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Panic on the streets of Bremen

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The team lacks ideas, their performances have been lackluster so far this season. Werder has enormous problems defensively and the otherwise so productive attacking force of the team hasn’t worked either. What are Thomas Schaaf and Klaus Allofs going to do?

Klaus Allofs and Thomas Schaaf have formed one of the best coaching teams of the league for more then 11 years now. While Schaaf knew how to lead his players to victory, Allofs was legendary for finding the right signings. Johan Micoud, Diego, Naldo, Mesut Özil etc. The list of successful signings of Allofs is long.

Bremen in a coma


Mertesacker and Fritz doing what Werder defenders have done most of the time this season: Watching their opponent. (Source, 1. FC Köln Facebook page)

However, this year, it seems, Allofs has lost his magic touch. The Brazilian signing Wesley has been used all of the pitch, but hasn’t impressed on many occasions this season. Silvestre has made the left back position to his special disaster area, and Marko Arnautovic hasn’t scored since the second match of this Bundesliga season.

Thomas Schaaf’s assumption of Marko Marin and Aaron Hunt stepping up in midfield to replace the wunderkind Mesut Özil has been costly so far this season. The club’s injury trouble in defense have also troubled the coach. Last week’s loss at Cologne showed the world that Schaaf and the rest of the club have to fight relegation for the rest of the season.

What difference does it make?
Bremen have looked like a relegation side in many games so far this season. The 0-4 defeat at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, the 0-6 hammering the team received at Stuttgart, and yes, last weeks defeat at Cologne have left the fans club with a foul taste in their mouth.

Many fans hoped that Klaus Allofs would take a bunch of money and try to fix the problem with a couple of transfers in the January transfer window. Many were surprised to see Allofs sell Hugo Almeida(the club’s top scorer so far this season), and buy an unknown striker from Sweden. Denni Avdic is a man for the future, and considering the club’s dire straits, a surprising buy. The second purchase of the winter transfer window has been Predrag Stevanovic, an offensive midfielder from Schalke. Also he is a talent and a man for the future. The Serb will only attend the training sessions of the first team and play for Werder’s second team, according to the official website of the club.

In conclusion, Allofs is buying young and talented players, but those won’t be able to pull the club out of the ditch it is in. Furthermore, why hasn’t Allofs bought a defender(like he said he would)? The team is clearly in need of a good defender, considering that a Petri Pasanen on his way out of the club has had a terrible season, Silvestre’s style of play has been as appealing as sharing a bed with venomous snake, and Sebastian Prödl has had a mediocre season at best.

Heaven knows Thomas Schaaf is misrable now
If the transfers won’t work, and Thomas Schaaf doesn’t find a miraculous cure for his team, the board of director at


Things have gone from clusterf**k to worse this season for Thomas Schaaf. At this point it is unclear if Thomas Schaaf will be the coach of the club at the end of the season.

Bremen will have to consider if they want to hold on to their coach. Schaaf has been a legend at the club, having spent 38 years at the club in various functions. Any other coach at Bremen would have gotten the boot a long time ago. Most Bremen fans want Schaaf to leave the club on his own terms. If the club finds itself on a relegation spot in the next few weeks, Thomas Schaaf will probably be sacked.

But who will take over the man with mustache? Ralf Rangnick is available, but might not fit into the Bremen philosophy. Otherwise the usual suspects of fireman coaches are available(Peter Neururer etc.). So there might not be any good solutions available on the market. In any case, the possible has become possible, as so often in football. We might see Werder Bremen being relegated for the first time since 1981.

Still ill
This Saturday Bremen face Bayern Munich. The defending champions have finally gotten into the swing of things, and have Arjen Robben back. There is little doubt that Bayern are favorites for this match. Bremen haven’t won at home against Bayern since 2006. If Thomas Schaaf and Bremen manage to pull a rabbit out of their hat, Bremen’s season might see a turning point. (But, don’t hold your breathe.)

What do you think? Should Bremen hang on to Thomas Schaaf? If Schaaf has to go, should Klaus Allofs also take his hat? Leave a comment below.


About Niklas

Niklas Wildhagen has been following the Bundesliga for over 20 years and he is the editor in chief of the Bundesliga fanatic.

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