They were the first Bayer 04 team to knock on the door of the Bundesliga. Under coach Theo Kirchberg, affectionately known as the Fox due to his tactical trickery, the team had an outstanding season in 1967/68 ending up champions of the Regional League West. That title took the club into the promotion play-offs for the Bundesliga founded five years previously. Bayer 04 battled with Tennis Borussia Berlin, TuS Neuendorf, Arminia Hannover and Kickers Offenbach for a place in Germany's top flight – but ended up losing narrowly to Offenbach: In the game in front of 28,000 spectators at the Bieberer Berg, Leverkusen took the lead through Peter Rübenach but ended up losing 2-1 in added time to finish second in the group behind the Kickers. Ten men from the title winning team will be at the stadium led by Helmut and Karl-Heinz Brücken, Günter Haarmann, Fredi Hennecken, Friedhelm Renno, Helmut Röhrig and Peter Rübenach.
The names of the 93 Cup winning side and the 88 UEFA Cup winners are probably more familiar to most Werkself fans. With the exception of Bum-kun Cha, nearly all of the heroes from the European season 30 years ago will be at the BayArena to again take in the deserved applause of the supporters: Coach Erich Ribbeck, Herbert Waas, 'Boxer' Klaus Täuber, Falko Götz, Wolfgang Rolff, Christian Schreier and, and, and... Without doubt, the longest journey was undertaken by Tita who arrived from Brazil on Thursday. The 1993 team will be led out by coach Dragoslav Stepanovic with another star-studded cast: Ulf Kirsten, Andy Thom, Ioan Lupescu, Franco Foda, Christian Wörns, Martin Kree, Markus Happe and Heiko Scholz.
All 50 will come together in the Armenia Lounge at the BayArena on Saturday afternoon where they will be welcomed by Fernando Carro, chairman of the board at Bayer 04. As part of the fan choreography, the members of all three teams will be honoured on the pitch shortly before the kick-off of the Bundesliga match and there will be a short interview with a player from each team at half-time on the pitch led by the stadium announcers Petra 'Pitti' Dahl and Tobias Ufer.
The Schwadbud talk show after the game against Dortmund will feature special guests: Franco Foda, today Austria coach, as captain of the DFB Cup winners and Wolfgang Rolff as skipper of the UEFA Cup heroes will give their assessments of the clash with BVB and, no doubt, recount many an anecdote from their time at Bayer 04.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen have given U17 player Francis Onyeka a long-term contact. The club has agreed a deal with the 16-year-old to 30 June 2027.Show more
#B04eSports team suffered the first defeat of the season on matchday five in the VBL Club Championship 2023/24. Last night’s other games ended in a win and a draw. The Black and Reds are now fifth in the North West division.Show more
BK Häcken have yet to gain a point in Group H. The club from Gothenburg entertain the Werkself on Thursday 30 November (kick-off: 21.00 CET). Häcken will be looking to improve their record in the last European home game of the year against the group leaders.Show more
Bayer 04 celebrate a special anniversary next year. 1 July 1904 saw the foundation of the sports club from the paint factories called the ‘Turn- und Spielverein der Farbenfabriken vorm. Friedr. Bayer & Co. in Leverkusen’Show more
The Werkself beat Werder Bremen 3-0 on Bundesliga matchday 12 and again succeeded in holding on to top spot in the table as well as setting a new Bundesliga and club record. The facts, stats and reaction to the away win in Bremen is here in the Werkself review.Show more