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Benni Mccarthy born Benedict Saul McCarthy, is a South African former footballer who is currently the head coach of Cape Town City in South Africa. He was born on 12 November 1977 to Dudley and Dora McCarthy in Cape Town and grew up in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats. He has two brothers and a sister.
McCarthy began playing at a local side called Young Pirates, which was managed by his uncles. He then joined the youth structures of a local amateur club called Crusaders. At age 17, he was signed by first division club Seven Stars. Playing for Seven Stars, the 18-year-old McCarthy scored 1 goal in 29 matches in the 1995–96 season, followed by another 12 goals in 20 matches, which earned him a transfer to Cape Town Spurs, which two years later merged with Seven Stars to form Dutch club Ajax’s feeder team, Ajax Cape Town.
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In 2004, McCarthy married Maria Santos from Spain. They have three daughters: Minna, Mya and Allegra. In 2007, they separated. In May 2014, McCarthy married Scottish model Stacey Munro. Together, they have one daughter, Lima Rose.
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He has three daughters with Maria Santos; Minna, Mya and Allegra, and one daughter, Lima Rose with Scottish model Stacey Munro.
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He has an estimated net worth of $16 Million.
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He was born to Dudley and Dora McCarthy.
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In 1997, after an impressive showing at the African Youth Championship and FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, he joined Ajax in the Eredivisie, where he scored nine goals and was crowned champion in his first season. After a relatively successful 1998–99 season, he was sold to Spanish side Celta de Vigo for a transfer fee reported to be over €6 million, at the time the most expensive transfer for a South African player.
At Porto, McCarthy played under the then newly appointed coach José Mourinho for an underperforming team that since winning the European Cup in 1987 had never been quite good enough to challenge for the top honours in Europe. He helped them to third place in the Primeira Liga and automatic qualification for the UEFA Cup by scoring an impressive 12 goals in 11 matches, but Porto’s finances did not allow them to keep the player, despite the desire of both sides to continue.
In 2002–03, McCarthy therefore returned to Celta, where he spent much of his time on the substitutes’ bench as a squad player as Porto captured the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Cup. When Porto sold striker Hélder Postiga to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the 2003–04 season, Porto finally acquired McCarthy for a sum of €7.856 million.
For the 2003–04 Primeira Liga season, he earned the Golden Boot award (with 20 goals in 23 matches) on the season’s final matchday with a terrific hat-trick, and was instrumental in Porto’s superb run in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, which they won. When José Mourinho left for Chelsea and was replaced by Luigi Delneri, McCarthy considered leaving for the Premier League, however he still under contract for two remaining years. Porto refused to sell and rumours continued to rage about which Premier League club McCarthy would move to, with West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers being mooted as possible destinations. Blackburn were in talks with Porto but could not agree a fee. McCarthy ultimately stayed with the club and was rewarded with winning another Portuguese national championship in 2005–06.
On 25 July 2006, McCarthy flew out to England to undergo a medical and probable contract signing to join Blackburn Rovers. Three days later, he signed a four-year contract with Blackburn for a £2.5 million transfer fee. In all competitions for Blackburn, McCarthy scored 52 goals in 140 matches.
McCarthy completed a move to West Ham United for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day, 1 February 2010. He signed a two and a half-year contract that was due to run until the summer of 2012. In April 2011, McCarthy left West Ham by mutual agreement after the parties agreed to a £1.5 million pay-off to terminate his contract. He made only two Premier League starts and fourteen appearances in all competitions scoring no goals.
After leaving West Ham, McCarthy trained with former club Ajax Cape Town during the ABSA Premier League off-season. On 2 August, Orlando Pirates confirmed the signing of McCarthy on a two-year deal, ending his 14-year spell in Europe. McCarthy announced his retirement from professional football on 6 June 2013. On 13 June 2017, McCarthy was unveiled as the new Cape Town City head coach, replacing Eric Tinkler, who moved to manage SuperSport United.
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Cape Town City confirm Benni McCarthy will miss Orlando Pirates clash
The retired striker, who is one of the greatest South African players of all-time, married Scottish model Stacey in 2014
Cape Town City were hoping that Benedict ‘Benni’ McCarthy makes it in time for the team’s clash with Orlando Pirates.
The Citizens are scheduled to take on the Buccaneers in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
However, the club has since announced that McCarthy will not be part of the team’s bench due to a medical emergency in his immediate family.
“Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy will be unavailable for today’s encounter due to a medical emergency in his immediate family,” the club stated on their Twitter account.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with coach Benni and family during this time,” a club statement read.
Recent reports indicated that McCarthy’s wife, Stacy, has been hospitalised with a serious ailment emerged on Wednesday ahead of the game.
As a result, the former South Africa international did not travel to Johannesburg with the rest of the Citizens squad.
Goal had previously spoken to an impeccable source, who revealed that the club were hopeful that McCarthy would make it to Johannesburg.
“Yes, Benni is still in Cape Town. The team manager is in touch with him to see if he can catch a late flight to Johannesburg and possibly meet the team at the stadium,” the source told Goal.
The Citizens are wounded having succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in their previous league game which was played in the Mother City last weekend.
McCarthy’s assistant, Vasili Manousaki is expected to take charge of the Citizens in the absence of the former Pirates striker.
The Mother City-based side is currently winless in its last four league games having recorded two defeats and two draws.
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What is your earliest football memory?
Benni Mccarthy: Growing up in Hanover Park, Cape Town and playing in the gangster league. That helped turn me into the person and player I became. I was 12 and playing against grown men – that makes you grow up very quickly! Cape Town is full of gangs, but the violence stopped on a Sunday to make time for football.
On Monday it would resume. Huge tournaments took place; we called it ‘the Bundesliga’ because the ‘Bundes’ were blocks between the rival gang areas where nobody dared go. I played for the American gang – a wealthy gang because of the drug money. We wore Brazil’s kits and had players who played at a higher level. Tournaments would always be for money – and big money too. We’d share that out between the players.
Is it true that one of your school friends became one of the city’s biggest gangsters? Is he still alive? How did you keep out of trouble?
Benni Mccarthy: It’s true. Gavin. He was my mate and in my class at school. He was bullied as a kid because he was small, quiet and a good-looking boy. I was the school’s soccer star and he hung out with me a bit to be on the safe side. At grade six [equivalent to year six] he grew quickly – and he wasn’t small anymore.
He started hanging out with the wrong crowd and became an infamous drug lord. I met his younger brother years later and he said: “Gavin tells all his friends about you; he’d love to see you.” I went to see him on my next trip to Cape Town. I was earning massive money as a footballer but I couldn’t afford the house that Gavin lived in. It was like something out of a movie: a mansion with rottweilers and bodyguards holding guns.
The skinny little lad had become the top dog. He was a friend, but their line of work had no place in my life – I don’t like to have to look over my shoulder.
I’ve read you were a petty thief on Cape Town trains as a kid. Is that true? Did you get into many scrapes?
Benni Mccarthy: I wasn’t a petty thief who took money from others, but I would steal apples from gardens and farms. We would catch trains to the farms and fill our bags with fruit. If you got caught then the farmers kicked your ass! They would put you in a room and hose you down. It was agony. They’d say: “Tell your friends this is what they get if they come to our farm!” I rarely got caught, though. I was too quick!
How did your move to Seven Stars come about? Were you already talked about as a hot prospect in South Africa?
Benni Mccarthy: The manager of Seven Stars had two sons who played on the same pitches as Crusaders, my team. I played in an under-17s cup final and his sons had played before our game. He watched me score four goals in 15 minutes and stayed to watch more. Three days later, my brother and his best friends went to play indoor football with Seven Stars.
The manager came to pick up my brother and he saw me playing outside. He told my brother that he’d not been able to sleep for three days, wondering how he could trace me. Seven Stars were in the South African second division – between 5,000 and 6,000 would watch them play – and I went from playing amateur football to playing for them. The owner of the club was Rob Moore, who would become my manager.