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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.

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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.

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Bayer 04 - 11.06.2024

The 2024/25 home jersey is here. Complete with gold champions badge.

The new Werkself black and red home jersey is here and, for the first time, with the gold badge of the champions of Germany on the right sleeve. The jersey is available now from the Bayer 04 shops as well as the online shop.

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Bayer 04 - 07.06.2024

Vote now for your Player of the Season 2023/24

Bayer 04 have just completed an historic season. The Werkself were crowned champions of Germany for the first time in the history of the club and secured the double by lifting the DFB Pokal. Following the dramatic and highly emotional campaign you now have the chance to vote for your Player of the Season.

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Women

Youth

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Bayer 04 - 04.06.2024

Talents under the Cross: Top-level youth development

Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates birthday number 120 this year. We take this as an opportunity to regularly look at football under the Cross here at bayer04.de and we primarily look at the question: How have we become the club we are today. Part six of our series focuses on youth development at bayer04.de. The club has attracted talented young players for decades and they benefit from individual attention, optimum development opportunities and often take their first steps on the road to becoming successful professional footballers at the Kurtekotten Performance Centre.

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Youth - 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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Youth - 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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Youth - 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 - 13.02.2024

Barmenia strengthens commitment for Bayer 04 youth teams

As part of the contract extension between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and main sponsor Barmenia last year, an even greater focus was placed on the youth work of the Bundesliga club. Since then, the Wuppertal-based insurance company has held the naming rights to the Bayer 04 Performance Centre presented by Barmenia and the Bayer 04 Football School presented by Barmenia. Barmenia's extensive support for Bayer 04's young players will now also be visible at Kurtekotten for the start of the Leverkusen youth teams’ competitive matches in February.

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Membership

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Fans - 02.05.2024

Special train for fans to DFB Cup final in Berlin

On 25 May, the Werkself have the chance to follow up their Bundesliga title by winning the DFB Cup. The many travelling Bayer 04 fan are set to provide the necessary support for the clash against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. So that as many of you as possible can create an unforgettable atmosphere on the day, the Bayer 04 Club is offering travel for all holders of a ticket for the cup final. Supporters without a valid ticket are not entitled to apply for a place on the special train.

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Fans - 02.05.2024

Night before DFB Cup final: Tickets for the Bayer 04 Club party in Berlin

Listen up, Black-and-Red fans: on 24 May, the night before the DFB Cup final between the Werkself and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Bayer 04 is holding a big club party in the heart of Berlin. Tickets go on sale on Friday 3 May at 12:00 CEST. Full details.

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Lions Club - 25.04.2024

Hradecky and Stanisic read new Bayer 04 children’s book

Bayer 04 aren’t just the new champions of Germany but are also leading the way in engaging young fans after becoming the first Bundesliga club to release its own Pixi children’s book. Captain Lukas Hradecky and Josip Stanisic presented the 24-page publication entitled ‘Ein neuer Löwe für die Werkself’ (A new lion for the Werkself) at a reading for children in the BayArena's Schwadbud.

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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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Fans

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Bayer 04 - 11.06.2024

The 2024/25 home jersey is here. Complete with gold champions badge.

The new Werkself black and red home jersey is here and, for the first time, with the gold badge of the champions of Germany on the right sleeve. The jersey is available now from the Bayer 04 shops as well as the online shop.

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Bayer 04 - 01.06.2024

May Goal of the Month: Vote now for Andrich or Xhaka

The ARD Sportschau has named the five goals up for the vote as Goal of the Month for May 2024. Bayer 04 fans can vote now up to 24 June (18.00 CEST) for the goal scored by Robert Andrich to make it 2-0 against FC Augsburg on Bundesliga matchday 34 or for the Granit Xhaka strike in the 1-0 victory over FC Kaiserslautern in the DFB Pokal final.

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Bayer 04 - 27.05.2024

Provisional summer timetable for German champions Bayer 04

The squad of the champions of Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen will start preparations for the 2024/24 season with performance tests on 14 July. The players under head coach Xabi Alonso will meet up at the training and rehab centre at the BayArena for the first time after the DFB Pokal final win in Berlin to take on new targets after the unique 2023/24 campaign.

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Bayer 04 - 26.05.2024

Werkself "Coming Home“ live blog

The grand finale to a historic season: a few hours after winning the DFB Cup, double winners Bayer 04 return home to Leverkusen to celebrate winning the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup in style with the fans. All you need to know on "Coming Home".

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eSports

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eSports - 29.05.2024

#B04eSports: Team Bayer 04 x MENA wins VBL International Series 2024

The first trophy in the history of Black and Red eSports: At the VBL International Series, an EA FC tournament, where German clubs and the winners of regional football tournaments worldwide form teams and find an international champion in a big finals tournament in Germany. Leverkusen's Sean Landwehr came out on top to win the tournament with his three player team Bayer 04 x MENA.

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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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Sustainability

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Social Commitment - 26.04.2024

Bayer 04 is Wiesdorf: School workshop with Tah on racism

Whether at school, in grassroots sports or at the football stadium – racism and discrimination of all kinds are still prevalent in our society. For this reason, Bayer 04 has been organising preventative school workshops on the subject of racism for many years. This week, one of these workshops took place at the Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium not far from the BayArena as part of the Wiesdorf district matchday - and with a prominent guest: Werkself star Jonathan Tah worked intensively with the pupils on the topic. The German champion and international also spoke about his personal experiences with racism.

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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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Social Commitment - 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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Sustainability - 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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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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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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Bayer 04 - 24.05.2024

Information on “Coming Home” event

While the Werkself are preparing for Saturday’s DFB Pokal final against Kaiserslautern in Berlin, planning for the "Coming Home" in Leverkusen continues at full speed. All information about the route of the team parade, the event at the BayArena and the event under the Stelze motorway can be found here.

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Bayer 04 - 06.05.2024

Coming Home on 26 May: Parade then celebrations in and around the BayArena

The first German league title, being in the DFB Pokal final or the record run of games unbeaten: The current season has already been more than exceptional. And we can look forward with excitement to the next few weeks. We want to celebrate this historic season together in style with the fans in Leverkusen on Sunday 26 May.

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Lions Club - 25.04.2024

Hradecky and Stanisic read new Bayer 04 children’s book

Bayer 04 aren’t just the new champions of Germany but are also leading the way in engaging young fans after becoming the first Bundesliga club to release its own Pixi children’s book. Captain Lukas Hradecky and Josip Stanisic presented the 24-page publication entitled ‘Ein neuer Löwe für die Werkself’ (A new lion for the Werkself) at a reading for children in the BayArena's Schwadbud.

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Football School - 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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Women - 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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