First-team news

Romano Schmid in action against HSV

First meeting with Dresden in 25 years

Werder have already played two of three promoted sides in the league this season, with the third, Dynamo Dresden, their next opponents this coming Sunday (13:30 CEST). Despite three consecutive defeats recently, the hosts can’t be underestimated: “You can’t forget that those games were all close. They started well as a promoted side and have a lot of potential. It will be a tough and intense game...

25.09.2021 / 15:00 / preliminary report
Markus Anfang on the SVW training pitch.

Detailed analysis followed by a hard week’s training

Markus Anfang wished to stress that the video analysis following the Nordderby was extremely self-critical. “It just wasn’t pleasant,” said the head coach with regards to the post-match analysis of the 2-0 defeat against HSV. “It was difficult to watch the mistakes, and it was an awkward atmosphere, but we needed to be honest to ourselves and watch it over again.” The Green-Whites will be hoping...

24.09.2021 / 15:51 / First Team
Ömer Toprak and Christian Groß are currently out injured for Werder.

Groß’ operation successful, Toprak unavailable against Dresden

Werder midfielder Christian Groß went through a successful operation on his knee on Thursday. The 32-year-old, who sustained the injury in training on Sunday after the home game against HSV, will be out for the at least the next six to eight weeks, according to head coach Markus Anfang, who spoke to the press ahead of the Green-Whites’ trip to Dynamo Dresden on Sunday (13:30 CEST).

24.09.2021 / 13:43 / First Team
Lars Lukas Mai in the match against HSV.

A reunion in rival colours

On Sunday, the game against Dresden will pit two brothers against each other. Werder defender Lars Lukas Mai will play against his brother Sebastian Mai, the Dresden captain. The 21-year-old spoke to the media on Thursday, and his excitement ahead of the weekend was clear: “This is definitely a highlight for me and my family. The emotions are building up inside me. I can hardly wait for Sunday!” ...

23.09.2021 / 16:52 / First Team
Milos Veljkovic on the SVW training pitch.

Milos Veljkovic promoted to the team council

Milos Veljkovic is to join the SV Werder Bremen team council, filling the vacant spot which opened up after Maximilian Eggestein left the club, following a team vote on Thursday.

23.09.2021 / 11:24 / First Team

A wise head on young shoulders

Milos Veljkovic was one of few Werder players not to make their Nordderby debut on the weekend, but Saturday’s game against Hamburger SV was a first for the defender. After Christian Groß’s red card, Veljkovic took the armband for the first time. “It was a big honour for me to be able to wear the captain’s band,” said Veljkovic, who is taking on increased responsibility in the team. “I have to...

22.09.2021 / 15:37 / First Team
Christian Groß injured his right knee during training

Christian Groß set for spell on the sidelines

Christian Groß is set for a spell on the sidelines. The 32-year-old suffered an injury to his right knee during training on Sunday morning and will require surgery.

20.09.2021 / 17:15 / First Team
Nicolai Rapp after the Nordderby defeat against HSV

Drawing the right conclusions

It was the first Nordderby in three and a half years, and the first ever for Nicolai Rapp. The 21,050 fans in the wohninvest WESERSTADION did not want for excitement, and they witnessed a game full of fight, passion, emotion, chances and controversy. The 24-year-old looked back on the 2-0 defeat against HSV, saying, “I was really excited for the match and the atmosphere was great throughout. The...

19.09.2021 / 11:17 / First Team

“Shot ourselves in the foot”, but a courageous response

The Nordderby ended in defeat as SV Werder Bremen lost 2-0 to Hamburger SV. After going behind early on and seeing an equaliser disallowed, the team “reacted well and should have turned the game around,” summarised head coach Markus Anfang. Werder were unable to find the back of the net in a game marked by two red cards. “We wanted to leave it all on the pitch, and we did that in the second half,...

19.09.2021 / 00:18 / First Team

Chances not put away!

Werder certainly had their chances! If you watched the game or read this match report, you’ll know that SVW just could not find the back of the net today. SVW lost 2-0 to HSV in the 109th Nordderby. Glatzel put the visitors ahead in the 2nd minute before Christian Groß saw red, Marvin Ducksch had a free-kick goal disallowed and Heyer doubled HSV’s lead in first-half injury time. In the second...

18.09.2021 / 22:30 / Match Report
The players after the game against Ingolstadt.

Football lives for derbies like these

Werder fans have had to wait three and a half years, but the Nordderby against Hamburger SV returns on Saturday. The cities and their fans are getting hyped up for the match, and head coach Markus Anfang made it clear during his press conference that the match on Saturday evening (20:30 CEST kick-off) will be an emotional one. “We live for matches like these. It will be a firm but fair contest,...

17.09.2021 / 16:05 / First Team

Transfer fans’ energy onto the pitch

A derby with lots of firsts: Saturday night sees SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV meet for the very first time in the 2. Bundesliga. It will also be Markus Anfang’s first Nordderby in charge of the Green-Whites. “Games like these are the reason we love football. I’m looking forward to having our stadium bursting with positive energy – we have to transfer that onto the pitch. We can use it to our...

16.09.2021 / 17:26 / First Team
Markus Anfang, Marvin Ducksch and Mitchell Weiser at training.

Promising signs for Ducksch, Weiser and Toprak

Who is available to play for Werder in the Nordderby? Head coach Markus Anfang is currently incapable of giving a definitive answer to this question, as there are question marks surrounding the fitness of Marvin Ducksch, Mitchell Weiser, Ömer Toprak and Eren Dinkci. Felix Agu and Leonardo Bittencourt are definitely going to miss out on Saturday’s crunch match against Hamburger SV (kick-off 20:30...

16.09.2021 / 14:41 / First Team
Mitchell Weiser playing against FC Ingolstadt 04.

From the perfect start to a Nordderby home debut

Mitchell Weiser got off to the perfect start as a Werder player, scoring on debut against Ingolstadt. Now, the 27-year-old is about to face his next challenge: his home debut on derby day. After three and a half years, the next Nordderby against Hamburger SV will take place on Saturday (20:30 CEST). “It will be wild,” suspected Weiser after the full-time whistle in Ingolstadt (click here to read...

15.09.2021 / 14:54 / First Team

Toprak suffers cold

Ömer Toprak did not train with the team on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who is currently dealing with a calf problem, has taken another setback in the form of a cold. 

14.09.2021 / 15:05 / First Team

“A special thrill”

The Nordderby against Hamburger SV is finally back after three and a half years, and it will be the first one in the 2. Bundesliga. It’s also Markus Anfang’s first derby as Werder coach: “It will be a very emotional game, for the team, the club, everyone. A rivalry like this is something very special, and football feeds off these kinds of games. I’m looking forward to it because they have a...

14.09.2021 / 14:48 / First Team

Toprak gets initial all-clear

Shortly after Werder’s opening goal in Ingolstadt, captain Ömer Toprak was forced off with an injury. The defender had already been struggling with calf problems: "After he felt more discomfort during the game he came straight off. He’s since been looked at and nothing is broken," reported head coach Markus Anfang at the post-match press conference. 

11.09.2021 / 16:43 / First Team
The Green-Whites are overjoyed as Werder pick up a memorable victory in Ingolstadt.

“A great performance” with just one little criticism

Head coach Markus Anfang said there were a lot of positives to take from the game against FC Ingolstadt such as the second win in a row, three goals and a clean sheet. “We performed very well,” commented the Werder head coach after the 3-0 victory over FC Ingolstadt. “The only criticism would be our chance conversion,” as Anfang referred to a number of missed chances.

11.09.2021 / 16:25 / First Team
Mitchell Weiser scores to make it 2-0 against Ingolstadt.

Weiser solo goal and Ducksch on the rebound secure away win in Ingolstadt

Werder Bremen picked up where they left off before the international break with another convincing victory, this time away to FC Ingolstadt 04, as they secured their second consecutive 3-0 wins. SVW made the breakthrough through a Nico Antonitsch own goal (24’) before Mitchell Weiser opened his account for the Green-Whites on debut with a brilliant solo effort (42’). Marvin Ducksch scored his...

11.09.2021 / 15:48 / Match Report
Eren Dinkci in action.

On the hunt for an away win!

Werder’s next competitive game is this Saturday (11/9/21, 13:30 CEST) away to FC Ingolstadt 04. Head coach Markus Anfang is certain that it won’t be an easy match against the promoted side: “Our aim is clear. We’re travelling to Ingolstadt to take all three points!”

10.09.2021 / 12:10 / preliminary report
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