Benedikt Höwedes

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Benedikt Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes 2011.jpg
Höwedes with Schalke 04 in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Benedikt Höwedes[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Haltern, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back, Full-back
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 4
Youth career
1994–2000 TuS Haltern
2000–2001 SG Herten-Langenbochum
2001–2007 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Schalke 04 II 15 (0)
2007– Schalke 04 169 (9)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U18 3 (0)
2006–2007 Germany U19 16 (0)
2007 Germany U20 1 (0)
2007–2010 Germany U21 23 (3)
2011– Germany 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:58, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Benedikt "Benni" Höwedes (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛ.nə.dɪkt 'hø.ʋɛ.dɛs]; born 29 February 1988) is a German professional footballer who captains for FC Schalke 04. A German international, Höwedes specializes in the centre back and right or left full-back positions.

FIFA's official website describes Höwedes as "a true defensive all-rounder, as he can proficiently play anywhere across the back four of defense on the football pitch".[2]

Club career[edit]

Höwedes started playing football for his hometown club TuS Haltern in 1994. In 2001 he was transferred to the youth teams of Schalke 04. In 2003 he became captain of Schalke's under-19 team and as a member of that team he won the Under 19 Bundesliga in 2006.

In September 2007, the German Football Association honoured Höwedes with the Fritz Walter Medal as the best player of his age-group for the 2006–07 season.[3]

In January 2007, he signed a professional contract with Schalke, which ran until 30 June 2010, he then joined Schalke's Bundesliga squad in July. Until October 2007, however, he only played for Schalke's second team in the Oberliga (fourth division).

Höwedes' first professional match was in the Champions League on 3 October 2007.[4]

On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.[5]

On 23 July 2011, Höwedes became captain of Schalke.

On 9 March 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke, until 30 June 2017.[6]

International career[edit]

Höwedes challenging Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Höwedes played for the under-18 team and under-19 team and appeared in all matches up to and including the semi-final at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. On 5 September 2007, he made his first and only under-20 team appearance, due to the fact that he was turning out for the under-21 team on a regular basis.[7]

He was a member of the squad which won the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and started in Germany's 4–0 win against England in the final.[8]

On 29 May 2011, he made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Uruguay.[9] On 7 June 2011, he played his first official match against Azerbaijan in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, Germany won the match 3–1, with Höwedes setting up the first goal, which was scored by Mesut Özil.[10]

Höwedes was selected for the German squad for UEFA Euro 2012 but did not make an appearance in the tournament.[2]

On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 friendly defeat at home against Argentina.[11]

After making three appearances during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Höwedes was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals.[12] He was named in the starting line-up at left back against Portugal in the team's opening match, making his tournament debut.[13] Later on, he won the tournament, along with his team. In the 2014 World Cup final, Höwedes went close to opening the scoring by hitting the goalpost with a header after a corner kick in the last seconds of the first half[14] and was the subject of prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's attention in the 82nd minute of the match.[15] Höwedes was also one of three German players who played every minute of all seven World Cup games, alongside goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and captain Philipp Lahm.[16]

International[edit]

As of 7 September 2014[17]
Germany national football team
Year App. Goals
2011 6 0
2012 4 1
2013 8 0
2014 12 1
Total 30 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 August 2012 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany  Argentina 1–3 1–3 Friendly
2. 6 June 2014 Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany  Armenia 3–1 6–1 Friendly

Playing style[edit]

Höwedes is considered a defensive all-rounder, so Höwedes can be deployed in every defensive positions.[18] Höwedes main playing position is as a centre back, but he can also be deployed as right or left full-back and as a right or left wing-back, which are the main positions that Höwedes is deployed in under Jens Keller.[18] At the beginning of his Schalke professional football career, Höwedes played mainly as a left-back.[19] In the early phase of his football career, Höwedes mainly played as a defensive midfielder.[19] Höwedes' defensive strengths lie in his ability to consistently win his oppositional one-on-one duels, fine heading ability and his no-nonsense style of play.[19] Höwedes' high-jumping ability sees him score and set-up goals with his head, and Höwedes' is known for well-timed sliding tackles and standing tackles.[19] Höwedes is also known for good first-time passing[19] and also possesses great strength.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 September 2014[20]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2006–07 Schalke 04 II Oberliga Westfalen 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 13 0 0 0 13 0
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 3 0 9 0
2008–09 Schalke 04 II Regionalliga West 1 0 0 0 1 0
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 24 2 2 0 7 0 33 2
2009–10 33 3 3 3 36 6
2010–11 30 1 6 1 10 2 46 4
2011–12 22 1 3 0 10 0 35 1
2012–13 32 0 3 0 8 2 43 2
2013–14 19 1 3 1 10 0 32 2
2014–15 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 184 9 20 5 46 4 252 18

Honours[edit]

Höwedes (front, third left) celebrates winning the 2014 World Cup with the Germany national team

Club[edit]

FC Schalke 04

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Benedikt Höwedes is currently dating German Lisa Wesseler.[21] Höwedes was born in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia and he attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Benedikt HOEWEDES". FIFA. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "DFB ehrt Nachwuchsspieler der Saison mit Medaille". SportBasis.com. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Zwangspause für Pander". kicker.de. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Benedikt Höwedes verlängert Vertrag um vier Jahre bis 2014". Schalke04.de. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ Burrow, John (9 March 2013). "Schalke extends Howedes contract until 2017". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Deutschland – Österreich 0:1 (0:0)" (in German). dfb.de. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "2009: Germany take title at last". UEFA. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Germany get better of Uruguay again". UEFA. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gomez strikes in Azerbaijan as Germany march on". UEFA. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Argentina beats Germany 3–1 in exhibition". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Germany World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Germany 4-0 Portugal". BBC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Germany vs. Argentina 1:0 (after extra time), match commentary". flashscore.com. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Germany vs. Argentina World Cup 2014, Russian prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy streaks, tries to kiss Benedikt Höwedes, takes jail selfie". Independent newspaper. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger monitoring Benedikt Howedes, William Carvalho and Luiz Gustavo - reports". The Independent. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Benedikt Höwedes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Howedes happy to play left-back for Germany". fourfourtwo.com. FourFourTwo. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Benedikt Höwedes – der Abwehrspieler vom FC Schalke 04 im Porträt" [Benedikt Höwedes - the defender of FC Schalke 04 in Portrait]. bundesligamannschaften.de (in German). Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Benedikt Höwedes profile at Soccerway
  21. ^ "Lisa Wesseler – German Soccer Player Benedikt Howedes’ Girlfriend". fabwags.com. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Schalker Draxler ab Mitte Februar wieder Schüler". Lübecker Nachrichten Magazin. Lübecker Nachrichten online. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Manuel Neuer
Schalke 04 captain
2011–present
Incumbent