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    Team: SV Werder Bremen​

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    SV Werder Bremen Roster

    Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)​
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    Manager: [​IMG] Thomas Schaaf

    Starting XI:
    [​IMG] GK - 1 - Tim Wiese
    [​IMG] RB - 8 - Clemens Fritz
    [​IMG] RCB - 22 - Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    [​IMG] LCB - 4 - Naldo
    [​IMG] LB - 13 - Lukas Schmitz
    [​IMG] CDM - 44 - Philipp Bargfrede
    [​IMG] RCM - 20 - Mehmet Ekici
    [​IMG] LCM - 6 - Tim Borowski
    [​IMG] CAM - 10 - Marko Marin
    [​IMG] RS - 7 - Marko Arnautović
    [​IMG] LS - 24 - Claudio Pizarro

    Key Substitutes:
    [​IMG] GK - 21 - Sebastian Mielitz
    [​IMG] CB - 15 - Sebastian Prödl
    [​IMG] LB - 2 - Sebastian Boenisch
    [​IMG] CDM - 17 - Aleksandar Ignjovski
    [​IMG] LM - 14 - Aaron Hunt
    [​IMG] CAM - 23 - Zlatko Junuzović
    [​IMG] ST - 11 - Markus Rosenberg

    Player Roles:
    Captain: Clemens Fritz
    Penalties: Claudio Pizarro
    Short Free Kick: Mehmet Ekici
    Long Free Kick: Lukas Schmitz
    Left Corner: Marko Marin
    Right Corner: Marko Marin
     
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    SV Werder Bremen Schedule & Stats


    Season 1 Serie A: Hamburger SV, 1st, Serie A Champions :1stars:
    Season 1 TFL Cup: Eliminated in Round 2

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    Season 2 Serie A: Hamburger SV, 6th
    Season 2 TFL Cup: Eliminated in Semifinals

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    Season 3 Serie A: SV Werder Bremen, 7th
    Season 3 Coppa Tradizione: Winner, Coppa Tradizione Champions :trophy:

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    Season 4 Serie A: SV Werder Bremen, 5th
    Season 4 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Round of 16

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    Season 5 Serie A: SV Werder Bremen, 1st, Serie A Champions :1stars:
    Season 5 Coppa Tradizione: Winner, Coppa Tradizione Champions :trophy:
    Season 5 Supercoppa: Winner, Supercoppa Champions :cool:

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    Season 6 Serie A: SV Werder Bremen, 9th
    Season 6 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Semifinals

     
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    Head Coach Armin Veh has prepared for the new season

    HAMBURGER SV DEBUT MATCHES SET
    As the season is set to begin, Hamburger SV hopes to look past its lack of preseason friendlies and start off the year with some positive results out of the gate. For the first week of matches, Hamburg is set to play two Italian sides, home against Napoli and away against Palermo. Head Coach Armin Veh is anxious to see his team take the field, and will not tolerate any lack of effort from his players. "We may not have scrimmaged against some other clubs, but we're all professionals here," said Veh. He also alluded to the club's high expectations, as he went on to say "I expect my players to give their all and would like to see our team come away with a couple of victories this week." Supporters of the club can't wait to see their team in action, and it should be interesting to see how the following week unfolds.
     
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    German clubs Hamburger SV and VfL Wolfsburg will battle in Round 2 of the TFL Cup

    TFL CUP PITS HAMBURG AND WOLFSBURG IN ROUND 2
    In Wednesday's draw of the inaugural TFL Cup, Hamburg was the final team drawn. This granted them a bye week for Round 1, and will create a matchup at VfL Wolfsburg in Round 2, which will begin following the sixth week of the Serie A season. The two sides both play in Serie A, yet they have not faced each other yet. However, after speaking with Hamburg coach Armin Veh, it does not sound as of the team will be surprised by Wolfsburg's tactics once the match begins. "We play them in a few weeks, so we'll get a chance to analyze their style of play and hopefully improve our own play for the cup match," said Veh. "We have plenty of time to scout Wolfsburg and make any possible adjustments. But we were fortunate to get a bye for the first week. That puts us ahead of the competition, and now we have to take advantage of the draw." After 6 matches in Serie A, Hamburg has 12 points and Wolfsburg has 3. But despite their early season struggles, many of Wolfsburg's losses have come against the top clubs of Serie A. "This game won't be any easy one by any means, and I could easily see Wolfsburg catching fire and feeling confident heading into our cup match," said Veh. As for the players, their focus lies solely on the upcoming Serie A matches for the time being. "It's great to be in Round 2 already, but we have plenty of league matches before our cup match," mentioned Hamburg captain Heiko Westermann. "We play Everton and Schalke next week, and those clubs are the only ones on our minds right now." However, the club's supporters already seem to be anticipating the all-German cup match, and it is certainly a date to circle on the calendar.
     
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    Midfielder Piotr Trochowski has had plenty of opportunities to perform backflips during the first half of the season

    HAMBURGER SV MIDSEASON REPORT: A STRONG FIRST HALF
    Midway into the season, Hamburg has compiled an 8-0-3 record after facing off once against each of the Serie A clubs. The team's 24 points places them second in the Serie A standings, just a single point behind CSKA Moscow. The team began the season with clean sheets in 3 of the first 4 matches, and the Hamburg defense was crucial in starting out on the right foot. However, it seemed as if the attackers were still trying to mesh with each other. After scoring 11 goals in the team's first 8 games, the offense really began to to fire on all cylinders, scoring 10 over the following 3 games leading up the midpoint of the season. Primarily, three players have been essential for the club's offense. Croatian Mladen Petric has led the team with 10 goals so far, including 3 braces. He started out the year with 2 goals against Napoli, and has continued to deliver throughout the season. But while Petric appears to be the finisher up front, that is not to say that Ruud Van Nistelrooy hasn't been just as important to the club. Van Nistelrooy had 5 assists through the club's first 7 matches, and had led Serie A in assists. Although he only scored one goal over that same timeframe, he has now scored 5 goals in the past 3 matches, giving him 6 goals on the year and proving his pivotal role in the offense. And while Petric and Van Nistelrooy have been strong up front, the little engine of Piotr Trochowski behind them has been driving the team forward. Trochowski's role wasn't even certain entering the season, yet Head Coach Armin Veh decided to try him at a center attacking midfielder role to see if his play could create opportunities for the team. So far, Trochowski has 4 goals and 2 assists. Additionally, he has handled the ball well upfront and has started a number of key attacks that have given the team's forwards plenty to work with. "It'd be hard not to name him our most valuable player at this point," said Armin Veh during his press conference. "Really though, our attacking 3 have started to blend well together. I would consider them all co-MVPs at this point. If they keep it up, we'll continue be hard to stop." But while the attack has been strong as of late, the defense has slowed a bit, securing just 1 clean sheet over the past 7 matches. If the defense can return to its form at the beginning of the season, Hamburg will have a great shot at the Serie A title. As for the TFL Cup, the club will begin play soon, as they are set to face off against VfL Wolfsburg in Round 2. With a couple of chances at bringing home some silverware, the second half of the season should be an interesting and exciting one for Hamburgers everywhere!

    Hamburg's top play of the first half:
    On matchday 10 against VfL Wolfsburg, Ruud Van Nistelrooy dribbled around the box, eluded 4 defenders, and then curled in a shot that slipped in just between the post and the goalkeeper. Van Nistelrooy's first of two goals in the game helped Hamburg secure a 4-1 victory.
     
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    The Serie A title is up for grabs.

    HAMBURG, CSKA MOSCOW SET FOR ONE-GAME PLAYOFF TO DECIDE SERIE A TITLE
    Tied at the end of the season with 41 points a piece and identical 13-2-4 records, the Serie A title battle between Hamburg and CSKA Moscow was to be decided by goal differential. However, there's just one problem- each team finished with a +21 goal differential. Therefore, the Serie A title will be decided by a one-game playoff between the clubs, with Hamburg hosting CSKA. If necessary, the game will continue onto extra-time and penalties. In the two meetings between the clubs this season, Hamburg has come away victorious in both. On matchday 6, Hamburg went into Moscow and defeated the Russian side 2-1, handing them their first loss of the season. In that game, Piotr Trochowski scored in the 2nd and 15th minutes, both on assists from Mladen Petric. CSKA's goal came late, as Mark Gonzalez netted a goal in the 80th minute. Then on matchday 17, this time on German soil, Hamburg was able to repeat victory. Mladen Petric scored in the 5th and 40th minutes as Hamburg took the 2-0 win. This game stopped a Hamburg skid, as they had gone without a win in their previous 3 games. The one-game playoff is certainly a rarity, and the game should add a spark to an already great end to the season. The Hamburg players have begun to train for their upcoming match and hope to ensure that the Serie A trophy doesn't depart for Moscow.

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    Matchday 6: @ CSKA Moscow W 2-1
    Matchday 17: vs. CSKA Moscow W 2-0
     
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    Ruud Van Nistelrooy's 2 goals in the Serie A league playoff against CSKA Moscow gave Hamburg the title and granted him hero status

    HAMBURGER SV END OF SEASON REPORT: ATOP THE LEAGUE
    With half of the league within 6 points of each other at the midway point, the title was completely up for grabs. Hamburg undeniably needed to bring out their best performances the rest of the way to grab the title, yet things did not begin too great to start the second half. While Hamburg was able to grab 3 points from Palermo in a 2-0 victory, the team was able to get 2 points out its next 3 matches. The slump started with a 2-3 loss at Santos FC, and continued with 2 consecutive draws against Udinese and Bursaspor. Perhaps most disappointing about the slump was the defense's performance. The two matches against Santos and Udinese were just 2 of the 4 occurrences all season where the defense allowed multiple goals. With CSKA Moscow on deck, Hamburg needed a win against one of the best Serie A sides in order to stay in the title hunt. And with the season on edge, who better to come through than the team's top scorer, Mladen Petric. Petric fired 2 shots for goals in the win, and gave Hamburg some much-needed momentum for the remaining title run. Hamburg won its next two games against FC Schalke 04 and Genoa, both 2-0 wins with Petric and Ruud Van Nistelrooy scoring in each. Yet the season came down to the final matchday. Matched up against LOSC Lille, Hamburg sat just 3 points ahead of the French side. And once again, it was Petric who saved the day. Following an own goal by Lille, Petric went on to net a brace and secure a total of 17 goals on the season. With Hamburg sitting atop the table, only CSKA Moscow could catch them. With a few games still in hand, CSKA had to win every remaining game to match Hamburg's point total. And they did just that. Yet with CSKA and Hamburg having finished tied in points (41) and goal differential (+21), a rare one-game playoff was to be held to crown the Serie A champion. In that match, Vagner Love gave CSKA the early lead, but Van Nistelrooy came firing back with two goals of his own. The Hamburg defense prevented anything else from reaching the net, and Hamburg came away with a 2-1 victory and the Serie A title. It was truly a team effort en route to the title, as along with Petric, Van Nisteltooy netted 9 goals himself on the season. The midfield played well, and Frank Rost tied the league-lead with 9 clean sheets, a total representing his stand-out performances and the great play of the defense in front of him. Despite crashing out of the TFL Cup in their first game, the season can clearly be marked as a success. Yet Hamburg has a lot to live up to for the second season. The team will have a target on its back from the get-go, and with some newly promoted teams in the mix, the competition won't be any easier. But for now, Hamburgers can have fun celebrating their team's Serie A triumph.

    Team MVP: Mladen Petric
    With so many players responsible for the team's success, it's tough to single out just one player. Goalkeeper Frank Rost had 9 clean sheets, midfielder David Jarolim held down the fort on defense, and midfielder Piotr Trochowski commonly set up the forwards for wide-open attempts. But whenever the game became more meaningful, Petric was always in the right place at the right time. His 17 goals were just 2 behind the league leader (CSKA's Seydou Doumbia) and his play up front wrecked havoc on the opposition's defense each match.

    Hamburg's top play of the second half of the season:
    Without a doubt, Hamburg's top play has to come from Ruud Van Nistelrooy's second goal of the Serie A title playoff match. Van Nistelrooy's goal in the 49th minute broke the 1-1 tie and was the eventual winner as Hamburg came away victorious 2-1. The goal was started by a pass from Piotr Trochowski, and once Van Nistelrooy had the ball at his feet, he turned to his right, kept off 3 defenders, and beat the keeper on a well-placed shot in the top right corner.
     
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    Manager Michael Oenning (right) has struggled to fill the shoes of Armin Veh (left).

    OENNING ANNOUNCES MOVE TO 4-2-2-2 FORMATION
    Following a championship season, things just have not been the same for Hamburger SV in season 2. Last season, Manager Armin Veh guided Hamburg to a triumphant season that saw consistent top-level play. However, his departure in the offseason for another job has created a gigantic hole for the defending champs. Michael Oenning, who assisted Veh last season, was chosen to head Hamburg for season 2. Yet right from the get-go, things seemed off. "We've started to create bad habits," claimed Oenning. He couldn't be more spot on. Both the offense and defense have looked predictable out on the pitch, and with 7 matches completed on the season, Hamburg has just one victory. In order to combat the poor production, and with the transfer window not open until the end of the season, it's imperative that Oenning adjusts the way his current squad is playing. Hamburg has been practicing with different sets of players and formations recently on the training pitch and in various friendlies, and Oenning has apparently settled in on some slight tweaks. "We don't need a complete overhaul here," said Oenning. "We have talent, we've proven that. It's just about putting that talent in the right spots and allowing them to play to their potential." There are both pluses and minuses with this change. For example, this season under the 4-1-2-1-2 formation, Ze Roberto and Eljero Elia seemed to not fit in well with the team dynamic at times. While LM and RM tend to fit their skill sets well, their play with their surrounding teammates seemed imperfect at best. In addition, while Jarolim held down the fort as CDM and Trochowski was the playmaker as CAM last season, their play this year has not met expectations. Oenning said, "I liked the team flow in our practices with the 4-2-2-2. But now we want to make sure our players can fit those positions." And that's where the problem may lie. Ze Roberto will be moving to defensive mid alongside Jarolim, even though the Brazilian isn't a true defensive mid. On the attack, Trochowski will be paired up with Elia, yet Elia isn't the prototypical attacking midfielder. "They've adjusted well," noted the manager on the player's new positions. "We'll track their progress, but I like what I see so far." In addition, this change gives subs Marcell Jansen and Gojko Kacar more opportunities. Hamburg has not used many subs throughout the past 2 seasons, but each player fits well into the new scheme and can add that extra burst late, or even provide a new look if any of the current starting mids continue to play poorly. "I think we're all excited to get this going in a league match," said team captain Heiko Westermann. "It looks as if we're started to breathe some new life." It should be interesting to see how the change plays out, and in the meantime, I'm sure the Hamburg faithful wouldn't mind a few Ls in CSKA's upcoming fixtures to make the title race interesting again.
     
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    Miscommunication was a common occurence among Hamburgers this season

    HAMBURGER SV END OF SEASON 2 REPORT: BELOW EXPECTATIONS
    After winning the Serie A title in Season 1, expectations were high in Hamburg. Could the German club repeat? The bulls-eye was placed squarely upon the club, but a slow start led to an underwhelming season. Within the first 6 matchdays, Hamburg tallied just 1 victory. Morale started to pick up after the slow start, as Hamburg finally began to score some goals and play efficient defense. With a 4-5-2 record at the midpoint of the season, Hamburg was looking toward a positive finish with a new formation. However, 4 losses in the following 5 games (3 of which were 0-1) squashed any hopes of saving the season. After a couple of draws, Hamburg finished the year with 3 wins in the club's final 4 games. With these wins, the club was barely able to post a winning record, finishing 8-7-7 and in 6th place in the Serie A table. But while the team disappointed in league play, they excelled in their cup matches. With a round 1 bye, Hamburg was able to defeat Sampdoria in round 2. A date with Bolton would follow in the quarterfinals, and after a 0-0 draw, Hamburg won the replay in an offensive bout, winning 4-3. Hamburg felt confident in the semifinals leading 2-0 early over Serie B side Newcastle, but the defense was unable to keep the lead. Newcastle's 3 goals would put them on top 3-2, ending Hamburg's cup run. Mladen Petric and Ruud Van Nistelrooy finished the year tied in goals scored, each netting 11 to lead the team. However, it was Petric who twice had hat tricks, once against Palermo, and another against Sunderland. Piotr Trochowski was close behind, claiming 8 himself. Eljero Elia also scored once and was the only other Hamburger to find the back of the net. In the cup, Petric scored 5 of the club's 8 goals, with Van Nistelrooy (2) and Ze Roberto splitting up the other three. In league play, Frank Rost posted 6 clean sheets, including 3 in the final 5 matchdays. However, the defense gave up 3 goals five times throughout season 2 competition (including cup matches), an occurrence that happened just twice during Rost's career year in season 1.

    Team MVP: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
    While many players were in flux throughout the season and saw streches of poor play, Van Nistelrooy was a model of consistency. Van Nistelrooy's hottest stretch occurred between matchdays 8-11, when he scored 5 goals in 4 matches. However, it was his strong performance in each match that keep Hamburger alive at times, and when the rest of the team seemed out to lunch, it was Van Nistelrooy who tried to gather the troops. Among the 10 wins Hamburg had on the season, 8 of those were tagged by a goal from Van Nistelrooy. In fact, Hamburg never lost a game in which Van Nistelrooy scored. Along with his nose for the net, he also helped build many attacks and set up his teammates for prime opportunities.

    Hamburg's top play of the season:
    Needing to grab some points on matchday 4, Hamburg traveled to Moscow to take on CSKA. This was the two sides' first match since their season 1 title-deciding playoff match. With the game level 0-0, Piotr Trochowski scored this beauty of a goal in the 37th minute. The game ended in a 2-2 draw thanks in part to an 88th minute goal from CSKA's Seydou Doumbia, but Trochowski's goal was enough to earn the honor of Week 2 Goal of the Week.
     
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    COACH BRONC DEPARTS HAMBURG, SIGNS 2-SEASON CONTRACT WITH WERDER BREMEN
    After winning the Serie A title in Season 1, Coach Bronc led Hamburg to 6th place in the table the following season. Following Season 2, it appeared that the coach was not able to reach his players in the same manner as in the first season. Fans were ecstatic to finally have another championship in Hamburg, yet Bronc's honeymoon with the town would last only so long. After the season, Hamburg saw many players depart, and few entered. In fact, 7 starters left the team, and nearly all of their replacements were last season's backups. Unhappy with the roster moves, Bronc chose not to extend his contract with Hamburg, instead looking elsewhere for offers. Werder Bremen came calling, and with the German club high on Coach Bronc's target list, it was a natural fit. Within Germany, Werder Bremen's closest opponent, and therefore rival, is actually Hamburger SV. However, local ultra-groups such as "Ultra-Team Bremen" and "The Infamous Youth" have actually welcomed the addition of Coach Bronc. Werder Bremen is well-known for its level-headed environment and often are at peace with the club's actions. With the move, locals are now hoping Werder Bremen can bring home some silverware. Coach Bronc expressed excitement and a new level of energy at his press conference, and despite the ever-increasing talent in Serie A, pundits are already placing Werder Bremen in the title hunt.
     
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    WERDER BREMEN (S3) MIDSEASON REPORT: ROUGH START
    Halfway through the season, Werder Bremen looks to be out of the title race already. However, there is a chance that brighter times may be on the horizon. When taking a look at the club's schedule, it's easy to see that things went wrong early. Through the first 5 matchweeks, Bremen had just one point. But after that point, the club began to pick up some steam. Four of the next six games saw clean sheets for GK Tim Wiese, yet the offense is still lagging behind. Of the first eleven matches, Werder Bremen only had 11 goals. "We need to pick things up offensively, no doubt about it," remarked Coach Bronc. "We've been trying some different things game-to-game, looking for that right mix of players and formation." But while the German club may be closer to relegation than a title, the team came away with 3 consecutive wins in the Coppa Tradizione. Wins over Newcastle, Parma, and Celtic have pushed Bremen into the knockout stage, where they will be paired up with Udinese in the Round of 16. Wiese stood out in the group stage, compiling 3 sheets and only allowing one goal. In both league and cup play, Claudio Pizarro has led the team in goals scored. Pizarro has 5 goals at the midway point in the league, and another 4 in cup play. However, his support is lacking. The midfield has looked better ever since Wesley was inserted into the starting lineup over Aaron Hunt, but it is still far from elite. Naldo has been impressive on the backline, often leading matches in tackles and earning man of the match awards. Werder Bremen could easily dip into the relegation battle with a few more poor results, but once they are able to secure at least mid-level in the table, look for the club to place a greater emphasis on their Coppa matches.

    Werder Bremen's top play of the first half:
    On a snowy matchday 11 game against Stade Rennes, Claudio Pizarro dribbled in and booted a shot from outside the box. It could have easily gone down as a wasted offensive opportunity, but Pizarro hit the ball perfectly and past the keeper, into the net. Werder Bremen won the match 2-0, thanks to Pizarro's goal and an own goal by Stade Rennes.
     
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    Midfielder Marko Marin may need to spark some extra firepower in the Bremen attack this week

    SEASON-DEFINING WEEK ON TAP FOR WERDER BREMEN
    With huge matches this week, Werder Bremen's fate in both Serie A and the Coppa Tradizione may hinge on their next few results. Let's start with the Coppa, as Werder Bremen just completed their final match of Group B. After starting off strong with a win against Santos FC, the German club struggled against Udinese, losing 2-3. Heading into the final match against Fiorentina, a win meant Bremen would advance. However, after an up and down game, Bremen could only salvage a 2-2 draw. Now with 4 points in the "Group of Death," Bremen will need red-hot Udinese side to lose or draw against Santos FC. Yet while the club's Coppa chances appear slim, the club is alive and well in Serie A. After struggling at the beginning of the season last year, Bremen managed a strong finish to Season 3 to finish in a respectable position. However, the club has had a great start to this season. Currently 4-3-1 and with 15 points after 8 matches, Werder Bremen sit only behind Udinese in the Serie A table. Spartak Moscow is a close third, yet Werder Bremen's two matches in the shortened matchweek may have huge effects on the table. In two home games this week, the club will face of against Aston Villa, last season's runner-up, and Spartak Moscow, last season's league champion. "We would like to win both matches, but let's not forget that is too early in the season to watch the table," noted Coach Bronc. "We need to simply go out onto the pitch, give it our all, and put ourselves in a position to come away with positive results." Bremen's strong start has been fueled both both offensive and defensive play, and Coach Bronc likes the way his club is playing right now. In fact, Bremen is currently 3rd in goals scored per game and 2nd in goals allowed per game. "That's what we want- firing on all cylinders," continued the coach. "I want to see us keep up that pace, and the matches this week could very well be a barometer of our progression." In 11 total matches this season, Bremen's only 2 losses have come to the hands of Udinese. But with Aston Villa and Spartak Moscow next, Werder Bremen will need superior performances to keep that number from increasing.

    TRANSFER NEWS
    Early in the January transfer window, there was talks of CB Naldo returning to his native Brazil. As the leader of the defense, his departure would have likely resulted in a massive blow to Werder's backline. However, Naldo has since re-committed his future to Werder Bremen and plans to command the backline for the remainder of the season. But in general, Bremen has been relatively quiet in the transfer window. The only departure of significance is defender Andreas Wolf moving to Monaco. Wolf lost his starting position following season 3 to Sokratis, and replacing Wolf's position on the bench will be easy with depth at the center-back position. As for incoming transfers, sources say Bremen have acquired attacking midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic from Austria Wien. Known for his acrobatic style of play, Junuzovic will add some key depth to the frontline. Rumors also swirled of Marko Marin potentially landing in Tottenham, but those have since died down and it appears Marin will remain at Bremen for the long haul.
     
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    After a fantastic start to the year, Werder Bremen's players have not been on the same page

    LACKLUSTER SECOND HALF OF SEASON COSTS BREMEN TITLE CHANCES AND COPPA
    Just a few weeks ago, Werder Bremen was sitting in the Round of 16 in the Coppa Tradizione and 2nd in the Serie A table. "I don't even know where to begin," noted a disgrunted Coach Bronc. Due to a recent slip in form, Werder Bremen has since been dropped from the Coppa and unable to find many points in league play. Since Matchday 11, Bremen has been a completely different side. The Germans went a respectable 5-3-2 in the first 10 matches and had set themselves for a title run down the stretch. Scratch that. Since then, the club drew 4 of its next 5 matches before losing 3 in a row to have a record of 1-4-3 during a season-defining stretch. Optimism was high in Bremen to start the year, and Werder Bremen was looking at giving its manager an extension. Now, tensions have risen and the future of the club has once again become questionable. With the season all but over, look for Coach Bronc to try and shake things up in order to build momentum for next season and keep his job. The club made only a few small changes during the transfer window, and with the window now closed, Werder will be stuck with what they have. "No one said it was going to be easy," remarked captain Clemens Fritz, referring to the team's title aspirations. The talent that brought home a Coppa title last season still remains, but it appears that the chemistry that held this team together has fallen apart.
     
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    Coach Bronc will continue to direct Werder Bremen's gameplans

    WERDER BREMEN RETAINS COACH BRONC, SEASON 5 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
    During the past 2 seasons, Werder Bremen has had its highs and lows under Coach Bronc. In Season 3, the club started slow but eventually finished out strong. In addition to their strong finish, Werder Bremen went on to defeat Aston Villa to win the Coppa Tradizione. Bremen built upon their momentum to start strong in Season 4, but after winning 5 of their first 10 matches, they finished with only 3 more victories over the final 12 matches. Some changes were made to the lineup and formation at the very end of last season, which brought about some positive results to close out the season. However, the club does not look as sharp as they once did and questions remain as to whether Werder Bremen's recent changes will continue to bring in points. Yet when the club has been playing at its peak, they have had the form that could challenge for silverware. This led the club to retain Coach Bronc on a 2-year contract, and the club will certainly be looking to add to their trophy collection.

    The season 5 schedule was also announced today. Werder Bremen will face off against in-form TSG Hoffenhim, recently promoted FC Koln, and Coppa champs Aston Villa in the first week. It appears Werder Bremen will need to start out the season on a strong note, as the end of the season appears just as tough. In the final week, Bremen will match up against Stade Rennes, CSKA Moscow, and Wolverhampton. In 5 career matches against Rennes Manager HokieNYC, Coach Bronc has failed to record a single point. CSKA will certainly be fighting for a title at that point, and Wolverhampton has shown they have the ability to knock out strong sides in the Coppa. In what appears to be the most talented Serie A season yet, points will be at a premium. If Bremen fails to get off to a good start, some more changes may be on the way to the starting XI. The club is expected to play a few friendlies before the start of the season Wednesday and will hope to work out any kinks during those matches.
     
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    WERDER BREMEN (S5) MIDSEASON REPORT: DOMINATING D
    After the first four matchweeks, Werder Bremen sits in 2nd place, just 3 points behind Serie A newcomer FC Koln. But after 10 matches and some Coppa play, the club has looked overpowering at times. Things got off to a great start early, as 3-goal wins over TSG Hoffenheim and FC Koln put Bremen atop the table early on. In matchweek 2, a 4-0 over Spartak Moscow further solidified the team's recent form. But with positive results comes a bit of luck too. On matchday 3 against Aston Villa and matchday 9 against Stoke City, Bremen found the back of the net within the final 10 minutes to draw and win, respectively. Similarly, the club's two game-winning goals in the Coppa wins against FC Koln and RSC Anderlecht have come in the 79th and 90th minutes. Yet while the club has seen its highs, it has had trouble finding consistency in its results. Disappointing losses to Borussia Monchengladbach and Fiorentina set the club back a step. The club recovered shortly thereafter with wins against Sunderland and Stoke City, but then hit another bump in the road when they got shut out by Wolverhampton. The 0-goal performance against Wolves was the first time Bremen had been shut out in Serie A play since Season 3, snapping the club's impressive 36-game streak. "That last one was really a downer," commented Coach Bronc in his latest press conference. "Critics have us high in the power rankings, but I'd take a bunch of 1-0 wins over a couple 4-0 wins and a close loss." But on the bright side, Bremen's defense has been stifling opponents on a nightly basis, allowing just 9 goals through the club's first 10 Serie A matches. "In a league where anyone and everyone will capitalize off of your mistakes, sound D is a must," noted Coach Bronc. The Bremen backline of Schmitz, Naldo, Sokratis, and Fritz deserve as much, if not more, credit than GK Tim Wiese thus far. Add in defensive midfielders Bargfrede and Ignjovski, and Bremen has been able to be a defensive juggernaut, leading Serie A in goals allowed per game. Key defensive subs have also displayed strong form, as the 6'4'' Sebastian Prodl teamed up with Naldo to shut down Peter Crouch, the leader in Serie A goals, in the Stoke City match. Boenisch and Borowski have also played well in many late-game appearances, giving Bremen a plethora of options in defense. In the end though, Bremen is still off of their expected pace. "I don't care how tough Serie A may be. If you look back at each Serie A season, the champion has always finished with an average of more than 2 points per game," remarked a statistically-astute Coach Bronc. "Regardless of how anyone else plays in the league thus far, our goal is to beat that threshold. Right now, we're not quite there. Time to hit the practice field."
     
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    Vol. 6, Issue 1


    Welcome to this season's Bremen report, with bi-weekly updates throughout Season 6 as Werder Bremen attempts to defend their treble from a season ago. We'll recap the past two weeks, highlight some influential players, sit down with the manager, and take a look at what's ahead.

    Matchweek 1 Recap
    W 1-0 @ Stoke City :goal: Pizarro
    W 3-0 vs. Corinthians :goal: Pizarro :goal: Schmitz :goal: Bargfrede
    D 0-0 @ Spartak Moscow
    W 1-0 @ Santos FC :goal: Sokratis

    Werder Bremen started out right where they left off last season. The club picked up 7 points in league play, including a draw against their toughest Week 1 opponent, Spartak Moscow. Bremen also started out Group G of Coppa play with a win over Santos FC, putting them atop the table alongside LA Galaxy. The biggest highlight of the week was Bremen's 0 goals allowed throughout the entire matchweek. Opponents had 28 shots on target against Werder Bremen, yet Tim Wiese did not allow a single goal. The defensive four were forcing difficult shots all week, frustrating opposing strikers. But despite the defensive prowess, Bremen only scored 5 goals in the 4 matches. The shutouts allowed Bremen to skate by this week, but with 2 goals coming from defenders and another from a defensive midfielder, the offense was quite simply lacking any real strength. Pizarro netted 2 goals on the week, yet others will be needed to contribute in the future. The 7 points put Werder Bremen atop the Serie A table after the first week, creating a strong foundation for the rest of the season.

    Player of the Week: [​IMG] #1 GK Tim Wiese
    With 4 clean sheets in 4 matches, Tim Wiese was a brick wall. Despite 28 shots on target from opponents, not one found the back of the net. With two of Bremen's three victories coming by one goal, Wiese's play saved Bremen plenty of points.

    Matchweek 2 Recap
    L 0-2 @ Fulham
    D 2-2 vs. B. M'gladbach :goal: Hunt :goal: Pizarro
    L 0-2 @ CSKA Moscow
    D 2-2 @ LA Galaxy :goal::goal: Pizarro

    After a tremendous start to the season, Werder Bremen took a step back this week with 2 losses and 2 draws in four matches. A loss to a struggling side in Fulham fell well below expectations entering the match, and a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, despite the strong history against their manager, was a missed opportunity to pick up some crucial points. A match with red-hot CSKA didn't help matters, and the club went winless on the week after allowing a late penalty against the Galaxy in the Coppa. And while the defense entered the week with 0 goals against, they allowed 2 goals in each game this week. With the offense continuing its funk, it quickly became apparent that Bremen had suffered a decline and needed to hit the training pitch to regain their form from a season ago. All four matches from this week were completed early on, which gave the manager time to tweak with his roster a bit following the poor results. After a disappointing week, the club will surely look to see better results next matchweek.

    Player of the Week: [​IMG] #14 MF Aaron Hunt
    One of the few bright spots in Bremen's week was the play of Aaron Hunt. With his starting spot in jeopardy recently, Hunt scored a goal and added an assist to help the Bremen attack. Hunt played well with Pizarro up top, but the offense's overall inability to finish cost the club points.

    Manager Conversation
    After a roller-coaster start to the season, Bremen Quarterly (BQ) sat down with Coach Bronc (CB) to ask how he felt about the team's current state.

    BQ: Despite only one league point this past week, surely there has to be a silver lining to all of this somewhere, correct?
    CB: I sure hope so. I think we had some issues in the first week that were masked by Tim Wiese's dominating performances, and those problems became easily apparent to us following this past week. With the long week off until our next set of matches, we were able to go back to the drawing board and fix a few things.

    BQ: Any insight on what changes have been made?
    CB: Well first off, with all the matches we had late last season and the quick turnaround into Season 6, we never really had time off. So I sent the lads home for a few days to clear their minds a bit. But the main concern I had was that our offensive pace was stalled in our past few matches. We had no flow, no real buildup. We went through some drills in training this week and look much more fluid now up front.

    BQ: Your club has 8 points, while others in the league are off to strong starts. Is first place still possible?
    CB: It's too early to compare other clubs to your own, and we try not to pay attention to the table much until late in the year. We have our own goals as to where we need to be following each matchweek, and right now we're below where we expect to be. We'll take things week-by-week to get back to where we need to be.

    BQ: Last question- EURO 2012, who ya got?
    CB: Germany, of course!

    Matchweek 3-4 Outlook
    Serie A Matchday 7: vs. Ajax
    Serie A Matchday 8: @ Sunderland
    Coppa Group Match 3: vs. Aston Villa
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    Serie A Matchday 9: @ Montpellier
    Serie A Matchday 10: vs. Flamengo
    Serie A Matchday 11: @ PSV Eindhoven

    Matchweek 3 could be a tough one for Werder Bremen. Ajax has yet to allow a goal in 5 league matches, while Sunderland and their manager always prove to be difficult for Werder Bremen. As for the Coppa, Bremen needs only a draw against Serie B's Aston Villa to advance to the knockout stage. Matchweek 4 will start out with a match at struggling Montpellier, followed by a date with Flamengo. Flamengo will surely be looking to overturn early season woes as well, with this match potentially jump-starting either Bremen or Flamengo for the second half of the season. PSV has been in fine form lately, as Bremen will surely be hoping for the Dutch club to hit their seasonal slump by then.

    Player to Watch: [​IMG] #10 MF Marko Marin
    If Bremen is able to regain their offensive form from Season 5, it starts with Marko Marin. Marin has the ability to dizzy defenders with game-altering passes and dribbles. If he is able to break into the opposing box, his quality touch will be needed to get Bremen on the scoreboard.


    Thanks for checking out the first edition of Bremen Quarterly! "LEBENSLANG GRÜN WEISS"
     
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    Vol. 6, Issue 2

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    In the latest issue of Bremen Quarterly- PANIC IN BREMEN! The club has underperformed and is starting to see its season slip into the relegation battle. Will the club overcome its poor start to finish in a respectable position? We'll cover that along with recaps from Bremen's recent matches and a chat with the manager.

    Matchweek 3 Recap
    L 0-1 vs. Ajax
    L 0-2 @ Sunderland
    W 1-0 vs. Aston Villa - :goal: Ekici

    Coming off of a dismal Matchweek 2, Werder Bremen was looking to turn the corner this week. However, it could not have come against tougher opposition. Bremen would fall 1-0 to Ajax and Zikry, one of the hottest teams in Serie A. Bremen then faced its longtime foe in Sunderland and HokieNYC, and predictably came away with 0 points. But despite the two losses, Bremen was able to prove its worth in the Coppa- albeit with just one goal in the win over Aston Villa and Nickaepi. The lone goal was enough to put Bremen atop Group G, as the club finished with 7 points in the group. The club will now face Bologna in the Round of 16, which will kick off at the start of Matchweek 5. But despite the poor showing this week, Bremen was hoping success would be found this week. Bremen had low expectations in both league matches, but going scoreless was still a bit shocking. The Sunderland defeat was especially difficult to swallow for the club, as the stat sheet showed that the home side dominated Bremen in every way possible, highlighting the club's low point of the season.

    Matchweek 4 Recap
    L 1-3 @ Montpellier - :goal: Ekici
    L 0-1 vs. Flamengo
    L 1-2 @ PSV Eindhoven - :goal: Pizarro

    Looking to stop the bleeding, Bremen's worst ever matchweek could not have come at a worse time. Mixing poor play with tough breaks did not help the club at all. Two poorly-timed tackles in the box gave PSV and RedAL925 two penalties, and the Dutch club converted both in their 2-1 victory. Werder Bremen then came out looking improved from recent weeks in the match against Flamengo and CxMacx10, but misfiring and a Vagner Love goal once again left the German side without any points. Bremen was looking forward to at least a draw with Montpellier and vipermansa in the club's final match of the week, but two Montpelier goals in the final 5 minutes dashed those hopes. The offensive drought continued for Bremen this week. Between seasons 3 through 5, Werder Bremen had a stretch of 36 consecutive league games with a goal. But more recently, the club has scored just 4 goals in the previous 9 matches, including getting shutout 6 times. With the losing streak now at 6 games and the winless streak at 9, the club's 2-2-7 record has them firmly entrenched in the relegation battle. The club will now need positive results fast, if they are to even stay in the top flight.

    Manager Conversation
    Bremen Quarterly (BQ) sat down with Coach Bronc (CB) to examine just how the club can potentially climb out of the current mess they find themselves in.

    BQ: It's been a tough stretch for the club recently. The offense has been receiving much of the blame. What's wrong?
    CB: What isn't? We've simply been underperforming. On the offensive end, we're rushing shots, off-target, and seem to have a disconnect among the players. But it's not just the offense- everyone including myself need to do better.

    BQ: Despite an astonishing treble last season, a poor start has some pundits putting you on the hot seat. Your thoughts?
    CB: Rightly so. I'd be lying if I said we're doing just fine. We've had success here in the past, but even with the same players, what your seeing on the pitch now is far from what we saw a month ago. The players seem to be too content following their recent success, as if they've already reached the pinnacle of success after sweeping the competition last season. However, we're far from that pinnacle. If we want to be the best club, we have to play at peak-level each and every season. The first half of this season has already been wasted, but we can't dwell on the past- good or bad.

    BQ: Reports also indicate some of your top players may be on their way out. How true are these rumors?
    CB: We'd like to keep all the talent we have, but we also must continuously strive to become better. As with any transfer period, some players will leave and some will enter. I'd rather not speculate on rumors at the moment.

    BQ: Are you looking to change up anything on the pitch to help dig your way out of the current slump?
    CB: We've put Arno back in the lineup up top to pair alongside Pizarro. We've also been looking at switching to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, something I used to success seasons ago with Hamburger. We're also looking at changes in the midfield as well. Some starters have begun to take their position for granted, meaning some changes are necessary if we want to secure points. With our focus now shifting more toward relegation and the Coppa, we have time to tweak our strategy and implement some new ideas.

    Matchweek 5-6 Outlook
    Serie A Matchday 12: vs. Stoke City
    Serie A Matchday 13: @ Corinthians
    Coppa Round of 16: vs. Bologna
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    Serie A Matchday 14: vs. Fulham
    Serie A Matchday 15: vs. Spartak Moscow
    Serie A Matchday 16: vs. CSKA Moscow

    With recent poor form, Matchday 5 looks to be setting up as the potential turnaround point. Stoke ( bigox1337 ) and Corinthians ( IJGator ) sit 10th and 12th, respectively, in the Serie A table to date. Furthermore, Bremen's only 2 wins this season came against these two teams. Bremen will be looking to sweep the season series, or perhaps more realistically, maybe score a goal. The club's results against the two clubs currently residing in the relegation zone could make or break Bremen's stay in the top flight. The club will also face Serie B side Bologna and BigSmooth33 in the Coppa's Round of 16. With the Serie A season already looking lost, Bremen will likely shift their focus toward a repeat in the Coppa Tradizione. Matchweek 6 will bring on some tougher matchups. But first, Bremen will continue its relegation zone battles with 11th-place Fulham and hokie79. After that, Bremen will face the Moscow duo- Spartak ( Friz ) and CSKA ( shiftee ). The club will be hoping to secure at least some points in these two matches. Each match will be a good indication for what may be expected from the club down the stretch.

    Player to Watch: [​IMG] #7 FW Marko Arnautovic
    In desperate need for goals, Werder Bremen has added Arnautovic back into the starting XI. Arnautovic started for Bremen throughout Seasons 3 & 4. However, underwhelming results saw him demoted to the bench for Season 5. Despite the demotion, he managed to relish his role and come up with some key goals late in matches as a super-sub, most notably with late goals in the one-goal victories against Montpellier in the Coppa Tradizione Final and against Wolverhampton on Matchday 22 to force a playoff. His play alongside Pizarro will be crucial in determing the success of the offense.


    That's it for this week's version of Bremen Quarterly. Hopefully the next edition will be a bit more upbeat! "LEBENSLANG GRÜN WEISS"
     
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