Back
2.12.2023Bayer 04

African journalists visit Leverkusen for round table with Rolfes

Bayer 04 welcomed 14 media representatives from Africa on Friday, 1 December. The trip for journalists from the likes of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mozambique, Togo, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Togo was organised by the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) with the goal of establishing and promoting Africa as a new target market for the Bundesliga.
crop_20231201_JS_Rolfes_IntMedienrunde_0020.jpg

With five first-team players from African countries, Leverkusen is currently a significant location. After a chat with managing director for sport Simon Rolfes, the visitors got to enjoy a tour of the BayArena. Fresh from returning from Gothenburg after the Werkself successfully qualified for the UEFA Europa League last 16, Rolfes took plenty of time on Friday afternoon for the guests and discussed a number of topics.

Simon Rolfes on…

…scouting in Africa: “We at Bayer 04 have had a very strong connection to Africa since the 90s, just like to South America. We have a number of players in our youth teams who were born in Germany but with African roots. The development of the African market is also exciting and becoming more and more important for us. The players are no longer just physically strong but also technically and tactically versatile. At the moment, we are primarily scouting for such profiles at other European clubs, but in the long term we want to tap into the market even more and, ideally, sign directly from there.”

...Positioning in competition with other clubs: “Young players in particular - such as Jeremie Frimpong or Amine Adli - like to come to us. It usually helps them to orientate themselves against the development of others, to get an idea of where their own path could take them. Bayer 04 is an ideal place for this. We don't have too large a squad here and are very selective in our recruitment. But that also means that everyone is important, has a great chance to play, we take care of everyone and work intensively with everyone. Off the pitch, we have a very informal atmosphere - within the team, with family members and also with employees.”

Rolfes im Gespräch

...Edmond Tapsoba’s recent contract extension: “Eddi has enjoyed a great development. When he joined us, he was already talented but very young. Now he’s matured and is a key player in our game. He, his stability and his style of play suit us very well. But he has not only matured enormously as a player, but also in terms of his personality over the past year. He feels the trust of the coach and his entire environment here.”

...January’s Africa Cup of Nations: “Of course, as a club we would prefer to organise such competitions in the summer between seasons, there's no question about that. But first and foremost, we're obviously happy for our players that they can play for their nation and that we have so many internationals in our squad. We've also been planning for the Cup of Nations for some time now and think that we still have a good squad to deal with this period in the best possible way.”

The highlight of the three-day trip will be visits to some upcoming Bundesliga matches. For the media representatives, that includes going to Borussia Mönchengladbach's match against Hoffenheim on Saturday. The trip will conclude the day after with the Werkself's match against Borussia Dortmund at the BayArena (kick-off: 17:30 CET).

Medien-Runde

Related News

crop_20240526_JS1_4416.jpg
Bayer 04 - 13.06.2024

Review of the double-winning season! Part two: Everlasting success

The team under coach Xabi Alonso unwaveringly continued their run in the New Year. They were top at the winter break, beat Bayern Munich and continued to break away from the record champions. Never giving up, scoring an incredible number of crucial goals in added time and going from one win to the next. The second half of this magical 2023/24 season includes a breathtaking number of highlights. The biggest include: Bayer 04 are crowned champions of Germany for the first time and win the DFB Pokal for the second time. The double winners only lost to one team. Part two of our season review.

Show more
crop_DSC_5311.jpg
Bayer 04 - 12.06.2024

Review of the double-winning season! Part 1: Foundations for a historic campaign

There was already huge anticipation for the 2023/24 season before it even began. Many factors suggested a successful campaign: the coach, the shrewd transfers, the noticeably close connection between the team and the fans, the will to achieve great things together. "Us. For our dream." - four words that were an expression of immense confidence. And which were lived by the club, the team and the fans from the very start, with a lot of heart and passion, and as a given. We take a look back at what was a historic season. In Part 1, we focus on the period from July to Christmas, when the Werkself laid the foundations for the title.

Show more
crop_20240606_NB_Selina_Vertrags_Verlaengerung_129542.jpg
Women - 12.06.2024

Bayer 04 agree contract extension with Selina Ostermeier

Shortly before her contract was due to expire, Bayer 04 Leverkusen have agreed an extension with defender Selina Ostermeier until 30 June 2025. After completing her training as a media designer at Bayer 04, the 25-year-old is now entering her third year with the Werksklub.

Show more
© Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fussball GmbH
Women - 11.06.2024

2024 summer agenda for Bayer 04 Women

The Bayer 04 Women's team finished sixth on 31 points in the 2023/24 season in the Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga. The players then started a four-week break. Preparations for the new campaign begin in the middle of June under new coach Roberto Pätzold. Bayer04.de brings you key dates in the summer timetable.

Show more