Khedira playing for Real Madrid in 2012
|Full name||Sami Khedira|
|Date of birth||4 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Stuttgart, West Germany|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|2004–2006||VfB Stuttgart II||21||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:36, 9 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Sami Khedira (German pronunciation: [ˈsami keˈdiːʁa]; Arabic: سامي خضيرة; born 4 April 1987) is a German footballer currently playing for Real Madrid and the German national team. Khedira moved to Real Madrid from VfB Stuttgart in 2010. He is considered a dynamic midfielder with "flawless aerial ability" who can cover a lot of ground, recover the ball and quickly join in the team attack with his powerful mid-range shooting.
Before joining the youth team of VfB Stuttgart in 1995, he played at TV Oeffingen. In the first months of the 2006–07 season, he was called up into VfB's Bundesliga squad by manager Armin Veh. His debut followed on 1 October 2006 against Hertha BSC. He scored his first two goals on 29 October in a game against Schalke 04. On 29 January 2007 he signed his first professional contract at VfB, valid until June 2009.
On 9 July 2008 he extended his contract until the summer of 2011.
On 30 July 2010 Khedira moved to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2015. Khedira was assigned the number 24 shirt, since 2011–2012 La Liga season he changed to the number 6 shirt. Khedira made his debut for Real Madrid on 13 August 2010 in a friendly match against FC Bayern Munich, which Real Madrid won 4–2 on penalties. This resulted in Real Madrid winning the Franz-Beckenbauer-Cup. His league debut came on 29 August, in a 0–0 draw against Mallorca. On 20 April 2011, he won his first title with Real Madrid: Spanish Copa del Rey, against FC Barcelona. On 3 August 2011, he scored his first goal for Real Madrid during a pre-season match against Guangzhou Evergrande. He scored his first competitive goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League, on 18 October 2011 against Olympique Lyonnais. He also scored his first Copa del Rey goal against Málaga CF in a 3–2 home win when Real Madrid were trailing behind 0–2. Khedira also scored his first official league goal against RCD Espanyol in a thrashing 5–0 home win for the whites.
On 21 April 2012, Khedira scored his second league goal, in the El Clásico against arch rivals FC Barcelona. The goal was Real Madrid's 108th league of the season, breaking the previous La Liga record of 107, also set by Real Madrid in the 1989–90 season.
Youth teams and debut
World Cup 2010
He was called up to the Germany squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by coach Joachim Löw. Filling in for injured Michael Ballack as defensive midfielder, he played in all seven matches, and was only substituted twice. After appearances in five friendlies prior to the World Cup, he made his first competitive match against Australia in Germany's first group game. On 10 July 2010, with his first international goal on senior level, he scored Germanys 16th and last goal of the tournament in the third place match against Uruguay. This game-winning header eight minutes from time ensured the final 3–2 score and won the young German team the bronze medal.
World Cup 2014
Khedira tore his ACL in his right knee in a friendly match against Italy on 15 November 2013 and will be out for around six months, which will make his participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup questionable.
Khedira was born in Stuttgart. His father is Tunisian and his mother is German. Sami's younger brother Rani plays for the first team of VfB Stuttgart and is a member of the Germany U17 team.
1 Includes Supercopa de España
- Real Madrid
- Germany U-21
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- Real Madrid official profile
- Sami Khedira at fussballdaten.de (German)
- BDFutbol profile
- Transfermarkt profile
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Sami Khedira at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sami Khedira – FIFA competition record