The standout facts and figures ahead of the Wolves’ clash with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Sunday’s encounter at the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off 15:30 CET) will be the seventh game in 23 days for the Green-and-Whites, and the seventh in 24 for UEFA Champions League participants Leverkusen, bringing the curtain down on an intense period of three consecutive weeks with midweek fixtures for both sides.
The 47 competitive meetings between the teams so far have largely been entertaining spectacles, with four or more goals being scored on 20 different occasions, while there has never been a goalless draw. We highlight some of the other fascinating numerical titbits prior to kick-off.
Leverkusen are one of only five teams the Wolves have faced every year since promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997. The others are Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
Former Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling played in almost half of the total games against VfL, making 23 appearances. Carsten Ramelow and Gonzalo Castro are next on that particular list with 19 each.
For VfL, Diego Benaglio and Marcel Schäfer lead the way with 17 outings against Leverkusen, while Maximilian Arnold is currently on 11.
Three men have held the reins of both teams over the years: Klaus Augenthaler, Bruno Labbadia and Radoslaw Momirski, who was caretaker Leverkusen coach in February and March 1976 before taking over at VfL at the start of the 1976/77 campaign.
Indeed, that very season – in Bundesliga 2 - was the first time the teams ever met. Leverkusen recorded a 1-0 win at the VfL-Stadion, but the Wolves exacted revenge in the reverse fixture with a 2-1 victory of their own. It was ultimately not enough to prevent the Green-and-Whites suffering relegation, though, as they ended the season in 20th place.
It was another 38 years before the Wolves would win in Leverkusen again, with Bas Dost’s four-goal haul helping the side to an astonishing 5-4 triumph.
Patrick Weiser, father of Leverkusen’s Mitchell Weiser, scored one goal in 159 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg between 1999 and 2005.