Benoit Mercier‘s hobbies. Benoit Mercier is a massive football fan and a triathlete competing over the world.
I can count myself lucky, my career so far has been based on my hobbies, ecommerce and sports.
Benoit Mercier is a massive football fan, in fact football is my religion. I support three teams:
I have never played at a professional level, apart from when I played at FIFA on my console but I have won few trophies along the way (Sheffield & Hallamshire FA Cup, FX Pro Cup) and played with professionals in amazing arenas. These arenas include:
Some of the professionals I have played with or met:
- Laurent Viaud – my cousin. He lived my dream
French Ligue 1: SCO Angers, Monaco, Stade Rennais
French Ligue 2: Laval FC
La Ligua: Extremadura, Albacete
Premier League: Everton FC
National: France U21Awards: Won the Ligue 1 with MonacoFacts: played 5 Champions League game, including semi-final versus AC Milan (hit the post at the San Siro). Played under Arsene Wenger and Raphael Benitez. Played with the likes of Fabien Barthez, Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry, Sonny Anderson and against the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Beckham.
- Robert Pires – midfielder
French Ligue 1: Metz, Marseille
La Ligua: Villarreal
Premier League: Arsenal FC, Aston Villa FC
India: FC Goa
National: France U21 and FranceAwards: Won the World Cup, Confederation Cup, Euro, Premier League, FA Cup, French League Cup, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, Young Ligue 1 Player.Fact: Robert sent me a 45 yards pass pin point onto my head for me to give the assist that won us the FX Pro Cup.
- Eric Cantona – Forward – My idol (who would rather have played for England than France). Legend.
French Ligue 1: Auxerre, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nimes
French Ligue 2: Martigues
Premier League: Leeds United FC, Manchester United
National: France U21 and FranceAwards: Won the French Ligue 1, Premier League, French Cup, FA Cup, Ballon d’Or third place, PFA Team of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers.Fact: Met Eric after the derby win against Liverpool.
- Robbie Savage – Midfielder/Pundit
Premier League: Manchester United, Leicester City, Brimingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County
National: WalesAwards: Few red cards :).Fact: Ran a 5k with Robbie (he did puff!). Top lad.
- Quinton Fortune – Midfielder/Pundit
Premier League: Manchester United, Boston
La Liga: Mallorca, Athletico Madrid
National: South AfricaAwards: FA Community Shield, Intercontinental Cup, played in three Premiership winning seasons.Fact: Met Quinton whilst working for United.
I finally hung up my football boots and found in triathlon a new competitive sport that I love. I have only done it for a year but it is great to do an individual sport. My dream is to complete an Ironman distance and participate (through the lottery) to the Kona Ironman.
My best distance so far is the Pays d’Aix Ironman 70.3 in 7h28.