have turned in Soweto,that is what the rats celebrate this days.

As a football fan,the fat one did extremely well,he is a legend indeed.I will also like to thank the media for conspiring with Rob Moore by not disclosing that he was DUMPED by De Sa together with his stepchild,Moemish Josephs,henc ethe former claims retirement while the teethless one is job hunting.
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:22 pm
2011: Joins Orlando Pirates; wins Telkom Knockout Cup

2012: Helps Pirates complete their second successive Treble; wins 80th cap

2013: Retires from football … while leading the vote amongst fans for the Pirates line-up in next month’s Carling Black Label Cup
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Enoug Said!!!!!
@RealMasterMind
posted: 03:23 pm
#Legend!
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:23 pm
Dr " Nurse" khumalo could only wish for this.

Once and Always
ticotico
posted: 03:24 pm
he is a legend..
Football Fanatic
posted: 03:24 pm
Even Benni knew that the rats's quest for a second star will only turn into a big SCAR.
Mr T Wa Champ
posted: 03:26 pm
This man has seen it and done it all in Football
Magic Feet
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 03:27 pm
1997: Scores twice away to Kaizer Chiefs while on loan at Cape Town Spurs
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What more can I say??? Excelling against Chiefs is an achievement..

Thank you for highlighting that... Mr Editor
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:27 pm
Benedict Saul McCarthy is the Vuyo Mbuli of football ( RIP). Unlike the media created legends Benny is the real legends. Lucus and Dr " Nurse" would you step aside and let the real Legend have a say.

Lucus relagated Leeds, Benny won the League with Porto. Nurse failed in Agertina, Benny played in Spain, Portugal, Holland, and England

Once and Always
Champ enigma
posted: 03:28 pm
Mxm rats, is Benni same as Mabena now. He is a capetown product. The only team that can be proud of him is Ajax, that's why the wrote something about him while your broke rats club wrote none. He only came and helped you for one season. This one he was only there chawing your money, that's why you saw him in pics with the motaungs. Because he is a big fan of Chiefs. You did not make Benni, he came to you to fulfil his dream on winning African champions' league but now that he sees will never happen with average cows like Mbesuma, Mabena abo Makola he chose to quit. I bet he is wearing underwear with Kaizer Chiefs logo embedded the pic of Jessica Motaung.
ramoss
posted: 03:30 pm
Wt abt doctor nurse khumalo?
Oh scored brace against brazil in the famous doctor khumalo 2-3 brazil..
Go hang urselfs haters.
BENNI IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE MZANSI BY FAR THE MOST DECORATED FUTBALLER OF ALL TYM
The Downs
posted: 03:31 pm
The Downsposted: 03:20 pm | Report WOW Sthembiso Ngcobo can only dream of this let alone even playing in Israel .
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:31 pm
Article by: Richard Maguire
You should write often Richard. I know as an Editor you cant always take over, plus you have done enough stories in ur life, but hey man the level of quelaity its shoking sometimes.

Thank you Richard
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 03:34 pm
Bennie is a man with vision and sanity..

When he came back...he said he wanted to be the only player to win the Continental Championships in two different continents...and this seemed achievable last year

Then he sat and saw the reality kak that Pirates was in the previous season...from the dooming acquisitions of your Kelepus and basketballers becoming coaches...and he shouted: VOETSEK!!! There aint no 2nd star here, Im thru with these dreamkillers!!!
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 03:35 pm
Champ enigmaposted: 03:28 pm | Report
Mxm rats, is Benni same as Mabena now. He is a capetown product. The only team that can be proud of him is Ajax, that's why the wrote something about him while your broke rats club wrote none. He only came and helped you for one season. This one he was only there chawing your money, that's why you saw him in pics with the motaungs. Because he is a big fan of Chiefs. You did not make Benni, he came to you to fulfil his dream on winning African champions' league but now that he sees will never happen with average cows like Mbesuma, Mabena abo Makola he chose to quit. I bet he is wearing underwear with Kaizer Chiefs logo embedded the pic of Jessica Motaung.
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The pertinant question would be " Why did he choose the DTC over other Teams" Answer is Lunch Bar ( Obvious) Benny knew that the only place where he would retire high is in Mayfair" nough said
bafanabastyle.com
posted: 03:35 pm
if u know soccer then u will know and understand that this boy, he had a great great i mean great soccer carrea.
what more can u ask for a international player. this guy represanted the nation very well.
not this bunch of cows we have.
well done the legend Bennie.
they can call u names but u are the best and your history say it all.
doc khumalo, ace khuse, g.sebeko, a.zwane, the technical team they know that.
kbl 4life
King E
posted: 03:35 pm
Thanks to Benny for all the contributions in SA soccer and the world at large. He did very well
The KEY QUESTION, "IS ROGER DE SA NOT RESIGNING AFTER CAUSING THE BHAKANIYA SUCH HUMILATION THE PAST SEASON?"
Dr. Khoza siyacela sikhulule kulolusizi; He may be your man but not for Pirates
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