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Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira, Germany national football team (07).jpg
Khedira playing for Germany
Personal information
Full name Sami Khedira[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive 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 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Germany U17 10 (2)
2007–2009 Germany U21 15 (5)
2009– Germany 56 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 7 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:01, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Sami Khedira (German pronunciation: [ˈsami keˈdiːʁa]; Arabic: سامي خضيرة‎; born 4 April 1987) is a German footballer who plays for Juventus and the German national team as a defensive midfielder.

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. 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.[2]

A full international for Germany since 2009, Khedira has earned over 50 caps for the national team. He was part of their squads which reached the semi-finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012, and won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

VfB 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. 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.[3]

On 9 July 2008, he extended his contract until the summer of 2011.[4]

Real Madrid

On 30 July 2010, Khedira moved to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2015.[5] Khedira was assigned the number 24 shirt, since 2011–12 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.[6] 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 5–0 home win.

On 21 April 2012, Khedira scored his second league goal, in El Clásico against arch rivals 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 Real Madrid in the 1989–90 season.[7]

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 at the start of the 2015–16 season, on 1 July 2015.[8][9]

On 1 August 2015, 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 in a weeks time against Lazio.[10][11] Two days later Juventus confirmed that it was actually a muscle tear in his right thigh, and that Khedira would be sidelined for approximately two months.[12]

International career

Khedira playing for the Germany national football team.

Youth teams and debut

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

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

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 Germany's 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.[13]

Euro 2012

Khedira was in the starting lineup in eight qualification matches for Euro 2012, helping Germany top their group with a record ten wins out of ten matches. 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.[14]

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 was estimated be out for around six months, which put his participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup into question.[15] However, he recovered in time to be named in Germany's squad for the tournament,[16] and was selected to start in the team's opening match, a 4–0 win against Portugal.[17] On 8 July, he scored Germany's fifth goal in the 7–1 semi-final defeat of Brazil.[18] He was injured during the pre-match warmup for the Final against Argentina, and was replaced by Christoph Kramer as Germany eventually won 1–0 after extra time.

Personal life

Khedira was born in Stuttgart. His father is Tunisian and his mother is German.[19] Sami's younger brother Rani plays for the first team of RB Leipzig[20] and is a member of the Germany U19 team.[21]

Khedira has been dating German fashion model Lena Gercke since May 2011.[22] Both were featured in a February 2012 GQ cover story.[23]

Club statistics

Last update: 10 March 2015

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe1 Other2 Total
Stuttgart II Regionalliga Süd 2004–05 5 0 5 0 [24]
2005–06 7 0 7 0 [25]
2006–07 9 1 9 1 [26]
Stuttgart II totals 21 1 21 1
Stuttgart Bundesliga 2006–07 22 4 4 0 26 4 [26]
2007–08 24 1 4 0 1 0 5 0 34 1 [27][28]
2008–09 27 7 2 0 8 1 37 8 [29][30]
2009–10 25 2 2 1 8 0 35 3 [31]
Stuttgart totals 98 14 12 1 1 0 21 1 132 16
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe3 Other4 Total Ref.
Real Madrid La Liga 2010–11 25 0 7 0 8 0 40 0 [32]
2011–12 28 2 4 1 8 1 2 0 42 4 [32]
2012–13 25 3 6 1 11 0 2 0 44 4 [32]
2013–14 13 1 0 0 5 0 18 1 [32]
2014–15 11 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 17 0 [32]
Real Madrid totals 102 6 20 2 34 1 5 0 161 9
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe3 Other4 Total Ref.
Juventus Serie A 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [33]
Juventus totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 199 21 32 3 1 0 55 2 5 0 292 26

Honours

Khedira celebrates winning the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart in 2007

Club

Stuttgart
Real Madrid
Juventus

Country

Germany
Germany U-21

References

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