Bayer 04 Leverkusen has stood as a leader in global football for over 40 years. In 1979, the club was promoted to the German Bundesliga, the country’s top professional league, and seven years later the Werkself qualified for the European Cup for the first time. Since then, Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, with more than 300 employees, has been a regular on Europe's biggest soccer stages. The Club’s most famous triumph came in 1988, when Bayer outmuscled Spanish side Espanyol and conquered the UEFA Cup in the famous penalty shoot-out that followed a two-leg tie. Bayer also won the German Cup in 1993 und finished runners-up in the UEFA Champions League 01/02 season.