#2 Leverkusen – Die Werkself (The Works Team)
The German club has a unique history due to its ties with pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG. Leverkusen have often been called a ‘plastic club’ by fans of other German clubs because it was not formed in the traditional way by a fan base.
However, Leverkusen have taken this criticism in a positive way and have embraced their industrial origins. As a result, the team started calling itself Die Werkself to emphasise its factory origins.
Leverkusen have always been counted amongst the biggest clubs in Germany. However, the team has lost its way recently and Roger Schmidt’s men need to gear up as soon as possible if they are to make it to the Europa League spots.Published 15 Feb 2017, 20:27 IST