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I’m sorry I’ve been away but this is the height of the school season. First off, did everybody have a good Thanksgiving weekend last week? To summarise, the Werkself did not but I guess it’s just as well that they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving anyway.

Bayer finally got back to winning ways this week in the second Rhine derby of the season for the team when they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach comfortably 3-1.  That win brings Bayer back up to third place. In other good news, Bayern beat Hoffenheim, and thus the top two teams are tied in points and the Werkself is now three points behind them. Which is not an insurmountable gap. The Werkself will close the year with a home game against Energie Cottbus.

In other news, the club had an official meeting with the fans earlier in November. It’s all in the report but in summary, the fans met with the some of the club bigwigs who updated them on the status of the club and their future plans.  There was a meet-the-first team session and Bruno Labbadia entertained some questions.

The most pressing matter after the last game will of course, be the move to the LTU-Arena. More on that later. The next few games have been scheduled as below:

18. Spieltag:31 Jan 2009 – Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

19. Spieltag: 6 Jan 2009 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs VfB Stuttgart

20. Spieltag: 1899 Hoffenheim vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Let’s hope the Werkself won’t suffer from homesickness.

And lastly, Happy Eid Mubarak to those who celebrate it!

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[ credit: RP ONLINE ]

Bayer officials met with the powers that be of Fortuna Düsseldorf today to discuss the details of the temporary groundshare that will begin in 2009 whilst the installation of the new roof at the BayArena is ongoing. The full report from the website is here but to summarise, Bayer will introduce the “Fortuna Euro” scheme, where one Euro will be contributed to Fortuna for each home ticket sold, inclusive of season tickets. The funds will be directed towards Fortuna’s youth development and if targets are met, the final amount might reach six figures.

The club will also invest in an advertising campaign to inform the citizens of Düsseldorf about Bayer’s impending arrival. I must say I am rather amused by the sight of Rolfes getting a solo spot in the “Sechs & the City” poster. The first match to be played in the LTU-Arena will be the DFB-Pokal Round of Sixteen match against Energie Cottbus on 28 January 2009 and the first Bundesliga match will be against VfB Stuttgart a week later.

Moving on to other news, Adler has been nominated for the North-Rhine Westphalia Sports Personality 2008, under the “Newcomer” category. And in a surprising turn of events, or perhaps the team did listen to my suggestion and dressed in drag after all, Bayer has now managed to garner two paragraphs in the weekly Honigstein column, all of it flattering, especially of Rolfes and Bruno Labbadia. Granted, the original subject was about how Werder might not be so mediocre after all but we’ll take what we can and run with it.

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