Bayer Leverkusen’s Historic Season: Breaking the Curse of ‘Neverkusen’

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Yesterday, during their home victory against Werder Bremen, Xabi Alonso’s men were crowned German champions for the first time in the club’s history. The “eternal runners-up” have finally broken the curse of “Neverkusen”, this mocking nickname that the club has had for so many years. It is now done and Bayer can still go for other titles this season. They will play the final of the German Cup on May 25 against Kaiserslautern and are still in the running in the Europa League. Nothing seems to be able to stop this Bayer, undefeated for 43 official matches but this crazy series had nevertheless started in France, in Marseille.

OM-Bayer: the start of a crazy epic

On August 2, the clubs were still preparing for the start of the season with friendly matches. Xabi Alonso and his team traveled to Marseille where the Phocéens coach was still Marcelino. At the end of the match, Bayer won 2-1 against the unconvincing Olympians. It is since this victory that the German club began its incredible series and has never known defeat since. Currently, they are at 38 wins for 5 draws in 43 official matches. Their success against Marseille is not counted but it is the element which marked the start of an exceptional season for the German club because before this meeting against OM, it had lost 1-0 against at Real Sociedad four days earlier. If we count the friendly matches, Bayer’s series would be 40 wins in 45 matches (5 draws, 0 losses). The Marseillais and the Germans could possibly meet in the Europa League but that would only have to be in the final. Is there still a shred of hope? To do this, Jean-Louis Gasset’s men will have to win on Thursday, against Benfica, in a melting Vélodrome!

To sum up

Bayer Leverkusen has just been crowned German champion for the first time in its history yesterday thanks to its success against Werder Bremen (5-0) six days before the end of the championship. Xabi Alonso’s men are on a 43-game unbeaten run, which began in Marseille.

2024-04-15 13:45:21
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