Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 26)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
Real Madrid's Colombian forward James Rodriguez heads the ball to score past Eibar's goalkeeper Irureta during the Spanish league football match SD Eibar vs Real Madrid CF at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar on November 22, 2014
Result: Real Madrid canter to ninth straight league win
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 26th and 27th goals of the season in Real Madrid's convincing 4-0 victory away at Eibar.
Nov 22, 18:49
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Report: Arsenal eye £40m-rated Karim Benzema
Arsenal and Liverpool weigh up January bids for in-form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to reports.
Nov 19, 23:54
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,
Karim Benzema disappointed over France penalty miss
France forward Karim Benzema admits that he is disappointed to have missed a penalty in Les Bleus' 1-0 win over Sweden.
Nov 19, 00:49
Sweden's midfielder Albin Ekdal vies with French forward Guilavogui during the friendly football match France vs Sweden on November 18, 2014
Result: Raphael Varane gives France win
Raphael Varane scores late on to give France a 1-0 win over Sweden in an international friendly.
Nov 18, 21:54
France's defender Raphael Varane runs with the ball 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
Team News: Raphael Varane captains France side
Raphael Varane will become France's youngest ever captain as he is handed the armband for their friendly against Sweden.
Nov 18, 19:40
Sweden's midfielder Albin Ekdal vies with French forward Guilavogui during the friendly football match France vs Sweden on November 18, 2014
Live Commentary: France 1-0 Sweden - as it happened
Sports Mole's live text commentary of the international friendly between France and Sweden at the Stade Velodrome.
Nov 18, 19:30
Sweden's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicks the ball next to Portugal's defender Bruno Alves during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier play-off first leg football match Portugal vs Sweden at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on November 15, 2013
Preview: France vs. Sweden
Sports Mole looks ahead to the international friendly between Euro 2016 hosts France and Sweden.
Nov 16, 15:39
French forward Antoine Griezmann is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the friendly football match France vs Albania on November 14, 2014
Result: France struggle in lacklustre display against Albania
France struggle in a poor showing as they come from behind to draw 1-1 with Albania in an international friendly.
Nov 14, 21:46
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 8, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano
Sports Mole analyses how each individual player performed in Real Madrid's 5-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Nov 8, 22:23
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 8, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano
Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of La Liga action as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1 at the Bernabeu.
Nov 8, 21:34
Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2014
Result: Five-star Real Madrid continue winning run
Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1 at the Bernabeu to regain their two-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Nov 8, 20:49
Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring for Real Madrid against Levante on October 5, 2013.
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid hold slender interval lead against Rayo Vallecano
Alberto Bueno's late goal gives Rayo Vallecano a lifeline against Read Madrid, with Los Blancos 2-1 ahead at half time.
Nov 8, 19:49
Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2014
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu, which the home side won 5-1.
Nov 8, 18:30
A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'We did not throw in white towel'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hits back at those who criticised his team selection against Read Madrid, saying that the Reds' performance justified his decision.
Nov 5, 07:43
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti praises match winner Karim Benzema
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti singles out Karim Benzema for praise following his match-winning goal against Liverpool.
Nov 5, 04:04
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Brendan Rodgers defends Liverpool team selection in Real Madrid defeat
Brendan Rodgers insists that he did not have one eye on Saturday's visit of Chelsea when selecting his team for Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 23:38
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening.
Nov 4, 23:05
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Nov 4, 22:21
A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'Liverpool can still qualify'
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that his team can still qualify to the last-16 stage of the Champions League after a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 22:07
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Result: Spirited Liverpool go down to Real Madrid
Real Madrid edge past Liverpool with a 1-0 victory in Group B of the Champions League to leave the Reds with a battle to progress to the knockout stages.
Nov 4, 21:36
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Half-Time Report: Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid half-time advantage
Karim Benzema fires Real Madrid 1-0 ahead at the break in their Group B Champions League game at home to Liverpool.
Nov 4, 20:31
Steven Gerrard #8 of Liverpool infront of the home fans after scoring the opening goal from a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on September 27, 2014
Team News: Steven Gerrard on bench for Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard starts on the bench for the team's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 18:36
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool - as it happened
Relive Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool as the champions of Europe book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Nov 4, 18:15
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match against Granada on November 1, 2014
Sports Mole's La Liga Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out the 11 players that impressed during week 10 in La Liga.
Nov 4, 13:55
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema rises above Liverpool's English defender Glen Johnson to score Real Madrid's second goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northw
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
Sports Mole looks ahead to Liverpool's visit to Real Madrid in the Champions League as the Reds hope to avoid a repeat of their 3-0 loss to the Spanish giants at Anfield.
Nov 2, 16:34
Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Real Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014
Player Ratings: Granada 0-4 Real Madrid
Sports Mole takes a look at how each individual player performed during Real Madrid's convincing 4-0 win over Granada in La Liga.
Nov 1, 23:26
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match against Granada on November 1, 2014
Match Analysis: Granada 0-4 Real Madrid
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid record a 4-0 win over Granada in La Liga in which Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez impress.
Nov 1, 22:52
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match against Granada on November 1, 2014
Result: James Rodriguez brace leads Real Madrid to win
James Rodriguez scores twice as Real Madrid secure a 4-0 victory over Granada in La Liga.
Nov 1, 16:55
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match against Granada on November 1, 2014
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid in control against Granada
Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez score to give Real Madrid a 2-0 half-time lead over Granada in La Liga.
Nov 1, 15:52
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on September 27, 2014
Live Commentary: Granada 0-4 Real Madrid - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Granada and Real Madrid, which the away side won 4-0 to move top of the table.
Nov 1, 14:30
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Sports Mole's La Liga Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out its 11 star performers from week nine in La Liga.
Oct 27, 12:52
Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
Luis Enrique: 'Real Madrid deserved to win'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admits that Real Madrid deserved to win last night's El Clasico.
Oct 26, 15:48
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the Spanish league football match on October 18, 2014
Pepe disagrees with Xavi claims
Real Madrid defender Pepe insists that his team are not purely a counter-attacking outfit after Xavi's criticism of their tactics in their El Clasico victory.
Oct 26, 15:35
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Claudio Bravo: 'Penalty changed the game'
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo rues his side's failure to build on their strong start in last night's El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Oct 26, 13:45
Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at Camp Nou on December 11, 2013
Gerard Pique admits Marcelo handball
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits that the penalty decision awarded against him in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid was the right decision.
Oct 26, 01:01
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez warms up before the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Luis Suarez: 'I was powerless to help Barcelona'
Luis Suarez insists that he 'gave his all' on his Barcelona debut - a 3-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Oct 26, 00:02
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti: "Karim Benzema is on fire"
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti singles out striker Karim Benzema for special praise after the 3-1 El Clasico win over Barcelona.
Oct 25, 23:18
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona
Sports Mole analyses how each individual player performed in Saturday's El Clasico at the Bernabeu, which Real Madrid won 3-1 against Barcelona.
Oct 25, 20:25
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014.
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona
Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 19:35
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014.
Result: Real Madrid end Barcelona's unbeaten run
Barcelona suffer their first defeat of the season in La Liga, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 18:48
Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid123530
2Barcelona122428
3Atletico Madrid121126
4Valencia121324
5Sevilla12323
6Malaga12321
7Celta Vigo12520
8Villarreal12318
9Athletic Bilbao12-315
10Getafe12-714
11Rayo Vallecano12-914
12Eibar12-613
13Levante12-1712
14Espanyol12-411
15Real Sociedad12-410
16Deportivo La Coruna12-910
17Granada11-1110
18Elche12-1210
19Almeria11-59
20Cordoba12-107
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