Rudi Völler’s greatest wish to say goodbye at the end of the season will probably not come true again this time. The outgoing managing director of the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has been waiting 23 years for his club to win the title.
“We’re still a bit behind on that today,” said the former DFB team boss and national player in an interview with the “ARD Sportschau”. In his active career, however, he won the biggest titles, became soccer world champion and champions league winner.
The untitled time with Bayer rankles the 61-year-old. “We certainly came close a few times, especially around the turn of the millennium. And we didn’t even become German champions, although we were definitely the best German team at the time. That was certainly the phase where we could have really cleared things up.” , said Völler, who is particularly annoyed about the opportunities that have been missed in the cup competitions.
“But you mustn’t forget that the Champions League is not a matter of course for a club like Bayer Leverkusen. We’ve done it many times in the last 15 years and that’s still our aspiration,” explained Völler, who left the then manager Reiner Calmund for 1994 I was persuaded to move to the Rhineland. “And over the years, of course, I fell in love with the club, you just have to say it like that. Even during the years as team boss at the DFB, I always had a small office here and was never really away.”