Founded back in 1899, Werder has managed to both be total crap and scale the heights of German soccer. They won the championship in 1965, 1988 and 1993, and also the Euro Cup-Winners Cup in 1992. For a team with limited resources, a very fine achievement indeed.
Back in 1899, 16 schoolboys got together and founded FV Bremen to play soccer. In 1920, they started adding other sports. Initially the success was limited to city competitions, but by the 1930s they were competitive in regional Gauliga matches as well. With WWII, all sporting was eventually stopped, and it wasn't until after the war that the slow climb back started. In 1961, the club solidified it's reputation as the No.2 in the north (behind HSV), by winning the DFB Cup for the first time. As a charter member of the Bundesliga, Werder played a strong role early on, and then surprised everyone by winning the title in 1965. A runner up title in 1968 however was the last gasp, and things started downhill. Eventually it led to relegation.
Nevertheless, under coach Otto Rehagel, Werder began the climb back to the top of the table. The 1980s were good years for Werder. New championship titles, Cup wins and finally a European Cupwinners cup (1991 with 2-0 over AS Monaco) brought more honor to the Weser. The constant was coach Rehhagel, but several outstanding players filled the ranks: Austrian international Bruno Pezzey, midfielder Miroslav Votava, forwards vertean Manfred Burgsmüller, Frank Neubarth, Rudi Völler, Karl-Heinz Riedle. By the 2nd title in 93, most had been replaced, with new stars, e.g. another Austrian, Andreas Herzog, and forward Marco Bode.
Werder never really got off the ground in 98-99, disappointing their fans, who expected much more. The next season was a bit better, with an exciting attacking team. However the squad seemed to run out of gas at the end of the season. They were clearly beaten by Bayern in the Cup final, but qualified for the UEFA with Bayern taking the title.
2003 started off decently, but little did Werder fans realize that they would finish their greatest season ever. They secured the title by beating Bayern away, and ended up taking the double by knocking off upstart Aachen in the DFB-Pokal final. Although many of the key players left the club for more lucrative contracts elsewhere, Werder's 2003-04 season certainly was one to remember.
Although it was no surprise that Werder was unable to defend the title, they did finish a respectable 3rd in 2005. It seems like every 10 years or so Werder put together a good series, so they should be strong for the next few seasons.
2009 proved to be a trying year for Werder fans, a true season of ups and downs. Basically, in the Bundesliga the team stunk, and yet they had one of their best results ever, a crunching 5-2 away win at Bayern München. But inconsistency plagued the squad, and they would follow up good results with brain farts. A solid Champions League performance was hurt by a difficult group draw, but in the subsequent UEFA Cup, Werder entered the final as a slight favorite. However, with playmaker Diego suspended, the team was bereft of ideas and lost to Shakthor Donetzk 1-2 in overtime. But Werder would not end the topsy-turvy season without silverware: they ended up winning the DFB Cup for the 6th time.
|Fullname|| Sport-Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V.
Bremen (Hansastadt Bremen). Pop:
Am Weserstadion 7, 28205 Bremen. |
Phone: (0421) 434500 Fax: (0421) 493555
Currently green jersey with orange sleeves, white shorts.
Traditionally all white with green trim. Road is green shirt, white
Weserstadion. Capacity: 35,282 (30,000 seats)|
Built in 1926, originally belonged to ATSB Bremen, and was known as the ATSB Kampfbahn. When they could no longer afford the debt, an independant leasing company was formed, and the first tenant was Werder, which until then had played at the H¨ckelriede. In 1934, the city took over administration.
Multi-tiered pricing, depending on the opponent. Given the relatively
small stadium, tickets will be hard to come by. For "crappy" teams, prices
range from a low of 9.50 Euros to 57 Euros. The same range for "top" clubs
is 12.50 euros to 108 euros. (2003/04)
Strong suport in the north. Werder usually averages 30,000 or more fans
per home game.
Regional rivals Hamburger SV are the biggest.
Over 30 German internationals, although most are from the last 20 years. Defender Horst Höttges played
from the mid-60s-70s, with 66 caps and 420 Bundesliga matches. Many of the other favorites had careers elsewhere,
e.g. Mario Basler, KarlHeinz Riedle and Rudi Völler || Zeroes
Becks is Bremen's world famous brew. Also Kräsen, an
unfiltered Pils by Becks.
||Pub Grub || The Net
Official site at
www.Werder-online.de , and is quite complete. There is an
English and Chinese(!) version. Also interesting is that the
chess division has a
link on the page.
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