28.07.2021Bayer 04

Live on YouTube: Werkself entertain FC Utrecht

There's not long to go before the first match of the season for Bayer 04 on 7 August. In preparation for the DFB Cup first round tie at Lokomotive Leipzig, as well as the start of the 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign a week later, the Werkself have their next friendly this afternoon. The opponents at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium (16.00 CEST) are FC Utrecht and Bayer 04 are broadcasting the match live on YouTube.

The team under head coach Gerardo Seoane face a quality side in last season's sixth-placed team in the Eredivisie who have established themselves in the top six of the Dutch league in recent years. German football fans will know about the former Hamburg and Bremen player Eljero Elia. The squad under the 49-year-old head coach René Hake is made up – as is usual in the Netherlands – of several experienced players (Urby Emanuelson, Adam Maher) as well as a lot of youngsters. The Utrecht goalkeeper is Eric Oelschlägel, twice a Super Cup winner with Borussia Dortmund and the only German player in the team.

Kossounou in squad - Özcan as Half-time guest

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the capacity at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium is 350 and all the tickets have already been sold. Fans were able to buy tickets for five euros with the proceeds going to the 'Leverkusen hilft' campaign organised by the Leverkusen community foundation, which is supporting victims of the floods financially.

Bayer 04 are broadcasting the second friendly for the Seoane team, with new signing Odilon Kossounou set to make his first appearance, live on the club's YouTube channel. The broadcast begins at 15.50 CEST with Niko Hartmann of Werkself Radio providing the commentary. Former Werkself keeper Ramazan 'Rambo' Özcan will share his assessment of the friendly and also talk about his new role as U19 goalkeeping coach at Bayer 04 at half-time.

HERE is the link to the live stream on YouTube.

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