The his­tory of Bayer 04


Bayer 04 stand for attractive top quality football – in Germany and beyond. The club was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979 and seven years later saw the Werkself qualify for Europe for the first time. The Werkself have now been on the European stage for decades and in the top-flight for more than 40 years. Around 300 people currently work for Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball Gmbh.


Then until now

Fans Hintergrundbild
Ulf KirstenOnly the title counts, the opponent is irrelevant

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DFB Pokal win 1993

DFB Pokal stats

Bayer 04 have reached the final of the national cup competition at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin four times. The Werkself won the title in 1993 with a 1-0 victory against the Hertha Berlin Reserves thanks to a goal from Ulf Kirsten.  4-2 to Schalke in 2002, 1-02 Werder Bremen in 2009. An overview of all DFB Pokal games in the club's history.

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Trikot 1907/08

Shirt history

 When our players posed for a team photo in October 1908, they wore a black "costume", as kits was called back then, with a red collar and cuff The Bayer Cross appeared as the club badge from 1936. In 1994, after a period with the club colours of red and white, the Bayer 04 fans encouraged the team to go back to their roots and wear black and red striped shirts. Those colours remain the club colours to this day.

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Honorary captains

Honorary captains

To document and reward loyalty to, and identity with, the club Bayer 04 honoured the first player with the title of honorary with Ulf Kirsten in 2004 in Ulf Kirsten. six others have joined in the following years: Carsten Ramelow in 2008, Bernd Schneider in 2010, Simon Rolfes in 2015, Stefan Kießling and Rüdiger Vollborn in 2019 plus Lars Bender in 2021. They all meet three appointment criteria to enter the illustrious ranks of Werkself legends: at least ten years at the club, at least 300 appearances and outstanding personality and character.

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Uerdingen Jubilation 1979

Profiles, interviews & stories

From "all the best" through "what is actually…?“ through to "my biggest duel": Over the course of the intervening year, numerous profiles, interviews and stories have appeared on, which tell exciting and interesting stories from the history of Bayer 04.

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Rüdiger Vollborn

"Rudi recounts…"

…tales of days gone by. Rüdiger Vollborn has been at the club for 40 years, he holds 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 brief trip through the history of Bayer 04 every month...

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