• I’m still here! Benzema overshadows Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Lisbon

    I’m still here! Benzema overshadows Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Lisbon

    The forward was left out of Real Madrid’s starting line-up in the derby on Saturday and again this time, but produced a late winner to prove his worth in a vital victory.

    Karim Benzema had a point to prove. The 28-year-old striker was left out of the side that beat Atletico so impressively at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday and had to settle for a place on the bench in this match too. But he headed home the winner to overshadow […]

  • Deschamps open to Benzema France return

    Deschamps open to Benzema France return

    The Real Madrid striker was absent from the squad that reached the final of Euro 2016 in the summer, but his manager has not closed the door on a recall for the 28-year-old.

    France coach Didier Deschamps admits that Karim Benzema could be recalled to the national team, but he insists that the Real Madrid striker will only make a comeback if it is in the best interests of the national team.

    Benzema was not considered for selection at Euro 2016, where […]

  • Real Madrid ace slams lazy Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema

    Real Madrid ace slams lazy Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema

    Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has urged the club’s front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to contribute more defensively.

    The Spanish giants have become slightly over-reliant on their ‘BBC’ front line in recent years, with the big-name attackers seen as slightly untouchable due to their high status.

    Still, Vazquez is having none of it and feels Real would benefit hugely if Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema could do their jobs in helping out the rest of the team with […]

  • Benzema criticism has been unfair – FFF boss

    Benzema criticism has been unfair – FFF boss

    French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has offered another olive branch to Karim Benzema, suggesting he has been subjected to unfair criticism.

    Benzema, 28, has not played for France since being charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation into an alleged extortion attempt on his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

    The Real Madrid striker was left out of Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad as a result, but Le Graet has frequently championed Benzema’s cause, stating as recently as […]

  • Benzema hits back at Hollande

    Benzema hits back at Hollande

    The exiled France striker Karim Benzema refused to accept the claims that he is not a good example levelled by the head of state following a blackmail scandal.

    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has slammed the criticism levelled at him by French president Francois Hollande.

    Benzema was not considered for selection by the host nation at Euro 2016 after being charged as part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

    In his […]

  • Zidane annoyed by Hollande’s Benzema jibe

    Zidane annoyed by Hollande’s Benzema jibe

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane leapt to the defence of Karim Benzema after the striker’s conduct was once again criticised in his homeland by French president Francois Hollande.

    Benzema hasn’t represented his country since August 2015 after being caught up in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

    In a book published last week, Hollande claimed “morally, Benzema is not an example”.

    “In your work you can criticise, but you can’t say strange things and it is normal it bothers […]

  • Benzema’s France future in Deschamps’ hands – Le Graet

    Benzema’s France future in Deschamps’ hands – Le Graet

    French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says the prospect of Karim Benzema returning to the international team depends on head coach Didier Deschamps.

    Real Madrid striker Benzema was barred from selection for Euro 2016 after being charged over his involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

    Deschamps did not recall Benzema for the 3-1 friendly win over Italy or the forthcoming World Cup qualifier versus Belarus, claiming the time was not right to reintegrate the 28-year-old into […]