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.
The Bundesliga has long been an incubator of young talent and this season looks to be no different. Niklas Süle has a huge task, Christian Pulisic's meteoric rise needs to continue and Oliver Burke has plenty to do.
Both Bundesliga teams on display on Friday night are in the hat for the second round but neither were entirely convincing against lower league opposition. Elsewhere, there was a thrilling win for Dynamo Dresden.
With just two games remaining, six teams are still fighting for their right to be in the Bundesliga again next season. Who are the key players for each of the sides battling to beat the drop? DW takes a look.
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.