|Full name||Anis Ben Slimane|
|Date of birth||16 March 2001|
|Place of birth||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* 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.
Slimane was born in Copenhagen and lived in the Vesterbro neighbourhood during his youth. 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. After a few months he moved to the KB academy due to his classmate playing there; a team his classmate's father also coached. 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. 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. 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.
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. Slimane's second stint at KB was, however, unsuccessful, and he therefore began to play for Lyngby Boldklub. 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. 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. 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.
In January 2018, Slimane left on a one-week trial with German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. 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. Slimane made a total of 18 league appearances for AB in which he scored two goals.
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. In January 2020, he was selected to participate in Brøndby's first-team training camp in Portugal, 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.
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. 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. On 8 March 2020, he scored his first goal for Brøndby in a 2–2 draw away against FC Nordsjælland; a match played behind closed doors at Right to Dream Park due to guidelines implemented by Danish authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the match, Slimane expressed his regret in not being able to celebrate his goal in front of fans.
On 3 July 2020, Slimane signed a new contract with Brøndby, keeping him at the club until 2024. 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.
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. He subsequently tested negative for COVID-19 twice and was included in the first team again on 3 February. He made his return to the pitch on 7 February as a starter in a 1–1 home draw against AaB.
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.
Slimane has represented the Denmark national under-19 football team, as well as the Tunisia national under-20 football team.
On 1 October 2020, Slimane was called up to Mondher Kebaier's senior Tunisia squad for the two friendlies against Sudan and Nigeria. He scored in his debut, the third goal in a 3–0 win over Sudan.
|AB||2017–18||Danish 2nd Division||2||0||0||0||—||2||0|
|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|
Anden halvleg så længe ud til at slutte uden mål, men i kampens afslutning dukkede Anis Ben Slimane op og sikrede Brøndby fuld gevinst.