Karim Benzema retires from France national team
France

Karim Benzema retires from France national team

After decades of messy scandals; from allegation of racism from French media and fans, to a disastrous blackmail case, Karim Benzema's tumultous career with Les Bleus is over. His announcement came through social media. "I made the efforts and the mistakes it took to get to where I am today, and I'm proud of that," […]

France

/ 46 days ago

Karim Benzema retires from France national team

After decades of messy scandals; from allegation of racism from French media and fans, to a disastrous blackmail case, Karim Benzema's tumultous career with Les Bleus is over. His announcement came through social media. "I made the efforts and the mistakes it took to get to where I am today, and I'm proud of that," […]

France

/ 55 days ago

How's France doing without Benzema? Better than ever

Benzema key in qualifying and beyond It was June 23, 2021, when Karim Benzema announced his return to Les Bleus to the rest of the wide world. Yes, he was in Didier Deschamps' 26-man squad for Euro 2020 and he did play in a few games before his grand return to the French side. Yet […]

France

/ 75 days ago

Major blow for France as Benzema is ruled out of World Cup

France have suffered a major blow in their quest to defend the World Cup trophy as star striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the tournament through injury. Head Coach Didier has mentioned that he won’t call in a replacement for the Real Madrid striker. Benzema injured during training Benzema was forced out of […]

Karim Benzema

/ 162 days ago

Benzema and Putellas win UEFA player of the year prizes

Istanbul (AFP) – Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas were rewarded for outstanding seasons by winning the UEFA men's and women's player of the year prizes at a ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday. France striker Benzema captained Real Madrid to victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final and scored 15 goals in the competition, while […]
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Juventus

/ 187 days ago

Benzema, Asensio on target as Real Madrid down Juventus 2-0 in friendly

Los Angeles (AFP) – Karim Benzema converted an early penalty and Marco Asensio added a second-half insurance goal as Real Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in a pre-season friendly at California's Rose Bowl on Saturday. With his eye on Real Madrid's European Super Cup clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in 10 days, coach Carlo Ancelotti started the […]
ByAFP

France

/ 241 days ago

Valbuena 'turns the page' on Benzema sex tape scandal

Paris (AFP) – Ex-France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena said on Tuesday he has "turned the page" after the sex tape scandal involving former team-mate Karim Benzema. On Saturday, Real Madrid's Benzema, 34, dropped an appeal against a one-year suspended sentence, handed to him last November, for complicity in a bid to blackmail Valbuena with the video […]
ByAFP

Karim Benzema

/ 244 days ago

Real Madrid's Benzema drops appeal over 'sex tape' sentence

Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has dropped an appeal against a one-year suspended sentence for complicity in a bid to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, his lawyer said Saturday. Benzema was sentenced in November 2021 and fined 75,000 euros ($82,000) over the 2015 extortion attempt that shocked French […]
ByAFP

Karim Benzema

/ 251 days ago

'I can't do much more' to win Ballon d'Or – Benzema

Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Karim Benzema admitted he had done all he could with Real Madrid this season to make himself favourite for the Ballon d'Or after helping the Spanish giants beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday's Champions League final in Paris. Benzema did not score in the final at the Stade de France as Vinicius […]
ByAFP

Karim Benzema

/ 267 days ago

Benzema equals Raul as Real Madrid's second-highest goalscorer

Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema drew level with Real Madrid great Raul as the Spanish giants' second-highest goalscorer by netting his 323rd goal for the club in a 6-0 thrashing of Levante on Thursday. The France striker headed in Real's second goal against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu to reach the mark. Cristiano Ronaldo remains […]
ByAFP

Karim Benzema

/ 289 days ago

Benzema misses two penalties in Real Madrid win over Osasuna

Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema missed two penalties in seven minutes on Wednesday but Real Madrid still had enough to defeat Osasuna 3-1 as they continued their march towards the La Liga title. Benzema was looking for his 45th goal of the season but was twice denied by Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera, who both times […]
ByAFP