Josef ‘Jupp’ Nehl was born in Aachen on 13 June 1961. He signs for VfL Bochum in 1986 after playing for Jülich 10 and Victoria Köln. During the 1991/92 season, he follows the former Bochum coach Reinhard Saftig to Bayer 04 and scores in his first Bundesliga match for the Werkself at Kaiserslautern to level at 1-1. He makes a total of 56 Bundesliga appearances, scores five goals and is part of the Bayer 04 Leverkusen team to win the DFB Cup in 1993.
He was very versatile and could play in offensive and defensive midfield as well as a centre-forward. He sometimes even played as a sweeper. That experiment ended after eight minutes in the home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 8 April 1995 – 'Jupp' was shown a red card for a professional foul and he thereby holds the record in our Bundesliga history for the fastest dismissal. Nevertheless, Bayer 04 went on to win 3-1 with ten men in the first game after Dragoslav Stepanovic under caretaker coach Peter Hermann.
Today ,'Jupp' is the CEO of Sportcast GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the DFL that produces the TV base signal for all matches in the top two divisions plus DFB Cup games. Many happy returns on your 60th birthday.
Bayer 04 TV brings you highlights from Josef 'Jupp' Nehl's time under the Bayer Cross. Click HERE for the video.
In November 1983, the two friends and teammates Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz used a shopping trip with their GDR team the FC Dynamo Berlin in Belgrade to escape to the Federal Republic of Germany. They both joined our club and played for Bayer 04 in the Bundesliga after a one-year ban. Dirk is in the starting line-up after the expiry of his ban at Bielefeld on 3 November 1984 – as the left-back.
He was two-footed and had a quality that is rarely used by players today: a very long throw-in. Dirk regularly took throw-ins that projected the ball with regularity and great precision into the six-yard box, often causing great confusion in the opposition box. His first season under Dettmar Cramer went well for him but the season afterwards he rarely played under Erich Ribbeck. He made a total of 24 Bundesliga appearances and scored four goals. After another year under the Bayer Cross, he joined VfB Stuttgart in November 1985 and and then moved onto the new Berlin Bundesliga club Blau-Weiß 90 in the summer of 1986.
After his playing career, he was the U19 coach at Hertha Berlin for over ten years. Since November 2018 he has headed the scouting department at Holstein Kiel and from July 2021 he will receive energetic support from another former Bayer 04 player: Sven Demandt – employed by Kiel's CEO Uwe Stöver who won the DFB Cup with Bayer 04 in 1993. Dirk is 60 on 14 June. Many happy returns.
Bayer 04 TV brings you highlights from Dirk Schlegel’s time under the Bayer Cross. Click HERE for the video.
Jürgen Röber was born on 25 December 1953 in Gernrode in former East Germany. He came to the west with his parents in 1956, living in Bertlich in the district of Recklinghausen and playing for SuS Bertlich up to U15 level. He then moved to FC Zons in the Lower Rhine region and spent his final youth years there. Werder Bremen became aware of the strong-running midfielder via Verbandsliga clubs Ford Niehl and TuS Lingen and brought him into the Bundesliga in 1974.Show more
In 1963 there was a matchday between Christmas and New Year. 3000 spectators came to the Ulrich Haberland Stadium on 29 December. In blazing sunshine and wonderful winter weather, Bayer 04 play SpVgg Herten, a club from Recklinghausen, on a good playing surface. In a time before substitutes with injured players staying on the pitch like statues, the Werkself are fighting to stay up. .Show more
In this video you can watch impressive and important goals in the history of Bayer 04 in the month of December. It is not always about the beauty of the goals but also about remembering special games and players.Show more
Matchday 17 in the 1983/84 season brings a derby at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium. It is 9 December 1983, the last game before the winter break. Our stadium is, unimaginable today, not sold out but does have a decent crowd of 15,000. Around 2,000 spectators have crossed the Rhine from Cologne.Show more
On Saturday, 2 December 1978, Bundesliga 2 northern section leaders Bayer 04 hosted the team sitting third in the southern section, SpVgg Bayreuth, in the third round of the DFB-Pokal.Show more