Bayer Leverkusen are one of three "work clubs" in Germany, and have won both the 1988 UEFA Cup and the 1993 German Cup. But it is the 2002 season, when the club lost a treble, Leverkusen are most famous for.
Founded by employees from the Bayer chemical company, Bayer Leverkusen is one of the four clubs currently in the Bundesliga where the fans don't own the controlling equity. Once they established themselves in the Bundesliga in the 1980s, they used their monetary advantage to establish themselves as a German and European footballing power. Follow all the latest on Bayer Leverkusen with DW's content, collated below.
In an exclusive interview with DW, Javier Hernandez admits the Bundesliga is on course to become the best league in the world. Whether he will still be in Germany's top flight in the years ahead, though, remains unclear.
A late penalty canceled out Kevin Volland's opener as Leverkusen were held to a 1-1 draw in the Moscow. However, Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 defeat in Monaco ensured that Leverkusen will advance to the knockout stage.
Marco Reus could return to action in Borussia Dortmund's group-stage match against Legia Warsaw. Bayer Leverkusen have injury concerns ahead of their match in Moscow, and unlike BVB, they really need the points.
Leverkusen and Tottenham are two sides with plenty in common. In winning at Wembley, Roger Schmidt’s side have taken a big step towards the last 16 of the Champions League and may have put their recent woes behind them.