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Benedikt Höwedes (born 29 February 1988 in Halternmarker) is a Germanmarker footballer who plays for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.


Club career

Höwedes started playing football in youth teams of Schalke 04 in 2001. In 2003 he became captain of Schalke's Under-19 team, and as a member of that team he won the 2006 German youth championship. In January 2007, he signed a professional contract, which is valid until the end of the 2009–10 season, and joined Schalke's Bundesliga squad in July. Until October of this year, however, he only played for Schalke's second team in the Oberliga (4th division).

Höwedes' first professional match was in the Champions League on 3 October 2007.

On 10 December 2008 Höwedes extended his contract which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014.

International career

Höwedes played for Germany national youth teams Under-18 and Under-19 and appeared in all matches up to and including the semi-final at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. On 5 September 2007, he had his first U-20 national team appearance.


In September 2007, the German Football Association (DFB) honored Höwedes with the Fritz-Walter-medal as best player of his age-group in the 2006–07 season.

Germany U-21


  1. Lineup of this match

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