27.04.2020Bayer 04

News in brief: Bender birthdays with distancing

At Bayer 04 they are reliability in person on and off the pitch – and twin brothers. After 16 years playing together at the club, Lars and Sven Bender parted ways in the summer of 2009. But 2017 saw them reunited at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Today, the Bender brothers celebrate their 31st birthdays.

The current Werkself captain Lars Bender has been loyal to the Black and Reds for nearly eleven years and his brother Sven signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. Born in Rosenheim and raised in Brannenburg, they have played 420 games for Bayer 04 to date and are absolutely key players in the Bayer 04 defence. How are the Bender brothers spending their birthday? On the pitch, of course.

Training in small groups was on the agenda today for the Werkself and the two birthday boys. Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, the teammates shared their congratulations with the necessary distancing. Bayer 04 wish the duo happy birthday, health and fitness and a quick return to playing for the club.

Knut Reinhardt is 52

In addition to the Benders, Knut Reinhardt also celebrated his birthday. After nine years with the local Leverkusen club TuS 05 Quettingen, he joined the Bayer 04 youth section in 1977. Born in the Hilden, he progressed through all be Black and Red youth teams to the Reserves. Reinhardt made 141 appearances for the Werkself, scoring seven goals. In 1991, the midfielder moved on from Bayer 04 to Borussia Dortmund and in 2001 he ended his playing career. Reinhardt became a primary school teacher and in 2017 he published his autobiography 'Wenn Fußball Schule macht: Mein Weg vom Fußballprofi zum Lehrer' (When football teaches a lesson: My path from football player to teacher). Today the former Werkself player celebrates his 52nd birthday. Bayer 04 wishes happy birthday and stay safe, Knut.

Chicharito mourns the loss of his grandfather

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, at Bayer 04 from 2015 to 2017, mourns the loss of his grandfather. The former player, Tomás Balcázar, has passed away at the age of 88. His club Chivas Guadalajara made the announcement on Sunday. The former striker, who visited the Werkself along with Chicharito's father at the training camp in Orlando in January 2017 (see photo), played for Mexico in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and he scored a goal in the game against France (2-3). Balcázar played for Chivas from 1949 to 1958 and later became assistant coach.

Former Werkself player Chicharito (l.) with his father and grandfather at the 2017 training camp in Orlando.

Info on ticket refunds

In the battle against coronavirus, the federal and state heads of government have forbidden all large-scale events until at least 31 August 2020. The order also applies to football matches played in front of spectators. Bayer 04 Leverkusen have therefore decided not to resume ticket sales for this season. Instead, anyone who has purchased a ticket can now apply to have the cost of the tickets refunded. Or Bayer 04 will donate the value of the match tickets to two charitable organisations.

Your club – Golden Moments

The pay-TV broadcaster Sky is portraying club life of the Bundesliga clubs in a 'Your club' series during the coronavirus pandemic, Sky has announced. This will also include Golden Moments at Bayer 04. There will be a trip down memory lane for the Black and Red player with the most Bundesliga appearances Rüdiger Vollborn as well as Ulf Kirsten and Stefan Kießling. The one hour programme is available for all Sky customers in Germany.



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