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Video: Bayer 04 Season Highlights 2010/11

A 15 minute review of last season, enjoy!

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Bayer 04 Goals: Fixture 18 to 34 Bundesliga Season 2010/11

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 34, SC Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 0:1

A good first half with a lot of intensity by the Werkself was sufficient to grab 3 points and finish runner-up in the Bundesliga.  This time the club had a reason to celebrate (not like in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002 in which Leverkusen dropped from the top-position) after an overall strong season which meant the return to the Champions League after 6 years.

Balitsch scored the winner with a deflection by Makiadi seconds before half-time.  Derdiyok could have decided it earlier, with a few goal opportunities in the initial half an hour.

After the break Bayer 04 decided to secure the result, only a chance by Rosenthal that hit the cross-bar could have given the last 25 minutes some breathless suspense.

Line-up: Freiburg (bottom) vs Leverkusen (top)

Substitutions Freiburg
54 min. Reisinger for Caligiuri
71 min. Jäger for Putsila
90 min. Yano for Schuster

Substitutions Leverkusen
73 min. Castro for Renato Augusto
88 min. Barnetta for Sam
90. + 1 min. Kießling for Derdiyok

Yellow Cards: Renato Augusto (Leverkusen)

0:1 Balitsch (45 min.)

Statistics Freiburg vs Leverkusen
Posession: 50 % vs 50 %
Shots: 8 vs 13
Fouls: 8 vs 21
Corners: 1 vs 9
Offsides: 3 vs 2

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Postgame Celebrations

Around 3.000 Leverkusen Fans in Freiburg


Rudi Völler took Jupp Heynckes by the arm to bring him back to the Fans for a proper celebration of his two years at Bayer 04

Assistant coach Peter Hermann is also leaving to Bayern Munich

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Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 33, Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg SV 1:1

Bayer 04 showed nerves and will have to gain at least a point in the last match in Freiburg to keep the second position in case Bayern wins against Stuttgart.

Westermann scored early for Hamburg (2 min.) after René Adler failed to clear a free-kick properly. It was not his only bad intervention in this game and in previous ones, seems like the contract extension talks are making him lose focus.

It took quite a while till the Werkself recovered from this early shock and Bayern’s goal festival which was announced on the scoreboard in the BayArena. Kiessling could have evened the match in the 21st minute but his goal was ruled offside, a centimeter decision!

10 minutes later, Sami Hyypiä had to be substituted due to knee problems (33 min.). A wide sector of the BayArena thought that this substitution was not based on an injury and proceeded to shout “Get lost Heynckes” & “Gipsy Heynckes” as it was Hyypiä’s last home game and the second spot was endangered.

Barnetta had an attempt on goal before half-time but his shot went over the goal of Frank Rost. Both teams went to changing rooms with a loud booing from the crowd in the BayArena. During half-time goalkeeper coach Rüdiger Vollborn approached the fans in the Nordkurve to tell them that Hyypiä had an injury and the team needed their full support during the second half. 

The Werkself improved after the break and found the equalizer in the boots of Stefan Kiessling (54 min.), whose lousy shot fooled Hamburg’s goalkeeper. In the remaining 35 minutes, Bayer searched the winner but was not able to find it. Arturo Vidal had the best chance with a nice volley (81 min), but only hit the post. Hamburg was not innocent at any time and Leverkusen’s defense invited them to a couple of counter-attacks with numeric superiority. The draw was therefore a fair result for both teams.

The management of Bayer 04 is thinking about firing Heynckes before the last game against Freiburg according to the Express Newspaper. The team from Breisgau is also considering the same to avoid a conflict of interest surrounding our future coach Robin Dutt.

I will keep you posted in the social networks on any new developments!

Line-up: Leverkusen (top) vs Hamburg (bottom)

Substitutions Leverkusen
33 min. Derdiyok for Hyypiä
57 min. Ballack for Rolfes
57 min. Sam for Barnetta

Substitutions Hamburg
60 min. Pitroipa for Son
71 min. Ben-Hatira for Jarolim
78 min. Benjamin for Diekmeier

Yellow Cards: Vidal (Leverkusen); Jarolim, Guerrero, Westermann (all Hamburg)

0:1 Westermann (2 min.)
1:1 Kießling (54 min.)

Statistics Leverkusen vs Hamburg
Posession: 67 % vs 33 %
Shots: 13 vs 11
Fouls: 14 vs 23
Corners: 5 vs 3
Offsides: 4 vs 3

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Vollborn calming the fans during half-time

Hyypiä Farewell was ruined. Only a few players came out after the match to say goodbye in front of the fans. They were angry over the support received in the last games

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Match Preview: Bundesliga, Fixture 33, Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg SV

Saturday, 07/05/2011 @ 15:30 (GMT+2)

With two matches left in the Bundesliga, Bayer 04 needs to add 2 points to secure the second spot which grants the direct qualification for the Champions League.  This is assuming that Bayern wins their 2 games.

Why can we be optmistic that the Werkself will secure the second place on this match-day?

  • Six straight wins in the BayArena: while in the first part of the season we lost a lot of points at home, we have regained our home strength in 2011. Away we have suffered 2 straight losses: Bayern & Cologne
  • Hamburg is not fighting for anything, they are 8th in the table and have no chance to qualify for the Europa League
  • Our opponent will miss important players like Mathijsen, Jansen, Zé Roberto, Petric and Van Nistelrooy
  • The two last games between both teams have ended with a 4:2 win for Leverkusen

Or will we choke again to make it interesting till the last match-day? Would not be the first time that we show nerves on the last metres.

It would be a huge blow! Not only could we celebrate in the BayArena our return to the Champions League six year after and avoid a final in which I certainly would not bet my money on Leverkusen (psychological advantage would be with Bayern). Legend Sami Hyypiä who is retiring as a player would have this way a nice farewell in front of the home crowd. Jupp Heynckes despite departing to Bayern Munich, should also get some recognition for reaching the objectives set by the management (2009/10: Europa League; 2010/11: Champions League). 


Ballack will not find himself in the starting line-up for the first time after 7 consecutive games. No idea what is behind this, as he certainly played well in his last appearances. However after the Cologne game which made Dortmund champion he said the following: “It could be that we are missing luck, perhaps willingness. If we review the season, nearly every time we had the chance to come closer to Dortmund, we failed to do our part. The team has to believe, that they can reach higher objectives. This club needs to win something, to get rid of this Vizekusen image so that this belief in achieving the highest possible returns to the changing rooms. We have certainly in the team, players that will raise their voice and who want more.”
Something totally opposite to the management and the coach himself, they congratulated Dortmund and said that that the chase was seen as mission impossible, too much had to happen (The comfort-zone says hello).

Or maybe the coach just wants to give Renato Augusto the central role in midfield to improve the dynamics upfield? Rolfes (not Ballack) will be nominated by Joachim Löw for the upcoming games of the Nationalmannschaft. The Bayer-04 captain is set to return to the starting line-up and should play next to Vidal in defensive midfield. 

Line-up Hamburg (from Kicker):
Rost – Diekmeier,Kacar,Westermann,Aogo – Jarolim,Trochowski – Pitroipa,Elia – B.Hatira, Guerrero

Will we decide it on Saturday or do we have to pray to the football god on the last fixture?

Game Report: Bundesliga, Fixture 32, 1.FC Cologne vs Bayer Leverkusen 2:0

A double strike from Milivoje Novakovic ended Bayer Leverkusen’s t**le hopes once and for all as bitter rivals Koln recorded a crucial 2-0 win in Volker Finke’s first game in charge. The victory gives the Billy Goats much needed breathing space in the relegation battle and helps confirm Borussia Dortmund as German champions after it defeated Nurnberg.

The all important goal for Koln came in the 67th minute. Miso Brecko, with the aid of a slight deflection, picked out the run of Novakovic in behind the Leverkusen defense. The Slovenian striker kept his cool against Rene Adler to lift the ball over the advancing Leverkusen goalkeeper and high into the net, to spark jubilant celebrations in both Koln and Dortmund. It was his fifteenth, and most important goal, of the campaign.

If the reaction was fervent after the first goal, the stadium erupted when Novakovic doubled the home side’s lead to crush Leverkusen. Petit’s free-kick was beaten away by Adler, who should have done better, into the path of Novakovic, who reacted the quickest to bundle the ball into the net.

After a quiet start, Petit and Novakovic combined on 13 minutes to rob Sami Hyypia. Lukas Podolski then took up the baton but his far post cross from the left evaded the sliding Novakovic. Leverkusen’s best chance of an otherwise uneventful opening 45 minutes came through Gonzalo Castro who volleyed wide after superbly controlling Michael Ballack’s ball forward.

The visitors came close on 51 minutes. Renato Augusto threaded a terrific ball through to Stefan Kiessling, who struck the crossbar with Michael Rensing beaten. Soon after, Miso Brecko broke down the right but once more Novakovic was unable to make contact with the low cross into the danger area.

Michael Rensing has been an excellent acquisition for the hosts and he came good again on 63 minutes. Michal Kadlec’s cross was nodded on by Kiessling into the path of Ballack inside the six-yard box. A goal looked certain but Rensing produced a superb reflex save to deny the veteran, to the delight of the home fans for whom Ballack is hardly a favorite.

Leverkusen was frustrated in its quest for an equalizer as nothing went the way of Jupp Heynckes’ men. Not even Rensing could get a hand to Renato Augusto’s fizzing 76th minute shot, which struck the post and rolled along the line before Pedro Geromel’s clearance. The visitors had the stuffing knocked out of them after Koln’s second and though Kadlec went close, it just was not Bayer Leverkusen’s day.

Eight points behind Dortmund with two games to play, a forlorn Leverkusen hosts Hamburg next week while Koln, which is still not assured of safety, face a relegation six-pointer in the Commerzbank Arena against Christoph Daum’s Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Match Preview: Bundesliga, Fixture 32, 1.FC Cologne vs Bayer Leverkusen

Saturday 30/04/2011 @15:30 (GMT+2)

  • No alcohol allowed on premises near and in the RheinEnergie Stadium
  • The fans of the Werkself will be escorted by police from Cologne central train station to the entry gates of the visitors stands
  • Glass bottles have been prohibited during match day in trains circulating around Cologne and Leverkusen
  • The police will use special trained dogs to screen for pyrotechnic substances amongst fans 
  • Coach Jupp Heynckes has pledged that fans of both teams should take it easy tomorrow.  Emotions are okay but violence not.
  • 5.000 Bayer 04 Fans will support their team in the forbidden city. Cologne Fans will sing: “You will never win the German League”, and will receive these replies: “We have never been relegated/We are the Nr.1 at the Rhein”.

Yeah it’s Derby time! Cologne will want to avoid slipping further down near relegation positions and Leverkusen is determined to make the Champions League classification perfect and maybe look at a higher objective if Dortmund permits it.

Ballack will be very much in focus: not long ago he celebrated a victory against Schalke with “Scheiss FC Cologne” paroles. And most of you also probably remember Podolski’s slap in the face with the Nationalmannschaft.  Fans of the Werkself have made available online a Ballack Mask to wear for the game.  Enough for the newspaper Express to headline today: “5.000 Ballack’s will travel to Cologne”.

Frank Schäfer, coach of 1.FC Cologne, resigned this week.  His decision came after unsolvable disagreements with sports director Volker Finke, who will now coach the team till the end of the season.


Rolfes after a series of poor games could actually not make the starting line-up despite being captain.  Derdiyok will rotate back into the team. 

Line-up Cologne (from Kicker):
Rensing – Andrezinho,Geromel,Mohamad,Eichner – Lanig,Petit – Chihi,Jajalo,Podolski – Novakovic

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