First-team news

“I flew under the radar a bit during my youth career!”

After one year in the third tier and one year with VfL Osnabrück in the Bundesliga, Felix Agu left his hometown for Bremen last summer. In the first part of the WERDER.DE interview of the month, the 21-year-old full-back sat down to discuss celebrations in Marseille, training his left foot, and his admiration for Jay-Jay Okocha.

03.03.2021 / 12:13 / interview

"I want to iron out the inconsistencies"

Marco Friedl is already a fixture in the starting line-up for SV Werder Bremen, even as a young player making his way in the Bundesliga. The young Austrian seemingly has an affinity with the number 22; Friedl is 22 years old and has started 22 out of a possible 22 matches this season. Friedl has made huge strides this season, but the man himself still isn’t satisfied. “I want to iron out the...

02.03.2021 / 15:45 / First Team

Baumann: “We completely understand the decision”

On Monday afternoon, it was clear that Werder would not be making the long trip south to Regensburg for the scheduled DFB-Pokal quarter-final clash against SSV Jahn Regensburg. Following several positive COVID-19 test results at the club, the match was confirmed as postponed by the DFB. As the Green-Whites look ahead to a longer week of training, Frank Baumann sat down to discuss the postponement...

01.03.2021 / 18:27 / First Team

DFB-Pokal quarterfinal vs. Regensburg postponed

SV Werder Bremen's DFB-Pokal quarterfinal match against SSV Jahn Regensburg has been postponed, after confirmation from the DFB on Monday afternoon. The match has been cancelled after several positive Covid-19 tests within Regensburg's team, coaching and backroom staff mean the second-tier outfit will now have to quarantine for 14 days. 

01.03.2021 / 17:25 / First Team

DFB-Pokal quarterfinal vs. Regensburg expected to be called off

SV Werder Bremen's DFB-Pokal quarterfinal match against SSV Jahn Regensburg is on the verge of being called off, after several positive Covid-19 test results at the second-tier side. Both teams are still awaiting a final decision from the DFB. 

01.03.2021 / 11:13 / First Team

Second time lucky

“We can all sleep well tonight,” said Josh Sargent shortly after the match against Eintracht Frankfurt, and the 21-year-old was just as ecstatic with the win the morning after. “We wanted to pick up points again no matter what – not just for the team, but also for the fans.”

27.02.2021 / 12:48 / First Team

“We were at our best this evening”

When André Silva headed home the opener for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 9th minute, not many would have been predicting a home win for SV Werder. However, Florian Kohfeldt’s team displayed their desire and commitment in the second half and managed to turn the game around to take all three points at the wohninvest WESERSTADION. “We played the best team of 2021 and we beat them,” beamed Kevin Möhwald...

27.02.2021 / 00:11 / First Team

Werder come from behind to beat Frankfurt!

Werder fought back from behind and secured a massive three points on Friday evening as they defeated Champions League-chasing Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1. A lightning start to the second half saw Theodor Gebre Selassie level the scores after just two minutes (47’) before Josh Sargent remained cool to slot home the winner in the 67th minute. André Silva had given the visitors an early lead with his 9th...

26.02.2021 / 22:34 / Match Report

Showing a positive reaction

SVW coach Florian Kohfeldt summed up his approach to training following last Sunday’s heavy defeat to Hoffenheim in one word: “The appropriate term for this week’s training is ‘realistic’.” However, he did not mean that Werder will be going into the match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday evening (20:30 CET) with no hope of picking up points. “I’m fully aware of how tough the challenge...

25.02.2021 / 17:00 / preliminary report

Augustinsson and Erras will miss Frankfurt game

Ludwig Augustinsson and Patrick Erras will not be available for SV Werder Bremen’s home game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night, Florian Kohfeldt confirmed at Thursday’s pre-match press conference.

25.02.2021 / 13:15 / First Team

Toprak: “I take the responsibility on myself”

Wednesday’s press conference saw Ömer Toprak cut a self-critical but motivated figure as he sat down to speak to the media. “I slept badly because I was so frustrated,” he recalls of the night after the Hoffenheim defeat. “In an ideal world, I’d love to be playing again tomorrow.” However, Toprak will have to wait for another day before the Green-Whites welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to Bremen on...

24.02.2021 / 15:51 / First Team

Increasing the intensity and regaining self-confidence

The Werder players began a shorter week of training on Wednesday ahead of Friday night’s Bundesliga fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt at the wohninvest WESERSTADION (20:30 CET). Though there are not as many sessions, coach Florian Kohfeldt’s team will make up for that with the intensity of training. “It’s vital that we have the right attitude in training and regain our self-confidence,” said...

24.02.2021 / 12:46 / First Team

Looking ahead to Frankfurt

It’s fair to say that Maxi Eggestein and his teammates had imagined the game against TSG Hoffenheim going differently beforehand. “The evening after the game wasn’t pleasant for any of us obviously,” says the 24-year-old, who wants to come to terms with the 4-0 defeat before putting it completely behind him. However, one eye is on Friday’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt which is fast...

23.02.2021 / 18:11 / First Team

Baumann: “We have to respond to this setback”

Frank Baumann’s disappointment at the heavy defeat against TSG Hoffenheim was clear as SVW’s sporting director sat down to discuss the game at a press conference on Monday. “The bottom line is that it was a very, very poor performance from us, and one that came as a surprise,” said Baumann. However, Werder’s sporting director was keen to emphasise that Friday night’s game will give the...

22.02.2021 / 12:43 / First Team

“We didn’t offer anything today”

None of the Werder players were able to find any positives following the 4-0 defeat to TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday evening and were highly self-critical as they reflected on the game after the final whistle. “We didn’t offer anything today. We brought nothing both in footballing terms and in terms of physicality,” summed up centre-back Ömer Toprak. “As a team, we had a nightmare today,” added head...

21.02.2021 / 20:27 / First Team

Sunday evening defeat for Werder

It was a bad evening in Sinsheim for the Green-Whites, as Florian Kohfeldt’s team were comfortably beaten 4-0 by TSG Hoffenheim. On target for the hosts were Bebou (26’), Baumgarnter (44’), Dabbur (49’) and Rutter (90’). Despite periods of decent passing play, Werder were unable to pack a punch at either end of the pitch and fell to a heavy defeat as a result. It will take a much better...

21.02.2021 / 19:56 / Match Report

“Positive friction” as crunch time begins

This weekend’s trip to TSG Hoffenheim isn’t just a battle with Werder Bremen’s neighbours in the Bundesliga table – it also marks the start of a crucial phase of the campaign. “The next two and a half weeks will be very important for our season,” underlined Florian Kohfeldt at his pre-match press conference. “No one here is taking anything for granted. We’re all well aware that we’re entering...

20.02.2021 / 10:30 / preliminary report

Trio could feature against Hoffenheim

Marco Friedl, Ludwig Augustinsson and Milos Veljkovic could possibly feature away to Hoffenheim on Sunday (21/02/21, 18:00 CET), although there are no guarantees. “I’m cautiously optimistic regarding all three players,” said Florian Kohfeldt at the pre-match press conference on Friday.  

19.02.2021 / 13:26 / First Team

A new role for Ömer Toprak

The 1-1 draw against TSG Hoffenheim earlier this season may not stick in the mind of Ömer Toprak, but it was an important turning point for Werder’s centre-back. It was the last Bundesliga game in which Toprak did not feature. Since then, things have been going well for the 31-year-old. “I’m happy with the way things are currently,” he says in an interview with WERDER.TV. “I don’t think many...

18.02.2021 / 17:35 / First Team

“Mr. Clean Sheet” and a strong defence

Not only did Jiri Pavlenka deliver an impressive performance in his most recent Bundesliga game against SC Freiburg, the goalkeeper also reached a new personal milestone. ‘Pavlas’ has now kept 30 clean sheets for Werder, including seven shutouts across all competitions this season. According to the Czech international, a lot of the credit is owed to his defence. “Of course it’s very good to see...

18.02.2021 / 10:58 / First Team
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