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Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

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 honours
UEFA Champions League:
winner 2014
UEFA Super Cup:
2014
UEFA European Under-17 Championship:
winner 2004

Last updated: 15/08/14 18.39CET

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General info

  • Name: Karim Benzema
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 19/12/1987 (26)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Real Madrid ( ESP)

  • Height: 183cm
  • Weight: 73kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15
    • UEFA Super Cup 2014/14
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    06/12/05: Lyon 2-1 Rosenborg
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Final tournament - Group stage)
    04/05/04: France 3-0 Northern Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
France185
France U-2140
France U-1964
France MERI40
France U-1721
Total3410

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Lyon1912
Real Madrid4625
Total6537
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPGS
Real Madrid10
Total10
Last updated: 17/09/2014 01:07 CET
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