18.08.2021Bayer 04

News in brief: Amiri receives trophy for Goal of the Season

An award for Nadiem Amiri and his memorable back-heel goal from last term, information on the first home game of the season for the Werkself, a quick change in Black and Red at a management course plus a notable date in Black and Red club history – Wednesday's news in brief.

It was a wonderful and even artistic goal scored by midfielder Nadiem Amiri shortly after the start of the New Year last season: In the opening stages of the Bundesliga away match at Eintracht Frankfurt, Florian Wirtz delicately chipped the ball in the direction of our number 11, Amiri then – with some luck – beat Eintracht player Erik Durm and opened the scoring with his back to the net with a back-heel from six metres out (10').

No wonder that the Werkself fans voted this strike as their Goal of the Season in 2020/21. Amiri received the well-deserved award at the BayArena this week from Gert Schaub, CEO of the partner company like2drive.

#B04BMG: tickets available

Do you want to be at Bayer 04's first home game of the Bundesliga season against Borussia Mönchengladbach and get behind Nadiem Amiri and his teammates live at the BayArena but are not a season cardholder or Club member? No problem. Non-members can acquire up to 04 tickets from Wednesday 18 August from 18.00 CEST.

In line with the coronavirus protection order of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the capacity for the Werkself opening home fixture is 15,105. Away fans are not permitted for the first home game of the season in accordance with the decision of the DFL general meeting held on 14 July 2021.

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#B04BMG: Schwadbud remains closed

In view of the continuing hygiene and safety regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bayer 04 have decided the Schwadbud will remain closed for the home clash with the Foals. This ruling will continue to apply until further notice for both home and away matchdays.

Anybody wishing to see Werkself matches in close vicinity to the BayArena can do that at the newly opened BAX beer garden directly opposite the stadium. The address is Bismarckstraße 127, 51373 Leverkusen and all further information can be found at

Management course: Schöttler follows Kießling

The DFL and the DFB launched their second year of the certificate course "Management in professional football" on Wednesday – with Bayer 04 participation again this time round: Linda Schöttler, general manager of women's football at Bayer 04, will complete the 18-month programme. Schöttler received one of two grant places financed by the DFL and DFB, "to support the career development of women in professional football."


As a member of the first course, Stefan Kießling has been on the programme since October 2020 and has said about his experiences to date: "The course is exciting, instructive and inspiring. Subjects, participants and lecturers: It all fits together wonderfully. The group get on very well, the subject matter is comprehensive but is delivered in an interesting and varied way.”

The certificate course is divided into three areas of expertise: Bundesliga know-how, sporting know-how and management know-how. The course includes subject areas such as sports law, licensing, planning squads, financial management and leadership. The aim is to help sporting management, particularly from the Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, the third division and the FLYERALARM Women's Bundesliga, to prepare as best as possible for impending challenges as decision-makers in professional football.

42 years ago today: the first Bundesliga win

18 August 1979 was an historic date in the Bayer 04 club history: On that day the Werkself had their first home match in Germany's top flight against Hertha Berlin on matchday two. But that was not all on that Saturday afternoon: In front of 15,000 frenetic fans at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium, Kurt Eigl scored the first Werkself Bundesliga home goal on 19 minutes and the second strike for 2-0 from Peter Szech (28') brought the team under the then head coach Willibert Kramer even closer to the first Bundesliga home win. The match ended in a 2-1 victory against the team from the capital. Here's to many more successful encounters.



One person who has a positive personal record against Borussia Mönchengladbach is Emir Spahic. The former Werkself player faced the Foals three times between August 2013 and December 2014. The Black and Reds secured two wins (4-2, 1-0), and one draw (1-1). In total, Spahic made 49 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer 04.

The Bosnia international, with 94 caps, ended his career in January 2017 and on Wednesday he celebrated his 41st birthday. Congratulations, Emir.

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