Clubs: VfB Stuttgart, Real Madrid CF
• A victorious captain for Germany at Under-21 level in 2009, Sami Khedira proved his worth with the seniors at the following year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa, which helped him secure a move from Stuttgart to Madrid. A reliable defensive midfielder, his energy and application are second to none.
• Born in Stuttgart to a German mother and Tunisian father, Khedira made his Bundesliga debut for his home-town club in October 2006 and scored his first two goals later that month in a 3-0 defeat of FC Schalke 04; ended his first season as a title winner, heading the decisive goal in a last-day home win against FC Energie Cottbus.
• Scored a career-best seven Bundesliga goals in 2008/09, including both in a 2-2 home draw with FC Bayern München; no goals in 2009/10 until the last game before the winter break – a 3-1 home win versus TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
• Started all seven matches for Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the replacement for injured skipper Michael Ballack; ended a fine tournament by scoring his first international goal, in a 3-2 defeat of Uruguay in the third-place play-off.
• Joined Madrid in July 2010 for a reported €12m and won the Liga title in his second season, when he scored in a 2-1 victory against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Started all five of Germany's games later that year at UEFA EURO 2012, scoring in the quarter-final win against Greece.
• Suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty in November 2013 but returned in time to start the UEFA Champions League final victory against Club Atlético de Madrid in Lisbon.
UEFA Champions League: winner 2014
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: winner 2009
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