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Höwedes with Germany in 2012
|Date of birth||29 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Haltern, West Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2007–2009||Schalke 04 II||15||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:19, 28 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. He was one of three players to play every single minute of the tournament.
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 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).
On 10 December 2008, Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.
On 23 July 2011, Höwedes became captain of Schalke.
On 9 March 2013, Höwedes extended his contract with Schalke, until 30 June 2017.
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.
On 29 May 2011, he made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Uruguay. 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.
After making three appearances during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Höwedes was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals. He was named in the starting line-up at left back against Portugal in the team's opening match, making his tournament debut. 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 and was the subject of prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's attention in the 82nd minute of the match. 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.
Höwedes is considered a defensive all-rounder, so Höwedes can be deployed in every defensive positions. 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. At the beginning of his Schalke professional football career, Höwedes played mainly as a left-back. In the early phase of his football career, Höwedes mainly played as a defensive midfielder. 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. 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. Höwedes is also known for good first-time passing and also possesses great strength.
- As of 7 November 2016
|Schalke II||2006–07||Oberliga Westfalen||1||0||—||1||0|
- 1.^ Includes German Super Cup.
|Germany national football team|
- Scores and results lists Germany's goal tally first:
|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|
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