Lars Bender

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Lars Bender
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 -Lars Bender 01.JPG
Bender with Germany in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lars Bender[1]
Date of birth (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Rosenheim, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 29
Youth career
1993–1999 TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002 SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–2006 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 1860 München II 9 (1)
2006–2009 1860 München 58 (4)
2009–2012 Bayer Leverkusen II 3 (0)
2009–2014 Bayer Leverkusen 127 (13)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U17 9 (1)
2007–2008 Germany U19 9 (2)
2009 Germany U20 1 (1)
2010 Germany U21 1 (0)
2011– Germany 17 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Lars Bender (German pronunciation: [ˈlaʁs ˈbɛndɐ]; born 27th of April 1989) is a German footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and the German national team. He is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund.

Club career[edit]

In 2006, while still playing for 1860 München, Bender won the Fritz-Walter trophy, ahead of then Mönchengladbach's Marko Marin and his twin brother, Sven Bender.

On 18 August 2009, Bender signed a three-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt on 16 September, an eventual 4–0 win.[2]

On 21 March 2012, Bender signed a new contract with Leverkusen to 2018.[3] This was extended again on 31 October 2013, until 2019.[4]

International career[edit]

He was part of the German under-19 side that won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He and his twin Sven were named jointly as players of the tournament.

Bender was chosen as part of Germany's 23-man squad for Euro 2012. He scored an 80th-minute winner in the final group game against Denmark.[5]

On 29 May 2013 Bender scored twice in a 4-2 win over Ecuador.[6]

He was named in Germany's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but withdrew on 23 May following a thigh injury in training. Manager Joachim Löw said "I feel personally very sorry for Lars because I know how much he wanted to be in Brazil, when a player is ruled out so close before a tournament then it is very disappointing for everyone".[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 June 2012 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine  Denmark 2 – 1 2 – 1 UEFA Euro 2012
2. 29 May 2013 FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, United States  Ecuador 2 – 0 4 – 2 Friendly
3. 29 May 2013 FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, United States  Ecuador 3 – 0 4 – 2 Friendly
4. August 14, 2013 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Paraguay 3 – 3 3 – 3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen

Country[edit]

Germany
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L. Bender". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spielbericht Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt 4:0 (3:0)" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lars Bender verlängert vorzeitig bis 2017". Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bayer 04 verlängert mit Lars Bender bis 2019" (in German). Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ John Atkin (17 June 2012). "German joy signals despair for Denmark". UEFA. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ecuador 2-4 Germany". ESPN. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "World Cup 2014: Injured Lars Bender out of Germany squad". BBC Sport. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 

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