Clubs: Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid CF
• Recruited by Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009, Karim Benzema is a powerful, incisive, two-footed forward with an enviable eye for goal. Surprisingly overlooked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he reasserted himself at international level, leading the line at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Born as one of ten children in a family of Algerian origin, he joined the Lyon academy aged nine, scored goals at a prolific rate throughout his youth and made his first-team debut in January 2005, less than a month after his 17th birthday. Struck on his UEFA Champions League bow, against Rosenborg BK in December 2005, before he had found the target at Ligue 1 level.
• Represented France at every age level from Under-16 to U21 before making a goalscoring senior debut for Les Bleus in March 2007 during a Stade de France friendly against Austria; his first major tournament appearance came at UEFA EURO 2008.
• Outstanding contributor to Lyon's title triumph in 2007/08 – their seventh in a row, his fourth – with 20 goals, the best in the division. Registered 17 Ligue 1 goals, plus five in Europe, in his final term at Lyon prior to agreeing a six-year deal with Madrid, for whom he contributed a career-best total of 21 league goals in their title-winning 2011/12 season.
• Omitted from the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad despite scoring twice in eight qualification matches, he was named 2011 French player of the year by France Football Magazine for a record of 32 goals in all competitions for club and country, before helping his side to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.
• Contributed five goals to Madrid's UEFA Champions League success in 2013/14, the last of them coming in the semi-final first leg against FC Bayern München.
UEFA Champions League: winner 2014
UEFA Super Cup: 2014
UEFA European Under-17 Championship: winner 2004
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|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Finland||0-1||France||90||0||1|
|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||France||3-1||Belarus||90||0||1|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Spain||1-1||France||88||0||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||France||3-1||Georgia||90||0||0|
|26.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||France||0-1||Spain||82||0||0|
|06.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Georgia||0-0||France||62||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||France||3-0||Finland||9||1||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Ukraine||2-0||France||20||0||0|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||France||3-0||Ukraine||82||1||0|
|15.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||France||3-0||Honduras||90||2||1|
|20.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Switzerland||2-5||France||90||1||2|
|25.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Ecuador||0-0||France||90||0||0|
|30.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Round of 16||France||2-0||Nigeria||90||0||0|
|04.07.2014||FIFA World Cup||Quarter-finals||France||0-1||Germany||90||0||0|
|12.08.2014||UEFA Super Cup||Final||Real Madrid||2-0||Sevilla||90||0||1|
|25.08.2014||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||2-0||Córdoba||76||1||0|
|31.08.2014||Spanish Liga||Real Sociedad||4-2||Real Madrid||90||0||0|
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