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Werder Bremen


Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen[1]
Full name Sportverein Werder Bremen
von 1899 e. V.
Nickname(s) Die Werderaner (The River Islanders)[2]
Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-Whites)[1]
Founded 4 February 1899; 115 years ago (1899-02-04)[1]
Ground Weserstadion[1]
Ground Capacity 42,500.[3]
President Klaus-Dieter Fischer
Coach Robin Dutt
League Bundesliga
2012–13 14th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V. (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛʁdɐ ˈbʁeːmən]), commonly known as Werder Bremen, is a German sports club located in Bremen[1] in the northwest German federal state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The club was founded in 1899 and has grown to 40,400 members.[1] It is best known for its association football team.

Bremen's football club has been a mainstay in the Bundesliga, the top league of the German football league system. Bremen have won the Bundesliga championship four times and the German Cup six times. Their latest championship in each came in 2004, when they won a double.[4] Bremen have also had European success,[5] winning the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup.[4][5] Bremen also reached the final match of the last edition of the UEFA Cup in 2009 (it was rebranded the UEFA Europa League the following season),[6][7][8] During the early 2000s, Bremen was one of the most successful teams in the Bundesliga, but the club has not played in a European competition since the 2010–2011 campaign.

Since 1924, Werder Bremen's stadium is the Weserstadion. Werder Bremen's manager is Robin Dutt. Werder Bremen has a rivalry with Hamburger SV, another Bundesliga club in northern Germany, known as the Nordderby (English: North derby).


The club was founded on 4 February 1899[1] as Fußballverein Werder[2] by a group of 16 vocational high school students who had won a prize of sports equipment.[9] The students took the club's name from the seldom-used regional German word for “river peninsula," which described the riverside field on which they played their first football games.

The predecessor to Bremen, known as SV Werder, played its first ever match on 10 September 1899 against ASC 1898 Bremen coming away with a 1–0 victory. In 1900 FV Bremen was represented at the founding of the German Football Association (DFB) at Leipzig. The club then enjoyed some early success, fielding competitive sides and winning a number of local championships. FV took part in the qualification play for the national championships in playoffs held by the Norddeutscher Fussball Verband (NFV), one of the seven major regional leagues after the turn of the century, but were unable to advance. They became the first club to charge spectators a fee to attend their games and to fence in their playing field.

In April 1914, the club became a department of Allgemeiner Bremer Turnverein 1860 and was briefly known as Sportabteilung Werder des ABTV. However, the relationship was short-lived and the club went its own way again less than two months later.

Steady growth after World War I led the club to adopt other sports and, on 19 January 1920, change their name to the current Sportverein Werder Bremen. Football remained their primary interest, so much so that in 1922, they became the first German club to hire a professional coach. The team made regular appearances in year-end NFV qualification round play through the 1920s and on into the early 1930s, but did not enjoy any success.

German football was re-organized under the Third Reich in 1933 into 16 first division leagues known as Gauligen and Werder became part of the Gauliga Niedersachsen. The club scored its first real successes, capturing division titles in 1934, 1936, and 1937, and took part for the first time in national level playoff competition. The shape of the Gauligen changed through the course of World War II and in 1939, the Gauliga Niedersachsen was split into two divisions. SV played in the Gauliga Niedersachsen/Nord where they captured a fourth title in 1942. As the war overtook the country, the Gauligen became progressively more local in character. The Gauliga Niedersachsen/Nord became the Gauliga Weser-Ems and then the Gauliga Weser-Ems/Bremen over the next two years. Werder's 1944–45 season was cut short after just two matches.

Like other organizations throughout Germany, the club was disbanded on the order of the occupying Allied authorities after the war. They re-constituted themselves 10 November 1945 as Turn- und Sportverein Werder 1945 Bremen, which was changed to Sport-Club Grün-Weiß 99 Bremen on 4 February 1946. The team took up play in the Stadtliga Bremen, and after capturing a title there, participated in the northern German championship round, advancing to the quarterfinals. They were able to reclaim the name SV Werder on 25 March 1946 before taking part in the playoffs.

At the time, professionals were not permitted to play in the German game, so it was normal for football players to take on other jobs, often with the club's local patron. In the case of Werder, a number of the players worked at the nearby Brinkmann tobacco factory, and so the side took on the nickname Texas 11 after one of the company's popular cigarette brands.

Between the end of the war and the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 the club continued to do well, being recognized as one of the top two teams in northern Germany, along with Hamburger SV. In 1961, they managed their first DFB-Pokal win. Their performance was good enough to earn them a place as a charter member of the Bundesliga, and in the league's second season, Werder took the championship. They earned a second-place finish in the 1967–68, but then languished in the bottom half of the table for a dozen years. An attempt to improve their lot by signing high-priced talent earned the side the new, derisive nickname of the Millionaires and turned out to be an expensive failure. The club dropped out of the Bundesliga for the first and only time, being relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga-Nord for the 1980–81 season after a 17th place finish.

Werder Bremen recovered themselves under the direction of newly hired coach Otto Rehhagel, who led the side to a string of successes: Bundesliga runners-up in 1983, 1985 and 1986, champions in 1988; appearances in the final of the DFB-Pokal in 1989 and 1990 with a win there in 1991; followed by victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1992. In 1993, the club earned its third Bundesliga title and, in the following year, its third DFB-Pokal. Rehhagel left the club in June 1995 after this impressive run for a short-lived turn as coach of Bayern Munich. The impact of Rehhagel's departure was felt immediately, and a succession of coaches (Aad de Mos, Dixie Dörner, Wolfgang Sidka, and Felix Magath) led the club into a critical position. In May 1999, former defender and amateur coach Thomas Schaaf took over the team and stopping a slide toward relegation and leading the team to a cup victory only weeks later.

The team's performance stabilized in the following seasons as they regularly finished in the upper half of the table. In 2004, they managed to take both the Bundesliga championship and the DFB-Pokal — one of only four German sides to achieve the Double. Their performance qualified them for the 2004–05 Champions League play and they advanced to the Round of 16 before a dismal exit on a 10–2 aggregate to French side Olympique Lyonnais. Werder again qualified for the Champions League in 2005, this time through a third place Bundesliga result following a difficult injury-prone season. They once more advanced to the Round of 16, this time being put out by Italian club Juventus on away goals after a 4–4 aggregate score. A second place in the league ensured the third consecutive Champions League qualification for Werder Bremen.

In the 2006–07 season, Werder Bremen claimed the "winter champions" title, being the first place team in the Bundesliga before the winter break period, but eventually came in third behind VfB Stuttgart and Schalke 04. A third place in the Champions League group stage sent Bremen to the UEFA Cup, where they lost in the semi-finals to RCD Espanyol. After the season, Werder lost their famous striker Miroslav Klose through transfer to Bayern Munich. As in the previous season, Bremen finished third in the Champions League, but this time lost in the Round of 16 to Scottish club Rangers. A vice-championship in the Bundesliga qualified Werder for their fifth consecutive Champions League attendance.

Bremen struggled in their Bundesliga campaign of 2008–09, eventually finishing tenth, their worst league performance in more than a decade. Nevertheless, Bremen made it to the UEFA Cup final (after yet another third place finish in the Group Stage of the Champions League), as well as the national cup final. After Naldo equalized an early goal by Shakhtar Donetsk, Bremen lost the Final 1–2 after extra time. In the final match of the 2008–09 season, Bremen defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 to win the DFB-Pokal. In the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, Bremen were dubbed as the "Italian Killers" as they managed to send two of the three Italian clubs in the competition, Milan and Udinese, to elimination from Europe.

Supporters and Rivals

Werder Bremen has a long-standing rivalry with northern German club Hamburger SV,[10] another major club in northern Germany,[11] known as the Nordderby and other big clubs like Bayern Munich in particular. They have developed a recent but intense dislike of Schalke 04 after the Gelsenkirchen side lured top players (including Aílton, Mladen Krstajić, Frank Rost, Oliver Reck (goalkeeping coach), and Fabian Ernst) with lucrative contracts to join them.

There are a few Ultra-Groups in Bremen: "Wanderers-Bremen", "The Infamous Youth" and "Ultra-Team Bremen", they support the team in each match.

The official anthem of Werder Bremen is "Lebenslang Grün-Weiß" by Bremen-based band Original Deutschmacher.[12][13][14]


National titles


2. Bundesliga[1]



  • Winners (1)2006
  • Runners-up (2)1999, 2004


European titles

UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup[6][7]

UEFA Super Cup

  • Runners-up (1) 1992

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[4][5]

UEFA Intertoto Cup[1]

  • Winners (1)1998

International titles

International Soccer League

  • Runners-up (1)1964

Other titles

Kirin Cup

Youth titles

German Under 19 championship

  • Champions: 1999

Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast

  • Champions: 2007, 2009


For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2011 and List of German football transfers winter 2011–12.

Current squad

Correct as of 2 July 2013[16]
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Sebastian Mielitz
2 Argentina DF Santiago García (on loan from Palermo)
3 Italy DF Luca Caldirola
4 Croatia DF Mateo Pavlović
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Assani Lukimya
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Cédric Makiadi
8 Germany DF Clemens Fritz (captain)
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo
10 Turkey MF Mehmet Ekici
11 Netherlands MF Eljero Elia
13 Germany DF Lukas Schmitz
14 Germany MF Aaron Hunt (vice-captain)
15 Austria DF Sebastian Prödl
16 Austria MF Zlatko Junuzović
17 Serbia MF Aleksandar Ignjovski
No. Position Player
18 Germany MF Felix Kroos
20 Germany GK Raphael Wolf
22 Germany MF Melvyn Lorenzen
23 Czech Republic DF Theodor Gebre Selassie
24 Germany FW Nils Petersen
25 Germany MF Tom Trybull
28 Germany MF Levent Ayçiçek
29 Germany DF Cimo Röcker
30 Austria GK Richard Strebinger
31 Serbia MF Predrag Stevanović
32 Germany MF Özkan Yıldırım
33 Poland FW Martin Kobylański
34 Serbia MF Aleksandar Stevanović
38 Germany MF Julian Von Haacke
44 Germany MF Philipp Bargfrede

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany FW Niclas Füllkrug (on loan at Greuther Fürth until 30 June 2014)
Germany FW Johannes Wurtz (on loan at SC Paderborn 07 until 30 June 2014)

Retired number(s)

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Coach Robin Dutt
Assistant First Team Coach Damir Buric
Goalkeeper Trainer Marco Langner
Club Doctor Dr. Götz Dimanski
Physio Holger Berger
Assistant Physio Florian Lauerer
Reserve Team Manager Victor Skripnik
Youth Team Manager Thomas Wolter


Companies that Werder Bremen currently has sponsorship deals with include:[17]

  • Wiesenhof - Main Sponsor
  • Nike – Official Kit Suppliers
  • Targobank – Official sponsors, formerly "Citibank"
  • Volkswagen – Official sponsors
  • Coca-Cola – Official sponsors
  • InBev – Official sponsors
  • Tipico – Official sponsors
  • SigG Solar – Official sponsors
  • Ramada – Official sponsors
  • Kraft Foods – Official sponsors
  • Ewe Tel – Official sponsors
  • CeWe Color – Official sponsors
  • Haake Beck, Hasseröder – Official sponsors[18]

Former sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturer[19] Sponsor Branch
1971–1974 unknown City of Bremen
1976–1978 Norda Tinned Fish
1978–1981 Pentax Photocameras
1981–1984 Puma Olympia Writing Machines
1984–1986 Trigema Sportswear
1986–1992 Portas Kitchens and Doors Renovation
1992–1997 dbv-Winterthur Insurance
1997–2000 Telecommunications
2000–2001 Kappa QSC Telecommunications
2001–2002 no shirt sponsor
2002–2004 Young Spirit Shoes
2004–2006 KiK Textil Discount
2006–2007 bwin Sport betting
2007–2009* Citibank/
Financial Services
2009–2012 Nike
since 2012 Wiesenhof Poultry farming and processing
  • in the 2008–09 Bundesliga season, during the transition of the German branch of Citibank to Targobank, following its takeover by Credit Mutuel, Werder Bremen sported on the shirts the transitional message "So Geht Bank Heute" (That's How Banking is done today).

Werder Bremen II

Main article: SV Werder Bremen II

Werder Bremen's reserve team currently plays in the Regionalliga Nord but also has been a regular fixture at third level football in Germany. It plays its home matches at Weserstadion, Platz 11, adjacent to the first team's ground, and it is coached by Thomas Wolter,[20] a former Werder player.

Notable players

  • A list of notable Werder Bremen players can be found here. For a list of all past and present players who are the subjects of World Heritage Encyclopedia articles, see Category:SV Werder Bremen players.

Managers since 1963

Werder has had 19 managers since the beginning of the Bundesliga era in 1963. Otto Rehhagel served the longest term, being in office for fourteen years. Hans Tilkowski, Willi Multhaup, Rudi Assauer, and Otto Rehhagel served two terms each while Fritz Langner served three.

Head Coach Years Coached Notes
Germany Willi Multhaup July 1, 1963–June 30, 1965
Germany Günther Brocker July 1, 1965–Sept 4, 1967
Germany Fritz Langner Sept 9, 1967–June 30, 1969
Germany Richard Ackerschott Oct 12, 1968–June 69 Replacement for Fritz Langner in games 11, 12, 13, and 34
Germany Fritz Rebell July 1, 1969–March 16, 1970
Germany Hans Tilkowski March 17, 1970–June 30, 1970
Germany Robert Gebhardt July 1, 1970–Sept 28, 1971
Germany Willi Multhaup Sept 28, 1971–Oct 24, 1971
Germany Sepp Piontek Oct 1971–June 30, 1975
Germany Fritz Langner May 8, 1972–June 30, 1972 Replacement for Sepp Piontek in games 31 and 32
Germany Herbert Burdenski July 1, 1975–Feb 28, 1976
Germany Otto Rehhagel Feb 29, 1976–June 30, 1976
Germany Hans Tilkowski July 1, 1976–Dec 19, 1977
Germany Rudi Assauer Dec 1977–June 78 In cooperation with Fred Schulz
Germany Fred Schulz Jan 2, 1978–June 30, 1978 In cooperation with Rudi Assauer
Germany Wolfgang Weber July 1, 1978–Jan 28, 1980
Germany Rudi Assauer Jan 29, 1980–Feb 20, 1980 In cooperation with Fritz Langner
Germany Fritz Langner Feb 21, 1980–June 30, 1980 In cooperation with Rudi Assauer
Germany Kuno Klötzer July 1, 1980–April 1, 1981
Germany Otto Rehhagel April 2, 1981–June 30, 1995
Netherlands Aad de Mos July 1, 1995–Jan 9, 1996
Germany Hans-Jürgen Dörner Jan 14, 1996–Aug 20, 1997
Germany Wolfgang Sidka Aug 21, 1997–Oct 20, 1998
Germany Felix Magath Oct 22, 1998–May 8, 1999
Germany Thomas Schaaf May 9, 1999–May 15, 2013
Germany Wolfgang Rolff May 15, 2013–May 25, 2013 Schaaf's former assistant coach was interim coach for the game 34 of the season 2012/2013.
Germany Robin Dutt June 1, 2013–present

SV Werder Bremen in Europe

Main article: SV Werder Bremen in Europe
Competition P W D L Source
UEFA Champions League 66 27 14 25 [21]
UEFA Europa League 99 46 24 29
UEFA Super Cup 2 0 1 1
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 21 11 3 7
UEFA Intertoto Cup 18 14 4 4

Recent finishes and attendance

Season Position Avg. attendance
1999–00 9th 29,834
2000–01 7th 30,341
2001–02 6th 30,094
2002–03 6th 32,869
2003–04 1st 37,666
2004–05 3rd 39,579
2005–06 2nd 36,928
2006–07 3rd 39,715
2007–08 2nd 40,267
2008–09 10th 40,375
2009–10 3rd 36,015
2010–11 13th 35,867
2011–12 9th 40,851

SV Werder Bremen in Forbes Magazine

Year Ranking Team value Revenue Income Debt/Value ratio Sources
2004 Not Ranked [22]
2005 Not Ranked [23]
2006 Not Ranked [24]
2007 Not Ranked [25]
2008 18 $262 Million $131 Million $11 Million 0% [26]
2009 18 $292 Million $177 Million $24 Million 12% [27]
2010 16 $274 Million $161 Million $24 Million -6% [9]
2011 17 $279 Million $147 Million Not Stated 2% [28]
2012 Not Ranked [29]


External links

  • Official website (German & English)
  • Werder Bremen statistics
  • Werder Bremen formations at football-lineups

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