My hobbies

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:

  • England
    ben mercier england fan
  • Man Utd
    ben mercier manchester united fan
  • FC Nantes
    fc nantes

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:

  • Oakwell (Barnsley FC)
  • Goodison Park (Everton FC)
    benoit mercier playing at goodison park
  • Craven Cottage (Fulham FC)
    ben mercier playing fulham
  • Old Trafford (Man Utd)
    ben mercier playing at old trafford

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.laurent viaud laurent viaud versus AC Milan


  • 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.benoit mercier and robert pires robert pires world champion 
    benoit mercier and robert pires in FX Pro Cup final robert pires won premier league

  • 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.eric cantona meets benoit mercier eric cantona premier league legend


  • 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. benoit mercier running with robbie savage robbie savage


  • 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.Ben Mercier meets Quinton Fortune Quinton fortune meets benoit mercier


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.

ironman 70.3 pays d'Aix benoit mercier completes ironman 70.3


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