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.
Three quickfire first half goals helped Schalke to a 4-1 win over a Bayer Leverkusen side lacking any invention or organization. Leverkusen have struggled under new coach Tayfun Korkut and remain in relegation danger.
Mario Gomez scored a seven-minute hattrick, the fastest in the Bundesliga this season, but it was not enough to steer his side to victory. Elsewhere, Mainz find themselves in big trouble after defeat at Ingolstadt.
Leverkusen have it all to do in their quest to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Tayfun Korkut's side need to score three without reply at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid, last year's finalists.
Werder Bremen were without key duo Serge Gnabry and captain Clemens Fritz. But they didn't let that stop them go four games unbeaten in the Bundesliga - even if it meant spoiling the party for the new Leverkusen coach.
Leaders Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top with a 3-0 win in Cologne. Elsewhere, rivals Borussia Dortmund thrashed Leverkusen to pile the pressure on Roger Schmidt and Gladbach beat Schalke in the top game.
Four different players scored for Atletico Madrid, who produced a brilliant display of attacking football against Bayer Leverkusen. Roger Schmidt's side are left staring at a last 16 exit in the Champions League.