SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen made something of a breakthrough in 1968, by winning the division title, but were unable to advance through the playoff round to the first division. They were relegated again in 1973, but made a quick return to what was now called the 2. Bundesliga after just one season spent in the third division. Four years later, the team handily secured a place in the Bundesliga to start to play there in the 1979-80 season.
• Biggest away win 1-6: JK Tervis Pärnu v Leverkusen08/07/95, UEFA Intertoto Cup group stage0-5: FC Zürich v Leverkusen 19/12/07, UEFA Cup group stage
That same year, long-time Bayer Leverkusen executive Reiner Calmund became the general manager of the club. This is regarded as one of the most important moves in the club's history, as Calmund ushered in a decade and a half of the club's greatest successes through shrewd, far-sighted player acquisitions.
In addition to becoming an established Bundesliga side, the club earned its first honours with a dramatic win in the 1988 UEFA Cup. Down (0–3) to Espanyol after the first leg of the final, they drew even in the return match and then captured the title (3–2) on penalty kicks.
• Biggest away win1-3: RC Deportivo La Coruña v Leverkusen20/03/02, second group stage0-2: on four occasions, most recently v Maccabi Haifa FC01/10/02, first group stage
The victory saw Leverkusen leap to sixth in the Bundesliga standings and Hernandez said he feels the club have momentum.
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, also known as Bayer 04 Leverkusen [ˌbaɪ̯ɐ ˈleːvɐˌkuːzn̩], Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen or simply Bayer, is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, and hosts matches at the BayArena.
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UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)• Biggest home win4-0: Leverkusen v FC Shakhtar Donetsk23/10/13, group stage
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• Biggest away win0-5: FC Zürich v Leverkusen (see above)
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kevin Kampl will not line up against England or Slovakia after withdrawing from the Slovenia squad.
That following season's run in the Champions League saw them get some measure of revenge on Real Madrid, opening their group stage campaign with a 3–0 rout of the Spanish giants, helping Leverkusen to win the group. Leverkusen were defeated in the first knockout round by eventual champions Liverpool F.C.. The club finished sixth during the 2004–05 season, and would enter the UEFA Cup the following season.
The hosts managed to suffocate Dortmund's possession game by rampant pressing high up the field. Leverkusen bullied the Black and Yellows with a very physical approach to the game, which saw them commit 21 fouls to BVB's seven.
• Heaviest away defeat7-1: FC Barcelona v Leverkusen (see above for details)
RecordsUEFA club competition• Biggest home win 6-1: Leverkusen v FC Dinamo Tbilisi13/08/97, UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg5-0 twice, most recently v FC Baník Ostrava11/08/04, UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg
Kampl, 25, has played the full 90 minutes for Leverkusen in all nine competitive matches this season, and on Saturday he played a key role in his club's 2-0 win against his former team Borussia Dortmund.
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By the mid-1980s, SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen had played their way into the upper half of the league table and were well-established there by the end of the decade. It was during this time, in 1984, that the two-halves of the club that had parted ways over a half century earlier were re-united as TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen e.V. The new club took red and white as their colours.
However, the holding midfielder, who has won 24 caps for his country, does not feel that he can help Slovenia when they take on Slovakia and England in their upcoming World...
The striker was on target as his club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the weekend, scoring Leverkusen's second goal. The 28-year-old also played a key role prior to Admir Mehmedi's 10th minute header.
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel expressed his displeasure with Bayer Leverkusen's rough playing style after his team lost 2-0 to the Rhinelanders at the BayArena on Saturday night.
Bayer Leverkusen have granted striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez special leave to visit his girlfriend, who is recovering after a health scare.
Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt told a joint postgame news conference: "I think we saw...
Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)2015/16: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)2014/15: round of 162013/14: round of 162012/13: UEFA Europa League round of 322011/12: round of 162010/11: UEFA Europa League round of 162009/10: did not take part in UEFA club competition2008/09: did not take part in UEFA club competition2007/08: UEFA Cup quarter-finals 2006/07: UEFA Cup quarter-finals
• Heaviest away defeat 7-1: FC Barcelona v Leverkusen07/03/12, UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)German Cup: 1 (1993)
• Heaviest away defeat3-0 on three occasions, most recently v Parma FC18/04/95, semi-finals second leg
"We've shown against a top team that we can keep the...
• Heaviest home defeat1-4: Leverkusen v FC Zenit 03/04/08, quarter-finals first leg0-3: Leverkusen v CA Osasuna05/04/07, quarter-finals first leg
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Goals from Admir Mehmedi and Javier Hernandez led hosts Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
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UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)• UEFA Champions League: (2002)• UEFA Cup (1): 1988
In contrast to many other German football clubs, which hold close ties to their working-class roots, Bayer Leverkusen strives for a clean, family-friendly image. The BayArena has the reputation of being one of the most family-friendly football stadiums in Germany. Ironically, Bayer 04 was the first Bundesliga club whose fans identified themselves as Ultras and the city of Leverkusen is one of the old industrial cities of Germany.
Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt confirmed to German tabloid Bild that Mexico international Hernandez, 28, had been granted leave during the international break to travel to Spain and be reunited with his girlfriend following her release from hospital after being treated for a collapsed lung.
Bayer Leverkusen are looking to finish third or higher this season, Mexico international Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has said.
• Heaviest home defeat 0-5: Leverkusen v Manchester United FC27/11/13, UEFA Champions League group stage
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