Laura Benkarth (2013)
|Full name||Laura Anna Benkarth|
|Date of birth||14 October 1992|
|Place of birth||Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:22, 9 July 2017 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2017
Benkarth began her career at SV Biengen and FC Wolfenweiler-Schallstadt. In 2008, she arrived in the youth department of the SC Freiburg where she played for the B-Jugend. In 2009, she moved to the senior squad as a second goalkeeper and made his debut on 20 September 2009 (1st Round) in the 0:1 defeat at home to the FF USV Jena. In her first season, she was used only three times at senior level. In her second season, Benkarth played 13 games and her participation increased in the third season with 22 appearances. In 2014, with the departure of Caroline Abbé to FC Bayern Munich, she was nominated the new team captain.
In 2007, she was on the Germany U17 squad which was the champion in the 2009 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship. With the Germany U19 team in 2010, Benkarth took part in the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Macedonia. The team reached the semi-finals, but lost, for the future champion, France in the penalties (5–3). That same year she was part of the national team that won the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in their own country, remained as the third goalkeeper behind Almuth Schult and Desirée Schumann without playing any match. In the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan she played every minute in all six matches, Germany played in the tournament without conceding one single goal (clean sheet). Germany only lost in the final against the United States, for the minimum score, 1:0 (goal scored by Kealia Ohai ). Benkarth was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament with the "Golden Glove". In October 2012 Benkarth was nominated for the senior national team for the first time. In until 28 July 2013 she was called for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden, replacing Kathrin Längert in the squad.
- Summer Olympic Games: Gold medal, 2016
- UEFA Women's Championship: Winner 2013
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup: Winner 2010
- UEFA U-17 Women's Championship: Winner 2009
- Kaderliste U-20-WM 2012 on fifa.com
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- "Clinical France time run perfectly". UEFA.com. 8 June 2010.
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- "Framba.de – Framba.de". Framba.de. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.
- "Neid turns to youth for Germany". UEFA.com. 20 June 2013.
- "Gold for Germany as Neid finishes in style". fifa.com. 19 August 2016.
- Golden Glove 2012