Bayer Leverkusen: Get to Meet Germany’s Most Underachieving Club With So Much Potential for Greatness

Bayer Leverkusen: Get to Meet Germany’s Most Underachieving Club With So Much Potential for Greatness

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen will be aiming to end their long trophy drought that has spanned over three decades when the 2022/23 football season begins
  • Leverkusen has never won the German Bundesliga title but they fancy they have an outside chance to cause a massive upset this term
  • Leverkusen has won one DFB-Pokal and one UEFA Cup and also finished as runner-up in the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, falling 2–1 to Real Madrid in the final

Bayer Leverkusen has been known as the perennial underachievers in German football but Die Werkself are hoping to change that sad reality when the 2022/23 football season begins.

Leverkusen has never in their history won the Bundesliga and can only boast of one DFB-Pokal and one UEFA Cup in the club’s 118-year history.

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Bayer Leverkusen has failed to win the Bundesliga title since the club was founded in 1904. Photo by Pool
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According to ESPN, Bayer Leverkusen looks in better shape approaching this new Bundesliga campaign and Sports Brief brings has outlined all you need to know about the German underachievers.

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Name: Bayer Leverkusen

League: Bundesliga

Nickname: Die Werkself

Manager: Gerardo Seoane

Stadium: Bay Arena

Highest Finish: 2nd (5 times)

Players To Watch: Patrik Schick, Florian Wirtz, and Moussa Diaby

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Patrik Schick recently extended his contract with Bayer Leverkusen and is the club's biggest star heading into the 2022/23 season. Photo by Roberto Pfeil
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Transfer Activity:

Incoming: Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague)

Outgoing: Lucas Alario (Eintracht Frankfurt), Julian Baumgartlinger (released)

Notable Achievements:

In the history of German football, Bayer Leverkusen has been second in the Bundesliga five times without ever winning the title.

According to Transfer Markt, Leverkusen has won 1 DFB-Pokal, 1 UEFA Cup, and 1 Bundesliga 2 title. The 2001–2002 UEFA Champions League saw Bayer place second, losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the championship match.

Brief History:

Bayer Leverkusen was founded in 1904 by employees of the German medical company Bayer AG Wikipedia reports.

Die Werkself were first promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979, and have remained in the German top division ever since.

Predicted Finish:

After over 3 decades of failing to win a trophy, Bayer Leverkusen will hope the 2022/23 Bundesliga season will be their best ever but Sports Brief expects Die Werkself to finish in 4th position.

Borussia Dortmund: Get to know the second most successful German club

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Borussia Dortmund will kick start their 2022/23 Bundesliga season on Saturday when they cross swords against fellow European contenders Bayer Leverkusen.

The Black and Yellows have not won the Bundesliga title in the last 10 years, a situation that clearly rankles at the club.

Edin Terzić's side goes into the upcoming season as underdogs, and that could be just what they need to lock horns with defending champions Bayern Munich for the Meisterschale.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..