"Rudi recounts…"

...the tales of yesteryear. Rüdiger Vollborn has been at the club for nearly 40 years, he has the record number of Bundesliga appearances for the club (401) and is the only Bayer 04 player to have won both the UEFA Cup (1988) and the DFB Cup (1993). And the Berliner stayed with the Werkself after ending his impressive playing career as he worked as a goalkeeping coach for the following nine years. Vollborn now works under the Bayer Cross as a fan liaison officer and club archivist. From February 2021, the personalised Black and Red lexicon takes Werkself fans under the heading of 'Rudi recounts...' on a short trip through the history of Bayer 04 every month...

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Marek Lesniak wird 60 | Geburtstagskind des Monats Februar
Bayer 04 - 01.02.2024

Birthday boy of the month: Marek Lesniak turns 60

Marek Lesniak was born on 29 February 1964 in Goleniow in Poland. He played in the youth teams at Pomorzanin Nowogard as a youngster. He was awarded a contract at Polish top-flight side Pogon Stettin at the age of 18 and was very successful there for six years.

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Bayer 04 - 01.02.2024

From the archives: 70 years ago – victory at Schalke

Schalke 04 are level on points with FC Köln at the top of the Oberliga West in February 1945. The Werkself are mid-table with the same number of points as games and they travel to Gelsenkirchen with suitable respect on 7 February 1954.

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Von Waas bis Derdiyok | Tore des Monats Februar
Bayer 04 - 01.02.2024

Goals of the month: From Waas to Derdiyok

In this video you can watch impressive and important goals in the history of Bayer 04 in the month of February. It is not always about the beauty of the goals but also about remembering special games and players.

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Vor 20 Jahren – erster Punkt nach der Winterpause | Spiel des Monats Februar
Bayer 04 - 01.02.2024

Match of the month: 20 years ago – first point after the winter break

The Werkself are away to Hannover 96 on 14 February 2004 at the AWD-Arena which was then under reconstruction. Bayer 04 suffered two defeats after the winter break. The team led by coach Klaus Augenthaler lost 1-0 at SC Freiburg and 2-1 a week later at home to newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt. Nevertheless, the Werkself are still in touching distance of the Champions League qualifying spots.

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Vor 45 Jahren – Aufstiegssaison 1978/79 | Geschichte des Monats Februar
Bayer 04 - 01.02.2024

History: 45 years ago – Promotion season 1978/79 (February)

Leverkusen is white in February 1979. The snow is piled up as much as in January and the team under coach Willibert Kremer has not played a championship home game since 22 November.

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