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Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira
Date of Birth:Apr 4, 1987 (Age 27)
Place of Birth:Stuttgart
Nationality:Germany
Height:189 cm.
Weight:81 Kg.
Position:Midfielder
Squad Number:6
National Team Page: Germany
Sami Khedira, Stuttgart (MARCA)
Six months ago, few fans outside Germany would have ever heard the name Sami Khedira. Now, four years after his Bundesliga debut with Stuttgart, the 23-year old midfielder is all over the news, having completed his transfer to Real Madrid.

A natural leader, Khedira captained the German U-21's to the European Championship last summer, and caught the eye of senior side coach Joachim Loew. Shortly after the U-21 tournament, the versatile midfielder earned his first appearance for Germany's senior team in a 2-0 victory over South Africa. Thus began a remarkable breakthrough season.

While Stuttgart were eliminated by Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16 and only finished sixth domestically, Khedira stood apart from his team-mates as a true star. Following injuries to Michael Ballack, Simon Rolfes, and Heiko Westermann, the holding midfielder was called upon to partner central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger at the 2010 World Cup.

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.

Immediatley following the World Cup, 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. The move to Madrid is a big step in his career, but if history is any indicator, Khedira is more than capable of taking it in stride.

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Sami Khedira´s younger brother Rani plays for VfB Stuttgart, too. The 16-year-old features for the U-17 side and will perhaps win the German U17-championship, like his brother once did.

Awards

U-21 European championship 2009
German championship 2007
German U19-championship 2005
German U17-championship 2004

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