Sebastian Boenisch

Sebastian Boenisch in 2010

Sebastian Boenisch (born 1 February 1987 in Gliwice as Sebastian Pniowski ) is a Polish footballer who also has the German nationality. Since the 2012/13 season, he is under contract at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Active since 2010 in the Polish national team. Before he went to for several German youth national teams and in 2009 with the German U-21 National Team U-21 European Championship. With Boenisch Poland took part in the 2012 European Championship on home soil.


Boenisch was born in 1987 in Gliwice, Poland as Sebastian Pniowski. Due to the German origin of his great-grandmother Sebastian in 1988 came with his family first to Dortmund and then grew up in the Holy House in Niederbergisches country near food. In Germany, the family took the name Boenisch, because his father had no good prospects under its old name of being hired.



Boenisch arrived on the stations SSVg Holy House, Borussia Velbert and Rot-Weiss Oberhausen to FC Schalke 04

For the squire he was, nor as A youth player at 7-4 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 11 February 2006 his Bundesliga debut. Only five days later, he was first used in the 2-1 victory over Espanyol in the UEFA Cup.

The team of A-Juniors FC Schalke 04 Boenisch was with eleven goals third top scorer in the 2005/06 season and was one of the performers to the fact that the German A- team junior champion. In the final on 4 June 2006, he drove from the penalty spot at the second goal in a 2-1 victory against FC Bayern Munich. In 2005 he was able to celebrate with the miners the DFB Junior Cup victory.

In May 2007, Schalke extended his contract until 2010. Boenisch but was unhappy because he did not belong at the beginning of the 2007/08 season to the 18-man squad. Therefore, even in August 2007 changed Boenisch to Werder Bremen, where he received a contract until 2011. After two brief appearances he fell though due to injury for the rest of the first round came from, in the second half, however, to regular operations. After he was injured deny only a game in the 2010/11 season, he was on 24 March 2012 ( 27th matchday of the 2011/12 season ) after over a year of abstinence his comeback in the 1-1 home match against FC Augsburg, as he came on in the 78th minute for Tom Trybull.

After his contract was not renewed at Werder Bremen, Boenisch was before the 2012/13 season at first without a club. On November 4, 2012, he signed with Bayer 04 Leverkusen one until the end of the season 2012/13 valid contract. His first goal came Boenisch 19 January 2013 at 1-0 in the 3-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt. Beginning in February 2013 he extended his contract until the end of June 2016.


Sebastian Boenisch was invited to a seminar of the Polish U-19 national team in February 2006 by the Polish Football Association. However, he accepted this invitation is not it and then decided to play for the German Football Association. On 14 November 2006 Sebastian Boenisch debuted for the German U-20 national team in a 4-1 victory against Austria. In the aftermath Boenisch played several games for the German U- 20 and U -21.

Shortly before his 21st birthday - the relevant date up to which the time a player with multiple citizenships could change the national association - to Boenisch was undecided and considered still to play for Poland, because he hoped for the upcoming European Championship 2008 Austria and Switzerland to be nominated. As the nomination failed to materialize, he finally decided to continue to play for the DFB. Then Boenisch was appointed in the summer of 2009 by former national coach Horst Hrubesch into the squad for the U-21 European Championship 2009 in Sweden, where he won the title with the German U- 21 team. After Boenisch was replaced in the first half of the opening match of the German U - 21 team against Spain for a ligament overstretching he was in the 1-0 victory against Italy in the semifinals and a 4-0 victory in the final against England over the full distance for Germany in use.

In the meantime, FIFA had abolished the age limit for a change of the national association. Due to better perspectives Boenisch decided to play in the future for Poland. On 20 August 2010 he was first appointed to the cadres of the Polish national team. His senior international debut for Poland he gave on September 4, 2010 in a friendly match against Ukraine.

In May 2012, Sebastian Boenisch was appointed to the Polish squad for the 2012 European Championship on home soil. In the opening game of the tournament in the starting lineup against Greece Boenisch gave on 8 June 2012 be compulsory international debut for Poland, so that another dressing change was impossible. He played in all three group matches of Poland in Group A of the Euro 2012 over the full distance and difference there with the staff as a group last.



Boenisch since 2009, allied with the Austrian model Tatjana Batinic who was Miss Austria 2006. After the engagement in 2011, followed in June 2013 wedding.