The truth lies on the pitch

To get a frequently asked question out of the way: Sven was born 12 minutes after his brother Lars. But as to whether Lars would currently be called Sven or Sven would be called Lars if they had been born the other way round, you’d have to ask their parents.

For many years, the path that Sven’s life took ran parallel to that of his older brother. They both played for the TSV Brannenburg and SpVgg Unterhaching youth teams before transferring to 1860 Munich in 2002. The brothers’ paths finally divided in 2009. Sven ventured into the world of the Bundesliga and signed for Borussia Dortmund. He left Brannenburg in Southern Bavaria and headed for the heart of the Ruhr region – a move that wasn’t just a challenge in footballing terms. If you ask Sven to recollect what he found most exciting about Dortmund, it doesn’t take long for him to answer: “When 80,000 football fans are supporting you out on the pitch, it’s simply crazy. It gives you goose pimples!” At Borussia Dortmund, Sven had achieved almost everything you can with a team – two German Championships and two DFB-Pokal wins. Sven played in the Champions League final in London – a “colossal achievement” for him. Sven is unlike many others in that he has achieved his success through not only a commitment to football but also great physical effort. “He’ll go in with his head when others wouldn’t even do so with their feet.”

After eight successful years in Dortmund, a great period in both his career and life came to an end. Sven transferred to Bayer Leverkusen, where he assumed the role of a leader and top performer once again right from the outset and where he is hoping for many more years of success.