Lars Bender is a German footballer who plays for Bayer Leverkusen and the Germany national football team. Lars is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund and he is known for his tireless work rate and incredible stamina.
In 2006, while still playing for TSV 1860 München, Bender has won the Fritz-Walter trophy, ahead of then MÃƒÂ¶nchengladbach's Marko Marin and his twin brother, Sven Bender. On 18 August 2009, Bender signed a three year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. Bender scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt. In the 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 season, he was expected to degrade as a fourth choice central midfielder with the arrival of the experienced Germany captain Michael Ballack.
On 31 October 2013, Bender signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen, keeping him at the Werkself until 2019. Bender established himself as the starting central midfielder at the German club.
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 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2 draw with Poland. Bender was chosen as part of Germany's 23-man squad for Euro 2012. In Germany's last group game, he scored the winning goal, making the scoreline 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 in Germany's favour. He scored a brace on 29 May 2013 in a friendly against Ecuador in Boca Raton.