Bayer 04 Leverkusen

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen
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Surname Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football GmbH
Seat Leverkusen , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding July 1, 1904
(as a gymnastics and game club 1904 of the paint factory, formerly Friedrich Bayer Co. Leverkusen )
April 1, 1999
(as Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH)
Colours Red-white-black
Associate Erste KWA Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
→ 100%: Bayer AG
Managing directors SpainSpain Fernando Carro (Chair) Rudi Völler (Sports)
First team
Head coach NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz
Venue BayArena
Places 30.210
league Bundesliga
2019/20 5th place

The Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH - in short, Bayer 04 Leverkusen , Bayer Leverkusen and Bayer 04 - is a soccer company from Leverkusen in North Rhine-Westphalia . It was created on April 1, 1999 through the spin-off of the licensed player division of the gymnastics and sports club Bayer 04 Leverkusen e. V. and has continued to do so ever since. Since Bayer AG had previously sponsored the club for more than 20 years, it was allowed to take over all shares in Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH (so-called Lex Leverkusen) through an exception, contrary to the 50 + 1 rule - via Erste KWA Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and Wolfsburg ).

The Bayer 04 team - also known as the Werkself - was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979 and has been in the top German division ever since; only FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are currently participating in this competition for a longer period of time. The greatest successes include winning the UEFA Cup in 1988 and winning the DFB Cup in 1993 as well as reaching the Champions League final in 2002 . However, numerous second places in various competitions in the period from 1997 through 2011, including five German runner-up, the team adheres the image of the "Eternal Second" neverkusen on.


The way to the 2nd Division (1904–1949)

In February 1903, Wilhelm Hauschild wrote a letter signed by 170 workers in the Bayer Group to the company's management, requesting that the company found its own sports club. After the company had given its consent, the Turn- und Spielverein 1904 was founded on July 1, 1904 by the paint factory formerly Friedrich Bayer Co. Leverkusen (TUS 04 for short). The first chairman of the association was Major a. D. Albert Mandel, who was welfare director at the Bayerwerk since 1903.

On May 31, 1907, the club's football department was founded in the Wiesdorfer Hof restaurant on what was then Kurtekottenstrasse (now Titanstrasse), and its colors were black and red. Until the beginning of the First World War , the footballers had wandered between different venues until they found a home in the west of Colony II in 1914 : the square on the Dhünn , also called Dhünn-Platz .

In the 1920s, the Turnerverband asked its members to choose between membership in the German Gymnastics Association or in another sports association. This ensured that the footballers who wanted to continue to be organized in the DFB left the TUS and founded an independent club with FV 04 Leverkusen . In 1928 the FV 04 merged with the boxing and sports club Wiesdorf, which had been separated from the TUS in 1921, to form the Leverkusen 04 sports association , which later became known as SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . From then on there were two Leverkusen works clubs, TUS 04 and SVB, each of which had won more than a hundred national and international titles in a wide variety of sports until they were reunified in 1984.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Leverkusen's footballers played exclusively in the third and fourth leagues until they were promoted to the district class in 1936 , at that time the second division among the Gauligen newly created in 1933 . This year the players wore the Bayer cross on their jerseys for the first time on the occasion of a promotion game against Solingen 95 . A year earlier, unemployed club members had started construction work on what would later become the stadium at Stadtpark , which would become the home of Bayer footballers over the next few decades.

In 1949 Bayer 04 won the Rhine district season 1 and lost in the district final in the first derby to 1. FC Köln , who won the league for the first time. Then the Leverkusen missed a second chance for promotion when they were defeated in qualifying games after the expansion of the league against FC Schalke 04 .

Second class and first class league (1949–1963)

From 1949 Bayer played for two seasons in the newly founded II. Division before the team around Richard Job , Theo Kirchberg and captain Hans Frömmel rose to the Oberliga West in 1951, which was then the highest German division.

The promotion team in 1951

Leverkusen quickly established themselves in the league and made a name for themselves, among other things, as a feared opponent of the frequently favored 1. FC Köln, against whom they can show a positive league record (five wins and five draws, two defeats). The kicker wrote in 1953: “ This time, too, the highly favored 1. FC Köln could not break the law of the series and in the end was happy to be able to leave the dangerous city park area with one point. Will the people from the cathedral city actually enter the game with inhibitions against their old rivals from the color city? "

Although 1956 was the most successful year in the club's history for the club as a whole (winning the German handball championship , winning the German boxing championship in the light heavyweight division), the football department surprisingly went down to the second division with coach Sepp Kretschmann . Kretschmann was able to lead Bayer to seventh and third place respectively in the pre-season.

The most successful Leverkusen goalscorer in the first five league years was Fritz Tiede , who scored 44 goals in 57 league games for the Schwarzroten. The fact that Bayer 04 were relegated in the season in which Tiede had to end his career early due to injury is indicative of the dependency on the top scorer with strong headers. The old and young strikers Emil Becks and Udo Lattek could not replace him, so that Tiede, although he only played five league games in the relegation season, was the most successful Leverkusen goal scorer of the season with seven goals.

A free kick in the old Leverkusen stadium at the Stadtpark during the league game against SV Sodingen in 1955

In 1962, the previous year the professionally operated Bundesliga was founded , Leverkusen rose again to the top division. From the Oberliga West, 1. FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund , Preußen Münster , FC Schalke 04 and Meidericher SV (now MSV Duisburg) were selected for the Bundesliga in 1963 , and against Leverkusen only one of the ten league games in the 1962/63 season had lost. The remaining teams, including Leverkusen, formed the Regionalliga West , the new second-highest German division , with the best clubs in Division II West . Players like the future national goalkeeper Manfred Manglitz left the club, while u. a. Werner Görts , who in 1962 became the first Leverkusen player to join the German national team, started his way to the second division with Bayer 04.

Regional and Association League (1963–1975)

The Leverkusen team initially struggled to gain a foothold in the new second-class league, so that they could always be found in the table cellar in the early years. In the 1967/68 season she was first champion of the Regionalliga West, but took second place in the promotion round for the Bundesliga and as a result had to give way to the first place, the Kickers Offenbach , to move up to the Bundesliga . However, the team could not hold on to this upward trend and rose in the 1972/73 season from the Regionalliga West to the third-rate Association League Middle Rhine .

After relegation from Regionalliga West, they had a difficult start in what was then the highest amateur class. The team was able to stabilize and at the end of the 1973/74 season they became champions of the Mittelrhein Association League. The associated participation in the German amateur championship ended in the second round. A promotion to the newly founded 2nd Bundesliga was not possible due to the qualification criteria.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen started the new season as favorites and confirmed this by winning the championship again. This entitled to participate in the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga in the group with Arminia Hanover (champion of the Association League North) and Union Solingen (champion of the Association League Niederrhein). With a win in Hanover, a defeat in Solingen and two home wins against these opponents, they made the climb in May 1975.

2nd Bundesliga (1975–1979)

As expected, they fought in the first season in the northern season of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1975/76 against relegation and ended the year in 15th place in the table, which meant relegation in the league, which at that time still had 20 teams. In the years that followed, Bayer 04 Leverkusen improved steadily and became champions of the 2nd Bundesliga North in 1979 after the club took over the championship lead on matchday three and never gave up. This triumph brought promotion to the Bundesliga with it. Master trainer was Willibert Kremer . Well-known players such as Jürgen Gelsdorf , Peter Hermann and Thomas Hörster , who were to appear as coaches after their active career at Leverkusen, were also part of the promotion squad .

Establishment in the Bundesliga (1979–1996)

In the first few years of membership in the first division, Leverkusen could not achieve much in terms of sport and fought year after year against relegation, which threatened particularly in the 1981/82 season and could only be averted by two relegation games against the aspiring promotion from the 2nd Bundesliga, Kickers Offenbach. In 1984 the two divided Bayer sports clubs were merged again into one club after more than half a century. From then on, the club called TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen e. V. While the official club colors were changed to red and white, the football department stayed in red and black.

Entry ticket to the 1988 UEFA Cup final

With the occupation of the coaching office by Erich Ribbeck from 1985, the team managed to establish itself in the upper half of the table. The 1985/86 season ended the Werkself in sixth place in the table, which secured them participation in the UEFA Cup for the first time , thanks mainly to outstanding players such as the popular South Korean Cha Bum-kun , who scored 17 goals this season. In the Ribbeck era, Bayer Leverkusen's greatest club success came with the 1988 UEFA Cup victory . After Werder Bremen were knocked out of the competition 1-0 and 0-0 in the semifinals , Leverkusen met Spanish representatives Espanyol Barcelona in the final . The first leg was lost 3-0 on May 4, 1988 at the Estadi Sarrià in Barcelona , whereupon many buried their hopes of winning their first international title. In the second leg on May 18, Bayer also won 3-0; the game went to penalties , Leverkusen won a total of 6: 5 goals. With the Brazilian international Tita , a valuable player left the Werkself when he demanded a better contract after winning the title, but he was denied it. Ribbeck did not extend his expiring contract either. In the same year, Reiner Calmund became manager of the licensed players department, which is seen as an important development in Leverkusen football, as Calmund was to play a decisive role in the further success of the club in the following years.

Andreas Thom after his transfer to Bayer 04 in 1989

After German reunification in 1990, Calmund succeeded in signing GDR national players Ulf Kirsten , Andreas Thom and Jens Melzig . In addition, Calmund intensified Leverkusen's contact with Juan Figer , an influential Brazilian player agent. This made it possible in the following years to sign numerous Brazilian stars such as Jorginho or Paulo Sérgio . In addition, charismatic players like Bernd Schuster and Rudi Völler joined the club, which increased its popularity. With Christian Wörns and Thom, two people from Leverkusen were in the German national team for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden .

In 1993, Leverkusen won the DFB Cup final against the amateurs of Hertha BSC with a 1-0 score thanks to a goal from the top scorer of the same Bundesliga season, Ulf Kirsten. By winning the Indoor Masters in Dortmund in 1994, Bayer Leverkusen became German Indoor Champions.

In the 1994/95 season , Leverkusen again signed Ribbeck as a trainer to build on the successful period in the late 1980s. Despite big names such as Völler, Kirsten and Schuster, the team fought relegation in the 1995/96 season after a negative series in the second half of the season. Shortly before the end of the season, Ribbeck was dismissed and replaced by interim coach Peter Hermann . On the last day of the match there was practically a final between Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Kaiserslautern . The final result of 1: 1 meant for Bayer the relegation, while Kaiserslautern had to go to the second division for the first time in its history.

Under Daum and Toppmöller on "Vizekusen" (1996–2002)

Entry ticket for the 1997/98 Champions League season

After the messed up 1995/96 season, Christoph Daum , who had already had successes with 1. FC Cologne , VfB Stuttgart and the Turkish club Beşiktaş Istanbul, was hired as head coach. He changed the game system and from then on let technically high-quality offensive football be practiced, which led to success. Leverkusen were runner-up in the 1996/97 season , two points behind FC Bayern Munich . This was to succeed two more times in the Daum era, namely in 1998/99 and 1999/2000 . Well-known players such as Emerson , Zé Roberto and Michael Ballack joined Bayer under Daum .

On April 1, 1999, the TSV soccer department was spun off into Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH. All shares in the GmbH were transferred to Bayer AG.

On October 21, 2000, Daum was released after it was proven that he had used cocaine . At the time, Daum was considered a hot candidate for the post of national coach and should inherit Völler , who initially only acted as team boss , as national coach after the end of the contract at Leverkusen. However, the cocaine affair made this planning obsolete, as it was no longer acceptable despite an acquittal. The former national coach Berti Vogts took over the sporting management in Leverkusen, but was fired at the end of the season. Leverkusen took a disappointing fourth place.

On July 1, 2001, Klaus Toppmöller took over the coaching position in Leverkusen. It was to be one of the most successful seasons in the history of Bayer footballers: Leverkusen played for the championship until the end of the season and fought a bitter battle for the top with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Finally Bayer Leverkusen became runner-up, as the team could only win one victory in the last three games and was replaced by Borussia Dortmund as leaders. In the DFB Cup , the club reached the final, but lost to last year's winner Schalke 04 2: 4. Even in the Champions League , for which the team first had to qualify before the season, the Rhinelander surprisingly developed into a favorite by defeating FC Barcelona , Juventus Turin , Deportivo La Coruña and Liverpool FC, in some cases significantly. With two draws in the semi-finals against Manchester United , Bayer Leverkusen made it into the final of the competition for the first time in its history, becoming the first team to have never won a national championship title. The opponent in the final was Real Madrid . This important game in particular was overshadowed by an injury misery from Leverkusen's point of view. Leverkusen had more possession of the ball, caused a sensation with an enormous urge phase towards the end of the game and also had more shots on goal than Madrid, but the game could not be won. The 2-1 defeat in Glasgow finally lost this third title, which was within reach, so that Leverkusen ended the season as the first Bundesliga team ever with three second places despite a very attractive style of play. However, Toppmöller was rewarded with the title of Coach of the Year and Leverkusen was invited to join the G-14 , an association of major European football clubs.

Since then Bayer Leverkusen has been one of six German teams that have ever reached the final of the Champions League or the European Cup and the last team to join this group. The others are Eintracht Frankfurt , FC Bayern Munich , Borussia Dortmund , Hamburger SV and Borussia Mönchengladbach .

In 2002, Leverkusen became the first German team after FC Bayern Munich to take one of the top two places in all three competitions (league, cup, international) within one season. The mocking term Vizekusen , which came into use after several finals without a title, was registered as a trademark by Bayer at the German Patent Office in Munich. Furthermore, the club had at the 2002 World Cup with Lucio a world champion and with Oliver Neuville, Bernd Schneider and Hans Jörg Butt each a second place and with Yıldıray Baştürk a third place in the squad.

Ups and downs nationally and on the European stage (2002-2014)

Stefan Kießling is the club's most successful goalscorer in the 2010s (112 goals).

For the 2002/03 season Bayer Leverkusen lost two key players, Michael Ballack and Zé Roberto , who were poached by their league rivals FC Bayern Munich . Nine new players were signed, including Jan Šimák , Juan and França . The former was even brought in as a successor for Ballack. Most of the newcomers, however, were not able to close the gap in terms of quality. After Bayer was in danger of relegation, Toppmöller was dismissed in February 2003, his successor, the previous amateur coach Thomas Hörster , was also unable to lead Bayer out of the relegation zone. Only Klaus Augenthaler , who had already been signed for the next season and who took over the team early on matchday 33, secured Leverkusen with two wins to stay in the league. Due to the poor sporting results, the high transfer expenses and the lack of television money, Bayer Leverkusen ran into financial difficulties in 2003. The 2002/03 financial year ended with a loss of 42 million euros. Under Augenthaler, the team qualified again for the Champions League in 2004. The group with Real Madrid , AS Roma and Dynamo Kiev survived as group winners, but in the round of 16 they were eliminated from eventual winners Liverpool FC.

In June 2004, Calmund resigned as long-time managing director of Bayer’s football department, with which Leverkusen lost one of its colorful personalities. The commercial director Wolfgang Holzhäuser became the sole managing director.

The seasons 2004/05 to 2006/07 Leverkusen ended three times in a row on a table position that qualified for participation in the UEFA Cup. There they reached the quarter-finals twice as the best result ( 2007 against CA Osasuna , 2008 against Zenit St. Petersburg ). Augenthaler had to vacate his place in September 2005 and was replaced by Michael Skibbe , who was dismissed after the 2007/08 season when Leverkusen failed to qualify for an international competition for the first time after four seasons. He was followed by Bruno Labbadia , under whom Leverkusen reached the DFB Cup final for the first time since 2002 . A controversial newspaper interview by Labbadia with the Süddeutsche Zeitung , which warned of a lack of cooperation with Holzhäuser the day before the final game, resulted in Labbadia being given clearance after the 0-1 final defeat against Werder Bremen and he switched to Hamburger SV.

As his successor, Jupp Heynckes was introduced in June 2009 , who immediately set a Bundesliga start record with 24 unbeaten games in a row . Under Heynckes' leadership, Leverkusen finally reached fourth place in the season in the 2009/10 season, and one season later they even made it to second place behind champions Borussia Dortmund . As fourth in the 2009/10 season, Leverkusen played in the play-off round of the Europa League . There they prevailed against Tawrija Simferopol and thus got into the group stage. The team was eliminated in the round of 16 against Villarreal : They lost the first leg at home with 2: 3. Leverkusen won the second leg in Villarreal 2-1, but the away goals rule sealed the elimination.

For the 2011/12 season , Robin Dutt succeeded Heynckes who had switched to Bayern Munich. Dutt's start failed when they were eliminated in the first round of the DFB Cup against the team from Dynamo Dresden , which had previously been promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga, after a 3-0 lead, 3: 4 n. V. In the Champions League they reached the round of 16, but on the last match day of the group stage they missed the group win by beating outsider Genk 1: 1 and therefore met FC Barcelona in the round of 16 , against whom they were defeated by 2:10. The 1: 7 - including five goals by Lionel Messi - in the second leg represents the highest European cup defeat in Bayer Leverkusen's history. After four defeats in a row, Dutt was replaced after the 28th match day by Sami Hyypiä , who was a player at Bayer Leverkusen in the previous season, and Sascha Lewandowski . The remaining games of the season remained unbeaten and ended a mixed season in fifth place in the table.

As a result, the works team went into the following season with this coaching duo. Internationally, Bayer 04 did not have to play any qualifying matches for the Europa League, so they were already in the main competition . In the group stage Bayer 04 played against Metalist Charkiw , Rosenborg Trondheim and Rapid Wien . They suffered a 2-0 defeat against Kharkiv on the penultimate group match day, which resulted in second place in the group stage. Bayer 04 Leverkusen met Benfica Lisbon in the sixteenth-finals and were unlucky enough to be eliminated by the Portuguese, although they were superior in both games. In the league, Bayer 04 finished third after a consistently successful season, so they qualified for the group stage of the Champions League .

Wolfgang Holzhäuser retired on October 1, 2013. Bayer AG's chief communications officer, Michael Schade, took over the management of Fußball GmbH in October. Schade had already been a member of the GmbH's shareholder committee since March 2007.

In August 2013 Bayer 04 Leverkusen obtained an injunction against the controversial ticket provider Viagogo . As a result, it was “legally prohibited to offer tickets for Bayer 04 Leverkusen football matches on the Viagogo online ticket exchange before day tickets for these matches are offered for sale at Bayer 04 Leverkusen or third parties authorized by Bayer 04”. In addition, Viagogo must not give the impression of a partnership with Bayer Leverkusen. Schalke 04 had previously terminated its contract with Viagogo without notice . The DFB also announced that it would examine legal steps against the company.

The first half of the 2013/14 season went extremely well for the Werkself. After 15 games they had twelve wins and finished second in the Bundesliga with a six point lead over Borussia Dortmund. The qualification for the round of 16 of the Champions League was made. In a group with Manchester United , Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk , they finished second after three wins, one draw and two defeats against Manchester United - including a 5-0 defeat in the second leg at the BayArena. However, the last two games of the first half of the season in the Bundesliga were lost and thus initiated a negative series that resulted in the clear loss in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain (0: 4 and 1: 2) on April 5 2014 ended with the dismissal of coach Sami Hyypiä after just one win from the last twelve competitive games . Hyypiä's former partner, Sascha Lewandowski , succeeded him and brought Leverkusen back on the road to success with two wins. In the end, fourth place was taken to qualify for the Champions League.

The second team, who last played in the Regionalliga West and was referred to as the U23 team, was canceled at the end of the 2013/14 season. This was made possible by a change in the licensing regulations of the DFB. It is too difficult for talents to make the leap from the fourth division into the Bundesliga team. Instead, young players should increasingly be loaned out.

Present (since 2014)

Interim coach Lewandowski didn't want a permanent solution. In the 2014/15 season, Roger Schmidt , who had previously worked for FC Red Bull Salzburg and reached the round of 16 in the Europa League , took over the coaching position. On August 23, 2014, Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the Bundesliga nine seconds after kick-off in Schmidt's first Bundesliga game at Borussia Dortmund - this record was set on August 22, 2015 by Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland in the game against FC Bayern Munich set. Leverkusen won 2-0 and together with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim secured the championship lead on the first day of the 2014/15 season . As fourth in the previous season they had qualified for participation in the fourth and final qualifying round for the Champions League , in which the Rhinelander met FC Copenhagen . Leverkusen won the first leg at Telia Parken in Copenhagen 3-2, the second leg 4-0. In the group stage, the team met AS Monaco , Benfica Lisbon and Zenit St. Petersburg . The opening game in Monaco was lost 0-1; three wins from three games followed. Before the penultimate group game, Bayer 04 were mathematically qualified to play in the round of 16 after Zenit St. Petersburg had defeated Benfica Lisbon. The Leverkusen lost their own game against AS Monaco with 0: 1; In the last group game in Lisbon, the group win was lost with a 0-0. In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen were leaders up to and including the third match day. In the remaining 14 games up to the winter break there were three defeats, six draws and five wins, which meant that they were third in the table. In the Champions League round of 16, the team met Atlético Madrid and were eliminated on penalties after a 1-0 win in the first leg. In the league they were again in fourth place at the end.

In the 2015/16 season , Bayer finished third in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Champions League. In the play-off round of qualification, Leverkusen met Lazio Rome . In the first leg there was a 0-1 defeat, which could be equalized with a 3-0 in the second leg. In the group stage, Schmidt's team met the teams from FC Barcelona, ​​AS Roma and BATE Barrysau. In the end, Leverkusen was eliminated from the competition as third in the group. In the Europa League, after a 1-0 away win against Sporting Lisbon, the home game was also victorious 3-1. Against FC Villarreal, however, there was a 2-0 defeat away from home in the round of 16 and thus they were eliminated internationally after a 0-0 at home. On March 5, 2017, Bayer parted ways with coach Roger Schmidt after a 6-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund when the team was in 10th place in the table. The next day Tayfun Korkut was hired as an interim coach until the end of the season. The 12th place in the final table meant the worst placement since 2003.

For the 2017/18 season , Heiko Herrlich was introduced as the new head coach, who signed a contract until June 30, 2019. He lost his first Bundesliga game with Bayer at the season opener against FC Bayern Munich 3-1. In the end, the team occupied fifth place in the table, which entitled them to participate in the Europa League . At the beginning of the second half of the 2018/19 season , Heiko Herrlich was replaced by Peter Bosz . From the first four games he got three wins, including a 3-1 win against Bayern Munich. On May 5, 2019, after just 36 minutes of play, the team scored six goals in the 6-1 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt, setting a record for most of their own goals in the first half from 1978 and undercutting them by two minutes.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football GmbH

The Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH was founded on 1 April 1999 and has since been under registration number HRB 49493 at the District Court of Cologne entered. The licensed player department of the gymnastics and sports club Bayer 04 Leverkusen e. V. was spun off into the company. The Bayer AG is the sole shareholder since the foundation. This was made possible by an exception to the 50 + 1 rule , which allows commercial enterprises to take over the majority if they have continuously and significantly promoted the football sport of the parent club before January 1, 1999. Otherwise, a maximum participation of 50% minus one share of the vote is possible, as the club must retain the majority of votes in its outsourced football department. In addition to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, this exception is applied to VfL Wolfsburg and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim .

Bayer AG holds its shares through Erste KWA Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and does not publish the annual financial statements of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH in accordance with Section 264 HGB .


The management of the GmbH currently consists of ten people. The chief executive officer, Fernando Carro, is responsible . In addition, there is the sports director , Rudi Völler , as well as seven directors and the head of the legal department. With Völler (1994–1996) and Simon Rolfes (2005–2015) two people belong to the management who were already active as players for the club. Medical director Karl-Heinrich Dittmar is also a member of the professional team as head of the team doctors . The following are responsible:

Surname vintage function
Fernando Carro 1964 Chairman of the Management Board
Rudi Völler 1960 Managing Director Sport
Karl-Heinrich Dittmar 1963 Director of Medicine
Fabian Otto 1973 Director of Finance / Human Resources
Simon Pallmann 1977 Director of Operations
Simon Rolfes 1982 Director of Sports
Bernd Schröder 1966 Director of Marketing / Sales
Meinolf Sprink 1958 Director fans / social affairs
Holger Tromp 1972 Director of Communication
Lars Küpper 1977 Head of Legal / Compliance / Associations

Shareholders' meeting and committee

The highest decision-making body is the shareholders' meeting . Since Bayer AG is the only shareholder, it consists exclusively of members appointed by it. These elect the six-person shareholder committee, whose chairman is Werner Wenning . All members of the committee have a current or former (professional) relationship with Bayer AG or TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . Since July 1, 2018, this includes:

Surname vintage function
Werner Wenning 1946 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG
Klaus Beck 1945 Chairman of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bernd-Peter beer 1966 Head of Finance and Taxes at Bayer AG
Gabriel Harnier 1971 Head of Legal, Patents and Compliance at Bayer AG
Michael Preuss 1973 Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Bayer AG
Michael Schade 1952 Retired Managing Director of Fußball GmbH

Professional team

Team squad

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The brothers Lars (left) and Sven Bender (right) are currently the only active twin pair in the German professional leagues who play in the same team. Lars has also been the team's captain since 2015 and, at over eleven years, the player with the longest uninterrupted club membership in the squad.
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Karim Bellarabi (left) and Kevin Volland (right) scoring the fastest goal in the Bundesliga with nine seconds each, with only Bellarabi scoring his goal for Bayer 04. Additionally, Bellarabi shot the 50,000 in 2017. Bundesliga goal.
Kai Havertz is the youngest player to play 100 Bundesliga games.

The team currently consists of 27 players, 26 of whom were already part of the club before the start of the 2020/21 season. Three of them have already played in the club's youth teams. Among the players there are 15 (56%) who do not have German citizenship. The average age of the squad - as it was composed on August 22, 2020 - was 25.3 years. The age difference between the oldest and youngest player in the squad is 15 years and 121 days.

(As of August 22, 2020)

No. Nat. Surname Date of birth (age) position in the team since
01 FinlandFinland Lukáš Hrádecký Nov 24, 1989 (30) goal 2018
21st GermanyGermany Lennart Grill Jan 25, 1999 (21) goal 2020
36 GermanyGermany Niklas Lomb July 28, 1993 (27) goal 2008
03 GreeceGreece Panagiotis Retsos 0Aug 9, 1998 (22) Central defense 2017
04th GermanyGermany Jonathan Tah Feb 11, 1996 (24) Central defense 2015
05 GermanyGermany Sven Bender Apr 27, 1989 (31) Central defense 2017
06th AustriaAustria Aleksandar Dragović 06th Mar 1991 (29) Central defense 2016
08th GermanyGermany Lars Bender (C)Captain of the crew Apr 27, 1989 (31) External defense 2009
12 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso Edmond Tapsoba 0Feb 2, 1999 (21) Central defense 2020
16 CroatiaCroatia Tin Jedvaj Nov 28, 1995 (24) Central defense 2014
18th BrazilBrazil Wendell July 20, 1993 (27) External defense 2014
22nd NetherlandsNetherlands Daley Sinkgraven 0July 4, 1995 (25) External defense 2019
23 GermanyGermany Mitchell Weiser Apr 21, 1994 (26) External defense 2018
10 GermanyGermany Kerem Demirbay 0July 3, 1993 (27) Central midfield 2019
11 GermanyGermany Nadiem Amiri Oct 27, 1996 (23) Attacking midfield 2019
15th AustriaAustria Julian Baumgartlinger 0Jan 2, 1988 (32) Defensive Midfield 2016
20th ChileChile Charles Aránguiz Apr 17, 1989 (31) Central midfield 2015
25th ArgentinaArgentina Exequiel Palacios 0Oct 5, 1998 (21) Central midfield 2020
27 GermanyGermany Florian Wirtz 0May 3, 2003 (17) Attacking midfield 2020
29 GermanyGermany Kai Havertz June 11, 1999 (21) Attacking midfield 2010
07th BrazilBrazil Paulinho July 15, 2000 (20) Wing storm 2018
09 JamaicaJamaica Leon Bailey 0Aug 9, 1997 (23) Wing storm 2017
13 ArgentinaArgentina Lucas Alario 0Oct 8, 1992 (27) Storm 2017
17th FinlandFinland Joel Pohjanpalo 13 Sep 1994 (25) Storm 2014
19th FranceFrance Moussa Diaby 07 July 1999 (21) Wing storm 2019
31 GermanyGermany Kevin Volland July 30, 1992 (28) Storm 2016
38 GermanyGermany Karim Bellarabi 0Apr 8, 1990 (30) Wing storm 2011

Squad changes in the 2020/21 season

For the one-day first transfer period of the season on July 1, 2020, four players were added to the squad, with three players returning after loans ended; one player changed steadily. With Ramazan Özcan, the oldest player in the squad ends his career. While one player has left the club so far, Özcan takes on a job in the club's youth division.

Nationality, name position releasing club (league) annotation time
GermanyGermany Lennart Grill goal GermanyGermany 1. FC Kaiserslautern ( 3rd league ) - July 1, 2020
CroatiaCroatia Tin Jedvaj Central defense GermanyGermany FC Augsburg ( Bundesliga ) Return after loan
FinlandFinland Joel Pohjanpalo Storm GermanyGermany Hamburger SV ( 2nd Bundesliga ) Return after loan
GreeceGreece Panagiotis Retsos Central defense EnglandEngland Sheffield United ( Premier League ) Return after loan
Nationality, name position receiving club (league) annotation time
AustriaAustria Ramazan Ozcan goal - End of career
admission to the youth coaching staff
July – October 2020
PolandPoland Adrian Stanilewicz Defensive Midfield GermanyGermany SV Darmstadt 98 ( 2nd Bundesliga ) End of contract

Coaching staff

Peter Bosz (here in 2016) has been training the men's team at Bayer 04 Leverkusen since January 2019.

Dutchman Peter Bosz has been head coach since January 4, 2019 , after his predecessor Heiko Herrlich was released from his position after the first half of the 2018/19 season . He took over other parts of his predecessor's staff. As an assistant coach, Bosz also took on Hendrik Krüzen , with whom he has already worked in other clubs. Bayer Leverkusen also signed Terry Peters, another athletic trainer from SC Heerenveen , with whom Bosz had already worked between 2013 and 2016. Since the end of 2016, three people have been working for the head coach in the field of athletics. In July 2019, Marcel Daum, the previous chief analyst in the supervisory staff and son of the former Leverkusen head coach Christoph Daum , joined the coaching staff as an analysis assistant. In August 2020, Simon Lackmann, who previously worked in the supervisory staff as an analyst in the licensing department, moved up to the coaching staff in his previous role. In the same month Xaver Zembrod left the staff and moved to RB Leipzig . The following are currently responsible:

Nat. Surname vintage function On the staff since
NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz 1963 Head coach 2019
NetherlandsNetherlands Hendrik Krüzen 1964 Assistant coach 2019
GermanyGermany David Thiel 1984 Goalkeeping coach 2012
GermanyGermany Shahriar Bigdeli 1980 Athletic trainer 2011
BrazilBrazil Daniel Jouvin-Abraham 1978 Athletic trainer 2011
NetherlandsNetherlands Terry Peters 1986 Athletic trainer 2019
GermanyGermany Marcel Daum 1986 Co-trainer analysis 2019
GermanyGermany Simon Lackmann 1980 Licensed Player Analyst 2020

Supervisory staff

Nat. Surname vintage function
GermanyGermany Hans-Peter Lehnhoff 1963 Team manager
GermanyGermany Karl-Heinrich Dittmar 1963 Team Doctor (Head)
GermanyGermany Philipp Ehrenstein 1977 Team doctor
GermanyGermany Burak Yildirim 1978 Team doctor
GermanyGermany Malte Kruger 1982 Senior Sports Scientist
GermanyGermany Sven Elsinger 1967 Physiotherapist (Head)
GermanyGermany Stephan Hartner 1988 Physiotherapist
GermanyGermany Manuel Schardt 1985 Physiotherapist
GermanyGermany Tobias Schäuble 1984 Physiotherapist
GermanyGermany Ill-Han Yu 1987 Physiotherapist
GermanyGermany Christian Beckers 1985 supervisor
GermanyGermany Markus Irmer 1976 supervisor
GermanyGermany Martin Kowatzki 1983 supervisor


The BayArena from the outside
The BayArena from the inside, with a view of the east stand
See main article: BayArena

Home of the Bayer 04 footballers is the BayArena. The total capacity is 30,210 places, of which 3,000 are standing places. The guest area also offers space for 3000 spectators. The stadium is completely covered and offers spectators great comfort. The stadium used to be called " Ulrich Haberland Stadium ". The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ulrich Haberland Stadium took place on April 23, 1956 by Fritz Jacobi . In 1958, the stadium was inaugurated with a capacity of 20,000 spectators, replacing the old “Am Stadtpark” stadium. In 1963, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Bayer AG, the stadium was equipped with a floodlight system. From 1986 it was finally converted into a completely covered stadium. With the construction of the south stand, the stadium offered 22,500 spectators from August 1997 to December 2007. Another major construction project was completed in 1999 with the construction of the Hotel Lindner behind the north stand.

On March 30, 2007, the Board of Management of Bayer AG decided that the BayArena should be expanded to a capacity of over 30,000 spectators. The renovation work began in December 2007 and was completed at the beginning of the 2009/10 season . Due to the renovation, Bayer 04 Leverkusen competed in all scheduled home games in the first half of 2009 in the Düsseldorf LTU Arena .


Fans of Bayer Leverkusen in the BayArena
The fan friendship with Kickers Offenbach still exists today.

Bayer Leverkusen has 355 fan clubs with 25,000 members. The free stadium newspaper BayArena Magazin appears for every home game . With the "Mad-Boyz Leverkusen" one of the first ultra-oriented fan clubs in Germany came into being in 1994 . The "Mad Boyz" are an amalgamation of the fan clubs "Soccer Boys" and "Madness" founded in 1989 and 1990 respectively. By organizing the “The Cross Must Stay” initiative, the Leverkusen Ultras helped prevent the dismantling of the Bayer Cross , which the Bayer Group decided in 2007 .

Fan rivalry and friendship

There is a great rivalry between the fans of Bayer Leverkusen and those of 1. FC Köln . It is about geographical and traditional backgrounds, as both camps claim to be the "power on the Rhine ". While the Cologne fans refer to their tradition as a founding member of the Bundesliga and successes in the past, the Leverkusen fans refer to the sporting superiority.

Furthermore, the Leverkusen supporters are very unpopular with the fans of KFC Uerdingen 05 , which can be traced back to their former joint sponsor, Bayer AG . There is also a certain tension with Fortuna Düsseldorf .

There is a friendship with fans of Kickers Offenbach . This is based on an incident from the 1980/81 season : In the Bundesliga match on August 23, 1980, Jürgen Gelsdorf from Leverkusen fouled Bum-Kun Cha , who was then playing at Eintracht Frankfurt , so that he had to be hospitalized, whereupon the Frankfurt fans gave the fans Leverkusens swore revenge at the next opportunity. A month and a half after the event, Leverkusen played a DFB Cup game on October 4th in Offenbach am Main near Frankfurt against the Kickers , who won the Hessen 5-2. As part of this game, the Leverkusen fans also joined the supporters of Kickers Offenbach, who had a local rivalry with their neighbors from Frankfurt when the Leverkusen supporters clashed with those of Eintracht. This gesture by the Offenbach fans turned into a longstanding friendship that also survived the relegation games to the Bundesliga in the 1981/82 season, in which the two clubs competed against each other. Leverkusen was 16th at the end of the season, after which the team had to play two relegation games against the third-placed player from the 2nd Bundesliga, Kickers Offenbach. Leverkusen won the two games 1-0 and 2-1, which meant that they would remain in the Bundesliga, while Offenbach remained in second class.


Bayer Leverkusen logo jet from LTU
Fan shop in the Wiesdorf pedestrian zone, 2016

The sports club TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen was originally a company sports team, similar to PSV Eindhoven , FC Arsenal , FC Sochaux or Urawa Red Diamonds abroad. Many of these former company sports teams have retained the status of the club. In Leverkusen, on the other hand, Bayer AG is the owner of Spielbetriebs-GmbH and currently contributes an estimated 25 million euros per year as a financier, which gives the Bayer AG subsidiary a certain degree of planning security. Fans of other clubs particularly criticize this advantage, but this subsidy is becoming less and less important against the background of the professionalization of German football and thus greater overall income. In addition, other companies such as Gazprom , Deutsche Telekom and Audi are now very determined to sponsor Bundesliga clubs. Unlike in the Bayer Leverkusen case, however, due to the legal form of an association and the 50 + 1 rule, the consent of the registered association and its members is essential. Correspondingly, an association would also have the right to terminate cooperation with investing companies. In the case of Bayer Leverkusen, this is no longer possible because the investing company Bayer AG has owned the football division since 1999.

To protect the league, the DFB introduced the so-called 50 + 1 rule, which is intended to prevent companies from having a majority stake in the game operating companies of Bundesliga clubs. The only exceptions to the rule were those investors who “had continuously and significantly promoted the football sport of the parent club for more than 20 years before January 1, 1999”. The cut-off date regulation known as “Lex Leverkusen” only applied to Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg , but was repealed in August 2011 by the arbitration tribunal of the German Football Association.

The growing, but still quite manageable following is often laughed at by large clubs and labeled as devoid of tradition. In contrast, the Bayer 04 fan scene was able to write a piece of fan history in 1989 with the first ultra grouping in the Bundesliga. Although Bayer Leverkusen has established itself as one of the top clubs in German club football and is also well known abroad, its supporters are quantitatively in the lower midfield of the Bundesliga, which is certainly also due to the low title successes and - compared to other cities in the Surrounding area - the city's low population or whether it is due to competition for advertising from neighboring clubs in the region.

In terms of sport, Bayer 04 has the image of a trainers' association. Thanks to professional structures, especially when it comes to scouting and support, we have been able to attract young talents time and again, who use the club as a stepping stone to becoming a star player. In particular, FC Bayern Munich signed many players from Leverkusen in the late 1990s to the early 2000s, who contributed to numerous titles in Munich. Due to their own unsuccessfulness and the constant rivalry, the games against FC Bayern still have a similar status for many fans as the derby against 1. FC Köln.

Furthermore, the team adheres to the image of the "Eternal Second". Since 1997 Bayer 04 Leverkusen have been German runners-up five times, twice losing the DFB Cup final and once the final for the European football crown in the Champions League. Bayer Leverkusen is one of a group of nine German soccer teams that have been runner-up more than once since the Bundesliga was founded. However, the club is the only team that has so far not won a championship title (although the championship titles of FC Schalke 04 all date from the time before the Bundesliga was founded). The 2001/02 season, in which the team came second in all three competitions (championship, DFB Cup and Champions League), is a particularly outstanding example of Leverkusen's bad luck in decisive games. As a result of this unfortunate season, the term " Vizekusen " was coined in the press . The GmbH registered this name as a trademark in 2010 alongside the term “Meisterkusen” .


Nicknames for the first team of the soccer club include a. "Vizekusen", "Pill Rollers". and “Farbenstädter” While the external name “Vizekusen” refers to the titles missed from the end of the 1990s, “Pillendreher” was a self-awarded label that linked the pharmaceutical image of Bayer AG and football (“pill” as a synonym for "ball"). “Farbenstädter” is a reminder of its origins in the city of Leverkusen, whose economic boom began with the relocation of the paint factory founded by Friedrich Bayer in Elberfeld to today's city of Leverkusen. The oldest nickname for the first team is “Werkself”. It was intended to point out the close connection between a sports club and a private enterprise, which was still unusual in the 1970s. Although so-called "works teams" were regularly among the top national performers in various sports, the community of football fans was suspicious that behind the upswing of the football team of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, according to the association's statutes, there was a globally successful corporation.



DFB Cup winner 1993
Amateurs / Second Team

More Achievements

Dates and personalities

Coat of arms history

Coach history since 1936

image Surname from to comment Previous coaching station
Paul Bornefeld 1936 1937
Jupp gap 1937 1938
Paul Bornefeld 1939 1941
Karl Winkler 1941 1945
GermanyGermany Richard Job 1946 1948 Player-coach
GermanyGermany Karl Winkler 1948 1949 GermanyGermany Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
GermanyGermany Theo Kirchberg 1949 1950 Player-coach
AustriaAustria Lorenz Polster 1950 1950 GermanyGermany 1. FC Nuremberg
GermanyGermany Raimond Schwab 1950 1951
GermanyGermany Franz Strehle 1951 1953
GermanyGermany Sepp Kretschmann 1953 1956 GermanyGermany Werder Bremen
GermanyGermany Emil Melcher 1956 1957 GermanyGermany VfL Bochum
GermanyGermany Edmund Conen 1957 1959 GermanyGermany Wuppertal SV
GermanyGermany Theo Kirchberg 1959 1960
GermanyGermany Erich Garske 1960 1962
Rodatrainer Frits Pliska, inventory number 927-0544.jpg GermanyGermany Fritz Pliska 1962 1965 GermanyGermany Fortuna Dusseldorf
GermanyGermany Theo Kirchberg 1965 1971
GermanyGermany Gero Bisanz 1971 1973 ––
GermanyGermany Friedhelm Renno 1973 1974
GermanyGermany Manfred Rummel 1974 February 10, 1976 ––
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Radoslav Momirski February 11, 1976 March 29, 1976 Interim trainer GermanyGermany Wormatia worms
GermanyGermany Willibert Kremer April 1, 1976 November 22, 1981 dismiss GermanyGermany MSV Duisburg
GermanyGermany Gerd Kentschke November 23, 1981 June 30, 1982 Contract ended ––
Dettmar Cramer 1963.jpg GermanyGermany Dettmar Cramer July 1, 1982 June 30, 1985 Contract ended GreeceGreece Aris Thessaloniki
GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck July 1, 1985 June 30, 1988 Contract ended GermanyGermany Borussia Dortmund
Rinus Michels op persconferentie ivm vertrek van bondscoach Kees Rijvers en diens opvolging, inventory number 933-1361.jpg NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels July 1, 1988 April 13, 1989 dismiss NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
GermanyGermany Jürgen Gelsdorf April 13, 1989 May 31, 1991 dismiss GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen (assistant coach)
Peter-Hermann-2015-06.jpg GermanyGermany Peter Hermann May 31, 1991 June 30, 1991 Interim trainer GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen (assistant coach)
Saftig, Reinhard Trainer FSV Mainz 97-98 WP.JPG GermanyGermany Reinhard Saftig July 1, 1991 May 4th 1993 dismiss GermanyGermany VfL Bochum
Dragoslav Stepanovic.jpg Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Dragoslav Stepanović May 4th 1993 April 7, 1995 dismiss GermanyGermany Eintracht Frankfurt
GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck April 10, 1995 April 27, 1996 dismiss GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich
Peter-Hermann-2015-06.jpg GermanyGermany Peter Hermann April 28, 1996 June 30, 1996 Interim trainer GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen (assistant coach)
Christoph Daum 1.jpg GermanyGermany Christoph Daum July 1, 1996 October 21, 2000 dismiss TurkeyTurkey Beşiktaş Istanbul
Rudi Voeller City Book (cropped) .jpg GermanyGermany Rudi Völler October 21, 2000 November 11, 2000 Interim trainer ––
Berti Vogts 2012.jpg GermanyGermany Berti Vogts November 12, 2000 May 20, 2001 dismiss GermanyGermany Germany
GermanyGermany Klaus Toppmöller July 1, 2001 February 15, 2003 dismiss GermanyGermany 1. FC Saarbrücken
GermanyGermany Thomas Hörster February 16, 2003 May 10, 2003 Interim trainer GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen amateurs
Klaus-Augenthaler.jpg GermanyGermany Klaus Augenthaler May 13, 2003 September 16, 2005 dismiss GermanyGermany 1. FC Nuremberg
Rudi Völler junie 2009.jpg GermanyGermany Rudi Völler September 16, 2005 October 9, 2005 Interim trainer ItalyItaly AS Roma
Michael Skibbe in Moscow.jpg GermanyGermany Michael Skibbe October 9, 2005 May 21, 2008 dismiss GermanyGermany Germany U-18
Labbadia.jpg GermanyGermany Bruno Labbadia July 1, 2008 June 5, 2009 Contract terminated prematurely GermanyGermany SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Jupp Heynckes.jpg GermanyGermany Jupp Heynckes June 5, 2009 June 30, 2011 Contract ended GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich (interim)
CupII-5611.jpg GermanyGermany Robin Dutt July 1, 2011 April 1, 2012 dismiss GermanyGermany Sc freiburg
Sascha Lewandowski.JPG GermanyGermany Sascha Lewandowski April 1, 2012 30th of June 2013 Together with the team manager Sami Hyypiä,
changed position within the club until the end of the 2011/12 season
GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen U-19
Sami Hyypia 2012.jpg FinlandFinland Sami Hyypia July, 1st 2013 5th April 2014 sacked interim team boss together with Sascha Lewandowski until the end of the 2012/13 season
until the end of the 2011/12 season
FinlandFinland Finland (assistant coach)
Sascha Lewandowski.JPG GermanyGermany Sascha Lewandowski 5th April 2014 June 30, 2014 Interim trainer GermanyGermany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Roger-Schmidt-2015-08.jpg GermanyGermany Roger Schmidt July 1, 2014 5th March 2017 dismiss AustriaAustria FC Red Bull Salzburg
Tayfun korkut.jpg TurkeyTurkey Tayfun Korkut March 6, 2017 June 30, 2017 Contract ended GermanyGermany 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Heiko Herrlich, August 2018.jpg GermanyGermany Heiko Herrlich July 1, 2017 22nd December 2018 dismiss GermanyGermany SSV Jahn Regensburg
Rostov-Ajax (8) .jpg NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz 4th January 2019 GermanyGermany Borussia Dortmund
  1. Bruno Labbadia's contract was canceled against payment of a transfer fee so that he could switch to Hamburger SV .
  2. a b Since Hyypiä did not have the required license, he trained the team as team boss together with the football teacher Lewandowski. He returned after the 2012/13 season as a junior coach in the club's youth department.

Known players

Honorary captain

The Werkself's first honorary captain was the captain of the team that had been promoted to the league in 1951, Hans Frömmel , who led the club into the top German league for the first time. After promotion to the Bundesliga in 1979, record players Rüdiger Vollborn , Ulf Kirsten , Carsten Ramelow , Simon Rolfes and Stefan Kießling have been added.

The eleven of the century

For the hundredth anniversary of Bayer Leverkusen in 2004, the "Eleven of the Century" was chosen. Fans could choose their favorites from a pre-selected group of 51 players by post or via the Internet. Only players who were active for the club after the team's promotion to the Bundesliga were elected, although people who played for the club before 1979 were also eligible. The team consists of six Germans and five Brazilians. The substitute bench includes players from three nations in the 18-player squad. As of July 1, 2004, five of these people were still in the club's professional squad.

Item player Association
TW GermanyGermany Rüdiger Vollborn 1983-1999 GermanyGermany Hans Jörg Butt
V BrazilBrazil Lúcio 2001-2004 GermanyGermany Thomas Hörster Christian Wörns
V GermanyGermany Jens Nowotny 1996-2006
V BrazilBrazil Juan 2002-2007
V BrazilBrazil Jorginho 1989-1992
M. BrazilBrazil Emerson 1997-2000 GermanyGermany Carsten Ramelow Bernd Schuster Paulo Sérgio
M. GermanyGermany Michael Ballack 1999–2002
M. BrazilBrazil Zé Roberto 1998-2002
M. GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider 1999-2009
A. GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten M 1990-2003 Korea Sud 1949South Korea Bum-kun Cha
A. GermanyGermany Rudi Völler 1994-1996

M Most voted player

Other well-known players

In the following list of well-known players, only those people are shown in alphabetical order who are not shown above under honorary captain or in the eleven of the century from 2004. Only players - who are not currently in a player contract with the club - are listed who can meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • 150 competitive appearances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • At least five full years or seasons of active professional players at the club (periods of youth and loan periods to other clubs are not taken into account, but loan arrangements at Bayer 04 Leverkusen do)
  • Ten full years with the club or associated with the club in a noteworthy manner during the same period, at least one full year or one season of which as a licensed player at Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Youth time is not taken into account
  • Awarded the Fritz Walter Medal in gold, silver or bronze during membership of the club, plus at least a full year or a full season as a professional player in the club squad
  • Winning the world or a continental championship , e.g. B. the European Championship of UEFA , at any point in your active career, plus as a professional player in the club squad
  • Other special attributes (for example, captaincy clothing during a season in which a title was achieved or top scorer in a league competition)

Players with a star behind the name were also active in the club's youth teams.

Traditional team

Fredy Mutz , who had been in goal for the Werkself in 528 until 1961, founded the traditional Leverkusen team as an active player in 1959, which he chaired himself for 30 years. In the over 40 team, people who were important for the club play friendly games against clubs from the region or take part in benefit tournaments several times a year. The team is looked after by the former coach and player Gerd Kentschke and consists of ex-professionals such as Ulf Kirsten , Falko Götz , Simon Rolfes , Carsten Ramelow , Jens Nowotny and Walter Posner .


League affiliation and placements since the end of World War II

Placements in the Bundesliga since 1979

season rank Gates Points spectator Season
Most successful
goalscorer (goals)
Trainer DFB Cup balance sheet Record of the European Cup
1979/80 12 45:61 32-36 13,941 k. A. GermanyGermany Peter Szech (9) GermanyGermany Willibert Kremer 2nd round not qualified
1980/81 11 52:53 30-38 11,705 k. A. NorwayNorway Arne Larsen Økland (16) GermanyGermany Willibert Kremer
1981/82 16 45:72 25-43 09594 k. A. NorwayNorway Arne Larsen Økland (14) GermanyGermany Willibert Kremer (until 11/81) GermanyGermany Gerd Kentschke (interim trainer) 3rd round
1982/83 11 43:66 29-39 09205 k. A. NorwayNorway Arne Larsen Økland (13) GermanyGermany Dettmar Cramer 2nd round
1983/84 7th 50:50 34-34 11,652 k. A. GermanyGermany Herbert Waas (15) GermanyGermany Dettmar Cramer 1 round
1984/85 13 52:54 31-37 09658 k. A. GermanyGermany Herbert Waas (11) GermanyGermany Dettmar Cramer Quarter finals
1985/86 6th 63:51 40-28 10.129 k. A. Korea Sud 1949South Korea Cha Bum-kun (17) GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck
1986/87 6th 56:38 39-29 12,753 k. A. GermanyGermany Herbert Waas (15) GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck 2nd round UEFA Cup (2nd round)
1987/88 8th 53:60 32-36 09511 k. A. GermanyGermany Christian Schreier (11) GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck 1 round UEFA Cup ( cup winners )
1988/89 8th 45:44 34-34 12,329 k. A. GermanyGermany Christian Schreier (8) NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels (until 4/89) GermanyGermany Jürgen Gelsdorf Semifinals UEFA Cup (1st round)
1989/90 5 40:32 39-29 14,423 k. A. PolandPoland Marek Leśniak (8) GermanyGermany Jürgen Gelsdorf 2nd round not qualified
1990/91 8th 47:46 35-33 13,617 k. A. GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (11) GermanyGermany Jürgen Gelsdorf (until 5/91) GermanyGermany Peter Hermann (Int.) UEFA Cup (round of 16)
1991/92 6th 53:39 43-33 15,152 k. A. GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (12) GermanyGermany Reinhard Saftig Semifinals not qualified
1992/93 5 64:45 40-28 17.008 04,700 GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (20) (top scorer) GermanyGermany Reinhard Saftig (until 5/93) Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Dragoslav Stepanović Cup winners
1993/94 3 60:47 39-29 19.111 05,300 BrazilBrazil Paulo Sergio (17) Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Dragoslav Stepanović Quarter finals European Cup Winners' Cup ( quarter-finals )
1994/95 7th 62:51 36-32 22,829 06,000 GermanyGermany Rudi Völler (16) Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Dragoslav Stepanović (until 4/95) GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck 2nd round UEFA Cup (semi-finals)
1995/96 14th 37:38 38 22,041 08,300 GermanyGermany Rudi Voeller (10) GermanyGermany Erich Ribbeck (until 4/96) GermanyGermany Peter Hermann (Int.) Semifinals UI Cup (quarter finals)
1996/97 2 69:41 69 20,670 12,000 GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (22) (top scorer) GermanyGermany Christoph Daum 1 round not qualified
1997/98 3 66:39 55 22,252 14,500 GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (22) (top scorer) GermanyGermany Christoph Daum Quarter finals Champions League (quarter finals)
1998/99 2 61:30 63 22,435 k. A. GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (19) GermanyGermany Christoph Daum 2nd round UEFA Cup (2nd round)
1999/2000 2 74:38 73 22,470 k. A. GermanyGermany Ulf Kirsten (17) GermanyGermany Christoph Daum 3rd round Champions League (preliminary round)
UEFA Cup (3rd round)
2000/01 4th 54:40 57 22,382 k. A. GermanyGermany Oliver Neuville (15) GermanyGermany Christoph Daum (until 10/2000) GermanyGermany Rudi Völler (Int., Until 11/2000) GermanyGermany Berti Vogts Round of 16
2001/02 2 77:38 69 22,382 k. A. GermanyGermany Michael Ballack (17) GermanyGermany Klaus Toppmöller final Champions League ( final )
2002/03 15th 47:56 40 22,410 k. A. GermanyGermany Daniel Bierofka (7) GermanyGermany Klaus Toppmöller (until 2/03) GermanyGermany Thomas Hörster (Int., Until 5/03) GermanyGermany Klaus Augenthaler Semifinals Champions League (intermediate round)
2003/04 3 73:39 65 22,500 k. A. BulgariaBulgaria Dimitar Berbatov (16) GermanyGermany Klaus Augenthaler Round of 16 not qualified
2004/05 6th 65:44 57 22,500 14,732 BulgariaBulgaria Dimitar Berbatov (20) GermanyGermany Klaus Augenthaler 2nd round Champions League (round of 16)
2005/06 5 64:49 52 22,264 14,910 BulgariaBulgaria Dimitar Berbatov (21) GermanyGermany Klaus Augenthaler (until 9/05) GermanyGermany Rudi Völler (Int., Until 10/05) GermanyGermany Michael Skibbe UEFA Cup (1st round)
2006/07 5 54:49 51 22,410 14,520 UkraineUkraine Andriy Voronin (10) GermanyGermany Michael Skibbe UEFA Cup (quarter-finals)
2007/08 7th 57:40 51 22,471 14,926 GreeceGreece Theofanis Gekas (11) GermanyGermany Michael Skibbe 1 round
2008/09 9 59:46 49 26,532 15,183 GermanyGermany Patrick Helmes (21) GermanyGermany Bruno Labbadia final not qualified
2009/10 4th 65:38 59 29,309 17,642 GermanyGermany Stefan Kiessling (21) GermanyGermany Jupp Heynckes 2nd round
2010/11 2 64:44 68 28,633 18,551 ChileChile Arturo Vidal (10) GermanyGermany Jupp Heynckes Europa League (round of 16)
2011/12 5 52:44 54 28,494 k. A. GermanyGermany Stefan Kießling (16) GermanyGermany Robin Dutt
(up to 3/12)
GermanyGermany Sascha Lewandowski (Int.) & Sami Hyypiä (interim team leader)
1 round Champions League (round of 16)
2012/13 3 65:39 65 28,175 k. A. GermanyGermany Stefan Kießling (25) (top scorer) GermanyGermany Sascha Lewandowski & Sami Hyypiä (Team Principal)FinlandFinland  Round of 16 Europa League (sixteenth finals)
2013/14 4th 60:41 61 28,452 k. A. GermanyGermany Stefan Kiessling (15) FinlandFinland Sami Hyypiä (until 4/14) GermanyGermany Sascha Lewandowski Quarter finals Champions League (round of 16)
2014/15 4th 62:37 61 29,311 k. A. GermanyGermany Karim Bellarabi (12) GermanyGermany Roger Schmidt
2015/16 3 56:40 60 29,018 k. A. MexicoMexico Chicharito (17) GermanyGermany Roger Schmidt Champions League (preliminary round)
Europa League (round of 16)
2016/17 12 53:55 41 28,428 19,000 MexicoMexico Chicharito (11) GermanyGermany Roger Schmidt (until 3/17) TurkeyTurkey Tayfun Korkut 2nd round Champions League (round of 16)
2017/18 5 58:44 55 28,231 19,000 GermanyGermany Kevin Volland (14) GermanyGermany Heiko Herrlich Semifinals not qualified
2018/19 4th 69:52 58 27,990 19,000 GermanyGermany Kai Havertz (17) GermanyGermany Heiko Herrlich (until 12/18) NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz Round of 16 Europa League (sixteenth finals)
2019/20 5 61:44 63 21,236 k. A. GermanyGermany Kai Havertz (12) NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz final Champions League (preliminary round)
Europa League (quarter-finals)

European Cup matches

List of European Cup matches from Bayer 04 Leverkusen 
season competition round opponent total To Back
1986/87 Uefa cup 1 round SwedenSweden Kalmar FF 7: 1 4: 1 (A) 3: 0 (H)
2nd round CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia FK Dukla Prague (a)1: 1 ( a ) 0: 0 (A) 1: 1 (H)
1987/88 Uefa cup 1 round AustriaAustria FK Austria Vienna 5: 1 0: 0 (A) 5: 1 (H)
2nd round FranceFrance Toulouse FC 2: 1 1: 1 (A) 1: 0 (H)
3rd round NetherlandsNetherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 3: 2 2: 2 (A) 1: 0 (H)
Quarter finals SpainSpain FC Barcelona 1-0 0: 0 (H) 1: 0 (A)
Semifinals GermanyGermany Werder Bremen 1-0 1: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
final SpainSpain Espanyol Barcelona 3: 3
(3: 2 on  account )
0: 3 (A) 3: 0 a.d. (H)
1988/89 Uefa cup 1 round PortugalPortugal Belenenses Lisbon 0: 2 0: 1 (H) 0: 1 (A)
1990/91 Uefa cup 1 round NetherlandsNetherlands FC Twente Enschede 2: 1 1: 0 (H) 1: 1 a.d. (A)
2nd round PolandPoland GKS Katowice 6: 1 2: 1 (A) 4: 0 (H)
3rd round DenmarkDenmark Brøndby IF 0: 3 0: 3 (A) 0: 0 (H)
1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round Czech RepublicCzech Republic FC Boby Brno 5-0 2: 0 (H) 3: 0 (A)
2nd round GreeceGreece Panathinaikos Athens 5: 3 4: 1 (A) 1: 2 (H)
Quarter finals PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon (a)5: 5 ( a ) 1: 1 (A) 4: 4 (H)
1994/95 Uefa cup 1 round NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven 5: 4 5: 4 (H) 0: 0 (A)
2nd round HungaryHungary Kispest Honvéd FC 7-0 2: 0 (A) 5: 0 (H)
3rd round PolandPoland GKS Katowice 8: 1 4: 1 (A) 4: 0 (H)
Quarter finals FranceFrance FC Nantes 5: 1 5: 1 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Semifinals ItalyItaly AC Parma 1: 5 1: 2 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage GreeceGreece OFI Crete 1-0 1: 0 (H)
EstoniaEstonia JK Parnu Tervis 6: 1 6: 1 (A)
Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia FK Budućnost Podgorica 3-0 3: 0 (H)
Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta 2-0 2: 0 (A)
Round of 16 DenmarkDenmark Odense BK 5: 2 5: 2 (H)
Quarter finals AustriaAustria FC Tirol Innsbruck 2: 2
(3: 5 on  behalf )
2: 2 a.d. (A)
1997/98 UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round Georgia 1990Georgia Dinamo Tbilisi 6: 2 6: 1 (H) 0: 1 (A)
Group stage BelgiumBelgium Lierse SK 3-0 1: 0 (H) 2: 0 (A)
MonacoMonaco AS Monaco 2: 6 0: 4 (A) 2: 2 (H)
PortugalPortugal Sporting Lisbon 6: 1 2: 0 (A) 4: 1 (H)
Quarter finals SpainSpain real Madrid 1: 4 1: 1 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1998/99 Uefa cup 1 round ItalyItaly Udinese Calcio 2: 1 1: 1 (A) 1: 0 (H)
2nd round ScotlandScotland Glasgow Rangers 2: 3 1: 2 (H) 1: 1 (A)
1999/2000 UEFA Champions League 1st group stage ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 2: 2 1: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
SloveniaSlovenia NK Maribor 2-0 2: 0 (A) 0: 0 (H)
UkraineUkraine Dynamo Kiev 3: 5 1: 1 (H) 2: 4 (A)
1999/2000 Uefa cup 3rd round ItalyItaly Udinese Calcio (a)2: 2 ( a ) 1: 0 (A) 1: 2 (H)
2000/01 UEFA Champions League 1st group stage RussiaRussia Spartak Moscow 1: 2 0: 2 (A) 1: 0 (H)
PortugalPortugal Sporting Lisbon 3: 2 3: 2 (H) 0: 0 (A)
SpainSpain real Madrid 5: 8 2: 3 (H) 3: 5 (A)
2000/01 Uefa cup 3rd round GreeceGreece AEK Athens 4: 6 4: 4 (H) 0: 2 (A)
2001/02 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia FK Red Star Belgrade 3-0 0: 0 (A) 3: 0 (H)
1st group stage FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 3: 4 1: 0 (A) 2: 4 (H)
SpainSpain FC Barcelona 3: 3 2: 1 (H) 1: 2 (A)
TurkeyTurkey Fenerbahçe Istanbul 4: 2 2: 1 (H) 2: 1 (A)
2nd group stage ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 3: 5 0: 4 (A) 3: 1 (H)
SpainSpain Deportivo La Coruña 6: 1 3: 0 (H) 3: 1 (A)
EnglandEngland Arsenal FC 2: 5 1: 1 (H) 1: 4 (A)
Quarter finals EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 4: 3 0: 1 (A) 4: 2 (H)
Semifinals EnglandEngland Manchester United ( a ) 3: 3(a) 2: 2 (A) 1: 1 (H)
final SpainSpain real Madrid 1: 2 1: 2 (N)
2002/03 UEFA Champions League 1st group stage GreeceGreece Olympiacos Piraeus 4: 6 2: 6 (A) 2: 0 (H)
EnglandEngland Manchester United 1: 4 1: 2 (H) 0: 2 (A)
IsraelIsrael Maccabi Haifa 4: 1 2: 0 (N) 2: 1 (H)
2nd group stage SpainSpain FC Barcelona 1: 4 1: 2 (H) 0: 2 (A)
ItalyItaly Inter Milan 2: 5 2: 3 (A) 0: 2 (H)
EnglandEngland Newcastle United 2: 6 1: 3 (H) 1: 3 (A)
2004/05 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round Czech RepublicCzech Republic FC Baník Ostrava 6: 2 5: 0 (H) 1: 2 (A)
1st group stage SpainSpain real Madrid 4: 1 3: 0 (H) 1: 1 (A)
UkraineUkraine Dynamo Kiev 3: 3 2: 4 (A) 3: 0 (H)
ItalyItaly AS Roma 4: 2 3: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
Round of 16 EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2: 6 1: 3 (A) 1: 3 (H)
2005/06 Uefa cup 1 round BulgariaBulgaria CSKA Sofia 0: 2 0: 1 (H) 0: 1 (A)
2006/07 Uefa cup 1 round SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Sion 3: 1 0: 0 (A) 3: 1 (H)
Group stage BelgiumBelgium Club Bruges 1: 1 1: 1 (A)
EnglandEngland Tottenham Hotspur 0: 1 0: 1 (H)
RomaniaRomania Dinamo Bucharest 1: 2 1: 2 (A)
TurkeyTurkey Beşiktaş Istanbul 2: 1 2: 1 (H)
Round of 16 EnglandEngland Blackburn Rovers 3: 2 3: 2 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Round of 16 FranceFrance RC Lens 4: 2 1: 2 (A) 3: 0 (H)
Quarter finals SpainSpain CA Osasuna 0: 4 0: 3 (H) 0: 1 (A)
2007/08 Uefa cup 1 round PortugalPortugal União Leiria 5: 4 3: 1 (H) 2: 3 (A)
Group stage FranceFrance Toulouse FC 1-0 1: 0 (H)
RussiaRussia Spartak Moscow 1: 2 1: 2 (A)
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Sparta Prague 1-0 1: 0 (H)
SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Zurich 5-0 5: 0 (A)
Round of 16 TurkeyTurkey Galatasaray Istanbul 5: 1 0: 0 (A) 5: 1 (H)
Round of 16 GermanyGermany Hamburger SV ( a ) 3: 3(a) 1: 0 (H) 2: 3 (A)
Quarter finals RussiaRussia Zenit St. Petersburg 2: 4 1: 4 (H) 1: 0 (A)
2010/11 UEFA Europa League Play-offs UkraineUkraine Tavriya Simferopol 6: 1 3: 0 (H) 3: 1 (A)
Group stage NorwayNorway Rosenborg Trondheim 5-0 4: 0 (H) 1: 0 (A)
SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 2: 2 1: 1 (A) 1: 1 (H)
GreeceGreece Aris Thessaloniki 1-0 0: 0 (A) 1: 0 (H)
Round of 16 UkraineUkraine Metalist Kharkiv 6-0 4: 0 (A) 2: 0 (H)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Villarreal CF 3: 5 2: 3 (H) 1: 2 (A)
2011/12 UEFA Champions League Group stage EnglandEngland Chelsea FC 2: 3 0: 2 (A) 2: 1 (H)
BelgiumBelgium KRC Genk 3: 1 2: 0 (H) 1: 1 (A)
SpainSpain Valencia CF 3: 4 2: 1 (H) 1: 3 (A)
Round of 16 SpainSpain FC Barcelona 2:10 1: 3 (H) 1: 7 (A)
2012/13 UEFA Europa League Group stage UkraineUkraine Metalist Kharkiv 0: 2 0: 0 (H) 0: 2 (A)
NorwayNorway Rosenborg Trondheim 2-0 1: 0 (A) 1: 0 (H)
AustriaAustria SK Rapid Vienna 7-0 4: 0 (A) 3: 0 (H)
Round of 16 PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 1: 3 0: 1 (H) 1: 2 (A)
2013/14 UEFA Champions League Group stage EnglandEngland Manchester United 2: 9 2: 4 (A) 0: 5 (H)
SpainSpain Real Sociedad 3: 1 2: 1 (H) 1: 0 (A)
UkraineUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 4: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Round of 16 FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain 1: 6 0: 4 (H) 1: 2 (A)
2014/15 UEFA Champions League Play-offs DenmarkDenmark FC Copenhagen 7: 2 3: 2 (A) 4: 0 (H)
Group stage MonacoMonaco AS Monaco 0: 2 0: 1 (A) 0: 1 (H)
PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 3: 1 3: 1 (H) 0: 0 (A)
RussiaRussia Zenit St. Petersburg 4: 1 2: 0 (H) 2: 1 (A)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 1: 1
(2: 3  i.E. )
1: 0 (H) 0: 1 a.d. (A)
2015/16 UEFA Champions League Play-offs ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 3: 1 0: 1 (A) 3: 0 (H)
Group stage BelarusBelarus BATE Baryssau 5: 2 4: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
SpainSpain FC Barcelona 2: 3 1: 2 (A) 1: 1 (H)
ItalyItaly AS Roma 6: 7 4: 4 (H) 2: 3 (A)
2015/16 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 PortugalPortugal Sporting Lisbon 4: 1 1: 0 (A) 3: 1 (H)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Villarreal CF 0: 2 0: 2 (A) 0: 0 (H)
2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group stage RussiaRussia CSKA Moscow 3: 3 2: 2 (H) 1: 1 (A)
MonacoMonaco AS Monaco 4: 1 1: 1 (A) 3: 0 (H)
EnglandEngland Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 0: 0 (H) 1: 0 (A)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 2: 4 2: 4 (H) 0: 0 (A)
2018/19 UEFA Europa League Group stage BulgariaBulgaria Ludogorez Razgrad 4: 3 3: 2 (A) 1: 1 (H)
Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus AEK Larnaka 9: 3 4: 2 (H) 5: 1 (A)
SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Zurich 3: 3 2: 3 (A) 1: 0 (H)
Round of 16 RussiaRussia FK Krasnodar (a)1: 1 ( a ) 0: 0 (A) 1: 1 (H)
2019/20 UEFA Champions League Group stage RussiaRussia Moscow locomotive 3: 2 1: 2 (H) 2: 0 (A)
ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 0: 5 0: 3 (A) 0: 2 (H)
SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 2: 2 0: 1 (A) 2: 1 (H)
2019/20 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 PortugalPortugal FC Porto 5: 2 2: 1 (H) 3: 1 (A)
Round of 16 ScotlandScotland Glasgow Rangers 4: 1 3: 1 (A) 1: 0 (H)
Quarter finals ItalyItaly Inter Milan 1: 2 1: 2 (N)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time


Placements of Leverkusen in the Bundesliga (since 1979)

On March 18, 2000 Bayer Leverkusen won the away game against promoted SSV Ulm 1846 9-1. In Leverkusen's highest away win in the Bundesliga, Emerson (2), Zé Roberto (2), Paulo Rink , Ulf Kirsten , Oliver Neuville , Michael Ballack , Bernd Schneider and Ulmer Leandro Fonseca were able to enter the scorers list.

Leverkusen achieved their highest home win on April 10, 2004 against Lauterer , who was threatened with relegation , when Leverkusen prevailed 6-0.

The highest victory in the DFB-Pokal was the 11: 0 against the then regional league team BSV Stahl Brandenburg on March 13, 1994. The second highest victory in the DFB-Pokal, also away, was an 11: 1 against FK Pirmasens on August 14, 2010 .


The biggest away defeat in the Bundesliga was a 6-1 win against Hannover 96 on March 26, 1988. On the first match day of the 1952/53 league season (at that time the highest German division), the Werkself lost 8-1 at Rot-Weiss Essen .

Leverkusen's biggest home defeat is a 5-0 loss, which the Werkself suffered on November 27, 2013 against Manchester United .

On August 29, 2010 Bayer 04 lost their home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-6. The team had never before conceded six goals in a Bundesliga home game.

Another memorable defeat was the 4-7 defeat against FC Schalke 04 on February 11, 2006, as it was the highest-scoring game Leverkusen played in the Bundesliga with eleven goals.

The biggest away defeat in the Champions League was on March 7, 2012 in the round of 16 against FC Barcelona 7-1.

Record player

With 401 Bundesliga appearances from 1984 to 1999, Rüdiger Vollborn is Leverkusen's player with the most Bundesliga appearances. While he was a regular goalkeeper until 1996, he was only used sporadically until 1999 and then ended his professional career. Until 2012 he was the club's goalkeeping coach.

The other record players are Ulf Kirsten (1990–2003) with 350, Stefan Kießling (2006–2018) with 344, Carsten Ramelow (1996–2008) with 333, Thomas Hörster (1977–1991) with 332, Simon Rolfes (2005–2015 ) with 288, Gonzalo Castro (2005–2015) with 286, Bernd Schneider (1999–2009) with 263 and Jens Nowotny (1996–2006) with 230 appearances in the Bundesliga.

Record coach

Christoph Daum played the most games as a coach with 144 games.

Record goal scorers

Ulf Kirsten, the most successful goalscorer in the history of the Leverkusen Bundesliga

Bayer 04's record scorer is Ulf Kirsten with 181 goals in 350 Bundesliga games, which corresponds to a hit rate of 0.52 goals per game. Kirsten, who spent his entire Bundesliga career at Leverkusen from 1990 to 2003, is also the most successful Bundesliga hunter of the 1990s. The most successful Werkself goalscorers are Stefan Kießling (2006–2018) with 131, Herbert Waas with 72 (1982–1990), Dimitar Berbatow with 69 (2001–2006), and Christian Schreier with 63 goals (1985–1991) by a long way. ( As of May 25, 2018 ).


Shirt sponsors
Bayer AG
Talcid (Bayer AG)
Alka-Seltzer (Bayer AG)
Aspirin (Bayer AG)
avanza (RWE)
(2013; charity campaign of the association without payment)
Barmenia Insurance
(since 2016)
  • With eight referrals, Jens Nowotny holds the club and Bundesliga record in this category.
  • With 2100 points (1.55 per game) Bayer 04 Leverkusen are tenth in the all-time Bundesliga table .
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen topped the Bundesliga table 71 times.

Youth work

Youth Center

After the spin-off of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, the Kurtekotten youth training center was opened at the beginning of 2000 , offering four places and a modern functional area. The women's Bundesliga team also plays its home games on one of the 1,100 seats .

Junior teams

The offer for young players ranges from the U10 to the U19, who will compete in the A-Juniors-Bundesliga-West season in the 2020/21 season .

Women's soccer

See main article: Bayer 04 Leverkusen (women's football)

On July 1, 2008, Bayer 04 Leverkusen took over the women's football department at TuS Köln rrh. The first team initially played in the 2nd Bundesliga South and rose to the Bundesliga in 2010 , from which they were relegated in 2017. The second team rose in 2010 to the Regionalliga West . There are also three girls' teams.

Web links

Commons : Bayer 04 Leverkusen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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