Benedikt Höwedes

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Benedikt Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes, Germany national football team (03).jpg
Höwedes with Germany 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
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 04 166 (8)
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 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:51, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Benedikt Höwedes (born 29 February 1988) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for Schalke 04 and the Germany national team.

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.[2]

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).

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

On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.[4]

On 23 July 2011, Höwedes became captain of Schalke 04.

On 9 March 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke 04, until 30 June 2017.[5]

International career[edit]

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.[6]

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 for the German squad for UEFA Euro 2012 but did not make an appearance in the tournament.[7]

On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 friendly defeat at home against Argentina.[8]

After making three appearances during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Höwedes was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals.[9] He was named in the starting line-up at left back against Portugal in the team's opening match, making his tournament debut.[10]

International[edit]

As of 4 July 2014
Germany national football team
Year Apps Goals
2011 6 0
2012 4 1
2013 8 0
2014 8 1
Total 26 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  Argentina 1–3 1–3 Friendly
2. 6 June 2014 Coface Arena, Mainz  Armenia 3–1 6–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Höwedes was born in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia. He attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 May 2014.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps 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
Total 181 8 20 5 46 4 249 17

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Schalke 04

Country[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "DFB ehrt Nachwuchsspieler der Saison mit Medaille". SportBasis.com. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Zwangspause für Pander". kicker.de. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Benedikt Höwedes verlängert Vertrag um vier Jahre bis 2014". Schalke04.de. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ Burrow, John (9 March 2013). "Schalke extends Howedes contract until 2017". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Deutschland – Österreich 0:1 (0:0)" (in German). dfb.de. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Benedikt HOEWEDES". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Argentina beats Germany 3–1 in exhibition". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Germany World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Germany 4-0 Portugal". BBC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Schalker Draxler ab Mitte Februar wieder Schüler". Lübecker Nachrichten Magazin. Lübecker Nachrichten online. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

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