Lars Bender

  • Date of birth : 27/04/1989
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Germany Germany
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Lars Bender

Lars Bender

Lars Bender is the twin brother of Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender, with whom he is also a rival for a place in Germany's UEFA EURO 2012 squad. The Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder has enjoyed a progressive 2011/12 season with the Rhineland side, not least in his debut UEFA Champions League campaign.

 • Came up through the ranks at TSV 1860 München alongside brother Sven before making his professional debut in Germany's second division with the Bavarian club.

• A German youth international at every age level, he represented his country at the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Luxembourg and was a winner of the equivalent U19 tournament two years later in the Czech Republic.

• Scored four goals in 58 2. Bundesliga appearances for 1860 München before leaving to join Leverkusen in August 2009 (as his twin left for Dortmund).

• Helped Leverkusen to a runners-up spot behind Dortmund in 2010/11, albeit chiefly as a substitute, before establishing himself as a regular under new coach Robin Dutt in 2011/12, starting all six UEFA Champions League group games and scoring his first European goal in a 2-0 victory over KRC Genk at the BayArena.

• Won his first senior cap for Germany as a late substitute in a September 2011 friendly against Poland in Gdansk; did likewise in subsequent friendlies against Ukraine, the Netherlands and France.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: winner 2008

Last updated: 02/03/12 12.21CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 30/05/2014 02:01 CET
15.08.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundGermanyGermany1-3ArgentinaArgentina7400
14.11.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundNetherlandsNetherlands0-0GermanyGermany8200
06.02.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance1-2GermanyGermany100
29.05.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundEcuadorEcuador2-4GermanyGermany9020
02.06.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundUSAUSA4-3GermanyGermany4600
03.08.2013German DFB CupFirst roundSV Lippstadt 08SV Lippstadt 081-6LeverkusenLeverkusen9010
10.08.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen3-1FreiburgFreiburg9000
14.08.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundGermanyGermany3-3ParaguayParaguay1810
17.08.2013German BundesligaStuttgartStuttgart0-1LeverkusenLeverkusen4500
24.08.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen4-2MönchengladbachMönchengladbach9000
31.08.2013German BundesligaSchalkeSchalke2-0LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
17.09.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageMan. UnitedMan. United4-2LeverkusenLeverkusen2600
21.09.2013German BundesligaMainzMainz1-4LeverkusenLeverkusen6310
24.09.2013German DFB CupSecond roundArminiaArminia0-2LeverkusenLeverkusen9001
28.09.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-0HannoverHannover4500
05.10.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen1-1BayernBayern9000
02.11.2013German BundesligaBraunschweigBraunschweig1-0LeverkusenLeverkusen4500
15.11.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundItalyItaly1-1GermanyGermany300
23.11.2013German BundesligaHerthaHertha0-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
27.11.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLeverkusenLeverkusen0-5Man. UnitedMan. United8100
30.11.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen3-0NürnbergNürnberg7300
04.12.2013German DFB CupThird roundFreiburgFreiburg1-2LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
07.12.2013German BundesligaDortmundDortmund0-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
15.12.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen0-1Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt6700
21.12.2013German BundesligaBremenBremen1-0LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
25.01.2014German BundesligaFreiburgFreiburg3-2LeverkusenLeverkusen9010
01.02.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-1StuttgartStuttgart9000
07.02.2014German BundesligaMönchengladbachMönchengladbach0-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
12.02.2014German DFB CupQuarter-finalsLeverkusenLeverkusen0-1KaiserslauternKaiserslautern6600
15.02.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen1-2SchalkeSchalke8700
22.02.2014German BundesligaWolfsburgWolfsburg3-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
01.03.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen0-1MainzMainz9000
15.03.2014German BundesligaBayernBayern2-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
23.03.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-3HoffenheimHoffenheim9001
26.03.2014German BundesligaAugsburgAugsburg1-3LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
29.03.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen1-1BraunschweigBraunschweig9000
04.04.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-1LeverkusenLeverkusen8000
13.04.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-1HerthaHertha9000
20.04.2014German BundesligaNürnbergNürnberg1-4LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
26.04.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-2DortmundDortmund9010
03.05.2014German BundesligaEintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt0-2LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
10.05.2014German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen2-1BremenBremen4500

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Lars Bender
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 27/04/1989 (25)
  • Country: Germany
  • Squad number: 8
  • Club: Leverkusen ( GER)

  • Height: 183cm
  • Weight: 75kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Play-offs)
    19/08/10: Leverkusen 3-0 Tavriya
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Elite round)
    24/03/06: Germany 4-0 Northern Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Germany U-2110
Germany U-1972
Germany U-1771

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 19/02/2014 01:05 CET
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