Benedikt Howedes is a German football player who plays for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga and the German national team as a defender . He inaugurated his professional career from his hometown club TuS Haltern in the year 1994 and transferred to the youth team of Schalke 04 in 2001. Howedes played brilliantly for the Schalke 04 where he became the captain of the Schalke's Under-19 team along with a member of that team , he won the the Under 19 Football-Bundesliga in 2006. In the following season he signed his new professional contract which keeping him until the end of the season 2009-10. Together with Höwedes' first professional match was in the Champions League as well as he extended his contract that will keep him until June 2014. Although , he played for the under-18 team to under-21 team and selected in the German squad for UEFA Euro 2012.