Bayer 04 Leverkusen are top-four regulars in the Bundesliga. - © © imago
Bayer 04 Leverkusen are top-four regulars in the Bundesliga. - © © imago
Bundesliga

Bundesliga basics: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

All you need to know about UEFA Champions League regulars Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Fun facts

    Affiliated to pharmaceutical giants Bayer, the modern-day Bayer 04 Leverkusen can trace its history back to 1903, when 170 members of the chemical company's employees petitioned the directors to be allowed to participate in organised sporting activities.The football club from Leverkusen, a small town just north of the much larger Cologne, has, in recent years, become synonymous with being runners-up: Bayer have come second in the Bundesliga on five separate occasions, twice missing out on the title on the last day, as well as being losing finalists twice in the DFB Cup and once in the UEFA Champions League.The club's nickname, Die Werkself, translates as 'The Factory Workers' team', and, much like the cross on the team's badge, harks back to its Bayer roots.

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Honours

DFB Cup winners: 1992/93

UEFA Cup winners: 1987/88

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Stadium: BayArena

Capacity: 30,210