Lars Bender

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Lars Bender
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 -Lars Bender 01.JPG
Lars Bender with Germany after scoring against Denmark at Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Lars Bender[1]
Date of birth (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Rosenheim, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayer Leverkusen
Number 8
Youth career
1993–1999 TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002 SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–2006 TSV 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 1860 München II 9 (1)
2006–2009 1860 München 58 (4)
2009–2011 Bayer Leverkusen II 3 (0)
2009– 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 27 April 1989) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Lars is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund. He is known for his tireless work rate and incredible stamina.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

In 2006, while still playing for 1860 München, Bender has 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. Bender scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt.[2] In the 2010–11 season, he was expected to degrade as a fourth choice central midfielder with the arrival of the experienced Germany captain Michael Ballack. However, the season turned out to be a successful one for Bender, consistently playing in good form earning him regular first team status.He plays as a central midfielder.

On 31 October 2013, Bender signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen, keeping him at the Werkself until 2019.[3]

International career[edit]

He was part of the German under-19 side that won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He was first called up to the senior squad in September 2011, making his debut as a substitute for Leverkusen teammate Simon Rolfes in a 2–2 draw with Poland.

Bender was chosen as part of Germany's 23-man squad for Euro 2012. He was a late substitute in Germany's 1–0 win against Portugal in their opening Group B match of the European Championships, a late substitute in Germany's 2–1 win against The Netherlands in their second Group B match, and a starter at right-back in their third Group B match against Denmark, replacing the suspended Jérôme Boateng. In Germany's last group game, he scored the winning goal, making the scoreline 2–1 in Germany's favour. He scored a brace on 29 May 2013 in a friendly against Ecuador in Boca Raton.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 February 2014
Club performance League Cup[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 1860 München 2. Bundesliga 13 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08 28 1 3 0 31 1
2008–09 15 3 2 0 17 3
2009–10 2 0 1 0 3 0
Club total 58 4 6 0 64 4
2009–10 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 20 1 1 0 21 1
2010–11 27 3 2 0 12 0 41 3
2011–12 28 4 1 0 8 1 37 5
2012–13 33 3 3 0 3 0 39 3
2013–14 16 1 4 1 5 0 25 2
Club total 124 12 11 1 28 1 163 14
Career total 182 16 16 1 28 1 227 18
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

International appearances[edit]

As of 04:41, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Germany
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 8 1
2013 6 3
Total 17 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. 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 Euro 2012
2. 29 May 2013 FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida  Ecuador 2–0 4–2 Friendly
3. 4–0
4. 14 August 2013 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Paraguay 3–3 3–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen
International
Individual
  • 2006 Fritz Walter Gold Medal (U17 Category)

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. ^ "Bayer 04 verlängert mit Lars Bender bis 2019" (in German). Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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