Benedikt Höwedes

Benedikt Höwedes

Höwedes with Germany in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988
Place of birth Haltern, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 4
Youth career
1994–2000 TuS Haltern
2000–2001 SG Herten-Langenbochum
2001–2007 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Schalke 04 II 15 (0)
2007– Schalke 04 221 (11)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U18 3 (0)
2006–2007 Germany U19 16 (0)
2007 Germany U20 1 (0)
2007–2010 Germany U21 23 (3)
2011– Germany 43 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:30, 4 December 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:49, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Benedikt "Benni" Höwedes (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛnədɪkt ˈhøːvɛdɛs]; born 29 February 1988) is a German professional footballer and Captain of FC Schalke 04. Höwedes is a defender for the Germany national football team winning the World Cup with them in 2014.[1] He was one of three players to play every single minute of the tournament.[1]

Club career

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 September 2007, the German Football Association honoured Höwedes with the Fritz Walter Medal as the best player of his age-group for the 2006–07 season.[2]

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).

Höwedes' first professional match was in the Champions League on 3 October 2007.[3]

On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.[4]

On 23 July 2011, Höwedes became captain of Schalke.

On 9 March 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke, until 30 June 2017.[5]

International career

Höwedes challenging Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Höwedes played for the under-18's 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.[6]

He was a member of the squad which won the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and started in Germany's 4–0 win against England in the final.[7]

On 29 May 2011, he made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Uruguay.[8] 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.[9]

Höwedes was selected for the German squad for UEFA Euro 2012 but did not make an appearance in the tournament.[10]

On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 friendly defeat at home against Argentina.[11]

After making three appearances during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Höwedes was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals.[12] He was named in the starting line-up at left back against Portugal in the team's opening match, making his tournament debut.[13] 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[14] and was the subject of prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's attention in the 82nd minute of the match.[15] 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.[16]

Playing style

Höwedes is considered a defensive all-rounder, so Höwedes can be deployed in every defensive positions.[17] Höwedes main playing position is as a centre back, but he can also be deployed as right or left full-back and as a right or left wing-back, which are the main positions that Höwedes was deployed in under Jens Keller.[17] At the beginning of his Schalke professional football career, Höwedes played mainly as a left-back.[18] In the early phase of his football career, Höwedes mainly played as a defensive midfielder.[18] Höwedes' defensive strengths lie in his ability to consistently win his oppositional one-on-one duels, fine heading ability and his no-nonsense style of play.[18] Höwedes' high-jumping ability sees him score and set-up goals with his head, and Höwedes' is known for well-timed sliding tackles and standing tackles.[18] Höwedes is also known for good first-time passing[18] and also possesses great strength.[18]

Career statistics


Höwedes with Schalke 04 in 2011
As of 7 November 2016
Schalke II2006–07Oberliga Westfalen1010
2008–09Regionalliga West1010
Career totals233112555962031922


As of 15 November 2016[20]
Germany national football team

International goals

Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first:[21]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 Friendly


Höwedes (front, third left) celebrates winning the 2014 World Cup with the Germany national team


FC Schalke 04[22]




Personal life

Höwedes was born in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia and he attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld.[23]


  1. 1 2 "Benedikt HOEWEDES". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  2. "DFB ehrt Nachwuchsspieler der Saison mit Medaille". 7 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. "Zwangspause für Pander". 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  4. "Höwedes verlängert Vertrag auf Schalke". 10 December 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  5. Burrow, John (9 March 2013). "Schalke extends Howedes contract until 2017". Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  6. "Deutschland – Österreich 0:1 (0:0)" (in German). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. "2009: Germany take title at last". UEFA. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. "Germany get better of Uruguay again". UEFA. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. "Gomez strikes in Azerbaijan as Germany march on". UEFA. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  10. "Benedikt HOEWEDES". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  11. "Argentina beats Germany 3–1 in exhibition". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  12. "Germany World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  13. "Germany 4–0 Portugal". BBC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  14. "Germany vs. Argentina 1:0 (after extra time), match commentary". 13 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  15. "Germany vs. Argentina World Cup 2014, Russian prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy streaks, tries to kiss Benedikt Höwedes, takes jail selfie". Independent newspaper. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  16. "Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger monitoring Benedikt Howedes, William Carvalho and Luiz Gustavo – reports". The Independent. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  17. 1 2 "Howedes happy to play left-back for Germany". FourFourTwo. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  18. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Benedikt Höwedes – der Abwehrspieler vom FC Schalke 04 im Porträt" [Benedikt Höwedes – the defender of FC Schalke 04 in Portrait]. (in German). Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  19. "Benedikt Höwedes » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  20. "Benedikt Höwedes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  21. "Benedikt Höwedes - Soccerway profile".
  22. 1 2 Benedikt Höwedes profile at Soccerway
  23. "Schalker Draxler ab Mitte Februar wieder Schüler". Lübecker Nachrichten Magazin. Lübecker Nachrichten online. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.

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