Bayer 04 Leverkusen im Check

The new season of the women’s Bundesliga begins on 16 September. 90 minutes has taken a close look at the twelve Bundesliga teams and presents each team in detail. Retrieved today: Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Season 2012/13: Bundesliga, 8th place
Season 2013/14: Bundesliga, 7th place
Season 2014/15: Bundesliga, 9th place
Season 2015/16: Bundesliga, 10th place
Season 2016/17: Bundesliga, 11th relegation place)
Season 2017/18: 2nd Bundesliga, 3rd place (promotion)
Season 2018/19: Bundesliga, 10th place
Season 2019/20: Bundesliga, 10th place
Season 2020/21: Bundesliga, 5th place
Season 2021/22: Bundesliga, 7th place

Tor:
Anna Klink
Friederike Repohl
Anna Mohl

Defence:
Selina Ostermeier
Melissa Friedrich (Captain)
Silvia Matysik
Caroline Siems
Lilla Turányi
Clare Happy
Lara Martin

Midfield:
Elisa Senß
Lisanne Grawe
Julian Wirtz
Sofia Zdebel
Jill Baying
Dina Blagojevic
Alexandra Emmerling

Sturm:
Ivana Ferreira Fuso
Clear books
Milena Nikolic
Kristin Koegel
Amira Arfaoui
Annika Enderle
Verena again

New arrivals:
Selina Ostermeier (SGS Essen)
Jill Bayings (SGS Essen)
Elisa Sens (SGS Essen)
Alexandra Emmerling (SV Meppen)
Ivana Ferreira Fuso (loan, Manchester United)
Anne Moll (youth department TSV Meerbusch)

Departures:
Ann-Kathrin Vinken (forward Spoho Cologne)
Joyce Prabel (MSV Duisburg)
Nina Brueggemann (Hamburger SV)
Dora Zeller (BK Häcken FF)
Henrike Sahlmann (Young Boys Bern)
Vildan Brothers (SV Meppen)
Irina Pando (FC Zurich)
Jessica Wich (late career)

The Werkself relies in attack on Milena Nikolic, 1.87 years old, the club’s top scorer in the last two seasons. After Verena Wieder tore her cruciate ligament, young Ivana Ferreira Fuso’s hopes for goals are rekindled on loan from Manchester United. In midfield, Lisane Gräwe and Juliane Wirtz (sister of national player Florian Wirtz) pull the strings. Defender and captain Melissa Friedrich, who started almost every game last year and should also ensure stability under Robert de Pauw, plays a decisive role.

Change: 41 years old, born on July 24, 1981
In charge since: July 1, 2022
Contract until: June 30, 2024
Previous stations:
2018: Head coach Achilles 29
2018-2021: Head coach Netherlands U16 and U17
2021-2022: Twente Enschede
From 1 July 2022: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Dutchman Robert de Pauw succeeded Achim Feifel in the summer, who had been in charge of Leverkusen for three years and is now taking up the new position of sporting director. A constellation that could cause unrest if de Pauw does not immediately obtain the desired success. The 41-year-old comes to the Werkself as a Dutch champion and was described when introduced by department head Thomas Eichin as an “ambitious and skilled coach” who brings “international experience and knows how to train and lead a young and hungry team.” In addition to de Pauw, his Twente assistant Carin Bakhuis has also signed in the Bundesliga. The 32-year-old has taken over the position of head coach of the promoted team SV Meppen.

0-1 defeat against Club America (15th of July)
1-0 win against PSV Eindhoven (6. August)
0-1 defeat against Twente Enschede (August 12)
Defeat 2:4 against TSG Hoffenheim (August 27)
4-0 win against PEC Zwolle (2. September)

1st day, September 18: MSV Duisburg (Away)
2nd day, 24 September: 1. FC Cologne (home)
)3rd day, 1st October: VfL Wolfsburg (away)
4th day, October 15: Bayern Munich (away)
5th day, 22 October: SC Freiburg (Away)
6th day, October 29: SGS Essen (house)
Day 7, November 5: TSG Hoffenheim (Away)
Day 8, November 26: Eintracht Frankfurt (Away)
Day 9, December 3: Potsdam (Heim) turbine
Day 10, December 10: Bayern Munich (away)
Day 11, February 4: Werder Bremen (home)
12th day, 12 February: MSV Duisburg (Heim)
Day 13, March 5: 1. FC Cologne (away)
14th day, 12 March: Wolfsburg (Heim)
15th day, March 19: SV Meppen (away)
16th day, March 26: SC Freiburg (Heim)
Day 17, April 2: SGS Essen (away)
Matchday 18, April 23: TSG Hoffenheim (Heim)
Matchday 19, May 7: Eintracht Frankfurt (home)
20th day, May 14th: Turbine Potsdam (away)
Matchday 21, May 21: Bayern Munich (home)
Matchday 22, May 28: Werder Bremen (Away)

Bayer Leverkusen ends up in safe midfield. The Werkselfs have largely stuck together and not improved spectacularly, but they have strengthened in some areas. Milena Nikolic and company will therefore have nothing to do with relegation, but for the top it will only be enough if the new coach Robert de Pauw does miracles. At best, fourth place is possible.

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