Born on 29 February 1988 in Haltern, West Germany, Benedikt Höwedes joined Juventus on 30 August 2017 after spending his entire professional career with FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.
Höwedes made his first team debut at 19 years old quickly establishing himself as one of the strongest defenders in the Bundesliga. Named captain of Schalke in 2011, Höwedes would go on to play over 300 matches for The Royal Blues leading them to the German Cup in 2011 and consistent UEFA Champions League appearances. Höwedes has found the back of the net quite consistenly for a defender as well with 23 goals in all competitions. Despite his hard-nosed defending, Höwedes has been shown red just three times in his career, averaging over 100 matches between expulsions.
A veteran of the German youth national teams, Höwedes made his debut for the full national team in May 2011, establishing himself as a key part of Joachim Low’s side while playing every minute of Germany’s run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup at outside back. In all, the defender has 44 full national team caps heading into the 2017/18 season.
Comfortable at any position across the back line, Höwedes can fit well into a three-man or four-man back line providing strong tackling, good aerial defending and an elite level of positioning sense to the Juventus squad.