Karim Benzema

  • 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 2018-19 season. The 26-year-old 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 quarter-finals. The 1998 champions lacked conviction going forward after missing two early opportunities and eventually lost to Germany 1-0 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 semi-finals 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 all-Europe quarter-final July 4, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: A European presence in the World Cup semi-finals 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 quarter-final for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will...
  • World Cup 2014: Difficult to predict but Germany, Netherlands look sure-shot semi-finalists 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: Under-fire Germany face rejuvenated France in Friday's's World Cup quarter-final at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium in a mouth-watering clash of two European powerhouses. This represents an acid test for Germany coach Joachim Loew with his side heavily criticised for below-par 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 0-0 with 10-man 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 3-0 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 5-2 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 5-2 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 5-2 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 21, 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 hat-trick in France's 3-0...
  • World Cup 2014: Goal-line technology makes a controversial debut, denies Karim Benzema a hat-trick June 16, 2014

    The much talked about goal-line 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 eight-year 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 man-of-the-match...
  • 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 goal-line technology as France beat Honduras 3-0 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 16, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group E encounter between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio 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 warm-up on Sunday, France thrashed Jamaica 8-0, 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 warm-up match June 9, 2014

    Lille: France head to Brazil with their confidence high after rounding off their World Cup warm-up matches by thrashing Jamaica 8-0 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 1-1 draw after Paraguay's late goal in warm-up 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 1-1 draw with an 89th-minute header Sunday in Les Bleus' penultimate warm-up 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...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo fit but Benzema, Pepe doubtful for Champions League final May 24, 2014

    Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid but forward Karim Benzema and centre back Pepe remain doubtful, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Ronaldo, who has a record 16 goals in the latest edition of Europe's elite club competition, has had a...
  • Ronaldo, Benzema fine for Champions League final: Carlo Ancelotti May 18, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have not suffered serious injuries and should be fit for next Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. Alarm bells rang after Ronaldo, Real's top scorer, apparently hurt himself in the warm-up before Saturday's La Liga game at...
  • Real Madrid's league ambitions feeling European strain April 25, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid's run in the Champions League might be hurting their chances in the Spanish league. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo is healthy and will start against Osasuna on Saturday, but there are several players who could miss the match. Striker Karim Benzema and defender Pepe both have sore...
  • Benzema goal gives Real Madrid first-leg advantage over Bayern in Champions League semis April 24, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years. Chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, Real were content to cede possession to the slick...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid March 24, 2014

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...