KARIM BENZEMA

  • Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to miss Levante clash 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will miss Saturday's La Liga clash at Levante due to flu, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. The French hitman will be given time to recover ahead of two important matches away to Liverpool in the Champions League next Wednesday followed by the weekend 'Clasico'...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Karim Benzema's late goal helps Real Madrid win 2-1 at Ludogorets October 2, 2014

    Sofia: Real Madrid needed a 77th-minute goal from substitute Karim Benzema for a 2-1 comeback win at Champions League newcomer Ludogorets on Wednesday, after Cristiano Ronaldo missed one penalty before making amends with a second spot kick. Ludogorets, unfazed by the star-studded visitors in its first home game in Europe's top-tier...
  • Spain's rebuilding off to bad start after 10 loss to France September 5, 2014

    Paris: Spain's rebuilding following their shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start, failing even to manage a shot on target as France coasted to a 10 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and...
  • Karim Benzema extends contract with Real Madrid through 2019 August 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid says France striker Karim Benzema has agreed to extend his contract with the European champions to the end of the 201819 season. The 26yearold Benzema's previous contract expired in June 2015. Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from French club Lyon. He has scored 111 goals in 235 games for Madrid,...
  • The Beautiful Game: Germany knock France out of World Cup July 5, 2014

    Mat Hummels scored in the 13th minute to help Germany beat France in the quarterfinal of the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Hyped France attack fails to deliver July 5, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Despite the hype about its attacking flair, France failed to deliver the goals in the World Cup quarterfinals. The 1998 champions lacked conviction going forward after missing two early opportunities and eventually lost to Germany 10 on Friday. Karim Benzema, who scored three goals in France's opening two matches,...
  • The Beautiful Game: Clash of the champions July 4, 2014

    As the World Cup hits business end, Germany and France meet at the Maracana, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams....
  • World Cup, France v Germany Quarterfinal: as it happened July 4, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the quarterfinal match between France and Germany at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the...
  • World Cup 2014: France, Germany meet in allEurope quarterfinal July 4, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana on Friday, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams. Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will...
  • World Cup 2014: Difficult to predict but Germany, Netherlands look sureshot semifinalists July 3, 2014

    It's time for predictions. All the top teams have made it to the quarters. The road to the semi finals is full of speed bumps and potholes and the team that negotiates these tight curves and bends best will reach the top four. Ahead of the epic clashes, we pick...
  • World Cup 2014: Loew's Germany face acid test against old rivals France July 3, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Underfire Germany face rejuvenated France in Friday's's World Cup quarterfinal at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium in a mouthwatering clash of two European powerhouses. This represents an acid test for Germany coach Joachim Loew with his side heavily criticised for belowpar performances in this edition. A...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, France vs Nigeria, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from match five of the round of 16 played between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The pace and power of Nigeria's attack will give France's defence their biggest test of the World Cup so far when...
  • World Cup 2014: France top Group E after Ecuador draw, play Nigeria in Round of 16 June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: France drew 00 with 10man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament. In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 30 Honduras to finish in second place and join France...
  • World Cup 2014: Benzema's form could make him a star in Brazil June 21, 2014

    Karim Benzema had never scored in a major competition before this World Cup. Now he's quickly becoming one of the stars of the tournament. His outstanding performance in Friday's 52 win against Switzerland, where he scored one goal, made another and was a fraction away from scoring another, earned him a...
  • World Cup 2014: France crush Switzerland 52 to lead Group E June 21, 2014

    Salvador: Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 52 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Switzerland vs France June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group E encounter between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Coach Didier Deschamps is trying to take the spotlight away from striker Karim Benzema heading into France's potentially decisive clash with Switzerland. Whoever...
  • World Cup 2014: France benefit from raging Benzema's return to form June 18, 2014

    With the weight of France's attacking options resting largely on his shoulders in the absence of the injured Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema has made a fine start to the World Cup. Benzema, who last month helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup, came close to a hattrick in France's 30...
  • World Cup 2014: Goalline technology makes a controversial debut, denies Karim Benzema a hattrick June 16, 2014

    The much talked about goalline technology finally made an appearance at the World Cup. As Karim Benzema's left foot strike thundered against the goal post the referee's watch signaled 'No Goal', and then a few seconds later it flashed 'Goal'. Sandro Ricci was left confused, as were the commentators. In...
  • World Cup 2014: No.10s Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema share limelight June 16, 2014

    It had been a long time coming. Captain Lionel Messi finally ended an eightyear wait for a World Cup goal on Sunday as Argentina edged past debutants Bosnia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while fellow No. 10, France's Karim Benzema, put two past Honduras in a manofthematch...
  • World Cup 2014: Karim Benzema brace helps France cruise past Honduras June 16, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goalline technology as France beat Honduras 30 on Sunday in their first World Cup match. The dominant win was a relief for France, whose team of highly paid players failed to win in South Africa and was...
  • World Cup 2014, France vs Honduras: as it happened June 15, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group E encounter between France and Honduras at the Estadio BeiraRio in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live blog) Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday although...
  • FIFA World Cup: Les Bleus leave for Brazil full of confidence June 10, 2014

    Winning with a large score against "Reggae boys" at home, Les Bleus finished in a blaze of victory their preparation for World Cup games that boosted their confidence to make victory in the international tournament. In their last warmup on Sunday, France thrashed Jamaica 80, Les Bleus' second heaviest win after...
  • France coach finds way to play Benzema and Giroud June 9, 2014

    Lille: Franck Ribery's injury means that Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud will likely play together at the World Cup, with coach Didier Deschamps finding a way to accommodate them both by shifting Benzema onto the left flank. Pairing Benzema and Giroud has failed to work in the past, but that was...
  • FIFA World Cup: France thrash Jamaica in final warmup match June 9, 2014

    Lille: France head to Brazil with their confidence high after rounding off their World Cup warmup matches by thrashing Jamaica 80 on Sunday, with striker Karim Benzema scoring two and creating two in an impressive display of attacking football. Benzema picked out Oliver Giroud for France's fourth goal and also created...
  • France slowly rediscover their pedigree ahead of World Cup June 6, 2014

    Four years after making fools of themselves in South Africa, France have regained their credibility and can even realistically contemplate making a major impact at the World Cup finals. In 2010, Les Bleus went on strike in support of Nicolas Anelka, who had been kicked out of the squad for insulting...
  • France held to 11 draw after Paraguay's late goal in warmup June 2, 2014

    Nice, France: Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann staked his claim for a World Cup starting spot with his first international goal for France, only for midfielder Victor Caceres to do likewise and earn Paraguay a 11 draw with an 89thminute header Sunday in Les Bleus' penultimate warmup game before heading...
  • France's Benzema must finally shine on big stage May 26, 2014

    Paris This is Karim Benzema's chance to finally shine on the world stage for France and it's about time. With winger Franck Ribery's form fading somewhat in recent weeks, Benzema could become France's best attacking player at the World Cup. But his play at international level remains erratic and the...