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VfB Stuttgart

Sami Khedira was born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father and a German mother. Before joining the youth team of VfB Stuttgart in 1995, he played at TV Oeffingen. In the first months of the 2006–07 season, he was called up into VfB’s Bundesliga squad by manager Armin Veh. His debut followed on October 1, 2006 against Hertha BSC. He scored his first two goals on October 29, 2006 in a game against Schalke 04. On January 29, 2007 he signed his first professional contract at VfB, valid until June 2009.

Khedira earned regular status in the holding position for VfB in his very first season after signing professional forms, playing a key role in Stuttgart’s 2006/07 Bundesliga triumph. Physically robust, an excellent reader of the play and a good tactical thinker, the midfielder excels as the link man between defence and
attack. His ability to deliver precise and incisive passes means he is frequently the instigator of dangerous attacking moves, and at 1.89 m, he is more than useful in the air too.

Sami Khedira scores the goal to the VfB Championship in 2007

In 9 July 2008 he extended his contract until the summer of 2011.

REAL MADRID

Immediatley following the World Cup 2010, Real Madrid and new coach Jose Mourinho made clear their intent
to sign the rising German star, and a reported €14 million transfer was eventually completed. 

On 30 July 2010 Khedira moved to Real Madrid. The move to Madrid was a big step in his career, but Khedira was more than capable of taking it in stride.

 In his first year with Real Madrid, on April 20, 2011, he won the „Copa del Rey“
in the final against FC Barcelona (1:0)

 

In his second season with Real Madrid Sami Khedira scored his second league goal, in the El Clásico against arch rivals FC Barcelona. The goal was Real Madrid’s 108th league of the season, breaking the previous La Liga record of 107, also set by Real Madrid.

On May 2, 2012 he won with Real Madrid the 32nd Spanish league title with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER

Always one of the best players at each youth level, his career followed the textbook route for a gifted junior. Voted German Player of the Month by his fellow professionals in December 2008, international success soon
followed.

Khedira captained the Germany U-21s to the 2009 European championship crown in Sweden, before earning his first senior cap in a 2-0 victory over South Africa in Leverkusen the following September.

 

He was called up to the Germany squad for the
2010 World Cup in South Africa
and started in their
opening game against Australia, eventually playing all matches from the beginning.

On the grandest stage of all, Khedira was a quiet, but decisive influence on Germany’s team. He regularly outran all players on the pitch, and his work rate allowed him to effectively play as an auxiliary forward, defender, and everywhere in between. 

Khedira’s late winner against Uruguay sealed a third place
finish for Germany
, and underlined his billing as a „big-game“ player.

Khedira was one of the leading forces in Germany’s qualification for the EURO 2012 in Poland und Ukraine,  being in the starting 11 of 8 games. Germany was the only team, that won all their 10 qualification games. Germany were drawn with the Netherlands, Denmark and Portugal into Group B at the EURO 2012, widely touted as the „Group of Death“. 

Nevertheless Germany was the only team to have won all three group matches. They went on to defeat Greece in the quarter-final, with Sami Khedira scoring the important goal to the 2:1 lead.

The team set a historic record in international football of 15 consecutive wins in all competitive matches. In the semi-final match against Italy, despite high expectations, Germany was unable to break the record to
defeat Italy in any competitive matches.

In a friendly match against Italy on November 15th 2013, Khedira tore his ACL in his right knee .
He will be out for at least six months. Back then it was not sure, if he would make it to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Thankfully for Germany,  after half a year of treatment Khedira back into action. He finally made his return for Real, 177 days after injury, in the Los Blancos defeat at Celta Vigo. He made another start against Espanol, before helping seal the biggest club prize in European football with another hour on the clock in Lisbon.

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