Höwedes with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2018
|Date of birth||29 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Haltern, West Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2007–2009||Schalke 04 II||15||(0)|
|2017–2018||→ Juventus (loan)||3||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:25, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Benedikt "Benni" Höwedes (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛnədɪkt ˈhøːvədəs]; born 29 February 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, and the Germany national football team. At international level, Höwedes won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, and was one of only three players to play every single minute of the tournament. Höwedes has described himself as a 'multi-functional player' in the defence, who can play in the centre or as both a left or right-sided full-back.
Höwedes started playing football for his hometown club TuS Haltern in 1994. In 2001, he was transferred to the youth teams of FC 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, 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. On 9 March 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke, until 30 June 2017.
Loan to Juventus
On 30 August 2017, Höwedes joined Juventus on a one-year loan deal for €3.5 million plus €3 million variables, with an option to buy for €13M. On 26 November, Höwedes made his Serie A and Juventus debut, in a 3–0 home win over Crotone. On 15 April 2018, he scored his first goal for Juventus, in his second appearance for the club, in a 3–0 home win over Sampdoria.
On 29 July 2018, Höwedes left Schalke to join Lokomotiv Moscow. Lokomotiv announced the signing of a 4-year contract with Höwedes on 31 July 2018. On 7 October 2018, he scored his first goal for Lokomotiv late in a game against PFC CSKA Moscow, giving his team a 1–0 victory.
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 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 prankster 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.
Style of play
A large, versatile, reliable, and tenacious defender, Höwedes is considered a defensive all-rounder, as he can be deployed in any defensive position. Höwedes's main playing position is as a centre back, but he can also be deployed as right or left-sided full-back and as a right or left-sided wing-back, which are the main positions that Höwedes was deployed in under Jens Keller. In the early phase of his youth career, Höwedes mainly played as a defensive midfielder; after joining Schalke, however, with whom he began his professional football career, he played mainly as a left-back. Höwedes's main defensive strengths lie in his ability to win his oppositional one-on-one duels consistently, his fine heading ability, and his no-nonsense style of play. Höwedes's height and high-jumping ability also make him an aerial threat, and see him both score and set-up goals with his head. Additionally, Höwedes is also known for his well-timed sliding tackles and standing tackles, as well as his good first-time passing, technique, positional sense, and great physical strength.
- As of 2 December 2018
|Schalke II||2006–07||Oberliga Westfalen||1||0||—||1||0|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||2018–19||Premier League||8||2||1||0||4||0||—||13||2|
- As of 26 March 2017
|Germany national football team|
- Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first:
|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|
- Schalke 04
- Fritz Walter Medal U19 Gold Medal 2007
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Benedikt Höwedes.|
- German national team profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 November 2012) (in German)
- Benedikt Höwedes at fussballdaten.de (in German)
- Benedikt Höwedes – FIFA competition record (archive)
- Benedikt Höwedes – UEFA competition record
- Benedikt Höwedes at National-Football-Teams.com
- Benedikt Höwedes at ESPN FC