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Match Preview: Bundesliga, Fixture 28, 1.FC Kaiserslautern vs Bayer Leverkusen

Saturday, 02/04/2011 @ 15:30 (GMT+2) << Time changed in Europe last weekend!

Press conference (Thursday)

Opening Statement Heynckes: Kaiserlautern has not lost any of the last 4 games.  They are known for playing in front of their fans to the limit from the 1st to the last minute.  Not only that, our opponent is also capable of playing a good ball given the talented players in their team.  But Bayer Leverkusen has made progress in the last weeks/months, we are not just a team which plays great football.  We have improved both physically and mentally and learned to play against these kind of opponent.  My team has been very focused in the training sessions during the 2 weeks break.  I am confident that we will see a performance which will enable us to grab the 3 points in play.

Question: Are you happy that finally the speculations on your future have ceased.  How did your team react to your decision to coach Bayern Munich next season?

Heynckes: Rudi Völler and Wolfgang Holzhäuser knew some weeks before that I would not extend my contract here.  It was good to let the team play those 4 matches (Villarreal-Mainz-Villarreal-Schalke) without knowing my decision.  Unfortunately we were eliminated in the Europa League, but against Mainz and Schalke we achieved two important victories in the league.  If you look at the reactions of my players in the press you can imagine that it was not easy for them. In these two years we have build a great relationship, it’s understandable that some were disappointed or surprised.  That’s why it was best to wait and announce my decision at the beginning of this 2 weeks break.  My players and staff had now sufficient time to process this news and will shift their full concentration to the next games.

Question: You said that you will focus on Bayer Leverkusen till the season ends and not answer any question on Bayern Munich.  Reading only the newspapers however it seems that you are already coach at Bayern.  How do you manage this situation?

Heynckes: You have to know the person Jupp Heynckes, his character and the values he defends.  I will not only focus 100% on Bayer Leverkusen, the emotional link towards the club will also not change.  Till the end of the season I will burn for Bayer 04.  I want to reach with my team the direct qualification for the Champions League.  We will achieve this because my team is strong and willing to reach this goal.  If you look back to March 1987 when I was coaching Mönchengladbach I also announced that I would leave to Bayern.  There were still 10 games ahead of us, we won them all.  Of course, you could say that the players were happy that I was leaving.  But it has more to do that they felt that nothing had changed.  The training sessions and my motivation continued to be as intensive as before.  With Bayer it will be the same, however I can’t promise 7 wins.  What I can promise that I will try everything possible to bring Leverkusen into the Champions League.

Question: How is Arturo Vidal? He was just running today…

Heynckes: Vidal and Kadlec played two games with their national team.  Yesterday both were recovering in the wellness area and today they had a light training session.  Both will join the team in the training session tomorrow.  All others players have trained to the full extent today.  Only M.Friedrich and Gonzalo Castro (knee problem) are injured.  Castro is feeling fine but the doctors have said that he should take it easy till next week.  He should be again available when we meet St.Pauli.


Hyypiä has often been a question mark this season, according to the german media it’s also not sure whether he will add another year.  The Finnish player will take a decision at the end of the season.  It is possible that he will become a stand-by player or retire from active football.  Being a stand-by player involves him doing an apprenticeship at Bayer for the coaching license, train regularly and play when there is really a need for it because of injuries.  In case of retiring he could also decide switching Leverkusen for Finland or Liverpool to do his coaching license there.

Line-up Kaiserslautern (from Kicker):

Ballack will have to pay an 8.000 EUR fine for his “Scheiss FC Cologne” after the Schalke match.


A good article on Heynckes and his conflict of interest: Link

Leverkusen have signed centre-back Ömer Toprak from SC Freiburg for the next season: Link


Helmes moves to VfL Wolfsburg!

Not happy with his role at Bayer 04

It’s official!  Bayer Leverkusen have sold striker Patrick Helmes to VfL Wolfsburg.  The total transfer sum should be between 8 and 10 Mio EUR, with 5 Mio EUR being paid now  (not officially confirmed).  It was the striker desire to leave the club after he failed to adapt to Jupp Heynckes philosophy and with the return of Kiessling became only third choice in attack. 

Club boss Wolfgang Holzhäuser: “Patrick Helmes is an excellent forward who we wouldn’t have given away unasked. However, he didn’t judge his possibilities of developing in Leverkusen as well as did. We granted his wish to leave the club.”

Rudi Völler, Sport-Director: “It’s understandable that Patrick was not satisfied with his current situation. We would have liked to see him fight against his strong competitors. In the end the great attacking potential in our squad made it easier for us to let him go –also because the financial deal was okay.”

This leaves the Werkself with two proper strikers: Kiessling and Derdiyok and a back-up Jørgensen who lacks experience.  It means also that the two striker formation is history!

Feel free to comment here or in the forum!  I will join you later on!


Will Vidal and Adler stay with Bayer 04? Updates on their situation can be found in the Forum: 

Adler to Manchester United?
Arturo Vidal to Chelsea or Bayern Munich?

Match Preview: Bundesliga, Fixture 20, Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover 96

Friday, 28/01/2011, 20:30 (GMT+1)

3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses is the home record of Bayer Leverkusen so far this season.  A victory against Hannover is therefore not only important in the race for the Champions League positions, it would also help to improve these poor stats.

Ballack is set to return to the starting line-up!  This is the impression from the training sessions this week.  He has been playing with the theoretical starters in the training matches.

Helmes will be again not called up.  Heynckes reasoned this decision as follows: “Patrick has been too busy thinking in switching clubs.  He has trained with less intensity although never on purpose and told me that he would like to leave the club.  It would be therefore best to wait till the market closes, so he can refocus on Bayer Leverkusen.”

No offer has been received as the price tag for Helmes is set high.  Around 10 Mio EUR are necessary to make the management of Bayer Leverkusen consider releasing Helmes this winter.  Till Monday a lot can happen, but it looks like that he will continue to be a Werkself player.

EDIT: Transfer could actually take place, more information here >> Patrick Helmes to Wolfsburg,Cologne,Dortmund or Bremen? (Registration required)


Castro could move back into defense for Schwaab (poor performance against Mönchengladbach), if Sam (swollen eye) plays from the beginning.  Vidal and Ballack should alternate their roles during the match.  Lars Bender will be again not available, as he has some sort infection in his knee. With Helmes not called up, a 4-2-2-2 seems unlikely. 

Line-up Hannover (from Kicker):
Zieler – Cherundolo,Haggui,Pogatetz,C. Schulz – Schmiedebach,Pinto – Stoppelkamp,Rausch – Ya Konan,Abdellaoue


Burak Kaplan has been loaned out to Greuther Fürth (2.Bundesliga) till the end of the season.  He has hardly played with the first team, so it’s an understandable decision by both parties.

Rhodolfo to Leverkusen? / Further Transfer Gossip

The new Lucio?

According to the italian sports newspaper Gazetta dello Sport: Rhodolfo will sign in the coming days with Bayer Leverkusen.   The transfer sum is said to be around 5 Mio EUR.

Given that Udinese and AS Bari were interested in the centre-back, it is very likely that this information is correct.  However in the brazilian press no report can be found.  The management of Bayer 04 has also not made any statement regarding this rumour.  The next days should bring clarity in this matter.

UPDATE: Spanish Club has joined the race >> 

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Player Profile on Link

Wikipedia: Link

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Goal celebration


More Transfer Gossip (Registration required in the Forum):

Patrick Helmes to Vfl Wolfsburg?
Right-back Guillaume Gillet from Anderlecht to Leverkusen?
Will Ralf Fährmann replace René Adler at Leverkusen?

Karim Bellarabi to Leverkusen! / 4-2-2-2 against Dortmund

Kicker reports today that Karim Bellarabi will soon sign with Bayer Leverkusen to join the team next season. The German sport newspaper does not publish vague rumours! It is therefore very likely to happen.

More information in the forum (registration required): Link

EDIT: It’s done has confirmed the signing!

Heynckes is also keen on young talent Nico Schulz: Link 

It seems that we will definitely play a 4-2-2-2 against Dortmund. The team has been using this system in three half-times of four in the two friendlies and according to Bild it has also been the focus in training.

The newspaper says that the Line-up could be as follows:






Yes Hyypiä could take a seat on the bench! 

A preview can be found tomorrow on the blog! 

Transfer Gossip

A lot of speculation in the last two days:

Midfielder Juraj Kucka: Link
Striker Nils Petersen: Link
Striker Ciro: Link

Roy Hodgson has denied that Agger is on sale: Link

Bayer 04 Goals: Fixture 1 to 17 Bundesliga Season 2010/11

Found this on Youtube today, enjoy 😉

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__________ (german version) confirmed the transfer of Hajime Hosogai.  He will sign a contract till 30/06/2013 and be loaned out to FC Augsburg until 30/06/2012.  According to German newspapers we will pay his salary while he is on his loan spell.  This together with the contract length (just one season with Leverkusen) does not make much sense to me.  However it was also mentioned that a cooperation could arise (not officially confirmed), which will allow us to get players from Augsburg at a very reasonable price.

Have a great New Year!