Bayer 04 Leverkusen is thé most well known German football club from Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen. Like so many other clubs, it started off as a general sports association.
April first 1999 (no joke) the football club became independent of the association that started way back in 1904. The team of Bayer promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979 and has been playing in the highest division ever since.
The club has had some noticeable successes, also in Europe, but is infamously known as ‘forever second’. Due to losing many finals. The rivalry with FC Köln is one of the biggest in the country!
Bayer Leverkusen’s team colors are red and black. They are often referred to as “Die Werkself,” which translates to “The Factory Eleven.”
Bayer Leverkusen’s appearance in the UEFA Champions League final in the 2001-2002 season marked a historic achievement, demonstrating the club’s capabilities on the European stage.
“Die Werkself” translates to “The Factory Eleven” and refers to Bayer Leverkusen’s historical connection to Bayer AG, a company known for its industrial activities.
The term “Neverkusen” is a humorous reference to Bayer Leverkusen’s reputation for frequently finishing as runners-up or narrowly missing out on major trophies.
Bayer Leverkusen’s home stadium is BayArena, located in Leverkusen, Germany. It has been the club’s home ground since its opening in 1958.