Karim Benzema

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Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema 2018.jpg
Benzema playing for Real Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Karim Mostafa Benzema[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 34)[2]
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 9
Youth career
1995–1997 Bron
1997–2005 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Lyon B 20 (15)
2004–2009 Lyon 112 (43)
2009– Real Madrid 409 (216)
National team
2004 France U17 4 (1)
2004–2005 France U18 17 (14)
2005–2006 France U19 9 (5)
2006 France U21 5 (0)
2007– France 94 (36)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:54, 2 april 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:09, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

Karim Mostafa Benzema (born December 19 1987) is a French professional footballer. He plays as a striker for La Liga club Real Madrid and the France national team.

Career[change | change source]

Benzema began his career at the Lyon youth academy, and eventually progressed enough to sign a professional contract.[4]

In 2009, Real Madrid signed Benzema for a fee of €35 million.[5]

In 2021, Benzema reached the semifinals of the Champions League with Real Madrid, eventually losing to Chelsea after a 2-2 draw in the first leg;[6] and a 3-2 loss in the second.[7]

In October 2021, in the trial of Karim Benzema in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape case, the Versailles prosecutor's office asked the criminal court to pronounce a ten-month suspended prison sentence and a 75,000 euro fine against Karim. Benzema.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon B 2004–05 Championnat National 11 10 11 10
2005–06 Championnat National 9 5 9 5
Total 20 15 20 15
Lyon 2004–05 Ligue 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06 Ligue 1 13 1 2 2 0 0 1[c] 1 16 4
2006–07 Ligue 1 21 5 1 0 1 0 3[c] 2 1[d] 1 27 8
2007–08 Ligue 1 36 20 6 6 2 1 7[c] 4 1[d] 0 52 31
2008–09 Ligue 1 36 17 2 1 0 0 8[c] 5 1[d] 0 47 23
Total 112 43 11 9 3 1 19 12 3 1 148 66
Real Madrid 2009–10 La Liga 27 8 1 0 5[c] 1 33 9
2010–11 La Liga 33 15 7 5 8[c] 6 48 26
2011–12 La Liga 34 21 5 3 11[c] 7 2[e] 1 52 32
2012–13 La Liga 30 11 8 4 10[c] 5 2[e] 0 50 20
2013–14 La Liga 35 17 6 2 11[c] 5 52 24
2014–15 La Liga 29 15 3 0 9[c] 6 5[f] 1 46 22
2015–16 La Liga 27 24 0 0 9[c] 4 36 28
2016–17 La Liga 29 11 3 1 13[c] 5 3[g] 2 48 19
2017–18 La Liga 32 5 1 1 9[c] 5 5[h] 1 47 12
2018–19 La Liga 36 21 6 4 8[c] 4 3[i] 1 53 30
2019–20 La Liga 37 21 3 1 8[c] 5 48 27
2020–21 La Liga 34 23 1 0 10[c] 6 1[e] 1 46 30
Total 383 192 44 21 111 59 21 7 559 279
Career total 515 250 55 30 3 1 130 71 24 8 727 360
  1. Includes Coupe de France, Copa del Rey
  2. Includes Coupe de la Ligue
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  6. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
  7. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances and two goals in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance and one goal in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  9. One appearance and one goal in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

International career statistics[change | change source]

As of match played 16 November 2021[8]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2007 8 3
2008 11 2
2009 8 3
2010 5 3
2011 10 2
2012 12 2
2013 10 3
2014 13 7
2015 4 2
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 13 9
Total 94 36
Scores and results list France's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Benzema goal.[9]
List of international goals scored by Karim Benzema
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 March 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 1  Austria 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 13 October 2007 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands 5  Faroe Islands 3–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3 5–0
4 20 August 2008 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden 14  Sweden 1–1 3–2 Friendly
5 14 October 2008 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 18  Tunisia 3–1 3–1
6 5 June 2009 Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France 24  Turkey 1–0 1–0
7 10 October 2009 Stade de Roudourou, Guingamp, France 26  Faroe Islands 5–0 5–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 14 October 2009 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 27  Austria 1–0 3–1
9 7 September 2010 Stadion Koševo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 29  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
10 12 October 2010 Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz, France 31  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0
11 17 November 2010 Wembley Stadium, London, England 32  England 1–0 2–1 Friendly
12 9 February 2011 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 33  Brazil 1–0 1–0
13 2 September 2011 Stadiumi Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania 39  Albania 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
14 5 June 2012 MMArena, Le Mans, France 45  Estonia 2–0 4–0 Friendly
15 3–0
16 11 October 2013 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 61  Australia 6–0 6–0
17 15 October 2013 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 62  Finland 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 19 November 2013 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 64  Ukraine 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off
19 5 March 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 65  Netherlands 1–0 2–0 Friendly
20 8 June 2014 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France 66  Jamaica 3–0 8–0
21 5–0
22 15 June 2014 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil 67  Honduras 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
23 3–0
24 20 June 2014 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil 68   Switzerland 4–0 5–2
25 11 October 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 74  Portugal 1–0 2–1 Friendly
26 8 October 2015 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France 81  Armenia 3–0 4–0
27 4–0
28 23 June 2021 Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary 86  Portugal 1–1 2–2 UEFA Euro 2020
29 2–1
30 28 June 2021 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 87   Switzerland 1–1 3–3 (aet)
31 2–1
32 7 October 2021 Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy 91  Belgium 1–2 3–2 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals
33 10 October 2021 San Siro, Milan, Italy 92  Spain 1–1 2–1 2021 UEFA Nations League Final
34 13 November 2021 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 93  Kazakhstan 4–0 8–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
35 5–0
36 16 November 2021 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 94  Finland 1–0 2–0

References[change | change source]

  1. "Acta del Partido celebrado el 20 de marzo de 2016, en Madrid" [Minutes of the Match held on 20 March 2016, in Madrid] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017: List of players: Real Madrid CF" (PDF). FIFA. 16 December 2017. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. "Real Madrid C.F. – Karim Benzema". Real Madrid C.F. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  4. "L'EQUIPE.FR". web.archive.org. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  5. "Lyon accept Real Madrid offer for Benzema - CNN.com". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  6. "Benzema earns Real draw against Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  7. "Chelsea set up all-English Champions League final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  8. Benzema, Karim at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. "Karim Benzema stats". eu-football.info. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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