Lars Bender Completes Move From Leverkusen

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bvb2015_70_bender-larsDortmund have announced that Lars Bender has become their fourth signing of the summer after he has passed a medical at the Champions League winners and completed a £14m move from Bayer Leverkusen, who agreed terms with Moritz Leitner in a part-exchange deal.

Lars joins his twin brother Sven at the club, after spending four full seasons at Leverkusen since a £2.2m move from 1860 München in 2009. The 25 year-old midfielder has been capped 25 times by Germany, scoring twice, and like André Schürrle who signed for BVB yesterday, played in all five of their matches at the World Cup.

Lars Bender will wear #8.

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Six BVB Youngsters in International Action

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Jeremy Dudziak (7.3) and Benjamin Bella both played for Germany U19s in their 5-0 demolition of Bosnia & Herzegovina tonight. The pair of forwards came on after the break for Germany, with Bella (8.3) scoring the fifth goal and creating a host of chances. A hat-trick for Monaco’s Davie Selke put the hosts in control early on.

Moritz Leitner (7.1) represented Germany U21s in their 3-0 win over South Korea. Within two minutes of coming on as a second-half sub, he squared for Klose who scored the second goal.

Also in U21 action were Koray Günter (6.9) who created the assist for Yesil’s opening goal in a 1-1 draw in Sweden, and Dennis Praet (7.1) who played the second-half of Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Montenegro and set-up the third.

Last but not least, Mustafa Amini (7.4) came off the bench to score his 8th international goal for Australia U21s as they lost 2-1 in Poland.

Daily RTFM Diary: Thursday 29th May 2014

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THURSDAY 29 MAY 2014: Toronto FC have won the Amway Canadian Championship after a 1-0 home win in the Final Second Leg saw them beat Vancouver Whitecaps on the away goals rule after the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Kader Keita’s 19th minute header was enough to seal victory at BMO Field, a week after defeat at  BC Place. It’s their fourth success in the seven-year history of the Voyageurs Cup, and their first since three in a row between 2009-11. TFC will represent Canada in the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League.

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Ten Dortmund players have been selected for international duty next week. Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski will represent Poland in their friendlies in Iran (04 June) and Latvia (06), while Neven Subotic is in the Serbian squad for their friendlies in Uruguay (04) and Finland (06).

Viktor Fischer will win his fourth cap for the Danish senior side after being called-up for their friendly against Ukraine on 06 June.

Dennis Praet (Belgium), Moritz Leitner (Germany), Mustafa Amini (Australia), and Koray Günter (Turkey) have all been picked to represent their countries at U21 level in friendlies against Montenegro, South Korea, Poland, and Sweden respectively on 05 June.

Benjamin Bella and Jeremy Dudziak have received nods from the Germany U19 squad for their friendly against Bosnia on the same night.

[DD] Reserves win at Freiburg; Ch.Lge News

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TUESDAY 18 MARCH 2014: A very strong Dortmund II side won 4-1 at Freiburg this afternoon, with First Team Manager Gray Surman giving Reserves Manager David Wagner his blessing to play any of the senior squad. Mats Hummels played 70 minutes on his first action since recovering from a hamstring injury.

Marco Reus blasted home the opening goal after seven minutes, with Neven Subotic heading home from a corner three minutes later. Amir Falahen pulled one back for Freiburg around the half-hour mark, but Subotic’s second headed goal moments after the interval sealed the win. Kevin Großkreutz added a late fourth.

The first team are back in action on Saturday, hosting Nürnberg in the league. The following day, the Reserves/U23 squad play Nürnberg’s second-side at Stadion Rote Erde.

Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has told senior management that he’s very impressed with the development of Moritz Leitner recently. He feels that the player is progressing well under Surman’s management and that further exposure to first team action would help him blossom.

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AC Milan and Fenerbahçe are the next teams to book their places in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League following their First Knockout Round Second Leg ties tonight.  

Milan beat Benfica 2-1 at the San Siro after a 0-0 First Leg draw in Portugal, despite the late dismissal of Nigel de Jong. Fenerbahçe were held to a 1-1 draw by Zenit St Petersburg (who saw out the game with ten men), but progress 3-2 on aggregate.

They join Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Juventus, and Manchester City in the last eight. Looking to join them in Saturday’s Quarter-Final draw will be Barcelona or Dynamo Kyiv (2-0), and the winners of Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur (0-1).

There is the potential that only two of the eight sides remaining will be their current domestic champions. Of the six sides already through, only Fenerbahçe won their league title last season, though they will be joined by either Real Madrid or Tottenham who are reigning champions in Spain and England respectively. Dynamo Kyiv can make it three of eight with a three-goal victory at Barcelona.

Leitner (U21); Dudziak, Bella (U19) Earn Caps

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Benjamin Bella made his international début at any level by starting for Germany U19s in their 2-2 friendly draw at home to Slovenia, putting in a good display before being substituted shortly after half-time with the visitors leading through Milos Zizek’s 35th minute strike.

Jeremy Dudziak came on in the 66th minute, and had turned the match around within five minutes. He squared the ball across the box for Davie Selke to level the scores, and just sixty seconds later scored with a fine shot from 20 yards to put Germany 2-1 up. Saso Hojnik levelled for Slovenia inside the final ten minutes, and that’s how it finished.

Germany’s Under-21s were also involved in a 2-2 draw, playing Japan in a friendly. Lennart Klose opened the scoring for Germany in the first ten minutes, with Tada Kensuke and Toshimitsu Iwata scoring after the break to put Japan in front. Moritz Leitner, who played the full 90 minutes, sent a deep cross in for Kevin Volland to head home an 81st minute equaliser.

Daily Diary: Friday 17 January 2014

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FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2014: Mustafa Amini has played the full 90 minutes in both of Australia’s remaining Group D matches at the AFC Under-22 Championship in Oman. He created the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Qatar on Wednesday, before setting-up Tommy Oar’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Jordan today which booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has indicated that Moritz Leitner has been showing remarkable improvements during recent training sessions. He feels the player is developing well under the guidance of Gray Surman and believes that more first-team exposure would help him blossom.