Note: The interview was conducted before current Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso announced that he would also sit on the bench for the factory team next year. Alonso is hotly sought after by top international clubs.

Mr. Daum, what do you think of the expression “Vizekusen”? I’ve never liked it! I don’t know who invented this annoying word. It suddenly happened after the 2000 season. Back then, we had given up the championship with Leverkusen on the last matchday in Unterhaching. Since then, the club has been stuck with this “Vizekusen” thing. And me too, in a way.

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