Karim Benzema Biography
Karim Benzema (Karim Mostafa Benzema) is a French professional footballer born on 19th December 1987 in Lyon, France. He plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team.
He began his football career at his hometown club Bron Terraillon SC at the age of eight. While at the club, he was nicknamed Coco by friends and, after scoring two goals in an under-10 match against the Lyon youth academy, began attracting attention from the biggest club in the city.
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Karim Mostafa Benzema was born 19 December 1987, he is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team. He has been described as an “immensely talented striker” who is “strong and powerful” and “a potent finisher from inside the box”.
Benzema was born in the city of Lyon and began his football career with local club Bron Terraillon. In 1996, he joined Olympique Lyonnais, and subsequently came through the club’s youth academy. Benzema made his professional debut in the 2004–05 season and appeared sporadically in his first three seasons as Lyon won three titles in that span.
In the 2007–08 season, Benzema became a starter and had a breakthrough year scoring over 30 goals as Lyon won its seventh straight league title. For his performances, he was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 1 Player of the Year and named to the organization’s Team of the Year.
Benzema was also the league’s top scorer and given the Bravo Award by Italian magazine Guerin Sportivo. After another season at Lyon, in July 2009, Benzema moved to Real Madrid in a transfer fee worth over €35 million ($50 million), and signed a six-year contract.
After struggling to establish himself in his debut season with the club, in the ensuing two seasons, Benzema reached prominence, scoring 32 goals en route to helping Real Madrid win the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the 2011–12 edition of La Liga. He has been named French Player of the Year three times for his performances in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Benzema is a former French youth international and has represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. Prior to playing for the senior team, he played on the under-17 team that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007 in a friendly match against Austria, scoring in a 1–0 win.
Benzema has earned over 80 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments: the 2008 and 2012 editions of the UEFA European Football Championship and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Benzema has twice been left out of major tournament squads: 2010 World Cup due to lack of playing time with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 after a highly publicised scandal.
Karim Benzema Parents
Karim Benzema was born in the city of Lyon, France to French nationals of Algerian descent. As a practicing Muslim, he observes fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. His grandfather, Da Lakehal Benzema, lived in the village of Tigzirt, located in the northern town of Beni Djellil in Algeria before migrating to Lyon, where he eventually settled in the 1950s.
Benzema’s father, Hafid, was born in Tigzirt, while his mother, Wahida Djebbara, was born and raised in Lyon; her family originated from Oran. Benzema is the third youngest in the family and grew up with eight other siblings in Bron, an eastern suburb of Lyon. His younger brothers Gressy and Sabri are also footballers.
The former currently plies his trade at the amateur level with Vaulx-le-Velin in the Division d’Honneur, the sixth division of French football, while the latter plays in the youth academy of a club in the family’s hometown of Bron. Since establishing himself as an international footballer, Benzema has been involved in numerous promotional campaigns.
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Karim Benzema has a net worth of $40 million dollars. Karim Mostafa Benzema was born in Lyon, France in December 1987.
Karim Benzema Height
- 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
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He has eight siblings; 3 brothers and five sisters Sabri Benzema, Farid Benzema, Celia Benzema, Laeticia Benzema, Sofia benzema, Lydia Benzema, Gressy Benzema and Nafissa BenzemaBrother
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karim Benzema is not married, he was in a relationship with Manon Marsault from 2010 to 2013. He later began dating French nurse Chloe De Launay (who birthed their daughter, Melia on February 3rd, 2014)
He dated Analicia Chaves but they later broke up. In 2016 he began dating French model, Cora Gauthier but they broke up in May 2017. They share a son, Ibrahim.
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Karim Benzema Daughter
- On 3rd February 2014, his then girlfriend Chloe De Launay gave birth to their daughter Mélia.
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Critics of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema baffle Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg, with the Frenchman having accepted a support role to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Blancos forward is enduring his least productive season in eight years, with the target found just nine times across all competitions in 2017-18.
A supposed dip in form has seen him become a target for terrace taunts once again at Santiago Bernabeu, with questions being asked of a man who has plundered 189 goals across nine campaigns.
On 11 October 2013, Benzema scored his first goal for the France national team since June 2012 in a friendly against Australia, thus ending a scoring drought for his national team which had lasted 1,222 minutes. In that match played at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, which France won 6–0, Benzema scored France’s sixth and final goal in the 50th minute after turning home Franck Ribéry’s left-wing cross.
In the second leg of the 2014 World Cup qualification play-off against Ukraine held on 19 November 2013 at the Stade de France, Benzema scored France’s second goal in the 34th minute to level the aggregate score at 2–2.
Benzema scored his goal when he side-footed home after a huge scramble in the Ukrainian penalty box, although he was shown on television replays to be offside by almost one metre when the ball took a final touch off Mathieu Valbuena’s chest.
Benzema had four minutes earlier been denied a legitimate goal, the offside flag wrongly raised when he turned in Ribéry’s low cross into the net with his torso a metre from the Ukrainian goal-line.
Ukraine had won the first leg of the play-off 2–0 in Kiev just four days earlier. France would eventually win the second leg 3–0 to advance to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a 3–2 aggregate scoreline.
On 6 June 2014, Benzema was named in France’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his debut in the tournament. In the team’s first match, a 3–0 win against Honduras in Porto Alegre on 15 June, he scored a goal in each half, the first from a penalty kick.
He also assisted the team’s second goal when his shot rebounded off the post and was fumbled over the goal-line by Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares for an own goal, the first World Cup goal given by goal-line technology. He later added a third goal sealing France’s 3–0 victory against Honduras. He was named by FIFA as man of the match for his performance.
In the second group fixture, he scored and had a penalty saved in a 5–2 defeat of Switzerland, as Les Bleus all but secured qualification to the knockout stage. France were later knocked out by Germany in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
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In December 2016, Benzema was called up in Real Madrid’s squad for 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. In the semi-final match against América on 15 December, Benzema scored in the last moments of the first half, helping the team to progress in the final by winning 2–0.
In the final three days later against Kashima Antlers, Benzema opened the score in the 9th minute, and also assisted Ronaldo’s second goal, as Real Madrid won 4–2 in extra time after the regular time finished 2–2 to claim their second title. It was Benzema’s tenth title with Real Madrid, and finished the competition as joint-second topscorer with two goals in two matches.
On 15 February 2017, in the first leg of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Napoli, Benzema scored Real Madrid’s first goal in an eventual 3–1 home win, which was his 51st goal in this competition, overtaking Thierry Henry on the list of all-time Champions League top scorers. It was his first goal in six matches and for this performance he was voted Man of the Match.
He was a regular starter, and scored the last goal of the season which gave him eleven for the campaign, when Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga and the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.
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Of this 24-year-old nurse who shares the life of the center-forward of Real Madrid, we know very little. It must be said that Karim Benzema learned to be wary of the press people, which lent him links with the singer Jenifer or Ayem (Secret Story 5).
Anyway, Chloe met Karim Benzema on “her” island of Reunion in late 2009. After several years together, in the night of Sunday 2 to Monday, February 3, 2014, in Madrid, Chloe gave birth to a little girl named Mélia.
“Every day, I’m with her, I play with her. (…) I’m taking things another way now. I am much calmer than before, ” explained the happy dad in ” Benzema by Karim “, a documentary broadcast on Team 21 on June 2. As calm as it is discreet, Chloe did not react to Rihanna’s recent tweet of encouragement for her companion.
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Benzema, the France striker, has struggled in 2017-18 with just two LaLiga goals to his name, and reports have emerged claiming Zinedine Zidane wants to bring a new forward to the Bernabeu. Names such as Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker, and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar have been suggested, and it is apparent Benzema has no future with the European champions.
He has been a target of Arsene Wenger’s for many years, and the latest reports in Spain say the 30-year-old is finally ready to move to north London. Diario Gol claim Benzema has reached an agreement with Wenger to join the Gunners, though Arsenal have yet to sort terms with Real over his sale.
Real will not sell Benzema for any less than £52.6m (€60m), but Arsenal are refusing to offer more than £35m (€40m) for the France international. Benzema has scored 187 goals for Real Madrid since moving to the Bernabeu from Lyon in 2009.
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Why Benzema is not the answer to France’s No.9 problem
Goal.com – 20 Jun 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Real ace should be in France’s squad, but the Champions League hero made it easy for Didier Deschamps to leave him out. Watching France’s opening World Cup clash against Australia on Saturday must have been a frustrating experience for those unlucky enough to be left at home.
Head coach Didier Deschamps had both the luxury and the curse of having to leave out a group of players who would likely have strolled into any other squad at the tournament.
Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette? Not consistent enough. Manchester United’s Anthony Martial? Not good enough. Kingsley Coman? Not fit enough. Amid all the absentees, though, it was the omission of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema that caused the greatest stir.
Nine days after Deschamps had named his preliminary panel, without the 30-year-old in it, the Lyon-born forward offered a response by scoring in the Champions League final to lead Zinedine Zidane’s men to a third successive title.
The forward stood accused of taking part in a blackmailing plot against the ex-Marseille man earlier that year, and while he was finally cleared of wrongdoing in the case in July 2017, he was never recalled to the national team, despite a suspension imposed by the French FA (FFF) being lifted.
For Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the legendary Swedish striker who spent four years in France playing with Paris Saint-Germain, this continued absence is inexcusable, particularly having watched Les Bleus toil to a 2-1 win in their opening game. “If the coach says he’s not good enough for this team then the coach should not be there, but Benzema should. It’s very easy,” he told beIN Sports.
“I find it very ridiculous that he’s not there because if you want to win, you get winners, and Benzema is a winner.” Building a World Cup-winning side, though, is not necessarily simply about picking the best players. Just as vital is constructing a team with spirit.
France, perhaps more than any country, know that only too well, having seen campaigns in 2010 and then at Euro 2012 disintegrate amidst a lack of harmony among the group. Benzema is a player who simply does not fit into the framework in this regard.
Suggestions that his absence is a manifestation of Deschamps’ dislike for him are simply not the case. If that were true, would Benzema have played 10 successive internationals during and after World Cup 2014, scoring just one goal in the process? It does not appear credible.
So, the question must then be raised: is his talent sufficiently above that of players such as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele to risk sacrificing the harmony in the group?
Deschamps does not believe so and the evidence backs up the France boss. Amidst Benzema’s barren run, he was expected to be a key figure in the Brazil 2014 quarter-final against Germany. He failed to make an impact in that game as his side suffered a 1-0 defeat.
Fast forward two years and France again found themselves up against Germany. This time they had no Benzema, but they did have an improving Griezmann, who converted both goals as Les Bleus eliminated the world champions from Euro 2016 and thereby moved into the final.
In the meantime, there had been opportunities for Benzema to work his way back into the squad. Instead of embracing these, he served only to complicate his life, notably accusing Deschamps of racism.
“He has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France,” the attacker, who is of Algerian origin, told Marca.
Between those comments and the rise of a fresh generation of attacking talent, the basis of which now forms the forefront of Deschamps’ attack, his fate was sealed. These comments served only to isolate the forward from the coach and the team as a whole. FFF president Noel Le Graet said before the World Cup: “The France team is over for Benzema.”
That may not prove to be the case – if Zinedine Zidane was to take the reins of the national side the situation could transform rapidly – but under Deschamps there is no prospect for a recall.
It’s all very well for Ibrahimovic to steam into the debate with a simplistic argument, but the fact is that the situation is far more nuanced than he appears to be aware. The baggage the striker brings outweighs the contribution he is likely to make. Lacazette, Martial, and Coman have every right to be frustrated; Benzema should only be regretful.