Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 26)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
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
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,
Preview: Switzerland vs. France
Sports Mole takes a look at Friday's vital clash between Switzerland and France in Group E at the World Cup.
Jun 18, 12:04
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,
Hugo Lloris hails "key man" Karim Benzema
France captain Hugo Lloris believes that Karim Benzema will be the team's "key man" during the World Cup.
Jun 17, 13:52
Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nice (OGCN) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 28, 2014
Report: Real Madrid want Edinson Cavani
A report claims that Real Madrid want to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer.
Jun 17, 13:05
Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
How to solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?
As the debate over Wayne Rooney's place in the England team intensifies, Sports Mole assesses the options available to Roy Hodgson where the striker is concerned.
Jun 17, 12:34
Frank Lampard's shot which beats Manuel Neuer at the 2010 World Cup, but a goal is not awarded.
Fabio Capello: 'Frank Lampard controversy forced goal-line technology'
Russia coach Fabio Capello believes that Frank Lampard's disallowed goal at the 2010 World Cup has helped to introduce goal-line technology for this year's tournament.
Jun 17, 10:25
Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring the first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on October 19, 2013
Antoine Griezmann pleased with France win
Antoine Griezmann says that the France squad are "happy" with their 3-0 win over Honduras in their World Cup opener.
Jun 16, 18:40
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the 0-4 goal during the first-leg round of 16 UEFA Champions League football match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on February 18, 2014
Yohan Cabaye 'satisfied' by France victory
Yohan Cabaye describes France's 3-0 victory over Honduras at the World Cup as "satisfying".
Jun 16, 16:47
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,
Mathieu Valbuena happy with France display
Mathieu Valbuena has hailed France's collective performance during Sunday's victory over Honduras at the World Cup.
Jun 16, 11:11
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Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Atletico Madrid385190
2Barcelona386787
3Real Madrid386687
4Athletic Bilbao382770
5Sevilla381763
6Villarreal381659
7Real Sociedad38759
8Valencia38-249
9Celta Vigo38-549
10Levante38-848
11Malaga38-745
12Rayo Vallecano38-3443
13Espanyol38-942
14Getafe38-1942
15Granada38-2541
16Elche38-2040
17Almeria38-2840
18Cordoba000
19Deportivo La Coruna000
20Eibar000