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In March 1997, there was a four-way race for the title. Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were top on 46 points, our team and VfB Stuttgart in third and fourth on 44. Matchday 25 brings fifth-placed Schalke 04 to the Ulrich Haberland Stadium.
A hard-fought encounter ends with the Werkself winning 2-0 with goals from Ulf Kirsten and Erich Meijer and they move up into second place two points behind league leaders Bayern Munich. The second goal from Erich Meijer was voted Goal of the Month for March 1997 by viewers of the ARD Sportschau. Here is the line-up:
Bayer 04: Dirk Heinen – Christian Wörns, Jens Nowotny, Robert Kovac, Hans-Peter Lehnhoff (Claudio Reyna 89’), Carsten Ramelow, Ze Elias (Rene Rydlewicz 46’), Paulo Sergio, Markus Happe, Ulf Kirsten (Andreas Neuendorf 85’), Erik Meijer
In March 2002, the leaders Bayer 04 travel to Kaiserslautern to play the Red Devils at their Betzenberg ground. Ulf Kirsten opened the scoring after 11 seconds and that remains the fastest goal in the history the Bundesliga. When Olli Neuville doubled the lead 15 minutes later, it looks like the Werkself have comfortably mastered a tough away game in the Pfalz.
However, the hosts equalise on 55 minutes and the victory looks to be in danger. But Michael Ballack (from the penalty spot) and substitute Dimitar Berbatov get the Werkself back on track. With five games to play, the Bayer team are in top spot four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund following the 4-2 win. Here is the line-up from that game:
Bayer 04: Jörg Butt – Zoltan Sebescen, Lucio, Jens Nowotny, Diego Placente, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider, Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville (Dimitar Berbatov 81’), Ulf Kirsten (Boris Zivkovic 54’), Thomas Brdaric (Thomas Kleine 89’)
Here are the TV highlights.
Klaus Bruckmann was born in Oberhausen on 9 October 1953. He started with football at TuS Grün-Weiss Holten. After his move to MSV Duisburg his coach in the U19 squad was Willibert Kremer. With him, he won the Germany U19 championship in 1972 with a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart. He was then signed on professional terms and he played for MSV Duisburg 75 times in the Bundesliga from 1972 to 1977. In June 1975 he played for the Zebras in the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt but the game ended in a 1-0 defeat.Show more
It is Sunday, 22 October 1933 and it's derby time in Leverkusen. Spvgg Leverkusen 04, with Bayer only appearing in the club name from 1935, and Jahn Küppersteg faced each other in front of 1,000 spectators at the Am Stadtpark Stadium.Show more
In this video you can watch impressive and important goals in the history of Bayer 04 in the month of October. It is not always about the beauty of the goals but also about remembering special games and players.Show more
Bayer 04 Leverkusen travel to newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday eight in the 1998/99 season. The Werkself are third in the table with 12 points albeit with a four and seven point gap to the two Munich clubs Bayern and 1860 in first and second place. The start of the season is not seen as successful in spite of the high position. So three points are almost a must at Frankfurt.Show more
The first game in October takes Bayer 04 to the steel town of Solingen. Union Solingen entertain our Werkself at the Herman Löns Stadium in front of 12,000 supporters on Sunday 8 October 1978. The league leaders arrive in confident mood – and go home with a black eye.Show more