Höwedes with Germany in 2012
|Full name||Benedikt Höwedes|
|Date of birth||29 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Haltern, West Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2009||Schalke 04 II||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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 January 2007, he signed a professional contract with Schalke 04, 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).
On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.
On 23 July 2011, Höwedes became captain of Schalke 04.
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.
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.
After making three appearances during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Höwedes was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals. He was named in the starting line-up at left back against Portugal in the team's opening match, making his tournament debut. 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 and was the subject of streaker Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's attention in the 82nd minute of the match. 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.
- As of 13 July 2014
|Germany national football team|
- Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||15 August 2012||Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt||Argentina||1–3||1–3||Friendly|
|2.||6 June 2014||Coface Arena, Mainz||Armenia||3–1||6–1||Friendly|
- As of 11 May 2014
|2006–07||Schalke 04 II||Oberliga Westfalen||1||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|2008–09||Schalke 04 II||Regionalliga West||1||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
- FC Schalke 04
- Fritz Walter Medal U19 Gold Medal 2007
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- "Argentina beats Germany 3–1 in exhibition". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
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- "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.
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- German national team profile (German)
- Benedikt Höwedes at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Benedikt Höwedes – FIFA competition record
- Benedikt Höwedes – UEFA competition record
- Benedikt Höwedes at National-Football-Teams.com
- ESPN FC profile
|Schalke 04 captain