Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football GmbH, is a professional football club based in Leverkusen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Meanwhile, the club is also known as Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer Leverkusen, or simply Leverkusen. The club competes in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football. Meanwhile, the club plays its home matches at the BayArena.


The club was founded in 1904 by employees of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG. Moreover, their headquarters are in Leverkusen and from which the club draws its name. Meanwhile, it was formerly the best-known department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

It is a sports club whose members also participate in athletics, gymnastics, basketball, and field handball. They also participate in other sports including the RTHC Bayer Leverkusen (rowing, tennis and hockey). In 1999, the football department was separated from the sports club. It is now a separate entity. It is now formally called Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football GmbH.

Bayer was first promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979. They have remained in the top division ever since.


The club has finished as runner-up in the Bundesliga five times. However, they failed to win the competition. This is itself a record in German football. The club has won one DFB-Pokal. The club has also won one UEFA Cup. Bayer also finished runner-up in the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, they lost 2–1 to Real Madrid in the final.

Rivalry and kits

Their local rivals are 1. FC Köln. The club’s main colours are red and black. Both have been used as the main shirt colour. Moreover, red and black stripes also having been used as home colours.


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