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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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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 25/11/2014 05:21 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFinlandFinland0-1FranceFrance9001
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFranceFrance3-1BelarusBelarus9001
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSpainSpain1-1FranceFrance8800
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundFranceFrance3-1GeorgiaGeorgia9000
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundFranceFrance0-1SpainSpain8200
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGeorgiaGeorgia0-0FranceFrance6200
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundFranceFrance3-0FinlandFinland910
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentUkraineUkraine2-0FranceFrance2000
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentFranceFrance3-0UkraineUkraine8210
15.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageFranceFrance3-0HondurasHonduras9021
20.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland2-5FranceFrance9012
25.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageEcuadorEcuador0-0FranceFrance9000
30.06.2014FIFA World CupRound of 16FranceFrance2-0NigeriaNigeria9000
04.07.2014FIFA World CupQuarter-finalsFranceFrance0-1GermanyGermany9000
12.08.2014UEFA Super CupFinalReal MadridReal Madrid2-0SevillaSevilla9001
25.08.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid2-0CórdobaCórdoba7610
31.08.2014Spanish LigaReal SociedadReal Sociedad4-2Real MadridReal Madrid9000
04.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance1-0SpainSpain9000
07.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundSerbiaSerbia1-1FranceFrance2900
13.09.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid1-2AtléticoAtlético6300
16.09.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageReal MadridReal Madrid5-1BaselBasel8211
20.09.2014Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo2-8Real MadridReal Madrid5902
27.09.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal0-2Real MadridReal Madrid8401
01.10.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLudogoretsLudogorets1-2Real MadridReal Madrid2310
05.10.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid5-0AthleticAthletic7920
11.10.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance2-1PortugalPortugal9011
14.10.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundArmeniaArmenia0-3FranceFrance300
25.10.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid3-1BarcelonaBarcelona8710
29.10.2014Spanish CupRound of 32CornellaCornella1-4Real MadridReal Madrid7600
01.11.2014Spanish LigaGranadaGranada0-4Real MadridReal Madrid9012
04.11.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageReal MadridReal Madrid1-0LiverpoolLiverpool8710
08.11.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid5-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano8410
14.11.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance1-1AlbaniaAlbania9000
18.11.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance1-0SwedenSweden2200
22.11.2014Spanish LigaEibarEibar0-4Real MadridReal Madrid9010

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

Nominee

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 Madrid4929
Total6841
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPGS
Real Madrid10
Total10
Last updated: 05/11/2014 01:06 CET
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