Derby news in brief: Bus reception on Bismarckstraße

Bundesliga derby number 68 against our neighbours from Cologne kicks off this afternoon: The Werkself entertain FC Köln at the BayArena on this Sunday 13 March at 15.30 CET. Read on for info on the clash…

In a repeat of the derby in the 2016/17 run-in, Werkself fans will welcome the team coach at the ground. The supporters will gather along Bismarckstraße from 13.45 CET to greet the Bayer 04 team bus on the final stretch into the underground car park at the BayArena.

Solidarity with Ukraine

We are all currently following the terrible events in Ukraine. For that reason, the derby matchday at BayArena provides the opportunity to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The Werkself will play in a cream-white special kit, and a large part of the proceeds will go provide support to Ukraine refugees in Leverkusen. The joint shirt campaign by Bayer 04, Barmenia and JAKO is one of many events on the derby matchday where the Werkself are making a clear stand against war and for peace. Here is an overview of solidarity events.

Stegemann is the ref

Sascha Stegemann has been appointed as the referee for today’s game. The 37-year-old has previously been in charge of two Werkself games in the Bundesliga. The record from as Bayer 04 perspective: 1 win and 1 defeat. His assistants are Mike Pickel and Marcel Pelgrim with Günter Perl as the man on VAR. Have a good game.

Werkself Live on #B04KOE

For the match against the club from Cologne Black and Red fans can catch up the key pre-match information with the help of Werkself LIVE. The programme is available at the BayArena – and the free digital version is online now. This season’s new matchday programme from Bayer 04 provides interesting stats and facts on today’s game. There is poster of Kerem Demirbay on the back. HERE is the e-paper.


FREQUENT Derby winners

Our neighbours from Cologne have only lost more games against a Bundesliga opponent in this century to Bayern Munich (21) and the Werkself (17). FC have lost ten times in the top-flight in Leverkusen during that timescale (more than against any other team) including the last three Bundesliga away games at the BayArena – may that continue…

FAQs on home games

Based on the current coronavirus protection order of the sate of North Rhine-Westphalia the capacity for the derby at the BayArena is 22,658 with no standing allowed. Spectators must wear a medical-grade face covering at all times – including in the their seats. The 2G rule applies. Further information can be found in the FAQs on home games.

Werkself Radio and Live text commentary

Anyone unable to cheer on the Werkself at the BayArena can follow the action on Werkself Radio or on the live text commentary updates. Both the radio and text commentary services are available at and on the new Bayer 04 app – just log on.

Völler honours Grabowski

German football mourns the passing of Jürgen Grabowski. The Eintracht Frankfurt legend (441 Bundesliga games between 1965 and 1980) passed away on Thursday evening at the age of 77. Rudi Völler, Bayer 04 sporting managing director, won the 1990 World Cup like Grabowski. The 61-year old said: “As a small Hanauer lad I used to stand outside Frankfurt’s ground and dote on that great player. Jürgen Grabowski was an idol for the Frankfurt fans and far beyond the Rhine-Main region too. My condolences go to Jürgen’s family and friends.”

happy birthday

Bayer 04 today congratulates for former Werkself head coach Roger Schmidt on his 54th birthday. After joining Leverkusen from RB Salzburg in the summer of 2014, the coach spent three years at Leverkusen. Schmidt was in the dugout for 125 games – more than with any other club to date. After working in China he is now in charge of the top-flight Dutch side PSV Eindhoven now second in the Eredivisie. Here’s to more success, Roger.

Hans-Joachim Wöhler was a player with Bayer 04 much earlier than Roger Schmidt. The 76-year-old played up front for the Werkself in the 1960s. Happy birthday.

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