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Benzema and the French team: the key figures


Karim Benzema is preparing to find the France team 5 and a half years after his last selection, according to several French media. Zoom on the history between Benzema and the Blues in figures.


- As its number of final - and therefore of title - with the France team.

If Didier Deschamps has so far never given in to the temptation to recall Karim Benzema, it is also because the Blues have done very well without him: a final at Euro 2016, lost against Portugal (1-0 after extra time) and one won at the 2018 World Cup against Croatia (4-2).


- In November 2006, Karim Benzema was summoned for the first time to the France A team by Raymond Domenech.

He was only 18 years old and 32 Ligue 1 matches in his legs in Lyon.

Injured, he forfeited and pushed back his first cape to March 2007. He celebrated meanwhile his 19th birthday and scored for his entry at half-time against Austria at the Stade de France, in a friendly match (1-0).

The legend of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid


- With 27 goals, Karim Benzema is the 10th top scorer in the history of the Blues, but is only 7 lengths from the top 5 and David Trezeguet. On the other hand, with 0.33 goal / match, he has the worst ratio of the top 10 behind Zinédine Zidane (108 caps, 31 goals, 0.29 goal / match). His performance has often been the subject of criticism, especially as his importance in the game, blatantly over the years at Real Madrid, has never been evident with France.


- With 81 caps, Karim Benzema is the 5th most capped striker in the history of the Blues behind Antoine Griezmann (89), Sylvain Wiltord (92), Olivier Giroud (107) and Thierry Henry (123).

Absent from the 2010 World Cup while he was still looking for his place at Real Madrid, he played "only" 11 finals in a major competition: 2 at Euro 2008, 4 at Euro 2012 and 5 at the 2014 World Cup.

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- This is the number of minutes that Benzema spent on a field with the jersey struck with the rooster without scoring, between June 2012 and October 2013. A long shortage of 15 matches which put his place at the Blues in question, then that he was getting the better of Real Madrid in the competition between him and Gonzalo Higuain. "It misses this goal which will be a click", reassured Didier Deschamps in March 2013 in the columns of L'Equipe, defending it body and soul at the time. This goal came on October 11 at the Stade de France, during a friendly match against Australia (6-0).


- In days, the time elapsed between his last match for the French team, on October 8, 2015 against Armenia, and this Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Benzema left the Blues with a 4-0 victory with a double and a decisive pass for… Antoine Griezmann.

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