SV Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen
Full name Sportverein Werder Bremen
von 1899 e. V.
Nickname(s) Die Werderaner (The River Islanders)[1]
Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-Whites)[2]
Short name Bremen
Founded 4 February 1899 (1899-02-04)[2]
Ground Weserstadion[2]
Capacity 42,100[3][4]
Chairman Marco Bode
Chief Executive Frank Baumann
Head Coach Florian Kohfeldt
League Bundesliga
2017–18 11th
Website Club website

Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V. (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛʁdɐ 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.

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 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. 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.

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.

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 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 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. After each goal a ship's horn sounds in the stadium.

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




2. Bundesliga[2]





UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[5][6]

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

UEFA Super Cup

UEFA Intertoto Cup[2]


German Under 19 championship

  • Winners: 1999

Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast

  • Winners: 2007, 2009, 2016



Current squad

As of 31 August 2018[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
2 DF Felix Beijmo
3 DF Luca Caldirola
4 FW Claudio Pizarro
5 DF Ludwig Augustinsson
6 MF Kevin Möhwald
7 MF Florian Kainz
8 FW Yuya Osako
9 FW Martin Harnik
10 FW Max Kruse (captain)
11 MF Milot Rashica
13 DF Miloš Veljković
14 MF Ole Käuper
15 DF Sebastian Langkamp
16 GK Michael Zetterer
17 MF Nuri Şahin
No. Position Player
18 DF Niklas Moisander
19 FW Josh Sargent
20 FW Aron Jóhannsson
22 MF Fin Bartels
23 DF Theodor Gebre Selassie
24 FW Johannes Eggestein
27 GK Stefanos Kapino
30 MF Davy Klaassen
32 DF Marco Friedl (on loan from Bayern Munich)
33 GK Jaroslav Drobný
34 MF Jean-Manuel Mbom
35 MF Maximilian Eggestein
36 DF Thore Jacobsen
39 DF Jan-Niklas Beste
40 GK Luca Plogmann
44 MF Philipp Bargfrede

Players out 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
DF Robert Bauer (to 1. FC Nürnberg until 30 June 2019)

Retired numbers

12 Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Coaching staff

Position Staff
ManagerFlorian Kohfeldt
Assistant coachMarkus Feldhoff
Goalkeeping coachChristian Vander
Athletic coachGünther Stoxreiter
Athletic coachAxel Dörrfuß
Rehab coachJens Beulke
Mental coachProf. Dr. Andreas Marlovits
Club doctorDr. Philip Heitmann
PhysioHolger Berger
Assistant physioFlorian Lauerer
Youth team managerThomas 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]

Former sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturer[22] Sponsor Branch
1971–1974HummelCity of Bremen
1976–1978NordaTinned fish
1981–1984PumaOlympiaWriting machines
1986–1992PortasKitchens and doors Renovation
2001–2002no shirt sponsor
2002–2004Young SpiritShoes
2004–2006KiKTextil discount
2006–2007bwinSport betting
2007–2009*Citibank/TargobankFinancial services
since 2012WiesenhofPoultry 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

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]

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 Wikipedia 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
Willi Multhaup 1 July 1963 – 30 June 1965
Günther Brocker 1 July 1965 – Sept 4, 1967
Fritz Langner Sept 9, 1967 – 30 June 1969
Richard Ackerschott 12 Oct 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 – Sept 28, 1971
Willi Multhaup Sept 28, 1971 – 24 Oct 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 Feb 1976
Otto Rehhagel 29 Feb 1976 – 30 June 1976
Hans Tilkowski 1 July 1976 – 19 Dec 1977
Rudi Assauer Dec 1977 – June 78 In cooperation with Fred Schulz
Fred Schulz 2 Jan 1978 – 30 June 1978 In cooperation with Rudi Assauer
Wolfgang Weber 1 July 1978 – 28 Jan 1980
Rudi Assauer 29 Jan 1980 – 20 Feb 1980 In cooperation with Fritz Langner
Fritz Langner 21 Feb 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 Jan 1996
Hans-Jürgen Dörner 14 Jan 1996 – 20 Aug 1997
Wolfgang Sidka 21 Aug 1997 – 20 Oct 1998
Felix Magath 22 Oct 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

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 Cup221444

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
2016–17 8th 40,946
2017–18 11th 40,870

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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