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Bayer 04 Leverkusen (women)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen, also known as Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen, or simply known as Bayer, is a German women's football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the Frauen-Bundesliga, the top tier of German women's football.

Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer 04 Leverkusen logo.svg
Full nameTSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen e. V.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball
GmbH (Football)
Nickname(s)Werkself
Founded1 July 2008; 11 years ago (2008-07-01)
GroundJugendleistungszentrum Kurtekotten
Capacity1,140
PresidentWolfgang Holzhäuser
ManagerVerena Hagedorn
LeagueFrauen-Bundesliga
2018–1910th

HistoryEdit

The origin of Bayer Leverkusen women's football section lies at the SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach, which in the 1970s and 1980s was the dominating club in German women's football. In that period Bergisch Gladbach won the national women's football championship nine times which today is still the record. They also won the DFB-Pokal three times. After the inception of the Bundesliga in 1990 their performance declined through the 1990s, eventually leading to relegation.

In 1996 the women's team moved from SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach to TuS Köln rrh.. At Köln the team played mostly second-tier football with a few seasons in the third tier in between. Their greatest success was a semi-final appearance in the 2007–08 cup. However the team was not able to find sponsors, that would help to realize the team's ambitions of playing Bundesliga football again. Contemporaneously Bayer Leverkusen pronounced their interest to establish a women's football section of their own. On 25 June 2008 the women's football department of TuS Köln rrh. disbanded to join Bayer Leverkusen.

In their first season at Bayer Leverkusen the team finished 7th in the south group of the 2. Bundesliga. The following season Leverkusen became champions of the 2. Bundesliga and would thus play in the Bundesliga in the 2010–11 season. In its debut season the team finished 8th.

The following season the team finished 11th in the table, yet wasn't relegated as Hamburger SV announced its disestablishment of the women's section. Since the 2012–13 season, Leverkusen had been coached by Thomas Obliers, until his resignation in 2017. Leverkusen were relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga soon after.

Current squadEdit

Former playersEdit

SeasonsEdit

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts DFB-Pokal
2008–09 2nd Bundesliga (south) (II) 7 6 7 9 47 40 25 2nd round
2009–10 2nd Bundesliga (south) 1 17 3 2 62 19 54 Round of 16
2010–11 Bundesliga (I) 8 6 3 13 32 67 21 2nd round
2011–12 Bundesliga (I) 11 4 3 15 22 55 15 2nd round
2012–13 Bundesliga (I) 8 6 8 8 31 40 26 2nd round
2013–14 Bundesliga (I) 7 7 5 10 44 38 26 3rd round
2014–15 Bundesliga (I) 9 5 5 12 23 42 20 Round of 16
2015–16 Bundesliga (I) 10 6 3 13 21 56 21 Round of 16
2016–17 Bundesliga (I) 11 2 3 17 16 53 9 Semi-finals
2017–18 2nd Bundesliga (south) 3 13 2 7 47 37 41 2nd round
2018–19 Bundesliga (I) 10 5 3 14 22 75 18 Quarter-finals
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

StadiaEdit

  • Kurt-Rieß-Anlage (2008–2011)
  • Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion (Amateurstadion) (2011-2015/16)
  • Jugendleistungszentrum Kurtekotten (since 2016/17)

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