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 nameLars Bender[1]
Date of birth(1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 24)
Place of birthRosenheim, West Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubBayer Leverkusen
Number8
Youth career
1993–1999TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–2006TSV 1860 München
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2007TSV 1860 München II9(1)
2006–2009TSV 1860 München58(4)
2009–2011Bayer Leverkusen II3(0)
2009–Bayer Leverkusen120(12)
National team
2005–2006Germany U179(1)
2007–2008Germany U199(2)
2009Germany U201(1)
2010Germany U211(0)
2011–Germany17(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:04, 20 December 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013
 
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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 nameLars Bender[1]
Date of birth(1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 24)
Place of birthRosenheim, West Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubBayer Leverkusen
Number8
Youth career
1993–1999TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–2006TSV 1860 München
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2007TSV 1860 München II9(1)
2006–2009TSV 1860 München58(4)
2009–2011Bayer Leverkusen II3(0)
2009–Bayer Leverkusen120(12)
National team
2005–2006Germany U179(1)
2007–2008Germany U199(2)
2009Germany U201(1)
2010Germany U211(0)
2011–Germany17(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:04, 20 December 2013 (UTC).

† 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 TSV 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.[2] Bender scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt.[3] 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.[4]

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 20 December 2013 (2013-12-20)
Club performanceLeagueCup[nb 1]Continental[nb 2]Total
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
2006–071860 München2. Bundesliga13000130
2007–0828130311
2008–0915320173
2009–10201030
Club total58460644
2009–10Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga20110211
2010–1127320120413
2011–122841081375
2012–133333030393
2013–141213150202
Club total1201210128116014
Career total1781616128122419
  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
YearAppsGoals
201130
201281
201363
Total174

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.17 June 2012Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine Denmark2–12–1Euro 2012
2.29 May 2013FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida Ecuador2–04–2Friendly
3.4–0
4.14 August 2013Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany Paraguay3–33–3Friendly

Honours[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen
International
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L. Bender". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Einigung: Bender wechselt sofort nach Leverkusen" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Spielbericht Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt 4:0 (3:0)" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bayer 04 verlängert mit Lars Bender bis 2019" (in German). Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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