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.
Bayer Leverkusen will be playing their 100th Champions League game on Tuesday, a match they will need to win if they hope to survive a competitive group. Meanwhile, Dortmund take an injury-plagued squad to Portugal.
Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the season but Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalize and were beaten at Bayer Leverkusen. Hamburg's slump continued with defeat at Hertha in new coach Markus Gisdol's debut.
Their main man is back in form and back in the goals but Bayer Leverkusen will need to overcome both history and recent form if they are to get their first Champions League win of the season. They face Monaco on Tuesday.
A day of late drama in the Bundesliga saw Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen snatch late wins and Frankfurt rescue a point in the dying minutes. Borussia Mönchengladbach warmed up for a date with Barcelona with a win.