Werder Bremen

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Werder Bremen
Club crest
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Surname Sports club "Werder" v. 1899 e. V.
Seat Bremen
founding February 4, 1899
(as Werder football club from 1899)
Colours Green white
Members 40,376 (November 25, 2019)
president Hubertus Hess-Grunewald
Football company
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Surname SV Werder Bremen
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partner SV Werder e. V.
General partner GmbH Werder Verwaltungs GmbH
→ 100%: SV Werder e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
Klaus Filbry
(chairman; commercial)
Frank Baumann
Hubertus Hess-Grunewald
(organization & sport)
Website werder.de
First team
Head coach Florian Kohfeldt
Venue Weser Stadium
Places 42,100
league Bundesliga
2019/20 16th place

The sports club "Werder" v. 1899 e. V. , known as SV Werder Bremen or simply Werder Bremen or SV Werder , is one of the 15 largest sports clubs in Germany with 40,376 members . His professional football team is a founding member of the Bundesliga, was part of it with the exception of the 1980/81 season and has been the sole Bundesliga record participant with 56 seasons since the 2019/20 season. From their resurgence in 1981, Werder was one of the most successful teams in the Bundesliga for around three decades . In addition to four German championships (most recently in 2004) and six successes in the DFB Cup (most recently in 2009), he also won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1992. In the all-time table of the Bundesliga , Bremen ranks third behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund .

Founded on February 4, 1899 as the football club Werder from 1899 , today it offers handball , athletics , table tennis , gymnastics , gymnastics and chess in addition to football . After the spin-off of profit-oriented and competitive sports departments of the entire club on May 27, 2003, Werder Bremen consists of the non-profit sports club Werder von 1899 e, which is responsible for amateur sports. V. and SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co KG aA, which is responsible, among other things, for professional football .

The club's name is derived from Stadtwerder on the Weser , where the club's first training and play area was located. The word Werder describes a river island or the land that was swept up by a river, such as the Peterswerder , on which today's Bremen Weser Stadium is located, where Werder Bremen's football professionals play their home games.


1899 to 1933: From the foundation and the first decades

On February 4, 1899, 16-year-old schoolchildren from business circles founded the Werder von 1899 football club, a pure football club, the forerunner of today's SV Werder Bremen. They won a soccer ball in a tug-of-war competition and played with it for the first time at Stadtwerder, which laid the foundation for FV Werder Bremen and its name. In December 1899, FV Werder joined the Association of Bremen Football Associations . In the first few years only men were allowed to become members who had a higher education or who could win a two-thirds majority on the board. In January 1900, FV Werder was one of the 86 founding clubs of the German Football Association . In 1903, the club with three teams became champions of Bremen for the first time in all three existing divisions and in 1905 it was the first Bremen club to charge entry fees and to fence in its field. The FV Werder Bremen qualified in 1913 as the sole Bremen club for the newly established North German League Association, from which he descended 1913/14 but (she was then dissolved anyway). During this time, the club had to defend itself against nationalist tendencies, especially those from the gymnastics movement, which considered football to be an “unsport” and “un-German” because of its English origins. Nonetheless, gaming continued during the First World War and the Bremen championship was won again in 1916.

Unlike some other clubs, FV Werder survived the consequences of the war despite many fallen members, which was mainly thanks to the commitment of the then chairman Hans Jaburg. After the war, restructuring of the association began. From 1919 women were also allowed to become members; a year later, in line with the trend of the time, the expansion from a football to a sports club with, among other things, a tennis , athletics , chess and at that time baseball and cricket department . This corresponds to the renaming in the same year in Sportverein Werder Bremen from 1899 , whereby football remained the most important sport within the club. If the number of members did not exceed the limit of 300 before the First World War, the number has now temporarily increased to over 1000.

In 1922, he was the first club in Bremen to hire the Hungarian Ferenc Kónya, a professional full-time trainer who was financed from the sports teacher fund. However, the hyperinflation at the time and Werder's resulting financial problems led to the early separation. In 1924 Konya returned to the Weser. From 1921 Werder played in the Westkreisliga , the top division at the time. In the first season only the seventh of eight places was initially occupied. When the league was divided into the Weser and Jade seasons in the next season , Werder reached first place in the latter and became champions of the western district league after a 5-0 win in the decider against VfB Oldenburg . In qualifying for the finals for the North German championship, the club was eliminated against SV Arminia Hannover . From the 1924/25 season Werder switched to the Weser relay , in which he was first in 1926, but lost 6-1 in the decider against Bremer SV . In the following year, after a final defeat against VfB Komet Bremen , the runner-up in the Western District League was reached again. Also in 1928 Werder, now again in the Jade relay , was defeated by this club in the final. After the 1928/29 season was canceled due to the football revolution , Werder was able to finish fourth in the Weser / Jade Oberliga next year . In the round of 16 of the final round of the North German championship, the club was eliminated in 1931 against Altona 93 after extra time with 2: 3 and two years later occupied only the last of four places.

The ABTS arena , at the bottom left the stadium pool (photo from 1928)

A suitable location for the games and training had not yet been found in 1925, i.e. two years after the West Circle League championship, so that the club competed with the Allgemeine Bremer Turn- und Sportverein (ABTS) to build a stadium on the banks of the Weser the ABTS prevailed. Like several other Bremen clubs at the time, Werder played most of its home games, later all of its home games, in the former ABTS arena, now known as the Weserstadion , since the ABTS had taken over financially during construction and the stadium was transferred to the Werder Bremen sports club Had to lease in 1899 .

1933 to 1945: The time of National Socialism

The Nazi era brought significant changes to German league football as well: 16 Gauligen were introduced, which from now on were the highest German league. Werder Bremen was one of the founding members of the Lower Saxony Gauliga , where the club was able to record its first national successes. The Bremer Kampfbahn (Weserstadion) was often used for political propaganda events of the National Socialists during this time . Since there were signs of a professionalization of football, which had hitherto been a pure amateur sport, Werder strengthened its team in the early 1930s with a few later national players: Hans Tibulski came to Bremen in 1933 and he wore third place in the game at the 1934 World Cup in January In the same year Matthias Heidemann became the first Bremen player to sign the national jersey. When one tried to recruit Edmund Conen , however, there was trouble and a suspension and the like. a. for the trainer Josef Müller . The new Lower Saxony Gaume Championship was won in 1934, 1936, 1937 and 1942 under coaches such as Josef Müller or Walter Hollstein . In 1935, the runner-up was achieved in the Lower Saxony Gauliga, as in 1943 in the Weser-Ems Gauliga, which was introduced a year earlier . In 1937 Karl Mayer was the top scorer in the final round of the German championship with ten goals.

The power-centered structure of the state apparatus of the time was reflected in the management of the association: During this time, one individual had all the powers. Werder Bremen proved to be a National Socialist showcase club early on, serving the political goals of National Socialism and the idea of military sport under the club leader Willy Stöver . At the beginning of 1934 Jews were no longer allowed to be members of SV Werder. Nevertheless, from 1937 onwards, the association came under increasing control of the DRL and the local party and a Dietwart was introduced. Shortly before the end of the Second World War , the game had to be stopped.

According to the club, the players of the 1930s and 1940s still known today include Heidemann and Tibulski as well as Ziolkewitz , Scharmann and Hundt .

1945 to 1963: The post-war period before and in the Oberliga Nord

From September 1945, municipal sports groups were allowed in the “ exclave ” of Bremen (part of the American zone of occupation ); Associations were initially not allowed to be (re) established. When Albert Drewes and others used the founding meeting of a SG Mitte on November 10th to revive their club as TuS Werder in 1945 - the clubs TV Vorwärts and Free Swimmers 1910 , which were banned in 1933 - were of no significance because the name of was not accepted by the occupation authorities and the sports officer.

When SG Mitte took on twelve former Werder players at SSV Delmenhorst a few days later , the team was suspended for several weeks because it was advertised there as the "Werder League" and games outside the city limits were still prohibited.

In 1946, SV Grün-Weiß 1899 was again adopted, a slightly modified club name. This was also banned from the club a month later, as the year it contained made its tradition clear. In the meantime, the requirements of the Allied Control Council in December 1945 had formally prohibited the continued existence of associations from the time of the Third Reich, but at the same time permitted the establishment of new associations and associations at district level. The later club manager Hansi Wolff and his colleagues had to wait until March 23, 1946, the old club names in the exclave - including SV Werder v. 1899 - were admitted again subject to conditions. In the same year a Bremen city championship was held. Werder won this - see: British Zone Championship (football) - as well as the Lower Saxony Championship a year later.

After the first regional leagues were founded in 1945 with the Oberligen Süd and Südwest , this also happened in 1947 in the north and west. Werder Bremen belonged to the Oberliga Nord from 1947 to 1963 , in which a North German championship was played and whose most successful teams qualified for the final round of the German championship. In the major league they played against FC St. Pauli and Hannover 96 , among others . Werder Bremen was clearly overshadowed by Hamburger SV , who won the league championship title in 15 of 16 years, and initially struggled to assert themselves against local rivals such as Bremer SV or TuS Bremerhaven 93 ; after all, two third places jumped out during this time (1952/53 under coach Sepp Kretschmann and 1954/55 under coach Fred Schulz ). Werder's situation improved with the engagement of coach Georg Knöpfle , who worked between 1958 and 1963 , a former national team player who had gained a good reputation for himself through his participation in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The team was also strengthened: In 1954, after a long dispute with HSV, Werder succeeded in winning over the future national player and playmaker Willi Schröder . The attempt by HSV to convince them with a prohibited hand money of 15,000 German marks had been blown and Schröder was banned for one year. Helmut Schimeczek joined the team later and the 1961 engagement of Schalke Willi Soya and Helmut Jagielski also turned out to be positive. In the last five seasons of the Oberliga, Werder managed to establish itself as the second most successful team in the north behind HSV: From 1959 to 1963, the team was consistently runner-up in the Oberliga Nord and was thus one of three alongside HSV and Eintracht Braunschweig North German teams qualify for the newly founded Bundesliga . While Bremer SV was relegated from the league, Werder only separated two points from the series champions HSV in the last league season.

The sporting highlight of the Oberliga time was winning the DFB Cup in 1961 with a 2-0 win in the final against 1. FC Kaiserslautern with goals from Schröder and Jagielski (→ game dates for the 1961 DFB Cup final ).

In the European Cup Winners' Cup in the following year, the Danish Aarhus GF were defeated in the two legs, in the quarterfinals Werder Bremen were eliminated by Atlético Madrid .

Because the club often won against strong opponents during this time, but lost when they were weak, it was called "the Sphinx of the North". According to the DFB's contract player statute at the time, the income of football players was insufficient to cover their livelihood due to a maximum limit of 320 German marks. Therefore, many Bremen players also worked for an American company from the tobacco industry, which supported the club financially. The team was therefore often referred to as the Texas Elf during this time .

According to the club, famous players from the SV Werder league were Pico Schütz , Horst Gernhardt , Richard Ackerschott , Horst Stange, Max Lorenz , Willi Schröder and goalkeeper Dragomir Ilic . Also to be mentioned are Willi Soya and Helmut Jagielski.

1963 to 1971: up and down in the Bundesliga

In 1963, SV Werder was one of the founding clubs of the Bundesliga . In the first season of Werder conceded goalkeeper Klaus Lambertz in the first minute by the results of for Borussia Dortmund playing Timo Konietzka the first goal of the newly formed Bundesliga . This season, the former goalkeeper Dragomir Ilic , who was actually no longer active , had to be reactivated for a short time because six goalkeepers were injured one after the other before and after the start of the season. After finishing this season in the safe midfield in tenth place, Werder won the German championship "completely surprisingly" for the first time in the 1964/65 season , the year of the city's 1000th anniversary . The top of the table climbed on matchday 17 was not given up until the end of the season. This was possible for the “team without stars” and their coach “Fischken” Multhaup thanks to well-integrated newcomers such as Horst-Dieter Höttges , national player Heinz Steinmann and Klaus Matischak (→ squad for the championship year 1964/65 ). Helmut Jagielski was one of the very first liberos to impress in the Bundesliga.

The following year ended in fourth place, the 1966/67 season only in 16th place, four points ahead of the relegation ranks. Although the team won the runner-up championship in 1967/68 after a march from 18th place to second place in the table, Werder Bremen did not succeed in establishing themselves permanently among the top clubs in the Bundesliga. Successful years were repeatedly followed by disappointing placements in the gray midfield or even close to the relegation ranks.

In the game against table leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach on April 3, 1971, a situation that was unique in the history of the Bundesliga occurred: shortly before the end of the game when the score was 1: 1, two players fell into the net of the Bremen goal in a goal scene, one of which was still wooden posts broke through and the gate collapsed. After the Bremen team, in contrast to the Mönchengladbachers and their stewards, who hoped for a repeat game because of the score, tried in vain to straighten the goal to save the score, the referee stopped the game. Bremen subsequently received both points because Gladbach had not held a replacement goal.

The first years of the Bundesliga were influenced by players such as Pico Schütz , Günter Bernard , Sepp Piontek and Max Lorenz as well as those already mentioned .

1971 to 1980: eleven million and creeping decline

After Werder had sunk into mediocrity within three years, the association in trying 1971-72 season in a show of strength as so-called "Millionenelf" with the financial support of the Bremen economy and the city of Bremen and jerseys in the Bremer national colors red and white on to build on better times. Without a clear concept and without consultation between coach and club management, many stars from the Bundesliga were directed to the Weser with high salary offers. A change from Günter Netzer did not come about because he had also requested the takeover of the then stadium magazine Werder-Echo . The background to these purchases, from which Werder suffered financially years later and which in almost all cases never paid off, was the decision to abolish the transfer ceiling of 100,000 D-Marks for the next season , which was still in the DFB in the 1971/72 season. Was enshrined in the statutes. The success that Werder wanted to enforce did not materialize. This season four coaches were active in Bremen and at the end of a season in which the star ensemble that did not match each other could only shine in rare exceptions, they came in 11th place.

After that, Werder stayed in the league mediocre and was permanently one of the so-called "gray mice", later repeatedly one of the league's relegation candidates. The fall in the second division could be prevented in the 1974/75 season with a point ahead of 16th place and in the following season only after a late coach change to Otto Rehhagel, after the now green-whites on the 29th matchday 16th place had slipped. But after the 1979/80 season , the penultimate finally had to go to the 2nd Bundesliga North . While the home record with ten wins and two draws was passable, in addition to one draw and one win, all away games were lost, ten of them with four or more goals conceded. In the critical years before, the club owed its remaining in the Bundesliga to the points it had scored in the Weser Stadium, but this time they were not enough. During this period of lack of success there were nine coach changes at Werder from 1971 to 1980 when they were relegated. Some head coaches only worked for a few weeks or months.

Per Røntved and Dieter Burdenski , who were part of the German squad for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, were among the few outstanding players at Werder in the years before relegation .

1980 to 1987: rise of a top team

Rudi Völler (2004)

In the 1980/81 season , Werder Bremen's only second division season, under Kuno Klötzer and Otto Rehhagel, despite a slump in attendance numbers, the direct rise again. Werder achieved a record in terms of absolute points in the history of the second division with 30 wins, eight draws and only four defeats. In addition, the 35-year-old newcomer Erwin Kostedde was the top scorer with 29 goals. Klötzer had to give up his coaching post for health reasons in March 1981, he was replaced by Rehhagel.

The generally increasing toughness of the Bundesliga was also evident in the SV Werder Bremen game. On August 14, 1981, Norbert Siegmann slashed the right thigh of Ewald Lienen, who played for Arminia Bielefeld , over a length of 25 centimeters when he hit his opponent from behind with the cleats in a tackle. Referee Medardus Luca only punished this foul with a yellow card. Bremen's trainer Rehhagel was accused by Lienen of instigating Siegmann to commit a deliberate foul. During the second leg, Rehhagel wore a bullet-resistant vest and he received police protection.

In the following years, Rehhagel and manager Willi Lemke continuously built up a strong team and led the club to its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s. Werder became the main competitor of Bayern Munich for the German championship, which was the beginning of the traditional mutual rivalry between these clubs. In the game of both teams on August 21, 1982 Werder's Uwe Reinders scored the so-called throw -in goal : Bayern goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff was the only Reinder to touch a strong throw-in before the ball passed the goal line, so the goal counted. In the same year, Werder signed Rudi Völler , the top scorer of the previous second division season, to replace Erwin Kostedde. The club would have actually preferred the commitment of Dieter Schatzschneider and only signed Völler because the dream player was not available. In 1983, Völler became the first player to be top scorer in the Bundesliga after a season in the 2nd Bundesliga in the following season . He was also the first Werder player to become footballer of the year .

Between 1982 and 1987 Werder Bremen played attractive offensive football and achieved a place in the top five of the table six times in a row, thus participating in the UEFA Cup ; however, this time remained without a significant title win. The German championship was narrowly several times, missed in 1982/83 and 1985/86 only because of the worse goal difference, in 1986 under “traumatic” circumstances for the club. The penultimate round forgave Michael Kutzop against Bayern Munich in the 88th minute after "two-minute" Störmanövern by post shot a hand penalty to which the title could have been secured in advance. Werder lost their second chance at the championship four days later; A draw would have been enough for the thirty-one-time league leaders this season on the last day of the game, but Werder lost to VfB Stuttgart , who had defeated 6-0 in the first half of the season, and was again only runner-up due to Bayern's simultaneous victory. Kutzop's performance, who had converted all other of his 40 penalties, were then often reduced to this one miss despite the second chance missed by the team.

This phase was shaped primarily by Rudi Völler, who became national player , international star and top scorer at Werder Bremen in 1983 , but also by players such as Klaus Fichtel , Bruno Pezzey , Jonny Otten , Thomas Schaaf , Wolfgang Sidka , Benno Möhlmann , Norbert Meier , Frank Ordenewitz and Uwe Reinders .

1987 to 1995: titles and successes

After Werder had been able to establish themselves in the top group of the Bundesliga in the previous years, but without being able to win a title, the next few years, which were characterized by Rehhagel's "controlled offensive", became the most titled in the club's history. Between 1988 and 1995 Werder Bremen was the most successful team in German football alongside Bayern Munich: In the 1987/88 season , conceding 22 goals, which was the fewest in Bundesliga history until the 2007/08 season, they won the German championship for the second time. In addition to goalkeeper Oliver Reck, this was guaranteed by the defense, mostly composed of Rune Bratseth , Uli Borowka , Gunnar Sauer , Jonny Otten and Thomas Schaaf , as well as the striker Karl-Heinz Riedle , who scored 14 goals in 17 games in the second half of the season (→ squad of the championship year 1987/88 ). Werder topped the table 27 times and were already the champions after the 31st matchday.

The following year , the team qualified third in the table for the UEFA Cup . In the third round Werder Bremen met the defending champions SSC Napoli , which was one of the best clubs in Europe at the time and was made up of top-class international players such as Gianfranco Zola (Italy), Careca , Alemão and Diego Maradona . The away game, which was won 3-2, and the subsequent home game, which Werder won 5-1, are among Werder's best games ever. In 1989, 1990 and 1991 the final of the DFB-Pokal was reached, which could also be won in 1991 on penalties against 1. FC Köln (→ match dates of the DFB-Pokal finals 1989, 1990 and 1991 ).

A year later, the 9th place in the Bundesliga, which was topped up by East German clubs for the first time, was positively outshone by winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in Lisbon and thus the most important international success. It was possible to defeat several renowned teams, including Galatasaray Istanbul (2: 1, 0: 0), FC Brugge (0: 1, 2: 0) and finally AS Monaco (2: 0) in the final . Klaus Allofs , Werder's later manager of the football division, scored the 1-0 shortly before the break (→ match dates for the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup final ).

In the 1992/93 season Werder only took over the championship lead on matchday 33 with a 5-0 win against HSV and won the championship one point ahead of Bayern. Above all, Wynton Rufer im Sturm and the newly acquired playmaker and later Austrian record national player Andreas Herzog stood out positively (→ squad of the championship year 1992/93 ). For the following season Werder qualified as the first German club for the group stage of the Champions League, where they were eliminated behind FC Porto and the eventual winners AC Milan .

A renewed win of the DFB Cup succeeded in 1994 with an undisputed 3-1 final victory over the second division Rot-Weiss Essen . Three of the four quarter-finals were ended this year with a penalty shoot-out and many Bundesliga clubs were thrown out of the competition by lower-class teams (→ game dates of the 1994 DFB Cup final ).

In the last year 4 at FC Schalke 04 on 32 and a 1: under Rehhagel directed the championship by a 2 was three missed at Bayern Munich on the final day.

In addition to the players already mentioned, this time was also shaped by Dieter Eilts , Thomas Wolter , Miroslav Votava , Günter Hermann , Frank Neubarth , Bernd Hobsch and Marco Bode .

1995 to 1999: end of an era

After Werder Bremen had become runner-up again in 1995 and Rehhagel left the club after 14 years in office, the days of title wins and successes in the Bundesliga were over for the time being. Mediocre placements and several coach changes followed ( Aad de Mos , Dixie Dörner , Wolfgang Sidka ). The 1998/99 season marked the low point: After a bad start to the season, Werder Bremen were at the end of the table as well as shortly before the end of the season, after only temporary improvement under the new coach Felix Magath .

The consequence of this situation was a fruitful new beginning: The club presidium with President Franz Böhmert , Vice President Klaus-Dieter Fischer and Treasurer Manfred Müller, who had been in office for many years, in the case of Böhmert almost 30, resigned in 1999 under the impression of the crisis . It paved the way for the later redesign of the club. Manager Willi Lemke also ended his activity at Werder for the time being, with the entire Werder management team then finding themselves in new functions of the association or the GmbH and Co KGaA on the supervisory board, board of directors or management. Jürgen Born became the new President and later Chairman of the Management Board . Before the resignations, the separation from Felix Magath was decided after the home game against the direct relegation competitor Eintracht Frankfurt had been lost. In acute danger of relegation, the coach question was relied on from within the club and Thomas Schaaf , who was successful as a coach for the amateurs, was initially promoted to head coach for the professionals until the end of the season. With the club since 1972, Schaaf was a player in Werder's most titled time under Rehhagel and had not previously coached a professional team. He, in which the media and probably also the club initially saw only a temporary solution, avoided with three wins in the last four games the fall into the second division, which would have brought Werder into serious financial difficulties. Shortly after the rescue, Werder managed to win the DFB-Pokal final against FC Bayern Munich on penalties (→ match dates of the 1999 DFB-Pokal final ). Even by reaching the final, the green-whites qualified for the UEFA Cup, as FC Bayern Munich moved into the Champions League as champions.

The long-term commitment of Schaaf after these successes should be the foundation stone for the return to the upper table regions and the achievement of further titles.

During this time too, Werder had good players who, due to the circumstances, were mostly unable to reach their potential. In addition to long-standing regular players such as Herzog, Eilts, Votava or Bode as well as young talents who should later develop well, such as Frank Rost , Raphael Wicky or Torsten Frings , there are national players such as Hany Ramzy (Egypt), Jurij Maximow (Ukraine), Mario Basler (Germany), Wladimir Bestschastnych (Russia) or Rade Bogdanović (Serbia and Montenegro).

1999 to 2004: Rebuilding and winning the double

After coach Thomas Schaaf and manager Klaus Allofs were hired in 1999, the club re-established itself among the top German clubs. From 1999 to 2003 a strong team was built up. In 2000 Werder reached the DFB Cup final (→ match dates for the 2000 DFB Cup final ) and in 2001 the team scored the most points of all Bundesliga clubs.

Thomas Schaaf
Klaus Allofs

In the league game against Hansa Rostock on March 31, 2002, Bremen's Frank Rost managed to score 3: 3 shortly before the end of the game as the second Bundesliga keeper after Jens Lehmann to score a goal from the game. Sustainable success remained, with the exception of UEFA Cup qualification in 2002 , initially made. The phase up to 2003 was also marked by a blatant lack of continuity, which meant that Werder Bremen, after some outstanding games and results, mostly collapsed towards the end of the season and wasted their chances. As a result, young and promising players could often not be kept long after they had attracted the attention of more successful and financially stronger clubs. On the other hand, Werder benefited from the proceeds from the sales of Wicky (2000), Pizarro (2001) and Rost and Frings (2002). After the change of Herzog and Wiedener in 2001, the people of Bremen said goodbye to Bode in 2002 due to age, the last remaining of the “golden” era under Otto Rehhagel. At the end of the 2002/03 season Werder missed participation in the UEFA Cup as sixth in the table, but had strengthened itself through the French international and playmaker Micoud , who was to become a key figure. On May 27, 2003, the professional football team and the other competitive sports-oriented teams were spun off from the now non-profit registered association into SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA .

The 2003/04 season began unfavorably with the elimination in the UI Cup semi-finals against ASKÖ Pasching , but it became the most successful in the club's history: The occasional addition to the team with experienced players such as Reinke , Davala and Ismaël (→ squad of the championship year 2003 / 04 ) led Werder to establish themselves in the top tier of the Bundesliga from the start. The lead in the table, which was taken over on matchday 16, was not surrendered until the end of the season, the lead in the second half of the season was expanded to up to eleven points; 23 games in a row were not lost. With a 3-1 win over their closest rivals FC Bayern, the team secured the championship on matchday 32 with the best away record ever achieved by a Bundesliga club. In addition, Werder's Brazilian striker Aílton was the league's top scorer with 28 goals and became the first foreign player to be Footballer of the Year in Germany.

Werder also won the DFB Cup with a 3-2 draw against Alemannia Aachen and thus for the first time the double , which had previously only been achieved by 1. FC Köln and FC Bayern Munich (→ match dates for the final for the DFB- Cup 2004 ).

2004 to 2010: Establishment as a top team

In the 2004/05 season , Werder signed Miroslav Klose as his successor after Aílton's departure . By reaching the DFB Cup semi-finals and third place in the Bundesliga, the club established itself at the top of the national league. In the Champions League, Werder prevailed in the group runner-up in the preliminary round against the then reigning UEFA Cup winners FC Valencia and lost twice in the round of 16 against French series champions Olympique Lyon .

This overall positive development continued in the following season 2005/06 , at the beginning of which Frings returned to Werder and a new central defender was signed with Naldo . The club was runner-up and with Klose was the top scorer (25 goals) as well as top scorer and footballer of the year . In the DFB Cup, Bremen was eliminated from FC St. Pauli in a controversial quarter-final due to the wintry space. The Champions League ended for Werder in the round of 16 against Juventus Turin . Werder had won the home game 3-2 with late goals, but Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese dropped a ball that had already been intercepted in the 88th minute when he played a role to gain time, which resulted in the goal to make it 2-1 .

After the departure of the playmaker Micoud, he was replaced by Diego in 2006/07 and the team was also strengthened by Almeida , Fritz , Mertesacker , Womé and Rosenberg , with Werder Bremen investing more than ever before. At the start of the season, Werder won the league cup and became autumn champions. After a period of weakness at the beginning of the second half of the season, uncertainty due to rumors of change and a form crisis from Klose as well as injury problems, the season ended only in third place. In the “group of deaths” of the Champions League with FC Chelsea and FC Barcelona , Werder was eliminated with ten points from six games as the best third of all time at the time. In the UEFA Cup competition , the end came in the semi-finals against Espanyol Barcelona .

Before the 2007/08 season , Klose left the club for Munich . In addition to the striker Boubacar Sanogo , Carlos Alberto , who was the most expensive purchase in the club's history at 7.8 million euros at that time , was signed after a month-long transfer poker , who could not meet the expectations. Despite a bad injury, Bremen was tied with autumn champions Bayern Munich at the end of the first half of the season. On matchday 8, Werder landed a historic 8-1 home win against Arminia Bielefeld . A sporting crisis at the beginning of the second half of the season cost Werder's championship chance, but Bremen became runner-up after a series of eight games without defeat at the end of the season. With a total of 20 different players who scored a goal, the team set a new Bundesliga record. In the Champions League, Werder reached the third preliminary round and was eliminated in the UEFA Cup and the DFB Cup in the round of 16.

The squad for the 2008/09 season hardly changed. Only Tim Borowski , top performer in recent years, left the club for Bavaria. For the storm, Claudio Pizarro, a former Werderan from Chelsea, was loaned out. With 10th place, the Bundesliga season was as bad as it was at the beginning of Schaaf's tenure at Werder Bremen. The team scored five goals in five games, which no other Bundesliga club managed. However, there were 13 defeats, some against relegation candidates. In the Champions League Werder eliminated in the group stage, but reached the UEFA Cup again. After victories over AC Milan , AS Saint-Étienne , Udinese Calcio and Hamburger SV , the green-whites reached the final at the Şükrü-Saracoğlu stadium in Istanbul, where they lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk after extra time. Werder Bremen won the DFB Cup by beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the final and qualified for the UEFA Europa League .

Before the 2009/10 season , there was a change in Werder midfield. Long-time captain Frank Baumann ended his career, the Brazilian Diego moved to Juventus Turin . Torsten Frings was appointed as the new team captain and Marko Marin was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach . In addition, opposite Tim Borowski from Bayern Munich and Claudio Pizarro from Chelsea back. Mesut Özil established himself as the new playmaker in the Bremen team, but moved to Real Madrid before the start of the 2010/11 season . In the Europa League 2009/10 the team failed in the second round at Valencia . Werder reached the final of the DFB Cup 2010 as in the previous season, but lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich. In the Bundesliga, Bremen secured third place in qualifying for the Champions League , in which they beat Sampdoria Genoa and thus qualified for the group phase.

Since 2010: Middle of the table and fight against relegation with changing coaches

Werder fought relegation in the 2010/11 Bundesliga season and ended up in 13th place, the worst position since Thomas Schaaf took up his duties. In the DFB Cup, Bremen failed in the second round at Bayern. In the Champions League Werder met Inter Milan , FC Twente Enschede and Tottenham Hotspur . With only five points from six games, Bremen was eliminated from the bottom of the group.

In the 2011/12 season Werder retired against third division club 1. FC Heidenheim in the first round of the DFB Cup. In the Bundesliga, however, they played a successful first half, which was completed in 5th place. With seven wins from eight games they put the best home team in the league. In contrast, the second half of the season was the club's worst in the Bundesliga with 13 points. In the final table, only the 9th place was achieved and thus missed participation in the Europa League qualifying round, which had long been considered possible. Due to numerous injuries, among other things, the youngest starting eleven in the club's history (average age 22.7 years) was on the field on March 24, 2012. After the season, several long-time players left the club: Pizarro, Wiese, Naldo, Borowski, Rosenberg and Marin. On November 14, 2012, Klaus Allofs left the club after more than 13 years as a manager and moved to league rivals VfL Wolfsburg . His successor was Thomas Eichin . After a second half of the season with only two wins, they played against relegation at the end of the season and could only avert it on the penultimate matchday. The club parted ways with Thomas Schaaf before the last matchday on May 15, 2013 . Assistant coaches Wolfgang Rolff and Matthias Hönerbach took over for the 34th matchday .

Werder Bremen signed Robin Dutt as Schaaf's successor in May 2013 , most recently sports director of the DFB and previously coach at SC Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen . Schaaf's assistant coach, Rolff, Hönerbach and goalkeeping coach Michael Kraft , were on leave and left the club because Dutt brought his assistants from Freiburg and Leverkusen, Damir Burić and goalkeeping coach Marco Langner , to Bremen. Only athletic trainer Reinhard Schnittker stayed in Bremen and worked with Dutt. Dutt received a three-year contract until 2016. In the DFB Cup, Werder was eliminated from the third division Saarbrücken for the third time in a row in the first round. The 7-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich was the highest in Werder's Bundesliga history. The season closed the team down to place 12th Aaron Hunt left the club after 13 years.

In October 2014, Bremen parted ways with Dutt after the 9th matchday of the 2014/15 season after Werder had not won a Bundesliga game since the start of the season. His successor was Viktor Skripnik , previously coach of the second team, with Florian Kohfeldt and former Werder professionals Torsten Frings and Christian Vander in his coaching team with a contract until 2017 . From the 17th to the 21st match day, the team scored five wins in a row in the league. On matchday 29, Bremen celebrated their 500th Bundesliga home win with a 1-0 win against arch rivals Hamburger SV ; a mark previously only reached by FC Bayern Munich . At the end of the season, the team, which was still bottom of the table on matchday 16, finished 10th. In the DFB Cup , they were eliminated in the round of 16 against third division side Arminia Bielefeld .

In the 2015/16 season , SV Werder was on the relegation place with 15 points after the preliminary round. The second half of the season went better, but since this was also the case with most of the relegation competitors, there was a "final" against Eintracht Frankfurt on the last day of the match. With a goal in the 88th minute of the game, the team won 1-0 and improved to 13th place in the table with 38 points. In the DFB Cup , after winning away against Borussia Mönchengladbach (4: 3) and Bayer Leverkusen (3: 1), the semi-finals were once again reached after 2010, in which Bayern lost 2-0. On May 19, 2016 the immediate replacement of the sports director and managing director Thomas Eichin was announced, his successor was Frank Baumann , who had already been assistant to the management at Werder under Klaus Allofs and Thomas Eichin until 2015.

After having to compensate for departures such as those of Jannik Vestergaard and Anthony Ujah , Max Kruse , who had already played for Werder in his youth and has since been promoted to national team , succeeded, among other things . In the DFB Cup , the team was eliminated in the first round against Sportfreunde Lotte for the fourth time within seven years. After the club lost the first three games of the new season , they separated from coach Skripnik and transferred his duties to the previous U-23 coach Alexander Nouri , initially on an interim basis, then as the new head coach. In the second half of the season, a series of eleven games without defeat succeeded, including nine wins, which got rid of relegation worries and moved up to sixth place. The last three games of the season were lost again, although they scored three goals each time. In the end, eighth place was the best ranking since 2010. On October 30, 2017, Nouri was released after starting the season with ten games without a win. The U-23 coach Florian Kohfeldt , initially used as an interim solution , was appointed as the new head coach on November 10, 2017. On November 19, 2017, the team finally achieved their first win of the 2017/18 season with a 4-0 win against Hannover 96. With further wins against VfB Stuttgart (1-0) and at Borussia Dortmund (2-1), they achieved until the winter break the connection to the lower midfield. In another very good second half of the season - since the 2014/15 season the second half of Werder has always been significantly better than the preliminary round - they managed to stay in league a few game days before the end of the season, and in the end the team ended up in eleventh place. In the cup , they made it to the quarter-finals, where Bayer Leverkusen lost 2: 4 nV.

In the summer of 2018, two top performers left the club with Thomas Delaney and Zlatko Junuzović . Were newly committed Martin Harnik from Hannover 96 , who was already from 2006 to 2010 in Bremen under contract, the Dutchman Davy Klaassen from FC Everton and Yuya Osako from 1. FC Köln and the former Turkish international Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund. After eight match days, Werder was in third place in the table and dropped to tenth place at the end of the first half of the season. In the second half of the season they remained unbeaten for 13 game days. Seventh place was possible up to the last matchday, which would have meant qualifying for the Europa League. In the end it was eighth with 53 points - the most since 2010. In the DFB-Pokal , the team retained the upper hand on penalties in the second round of Borussia Dortmund in the second round of the league and made it into the semi-finals with a win at FC Schalke 04, where they lost 3-2 at home to Bayern with a penalty. This ended a series in which they remained unbeaten in the Weser Stadium at home for 31 years and 37 games in this competition.

For the season 2019/20 left Max Kruse the club and joined Fenerbahce . The first half of the season ended after four defeats in a row with 14 points in 17th place, which meant the worst Bundesliga first half of the club's history. When the season was interrupted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic , Werder was still in penultimate place after the 25th matchday. After the game was resumed after around two months with ghost games , the gap to the relegation place grew temporarily to 5 points. Before the last matchday, Fortuna Düsseldorf was 2 points and 4 goals behind . With a 6-1 win against 1. FC Köln , Werder achieved 16th place with 31 points and thus the relegation against 1. FC Heidenheim . With a 0-0 in the first leg and 2-2 in the second leg, the league was achieved. In the DFB Cup , they made it to the quarter-finals with a win against Borussia Dortmund, where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Historical games and the "miracles of the Weser"

SV Werder is known for its “Miracles from the Weser”. European Cup games that either seemed lost after the first leg or in which Werder was apparently hopelessly behind, but which were then bent over, gave the club a high reputation beyond Germany's borders and established or strengthened Werder's reputation as a European Cup team.

  • In 1987/88 Werder Bremen lost 4-1 in the UEFA Cup at Spartak Moscow , first equalized the first leg result in the Weserstadion and finally won 6-2 in extra time. Due to the heavy fog, there was a constant threat of game abandonment and thus a rescheduling.
  • In 1988/89 SVW lost 3-0 in the European Cup at BFC Dynamo , but won the second leg after a predominantly offensive game with 5-0.
  • In 1993/94 in the group game of the Champions League against RSC Anderlecht it was 0: 3 after 66 minutes, but Werder still won 5: 3.
  • In the UEFA Cup 1999/2000 Werder initially lost at Olympique Lyon 0: 3, but won the return match with 4: 0th
  • The UEFA Cup encounters against SK Brann ( 1998/99 , first leg 0-2, second leg 4-0 nV) and Antalyaspor ( 2000/01 , first leg 0-2, second leg 6-0) followed this pattern.
  • In qualifying for the 2010/11 Champions League , the Bremen team achieved a good starting position 3-1 against Sampdoria Genoa at their home Weserstadion . In the second leg in Genoa, however, Bremen were already 0-2 down after 13 minutes and would have been eliminated. Shortly before the end, the Italians even made it 3-0. In the third minute of stoppage time, Markus Rosenberg hit with a long-range shot from the half-right position to make it 3-1 and saved Werder in extra time. Rosenberg had previously been substituted for Sandro Wagner because his jersey was smeared with blood after an injury and, due to the lack of a replacement jersey, it could not be replaced as required by the regulations. In the 100th minute, Claudio Pizarro shot Bremen into the group stage with his goal to make it 2: 3.
  • In 1986/87 Werder lost the first leg at Atlético Madrid 2-0 in the UEFA Cup , caught up with the result in the second leg and hit the crossbar shortly before the end, but was eliminated with a goal in extra time.
  • In the UEFA Cup of the 1984/85 season Werder led against RSC Anderlecht after a 0-1 defeat at home with two goals from Wolfgang Sidka 2-0 when he underwent an own goal, which Werder eliminated.
  • On May 1, 1984, the DFB Cup semi-final between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen took place: Mönchengladbach led 2-1 at the break, even 3-1 in the 76th minute, but Werder turned three goals in five minutes (77th, 80th, 82nd) ​​the game to 4: 3. In the last minute, the freshly substituted Hans-Jörg Criens initially equalized and in the extension of the winning goal to 5: 4 for Mönchengladbach (107th).
  • In the round of 16 of the 2005/06 Champions League , Werder were down 1: 2 after 82 minutes in the first leg against Juventus Turin , with goals in the 87th and 92nd minutes, the turning point and victory. Bremen lost the second leg after a 1-0 lead with 1: 2 and were eliminated due to the away goals rule. The decisive goal for Juventus came in the 88th minute, with Werder goalkeeper Tim Wiese slipping the ball out of his hands after an intercepted cross. Juve professional Emerson then only had to push the ball into the empty goal.
  • On March 18, 2010 Werder managed a 4: 4 draw in the second leg of the Europa League against Valencia after 1: 3 deficit at halftime and 3: 4 in the meantime, but Werder lost due to the first leg result (1: 1) however off.

Achievements and Statistics

League affiliation

Since the 2019/20 season , Werder Bremen has been the sole record holder of league membership in the Bundesliga with only one missed season and thus also has the most Bundesliga games of all previous Bundesliga clubs .

Championship successes

Cup successes

International success

Amateurs' successes

  • German amateur champion (3) : 1966, 1985, 1991 (record *)
  • State Cup winners (20) : 1969, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 (record)

* 0together with Hannover 96 and SC Jülich 1910

Top scorer

player season federal
Rudi Völler 1982/83 23
Karl-Heinz Riedle 1989/90 6 1
Wynton Rufer 1993/94 8 2
Mario Basler 1994/95 20 3
Aílton 2003/04 28
Miroslav Klose 2005/06 25th
Claudio Pizarro 2009/10 9 4
1together with Falko Götz ( 1. FC Köln )
2together with Ronald Koeman ( FC Barcelona )

soccer player of the year

player Germany foreign countries
Rudi Völler 1983
Wynton Rufer 1989 ( Oceania )
Wynton Rufer 1990 (Oceania)
Bratseth rune 1991 ( Norway )
Bratseth rune 1992 (Norway)
Andreas Herzog 1992 ( Austria )
Wynton Rufer 1992 (Oceania)
Bratseth rune 1994 (Norway)
Raphaël Wicky 1998 ( Switzerland )
Aílton 2004
Miroslav Klose 2006
Petri Pasanen 2008 ( Finland )
Sambou Yatabaré 2016 (Mali)
Yūya Ōsako 2018 (Japan)

Record player

Most Bundesliga games Most Bundesliga goals Minutes used per goal *
1. Dieter Burdenski : 444 1. Claudio Pizarro : 109 1. Rudi Völler : 120
2. Horst-Dieter Höttges : 420 2. Marco Bode : 101 2. Miroslav Klose : 137
3. Dieter Eilts : 390 3. Rudi Völler : 97 3. Aílton : 144
4. Marco Bode : 379 3. Frank Neubarth : 97 4. Claudio Pizarro : 149
5. Werner Görts : 363 5. Aílton : 88 5. Hugo Almeida : 157
6. Karl-Heinz Kamp : 361 6. Werner Görts : 73 6. Nelson Valdez : 168
7. Miroslav Votava : 357 7. Arnold Schütz : 69 7. Boubacar Sanogo : 175
8. Oliver Reck : 345 8. Uwe Reinders : 67 7. Ivan Klasnić : 175
9. Torsten Frings : 326 9. Norbert Meier : 66 9. Markus Rosenberg : 178
10. Frank Neubarth : 317 10. Wynton Rufer : 59 10. Klaus Matischak : 189

Only Bundesliga games and goals for Werder Bremen are counted.
* Players with ten or more goals.

(Status of all statistics: 2018/19 season, bold : currently active players for Werder Bremen)

Honorary captain

In the history of the club, eight players have been honored with the title of honorary captain for their extraordinary services to the club and team. These are Richard Ackerschott , Horst-Dieter Höttges , Arnold "Pico" Schütz , Dieter Burdenski , Dieter Eilts , Marco Bode , Frank Baumann and Clemens Fritz .

Historical Bundesliga results

Further data


  • With Rune Bratseth , Werder Bremen was named Norwegian Footballer of the Year three times, most often (1991, 1992, 1994) and Oceania's Footballer of the Year three times with Wynton Rufer in 1989, 1990 and 1992 (record holder together with Harry Kewell ). Rufer was also named Oceania's Footballer of the Century .
  • In the second half of the 1992/93 season Werder Bremen conceded only one goal in their home games (by Christian Ziege , then FC Bayern Munich).
  • Werder Bremen is the first team to have more than one player at the same time in the election for Footballer of the Month ( Aílton and Johan Micoud in November 2003, Diego and Miroslav Klose in August 2006 and Diego and Torsten Frings in October 2006). This record lasted until October 2008, when TSG 1899 Hoffenheim put all three candidates with Vedad Ibišević , Chinedu Obasi and Demba Ba . A Werder Bremen player has won the Footballer of the Month award 18 times, Diego won five times and Klose three times.
  • Since Aaron Hunt was already the 20th Werder professional to score in the current season when he scored his first goal of the season on May 10th of the 2007/08 season , the Bremen team set a record for the most goalscorers in one season.
  • Up until the 2007/08 season, Werder Bremen were the team with the fewest goals conceded in a Bundesliga season: in the 1987/88 season , the opponents could only score 22 goals against Oliver Reck. Exactly 20 years later, FC Bayern Munich undercut this record by one goal.
  • Werder scored the most goals of the season seven times: 1985 , 1986 , 1995 , 2004 , 2006 , 2007 and 2008 . Werder conceded the fewest goals four times: in 1965 , 1988 , 1991 and 1993 .
  • With seven second places at the end of the season ( 1968 , 1983 , 1985 , 1986 , 1995 , 2006 , 2008 ) Werder Bremen (together with Borussia Dortmund) has the second highest number of runners-up in the Bundesliga after Bayern Munich. In 1983 and 1986 Werder missed first place tied with the respective champions only because of the worse goal difference.
  • In the 2003/04 championship season , Werder Bremen had the best away record of a Bundesliga club to date. Of the 17 away games, eleven have been won, with four drawn and two defeats. Borussia Dortmund set the record in the 2011/12 season , Bayern Munich surpassed it a year later .
  • In the 2008/09 season , Werder became the first team to win the DFB-Pokal to play away games only during the tournament. Here was Hamburger SV in the semi-finals on 22 April 2009 at the penalty shootout defeat, the 13th penalty shoot Bremen in their Cup history. Only FC Bayern had to look for the decision from the point more often (14 times).
  • In the DFB Cup, Werder Bremen was undefeated at home for 31 years (37 games). The series began after the defeat in the semi-finals on April 13, 1988 against the eventual cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt with 0: 1. A few weeks later, Bremen became German champions in Frankfurt. On April 24, 2019 Werder lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich after a controversial penalty kick in the final phase.
  • In the first cup round of the following season on August 10, 2019, fifth division SV Atlas Delmenhorst was the opponent who had won the Lower Saxony Cup of Amateurs and Werder Bremen was drawn as a visiting team. Since the Delmenhorster Stadium in Düsternort would have had to be extensively rebuilt, the game took place with a special permit from the DFB in the Weser Stadium, 15 km away, where a new record was set for the best-attended first-round game with an amateur participation with 41,500 spectators. Werder won 6: 1 (4: 1).

(All information as of August 13, 2019)

Player and coach

(A list of former important top performers can be found on Werder Bremen / Names and Numbers ; there is also the list of SV Werder Bremen football players, which lists all the players who have been in the squad since the Bundesliga was founded.)

Squad season 2020/21

As of August 20, 2020

No. Nat. player Birthday (age) With Werder since
01 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Jiří Pavlenka Apr 14, 1992 (28) 2017
27 GreeceGreece Stefanos Kapino 18 Mar 1994 (26) 2018
38 GermanyGermany Eduardo Dos Santos Haesler II Feb 10, 1999 (21) 2018
05 SwedenSweden Ludwig Augustinsson Apr 21, 1994 (26) 2017
13 SerbiaSerbia Miloš Veljković 26 Sep 1995 (24) 2016
17th GermanyGermany Felix Agu 27 Sep 1999 (20) 2020
18th FinlandFinland Niklas Moisander (C)Captain of the crew 29 Sep 1985 (34) 2016
21st TurkeyTurkey Ömer Toprak July 21, 1989 (31) 2019
23 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Theodor Gebre Selassie Dec. 24, 1986 (33) 2012
32 AustriaAustria Marco Friedl 16. Mar. 1998 (22) 2018
36 GermanyGermany Christian Groß 0Feb 8, 1989 (31) 2018
06th GermanyGermany Kevin Möhwald 0July 3, 1993 (27) 2018
07th KosovoKosovo Milot Rashica June 28, 1996 (24) 2018
10 GermanyGermany Leonardo Bittencourt Dec 19, 1993 (26) 2019
16 GermanyGermany Oscar Schönfelder 0Feb 5, 2001 (19) 2020
20th AustriaAustria Romano Schmid Jan 27, 2000 (20) 2020
22nd NetherlandsNetherlands Tahith Chong 04 Dec 1999 (20) 2020
26th ItalyItaly Simon Straudi II Jan 27, 1999 (21) 2016
28 BulgariaBulgaria Ilija Gruew II 0May 6, 2000 (20) 2015
29 GermanyGermany Patrick Erras Jan 21, 1995 (25) 2020
30th NetherlandsNetherlands Davy Klaassen Feb 21, 1993 (27) 2018
34 GermanyGermany Jean-Manuel Mbom Feb 24, 2000 (20) 2013
35 GermanyGermany Maximilian Eggestein 0Dec 8, 1996 (23) 2011
08th JapanJapan Yūya Ōsako May 18, 1990 (30) 2018
09 GermanyGermany Davie Selke Jan 20, 1995 (25) 2020
11 GermanyGermany Niclas filling jug 0Feb 9, 1993 (27) 2019
19th United StatesUnited States Josh Sargent Feb 20, 2000 (20) 2018
24 GermanyGermany Johannes Eggestein 0May 8, 1998 (22) 2013
41 GermanyGermany Nick Woltemade Feb 14, 2002 (18) 2010
II also in the squad of the second team

Squad changes 2020/21

time player Transferring club
Summer 2020 Felix Agu VfL Osnabrück
Tahith Chong Manchester United (Loan)
Patrick Erras 1. FC Nuremberg
Jean-Manuel Mbom KFC Uerdingen 05 (loanee)
Romano Schmid Wolfsberger AC (loanee)
Oscar Schönfelder 1. FSV Mainz 05 (U19)
time player Receiving club
Summer 2020 Philipp Bargfrede End of contract; destination unknown
Fin Bartels Holstein Kiel
Benjamin Goller Karlsruher SC (loan)
Michael Lang Borussia Mönchengladbach (loanee)
Sebastian Langkamp End of contract; destination unknown
Luca Plogmann SV Meppen (loan)
Claudio Pizarro End of career
Nuri Sahin Antalyaspor
Kevin Vogt TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (loanee)
*Due to the postponement of the end of the 2019/20 season and the start of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFB, together with the DFL and in consultation with FIFA, adjusted the summer transfer period (generally July 1 to August 31). The transfer window was on July 1 (changeover period I.1) and is open from July 15 to October 5, 2020 (changeover period I.2). The first, one-day phase was intended in particular for the registration of contracts that had already been concluded from July 1st.

Bundesliga coaching staff in the 2020/21 season

Nat. Surname function
GermanyGermany Florian Kohfeldt Head coach
AustriaAustria Danijel Zenkovic Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Tim Borowski Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Christian Vander Goalkeeping coach
AustriaAustria Günther Stoxreiter Athletic trainer

Werder coach since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963

(A chronological overview without running text can be found on Werder Bremen / Names and Numbers .)

Surname Period meaning
Willi Multhaup July 1, 1963 to June 30, 1965 Werder finished the first season in an unspectacular tenth place. In the next season, Multhaup Werder led to the completely unexpected championship, also thanks to the signing of defender Horst-Dieter Höttges and striker Klaus Matischak. Despite this great success, Multhaup left the club voluntarily after the season and became Borussia Dortmund's coach .
Günter Brocker July 1, 1965 to September 4, 1967 Brocker took on the difficult legacy of Multhaup and was eliminated with Werder Bremen in the second round of the European Cup . After he had finished the first season relatively successfully in fourth place, unsightly football was offered in the following season and only barely held the class as 16th, with Werder having the fewest spectators of all Bundesliga clubs. Due to continued unsuccessfulness, he was dismissed in his third year as a Werder coach after three high defeats at the beginning.
Fritz Langner September 5, 1967 to June 30, 1969 Langner, who was dismissed from Schalke 04 and known as the “discipline master” because of his tough training methods, managed the U-turn with the march from 18th to second place at the end of the season and last 14 games without defeat. After the less successful season 1968/69, which ended 9th with a mediocre placement, the "iron Fritz" moved to TSV 1860 Munich.
Richard Ackerschott 10/11/1968 and 6/1969 On the 10th, 12th and 13th matchday of the 1968/69 season, the former Werder player and honorary captain Ackerschott represented Langner, who was sick. Since Langner had to travel to TSV 1860 Munich to negotiate a contract on the 34th matchday of the same season, Ackerschott stepped in for him again in the second half of the curious game that he won 6: 5.
Fritz Rebel July 1, 1969 to March 16, 1970 Fritz Rebell came to Werder Bremen from the lower class club Göttingen 05 , but only sat in the coaching bench in 22 league games. He himself says of this brief excursion into the events of the Bundesliga: “For a man my age, the Bundesliga was probably a size too big.” His players often had to give him tactical tips before the game. After the games, he partly publicly praised players who had not been on the pitch. Fritz Rebell was dismissed on March 14, 1970, and Hans Tilkowski succeeded him.
Hans Tilkowski March 17, 1970 to June 30, 1970 Hans Tilkowski took over from Fritz Rebell in the 1969/70 season. Werder hired Tilkowski as a short-term coach who was supposed to look after Werder until the end of the season, as Robert Gebhardt had already been signed as his successor for the following season. At the end of the season there was a sad farewell for Tilkowski, who would have liked to remain a coach, but had to make room for his successor.
Robert Gebhardt July 1, 1970 to September 29, 1971 Robert Gebhardt came from MSV Duisburg to SV Werder Bremen. At the end of the season Werder was in tenth place with 41:40 goals and 33:35 points. For the new season, Werder signed international players Peter Dietrich and Herbert L Genealogie from Borussia Mönchengladbach , Willi Neuberger and Werner Weist from Borussia Dortmund. With these players one hoped for greater success than in the previous season. After eight game days Werder was only seventh in the table with 15:12 goals and 8: 8 points and parted ways with Gebhardt on September 29th.
Willi Multhaup September 30, 1971 to October 24, 1971 Werder's master coach from 1965 appeared again to help the permanently injured player Piontek to grow into the coaching role. After he had trained Piontek, who was still in his coaching education, he left the club.
Josef Piontek October 25, 1971 to June 30, 1975 Josef "Seppl" Piontek was immediately after the end of his career as a player, in which he scored 15 goals in 203 league games, coach at Werder Bremen.
Fritz Langner May 8, 1972 to June 10, 1972 In his second term of office, Langner represented the not dismissed Piontek on the 31st and 32nd matchdays of the Bundesliga, as well as in the semi-final round trip of the DFB Cup. The coach, unpopular with most players, could not fulfill his task of conciliatory end a season that was screwed up despite millions of investments by winning the DFB Cup: Werder lost 2-1 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Herbert Burdenski July 1, 1975 to February 28, 1976 The father of Werder goalkeeper Dieter Burdenski had to leave the club in 14th place after just one win out of 10 games. Before that, he had publicly certified his team as “regional league format” and declared that they would receive “the receipt by the end of the season at the latest”.
Otto Rehhagel February 29, 1976 to June 12, 1976 In his first term, Rehhagel received a contract until the day of the last game of the season to prevent the looming Bundesliga relegation, which he succeeded.
Hans Tilkowski July 1, 1976 to December 19, 1977 The first season ended in midfield. In the middle of the second season, Hans Tilkowski left the team, less than 24 hours before the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals, because a player whose name was not known had previously informed him, contrary to the internal team agreement, of the result of a player vote in which three-quarters of all players met had spoken out against Tilkowski's whereabouts. Since the board of directors was informed beforehand, he believed himself to be a victim of an intrigue and left, accepting the waiver of outstanding salaries.
Rudi Assauer
Fred Schulz
December 20, 1977 to June 30, 1978 After Tilkowski's dismissal, manager Rudi Assauer also took over the training until the end of the season. Since he had no adequate coaching license, one had with Fred Schulz from 1 January 1978 also officially stooge be committed, which did not intervene in the sports area and with 74 years was nominally oldest coach in Bundesliga history. Assauer's sole involvement had met with strong resistance from the DFB. From the 16th place, the relegation significant, Werder was able to advance to 15th place and reach a gap of nine points.
Wolfgang Weber July 1, 1978 to January 29, 1980 Werder was the first coaching station of the former national player. In his last season he was fired with his team in 15th place.
Rudi Assauer
Fritz Langner
January 29, 1980 to May 31, 1980 After Weber's dismissal, Assauer stepped in again, and on February 20, 1980, Fritz Langner, who had already been retired, was put at his side as a straw man. After the season in which the early and long suspension of the defender Watson had a negative effect, Werder rose with 93 goals conceded as second-bottom.
Kuno Klötzer July 1, 1980 to March 30, 1981 The long-time Bundesliga coach took over Werder after relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga, but had to resign from office in the spring of 1981 with the team in first place in the table for health reasons.
Otto Rehhagel April 1, 1981 to June 30, 1995 Under Otto Rehhagel, Werder managed to immediately rise again. During King Otto's fourteen-year reign , Werder won the European Cup Winners' Cup (1992), the German Championship (1988, 1993), the German Cup (1991, 1994) and the German Supercup (1988, 1993 and 1994). Never before has a Bundesliga coach been loyal to his club longer than Otto Rehhagel Werder Bremen (14 years, two months and 29 days). In 1995 he was finally lured away by the closest competitor, Bayern Munich.
Aad de Mos July 1, 1995 to January 9, 1996 Aad de Mos was hired as an internationally renowned coach in the hope of being able to build on the successful Rehhagel era, and was dismissed after an unsuccessful half-series and turbulence behind the scenes and tensions with the team. He introduced the back four in Bremen for the first time and retained it despite failures.
Hans-Jürgen Dörner January 14, 1996 to August 20, 1997 Under Dixie Dörner, Werder initially avoided relegation and reached eighth place in the following season, but without arousing lasting hopes for new successes. After a failed start to the season, he was released in 1997.
Wolfgang Sidka August 21, 1997 to October 21, 1998 Sidka was initially Dixie Dörner's assistant coach and was initially relatively successful with the team. He narrowly missed a UEFA Cup place in the 1997/98 season, but reached it through the UI Cup. After it became apparent at the beginning of the 1998/99 Bundesliga season that even under him no visible progress in terms of playing culture and success would be achieved, and Werder was in last place in the table after the eighth match day, he was also dismissed.
Felix Magath October 22, 1998 to May 9, 1999 Magath prescribed a defensive style of play for Werder and led the relegation-threatened team to ninth place until the winter break. Subsequently, his controversial training and leadership methods came under criticism; he fell out with several long-serving players, renounced the crowd favorite and later top scorer Aílton and won only one of the first twelve second round games with Werder, so that Werder was again in acute danger of relegation and four game days before the end of the season, equal on points with the table sixteenth, the separation took place.
Thomas Schaaf May 10, 1999 to May 15, 2013 Schaaf became (after Otto Rehhagel) the second most successful Werdertrainer. He prevented the threatened relegation in 1998/99 in quick succession and won the DFB Cup. The former player and junior coach then developed a strong team and established Werder as a high point in the Bundesliga by winning the 2003/04 double. Then he managed to be internationally successful with Werder. In addition, Werder won the league cup with Schaaf in 2006. In the 2008/09 season he reached the final of the UEFA Cup with Werder and also won the DFB Cup. His close cooperation with sports director Klaus Allofs , his former team-mate as a Werderplayer, was considered the basis of his success . Schaaf extended his contract in December 2011 to June 30, 2014. If he had fulfilled it, he would have broken Rehhagel's record as a junior coach with the longest uninterrupted service life. In the Bundesliga, in addition to Rehhagel, only Volker Finke ( SC Freiburg ) worked for a club for a longer period of time. On May 15, 2013 Thomas Schaaf and Werder Bremen parted amicably.
Wolfgang Rolff and Matthias Hönerbach May 16, 2013 to May 25, 2013 Schaaf's former assistant coach was interim coach for the 34th matchday of the 2012/13 season.
Robin Dutt June 1, 2013 to October 25, 2014 In his first season, Dutt reached 12th place with the team. In the 2014/15 season he was released on October 25, 2014 after nine games without a win.
Viktor Skripnik October 25, 2014 to September 17, 2016 Skripnik took over the team as bottom of the table and reached tenth place with her. After Werder lost the first four competitive games of the 2016/17 season, he was dismissed.
Alexander Nouri September 18, 2016 to October 30, 2017 Nouri was initially appointed as interim coach to succeed Skripnik and promoted to head coach after the 6th match day. Eighth place at the end of the season was the best position in years. After there was no win on the first ten match days of the 2017/18 season, the club separated from him.
Florian Kohfeldt since October 30, 2017 Kohfeldt was appointed as interim coach after Nouri's leave of absence after the tenth match day when the team was in penultimate place. After the team performance had improved under him, Kohfeldt got a long-term contract in April 2018. For his work at Werder, Kohfeldt was awarded the 2018 German Football Coach Prize by the DFB .

Amateur and youth football

Werder Bremen II

Werder Bremen II
Surname Werder Bremen II
Venue Weserstadion 11th place
Places 5,500
Head coach Konrad five piece
league Regionalliga North
2019/20 6th place


Werder's second team plays in the Regionalliga Nord and mostly plays their home games at 11th place in the Weserstadion . The team has been coached by Konrad Fünfstück since the 2019/20 season . The greatest successes are reaching the amateur championships in 1966, 1985 and 1991. Werder, together with Hannover 96 and SC Jülich in 1910, was the most frequent amateur champion. From 1969 to 2007 (since then no more participation) Werders U-23 won the state cup 20 times and qualified for the first DFB Cup main round. In this the team defeated the 2007/08 second division and promotion contenders 1. FC Köln 2 it 4:: After a gap of 0 2 after extra time. Another win in the second round against the higher-class FC St. Pauli brought the amateurs to the round of 16, in which they narrowly failed 3-2 at VfB Stuttgart . In the 2006/07 season the U-23 played a long time against the fall in the fourth division and finally reached eighth of 19 places in the table with four points ahead of the relegation ranks. During the 2007/08 season , 5th place was achieved, which means that one of the three second teams (alongside Bayern Munich II and VfB Stuttgart II) qualified for the entry round in the new 3rd division .

In the 2010/11 season , Werder Bremen II rose to the fourth-class regional league as penultimate. Because the previously placed clubs TuS Koblenz and Rot Weiss Ahlen did not receive a license, Werder II could still remain in the 3rd division. In the following season , the team took last place and thus rose after 36 years in the third division in the fourth division Regionalliga Nord . In the 2014/15 season they became champions in this league and in the playoffs against the second team from Borussia Mönchengladbach they were promoted back to the third division. There they achieved relegation in the 2015/16 season with an away win at VfR Aalen on the last match day. A year later , it was a win against Aalen in the last game of the season, this time in their own stadium, that prevented relegation. In the 2017/18 season Werder Bremen was the only professional club whose second team played in the third division. At the end of the season you had to relegate back to the regional league.

Again and again, players from the youth and the amateur team make the leap into the professional team, such as Thomas Schaaf or the later European champions Dieter Eilts and Marco Bode . Philipp Bargfrede , Maximilian Eggestein , Johannes Eggestein and Niklas Schmidt of the Werder Bundesliga professionals who are active today come from their own youth.

Regional league squad 2020/21

goal Defense midfield attack
No. Nat. player Jhg.
20th AustriaAustria Philipp Jorganovic 2002
35 GermanyGermany Ole Springer 1991
38 GermanyGermany Eduardo Dos Santos Haesler 1 1999
No. Nat. player Jhg.
02 GermanyGermany Manasse Fionouke 1999
04th GermanyGermany Maik Nawrocki 2001
05 GermanyGermany Dominik Becker 2000
06th GermanyGermany Marc Schröder 2001
07th GermanyGermany Pascal Hackethal 2000
13 CanadaCanada Belal Halbouni 1999
15th GermanyGermany Thomas Linkov 2001
42 GermanyGermany Louis Poznanski 2001
GermanyGermany Thore Jacobsen 1997
No. Nat. player Jhg.
08th GermanyGermany Yannik Engelhardt 2001
11 GermanyGermany Jorik Wulff 2001
14th CroatiaCroatia Marin Pudić 2000
19th GermanyGermany Keanu Schneider 2001
22nd Korea SouthSouth Korea Kyu-Hyun Park 2001
26th ItalyItaly Simon Straudi 1 1999
28 BulgariaBulgaria Ilija Gruew 1 2000
29 ItalyItaly Fabian Straudi 2001
31 GermanyGermany David Philipp 2000
33 GermanyGermany Julian Rieckmann 2000
GermanyGermany Ole Käuper 1997
EcuadorEcuador Johan Mina 2002
No. Nat. player Jhg.
09 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Malik Memišević 2001
17th GhanaGhana Fred MC Mensah Quarshie 2000
18th GambiaGambia Kebba Badjie 1999
24 GermanyGermany Abdenego Nankishi 2002
27 NetherlandsNetherlands Tim van de Schepop 1999
43 TurkeyTurkey Eren Dinkçi 2001
United StatesUnited States Isaiah Young 1998
1 also in the first team squad

Werder Bremen III and other amateur teams

Werder's third team, the U21s, play in the Bremen League . In the years from 2004 to 2007 it achieved placements between third and fifth place. After the two clubs Bremer SV and FC Bremerhaven, which were in first and second place, were denied the license for the Oberliga Nord in 2007, in contrast to Werder's third team, they could have been promoted instead, but waived. After the division was upgraded to the Oberliga, Werder Bremen III was the highest-playing of all third teams in Germany from 2008 to 2017 - until the third team of Hamburger SV was promoted to the Oberliga Hamburg .

In the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons , the team was champions of the Bremen League, but waived a license application for the regional league. In the 2012/13 season , the championship succeeded again, but promotion was no longer possible for a third team.

In the amateur area there is a fourth team in the district league A and a fifth team in the district league B, as well as two AH teams , the "Ü32" and "Ü40".

Youth football

In the youth field, Werder has teams in all age groups among the male juniors .

The A-Juniors play in the A-Juniors Bundesliga North / Northeast. They became northern champions in 2016 and 2020 , although the 2019/20 season did not end normally due to the COVID-19 pandemic . In 1999 the greatest success to date was achieved by winning the German youth championship . Of the championship team, only Tim Borowski made the leap to the pros at Werder; other teammates did not get above amateur level or made their professional debut for other teams. In 1994 the team lost 3-2 in the final to Borussia Dortmund's juniors.

The B-Juniors play in the B-Juniors Bundesliga North / Northeast.

In the final of the U-17 European Football Championship 2009 , the two Werder players Lennart Thy and Florian Trinks scored the goals for Germany in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands. Thy was also top scorer of the tournament with three goals together with the Dutchman Luc Castaignos .

At the 2011 U-17 World Cup , which Germany finished third, there were two Werder players in the squad: Cimo Röcker and Levent Ayçiçek .

At the 2014 U-19 European Football Championship in Hungary , Werder player Davie Selke was the top scorer with six goals in the tournament and was also European champion with the German selection . He set the 2011 goal record for Spaniard Álvaro Morata .

Blind football

Werder Bremen promotes inclusion through sports activities for people with disabilities. This also includes football for the blind and visually impaired .

Women's soccer

In the early 1970s, SV Werder had a women's football department that took part in the 1974 finals for the German championship . After the department was temporarily dissolved, the club set up a new department in 2007 at the urging of the Bremen Football Association. Without losing points and without conceding a goal, the team secured the Bremen championship and then made it to the Regionalliga Nord. A year later, he was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga North . The team finished fifth in the 2010/11 , 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons and third in 2013/14 . In the 2014/15 season they were promoted to the Bundesliga , but the team was relegated after just one season. In the 2016/17 season , she was promoted again directly.

Structure and organization

(Name details of all holders of the positions can be found on Werder Bremen / names and numbers .)

Since the decision of the general meeting on May 27, 2003, the entire club has been subdivided into the non-profit sports club “Werder” von 1899 e. V. , who heads the amateur sports division, and the commercial enterprise SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA , to which the professional teams of all departments and sports, if any, belong. The sole and therefore general partner of the GmbH is the e. V., which brings in all of the assets and is a 100% shareholder in the partnership limited by shares .

The company's turnover in 2006 amounted to the then record sum of 85 million euros, representing an increase of a good ten percent compared to the previous year with the highest turnover of 77 million euros. In the second half of the 2006/07 season there was another Increase, so that the limit of 100 million euros could be jumped for the first time during this season. In the 2008/09 season, sales increased for the fifth time in a row to 120.7 million euros. After 25 million euros in the 2004/2005 season, the costs of the football team had peaked at 35 million euros three years later.

In autumn 2019 Werder was able to announce three new records at its general meeting. The membership amounted to 40,376 members. The club also achieved record sales of 157.1 million euros in the 2018/19 season. This meant an increase of 40 million euros compared to the previous season, which was partly caused by one-off effects such as transfer fees received. At the same time, the costs for the professional squad and personnel expenses rose to the record sum of 71.9 million euros. One-off effects such as bonus payments for reaching the semi-finals in the DFB Cup also had an impact here.

Sports club "Werder" from 1899 e. V.

The sports club consists of the executive committee, honorary council, electoral committee and youth association. The e. V. consists of the amateur sports departments of chess, handball, gymnastics games and gymnastics, soccer, table tennis and athletics.

Since 2002, the number of members has increased from 3,000 to 36,000 in 2009.


The executive committee, i.e. the board of the association, consists of the president ( Hubertus Hess-Grunewald ), the vice-president ( Jens Höfer ) and the treasurer ( Axel Plaat ). It is elected by the general assembly on the proposal of the electoral committee. In addition to the six heads of the individual departments, the members of the Presidium are also the youth and sports officers. At the meetings of the full presidium, the two delegates from the presidium to the identical supervisory board of the GmbH and the KGaA as well as a member of the honorary council are also present. The association's shareholder rights executed by the executive committee include the nomination and delegation of a member of the board of directors as managing director of the area “Performance Center Football / Other Sports” (Fischer), the nomination and secondment of two of the six supervisory board members and the formal appointment of the other supervisory board members, elected at the general meeting of the GmbH & Co. KGaA.

Honorary council, electoral committee and youth association

The task of the Honorary Council is, in addition to "preserving and promoting the tradition and reputation of the association", the acceptance of and the decision on association exclusions if an objection has been lodged. The election committee , which consists of six department heads and seven members of the honorary council, proposes candidates for the association's board of directors or its re-election as well as applicants for the supervisory board of the GmbH & Co. KGaA at the general meeting. In addition to the youth officer, the club's youth representatives consist of a youth warden and youth spokesperson for each department. Your task is to "protect the interests of the young people in the association".

SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA

The professional soccer team, the first men's teams in table tennis and chess as well as the first women's team in handball belong to the sporting area of ​​responsibility. In addition, the youth performance center football is operated.

Supervisory board

The supervisory board for the GmbH and the KGaA is made up of the same people and consists of six people, two of whom are appointed by the executive committee and four are elected at the general meeting of the KGaA. The chairman of the supervisory board has been Werder's honorary captain and former national player Marco Bode since 2014 . Previously, the former Werder manager and Bremen's Senator for Education and Interior, Willi Lemke ( SPD ) was chairman of the committee from 2005 to 2014. The other members are Marco Fuchs, Andreas Hoetzel, Thomas Krohne , Axel Plaat and Kurt Zech. Since the entire association has the sole majority in the general and shareholders' meetings, its members decide on the proposal of their electoral committee. This decision is binding on the Presidium. Up to two seats on the supervisory board may be transferred to potential future shareholders and investors.

Managing directors

The management consists of three members, one of which is appointed by the Presidium and the rest by the Supervisory Board. One of those nominated by the supervisory board will become the chief executive officer or chairman of the management board . Since November 2012, this has been Klaus Filbry , who has been the Commercial Director since. The club president Hubertus Hess-Grunewald , as a member appointed by the executive committee, is responsible for the areas of organization and sport . Frank Baumann has been the managing director for football since May 2016 .

Stadium and infrastructure

South side (2011, after the renovation)
North side with museum (2007)
Location of the stadiums in Bremen

Werder Bremen's footballers and their predecessors have played their home games in the Bremen Weser Stadium, built in 1909, since 1930 . In 1926, after the first renovation, it was temporarily renamed ABTS-Kampfbahn after its builder, the Allgemeine Bremer Turn- und Sportverein , and since 1930 has again had its current name, which is derived from the location of the stadium on the banks of the Weser . After several expansions and lowering of the playing field, the total capacity is 42,100 spectators. Approx. 37,500 seats are available for international matches. All places are covered. The stadium, which is located near the city center, can be reached via the A 1 and A 27 , but ultimately only via a single street, the Osterdeich . Because of numerous resident protests, both the Osterdeich and all adjacent streets in the neighboring residential area will be closed to car traffic on match days. The parking spaces belonging to the Weserstadion can only be accessed by holders of special parking permits. There is an extensive shuttle service with numerous trams and buses, which is free of charge for ticket holders. This stadium connection, which was criticized by many, including by Franz Beckenbauer, then President of FC Bayern Munich, as inadequate, is often given as the reason why the ultra-modern stadium is overlooked for international football matches and was not chosen as the venue for the 2006 World Cup .

On the grounds of the Weser stadium are in addition to the training areas of professionals, the courts, which are used by the amateur team, as well as the south adjacent to the stadium Stadionbad . The Werder Bremen office and administration are also located in the Weser Stadium , as is the SportHep , a doctor's practice and a fan shop.

In December 2004 the Werder-Bremen-Museum ( Wuseum for short ) was opened inside the stadium . Replicas of the championship trophy and the DFB Cup as well as rare posters, photos and other exhibits can be viewed there.

View from the west curve (2006, before the conversion to a pure football arena)

On April 12, 2007, the Bremen building deputation approved the extensive conversion to a pure football arena with three spectator tiers, the cost of which was initially estimated at 40 to 50 million euros. The Bremen Senate followed this decision five days later. The measure was intended to increase the capacity to around 50,000 places. After it became clear in July 2007 that the costs would be over 75 million euros due to increased steel prices, among other things, and the logistical feasibility of Managing Director Manfred Müller was denied, the Bremen Weserstadion Gesellschaft and Werder Bremen decided to undertake the renovation in two steps and to forego the establishment of a third rank. This reduced the capacity to 42,500 places. To finance it, Müller also considered it possible to sell the stadium name to a sponsor, but this could be avoided until 2019. The new plan, which was finally implemented, provided for the north and south straights to be brought closer to the playing field and the east and west curves to be brought up directly to the playing field and straightened. The spectator area should be completely covered. The oval floor plan was to be retained and the listed floodlight masts integrated in the roof.

The building application for the first stage of the renovation was submitted in September 2007. The expansion began in September 2008 with the covering and milling of the roof of the north and south stands. In December 2008 the roof on the north straight was completely covered with photovoltaic elements and could be put into operation. At the beginning of January 2009 the last pairs of trusses were installed on the south straight, and the assembly of the new facade on the south straight began, which was completed at the end of March 2009. The second stage of renovation began shortly before the end of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season with the dismantling of the roof of the western curve. The roof of the new grandstand was installed on December 31, 2009. As the last step, the conversion of the east curve was started in the summer break of 2010 and completed at the beginning of the 2011/12 Bundesliga season.

The new facade of the south straight contains photovoltaic cells, in the foreground the stadium pool with diving tower.
The new roof of the south straight (picture) is significantly higher than the old one, as is that of the north straight

The photovoltaic system comprises large parts of the facade areas of the south straight, west and east curve as well as the entire roof area.

In the summer of 2019 Werder announced that the stadium name had been sold to a real estate company for ten years for a fee of around 30 million euros.

Arnd Zeigler and Christian Stoll share the role of stadium announcer .

Spectators and fans

season Ø viewers Season tickets Logo SV Werder Bremen-Members
1999/00 29,834 20,125 2,980
2003/04 37,666 20,000 5,700
2004/05 39,579 25,000 15,000
2005/06 36,928 25,000 21,000
2006/07 39,715 25,000 23,500
2007/08 40,267 25,000 30,266
2008/09 40,375 25,000 34,047
2009/10 36,015 25,000
2010/11 37,620 25,000 40,000
2011/12 40,808 25,000 40,400
2012/13 40,639 25,000
2013/14 40,657 25,000
2014/15 40.906 25,000
2015/16 40,402 25,000 36,500
2016/17 40,881 25,000
2017/18 40,823 25,000

Since the 1999/2000 season there has been a steady increase in Werder Bremen's audience at home games, which was only interrupted in 2005/06 when renovations were carried out. While the average in 1999/2000 was 29,834 visitors, in the 2003/04 double season it was already 37,666 and in 2006/07 39,715. The number of season tickets sold also increased significantly: While it was 20,000 in 2003/04, the club stopped sales of 25,000 in the following four years before the start of the league in order to prevent the games from becoming "closed events", as stated by the managing director Manfred Müller otherwise feared. The number of members, which had previously been between 2,000 and 3,000 for decades, increased significantly with the return of success under coach Thomas Schaaf and increased tenfold from 2,980 members before the 1999/2000 season to over 15,000 in the year of the championship to 30,266 in 2007 an advertising campaign with the slogans “I want you!” and “Become Logo SV Werder Bremena member!”, which has been running permanently on Bremen's public transport system since 2003 , on whose posters Thomas Schaaf is shown, among others.

There are many mostly small fan groups, often with double-digit membership, some of which describe themselves as belonging to the ultra movement and are responsible for many fan choreographies within the stadium. These fans mostly use the standing room in the east curve . There were and are problems with hooligans in Bremen , such as those of the Standarte , whose members, according to the former Bremen Senator for the Interior, Röwekamp ( CDU ), sometimes have a right-wing extremist background. According to eyewitness reports, the perpetrators, who attacked a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the ultra-group Racaille Verte (“green rabble”), which describes themselves as “anti-racist” and otherwise apolitical in the Ostkurvensaal , are said to be members that group acted.

Fans in the east curve
Werder fan corner in Bremen airport

Motivated Werder fans proved their organizational talent on two occasions: They voted the club anthem Lebenslang Grün-Weiß , published by the Original Deutschmachers on the occasion of the championship celebration in 2004, in the ZDF program Our Best - Hits of the Century at number 29 in the ranking. The song, which entered the German single charts at number 51, left the HSV anthem Hamburg, my pearl , but also songs such as Silent Night, Holy Night and Ten Little Jägermeister from the Toten Hosen behind.

When their "Player of the Season" was voted on the HSV website at the end of the 2005/06 season, supporters of the north rival Werder Bremen managed to torpedo and break them with appeals and chain e-mails: they made sure of it that the former Werderan Aílton was at the top. He was only loaned out for the second half of the season and was not very convincing: In the last game of the season between the two clubs, which was decisive for the direct qualification for the Champions League, he did not hit the empty goal 30 minutes before the end, which meant that HSV ranked third Result.

In the past few years of sporting failure, the Werder fans repeatedly created an extraordinary atmosphere in the relegation battle. In 2013, during the relegation battle, the campaign “ALLEz Grün” was started from the ranks of the supporters, which called for people to show their colors and to go to the Weser Stadium in green clothes to support the team. In addition, the team bus was greeted by numerous fans singing loudly when it entered the stadium on match day. When things went even worse in terms of sport in 2016 and the mood in Bremen threatened to change for the first time in years, the “#greenwhitewonderwall” campaign was launched by a fan club. The motto, which went back to a test match in summer 2015 at West Ham United , in which Werder fans sang the Oasis hit Wonderwall for much of the game , initially started as a hashtag on Twitter, but quickly found its way into the stadium. As in 2013, the team bus was welcomed on the stadium forecourt at the last three home games and the fans were once again a support for the team. None of the last three home games were lost and the winning goal shortly before the end of the last home game against Frankfurt resulted in relegation, which was then celebrated by the fans on the lawn of the Weser Stadium and across Bremen like winning the championship trophy. The Werder fans received the “Fan Action of the Year” award from the football magazine 11 Freunde for this fan movement .

Club songs

One of the oldest club songs still sung today is a modification of the Weserbogen song with the refrain We stand for Werder . In addition to some songs recorded with manageable musical talent by SVW players in the 1970s, some pop songs established themselves in the club's environment. On the occasion of the championship celebration in 2004, the Original Deutschmacher played the club anthem Lebenslang Grün-Weiß , which is still played in the stadium before the home games. Since September 2018, the song with the new title Levenslang Grön-Witt has also been available in the Low German version. The cover band Afterburner from the Bremen area played the songs Hier reign der SVW! and we are Werder Bremen one. The latter were discovered by Radio Bremen Vier and played at many games in the Weserstadion. The then Werder player Mesut Özil played the video Das Jahr 201Ö with Jan Delay, who is known as a Werder fan , in which Özil tries to make a rap interlude. In August 2018, Delay released the fan anthem Green-White Love . On January 24, 2019, a double album called Lauter Werder was released for the club's 120th anniversary , on which artists such as Afterburner, Die Original Deutschmacher, Johannes Strate , Jan Delay or Heinz Rudolf Kunze , as well as five newcomers selected through a competition, mostly new Werder Recorded songs.

After a goal by SV Werder, a powerful ship's horn sounds in the Weserstadion and (as with other clubs) a section of the mood song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the band The Proclaimers .

social commitment

In addition to the Werder Bremen Foundation, established in 2009, which promotes sport, education and upbringing, international understanding, violence prevention and charitable purposes, SV Werder Bremen emphasizes some self-initiated projects such as the “Diaper League”, the “Kids Club ”or the programs“ 100% Werder Partner ”,“ 100% Werder WorldWide ”,“ SV Werder goes honorary office ”and“ 60plus ”its distinctive social commitment. SV Werder Bremen also supports the Scort Foundation , founded in 2007 , which supports young people in difficult living conditions through targeted football initiatives and the establishment of sustainable networks.

Since 2012 there has been under the motto Werder gets in motion - for life! a separate area for corporate social responsibility under the direction of Anne-Kathrin Laufmann. Werder has received several awards for this; the association received z. B. for 2012 the special price of the integration price of the DFB . In December 2015, the association presented a sustainability report in which the activities in the social area were summarized.

With the “Spielraum” project, Werder Bremen has been offering soccer training for refugee children at six locations in Bremen since 2012; for this purpose, new football fields were built on fallow land.

In 2014, the project “Holidays with a Heart” was launched together with Traum-Ferienwohnungen and Radio Energy Bremen. Ten families who cannot afford vacation for financial reasons or because of a stroke of fate are sent on vacation for ten days each year during the Easter vacation.

Derbies, rivalries and fan friendships

Rivalry with Bayern Munich

For a long time, there has been a competitive situation between Werder Bremen and FC Bayern Munich that goes beyond the competition between any two Bundesliga clubs . This is only partly due to the geographical location of the two clubs in northern and southern Germany and the prejudices associated with them. Werder reached half of his six runner-up championships behind Bayern, who finished second in three of the four Bremen championships. During the 1980s and early 1990s, when both clubs regularly fought each other for the German championship title, this relationship was reinforced by the strong antipathies between those responsible, Uli Hoeneß on the Munich side, Willi Lemke on the Bremen side. Lemke described Hoeneß as the “grave digger of German football” and said in retrospect that there was “no one in the world who has always“ expressed himself so negatively about ”him. For some, the rivalries began on November 23, 1985, when Bremen, who was first in the table, played against their direct rivals in Munich: Werder's Rudi Völler had played around Klaus Augenthaler , who was then “only” cautioned with the yellow card , put the ball in front of him and was given the opportunity then brought down by him "without mercy" or by a "commonplace foul" (Hoeneß). After Bayern's coach at the time, Udo Lattek , made fun of Werder's injury misery and the commentator for Bayerischer Rundfunk said that Völler, who was absent for five months, had "fallen stupid", the first media disputes between Hoeneß and Lemke followed.

In addition, leadership figures from Werder Bremen, who had developed very well there, switched from the Weser to the Isar to the financially much more potent Munich residents (for example Herzog, Basler, Pizarro, Ismael, Klose or Borowski). The change of the successful Bremen trainer Otto Rehhagel to Munich in 1995 increased the aversion. When Bayern played in Bremen during the Daum affair in 2000, Hoeneß, who had triggered the affair by innuendos, was insulted by parts of the Bremen supporters throughout the game. After renewed mutual provocations in 2004, those responsible are again interested in a professional relationship between the clubs.

The north derby with Hamburger SV

Werder Bremen versus Hamburger SV in 2012

There is a traditional rivalry between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV , as both clubs are fighting over the role of the most successful soccer club in northern Germany. In the Oberliga Nord, the players from the Elbe kept the upper hand throughout, and Werder was only able to position themselves as the permanent number two behind them in the last few years before the Bundesliga was founded. The clashes culminated on October 17, 1982, when both clubs were competing directly for the championship, with the death of Bremen fan Adrian Maleika , who was on his way to his club's cup game near the Volksparkstadion , when he was infiltrated by members of the right-wing extremist Hamburg "Löwen" was hit in the back of the head by a brick throw, lost consciousness and was so badly injured in the process and subsequent kicks that he died of the consequences a day later in hospital. The group the sixteen-year-old was in had previously been shot at with gas pistols and flare ammunition. In December 1982, 200 fan group members from both clubs in Scheeßel , geographically equidistant from both cities, concluded the Peace of Scheeßel , with Günter Netzer and Willi Lemke, who were responsible for the club, also present.

As a result, the catastrophic atmosphere relaxed, even if a special relationship between the two neighboring Hanseatic cities remains in the more normal context. The slogan “The number 1 in the north”, for example, is an integral part of Werder's marketing concept.

Between April 22nd and May 10th, 2009 there were four duels within 19 days, the largest accumulation of competitive games between the two rivals. Werder retained both in the two semi-finals in the DFB-Pokal (4: 2 n.e. in Hamburg) and UEFA-Pokal (0: 1 in Bremen / 3: 2 in Hamburg) as well as in the Bundesliga (2: 0 in Bremen) the upper hand.

Other rivalries

There is still a young and less intense rivalry between Werder Bremen and FC Schalke 04 . It is due to the fact that under the former Werder player and manager Rudi Assauer during his tenure as manager at Schalke 04, numerous players moved to Gelsenkirchen. The Bremen goalkeepers Oliver Reck (1998) and Frank Rost (2002) were followed by defender and national player Mladen Krstajić and top scorer and crowd favorite Aílton after the 2004 Bremen double season . In these changes, the earning potential played a role: Aílton literally declared that he could "earn twice as much" there. A year later, the then national player Fabian Ernst also went to the "Knappen".

Fan friendships

A fan friendship exists mainly between Werder and Rot-Weiss Essen . This emerged long before the 1994 cup final , which Bremen won 3-1 against the then regional league team. The friendship is still lived today in the ultra groups of the two teams. The class difference (SVW Bundesliga , RWE Regionalliga West , i.e. first and fourth division) does not matter. On May 2, 2009, the fans celebrated their 25th anniversary in Essen. For example, banners are held up in the curve that take up the current events of the other club and "comment" accordingly. There are also flags on the side of the Essen fans that contain the Werder green to show solidarity with Werder Bremen. A friendship scarf is available in the Rot-Weiss Essen fan shop.

For many years there was also a friendship with 1. FC Kaiserslautern .

A friendship with the Israeli association Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem has existed for several years .


Was the subject of court hearings:
The bwin logo

In the 1971/72 season Werder appeared for the first time with a shirt sponsor. It was the state of Bremen , which exempted the club from the entertainment tax and tax debts for its state-colored bacon flag jerseys , the Bremen lettering on the back and the Bremen key on the chest , and gave it a share of the stadium's advertising income. After this relationship ended in 1974, the canned fish manufacturer Norda was the first sponsor from the private sector two years later.

Only in the 2001/02 season did the players then run without a main or shirt sponsor, as no company could reach an agreement and the club did not want to commit itself for years on the basis of below-average sporting results. Since the sponsorship rights were also transferred to the sports marketing agency ISPR, this did not result in any financial loss.

At the beginning of the 2006/07 season, Werder Bremen had problems with the new jersey and main sponsor bwin . The reason for this was its private-sector nature, since the conference of state ministers had decided to enforce an advertising ban on private sports betting providers with the help of the regulatory authorities . In addition, the bwin license dates back to GDR times, which is why its validity is controversial. After the team still unopposed in the League Cup final with the bwin.de had accrued lettering, followed by a period of uncertainty: On July 7, 2006, the municipal office Bremen forbade the club by prohibition, with the lettering bwin.de aground. However, the Bremen Administrative Court lifted this in July 2006 after the association objected to it. The Bremen Higher Administrative Court (OVG), which was then called upon by the city office, confirmed the ban on the lettering on September 13, 2006. The association decided to take legal action against the advertising ban before the European Court of Justice and initially displayed the lettering we win or blank jerseys, as the OVG had denied that the objection had a suspensive effect and the lettering bwin.de had also been banned in most other federal states was. The administrative court rejected an urgent application by the club, which aimed to compete with the original lettering during the last three games of the season. In the ruling of the European Court of Justice on private betting providers in March 2007, the court saw, unlike the club management, no reason to correct the ruling of the Higher Administrative Court. Due to these circumstances, the sponsorship relationship was prematurely terminated in May 2007.

From July 1, 2007, the financial services company Citibank was Werder's main and shirt sponsor. The contract, which was valid until June 30, 2010, brought an annual amount between eight and ten million euros, depending on the success, and was thus well above the league average of around 5.75 million euros. With the sale of the German branch of Citibank to the French Crédit Mutuel Group and the associated name change of the German Citibank to Targobank , the writing on the Werder jerseys changed for the 2009/10 season. From the beginning of 2010, the new logo adorned the breasts of the green and white, until then with the slogan “This is how the bank goes today”, the change or re-branding of the brand name was promoted. The contract expired in summer 2012.

Caused protests: The "Wiesenhof" lettering

At the beginning of August 2012, the club signed a two-year contract with the PHW Group , a poultry breeding and processing company that wanted to advertise its Wiesenhof brand on its shirts. The selection of this sponsor, which is criticized for its factory farming , caused widespread displeasure. Several thousand fans spoke out against the new sponsor in fan forums and on Facebook . Banners like “No blood on Werder shirts” were placed. On August 11, 2012, a group of 50 to 60 fans and animal rights activists protested against the new sponsor at Bremen Central Station . Some fans responded by buying jerseys without a logo in fan shops around the city. The animal welfare spokeswoman for the Bremen Greens , Linda Neddermann , was also critical. The then parliamentary group leader of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen in the Bundestag , Jürgen Trittin , resigned from the post of "Lifelong environmentally conscious" ambassador, which he had assumed for Werder Bremen. After signing the contract, Werder announced that it would provide fans with “transparent and comprehensive information”. In addition, the management published a joint declaration on August 10, 2012 and agreed, among other things, to want to “find out about the Wiesenhof production facilities on site”.

There were outfitting agreements with the textile and sporting goods manufacturer Nike , which replaced the previous outfitter Kappa in summer 2009 , and with the ball manufacturer Derbystar . Other contracts with less financial volume consist, inter alia with the Volkswagen AG , which the "Fanbier" Haake Beck 12 producing brewery Haake Beck , EWE Tel , the shoe chain and former main sponsor of Reno and the local energy provider swb AG .

For the 2018/19 season, the British clothing and sporting goods manufacturer Umbro took over the equipment of the team, the cooperation is planned until the 2022/23 season.

Overview of all outfitters, jersey and main sponsors of SV Werder Bremen:

Period Outfitter sponsor Branch
1971-1974 unknown State of Bremen
1976-1988 Norda Canned fish
1978-1981 puma Pentax Cameras
1981-1984 Olympia Office machines
1984-1986 Trigema Sportswear
1986-1992 Portas Kitchen and door renovation
1992-1997 dbv-Winterthur Insurance
1997-2000 o.tel.o telecommunications
2000-2001 Kappa QSC telecommunications
2001-2002 no shirt sponsor
2002-2004 Reno Shoe trade
2004-2006 KiK Textile discount
2006-2007 bwin Sports betting
2007-2009 Citibank /
Financial services
2009–2012 Nike
2012-2018 Wiesenhof Poultry farming and processing
2018-2023 Umbro

Coat of arms history

Other departments of the association


In 1920, the expansion from a football to a sports club with, among other things, an athletics department and, accordingly, was renamed Sportverein Werder Bremen from 1899 . Only in the first few years after the Second World War did this department enjoy a similarly high status as the football department. The club's most successful athlete of all time was Marga Petersen : She won the zone championship in the 100-meter run in 1946 and was also German champion in this discipline in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. With her, the club made the sportswoman of the year in 1947 . The women's 4 x 100 meter relay , consisting of Helga Kluge, Hannelore Mikos and Lena Stumpf , won the German championships in 1949 with a new German record time, and in 1951 the success could be repeated. Lena Stumpf won the German championship in pentathlon for the club in 1949 when she was elected Sportswoman of the Year, and in 1951 and 1950 in the long jump. At the 1952 Summer Olympics , Petersen won the silver medal as part of the 4 x 100 meter relay. The successful men's team at this time consisted of Karl Kluge , Fritz Wever and Kurt Bonah , among others .

There were no further great successes in the later history of this department. Today, the athletics department headed by Christian Schwartin focuses largely on promoting young talent, with club members taking part in national and international finals again and again in the new millennium. In 2007, Michael Kass, who started in the B-youth group, was appointed to the German national team of his age group for the first time, and in 2007 Stefan Schink won the title of North German Senior Champion in the javelin thrower.

In addition, the association organizes charitable events every year, such as the Run for Help .

The biggest successes:

  • Olympic Games 1952: Silver medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay: Marga Petersen
  • German championship in the 4 x 100 meter relay 1949, 1951: Marga Petersen, Helga Kluge, Hannelore Mikos, Lena Stumpf
  • German zone master 1946: Marga Petersen
  • German champion 100 meter run 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951: Marga Petersen
  • German pentathlon championship 1949: Lena Stumpf
  • Sportswoman of the year: 1947: Marga Petersen, 1949 Lena Stumpf
  • German champion 1950, 1953, 1954 and 1956: Kurt Bonah (middle distance)
  • German champion 1949, 1950 and 1951: Karl Kluge (middle distance)
Surname Job title
Christian Schwarting Head of department
Philipp Mehrtens Deputy Head of Department / Marketing
Andrei Fabrizius Sports warden
Dagmar Stelberg Treasurer
Kim-Christoph Jokel Competition forum and press coordination
Anja Fabrizius Youth warden
Hartmut Bunzel Student sports attendant
Rosi Sunder Judges


The first women's team is part of SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA and has been in the 2nd division since 2015 . There are also 15 youth and seven senior teams.

Surname Job title
Martin Lange Chairman
Elke Humrich Youth warden
Wilfried Humrich Sports warden
Christian Schönfelder Treasurer (Deputy Chairman)


The first team of the Werder Bremen chess department is part of SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA, founded in 2003, and plays in the Bundesliga . Her greatest success was, besides winning the Cup in 1996, the German championship in 2005. After Werder Bremen had finished the 2004/05 season tied with SG Porz , a playoff between the two top-placed chess teams had to be played. This took place on May 8, 2005, exactly one year after the victory of Werder's professional football team at Bayern Munich, which had ensured the early win of the German championship in 2004, in the boxes of the Weser Stadium. Although the team was much weaker, Werder Bremen won with Luke McShane on the top board with 4.5: 3.5 against the favorites. The best result of the championship season was achieved by Tomi Nybäck with 10 points from 13 games and Gennadij Fish with 11.5 from 13. The second chess team plays in the second Bundesliga. There are seven teams in total.

The biggest successes:

  • German championship: 2005
  • German runner-up championship: 2015
  • Cup victory: 1996
Surname Job title
Oliver Höpfner 1. Chairman
Stefan Preuschat 2nd chairman
Oliver Schindler Treasurer
Udo Hasenberg Tournament director
Irmin Meyer Secretary
Rolf Grosjean Youth warden
Andree Schondorf Material manager
Andreas Burblies Internet officer
Jens Kardoeus Press attendant

Table tennis

With the conversion from a pure football club to a sports club , a table tennis department was opened in the Werder Bremen sports club from 1899 , the former FV Werder Bremen , which is now managed by Werner Meyer.

First team squad
2007/08 NetherlandsNetherlands Keen JapanJapan Kishikawa GermanyGermany Hielscher RomaniaRomania Cioti
2008/09 NetherlandsNetherlands Keen JapanJapan Kishikawa GermanyGermany Hielscher RomaniaRomania Cioti
2009/10 SwedenSweden Lundqvist JapanJapan Takakiwa GermanyGermany Hielscher RomaniaRomania Dodean
2010/11 SwedenSweden Lundqvist RomaniaRomania Crișan GermanyGermany Hielscher RomaniaRomania Dodean
2011/12 SwedenSweden Lundqvist RomaniaRomania Crișan IndiaIndia Achanta RomaniaRomania Cioti
2012/13 Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Chuang RomaniaRomania Crișan EnglandEngland Drinkhall RomaniaRomania Cioti
2013/14 Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Chuang RomaniaRomania Crișan EnglandEngland Drinkhall RomaniaRomania Cioti
2014/15 GermanyGermany Steger RomaniaRomania Crișan RomaniaRomania Szőcs RomaniaRomania Cioti
2015/16 GermanyGermany Steger RussiaRussia Skachkov RomaniaRomania Szőcs RomaniaRomania Cioti
2016/17 GermanyGermany Steger RussiaRussia Skachkov RomaniaRomania Szőcs RomaniaRomania Cioti
2017/18 GermanyGermany Steger EgyptEgypt Assar RomaniaRomania Szőcs BelgiumBelgium Lambiet
2018/19 GermanyGermany Steger BrazilBrazil Tsuboi RomaniaRomania Szőcs BelgiumBelgium Lambiet
2019/20 SwedenSweden Falck KazakhstanKazakhstan Gerasimenko RomaniaRomania Szőcs ParaguayParaguay/ AguirreItalyItaly 

After the Second World War, the Werder men's team was one of the best-playing clubs in northern Germany for many years. Until the first relegation in 1975, Bremen belonged to the Oberliga Nord, the top German division at the time. In the year the table tennis Bundesliga was introduced in 1966, the team came fourth in the Oberliga and was thus able to take part in the Bundesliga qualification, where they only reached third and last place in the group behind TSV Milbertshofen and PPC Neu-Isenburg . Werder came close to the Bundesliga twice more: in 1968 (behind the Kiel TTK Grün-Weiß ) and 1973 (behind VfL Osnabrück ) the runner-up was won. After three years in the lower class, he finally managed to return to the second-class north German upper house in 1978, before having to relegate again in 1982 from what is now called the “Second Bundesliga North” class. In the 1980s, the Bremen then commuted between second and third class. When the two-part Second Bundesliga was introduced, they were among the founding members and played in this until their promotion in 2005. From 1992 to 1996 Shi Zhihao was a player-coach, who coached the Chinese women's national team from 2005.

With the integration of the 1st men's team into SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co. KGaA in 2003, the organizational prerequisites for a professionalization of gaming operations were created. The men's table tennis team became champions of the second division in the 2002/03 season, but refrained from promotion for financial reasons. In 2005 she was runner-up in the line-up of Yang Hong (CHN), Mads Sörensen (DEN), Claus Rasmussen (DEN), Daniel Fynsk (DEN), Lennart Wehking, Frank Sternal, Colum Slevin (IRL) and received because of the disqualification of SV Plüderhausen the possibility of occupying the space that is freed up. This time she dared promotion to the Bundesliga , but after only one year she was relegated to the second Bundesliga. 2007 succeeded the direct promotion to the first division.

After finishing fifth in the 2011/12 season, the team was able to take part in the Champions League for the first time in the 2012/13 season . With the Olympic fourth Chuang Chih-Yuan a world class player was committed. In the Champions League, the team was able to prevail in the group stage against the Russian team UMMC Verkhnaya Pyshma and AS Pontoise-Cergy TT from France and reached the quarter-finals as one of four German teams, where they were then narrowly defeated by Borussia Düsseldorf . In contrast, Bremen surprisingly retained the upper hand in the semi-finals of the German championship against the record champions and defending champions from Düsseldorf and reached the final for the first time, which was won 3-0 against the favored former champion and main round winner TTF Ochsenhausen .

The second men's team plays in the regional league, the first women's team in the association league .

Surname Job title
Werner Meyer Head of department
Stefan Dörr-Kling Assessor
Birte Grensemann Youth warden
Marc Hackl Treasurer
Sascha Greber Manager of the Bundesliga team
Fritz Piepkorn Material manager
Philip Milles Press attendant
Peter Eilers Sports warden

Gymnastics games and gymnastics

The gymnastics and gymnastics department now includes the fields of netball , bounce ball , gymnastics and senior gymnastics. As the first of these sports, the basketball department was founded in 1949 after an application was initially rejected in 1946. From 1951, two women's teams played in what was then the indoor league . The women's team was North German champion in 1960 and vice-champion in the hall in 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1967. In netball, SV Werder Bremen would later be particularly successful in the youth field, with five championships being won in various classes between 1981 and 1990. In the course of time, other similar sports were added: As early as 1968, the attempt to establish a department for bounce balls had officially failed due to the lack of a suitable play facility. Eight years later, a new application was successful, because with today's club president Klaus-Dieter Fischer, a ball player, had become a member of the club's executive committee. As a result, the gymnastics and gymnastics department was founded, in which, in addition to bounce and basketball, gymnastics and senior gymnastics are performed. This department has been headed by Meta Finke since it was founded, until it handed over the office to the then sports manager Manfred Jacobi. Construction of the SV Werder Halle stadium , which was completed in the same year, began in 1978. In 1985/86 and 1987/88, the first men's bounce ball team was promoted to the first division, which was followed by immediate relegation. The women 30 became champions in Bremen and North Germany in the 1989/90 season.

In addition, this department is mainly involved in recreational sports for children, young people and adults. Today it has the most athletically active members of all club departments.

The greatest successes of the bounce ball teams:

  • Bremen master and north German master, women's class 30: 1989/90
  • District and regional champions, North German champions, German men’s class 40: 1982/83 and 1989/90
  • German Champion Men's Class 50: 2005

The greatest successes of the netball teams:

  • North German Champion Women: 1960
  • North German runner-up women (Halle): 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
  • German Champion Youth (Halle): 1989
  • German champion youth (field): 1990
  • German Master Schoolgirls (field): 1981, 1985
  • German Master Schoolgirls (Halle): 1985
Surname Job title
Manfred Jacobi Chairman
Heike Hoffmeister-Eilts vice-chairman
Markus Schmieding Sports warden
Elke ter Hazeborg-Mennenga Assessor gymnastics
Bernd Freudenthal Assessor Games
Walter Kozica Assessor press officer


Since 2018 Werder Bremen has a E-Sports Department. The sole focus here is on the soccer simulation FIFA . Since January 2019 Werder has participated with the players Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, Michael “MegaBit” Bittner and Eleftherios “Leftinho” Ilias in the VBL Club Championship with 22 teams from the first and second division. Werder Bremen won the German championship here in 2019 in both the team competition (league mode) and in the individual competition (tournament mode). There MegaBit (Xbox) defeated his teammate MoAuba (PlayStation) in a pure “Werder final”, both of whom had qualified for the final by winning their respective console tournament branch. In April 2019, MoAuba and Megabit were the first representatives of the newly formed German eFootball national team at the FIFA eNations Cup. There they were eliminated as co-favorites in the preliminary round. In August 2019 MoAuba became the first German to win the FIFA Interactive World Cup .

In 2020 Werder won with the players Michael "MegaBit" Bittner and Erhan "Dr. Erhano “Kayman won the VBL Club Championship again.


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See also

Web links

Commons : Werder Bremen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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