10 May 2024 - 2:54 PM


IMAGO | Fernando Carro has a lot to smile about currently, with Bayer Leverkusen on the brink of going through the current season undefeated

From Neverkusen to The Invincibles: Fernando Carro and Leverkusen’s quest for a perfect season

  • With only 360 minutes of play remaining, Bayer Leverkusen stand on the verge of achieving what no team in modern European football has ever done – completing an entire season undefeated across all competitions.
  • Under the stewardship of CEO Fernando Carro, a former industrial engineer without a traditional football background, Leverkusen have embraced a corporate-driven ethos that has fuelled their rise to the top.
  • Why it matters: Leverkusen’s potential to make football history by remaining undefeated in all competitions throughout the season, showcases not just the leadership of Xabi Alonso, but also the innovative management of a footballing outsider, like Carro.
  • The perspective: Leverkusen's ownership by pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has provided both challenges and advantages, but its financial subsidies have raised question marks about fair play.

As the clock ticks down on an astonishing season, 360 minutes is now all that sits between Bayer Leverkusen and football immortality. 

Undefeated in league, cup and European competition all season long, Die Werkself have to see off Bochum and Augsburg in the Bundesliga (a competition that they won for the first time in its history weeks ago), Atalanta in the Europa League final in Dublin, then Kaiser

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