Bayer Leverkusen champions Germany for the first time in 120 years


By John

It took 120 years of waiting to see Leverkusen conquer the Meisterschale. Xabi Alonso's team therefore enters the history of the Bundesliga and of the club which is owned by one of the most important pharmaceutical companies in the world. A triumphal championship for Aspirin, who dominated the tournament from the first days, achieving success after success and not losing – so far – any match. Founded in 1904, Bayer Leverkusen has played in the Bundesliga since 1979, but had never managed to win the German top flight title. The best result was second place, a goal achieved on five occasions. To be precise in the 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2001/02 and 2010/11 seasons. And more generally in its history the Germans had only won two trophies, a UEFA Cup (1987/88) and a German Cup (1993/94). This year, however, the spoils could become even more important, considering that the team led by Xabi Alonso is still in the running for the German Cup and the Europa League.

What makes the title achieved more prestigious is certainly the fact that they overtook their historic rivals Bayern Munich, who had always triumphed in the previous eleven seasons, including some in which they managed to win almost without ever suffering in any particular way. His mind now remains focused on the other competitions in which Bayer is still competing. Xabi Alonso and the team (Wirtz and Frimpong above all) are not thinking about anything else, not even about the future, given that the Spanish coach has already made it known that he wants to stay next season too, declining the advances of Liverpool and Bayern themselves.

The victory within friendly walls against Werder Bremen 5-0 was decisive thanks to goals from Boniface from the penalty spot (25'), Xhaka (60') and Wirtz (68', 83' and 90'). Before today there were only two titles in Leverkusen's trophy cabinet, won once each: the UEFA Cup in 1988 and the German Cup in 1993. Team still unbeaten and great celebration in Leverkusen for a historic triumph after a dominated championship, with Bayern 16 points behind and whose hegemony in Germany was broken after several years.