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The Bender twins are going to be re-united in the Bundesliga

Sven and Lars will be playing together this season at Bayer Leverkusen

The well-renowned Bender twins will be reunited at Bayer Leverkusen this season, which will no doubt cause manager Heiko Herrlich some selection headaches. 

Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender is on his way to Leverkusen, where his brother Lars has been playing since 2009.

Sven and co. won two Bundesliga titles back in the day with BVB

Sven and co. won two Bundesliga titles back in the day with BVB

Sven spent last season mostly on the peripherals of Dortmund, playing only eight times due to various injury problems.


The 28-year-old has signed a contract until 2021 with Leverkusen, bringing an end to his seven-year stint with BVB.


Lars also struggled with injury last season, making only a handful of appearances since the turn of the year.

Sven’s move to Dortmund marks the third time the twins have played alongside each other in their careers, having played for 1860 Munich and the Germany U19’s at the same time previously.

Sven said: “A few days ago, I approached Aki Watzke and Michael Zorc with a personal request to take a new challenge after 8 years at BVB.

“As a little boy, I always wanted to be on the pitch.

“Also due to injuries, I have unfortunately unfortunately not been able to use BVB regularly.

I am very grateful that Borussia Dortmund has respected my will – despite the unconditional desire to keep me. I feel this as a great appraisal.”

Rudi Voller, the Sporting Director for Leverkusen, added: “We are very glad that Sven has decided to change to us.

“He is an exceptionally experienced and versatile player who has proved his class in Dortmund last on the home defense position, and his quality and leadership will do well to our young team.”

Let’s just hope he can tell them apart.

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