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Bundesliga - 18.02.2024

The Werkself review #FCHB04: Patient road to victory

Bayer 04 continue to show no weakness: The top team in the Bundesliga are leading the way after the 2-1 win away to FC Heidenheim as they expand their outstanding run to 32 games unbeaten in all competitions. After the brilliant display in the 3-0 win against Bayern Munich, hard work was needed to earn a deserved victory at Heidenheim. The Werkself review.

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Bundesliga - 17.02.2024

Werkself clear Heidenheim hurdle with 2-1 win

Bayer 04 extended their unbeaten run this season to a German record-equalling 32 competitive matches with a 2-1 win away at Heidenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Jeremie Frimpong put Leverkusen ahead in first-half added time before Amine Adli put away a Florian Wirtz pass to double the advantage. Tim Kleindienst got one back for the hosts, but the Werkself held on to keep clear at the top of the table.

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Bundesliga - 17.02.2024

Matchday news #FCHB04: First league visit to Heidenheim

Bayer 04 visit promoted Heidenheim for Bundesliga Matchday 22 on Saturday, 17 February (kick-off: 15:30 CET). Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game at the Voith-Arena in our matchday news.

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Werkself-TV - 16.02.2024

Alonso ahead of #FCHB04: 'These factors make Heidenheim dangerous'

This is only the second time the Werkself have played in Heidenheim. The match between Bayer 04 and FC Heidenheim on Saturday 17 February (kick-off: 15.30 CET) pitches the two teams with the longest unbeaten runs in the league against each other. The league leaders from Leverkusen are unbeaten in 21 Bundesliga matches, FCH are on a run of eight league games without defeat. Head coach Xabi Alonso praised the newly promoted club in advance of the game but he also outlined a clear aim.

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Bundesliga - 16.02.2024

Our next opponents: A band of brothers with loads of confidence

Bayer 04 are away to FC Heidenheim at the Voith Arena on Saturday 17 February (kick-off: 15.30 CET) with the two teams currently on the longest runs without defeat. The newcomers from the Swabian Alps are enjoying an impressive first season in the Bundesliga. Heidenheim are now in the relative safety of mid-table and, above all, they are difficult to beat at home. The lowdown on our next opponents.

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Women

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Frauen - 16.02.2024

Women entertain Hoffenheim: 'We’ve gained confidence'

Just one point separates the two teams and Sunday 18 February (kick-off: 14.00 CEST) brings a head-to-head clash: the Bayer 04 Women are at home to TSG Hoffenheim at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium on Matchday 14. For Leverkusen it is all about building on the current run of six games unbeaten at home.

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Bayer 04 Women win first three-pointer of the second half of the season in Nuremberg | 13th matchday
Werkself-TV - 12.02.2024

Women: TV-highlights of 2-1 victory at 1. FC Nürnberg

Werkself-TV shows the highlights of the Bayer 04 women's 2-1 victory at 1. FC Nürnberg on matchday 13 of the Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga 2023/24...

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Frauen - 12.02.2024

2-1 at FC Nürnberg: Women clock up first win in Rückrunde

The Bayer 04 Women celebrated their fifth win of the season away to FC Nürnberg thanks to an energetic performance. At the end of Matchday 13 in the Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga, the team led by head coach Robert de Pauw secured a 2-1 victory against the newly promoted club at the Max Morlock Stadium. Melissa Friedrich (28') and Emilie Bragstad (59') scored for the visitors who now have 20 points. Selma Magnusdóttir (49) netted the equaliser for FC Nürnberg.

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Frauen - 10.02.2024

Women away to Nürnberg: 'Force them into mistakes'

In their second fixture of the Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga Rückrunde, Bayer 04 Women face promoted side 1. FC Nürnberg at the Max-Morlock-Stadion. Despite the 6-0 win in the previous meeting, head coach Robert de Pauw is expecting Monday evening's match (12 February, 19:30 CET) to be anything but a walk in the park.

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Youth

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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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Bayer 04 - 09.01.2024

Bayer 04 agree deal with youth striker Artem Stepanov to 2027

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have given U17 player Artem Stepanov a long-term contract. The club has agreed an extension with the 16-year-old centre forward to 30 June 2027.

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Jugend - 03.01.2024

From 2024/25: DFB Youth Leagues to replace youth Bundesligas

A reform of the most important youth competitions in German football has been introduced. From the 2024/25 season, the U19 and U17 DFB Youth Leagues will replace the previous U19 and U17 Bundesliga competitions. The aim of the German Football Association (DFB) is "an improved promotion of youth players through to greater creativity, enjoyment of the game and performance levels." Read on for further information on the new youth competition the Bayer 04 U19 and U17 teams will be involved in from next summer.

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Jugend - 28.12.2023

A year with the youths: Successful runs and a Leverkusen block for Germany

Another year full of wins, defeats, celebrations and disappointments is drawing to a close for the Bayer 04 youth teams. One of the highlights of 2023 was the U17s' year-long unbeaten run in the West Division. The U19s and U16s - like the U17s - are also riding high in the league this season. And there were some exciting, interesting and emotional stories beyond the pitch too. A look back at the youth teams in 2023.

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Membership

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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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Bayer 04 - 17.10.2023

Opladen district matchday: Amiri and Ostermeier join kick-about at school

Together under the Cross: During the new Bayer 04 campaign of district matchdays, the Werkself will be visiting the different districts of Leverkusen in the coming months. Opladen is centre stage for the first of six special matchday events ahead of the home game against SC Freiburg. The GGS Herzogstraße school was the venue for the first event on Tuesday 17 October.

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Fans

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Bundesliga - 17.02.2024

Matchday news #FCHB04: First league visit to Heidenheim

Bayer 04 visit promoted Heidenheim for Bundesliga Matchday 22 on Saturday, 17 February (kick-off: 15:30 CET). Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game at the Voith-Arena in our matchday news.

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DFB-Pokal - 15.02.2024

DFB-Pokal: Wednesday night semi-final against Düsseldorf

The date for the DFB-Pokal semi-final has been confirmed following last weekend’s draw determining Bayer 04’s next opponents: The home game against second division Fortuna Düsseldorf will be played at the BayArena on Wednesday 3 April with the kick-off at 20:45 CET. ZDF will broadcast the game live. Tickets go on sale on 5 March with further information to follow.

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Bundesliga - 13.02.2024

Ticket information for away game in Freiburg

Bayer 04 visit SC Freiburg for Matchday 26 in the 2023/24 Bundesliga season. The game is at 15:30 CET on Sunday, 17 March. Here’s how you can get tickets.

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Bundesliga - 10.02.2024

Matchday news #B04FCB: Top-two showdown

It's the big game on Matchday 21: this evening, 10 February at 18:30 CET, leaders Bayer 04 host nearest challengers FC Bayern Munich in a top-of-the-table clash at the sold-out BayArena. Catch up with key information ahead of the meeting with the record champions.

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DFB-Pokal - 06.02.2024

Matchday news #B04VfB: Crunch cup tie at sold-out BayArena

A floodlit game and two top teams on the pitch: Bayer 04 and VfB Stuttgart meet in front of full house at the BayArena in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals tonight 6 February (kick-off: 20.45 CET/live on Sky and ARD). Catch up with key information ahead of the clash.

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eSports

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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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eSports - 31.01.2024

#B04eSports: Win over newcomers, defeat to league leaders

Bayer 04’s eSportsmen finished Tuesday’s double matchday with mixed feelings after three points against the league’s bottom side but then defeat to the leaders. However, Leverkusen’s console team remains at the top end of the VBL Club Championship by WOW northwest division in fifth place.

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eSports - 24.01.2024

#B04eSports: Four points at start of the second half of the season

Following on from last week’s wins on matchdays 15 to 17 in the VBL Club Championship by WOW for the Leverkusen keyboard players and a successful end to the Hinrunde, the Rückrunde started with matches against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen and Holstein Kiel. The Leverkusen players picked up the next four points at the start of the second half of the season.

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eSports - 17.01.2024

#B04eSports: Three wins on treble matchday

The #B04eSports team has completed the next three matchdays in the VBL Club Championship by WOW and they achieved the maximum return with no points dropped. WOW, the Sky streaming platform, is a new naming rights partner in the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL). The Leverkusen players took on Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Köln and FC Magdeburg and they are now fourth in the table in the North West Division.

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Sustainability

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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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Jugend - 19.12.2023

WDR 2 Christmas miracle: Players and parents raise big donation

"Score goals for mothers in need": The parents of the U8 to U15 teams at Bayer 04 have again joined in with the charity event "Christmas miracle" organised by WDR this year. This time the money raised through the privately organised fundraiser will be used to help mothers in need.

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Business

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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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Business - 14.12.2023

Bayer 04 app now available with a new makeover, "Under the Cross"

Digitalisation under the cross: with the latest update in the Google Playstore (Android) and Apple Store (iOS), the Bayer 04 app has now also been given a makeover. In the settings, you can now choose between a light and dark appearance or automatic mode, depending on your preference. In addition, numerous features and live activities can now be used directly on the home and lock screen.

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Bayer 04 - 11.12.2023

“Bundesliga Editors' Workshop”: Worldwide TV rights holders visit BayArena

Supporting the Bundesliga media brand and optimizing the international media product of the DFL are key aspects of this year's “Bundesliga Editors' Workshop”, which recently took place in the BayArena. Over the course of two days, experienced producers and editors of the DFL's global media partners exchanged views on the Bundesliga's TV coverage, Bundesliga content on digital channels, as well as current trends and developments in this dynamic environment. As a part of this event, Bayern 04 Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro, and Director of Communication Holger Tromp, held a joint presentation and shared insights into the media work and the internationalisation of the current Bundesliga leaders.

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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 - 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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Soziales - 17.11.2023

World Prematurity Day: BayArena again lit up in purple

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will send out a colourful message for the eighth year in succession: The BayArena will be lit up in purple from 17.00 to 22.00 CET today Friday 17 November to mark World Prematurity Day.

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Bayer 04 - 06.11.2023

Over 100-year commitment to sport: Bayer AG entered in Laureus Sport For Good Index

Recognition for outstanding sporting commitment: Bayer AG is one of 30 companies and brands entered in the Sport For Good Index by the world-renowned Laureus Foundation. The company from Leverkusen received the award for their 100-year sporting commitment in professional, amateur and parasports. Bayer AG thereby shows it corporate responsibility in the areas inclusion, diversity and health.

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Bayer 04 - 11.10.2023

Euro 2024 Qualifiers: Ukraine take on Italy at the BayArena in November

The BayArena will host an international match for the first time in six years when Ukraine and Italy face each other on November 20th (8:45 p.m.). Bayer 04 Leverkusen has agreed to a request from the Ukrainian Football Association to be able to play the qualifying game for the 2024 European Championship at the Bundesliga club's home ground.

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