This is the new Bayer Leverkusen kit 2020/21, Bayer 04’s new home shirt for the upcoming Bundesliga season. Made by Jako, the new Leverkusen jersey was officially unveiled on 26 June, 2020 and debuted in their final home game of the season against Mainz this weekend. The Werkself made a winning start in their new strip, beating FSV 1-0 thanks to Kevin Volland’s early strike.
A win against Mainz in their new strip could have potentially given Leverkusen Champions League footy next season, but Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Hertha meant that they, and not Bayer, finished fourth.
The Bundesliga was the first of the big European leagues to return in May, and Leverkusen began well after the restart, beating Werder Bremen and Gladbach in successive away games to raise their own hopes of Champions League footy. Borussia, who were originally 4th, slipped further, drawing with Werder and losing to Freiburg, and by week 30, the Werkself had caught up with Die Fohlen in the league standings.
Week 31 is perhaps where Leverkusen began to bottle it. Gladbach lost to Bayern, meaning that a win away at out of form Schalke, would’ve given Leverkusen a decisive three point lead in the battle for fourth. Instead they ended up drawing 1-1 against the struggling Royal Blues, and Week 33 was another terrible result, as they lost 2-1 away to Hertha Berlin, thus handing the initiative back to Gladbach.
Leverkusen were masters of their own destiny, but those five points dropped at Schalke and Hertha effectively delivered the coupe de grace to their CL aspirations. Gladbach meanwhile returned to form as the end drew near, and won their final three games to ensure a return to Europe’s premier competition.
Die Fohlen had lost the battle for fourth to Leverkusen on the final day of the 18/19 season, but were determined not to let history repeat itself this time around.
Leverkusen’s failure to qualify for the Champions League also means that we might not see the likes of Kai Havertz donning this kit in 20/21 for the Werkself, with the prodigiously talented 21-year-old expected to leave the Bay Arena in search of greener pastures this summer.
The club’s new 20/21 primary jersey is black in colour with red detailing and features hoops with a subtle stripe design, which extends to the reverse. The word “Werkself” can be seen on the back of the jersey. It will be paired with predominantly black shorts and socks. Barmenia are principal shirt sponsors, as can be seen in the pics below.
Leverkusen, somewhat interestingly, had an offer which allowed fans 20% off the jersey if they pre-ordered it before seeing the strip.