Anis Ben Slimane
Personal information
Full name Anis Ben Slimane
Date of birth (2001-03-16) 16 March 2001 (age 20)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brøndby
Number 25
Youth career
2008 BK Vestia
2008–2010 KB
2010–2011 FA 2000
2011 Herfølge
2011–2012 B.93
2012–2014 Brøndby
2014–2015 KB
2015 Lyngby
2015–2019 AB
2019–2020 Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 AB 18 (2)
2020– Brøndby 39 (3)
National team
2019– Denmark U19 9 (2)
2019– Tunisia U20 2 (0)
2020– Tunisia 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:17, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2021

Anis Ben Slimane (Arabic: أنيس بن سليمان‎; born 16 March 2001) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF and the Tunisia national team.

Slimane had a tumultuous youth career, playing for eight different clubs in twelve years, but finally settled at AB where he made his senior debut in 2018. The following season, he departed for Brøndby IF and was included in the U19-squad, but he would garner break-out attention in the second half of the 2019–20 season as he established himself as part of the first team.

Slimane has dual citizenship and made appearances for both Denmark U19 and Tunisia U20. He represents the Tunisia national football team.

Career

Early career

Slimane was born in Copenhagen and lived in the Vesterbro neighbourhood during his youth.[1] He started playing for the lower levels of Vesterbro club BK Vestia at age 7, which was the club located most closely to his home.[1] After a few months he moved to the KB academy due to his classmate playing there; a team his classmate's father also coached.[2] Later, Slimane and his classmate signed with the FA 2000 academy, where they were joined by some other talented players. Because some clubs were hesitant to create first teams and second teams, Slimane moved to different clubs in Copenhagen, who were willing to commit to youth football at a higher level.[1] The following year, him and his classmate moved to Herfølge Boldklub, where they were for a short period, before moving first to B.93, where they reunited with the group of talented youth players from FA 2000.[1] During his time at B.93, Slimane played in a UEFA European Club Championship tournament, where he impressed and therefore signed with the Brøndby IF academy.[2]

Slimane was twelve years old when he moved to Brøndby. He played for their academy teams for one and a half year before moving back to play for KB at under-13 level because of excessive travelling time to Brøndby after him and his family had moved to Høje Gladsaxe.[2] Slimane's second stint at KB was, however, unsuccessful, and he therefore began to play for Lyngby Boldklub.[1] He played in Lyngby's youth for six months before being signed by local club Akademisk Boldklub (AB) at under-14 level, where he once again reunited with his old classmates. Slimane stayed at AB for four years, ending his journeyman youth career.[2] There, he played for four years, breaking into the first-team during his final time at the club. In an interview with the Brøndby IF website, Slimane described how he was among Denmark's greatest youth football prospects during his first years of playing, but that different circumstances meant that he had to fight for his breakthrough into professional football. During this period, he was close to retiring from football but his family and friend's support helped him through the difficult periods.[3] During one summer, where he played in AB's youth academy, he experienced a large growth spurt in which he grew 15 cm, which enabled him to become more dominant physically and helped him develop as a player.[1][2]

In January 2018, Slimane left on a one-week trial with German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg.[4] He made his first-team debut for AB on 7 April 2018 in a 2–1 home win over IF Lyseng, coming on as a 80th-minute substitute for Nichlas Rohde.[5] Slimane made a total of 18 league appearances for AB in which he scored two goals.[6]

Brøndby

Slimane joined Brøndby IF at under-19 level in June 2019, after he had impressed for the AB first-team in the Danish 2nd Division, the third tier of the Danish football pyramid.[7] In January 2020, he was selected to participate in Brøndby's first-team training camp in Portugal,[8] where he made his first appearance for the senior side in a pre-season friendly against Swedish side IFK Norrköping, impressing in front of scouts from Arsenal and Manchester United.[9]

On 16 February 2020, Slimane made his professional debut in an away match against OB in the Danish Superliga as a starter, which Brøndby won 2–0.[10][11] The following week, he made his first assist, a cross into the box which Samuel Mráz slotted home in a 2–3 loss to AaB.[12] On 8 March 2020, he scored his first goal for Brøndby in a 2–2 draw away against FC Nordsjælland;[13] a match played behind closed doors at Right to Dream Park due to guidelines implemented by Danish authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] After the match, Slimane expressed his regret in not being able to celebrate his goal in front of fans.[15]

2020–21 season: Danish Superliga champions

On 3 July 2020, Slimane signed a new contract with Brøndby, keeping him at the club until 2024.[16] After struggling to find his way to the starting lineup during the first half of the 2020–21 season, he scored the winning goal on 13 December against SønderjyskE after coming on as a substitute for Simon Hedlund in the 77th minute.[17][18]

On 1 February 2021, Slimane was fined and temporarily withdrawn from the Brøndby squad after breaking coronavirus quarantine guidelines. According to Slimane, he had picked up a female friend at a party and the police had showed up.[19] He subsequently tested negative for COVID-19 twice and was included in the first team again on 3 February.[20] He made his return to the pitch on 7 February as a starter in a 1–1 home draw against AaB.[21]

On 24 May, Slimane scored Brøndby's second goal in their 2–0 win over Nordsjælland. The result confirmed Brøndby as Danish Superliga champions for the first time 16 years.[22]

International career

Slimane has represented the Denmark national under-19 football team,[23] as well as the Tunisia national under-20 football team.[24]

On 1 October 2020, Slimane was called up to Mondher Kebaier's senior Tunisia squad for the two friendlies against Sudan and Nigeria.[25] He scored in his debut, the third goal in a 3–0 win over Sudan.[26]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 20 September 2020
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AB 2017–18 Danish 2nd Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
2018–19 16 2 1 0 17 2
Total 18 2 1 0 19 2
Brøndby 2019–20[6] Danish Superliga 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2020–21[6] 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Career total 36 3 1 0 0 0 37 3

International

As of 25 March 2021[27]
Tunisia
Year Apps Goals
2020 4 1
2021 1 1
Total 5 2

International goals

As of match played 25 March 2021. Scores and results list Tunisia's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Slimane goal.[27]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2020 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès, Tunisia  Sudan 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 25 March 2021 Martyrs of February Stadium, Benghazi, Libya  Libya 4–2 5–2 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours

Brøndby

References

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