The squad has been blocked by the French team since 2015, but FFF president Noël Le Graët has been quoted as saying on 16 November. A mess to believe the first mention of the scorer in "Le Monde", December 8, 2005.
COnce again, it's over. Between French football and the "gone", as we nicknamed in the beginning the young player from the suburbs of Lyon, the idyll was even early. In December 2005, Gérard Houllier, coach of Olympique Lyonnais, "Bet on youth" during a game against Norway's Rosenborg. Titularized, Karim Benzema (17) opens the scoring at 33e minute. A benefit that earned him his first mention in The world.
His repeated goals for OL opened two years later, thanks to the injuries of Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery and Louis Saha, the doors of the French team in a qualifying match for the Euro against Lithuania. "Karim Benzema learned the news from his little brother", notes Le Monde on March 24, 2007. But it is during a friendly against Austria that he really wins alongside Samir Nasri. «The new lights have managed to lead the boat of victory, 1 to 0: goal of Karim Benzema, 19 years and 3 months, following a free kick by Samir Nasri, 19 years and 9 months», written on March 30, 2007, Bruno Caussé, we feel almost touched: "These two are wise children who live with their parents, and the bursts of praise do not turn their heads. Do not we say that Karim Benzema is of the caliber of very large front-centers, between Marco Van Basten and Jean-Pierre Papin? Is not it said that Samir Nasri has Zinedine Zidane in him? Comparisons that they repel politely, annoy them, even irritate them. " It is always easy to smile after the event.
A "reward" for French football
The sequel is a festival of goals that will lead him more and more often to put on the blue jersey. "At 19, Karim Benzema made a resounding start to the season. In seven games, he scored eight goals. And when he remains silent – in Toulouse and Lorient -, Lyon does not win », ignites Anthony Renaud, September 19, 2007. He warns: «Raymond Domenech (the coach of the France team)He will be in the stands of Camp Nou, in view of the upcoming events of the Blues. What motivate a little more Karim Benzema. " His motivation will pay. On November 20, 2007, Aimé Jacquet entrusts Simon Roger: "The Nasri, Benzema, Ménez and others are great rewards for French football. "