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FIFA World Cup 2014 Player Profile: Karim Benzema

Friday, 4 July 2014 - 8:18pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: AFP

Karim Benzema has been an instrumental player for the Les Bleus through-out the group stages. The Real Madrid striker has scored three times for the French team in three group stage matches.  Karim Benzema has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for France, making him an instrumental player for the team.

 

Personal Data:

Surname: Benzema
First-name: Karim
Country: France
Date of birth: 1987-12-19
Birthplace: Lyon
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 73.0 kg

Playing Career:

Position: Striker
Clubs: Lyon (2004-2009), Real Madrid (since 2009)
International appearances: 68
International goals: 23
International debut: 28/03/2007, France-Austria (1-0)

Playing Honours International - 

European Championships: quarter-finals (2012), first round (2008), 6 matches, 0 goals

Club - 1 Champions League (2014)

4 French Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

1 French Cup (2008)

3 French Supercups (2005, 2006, 2007)

1 Spanish Championship (2012)

2 Spanish Cups (2011, 2014)

1 Spanish Supercup (2012)

Other honours - 1 European Under-17 Championship (2004)

Biography:

Benzema gets his chance - Karim Benzema has emerged from a long, tense, lean patch and is now playing football with a smile for Real Madrid and France ahead of his first World Cup. Especially after his role in helping Real Madrid to the 2014 Champions League, with a key performance in the semi-final. He was excluded from the 2010 World Cup squad because of a lax attitude, and had been under increasing pressure at Madrid. He then went 1,222 minutes without a goal for France before his desperate teammates collectively set him up in a 5-0 drubbing of Australia. Since then the goals have flowed and he looks more like the man Madrid paid Lyon € 35 million  for five seasons ago. At his best Benzema's grace, speed and technical ability around the box make him more than just a finisher.


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