Höwedes with Germany in 2011
|Date of birth
29 February 1988 |
|Place of birth
||Haltern, West Germany
||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
||Schalke 04 II
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:27, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Benedikt Höwedes (German pronunciation: [høː vɘdɛs]; born 29 February 1988) is a German footballer and Captain of Schalke 04. He plays as a defender for Schalke 04 and for the German national team.
Personal life 
Höwedes was born in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia. He attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld.
Club career 
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 Fußball-Bundesliga in 2006.
In September 2007, the German Football Association honored Höwedes with the Fritz Walter medal as best player of his age-group in the 2006–07 season.
In January 2007, he signed a professional contract, which contracted him to Schalke until the end of the 2009–10 season, and 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.
On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.
On July 23rd 2011, Höwedes became Captain of FC Schalke 04
On March 9th 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke 04, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2017.
International career 
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.
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.
On 29 May 2011, he made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Uruguay. 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.
Höwedes was selected in the German squad for UEFA Euro 2012.
On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 friendly defeat at home against Argentina.
International goals 
- Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first.
Career statistics 
- As of 18 May 2013.
- FC Schalke 04
- Germany U-21
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