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Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V. (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛɐ̯dɐ ˈbʁeːmən]), commonly known as Werder Bremen, is a German sports club located in Bremen[2] in the northwest German federal state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The club was founded in 1899 and has grown to 40,400 members.[2] It is best known for its association football team.

Werder Bremen
Full nameSportverein Werder Bremen
von 1899 e. V.
Nickname(s)Die Werderaner (The River Islanders)[1]
Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-Whites)[2]
Short nameBremen
Founded4 February 1899; 120 years ago (1899-02-04)[2]
ChairmanMarco Bode
Chief ExecutiveFrank Baumann
Head CoachFlorian Kohfeldt
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Bremen's football club has been a mainstay in the Bundesliga, the top league of the German football league system. Bremen has won the Bundesliga championship four times and the DFB-Pokal six times. Their latest Bundesliga championship came in 2004, when they won a double,[5] and their last win of the German cup came in 2009. Bremen has also had European success,[6] winning the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup.[5][6] Bremen also reached the final of the last edition of the UEFA Cup in 2009, before it was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League the following season.[7][8][9] During the mid-2000s, Bremen was one of the most successful teams in the Bundesliga, but the club has not played in a European competition since the 2010–11 campaign.

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


The club was founded on 4 February 1899[2] as Fußballverein Werder[1] by a group of 16 vocational high school students who had won a prize of sports equipment.[10] The students took the club's name from a German word for "river peninsula", which described the riverside field on which they played their first football games.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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

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.

Historical chart of Werder league performance after WWII

Like other organizations throughout Germany, the club was disbanded on the order of the occupying Allied authorities after the war. They re-constituted themselves on 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 played in the Stadtliga Bremen, and after capturing the title there, participated in the northern German championship round, advancing to the quarter-finals. 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 WW2 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 stopped a slide toward relegation and led the team to a cup victory only weeks later.

Werder Bremen won the DFB-Pokal in 2004

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 2008–09 Bundesliga campaign, 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 UEFA Cup final 1–2 after extra time. In the final match of its 2008–09 season, Bremen defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 to win the DFB-Pokal.

Supporters and rivalsEdit

Werder Bremen against rivals Hamburg in the Nordderby

Werder Bremen has a long-standing rivalry with northern German club Hamburger SV,[11] another major club in northern Germany,[12] known as the Nordderby, as well as other big clubs like Bayern Munich in particular. They have developed a recent but intense dislike of Schalke 04 after the Gelsenkirchen side poached some of their top players and staff (including Aílton, Mladen Krstajić, Frank Rost, Oliver Reck (goalkeeping coach), and Fabian Ernst).

There are seven ultra groups in Bremen: "Wanderers-Bremen", "The Infamous Youth", "Caillera", "L'Intesa Verde", "HB Crew", "Ultra Boys" and "UltrA-Team Bremen".

The official anthem of Werder Bremen is "Lebenslang Grün-Weiß" by Bremen-based band Original Deutschmacher.[13][14][15] After each Bremen goal, the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers is played.[citation needed] Lebenslang Grün-Weiß is sung before every game.[citation needed] After each goal a ship's horn sounds in the stadium.

Some Werder fans maintain friendly relationships with Rot-Weiß Essen, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem.



Current squadEdit

As of 3 September 2019[17][18]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Jiří Pavlenka
4   DF Michael Lang (on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach)
5   DF Ludwig Augustinsson
6   MF Kevin Möhwald
7   MF Milot Rashica
8   FW Yuya Osako
10   MF Leonardo Bittencourt (on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim)
11   FW Niclas Füllkrug
13   DF Miloš Veljković
14   FW Claudio Pizarro
15   DF Sebastian Langkamp
17   MF Nuri Şahin
No. Position Player
18   DF Niklas Moisander (captain)
19   FW Josh Sargent
21   DF Ömer Toprak (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
22   MF Fin Bartels
23   DF Theodor Gebre Selassie
24   FW Johannes Eggestein
27   GK Stefanos Kapino
30   MF Davy Klaassen (vice-captain)
32   DF Marco Friedl
35   MF Maximilian Eggestein
40   GK Luca Plogmann
44   MF Philipp Bargfrede

Players out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Felix Beijmo (to Malmö FF until 31 December 2019)
9   FW Martin Harnik (to Hamburger SV until 30 June 2020)
34   MF Jean-Manuel Mbom (to KFC Uerdingen until 30 June 2020)
36   DF Thore Jacobsen (to Magdeburg until 30 June 2020)
  GK Michael Zetterer (to PEC Zwolle until 30 June 2020)
  DF Jan-Niklas Beste (to FC Emmen until 30 June 2020)
  MF Niklas Schmidt (to VfL Osnabrück until 30 June 2021)
No. Position Player
  DF Jannes Vollert (to Hallescher FC until 30 June 2021)
  MF Ole Käuper (to Carl Zeiss Jena until 30 June 2020)
  MF Boubacar Barry (to KFC Uerdingen until 30 June 2020)
  MF Romano Schmid (to Wolfsberger AC until 30 June 2020)
  FW Jonah Osabutey (to Royal Excel Mouscron until 30 June 2021)

Notable playersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

12 – Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager Florian Kohfeldt
Assistant coach Iliya Gruev
Assistant coach Tim Borowski
Goalkeeping coach Christian Vander
Athletic coach Günther Stoxreiter
Athletic coach Axel Dörrfuß
Rehab coach Jens Beulke
Mental coach Prof. Dr. Andreas Marlovits
Club doctor Dr. Philip Heitmann
Physio Holger Berger
Assistant physio Florian Lauerer
Youth team manager Thomas Wolter


Companies that Werder Bremen currently has sponsorship deals with include:[19]

  • Wiesenhof – Main Sponsor
  • Umbro – Official Kit Suppliers
  • Targobank – Official sponsors, formerly "Citibank"
  • Volkswagen – Official sponsors
  • Coca-Cola – Official sponsors
  • InBev – Official sponsors
  • Tipbet – Official Betting Partner[20]
  • 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[21]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit Manufacturer[22] Shirt sponsor Branch
1971–1974 Hummel 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 None
2002–2004 Young Spirit Shoes
2004–2006 KiK Textil discount
2006–2007 bwin Sport betting
2007–2009* Citibank/Targobank Financial services
2009–2012 Nike
2012–2018 Wiesenhof Poultry farming and processing
2018– Umbro
  • 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 IIEdit

Werder Bremen's reserve team currently plays in the Regionalliga-Nord after relegation from 3. Liga after finishing 18th in the 2017–18 season. It plays its home matches at Weserstadion Platz 11, adjacent to the first team's ground, and it is coached by Sven Hübscher.


The women's team was promoted to the first Bundesliga in 2014–15.[23]

Managers since 1963Edit

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
  Willi Multhaup 1 July 1963 – 30 June 1965
  Günter Brocker 1 July 1965 – 4 September 1967
  Fritz Langner 9 September 1967 – 30 June 1969
  Richard Ackerschott 12 October 1968 – June 69 Replacement for Fritz Langner in games 11, 12, 13, and 34
  Fritz Rebell 1 July 1969 – 16 March 1970
  Hans Tilkowski 17 March 1970 – 30 June 1970
  Robert Gebhardt 1 July 1970 – 28 September 1971
  Willi Multhaup 28 September 1971 – 24 October 1971
  Sepp Piontek Oct 1971 – 30 June 1975
  Fritz Langner 8 May 1972 – 30 June 1972 Replacement for Sepp Piontek in games 31 and 32
  Herbert Burdenski 1 July 1975 – 28 February 1976
  Otto Rehhagel 29 February 1976 – 30 June 1976
  Hans Tilkowski 1 July 1976 – 19 December 1977
  Rudi Assauer Dec 1977 – June 78 In cooperation with Fred Schulz
  Fred Schulz 2 January 1978 – 30 June 1978 In cooperation with Rudi Assauer
  Wolfgang Weber 1 July 1978 – 28 January 1980
  Rudi Assauer 29 January 1980 – 20 February 1980 In cooperation with Fritz Langner
  Fritz Langner 21 February 1980 – 30 June 1980 In cooperation with Rudi Assauer
  Kuno Klötzer 1 July 1980 – 1 April 1981
  Otto Rehhagel 2 April 1981 – 30 June 1995
  Aad de Mos 1 July 1995 – 9 January 1996
  Hans-Jürgen Dörner 14 January 1996 – 20 August 1997
  Wolfgang Sidka 21 August 1997 – 20 October 1998
  Felix Magath 22 October 1998 – 8 May 1999
  Thomas Schaaf 9 May 1999 – 15 May 2013
  Wolfgang Rolff 15 May 2013 – 25 May 2013 Schaaf's former assistant coach was interim coach for the game 34 of the season 2012/2013.
  Robin Dutt 1 June 2013 – 25 October 2014
  Viktor Skrypnyk 25 October 2014 – 18 September 2016
  Alexander Nouri 18 September 2016 – 30 October 2017
  Florian Kohfeldt 30 October 2017 –

SV Werder Bremen in EuropeEdit

Competition P W D L Source
UEFA Champions League 66 27 14 25 [24]
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 22 14 4 4

Recent finishes and attendanceEdit

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
2012–13 14th 39,536
2013–14 12th 39,210
2014–15 10th 40,905
2015–16 13th 40,402
2016–17 8th 40,946
2017–18 11th 40,870
2018–19 8th 41,415

SV Werder Bremen in Forbes MagazineEdit

Year Ranking Team value Revenue Income Debt/Value ratio Sources
2004 Not Ranked [25]
2005 Not Ranked [26]
2006 Not Ranked [27]
2007 Not Ranked [28]
2008 18 $262 Million $131 Million $11 Million 0% [29]
2009 18 $292 Million $177 Million $24 Million 12% [30]
2010 16 $274 Million $161 Million $24 Million −6% [10]
2011 17 $279 Million $147 Million Not Stated 2% [31]
2012 Not Ranked [32]


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