After the German reunification in 1990, Reiner Calmund was quick to sign East German stars Ulf Kirsten, Andreas Thom and Jens Melzig. In the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, Leverkusen reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008, but were ultimately knocked out by Inter Milan in a 2–1 loss. SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen took with them the club's traditional colours of red and black, with the gymnasts adopting blue and yellow. Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, also known as Bayer 04 Leverkusen [ˌbaɪ̯ɐ ˈleːvɐˌkuːzn̩], Bayer Leverkusen, or simply Leverkusen, is a German professional football club based in Leverkusen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, Heynckes decided not to extend his contract and left Bayer Leverkusen in the 2011 close season to take over at Bayern Munich for a third time. FC Nürnberg. Alario double helps Leverkusen past Freiburg.  On 31 May 1907, a separate football department was formed within the club. Leverkusen did manage to reach the DFB-Pokal final on 30 May 2009 in Berlin, but fell 0–1 to Werder Bremen. Bayer Leverkusen also lost a lot of its support towards the end of the season: in the 1–2 home loss against Hertha BSC, the Leverkusen fans caused much commotion, with fans chanting for the sacking of Skibbe, while some Ultras, who had seen enough, set fire to their jerseys and threw them onto the field. Michael Skibbe was sacked soon thereafter, leaving the club on 21 May 2008, with club officials stating that his departure was due to the failure to qualify for the following season's UEFA Cup group stage.. The club has won one DFB-Pokal and one UEFA Cup. Their local rivals are 1. The club went through startling reversals of fortune in the next two seasons. , In March 2020, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, and RB Leipzig, the four German UEFA Champions League teams for the 2019/20 season, collectively gave €20 million to Bundesliga and 2. Early in 2005, Augenthaler was fired as manager after the club got off to its worst Bundesliga start in over 20 years, with only one win in its first four league matches and a 0–1 home loss to CSKA Sofia in the first leg of its UEFA Cup match-up. The sky is very much the limit for this quintet of young attackers... From Alario to Hernandez, bundesliga.com looks at the players who have impressed the most at each club so far this season. "Factory team", "Millhanders") or "Pillendreher" (Eng. Summary; Matches; Squad; Statistics; Transfers; Trophies; Venue; Info Official website. Bundesliga after just one season spent in the third division.  That was also the year that the club wore the familiar "Bayer" cross for the first time.  Bayer were first promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979, and have remained in the top division ever since.  The company agreed to support the initiative, and on 1 July 1904 Turn- und Spielverein Bayer 04 Leverkusen was founded. Not sure which players should be in your Fantasy team?  Although they are a financially healthy club with a stable of strong players, many fans of the traditional clubs denounce Bayer Leverkusen as being a "plastic club" without traditions or a committed fan base, existing solely as a creation of their rich pharmaceutical company sponsor – Bayer AG. SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen made something of a breakthrough in 1968 by winning the division title, but was unable to advance through the playoff round to the first division. The Austrian's first strike in almost two years helped Leverkusen make it five wins in a row, despite an incredible own goal from Hradecky. Calmund also established groundbreaking contacts in Brazilian football, befriending Juan Figer, one of Brazil's most powerful player agents. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.  Michael Skibbe, who was Völler's assistant coach with the national team, was named as his successor in October 2005.  Shortly thereafter, Leverkusen presented Jupp Heynckes as its new manager, who had previously managed Bayern Munich after Jürgen Klinsmann's departure. In view of this tradition, UEFA allows Bayer Leverkusen to use the brand name Bayer in European club competitions while disallowing such naming practices most notably to Red Bull Salzburg. The next year saw the club in the Regionalliga West, tier II, where their performances over the next few seasons left them well down the league table. The team then flirted with relegation through most of the 2002–03 season, leading to the firing of Klaus Toppmöller, who had coached the team during its most successful year, and he was replaced by the inexperienced Thomas Hörster. 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.  Former Germany national team manager Rudi Völler, who had been named sporting director prior to the season, took charge of five matches as caretaker manager.  In the 2010–11 season, Bayer Leverkusen finished runner-up thus qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2005. He then led Bayer Leverkusen to a third-place finish and a Champions League place the following year.  As distinguished from the various Red Bull teams (Salzburg, New York and Leipzig) which has been established or redefined in the recent past primarily for commercial reasons, the formation of Bayer Leverkusen was motivated by the idea of promoting the living conditions of local factory workers early in the 20th century. The show-piece event was contested between Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Real Madrid of Spain at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday, 15 May 2002, to decide the winner of the Champions League.  The BayArena has the reputation of being one of the most family-friendly football stadiums in Germany. The new club took red and white as its colours. Lucas Alario scored twice for the second game in a row to help unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen come from behind and cruise past hosts Freiburg 4-2. In the 2002 off-season, the team lost influential midfield stars Michael Ballack and Zé Roberto to archrivals Bayern Munich. Leverkusen's ferociously fast French winger chats with bundesliga.com about loving Bundesliga life, training speed and Euro 2020. Cologne stunned Dortmund while Bayern beat Stuttgart and Wolfsburg and Bremen played out an eight-goal bonanza on Matchday 9. It was formerly the best-known department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a sports club whose members also participate in athletics, gymnastics, basketball and other sports including the RTHC Bayer Leverkusen (rowing, tennis and hockey). SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen would not return to the upper leagues until 1962, just one season before the formation of Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga.  In the culture of sports in Germany at the time, there was significant animosity between gymnasts and other types of athletes.  Bayer also finished runner-up in the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, falling 2–1 to Real Madrid in the final.