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Bayer 04 and FC Köln meet in the derby in front of a full house at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium on 30 November 1996. The 0-0 scoreline at half-time is flattering to FC Köln with the hosts having a chances ratio of 6 to 1. But the pressure from the Werkself is immense after the restart.
Within 20 minutes they tear apart the Köln defence and go 3-0 up with goals from Markus Happe, Ulf Kirsten and Paulo Sergio (Goal of the Month with a volley). The match ends in a deserved 4-2 victory and Bayer 04 go top the table for the first time in the season on matchday 16 after a 1-1 draw between Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart.
Five years later: same opponent, different venue and completely different situation. Bayer 04 are second in the Bundesliga with 30 points just one behind Bayern Munich. The neighbours from Cologne are 16th on eight points and have great worries. 41,000 spectators come to the stadium in Müngersdorf including at least 5,000 from Leverkusen.
FC Köln put a brave fight and take a 1-0 lead with a man down on 57 minutes. But Bayer 04 soon hit back – the equaliser is scored by Ulf Kirsten six minutes later. Oliver Neuville nets the winner for the visitors at 2-1 on 72 minutes. The Werkself go top because league leaders Bayern Munich lose 1-0 at Werder Bremen.
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