First-team news

Motivation faces off against self-confidence

The international break is over and SV Werder Bremen are back in action on Sunday, 17th October from 13:30 CEST. The Green-Whites will travel to SV Darmstadt 98, a match that head coach Markus Anfang knows will be anything but easy. He believes his former employers have “a really good team that’s full of confidence”, and it won’t just be the strike partnership of Luca Pfeiffer (5 goals) and...

15.10.2021 / 15:15 / First Team

Werder to spend winter break in Murcia

SV Werder Bremen will jet off to Spain at the start of 2022 to prepare for the second half of the 2. Bundesliga season. Markus Anfang’s side are planning to spend the 2nd to the 9th of January at the DoubleTree by Hilton La Torre Golf Resort near the city of Murcia to complete a warm-weather training camp. More information on the trip and any friendly games we organise will be available in the...

15.10.2021 / 14:54 / First Team

Werder without Pavlenka vs. Darmstadt

SV Werder Bremen will be without goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka for the upcoming away game at SV Darmstadt 98 (Sunday, 17/10/2021 at 13:30 CEST). The 29-year-old will miss out due to illness. 

15.10.2021 / 13:20 / First Team

“The time has come to convince people”

When SV Werder take on SV Darmstadt 98 on Sunday afternoon (13:30 CEST), Ilia Gruev could well be an option from the start for Markus Anfang, something which hasn’t always been a constant with him. “I’ve waited a long, long time for my chance,” said Gruev, talking to the media on Thursday.

14.10.2021 / 17:18 / First Team

Appropriate time management

When there is such a large gap between competitive fixtures due to the international break, it’s important to balance out training days. For SV Werder, this has meant some very intensive sessions followed by a few rest days. This week, the team trained Monday and Tuesday before having Wednesday off, before the final preparations begin for Sunday’s match away to SV Darmstadt (13:30 CEST). “You...

13.10.2021 / 17:46 / First Team

Veljkovic on course for World Cup with Serbia

Three Werder players will look back happily on this international break. Milos Veljkovic and his Serbian side won both World Cup qualifiers and are still well in the race to qualify for Qatar 2022. Manuel Mbom and Ilia Gruev also collected vital points in their U21 EURO qualifiers.

13.10.2021 / 12:17 / First Team

Be goal-hungry and stay flexible

When SV Werder take on Darmstadt on Sunday in the first game back after the international break, it will be another game “for two or three places in the table,” acknowledged Nicolai Rapp. However, the game carries a particular importance for the 24-year-old, as he returns to his old stomping ground.

12.10.2021 / 17:12 / First Team

Fabio Chiarodia is living the dream

It’s a significant moment in Fabio Chiarodia’s career as the Bremen defensive talent has signed a long-term professional contract at SVW. “I’m incredibly happy and proud to be extending my contract with the team whose academy I’ve been at for eight years. I cannot put into words just how happy I am,” commented the 16-year-old in an interview with WERDER.DE.

07.10.2021 / 16:30 / First Team

Nick Woltemade to sit out for an extended period

Nick Woltemade won’t be available for SV Werder Bremen for the rest of the calendar year after the 19-year-old underwent an operation on his left foot in Berlin on Thursday morning.

07.10.2021 / 12:00 / First Team

Talent Chiarodia signs first professional contract with SV Werder

Fabio Chiarodia will be wearing the green and white of SV Werder Bremen for the next several years. The 16-year-old defensive talent has this week signed a long-term contract, his first as a professional player.

07.10.2021 / 10:30 / First Team
Niklas Schmidt made the most of the chance that Markus Anfang gave him

The road to the first team is not always a conventional one

Two contract extensions in two days! Christian Groß and Niklas Schmidt have both signed new contracts with Werder, with both players taking an unusual path to becoming regulars in the first team. Grosso made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 30, whilst Niklas Schmidt made his when no one else expected him to.

05.10.2021 / 17:43 / First Team
Ömer Toprak to continue his current rehab programme in Leverkusen

Ömer Toprak to complete his rehab in Leverkusen

Werder’s central defender Ömer Toprak is continuing his current rehabilitation in Leverkusen. As head coach Markus Anfang explained on Tuesday, “It’s important for us to find the best course of action for each individual player.”

05.10.2021 / 16:09 / First Team
Frank Baumann and Christian Groß sign the contract extension

“Grosso” stays in the green and white of Werder!

Christian Groß will be in the green and white of Werder for a while longer! The 32-year-old, currently recovering from a knee operation, has extended his contract at Werder.

05.10.2021 / 10:00 / First Team
Niklas Schmidt hopes to celebrate plenty more wins with Werder in the future

The long road from prospect to Werder pro

Niklas Schmidt has experienced a number of highs and lows in his nine years as a Werder Bremen player. This season, he has finally broken through and is now a regular for the Green-Whites in the 2. Bundesliga. After extending his contract, Schmidt discusses his road from the Werder boarding school to the Werder first team.​​​​​​​

04.10.2021 / 18:07 / First Team

Rapp and Weiser train individually

Squad update at the start of the international break: SV Werder Bremen have gone into training this week with a reduced squad. Nicolai Rapp and Mitchell Weiser trained individually on Monday.

04.10.2021 / 15:38 / First Team

Veljkovic, Mbom and Gruev on international duty

After a convincing 3-0 win at home to 1. FC Heidenheim, three Werder boys are off on international duty. While Milos Veljkovic could feature in Serbia’s World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, Ilia Gruev will join Bulgaria’s U21 squad for their U21 EURO qualifiers. 

04.10.2021 / 12:25 / First Team
Niklas Schmidt stays. The midfielder has extended his contract

Niklas Schmidt to stay at Werder

He’s been the surprise of the summer – Niklas Schmidt has nailed down a starting place in Werder’s team in the last few months, and now the 23-year-old has extended his contract with the Green-Whites.

02.10.2021 / 13:00 / First Team
Marco Friedl and Marvin Ducksch celebrate the victory.

An electric atmosphere and a “deserved victory”

Marco Friedl and Marvin Ducksch’s goals put Werder on course for a 3-0 victory against Heidenheim, and the crowd’s support was once again key to pushing the players forward. Marvin Ducksch commented after the final whistle: “I wish to thank every single fan who attended tonight’s game. The atmosphere that they created was incredible.” 30,000 piled into the wohninvest WESERSTADION on Friday...

01.10.2021 / 21:56 / First Team
Marvin Ducksch was directly involved in all three Werder goals.

Man, was that fun!

Werder scored two in 76 seconds on their way to a 3-0 home victory against Heidenheim on Friday evening. After an uneventful first-half against our opponents, who began the night in third place, the Green-Whites got off to an extraordinary start to the second half through goals from Friedl (50’) and Ducksch (52’). Heidenheim then thought they were back in it through Kleindienst (55’), but the goal...

01.10.2021 / 17:45 / Match Report
Veljkovic and co. prepare to host 1. FC Heidenheim

"Desire and motivation" for the next game

Werder will play on a Friday evening (18:30 CEST) for the first time this season. Head coach Markus Anfang knows that it will be no easy task against the side that currently sits third in the table, but the Green-Whites want to take on the challenge with conviction: “I can see the desire and motivation in our young team. We want to show our quality on the pitch and have to do everything in our...

30.09.2021 / 17:17 / preliminary report
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