Manfred Bender

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Manfred Bender
SC Wiener Neustadt vs. SK Austria Klagenfurt 2015-10-20 (004).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-05-24) 24 May 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
MSV München
TB München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 SpVgg Unterhaching
1989–1992 Bayern Munich 77 (9)
1992–1996 Karlsruher SC 101 (29)
1996–1999 TSV 1860 München 51 (4)
1999–2000 Karlsruher SC 2 (0)
2000–2003 1. FC Saarbrücken 47 (9)
2003 SV Wilhelmshaven 16 (2)
2003–2004 FC Ismaning 17 (4)
2005 TSV Eching
Teams managed
2006–2007 1. FC Vöcklabruck
2007–2008 SCR Altach
2010–2011 Nigeria U-20[2]
2011– Nigeria (fitness coach)[3]
2013 Kickers Offenbach (executive director)[2]
2013–2014 Austria Klagenfurt (athletic supervisor)[4]
2014–2016 Austria Klagenfurt[5]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Manfred Bender (born 24 May 1966) is a German football manager and former player. He last managed Austria Klagenfurt.[6]


Between 1989 and 1999 he played for Bayern Munich, Karlsruher SC and 1860 Munich. In total Bender played 229 games in the Bundesliga, scoring 42 goals. Bender is most fondly remembered for a legendary goal scored against Oliver Kahn and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

In summer 1989, Bender was playing in the second level of the Bundesliga, for SpVgg Unterhaching, then Bayern Munich. He was an emerging talent of the same style as Jürgen Kohler, Alan McInally and Radmilo Mihajlovic. In spite of this competition he made twenty appearances in the season and scored two goals.

Next season, Bender played 33 games, and scored five goals, as he was now a fully-fledged member of the squad. Season 1991–92 went badly for Bayern, as they went through three coaches (Jupp Heynckes, Søren Lerby and Erich Ribbeck). Bender moved to Karlsruhe in 1992 after a bad end-of-season result, in a direct swap with Mehmet Scholl.

Bender moved to Karlsruhe in what became a very attack-minded team which immediately reached the UEFA Cup. In his strongest season to date, including a 7–0 victory over Valencia CF, Bender contributed significantly, helping them to reach the 1996 German Cup final.

1996 saw Bender transfer to TSV 1860 München. He played there for three seasons, but in his last, only saw six full matches. For one season he moved back to Karlsruhe, and then two more (2000–02) were spent playing for 1. FC Saarbrücken, a second-league team. Then he played some years in the lower leagues, and has, since 2006, embraced a new career, coaching in Austria.

In February 2011, Bender was appointed fitness trainer for the Nigerian national team.[7]


  1. ^ "Manfred Bender". Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Stagnation dauert lange genug" (in German). 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Flying Eagels Get German Fitness Trainer". 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Manfred Bender neuer Sportchef bei Austria Klagenfurt" (in German). 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Spieler werden Austria Klagenfurt klagen" (in German). 5 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bender, Manfred" (in German). Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Flying Eagles get German trainer". 14 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 

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