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Sami Khedira
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Khedira with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Full name Sami Khedira[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 6
Youth career
1992–1995 TV Oeffingen
1995–2004 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 VfB Stuttgart II 21 (1)
2006–2010 VfB Stuttgart 98 (14)
2010–2015 Real Madrid 102 (6)
2015– Juventus 78 (20)
National team
2003–2004 Germany U17 10 (2)
2007–2009 Germany U21 15 (5)
2009– Germany 77 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:19, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

Sami Khedira (German pronunciation: [ˈsaːmiː xeˈdiːʁaː]; born 4 April 1987) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Juventus and the Germany national team.[3]

He began his career at VfB Stuttgart, winning the Bundesliga in 2007, before moving to Real Madrid in 2010. In his five seasons in Spain, he won seven domestic and international trophies, including the UEFA Champions League in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Italian side Juventus on a free transfer, and won the Serie A title and Coppa Italia in his first three seasons with the club.

A full international for Germany since 2009, Khedira has earned over 75 caps for the national team. He was part of their squads which reached the semi-finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Football Championships, and also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Stuttgart

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, replacing Antônio da Silva at the end of the 2–2 away draw. He scored his first two goals on 29 October in the 3–0 win against Schalke 04 at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. On 29 January 2007 he signed his first professional contract at VfB, valid until June 2009.[4] In the last game of the season on 19 May, Khedira scored the winner as Die Schwaben came from behind to defeat Energie Cottbus 2–1 and became champions for the first time in 15 years.[5]

On 9 July 2008, he extended his contract until the summer of 2011.[6] In the ensuing season, he scored a career-best 7 league goals in 27 games, including both in a 2–2 draw against Bayern Munich on 13 December.[7]

Real Madrid

Khedira running past Atlético Madrid's Arda Turan in the Madrid derby in September 2013.

On 30 July 2010, Khedira moved to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2015.[8] Khedira made his debut on 13 August in a friendly match against Bayern Munich, which Real Madrid won 4–2 on penalties for the Franz-Beckenbauer-Cup. His league debut came sixteen days later, in a 0–0 away draw against Mallorca.[9] He made 40 appearances across his first season in Spain and won his first club honour on 20 April 2011 as his team won the Copa del Rey final against El Clásico rivals FC Barcelona.

He scored his first competitive goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League, on 18 October 2011 against Olympique Lyonnais. He scored his first Copa del Rey goal against Málaga CF in a 3–2 home win when Real Madrid were trailing behind 0–2, and his first league goal against RCD Espanyol in a 5–0 home win.

On 21 April 2012, Khedira scored his second league goal, against Barcelona; the goal was Real Madrid's 108th of the season in the league, breaking the previous La Liga record of 107, also set by them in the 1989–90 season.[10]

Juventus

On 9 June 2015, Italian side Juventus announced that Khedira had signed a four-year deal on a free transfer. The move was completed on 1 July, at the start of the 2015–16 season.[11][12]

On 1 August, Khedira was stretchered off the pitch after just 25 minutes while playing in a pre-season friendly match against Marseille with a hamstring injury and was ruled out of the Supercoppa Italiana a week later against Lazio.[13][14] Two days later Juventus confirmed that it was actually a muscle tear in his right thigh, and that he would be sidelined for approximately two months.[15] He was called back to action on 30 September as he started in a Champions League group stage match in a 2–0 win over Sevilla.[16] On 4 October, Khedira made his Serie A debut, starting and scoring the final goal of a 3–1 home win against Bologna in the 63rd minute.[17]

On 20 March 2016, Khedira scored his fourth goal of the league season in a 4–1 win at Torino in the Derby della Mole, but was given a straight red card for dissent later on.[18]

On 20 August 2016, Khedira opened the 2016–17 Serie A season with a goal in a 2–1 home win over Fiorentina.[19] A week later he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Lazio in the league.[20]

On 22 October 2017, Khedira scored his first career hat-trick in a 6–2 away win over Udinese.[21][22]

On 7 March 2018, Khedira made his 100th appearance for Juventus in a 2–1 win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, in the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, assisting Gonzalo Higuaín's goal.[23][24][25]

International career

Khedira playing for the Germany national football team in 2011

Youth teams and debut

Khedira has appeared 30 times for several German youth national teams; he captained the under-21 side during the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, which Germany won, defeating England 4–0 in the final.

Khedira made his debut for the senior national squad on 5 September 2009 in a friendly match against South Africa. He was substituted on in the 73rd minute for Simon Rolfes.

World Cup 2010

Khedira was called up to the German squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by coach Joachim Löw. Filling in for the injured Michael Ballack as a central midfielder, he played in all seven matches, and was only substituted twice, as Germany reached the semi-finals. After appearances in five friendlies prior to the World Cup, he made his first competitive appearance against Australia in Germany's first group game. On 10 July 2010, with his first senior international goal, he scored Germany's 16th and last goal of the tournament, in the third place match against Uruguay; Khedira's match-winning header, which came eight minutes from time, ensured the final 3–2 scoreline, and won the young German team the bronze medal.[26]

Euro 2012

Khedira was in the starting lineup in eight qualification matches for Euro 2012, helping Germany top their qualifying group with a record ten wins out of ten matches. During the final tournament, he featured in every minute of their run to the semi-finals, scoring in the 4–2 quarter-final win over Greece at the PGE Arena Gdańsk, and was selected for the Team of the Tournament.[27]

World Cup 2014

Khedira playing against Bernard at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Khedira tore his ACL in his right knee in a friendly match against Italy on 15 November 2013 and it was estimated that he would be ruled out for around six months, which put his participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup into question.[28] However, he recovered in time to be named in Germany's squad for the tournament,[29] and was selected to start in the team's opening match, a 4–0 win against Portugal.[30] On 8 July, he scored Germany's fifth goal in the 7–1 semi-final defeat of hosts Brazil.[31] He was injured during the pre-match warmup for the Final against Argentina, and was replaced by Christoph Kramer in the team's starting line-up,[32] as Germany eventually won 1–0 after extra time.[33]

Euro 2016

Khedira was named to Joachim Löw's 23-man Germany squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[34] On 2 July, he was forced off after sustaining an injury in the first half of the quarter-finals against Italy, and was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament; Germany won the match 6–5 in the resulting penalty shoot-out, following a 1–1 draw after extra-time.[35] As in the previous edition of the tournament, Germany were once again eliminated in the semi-finals of the competition, following a 2–0 defeat to hosts France on 7 July.[36]

World Cup 2018

On 4 June 2018, Khedira was included in Joachim Löw's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[37]

Style of play

Khedira is considered a dynamic and well-rounded midfielder, with good awareness and "flawless aerial ability", who can cover a lot of ground efficiently, recover the ball and quickly join in the team's attacking plays; he is also capable of being a goal threat with his heading accuracy and powerful mid-range shooting.[1][3] A physically strong, energetic, and tactically intelligent player, he is also known for his ball-winning abilities, work-rate, and vision, as well as his solid technique and reliable passing, which allow him to play anywhere in midfield; although usually a central midfielder, he has also been deployed as a defensive midfielder or as a box-to-box midfielder, due to his stamina, movement, positional sense, and versatility, which also enable him to create space or contribute to his team's offensive plays with goals, due to his ability to make late runs into the penalty area from behind.[11][38][39][40][41][42][43] In spite of his playing ability, however, Khedira is also known to be injury-prone.[44]

Personal life

Khedira was born in Stuttgart. His father is Tunisian and his mother is German.[45] Sami's younger brother Rani plays for FC Augsburg[46] and has represented the German U19 team.[47]

Career statistics

Club

As of 18 August 2018[48]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stuttgart II 2004–05 Regionalliga Süd 5 0 5 0 [49]
2005–06 7 0 7 0 [50]
2006–07 9 1 9 1 [51]
Totals 21 1 21 1
Stuttgart 2006–07 Bundesliga 22 4 4 0 26 4 [51]
2007–08 24 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 34 1 [52][53]
2008–09 27 7 2 0 8 1 37 8 [54][55]
2009–10 25 2 2 1 8 0 35 3 [56]
Totals 98 14 12 1 21 1 1 0 132 16
Real Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 25 0 7 0 8 0 40 0 [57]
2011–12 28 2 4 1 8 1 2 0 42 4 [57]
2012–13 25 3 6 1 11 0 2 0 44 4 [57]
2013–14 13 1 0 0 5 0 18 1 [57]
2014–15 11 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 17 0 [57]
Totals 102 6 20 2 34 1 5 0 161 9
Juventus 2015–16 Serie A 20 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 25 5 [57]
2016–17 31 5 3 0 11 0 1 0 46 5 [57]
2017–18 26 9 3 0 8 0 1 0 38 9 [57]
2018–19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 [57]
Totals 78 20 7 0 23 0 2 0 110 20
Career totals 299 41 39 3 78 2 8 0 424 46

International

As of 27 June 2018[58]
Germany
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 16 1
2011 7 0
2012 12 1
2013 8 2
2014 9 1
2015 4 0
2016 12 2
2017 3 0
2018 5 0
Total 77 7

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[58]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 July 2010 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Uruguay 3–2 3–2 2010 FIFA World Cup
2. 22 June 2012 Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland  Greece 2–1 4–2 UEFA Euro 2012
3. 6 February 2013 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France 2–1 2–1 Friendly
4. 11 October 2013 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany  Republic of Ireland 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 26 June 2014 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Brazil 5–0 7–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
6. 11 October 2016 HDI Arena, Hanover, Germany  Northern Ireland 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 11 November 2016 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 1–0 8–0

Honours

Khedira celebrates winning the Bundesliga with Stuttgart in 2007

Club

Stuttgart[48]
Real Madrid[48]
Juventus[48]

International

Germany[48]
Germany U-21

Individual

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