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Bundesliga - 19.04.2024

Our next opponents: Welcoming the champions after Atletico heroics

Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a dazzling night of football on Tuesday, progressing to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid. On Sunday 21 April (kick-off 17:30 CEST), the Black and Yellows want to pull off another coup and inflict a first defeat of the season on newly minted German champions Bayer 04. A look at our next opponents...

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Werkself-TV - 19.04.2024

Alonso ahead of #BVBB04: “The league isn’t over for us”

Just hours after progressing to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, Werkself head coach Xabi Alonso turned his attention to the team’s next task as they visit Borussia Dortmund on Sunday (kick-off: 5.30pm CEST). Ahead of the Bayer 04’s first Bundesliga game as champions, the Spaniard spoke from the team’s hotel in London about further goals for this season and facing the Champions League semi-finalists.

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Fans - 19.04.2024

Fan information for Borussia Dortmund away game

The Werkself visit Borussia Dortmund for Matchday 30 of the 2023/24 Bundesliga season on Sunday 21 April (kick-off 5.30pm CEST). The Bayer 04 Fan Liaison team has all the info you need for the match at the Signal Iduna Park...

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Europa League - 19.04.2024

Werkself review #WHUB04: Two contrasting halves, one big goal

Bayer 04 once again showed their resolve after a difficult first half away at West Ham United to hit back in the second and ensure progress to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. Xabi Alonso’s team will now face Roma in a repeat of last season’s final-four encounter. The result also brought up more records and kept alive a big dream. We round it all up in our Werkself review…

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Werkself battle through to semi-finals | Quarter-final UEL
Werkself-TV - 18.04.2024

TV highlights of the 1-1 draw at West Ham United

Werkself TV brings you the highlights of Bayer 04's 1-1 draw at West ham United in the second leg of the quarter-finals in the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League campaign...

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Women

Youth

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Jugend - 28.03.2024

Sydney FC U19s in Leverkusen: ‘I've never experienced anything like it’

The U19 team of Australian club Sydney FC spent an eventful day at Bayer 04 ahead of Easter weekend as part of an upcoming tournament in Düsseldorf. The visit to a training session with the Werkself first team was followed by a match with the Leverkusen youngsters at the Kurtekotten performance centre. The boss of the Australian first division team, who had travelled with and is no stranger to football in Germany, drew a very positive conclusion of his time at Bayer 04.

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Jugend - 27.03.2024

Youth: Germany U17 miss out on EURO finals – Alajbegovic with brace

Numerous players from the Bayer 04 youth teams have also been on their travels in the final international break of the season, including three for the German U17 side. A round-up of all the games involving our boys.

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Jugend - 13.03.2024

Six youth players called up for U17 Euros qualifiers

A number of Bayer 04 youth players have been called up to represent their countries in the March international break. That includes three Leverkusen players joining up with Germany’s U17s. One player has also already qualified for the U17 Euros with his country. Here’s all you need to know about the Werkself’s youth call-ups.

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Bayer 04 - 22.01.2024

New Werkself-Magazin with Wirtz and Wenning

Prominent figures in the new Werkself-Magazin: As always, edition 45 of the club magazine features a lot of interesting issues and stories from the world of the Black and Reds.

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Membership

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Club - 08.03.2024

Wolfsburg game: second Bayer 04 member matchday

The Bundesliga home game against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, 10 March (kick-off: 19.30 CET) is a special one. It is a second member matchday at Bayer 04. This is aimed to attract members with a range of challenges, attractive discounts, exclusive competitions as well as numerous other events in and around the BayArena. The highlight is the first exclusive Club collection. It all starts two hours before kick-off when stadium opens at 17.30 CET.

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Bayer 04 - 25.01.2024

District Matchdays: Lomb, Skinnes Hansen and Thiel visit primary school in Bergisch Neukirchen

The primary school pupils won't forget this sports lesson in a hurry. As part of the 'District Matchdays' campaign, a Bayer 04 trio visited GGS Bergisch Neukirchen ahead of the Werkself's home match against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off 18:30 CET). Players Niklas Lomb and Synne Skinnes Hansen along with men's goalkeeping coach David Thiel had a kickabout with the fourth-graders in the school gym on the fourth campaign matchday, which is all about Bergisch Neukirchen.

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Bayer 04 - 20.12.2023

Bayer 04 reaches milestone of 40,000 members

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is delighted to have reached a significant milestone in the club’s history with 40,000 official club members.

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Soziales - 18.12.2023

Baking biscuits with children: Werkself players in Christmas bakery

A festive mood, beaming children's faces and lots of tasty biscuits: Four Bayer 04 players together with 20 children baked biscuits in the Barmenia Lounge at the BayArena at the beginning of December for the start of Advent.

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Bayer 04 - 06.11.2023

District matchdays: Kießling, Aourir and Cava Marin at penalty tournament in Quettingen

A white spot, bags of nerves and special guests: As part of the Bayer 04 campaign of district matchdays, the club organised a penalty tournament in Quettingen for the second event matchday in this Bundesliga season the game against Union Berlin. A prominent trio led by club representative Stefan Kießling called in on the city penalty competition between Opladen, venue of the first event matchday, and its successor Quettingen.

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Fans

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Fans - 19.04.2024

Fan information for Borussia Dortmund away game

The Werkself visit Borussia Dortmund for Matchday 30 of the 2023/24 Bundesliga season on Sunday 21 April (kick-off 5.30pm CEST). The Bayer 04 Fan Liaison team has all the info you need for the match at the Signal Iduna Park...

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Europa League - 18.04.2024

Matchday news #WHUB04: Semi-finals firmly in sight

Return leg in London: tonight, Thursday 18 April (kick-off 21:00 CEST), the Werkself visit West Ham United. All the information you need on the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg at the London Stadium is in the Matchday News.

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Bundesliga - 14.04.2024

The first few hours as champions of Germany! 📸🖤❤️

Sheer emotion at the BayArena! The final whistle in the home game against Werder Bremen (5-0) at 19.21 CEST marks the start of the Black and Red champions party. First on the pitch, then in the dressing room, in the press conference room and finally with the fans again in the stadium. Images from the first hours as champions of Germany.

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Bundesliga - 14.04.2024

German champions! The record run to the title

Finally! In the year of the club's 120th birthday, it's won the German championship! The scenes at full time of the Bundesliga home match against SV Werder Bremen (5-0) could not have been more emotional! Fans, players and officials embraced each other with tears of joy in their eyes, celebrating together.

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Bundesliga - 14.04.2024

Champions of Germany T-shirt available now online and at the BayArena fan shop

Champions of Germany! The Werkself have won the Bundesliga for the first time thanks to a 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen. With five games to play, the lead at the top is now 16 points. To celebrate the historic league title in style, you can now secure the Champions of Germany T-shirt online and also at the BayArena.

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eSports

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eSports - 06.03.2024

#B04eSports: Victory to close out northwest division

The 34th and final matchday of the northwest division in the 2023/24 VBL Club Championship by Wow saw Leverkusen’s console team take on Magdeburg. Victory and three more points secured their position in seventh and a subsequent spot in the play-offs for the championship.

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eSports - 28.02.2024

#B04eSports: Point against Köln in penultimate league game

Matchday 33 of the 2023/24 VBL Club Championship by Wow saw a digital derby against Köln for Leverkusen’s console team. Bayer 04 earned a point to remain seventh in the northwest division and in with a chance of reaching the play-offs.

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eSports - 21.02.2024

#B04eSports: Important points in battle for play-offs

The Bayer 04 eSports team this week played matchdays 30 to 32 in the 2023/24 VBL Club Championship by WOW in the business end of the season. The #B04eSports team picked up six important points in the games against Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg and direct rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Black and Reds remain seventh in the table in the North West Division and are still in with a chance of qualifying for the finals of the German Club Championship via the play-offs.

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eSports - 14.02.2024

#B04eSports: Leverkusen down to seventh

No points on the next triple matchday: The Bayer 04 eSports players suffered defeat on each of Matchdays 27 to 29 in the VBL Club Championship by WOW this week and have now dropped a place in the North West Division.

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eSports - 07.02.2024

#B04eSports: Two wins, two defeats

A place in the leading group in the North West division remains despite slipping from fifth to sixth. The rearranged match against Hamburg SV on Monday night and the clash with Hansa Rostock ended in defeat while the #B04eSports players clocked up two overall wins against Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Braunschweig. The updates on Matchdays 23 to 26 in the VBL Club Championship by WOW.

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Sustainability

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Bayer 04 - 08.03.2024

International Women's Day: Stadium announcer Pitti Dahl – the woman with the mic

She was the first female stadium announcer in the Bundesliga and the only one for a long time: Petra 'Pitti' Dahl has been the voice at the BayArena home games since 2009. She was born in Leverkusen and also works in the marketing department at Bayer 04. In an interview with bayer04.de, she talks on this special day about her role as a woman at a football stadium, the relevance of diversity at a football club and the significance of International Women's Day for her.

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Bayer 04 - 25.01.2024

District Matchdays: Lomb, Skinnes Hansen and Thiel visit primary school in Bergisch Neukirchen

The primary school pupils won't forget this sports lesson in a hurry. As part of the 'District Matchdays' campaign, a Bayer 04 trio visited GGS Bergisch Neukirchen ahead of the Werkself's home match against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off 18:30 CET). Players Niklas Lomb and Synne Skinnes Hansen along with men's goalkeeping coach David Thiel had a kickabout with the fourth-graders in the school gym on the fourth campaign matchday, which is all about Bergisch Neukirchen.

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Soziales - 19.01.2024

Signed jerseys auctioned off to aid palliative care unit

Bayer Vital, Bayer 04 and the Klinikum Leverkusen hospital have joined forces to raise awareness of early prostate cancer detection. Six signed Werkself jerseys were auctioned off in recent weeks, raising an impressive total of €5,390. This donation went to the Verein zur Förderung der Palliativmedizin am Klinikum Leverkusen e.V. as part of the #stellkrebsvomplatz campaign.

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Soziales - 01.01.2024

Sustainability in 2023: holistic approach and responsible behaviour

Bayer 04 was not only successful on the pitch in the 2023 calendar year, but the Werkself also continued to develop alongside its sporting endeavours. Starting with the creation of a new staff position for sustainability in the previous year, Leverkusen built on this in 2023 to develop a holistic and future-proof concept for this area. This was brought to life throughout the year with the help of numerous campaigns. Here’s our sustainability review of the year.

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Bayer 04 - 25.12.2023

Social commitment under the cross: Sustainable assistance

Bayer 04 is celebrating its 120th birthday next year. Today and over the next few months, bayer04.de is taking this opportunity for a regular look at football under the cross, first and foremost exploring the question: How did we become the club we are today? Part 3 of our series looks at Bayer 04's social commitment, which has always been part of the club's DNA and has been expanded to include numerous additional projects in recent years.

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Business

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Business - 18.03.2024

Conrad Electronic SE joins Bayer 04 Business Club

Bayer 04 Leverkusen has further expanded its portfolio in the sponsorship sector with another supporter in its Business Club. Hürth-based company Conrad Electronic SE has been involved with the current Bundesliga leaders since January 2024. The Werkself’s collaboration with the electronics wholesaler is set to go beyond the end of the current 2023/24 season.

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Business - 07.03.2024

Bayer 04 use innovative technology on LED perimeter screens

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is the first Bundesliga club to receive specific permission from the German Football League (DFL) for the use of parallel ads technology from the provider TGI Sport in the 2023/24 season. This enables the current Bundesliga league leaders to show different advertising partners on the LED printer screens at the BayArena on national and international TV. For the alternative products of virtual advertising, the TV cameras take different images of the LED perimeter screens at defined intervals.

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Business - 23.01.2024

Jansen Bedachungen joins Bayer 04 in Business Club and youth development

Bayer 04 Leverkusen has gained another partner in the Business Club at the start of the Rückrunde in the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign. The owner-operated company Jansen Bedachungen has provided professional solutions for roofs and façades for over 70 years. The specialist for expert completion of roof and façade work, with locations in Germany and the Netherlands, has now joined Bayer 04 as a new partner in the Business Club and in youth development.

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Business - 12.01.2024

MG Motor becomes Bayer 04’s official automotive partner

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is entering 2024 with an official automotive partner. The Bundesliga leaders have been cooperating with MG Motor since 1 January. As a partner in the sponsors' club, the manufacturer of electric models such as the MG Marvel R Electric, MG4 Electric and MG5 Electric will become an important supporter of Bayer 04.

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Business - 02.01.2024

Health partner BERGISCHE KRANKENKASSE with special offers for children and teenagers

Bayer 04 Leverkusen and the BERGISCHE KRANKENKASSE have been working together on community projects since 2019. The Bundesliga club and official health partner cooperated with great intensity in 2023 and joined forces in the area of health promotion.

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History

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Bayer 04 - 27.11.2023

Letter from 27 November 1903: Basis for foundation of club in 1904

Bayer 04 celebrate a special anniversary next year. 1 July 1904 saw the foundation of the sports club from the paint factories called the ‘Turn- und Spielverein der Farbenfabriken vorm. Friedr. Bayer & Co. in Leverkusen’

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Bayer 04 - 30.08.2023

The cult coach and 'philosopher' is 75: Happy Birthday, Stepi.

He was one of the most colourful characters in the Bundesliga in the 1990s and established himself as an idiosyncratic coach with the qualities of an entertainer. Dragoslav Stepanovic won his only trophy as a coach with Bayer 04 in 1993. Nevertheless, the charismatic Serb is seen as one of the big coaching personalities in German football. Today he is 75 years old. Happy birthday, Stepi. A profile on his birthday…

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Bayer 04 - 23.07.2023

Happy Birthday, Matthias Brücken. The promotion striker turns 70

He was the first top striker in recent Bayer 04 history: Matthias Brücken made a significant contribution to promotion to the Bundesliga with his 24 goals in the 1978/79 season. Four years earlier, he netted 26 goals in the second division. The Frechen-born former player celebrates his 70th birthday. Bayer 04 wish the promotion hero many happy returns and took the opportunity for a short interview.

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Bayer 04 - 27.11.2022

Erich Seckler: "I was never a typical football player"

It's not easy to get hold of him on the phone. On the one hand, Erich Seckler was never one for public appearances and, on the other hand, the 59-year-old is very busy at work. The 1988 UEFA Cup winner even had to keep disappearing during our interview to lend a hand here or solve a technical problem there. Children often come into his office asking for a ball. Erich Seckler, who played for Bayer 04 between 1980 and 1992, today works as a caretaker at a primary school in Düsseldorf. In an interview with bayer04.de, the former central defender talks about his love for the job he does, how he became a professional footballer back then, his memories of the 2-2 draw against Feyenoord 35 years ago today and why he tried stage diving after the second leg of the final against Espanyol.

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Bayer 04 - 13.06.2022

Many happy returns, Erich Ribbeck

He was the first coach to take Bayer 04 into a European competition in 1986 and two years later he won the UEFA Cup. Erich Ribbeck today celebrates his 85th birthday. We take a look back at his career.

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All News

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Fußballschule - 27.03.2024

Barrage of questions for Iglesias at kids press conference

What an early Easter present: a very special highlight awaited the young footballers of the Bayer 04 Football School at the BayArena as part of the Easter camp on Wednesday 27 March, as Werkself first-teamer Borja Iglesias visited the traditional kids press conference. The striker answered numerous interesting questions and revealed, among other things, what his favourite dish is and who used to be his idol.

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Frauen - 02.03.2024

Interview with ex-player Turid Knaak before DFB Cup quarter-final at BayArena: ‘A lot of potential’

It’s only the second time in the club's history after 2009 that Bayer 04 Women will play at the BayArena, when they host SGS Essen in the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, 5 March (kick-off: 6.30pm). Ahead of the game, bayer04.de spoke to a former player who was on the pitch that day 15 years ago. Turid Knaak played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win for eventual cup winners FCR 2001 Duisburg. A year and a half later, she moved to Leverkusen and would remain here until 2017. In this interview, the former Germany international talks about her memories of 2009, the significance of the quarter-final at the BayArena, and the development of women's football at Bayer 04.

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Bayer 04 - 21.02.2024

A first under the Cross: The special edition Bayer Sports Family shirt

The special edition Bayer Sports Family shirt pays homage to sport in the city of Leverkusen. Ahead of the forthcoming Bayer Sports Family matchday at the Werkself Bundesliga home game against Mainz 05 (Friday, 23 February, 20.30 CET), Bayer 04 Club members can secure this limited edition shirt now at the Bayer 04 fan shops and the online club shop.

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Bayer 04 - 22.01.2024

Home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach: Road closures around Leverkusen

The final phase of construction work on the new Leverkusen Rhine Bridge will again present challenges to motorists. The A1 Autobahn between the Cologne North and Leverkusen junctions is completely closed as is the A59 from the Monheim-Süd junction. This work, which lasts to 4 February, will affect travel to the Bayer 04 Bundesliga home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach (Saturday 27 January, 18.30 CET). The latest updates.

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Soziales - 24.11.2023

Orange Your City: BayArena floodlit in Orange

Bayer 04 are again participating in the Orange Your City campaign on this year's International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The BayArena will be floodlit in orange from 17.002 23.00 CET on 25 November.

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