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SI.com: Sid Lowe: Is Spanish soccer the best in the world? Recent results indicate yesupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 18:06:00

Lionel Messi scored five goals in a single game last week, becoming the first player in the Champions League ever to do so. Most were impressed; some were not. Against Bayer Leverkusen, they said: So what? It is a familiar argument -- and one that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular have been forced to confront time and time again. Between them, they have racked up astonishing goal scoring figures, breaking records at every turn -- Messi has scored 50 goals already this season, Ronaldo 40 -- but the nagging doubt lingers. Yeah, they say, but against who?

Gomez hat-trick as Bayern hit seven against Hoffenheimupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 19:55:00

Germany international striker Mario Gomez grabbed a hat-trick as Bayern Munich routed Hoffenheim 7-1 Saturday.

Bender double puts Bayer Leverkusen fifth in Bundesligaupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 16:15:00

With Germany's title race set to resume in earnest on Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen took center stage in Saturday's Bundesliga action by claiming fifth place with a 2-0 win at struggling Cologne.

Messi scores four as Barcelona rout Valencia; AC Milan cruiseupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 05:01:00

Lionel Messi scored four times as Barcelona routed Valencia to keep alive their slim chances of overhauling Real Madrid at the top of Spain's La Liga.

Sanchez brace gives Barcelona edge over Leverkusenupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:16:00

Barcelona put one foot into the quarterfinals of the Champions League after completing a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

Kagawa keeps Dortmund in driving seatupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 13:44:00

Japan winger Shinji Kagawa was on target for Borussia Dortmund in a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to keep the reigning champions at the top of the Bundesliga.

Schalke win lifts them level with Bayern updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 14:46:00

Schalke joined Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after a 3-1 win over Stuttgart at the Veltins Arena.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayer Leverkusen rallies for win, but are Dutt's days numbered?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:29:00

It was a historic win of sorts -- Bayer Leverkusen had not won any of its last seven games against Spanish teams in Europe -- and remarkable in the most enigmatic of ways. After the 2-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday night, players and officials weren't quite sure whether they should revel in a rather sensational second-half comeback or be shocked about the opening 40 minutes, when the whole team had "disappeared into an abyss of horror," as Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote. Michael Ballack, a 35-year-old veteran who has been around the block a few times, declared that non-performance before the break "probably the worst I've been involved in as a footballer."

Neuer reaches milestone as Bayern's winning run endsupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 14:57:00

Bayern Munich's 10-match winning run came to a halt on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Hoffenheim that saw goalkeeper Manuel Neuer go past 1,000 minutes without conceding a goal.

Leaders Bayern brush off Leverkusenupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 16:32:00

Bayern Munich remained two points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga table after a comprehensive 3-0 win at home to last season's runners-up Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Champions Dortmund humbled at Hoffenheimupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 17:32:00

Reigning champions Borussia Dortmund suffered their first defeat in the second week of the new Bundesliga season as they lost 1-0 at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Cacau on target for Stuttgart; Wins for Bremen and Wolfsburgupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 18:50:00

The first full day of the new Bundesliga season kicked-off Saturday with some promising wins for teams that struggled in last year's campaign.

Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg sent crashing in German Cupupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:15:00

Bayer Leverkusen and six-time winners Werder Bremen were both sent crashing out of the German Cup at the first round Saturday.

Leverkusen clinch second as Wolfsburg avoid relegationupdated: Sat May 14 2011 16:18:00

Jupp Heynckes ensured his job at Bayern Munich will be a little bit harder after ending his two-season stint at Bayer Leverkusen on a winning note on Saturday.

Wolfsburg climb out of drop zone in Germanyupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:53:00

2009 German champions VfL Wolfsburg gave themselves a Bundesliga lifeline with a precious 1-0 win at Werder Bremen Friday.

Beaten Dortmund must wait another weekupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 15:47:00

Borussia Dortmund's title celebrations have been put on hold for another week after the champions-elect suffered a shock defeat on Saturday and closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen won.

The dramatic downfall of Bayern Munichupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 17:15:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto reports on the nightmare season that FC Bayern Munich of the Bundesliga are having.

Hannover win puts pressure on Bayernupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 17:15:00

Hannover moved up to third place in Germany with a 3-1 win at Freiburg on Thursday, knocking Bundesliga titleholders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League places.

Leaders Dortmund back to winning ways; Bayern move up to thirdupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 14:49:00

German league leaders Borussia Dortmund overcame a midweek bomb scare to remain seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 victory over Hannover that knocked the visiting team out of the Champions League places.

Heynckes to leave Bayer Leverkusen at end of seasonupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 15:26:00

Bayer Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that he will be leaving the German Bundesliga club at the end of the season, paving the way for a return to Bayern Munich.

Villarreal come from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen; Liverpool loseupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 17:40:00

An injury-time goal from substitute Nilmar secured Villarreal a 3-2 at Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday.

Win puts Dortmund 15 points clear at topupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 17:08:00

Borussia Dortmund are now a massive 15 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga after a 1-0 victory over Cologne on Friday -- their 19th win from 25 games this season.

Bayern hopes crushed by Cologneupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 14:55:00

Bayern Munich's faint hopes of retaining the German league title were almost extinguished on Saturday following a shock 3-2 defeat by lowly Cologne.

Bayer Leverkusen close gap on Dortmundupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 17:41:00

Bayer Leverkusen moved within eight points of German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund after a 2-0 victory over Hannover.

Leverkusen up to second; Blackburn beat West Bromupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 14:46:00

Bayer Leverkusen moved up to second place in the Bundesliga on Sunday after a 3-1 win at bottom side Moenchengladbach.

Bayern Munich fall further behind leaders Borussia Dortmundupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 15:20:00

Bayern Munich's hopes of retaining the German Bundesliga title suffered another blow on Saturday as Louis van Gaal's team were held 1-1 at third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen loss leaves struggling Schalke mired in relegation battleupdated: Sat Oct 30 2010 15:43:00

Bayer Leverkusen claimed third place in the German Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory over Schalke on Saturday night that left last season's runners-up deep in relegation trouble.

Wolfsburg self-destruct; Schalke slump in Hannoverupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 17:02:00

Wolfsburg threw away a three-goal lead and three points against Mainz, Saturday, as Steve McClaren's team went down 4-3 in a pulsating match at the Volkswagen Arena.

Manchester City to face Juventus in Europa League groupupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 12:14:00

Roberto Mancini will take Manchester City back to his homeland after the English club were paired with Italian giants Juventus in the Europa League draw.

Ballack returns in Leverkusen victoryupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 14:58:00

Germany captain Michael Ballack enjoyed a dream return to the Bundesliga as his Bayer Leverkusen side claimed an impressive 2-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Ruud's double sinks 10-man Schalke as promoted sides profit in Germanyupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 15:26:00

St. Pauli and Kaiserslautern both won on their return to the German Bundesliga on Saturday, while last season's runners-up Schalke and fellow title hopefuls Werder Bremen suffered defeats.

Fanzone preview: The German Bundesligaupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 11:25:00

The 48th season of the Bundesliga will commence this week with champions Bayern Munich looking to defend their title against Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg.

Ballack returns to former club Bayer Leverkusenupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:43:00

Former Germany captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has signed a two-year deal with his former club Bayer Leverkusen.

Jubilant Bayern on brink of Bundesliga title as Schalke slip upupdated: Sat May 01 2010 14:20:00

Bayern Munich were left tantalizingly close to a 22nd German Bundesliga title after closest rivals Schalke suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to third-placed Werder Bremen in the penultimate round of the league season on Saturday.

Bayern duo in doubt for Lyon semifinalupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 15:51:00

Bayern Munich suffered a double injury blow ahead of the Champions League showdown with Lyon, as the German leaders' hopes of winning the Bundesliga title were dented by a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Robben nets treble as seven-goal Bayern rout Hannoverupdated: Sat Apr 17 2010 16:21:00

Bayern Munich smashed seven goals past struggling Hannover to re-establish the German giants' two-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday night.

Bayern held but stretch Bundesliga lead to two pointsupdated: Sat Apr 10 2010 17:58:00

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich battled to 1-1 draw at third-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to stretch their advantage over Schalke to two points.

Van Buyten injured as Bayern crash to defeat in Frankfurtupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 17:34:00

Bayern Munich's German title hopes suffered a blow on Saturday as Eintracht Frankfurt scored two late goals to inflict the Bundesliga leaders' first league defeat in six months.

Leverkusen defeat Hamburg to close gapupdated: Sun Mar 14 2010 15:41:00

Bayer Leverkusen moved to within three points of German Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after a comfortable 4-2 home victory over Hamburg on Sunday.

Schalke defeat Stuttgart to top tableupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 17:14:00

Schalke are back on top of the German Bundesliga table by a point after defeating Stuttgart 2-1 on Friday evening, with all the goals coming in a 10-minute spell just after the interval.

Nuremberg end Bayer Leverkusen's unbeaten runupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 17:14:00

Bayer Leverkusen saw their record unbeaten run come to an end with a 3-2 defeat at struggling Nuremberg which dents their Bundesliga title hopes.

Bayer Leverkusen equal record to go top in Bundesligaupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 06:23:00

Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga from Bayern Munich with a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen to extend their unbeaten run to a record equaling 23 games.

Bayern keep pace with Bundesliga leaders Leverkusenupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 17:44:00

Bayern Munich stayed level on points with German Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Saturday's late match.

Leverkusen return to top of Bundesligaupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 16:42:00

Bayer Leverkusen scored three goals in four minutes late in the first half as they surged back to the top of the German Bundesliga with a 3-1 home win over Freiburg.

Leverkusen regain top spot in Bundesligaupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 14:17:00

Bayer Leverkusen wrested back the Bundesliga leadership from Bayern Munich with an emphatic 3-0 win at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Bayern finally back on top of Bundesligaupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 17:03:00

Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time since May 2008 with a 2-0 victory at home to Hoffenheim on Friday night in the first match after the German winter break.

Barca dampen Robinho speculationupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 08:53:00

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed Robinho will not be joining the La Liga champions after a bid for the forward was rejected by Manchester City.

Schalke second as Bayern fire againupdated: Sat Dec 12 2009 15:00:00

Schalke moved to within a point of German Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen after winning 2-0 away to fellow title hopefuls Werder Bremen on Saturday night.

Leaders Leverkusen limp to another drawupdated: Sat Dec 05 2009 12:43:00

Bayer Leverkusen stumbled to a fifth draw in seven games but still extended their lead in the German Bundesliga to four points with a 0-0 stalemate at Hannover on Saturday.

Bayern held by leaders Leverkusenupdated: Sun Nov 22 2009 15:52:00

Bayern Munich failed to make up ground in the Bundesliga title race as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by unbeaten leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Ozil masterclass puts Bremen on topupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 13:38:00

Werder Bremen snatched top spot in the German Bundesliga after crushing Freiburg 6-0 on Saturday, as young playmaker Mesut Ozil stole the show.

Bayern slip to 8th with home drawupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 13:22:00

The pressure is mounting on coach Louis van Gaal after Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 home draw by Schalke on Saturday.

Unbeaten Leverkusen go four points clearupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 16:46:00

Bayer Leverkusen opened a four-point lead at the top of the German Bundesliga after scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes on their way to a 4-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Win lifts Hoffenheim up to fifth in tableupdated: Sun Nov 01 2009 14:25:00

Brazilian forward Maicosuel scored the only goal to give Hoffenheim a 1-0 win over Freiburg on Sunday, a result that lifts them up to fifth in the Bundesliga -- knocking Bayern Munich down to sixth.

Leverkusen edge clear as Schalke snatch drawupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 17:43:00

Bayer Leverkusen will end the weekend at the top of the German Bundesliga despite being held 2-2 away to crisis club Schalke on Saturday night.

Bundesliga leaders battle to stalemateupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 15:37:00

Bayer Leverkusen retained top spot in the German Bundesliga after coming away from second-placed Hamburg with a 0-0 draw on Saturday night.

Hamburg heap misery on slumping Herthaupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 15:12:00

SV Hamburg condemned Hertha Berlin to a seventh straight Bundesliga defeat with a 3-1 victory in the German capital on Sunday to continue their title charge.

Bayer Leverkusen take Bundesliga leadupdated: Sat Oct 03 2009 13:35:00

Bayer Leverkusen went to the top of the German Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of Nuremberg as defending champions Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich both drew on Saturday.

Inter go top as Eto'o on target againupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 18:25:00

Inter Milan's new strikers Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito were on target again as they beat Napoli 3-1 in the San Siro on Wednesday to go top of Serie A.

Van Buyten lifts Bayern in Bavarian derbyupdated: Sat Sep 19 2009 12:55:00

Bayern Munich closed to within two points of Bundesliga leaders Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen with a 2-1 victory at home to Bavarian rivals Nuremberg on Saturday.

Hamburg stay top of Bundesliga as Bayern hit formupdated: Sat Sep 12 2009 16:21:00

Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen remain level on points at the top of the German Bundesliga after victories on Saturday, while Bayern Munich stepped into form ahead of the Champions League group stages with a crushing win.

Guerrero double puts Hamburg top of Bundesligaupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 15:00:00

Paolo Guerrero scored twice as Hamburg took over top spot in the German Bundesliga on goal difference from Bayer Leverkusen after a 3-1 victory against bottom club Cologne on Sunday.

Champions Wolfsburg slump to Hamburgupdated: Sun Aug 23 2009 16:22:00

SV Hamburg continued their impressive start to the Bundesliga season with a superb 4-2 victory over defending champions VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Fanzone preview: The German Bundesligaupdated: Sat Aug 08 2009 07:50:00

The new Bundesliga season kicked off on Friday when defending champions Wolfsburg beat Stuttgart 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena -- Fanzone details what to expect from the new campaign:

Wolfsburg win first German league titleupdated: Sat May 23 2009 13:23:00

Wolfsburg sparked wild celebrations when they clinched their first German Bundesliga crown after thrashing beaten UEFA Cup finalists Werder Bremen 5-1 on Saturday.

Grafite maintains Wolfburg's winning runupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 13:34:00

Brazilian ace Grafite grabbed a double as VfL Wolfsburg stayed three points clear of defending champions Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Voronin continues streak as Hertha stay topupdated: Sat Mar 14 2009 14:04:00

Ukrainian striker Andrei Voronin continued his rich vein of scoring form, netting the only goal to give Hertha Berlin a 1-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen, a result that keeps them four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Leverkusen send holders Bayern crashingupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 17:08:00

Holders Bayern Munich have crashed out of the German Cup, losing 4-2 at Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Hertha go top after beating Bayern Munichupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 07:24:00

Hertha Berlin beat reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday to go top in Germany.

Leaders Hoffenheim crushed by Leverkusenupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 17:01:00

Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim were hammered 4-1 at home by Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, meaning the winners of Saturday's showdown between Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich will go top of the German table.

Kiessling lifts Leverkusen into third placeupdated: Sat Dec 06 2008 14:53:00

Germany striker Stefan Kiessling scored twice to help Bayer Leverkusen beat bottom side Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 to move up to third place in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hoffenheim still top as Bayern go secondupdated: Sat Nov 29 2008 12:56:00

Prolific striker Vedad Ibisevic scored his 17th goal of the season to help Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 while champions Bayern Munich moved menacingly into second place after 15 rounds of the German title race.

Bayern missing three for Leverkusen clashupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 12:57:00

Bayern Munich will be without captain Mark van Bommel, central defender Martin Demichelis and striker Lukas Podolski for Saturday's vital Bundesliga match at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern held as Leverkusen top Bundesligaupdated: Sat Nov 15 2008 12:18:00

A late equalizer from American midfielder Michael Bradley earned Borussia Moenchengladbach a stunning 2-2 home draw with Bayern Munich, as Bayer Leverkusen remain top of the German Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim stay top as Bayern move upupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 18:01:00

Bundesliga's newcomers Hoffenheim went back to the top of the German standings with a 3-1 win at VfL Bochum on Wednesday.

Late goals put Bayer Leverkusen on topupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 17:33:00

Bayer Leverkusen took over at the top in Germany with a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen secured by two late goals from Arturo Vidal and and Manuel Friedrich.

Helmes hat-trick boosts Bayer Leverkusenupdated: Sat Sep 20 2008 08:01:00

Patrick Helmes scored a hat-trick on Friday night to lead Bayer Leverkusen to a 4-0 win over Hannover to claim second place in the Bundesliga ahead of the full weekend fixture list.

Defender Tasci included in Germany squadupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 16:17:00

Germany coach Joachim Loew has named uncapped Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci in his squad for next week's friendly international against Belgium in Nuremberg.

Labbadia takes over at Bayer Leverkusenupdated: Mon May 26 2008 13:58:00

Bayer Leverkusen have turned to former German international striker Bruno Labbadia in a bid to revive their fortunes in the Bundesliga next season.

Trophy hunting Bayern fight fatigueupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 08:09:00

Bayern Munich are beginning to pay the price for the success that has kept them on target to pick up four trophies this season.

Bayern hand out drubbing to Dortmundupdated: Sun Apr 13 2008 14:50:00

German League leaders Bayern Munich scored four times in the opening 22 minutes on their way to a 5-0 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Zenit thrash Leverkusen as Bayern heldupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 17:17:00

Zenit St. Petersburg took a giant stride towards the UEFA Cup semifinals with a 4-1 away victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

Bayern face Getafe in UEFA Cup quartersupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 18:12:00

Bayern Munich, more used to contesting the late stages of the Champions League, will face Spaniards Getafe in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup and they could meet Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the semifinals.

Ballack returns to Germany set-upupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:08:00

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been named in the Germany squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Austria in Vienna -- and is set to make his first international appearance for almost a year.

Bayern lead disappears after drawupdated: Sat Dec 15 2007 13:27:00

Bayern Munich will go into the German Bundesliga midwinter break as leaders despite being held to a dour goalless draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Luyindula gives PSG vital victoryupdated: Sun Dec 09 2007 17:33:00

Peguy Luyindula scored the only goal of the game as Paris St Germain scored a vital 1-0 win at Auxerre on Sunday to ease the club's relegation fears.

Leverkusen go fifth after victoryupdated: Sun Nov 11 2007 15:09:00

Bayer Leverkusen have moved up to fifth position in the German Bundesliga following a 2-1 victory at Wolfsburg.

Bremen still trailing after drawupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 14:53:00

Werder Bremen battled to a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04 on Saturday to maintain second place in the Bundesliga but are still trailing leaders Bayern Munich by five points.

Bayern open four-point gap at topupdated: Sat Sep 29 2007 13:35:00

Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni worked his scoring magic again as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen to go four points clear in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Rafinha sends Schalke up to secondupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 16:50:00

Schalke's Brazilian defender Rafinha fired them up to second place in the German Bundesliga table by converting a 44th minute penalty which gave them a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin.

Klose returns for clash with Walesupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 23:58:00

Germany coach Joachim Loew is able to welcome back several key players including striker Miroslav Klose for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.

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