Bayer Leverkusen are a side that have become well known around the world because of their efforts in the Champions League over the years. The Bundesliga outfit have played a number of matches in Europe’s elite competition over the years and after a period out of the tournament, fans continue to flock to the 30,810 capacity BayArena when the club take to the field and host a tournament match when it is on their regular season schedule.
Die Werkself, as they are nicknamed, have had a number of stars play for them ever since they were formed as a club and have been able to showcase some of the world’s very best individuals in the continental competition when they have taken part. Michael Ballack, Ze Roberto, Lucio, Kai Havertz and Paulino have all been able to show what they can offer in the side’s colours.
As mentioned, Bayer Leverkusen have plenty of experience of playing in the Champions League over the years, as they have managed to amass almost 100 appearances prior to 2020/21.
However, for all those games that have been played, Die Werkself have only ever managed to reach the showpiece on one occasion and had to settle for a runners-up spot in the 2001/02 edition of the tournament.
Indeed, that final was one of the most memorable moments in Champions League history, however it does not necessarily bring fond ones back to those associated with the German club.
In their final against Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane scored what has been arguably described as one of the best goals to have ever been scored in a final, as he fired a left-footed volley beyond a helpless Hans-Jorg Butt.
There have been other moments that Die Werkself have been involved in as well, but for the wrong reasons. Their meeting with FC Barcelona in March 2012 saw a certain Lionel Messi become the first player in the history of the tournament to score five goals, as he helped Blaugrana to a 7-1 mauling of the Germans at the Camp Nou.
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