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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 nameLars Bender[1]
Date of birth(1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birthRosenheim, West Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number8
Youth career
1993–1999TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–20061860 München
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–20071860 München II9(1)
2006–20091860 München58(4)
2009–2012Bayer Leverkusen II3(0)
2009–Bayer Leverkusen137(14)
National team
2005–2006Germany U179(1)
2007–2008Germany U199(2)
2009Germany U201(1)
2010Germany U211(0)
2011–Germany19(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014
 
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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 nameLars Bender[1]
Date of birth(1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birthRosenheim, West Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number8
Youth career
1993–1999TSV Brannenburg
1999–2002SpVgg Unterhaching
2002–20061860 München
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–20071860 München II9(1)
2006–20091860 München58(4)
2009–2012Bayer Leverkusen II3(0)
2009–Bayer Leverkusen137(14)
National team
2005–2006Germany U179(1)
2007–2008Germany U199(2)
2009Germany U201(1)
2010Germany U211(0)
2011–Germany19(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Lars Bender (German pronunciation: [ˈlaʁs ˈbɛndɐ]; born 27 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]

Lars Bender playing for Bayer Leverkusen.

Lars Bender played from 1993 to 1999 in the youth of the TSV Brann castle, from 1999 to 2002 he was part of SpVgg Unterhaching youth teams. In summer 2002, he moved to the 1860 München youth team.

In August 2006, he played his first game for 1860 München II in the Regionalliga Süd. In October, he was unused substitute in the 1860 München senior team, and on 27 November 2006, when he was 17 years old, he made his professional debut at the home game against the TuS Koblenz in the 2. Bundesliga. In his first professional season he played 13 matches, nine of them in the starting lineup. In this season, Bender won the Fritz-Walter trophy, ahead of then Mönchengladbach's Marko Marin and his twin brother, Sven Bender. In his second season he was a regular player in the defensive midfield. On the first day of the new season, he scored his first goal. Bender started 2008–09 season again as a regular player. In the second league game against FSV Frankfurt on 3 October 2008, he took over the captaincy and was at 19 the youngest captain in the history of the 1860 München, but on 20 October he was seriously injured and after number of injuries, he finished that season with only 15 matches played. In his three professional seasons played for 1860 München in the 2. Bundesliga, he played 58 games and scored four goals.

On 18 August 2009, Bender signed a three-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. He played his first match in the Bundesliga coming off the bench on Matchday 6 and was used as substitute in most of 20 games he played during his first season in Bayer Leverkusen. He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt on 16 September, an eventual 4–0 win.[2] In the following season, his position in the defensive midfield remained competitive and he was often second choice, but he played 27 matches and scored three goals. In the 2011–12 season, he was a regular player and played most of the games over the full season, only interrupted by a forced break for a muscle bundle crack injury in the spring of 2012. On 21 March 2012, Bender signed a new contract with Leverkusen to 2018.[3] In the 2012–13 Bundesliga season, he played 33 games, scored 3 goals and made 6 assists. On 31 October 2013, he extended contract with Leverkusen until 2019.[4] In the 2013–14 season, he played 29 games and scored three goals in the Bundesliga, despite being injured for the most of September and October and again in the spring of 2014.

International career[edit]

Lars Bender celebrating his goal against Denmark during Euro 2012.

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]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotalRef.
ClubLeagueSeasonAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeagueDFB-PokalEuropeTotal
1860 München IIRegionalliga Süd2006–079292[8]
1860 München2. Bundesliga2006–0713000130[8]
2007–0828130311[9]
2008–0915320172[10]
2009–10201030[11]
1860 München totals58460644
1860 München II totals9292
Bayer Leverkusen IIRegionalliga West2009–102020[11]
Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga2009–1020110211[11]
2010–1127320120413[12]
Bayer Leverkusen IIRegionalliga West2010–111010[12]
Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga2011–122841081375[13]
2012–133333050413[14]
2013–142934160394[15]
2014–1510000010[16]
Bayer Leverkusen totals1381311131118015
Bayer Leverkusen II totals3030
Career totals2081917131125621
Last updated: 15 September 2014

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.17 June 2012Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine Denmark2 – 12–1UEFA Euro 2012
2.29 May 2013FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, United States Ecuador2 – 04–2Friendly
3.29 May 2013FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, United States Ecuador3 – 04–2Friendly
4.14 August 2013Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany Paraguay3 – 33–3Friendly

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. 
  8. ^ a b "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bender, Lars". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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