Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 26)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale vies with Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 19, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday evening.
Aug 20, 00:45
Atletico Madrid's midfielder Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring during the the UEFA Champions League football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Austria Wien on November 6, 2013
Result: Atletico Madrid grab Super Cup away goal in 1-1 draw with Real Madrid
Raul Garcia strikes two minutes from time to grab Atletico Madrid a crucial away goal from their Spanish Super Cup first leg with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Aug 19, 23:59
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with teammate James Rodriguez after scoring their team's second goal during the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on August 12, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid win the 2014 European Super Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla.
Aug 12, 22:28
Real Madrid players Ronaldo (c) and Gareth Bale (r) celebrate with team mates and the trophy after the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla on August 12, 2014
Result: Cristiano Ronaldo double fires Real Madrid to European Super Cup crown
Cristiano Ronaldo's double is enough for Real Madrid to win the 2014 European Super Cup against Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Aug 12, 21:35
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014
Half-Time Report: Ronaldo strike separates Real Madrid, Sevilla
Cristiano Ronaldo's 31st-minute goal gives Real Madrid a slender lead over Sevilla at half time in the European Super Cup.
Aug 12, 20:30
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on March 2, 2014
Karim Benzema signs new five-year Real Madrid deal
French international Karim Benzema signs new five-year contract with Real Madrid.
Aug 6, 17:58
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema responds to a teammate during a game with Real Betis on August 18, 2013
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge angered by Karim Benzema's comments
John Aldridge voices his views on Karim Benzema's reported thoughts that Liverpool are not a big enough club to acquire his services.
Aug 2, 11:57
Russia's defender and captain Sergey Ignashevich watches Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku control the ball during the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014
Real Madrid preparing £20m bid for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku?
Real Madrid are preparing a £20m bid for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku as backup to Karim Benzema, according to reports.
Jul 27, 06:23
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gives a thumbs up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on February 8, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'Liverpool will be stronger next season'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his team will be a stronger outfit next season, despite the departure of striker Luis Suarez.
Jul 11, 13:27
France's forward Karim Benzema after an own goal during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014
Liverpool lining up bid for Karim Benzema?
A report claims that Brendan Rodgers sees Karim Benzema as a direct replacement for outgoing Luis Suarez at Liverpool.
Jul 10, 08:46
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Karim Benzema: "We gave everything"
France striker Karim Benzema admits that his side just didn't have the quality in the final third to score in their World Cup quarter-final defeat to Germany.
Jul 5, 20:14
Manuel Neuer in a training session on May 24, 2013.
Manuel Neuer: 'Germany worthy of semi-final spot'
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists that his side are "worthy of a place in the semi-finals" of the World Cup.
Jul 4, 21:18
Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates his goal during a quarter-final football match between France and Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
Player Ratings: France 0-1 Germany
Sports Mole rates the players who had an impact in Germany's 1-0 win over France.
Jul 4, 20:53
Germany's team celebrate after winning the quarter-final football match between France and Germany 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
Match Analysis: France 0-1 Germany
Sports Mole analyses Germany's narrow 1-0 win over France in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Jul 4, 19:51
Mats Hummels of Germany scores his team's first goal on a header against Raphael Varane of France and past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014
Result: Mats Hummels heads Germany into semi-finals
Mats Hummels heads Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating France 1-0 at the Maracana.
Jul 4, 18:54
Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates his goal during a quarter-final football match between France and Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
Half-Time Report: Mats Hummels heads Germany into slender advantage
Germany are halfway toward the semi-finals of the World Cup after earning a 1-0 half-time lead over France.
Jul 4, 17:49
Germany national team pose ahead of the quarter-final football match between France and Germany at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014, during the 2014
Team News: Miroslav Klose one of three Germany changes
Joachim Low names three changes to his Germany side for the World Clash with France, with striker Miroslav Klose among those coming in.
Jul 4, 16:07
France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his teams third goal with midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15,
Bastian Schweinsteiger wary of "tremendous" Karim Benzema
Bastian Schweinsteiger warns Germany that progression to the semi-final stage of the World Cup could hinge on combating France striker Karim Benzema.
Jul 4, 15:40
Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Sevilla on February 9, 2014
Five possible replacements for Luis Suarez
With Luis Suarez likely to join Barcelona in the coming days, Sports Mole selects five players that could replace the Uruguayan at Liverpool.
Jul 3, 11:06
Mathieu Valbuena of France celebrates his team's secong goal on an own goal by Joseph Yobo of Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014
Match Analysis: France 2-0 Nigeria
Sports Mole analyses the World Cup last-16 match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.
Jun 30, 19:50
France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the first goal during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
Result: France down Nigeria to reach World Cup quarter-finals
France advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup and knock out Nigeria thanks to second-half goals from Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.
Jun 30, 18:52
France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the first goal during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
Live Commentary: France 2-0 Nigeria - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text commentary of the World Cup last 16 match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.
Jun 30, 16:00
Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
Radamel Falcao tells friends he's joining Real Madrid?
Radamel Falcao reportedly informs close friends that he will leave French outfit Monaco for Real Madrid this summer.
Jun 28, 12:13
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Didier Deschamps lauds "extraordinary" Karim Benzema
France manager Didier Deschamps praises Karim Benzema for his displays at this year's World Cup.
Jun 27, 16:50
France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between France and Jamaica at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, on June 08, 2014
Karim Benzema: 'France can be proud of progression'
Karim Benzema believes that France can be proud of their recent displays after securing top spot in Group E.
Jun 26, 02:09
Hugo Lloris of France acknowledges the fans after defeating Honduras 3-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014
Player Ratings: Ecuador 0-0 France
Sports Mole rates all of the players involved in France's 0-0 Group E draw against Ecuador at the Estadio Maracana.
Jun 26, 00:57
Paul Pogba of France heads the ball wide of the goal past Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Ecuador and France at Maracana on June 25, 2014
Match Analysis: Ecuador 0-0 France
Sports Mole observes all of the action as France draw 0-0 with Ecuador, leaving Didier Deschamps and his men with a safe passage into the next round of the World Cup.
Jun 25, 23:47
Paul Pogba of France heads the ball wide of the goal past Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Ecuador and France at Maracana on June 25, 2014
Result: Ecuador eliminated, France unbeaten
Ecuador go out of the World Cup after drawing 0-0 with France in today's Group E clash in Rio de Janeiro.
Jun 25, 22:54
France's defender Lucas Digne in action against Ecuador's defender Juan Paredes during a Group E football match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014
Half-Time Report: Ecuador, France goalless
The World Cup Group E clash between France and Ecuador at the Maracana is currently goalless at half time.
Jun 25, 21:47
Mathieu Debuchy of France controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014
Live Commentary: Ecuador 0-0 France - as it happened
Ecuador draw 0-0 with France in their final game in Group E, with Les Bleus securing qualification into the last 16.
Jun 25, 20:00
Karim Benzema of France celebrates scoring his team's first goal on a penalty kick with Patrice Evra during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014
Preview: Ecuador vs. France
Sports Mole peers ahead to the Group E match on Wednesday, as France look to wrap up top spot.
Jun 23, 19:50
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Gerard Houllier salutes "world class" Karim Benzema
Former France coach Gerard Houllier says that Karim Benzema is now among the world's best footballers.
Jun 23, 13:24
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Karim Benzema impressed by spirit in France squad
Karim Benzema believes that France are benefiting from a strong team spirit at the World Cup.
Jun 21, 03:25
France players pose for a team photo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014
Player Ratings: France 5-2 Switzerland
Sports Mole rates all of the players involved in France's 5-2 destruction of Switzerland in Group E of the World Cup.
Jun 20, 23:43
Moussa Sissoko of France celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match against Switzerland on June 20, 2014
Match Analysis: France 5-2 Switzerland
Sports Mole offers an analysis of France's 5-2 demolition of Switzerland in Group E of the World Cup in Brazil.
Jun 20, 22:42
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Result: France cruise past Switzerland
France close in on a place in the last 16 at the World Cup following a 5-2 win over Switzerland.
Jun 20, 21:53
France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his teams third goal with midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15,
Half-Time Report: France in control against Switzerland
France cruise to a 3-0 half-time lead over Switzerland in their World Cup match, despite missing a penalty.
Jun 20, 20:47
Antoine Griezmann of France kicks the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014
Live Commentary: Switzerland 2-5 France - as it happened
Sports Mole brings you all of the live action as Switzerland take on France in Group E of the World Cup in Brazil.
Jun 20, 19:00
France's forward Olivier Giroud (R) vies with Jamaican's defender Kemar Lawrence during the friendly football match between France and Jamaica at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, on June 08, 2014
Didier Deschamps: 'Olivier Giroud ready to impress'
Didier Deschamps insists that Olivier Giroud is not feeling down after starting on the bench for France's World Cup opener last week.
Jun 20, 03:07
Honduras' goalkeeper and captain Noel Valladares handles the ball to score an own goal from a shot by France's Karim Benzema during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cu
Jonathan Pearce defends goal-line technology confusion
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce tries to clarify his confusion surrounding goal-line technology following his gaffe during France's victory over Honduras.
Jun 18, 14:33
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