SV 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]
Short name Bremen
Founded 4 February 1899 (1899-02-04)[1]
Ground Weserstadion[1]
Ground Capacity 42,100[3][4]
President Klaus-Dieter Fischer
Coach Alexander Nouri
League Bundesliga
2015–16 13th
Website Club home page

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 DFB-Pokal six times. Their latest Bundesliga championship came in 2004, when they won a double,[5] their last win of the German cup came in 2009. Bremen have also had European success,[6] winning the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup.[5][6] 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),[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. Werder Bremen's coach Viktor Skrypnyk was dismissed in September 2016. 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.[10] 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. The relationship was short-lived, however, 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 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 rivals

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 and 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 a 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. Lebenslang Grün-Weiß is sung before every game.

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




2. Bundesliga[1]





UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[5][6]

UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup[7][8]

UEFA Super Cup

UEFA Intertoto Cup[1]


German Under 19 championship

  • Winners: 1999

Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast

  • Winners (3): 2007, 2009, 2016



Current squad

As of 30 August 2016.[17]

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Raphael Wolf
2 Argentina DF Santiago García
3 Italy DF Luca Caldirola
4 Germany DF Robert Bauer
5 Mali MF Sambou Yatabaré
7 Austria MF Florian Kainz
8 Germany MF Clemens Fritz (Captain)[18]
9 United States FW Aron Jóhannsson
10 Germany FW Max Kruse
11 Germany FW Lennart Thy
13 Serbia DF Miloš Veljković
14 Peru FW Claudio Pizarro
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Izet Hajrović
16 Austria MF Zlatko Junuzović (Vice-captain)[18]
17 Germany FW Justin Eilers
18 Finland DF Niklas Moisander
19 Germany DF Luca-Milan Zander
No. Position Player
20 Switzerland DF Ulisses Garcia
21 Senegal DF Fallou Diagne
22 Germany MF Fin Bartels
23 Czech Republic DF Theodor Gebre Selassie
24 Germany FW Johannes Eggestein
25 Greece MF Athanasios Petsos
26 Senegal DF Lamine Sané
27 Austria MF Florian Grillitsch
28 Uganda FW Melvyn Lorenzen
29 Germany FW Serge Gnabry
30 Germany GK Michael Zetterer
33 Czech Republic GK Jaroslav Drobný
35 Germany MF Maximilian Eggestein
37 Germany DF Janek Sternberg
39 Germany MF Lukas Fröde
42 Germany GK Felix Wiedwald
44 Germany MF Philipp Bargfrede

On loan

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

No. Position Player
6 Hungary MF László Kleinheisler (at Darmstadt 98 until 30 June 2017)
38 Germany DF Marnon Busch (at 1860 Munich until 30 June 2017)
Germany DF Leon Guwara (at Darmstadt 98 until 30 June 2017)
Germany MF Levent Ayçiçek (at 1860 Munich until 30 June 2017)

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2016 and Transfers winter 2015–16.

Retired numbers

12 Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Alexander Nouri
Assistant coach
Assistant coach
Goalkeeping coachChristian Vander
Athletic coachGünther Stoxreiter
Club doctorDr. Philip Heitmann/Dr. Dominik Schwarz
PhysioHolger Berger
Assistant physioFlorian Lauerer
Reserve team manager
Youth team managerThomas Wolter


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

Former sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturer[21] 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 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

Werder Bremen II

Main article: SV Werder Bremen II

Werder Bremen's reserve team currently plays in the 3. Liga. It plays its home matches at Weserstadion Platz 11, adjacent to the first team's ground, and it is coached by Alexander Nouri.[22]


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

Notable 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 – October 25, 2014
Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk October 25, 2014 – September 18, 2016
Iran Alexander Nouri September 18, 2016 present

SV Werder Bremen in Europe

Competition P W D L Source
UEFA Champions League66271425[24]
UEFA Europa League99462429
UEFA Super Cup2011
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup211137
UEFA Intertoto Cup181444

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
2012–13 14th 39,536
2013–14 12th 39,210
2014–15 10th 40,905
2015–16 13th 40,402

SV Werder Bremen in Forbes Magazine

YearRankingTeam valueRevenueIncomeDebt/Value ratioSources
2004Not Ranked[25]
2005Not Ranked[26]
2006Not Ranked[27]
2007Not Ranked[28]
200818$262 Million$131 Million$11 Million0%[29]
200918$292 Million$177 Million$24 Million12%[30]
201016$274 Million$161 Million$24 Million−6%[10]
201117$279 Million$147 MillionNot Stated2%[31]
2012Not Ranked[32]


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