Lars Bender

Lars Bender ( 2012)

Lars Bender ( * April 27, 1989 in Rosenheim ) is a German football player. Since 2009 he is as a defensive midfielder for Bayer 04 Leverkusen under contract. He is the twin brother of playing for Borussia Dortmund Sven Bender.

Background and education

Lars Bender, son of a customs official from Rosenheim, is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who is also a professional football player and is under contract at Borussia Dortmund. Both grew up in Brannenburg near Rosenheim, graduated from the high school and broke businessman teachings.

The Benders included Piotr Nowak and Abédi Pelé to their idols. They are the 14th pair of brothers who played in the German national football teams (including the GDR selection).



Lars Bender played from 1993 to 1999 in the youth of the TSV Brann castle from 1999 to 2002, he belonged to the offspring of SpVgg Unterhaching. In summer 2002, he moved to the Grünwalder street in Munich. In 1860 he played on the U-14 in the youth teams. 2006 Bender was with the U- 17 of the 1860 German Youth B - masters.

Although he actually joined the 2006/07 season in the age group of U-19, he served on the the first team squad of U -23 and. In August, he first played in the U- 23 in the Regionalliga Süd, in October, he sat as a substitute in the pros on the bench and on 27 November 2006, he was 17 years old at the home game against TuS Koblenz in the 2nd Bundesliga be pro debut. In 13 matches he took it in his first professional year, nine of them on the grid. In the second year he was a regular in the defensive midfield. On the first day of the new season, he scored his first Profitor. The 2008/09 season he began again as a regular player. In the second league game at FSV Frankfurt on 3 October 2008 Bender took over in the 70 minutes the captain's armband and was 19 years old the youngest captain in the history of the TSV 1860. Thereafter, however, caused a number of injuries that he the season with only 15 missions completed.

In April 2009, Bender had announced that he would go to the 2010/ 11 Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After he had run two league games for 1860 at the beginning of the season 2009/10, however, the change in mid-August 2009, it was already taken. The main reason for the anticipated transition was that he could live with his involvement in Leverkusen back near his brother Sven, who joined before the season to Borussia Dortmund. In Munich, the twin brothers who lived in a shared flat. Lars Bender played 58 games in 1860 for the 2nd Bundesliga, in which he scored four goals.

In Leverkusen, he was first off the bench at a top-flight on Matchday 6 and came in most of his 20 season games as a substitute for use. In the following season, his position in the defensive midfield remained competitive and he was often second choice, but he came up with 27 missions and three goals and was runner-up with Leverkusen. He also played in all games in the Europa League, in which the knockout was achieved. In the 2011/12 season he sat down by final; both in the league and in the UEFA Champions League, he was a regular player and played most of the games over the full season, only interrupted by a forced break after a muscle bundle plan in spring 2012. However, he missed with the club re Champions League qualification.

On March 21, 2012, he extended his contract until 30 June 2017, in October 2013 again until 30 June 2019.


Lars Bender participated with the German U- 17 national team at the 2006 European Championships in Luxembourg, in which up to fourth place. In 2008 he was in the German squad of U-19 European Championship in the Czech Republic, in which the team became European Champion. Four times he was in the EM squad and scored among other things the 1-0 goal in the final against the Italian Junior. The following year he took part in the U- 20 World Cup and played all five games until leaving in the quarterfinals.

4 September 2011 Bender was re-nominated for the 'A' match against Poland two days later. He came on after 77 minutes for his club colleague Simon Rolfes playing in Gdansk. After that he also came to further brief appearances in the national jersey.

Lars Bender and his brother were invited by Sven Joachim Löw first both in preparation for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine in May 2012. Since its ordinary position was well cast as a defensive midfielder, was generally not expected to receive the Bender brothers in the European Championship squad. Since Lars Bender has been used in association versatile, Germany coach Joachim Loew took him anyway with the tournament. Already in the first two group games, he was used when he got substituted with tight guides of the German team in the final minutes. After Jérôme Boateng had been suspended for the third game, he took his place at right-back in the starting lineup. In the 80 minutes he finished off a counterattack by the German team with his first international goal in a 2-1 winner against Denmark. On May 29, 2013 in a friendly against Ecuador Bender was used from the start and scored two goals as a defensive midfielder.


  • 2006 Lars Bender was awarded the golden medal of the Fritz -Walter - U-17 age group
  • 2008 U-19 European Championship
  • 2008 U-19 European Championship Golden Player Award
  • 2011 German Vice Champion with Bayer Leverkusen