Sv Werder Bremen Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

SV Werder Bremen, founded in 1899 and based out of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is one of Germany’s most successful professional sports clubs. Their iconic football team has competed at the highest level for decades and their long-standing rivalry with local neighbours Hamburger SV makes them one of Germany’s biggest sporting institutions. Over the years they have won several Bundesliga titles as well as multiple DFB Pokal competitions to add to their impressive trophy cabinet. They also regularly compete in Europe’s premier club competition – The Champions League. Furthermore, along with a vibrant fan base full of passionate supporters who are proud to call themselves ‘Green Whites’, Werder Bremen remain an integral part of German Football culture today.

Table of Contents

1. Niclas Füllkrug


Niclas Füllkrug Career

  • 1996–2005: TuS Ricklingen
  • 2005–2006: Sportfreunde Ricklingen
  • 2006–2012: Werder Bremen
  • 2011–2014: Werder Bremen II
  • 2012–2014: Werder Bremen
  • 2013–2014: → Greuther Fürth (loan)
  • 2014–2016: 1. FC Nürnberg
  • 2016–2019: Hannover 96
  • 2019–: Werder Bremen
  • 2010: Germany U18
  • 2011–2012: Germany U19
  • 2012–2014: Germany U20
  • 2022–: Germany
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:37, 12 November 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20

Niclas Füllkrug is a forward who currently plays for Werder Bremen. He joined the club in 2017 from SC Freiburg. Füllkrug has played youth football with TuS Ricklingen and Sportfreunde Ricklingen before joining SC Freiburg in 2015.

In total, he made 111 appearances for his previous clubs, scoring 36 goals along the way including 15 during his time at SC Freiburg which saw him win the Bundesliga championship in 2016-17 as well as DFB Pokal and UEFA Europa League titles later that season.

Making him one of only four players to ever win all three major European trophies with different clubs (the others being Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer).

A Germany international since U16 level, he made his senior debut against Malta on 10 November 2012 coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute; going onto make 2 further appearances.

Before retiring from international duty following their victory over Sweden at Euro 2016 earlier this year where they reached thir semi-finals despite losing 1-0 to Portugal courtesy of an Alexandre Lacazette goal.

After extra time (Lacazette would go onto score twice more en route to winning the Golden Boot). 

With 31 league goals across two seasons combined between SC Freiburg and Werder Bremen prior to joining them permanently last summer - contributing significantly both domestically & continentally.

It's safe to say that Niclas is already proving himself as one of Europe’s most lethal forwards ahead of next season.

Also Played For: germany

2. Claudio Pizarro


Claudio Pizarro Career

  • 1991–1995: Cantolao
  • 1996–1997: Deportivo Pesquero
  • 1997–1999: Alianza Lima
  • 1999–2001: Werder Bremen
  • 2001–2007: Bayern Munich
  • 2007–2009: Chelsea
  • 2008–2009: Werder Bremen (loan)
  • 2009–2012: Werder Bremen
  • 2012–2015: Bayern Munich
  • 2015–2017: Werder Bremen
  • 2017–2018: 1. FC Köln
  • 2018–2020: Werder Bremen
  • 1999–2016: Peru

Pizarro is a Peru international and one of the most prolific strikers in club football. Pizarro started his career with Cantolao, before joining Alianza Lima in 1997.

He spent six seasons at the Peruvian side, scoring 174 goals from 71 appearances. In 2001, Pizarro moved to Germany to join Werder Bremen for £6 million (then a world-record transfer fee).

He helped them win two Bundesliga titles and was named German Footballer of the Year twice during his time at the club. After nine years with Bayern Munich, he left for Chelsea in 2007 where he made 21 appearances over two seasons before retiring in 2009 due to injury.

Since retirement, Pizarro has worked as an ambassador for several charities including UNICEF Peru and A Better World Foundation. Senior career includes all competitive matches.

Also Played For: peru national football team

3. Tim Borowski


Tim Borowski Career

  • 1985–1996: Neubrandenburg 04
  • 1996–1999: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1999–2001: Werder Bremen II: 58: (12)
  • 2000–2008: Werder Bremen: 169: (23)
  • 2008–2009: Bayern Munich: 26: (5)
  • 2009–2012: Werder Bremen: 41: (4)
  • Total: : 294: (44)
  • 1999–2001: Germany U21: 15: (0)
  • 2002–2004: Germany B: 5: (0)
  • 2002–2008: Germany: 33: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tim Borowski is a German footballer who has played for Werder Bremen and Neubrandenburg 04 in the Bundesliga. He started his career with Neubrandenburg 04 before joining Werder Bremen in 1996.

Borowski became one of the most consistent midfielders in the Bundesliga over the course of his ten-year career, winning four consecutive titles with Werder between 2002 and 2005, as well as two DFB-Pokals (German Cup) during that time.

After leaving Werder at the end of 2007, he signed for Hannover 96 but only made eight appearances before retiring due to injury later that year. In May 2010, Borowski was named manager of FC Ingolstadt 04 but resigned after just six games due to personal reasons.

Tim Borowski currently works as a football consultant with PSV Eindhoven Borowski is a versatile defender who has played for Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Borowski was born in Germany, but he has represented his country at youth levels. Borowski made his professional debut with Werder Bremen in 1999 and went on to make 294 appearances for the club over 11 seasons before joining Bayern Munich in 2009. 

Borowski is known for being an accomplished aerial defender, as well as having good heading ability and distribution from the backline. 

Tim Borowski retired from professional football after playing for Werder Bremen's reserves earlier this year, but he may still have some football left in him at senior level should he be called up by either team later this season or next year.

4. Thomas Schaaf

Thomas Schaaf Career

  • : BBV Union Bremen
  • 1972–1978: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1978–1980: Werder Bremen II: 59: (0)
  • 1978–1995: Werder Bremen: 281: (14)
  • Total: : 340: (14)
  • 1995–1999: Werder Bremen II
  • 1999–2013: Werder Bremen
  • 2014–2015: Eintracht Frankfurt
  • 2015–2016: Hannover 96
  • 2021: Werder Bremen (interim)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Schaaf is a German defender who played for Werder Bremen from 1972 to 1978. He was part of the team that won the Bundesliga championship in 1974 and 1975, as well as the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 1977.

Schaaf also represented West Germany at international level, making his debut in 1980 and appearing at UEFA Euro 1984 and 1990. After retiring from playing he went into coaching, initially with Werder's reserve team before taking over as manager of the first team in 2006.

He led Werder to promotion from the 2nd division in 2007 but was dismissed later that year after a poor run of results; he returned to managerial duties with second division side Hannover 96 until December 2009.

When he left again due to conflicts within the club hierarchy Thomas Schaaf is a former professional football player who played for Werder Bremen from 1978 to 1995.

He then served as the manager of Werder's second team before taking over as head coach of Werder in 1999. Under his guidance, Werder reached the Champions League final in 2002 and won the German Cup twice, both times beating Bayern Munich on penalties (in 2001 and 2004). 

In May 2016, Schaaf was appointed interim manager of Bundesliga side Hannover 96 following Felix Magath's dismissal.

He led them to safety with five games remaining but was dismissed after they were knocked out of the Europa League by AEK Athens in controversial circumstances. Schaaf has since been announced as the new permanent manager at Hannover 96, signing a three-year contract extension in March 2021.

5. Torsten Frings


Torsten Frings Career

  • 1982–1988: Rot-Weiß Alsdorf
  • 1988–1990: Rhenania Alsdorf
  • 1990–1994: Alemannia Aachen II
  • 1994–1997: Alemannia Aachen
  • 1997: Werder Bremen (A)
  • 1997–2002: Werder Bremen
  • 2002–2004: Borussia Dortmund
  • 2004–2005: Bayern Munich
  • 2005–2011: Werder Bremen
  • 2011–2012: Toronto FC
  • 1997–1998: Germany U21
  • 1999–2000: Germany B
  • 2001–2009: Germany
  • 2016–2017: Darmstadt 98
  • 2020–2021: SV Meppen

Torsten Frings was born in Würselen, West Germany on November 22, 1976. He began his career playing for Rot-Weiß Alsdorf before joining Rhenania Alsdorf in 1988.

In 1990, he joined Alemannia Aachen II and helped the team to win promotion from the 2nd division Bundesliga in 1994. Torsten signed with Werder Bremen of the German Bundesliga in 1997 and spent six seasons with the club before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2004.

After two years at Bayern Munich, Frings retired from professional football at the age of 34 due to injury. Since retiring as a player, Torsten has worked as an assistant manager with Werder Bremen and currently oversees their defence.

Torsten Frings was a German footballer who played as a defensive midfielder for Werder Bremen and Toronto FC.

Torsten Frings earned his first international cap in 1997, and went on to play 79 times for Germany over 10 years, earning him the nickname of "Der Westerner" (The Westerner). 

In 2003, he signed with Toronto FC where he spent three seasons before retiring from professional football at the end of the 2006 season. 

After retirement from playing, Torsten Frings took up coaching positions with Darmstadt 98 and SV Meppen before being appointed manager of Darmstadt 98 in 2016.

He led them to promotion back to Bundesliga in 2018 but resigned after just one season in charge due to personal reasons.

Also Played For: toronto fc

6. Miloš Veljković


Miloš Veljković Career

  • 2000–2011: Basel
  • 2011–2015: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2013–2016: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2014–2015: Middlesbrough (loan)
  • 2015: Charlton Athletic (loan)
  • 2016: Werder Bremen II
  • 2016: Werder Bremen
  • 2011: Switzerland U16
  • 2012: Serbia U17
  • 2013–2014: Serbia U19
  • 2015: Serbia U20
  • 2014–2017: Serbia U21
  • 2017: Serbia

Miloš Veljković is a Swiss-born centre back who currently plays for Werder Bremen. He made his senior debut with Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club, before joining Middlesbrough on loan in 2015.

At international level, he has represented Serbia at youth levels up to under-21s level, making 11 appearances thus far. 

His excellent performances at center back have seen him called up to the Serbian national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup where they will compete in Group E alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Miloš Veljković is considered one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and looks set to become an established fixture at whichever club he chooses next season Miloš Veljković is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Werder Bremen II. 

He made his senior international debut in 2017 and has since appeared at the FIFA U-21 World Cup and UEFA Euro U-19 Championship.

Born on 18 October 1994, Veljković started playing football with local side Radnički Kragujevac before signing with Borussia Dortmund's youth setup in 2011. 

After impressing during loan spells with FC Twente (Netherlands) and 1. FSV Mainz 05 (Germany), he joined Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2016 where he has established himself as first-choice right back over the past two seasons.

Also Played For: serbia football team

7. Dieter Burdenski

Dieter Burdenski Career

  • 1962–1966: STV Horst-Emscher
  • 1966–1969: Schalke 04
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1969–1971: Schalke 04: 3: (0)
  • 1971–1972: Arminia Bielefeld: 31: (0)
  • 1972–1988: Werder Bremen: 479: (1)
  • 1988: AIK: 1: (0)
  • 1990–1991: Vitesse Arnhem: 3: (0)
  • 2002: Werder Bremen II: 1: (0)
  • Total: : 518: (1)
  • 1977–1984: West Germany: 12: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Dieter Burdenski is a retired German goalkeeper who played for Schalke 04 and St. Vith during his career. He was also capped once by the West Germany national team in 1973.

Dieter Burdenski made his professional debut with STV Horst-Emscher in 1962, before moving to Bundesliga side Schalke 04 two years later. He would make over 260 appearances for the club, winning three league titles and one DFB-Pokal between 1967 and 1969.

In 1970, Dieter Burdenski joined Bundesliga newcomers FC Saarbrücken following Schalke's relegation from the top division that season but only managed 16 matches.

Before retiring at the end of 1971–72 season due to an injury he sustained playing for Saarbrücken against Eintracht Frankfurt in April 1972 After retirement from football.

Dieter worked as goalkeeping coach at various clubs including SV Wehen Wiesbaden (1974), SpVgg Unterhaching (1976), FC Augsburg (1978) and Borussia Dortmund II (1980).

In 2001, he became head coach of Karlsruher SC after being appointed by then-club president Lutz Michaelis but resigned less than a year into his tenure amid allegations of financial irregularities Since 2006.

Dieter has been working as a goalkeeping consultant with SSV Jahn Regensburg while maintaining a second home in Bad Neuenahr am Kocher where he currently lives with wife Ute and their four children Stefanie (), Markus (), Nadine () and Sebastian.

8. Rudi Völler

Rudi Völler Career

  • 1966–1975: TSV Hanau
  • 1975–1977: Kickers Offenbach
  • 1977–1980: Kickers Offenbach
  • 1980–1982: 1860 Munich
  • 1982–1987: Werder Bremen
  • 1987–1992: Roma
  • 1992–1994: Olympique Marseille
  • 1994–1996: Bayer Leverkusen
  • 1979–1982: West Germany U21
  • 1980: West Germany B
  • 1982–1994: Germany
  • 1996–2000: Bayer Leverkusen (sporting director)
  • 2000: Bayer Leverkusen
  • 2000–2004: Germany
  • 2004: Roma
  • 2005: Bayer Leverkusen
  • 2005: Bayer Leverkusen (sporting director)

Rudi Völler is a former German footballer who played as a forward. After playing for various clubs in his youth career, he joined Werder Bremen in 1987 and went on to play for Roma and Bayer Leverkusen.

He was part of the Werder Bremen team that won the Bundesliga title in 1990 and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals two years later. 

In 1992, Völler moved to Italy where he spent four seasons with Roma before retiring from football at the age of 34 due to injury.

Since leaving professional football, Völler has served as sporting director of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. 

As such, he has been responsible for signing some high-profile players including world champion Christian Pulisic and Colombian star James Rodriguez. Rudi Völler was born on April 13th 1960 in Hanau, West Germany; making him 62 years old as of July 2019.

Also Played For: bayer 04 leverkusen, as roma

9. Marco Friedl


Marco Friedl Career

  • 2002–2007: SV Kirchbichl
  • 2007–2008: FC Kufstein
  • 2008–2017: Bayern Munich
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2017: Bayern Munich II: 14: (1)
  • 2017–2019: Bayern Munich: 1: (0)
  • 2018–2019: → Werder Bremen (loan): 16: (0)
  • 2018–2019: → Werder Bremen II (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2019–: Werder Bremen: 97: (5)
  • 2013: Austria U15: 2: (2)
  • 2013–2014: Austria U16: 8: (1)
  • 2014–2015: Austria U17: 3: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Austria U18: 2: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Austria U19: 9: (0)
  • 2017–: Austria U21: 24: (3)
  • 2020–: Austria: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:57, 28 October 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:28, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

Friedl started his youth career with SV Kirchbichl before moving to FC Kufstein in 2007. He made his senior debut for Bayern Munich in 2016 and has since played over 100 Bundesliga games for the club, as well as appearing in several cup competitions.

Friedl joined Werder Bremen on a free transfer at the end of 2017 and has become an important part of their defense. 

Marco Friedl is a young defender who has been playing for Bayern Munich II since 2015. He made his debut for the senior team in 2018 and has played 97 games so far, scoring five goals.

Friedl was called up to the Austria U21 squad in 2017 and won 24 caps over the following two years before being selected for 2019's World Cup qualifiers. 

The 22-year-old will be looking to continue his development with either Werder Bremen or Austria at international level moving forward.

10. Miroslav Klose


Miroslav Klose Career

  • 1987–1998: SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf
  • 1998–1999: FC 08 Homburg II
  • 1998–1999: FC 08 Homburg
  • 1999–2001: 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
  • 1999–2004: 1. FC Kaiserslautern
  • 2004–2007: Werder Bremen
  • 2007–2011: Bayern Munich
  • 2011–2016: Lazio
  • 2001–2014: Germany
  • 2016–2018: Germany (assistant)
  • 2018–2020: Bayern Munich U17
  • 2020–2021: Bayern Munich (assistant)
  • 2022: Rheindorf Altach

Klose is one of the most prolific strikers in Bundesliga history, having scored over 100 goals in his career. Klose started his professional career at SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf before joining.

FC Kaiserslautern in 1999. Klose spent four seasons with Werder Bremen and helped them win the German Cup in 2004 and 2007. In 2007, he joined Bayern Munich where he won multiple titles including the Champions League twice (2013–14, 2015–16).

He retired from professional football in 2017 after a season with Lazio Rome. Klose has been head coach of Rheindorf Altach since October 2018. Klose is a world-class striker and was one of the standout players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klose began his career with Bayern Munich, where he spent nine seasons and won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB Cups, and the Champions League in 2013.

He then moved to Lazio for four years before joining Bayer Leverkusen in January 2016. Klose has 117 international goals from 137 appearances for Germany, making him their all-time leading scorer alongside Gerd Müller and Lothar Matthäus. 

He retired from international football after scoring against Sweden in the 2018 World Cup group stage finale but returned to play for Germany's under-17 team later that year.

11. Jiří Pavlenka


Jiří Pavlenka Career

  • Baník Ostrava
  • 2012–2016: Baník Ostrava
  • 2016–2017: Slavia Prague
  • 2017–: Werder Bremen
  • 2013–2015: Czech Republic U21
  • 2016–: Czech Republic
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:37, 12 November 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23

Pavlenka is a goalkeeper for Werder Bremen and has been with the club since 2016. He made his debut in the Bundesliga on 14 February 2016 against Bayern Munich, conceding two goals in a 2-0 loss.

Pavlenka won his first trophy with Werder Bremen as they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 in the German Cup final on 29 May 2017. On 8 June 2018, Pavlenka signed a new contract with Werder Bremen that will keep him at the club until 2021.

In total, Pavlenka has made 107 appearances for Werder Bremen across all competitions, keeping 38 clean sheets along the way Jiří Pavlenka began his career at Baník Ostrava, before joining Slavia Prague in 2016. 

He has made 173 appearances for Werder Bremen since then and has been capped 16 times by the Czech Republic U21 side.

Jiří is known for his attacking play and contributed to Baník Ostrava winning the Czech Cup in 2012. He was also included in the Slovakia squad that won Euro 2016 that year, scoring a goal against Sweden en route to their title victory. 

Jiří joined Werder Bremen as a free agent in 2017 and has quickly become an important part of their team; he scored twice during their 5-1 win over Hamburger SV earlier this season.

His international prospects are now firmly on track with performances like these confirming his place within the Czech Republic’s senior set-up going forward.

Also Played For: czech republic

12. Marco Bode

Marco Bode Career

  • –1988: VfR Osterode
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1988–1990: Werder Bremen (A): 42: (19)
  • 1989–2002: Werder Bremen: 379: (101)
  • Total: : 421: (120)
  • 1989: West Germany U21: 4: (2)
  • 1995–2002: Germany: 40: (9)

Marco Bode is a German footballer who currently plays for Werder Bremen. He started his career at VfR Osterode before joining Werder in 1989. Marco has made 379 appearances for the club and scored 101 goals, winning two Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal title during his time there.

In 2002, he joined Hamburger SV where he spent three seasons before moving to Wigan Athletic in 2006. He returned to Werder in 2009 and helped them win back-to-back league titles that year as well as the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League trophy. 

Marco retired from professional football in 2012 but later came out of retirement to play for Arminia Bielefeld on a one-month loan spell at the end of the 2016–17 season.
He announced his second retirement from football on 1 July 2018 following conclusion of contract with Werder Bremen.

Bode was born in Osterode am Harz, West Germany and raised near Hanover where he began playing football with local side HBV Rotenburg 08.

After making an impact with VfR Osterode's youth team which reached the final of the 1988 U19 European Championship (where they were beaten 4–1 by Barcelona), he signed professional terms with Werder Bremen ahead of their inaugural season in 2.

13. Frank Neubarth


  • –1980: SC Concordia von 1907
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1980–1982: SC Concordia von 1907: 65: (23)
  • 1982–1996: Werder Bremen: 317: (97)
  • Total: : 382: (120)
  • 1983: West Germany U-21: 4: (0)
  • 1988: West Germany: 1: (0)
  • 1999–2002: Werder Bremen II
  • 2002–2003: Schalke 04
  • 2004–2006: Holstein Kiel
  • 2007: Carl Zeiss Jena
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Frank Neubarth was born on July 29th, 1962 in Hamburg, West Germany. He began his football career at SC Concordia von 1907 before moving onto play for several Bundesliga sides including Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburger SV.

In 2002, he retired from professional football after playing parts of two seasons with Arminia Bielefeld. 

Since then, Frank has worked as a journalist and currently holds the position of Sport Director for TV channel Sat1 Sports Broadcast Group North America Frank is also an ambassador for Special Olympics Europe and has participated in numerous.

Charity events throughout his career Frank Neubarth was Werder Bremen's head coach from 1982 to 1996 and helped lead the club to two Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal win.

After leaving Werder, Neubarth spent four seasons as manager of Schalke 04 before joining Holstein Kiel in 2007. In his last managerial job, he led Carl Zeiss Jena to third place in the German second division.

14. Romano Schmid


Romano Schmid Career

  • –2005: Union SV Vasoldsberg[1]
  • 2005–2009: Sturm Graz
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017: Sturm Graz: 3: (1)
  • 2017–2019: Red Bull Salzburg: 1: (0)
  • 2017–2018: → FC Liefering: 30: (9)
  • 2019–: Werder Bremen: 69: (3)
  • 2019: → Wolfsberger AC (loan): 12: (1)
  • 2019–2020: → Wolfsberger AC (loan): 25: (2)
  • 2014–2015: Austria U15: 6: (1)
  • 2015: Austria U16: 4: (1)
  • 2016–2017: Austria U17: 17: (8)
  • 2017: Austria U18: 1: (0)
  • 2017–2019: Austria U19: 11: (4)
  • 2019–: Austria U21[1]: 5: (0)
  • 2022–: Austria: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:46, 12 November 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:15, 20 November 2022 (UTC)

Romano Schmid is an Austrian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Werder Bremen. Romano Schmid started his youth career with Union SV Vasoldsberg before moving to Sturm Graz in 2005.

In 2009, Schmid moved to Wiederaner Bremerhaven where he made over 100 appearances and helped the club reach the Regionalliga Nordost in 2014/15 season. 

After impressing at Wiederaner Bremerhaven, Schmid joined Bundesliga side Werder Bremen ahead of the 2015/16 season and has since played a key role in their midfield; scoring five goals and providing eight assists from central midfield so far this campaign.

At 22 years old, Romano Schmid already has several honours under his belt including two league titles (2015–16 & 2017–18) as well as cup wins (DFL-Supercup 2016 & DFB-Pokal 2018). 

He is also a regular for Austria's national team and was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2020™ tournament. ROMANO SCHMID - A KEY MEMBER FORWERDER BREMEN? 

Romano Christian Schmid burst onto the scene during Wiederanerb Bremerhaven’s promotion charge last term – bagging six goals while averaging nearly three tackles per game across all competitions helping them secure an automatic return to Germany’s second tier.

After just one year away due to financial difficulties following relegation from Bundesliga 2 back in 2012 which ironically coincided with then manager Uwe Neuhaus taking over on an interim basis prior full time appointment by new owner Bernd Hoffmann later that same winter.

Signed permanently on 1 July 2015 aged 18 years 266 days making him youngest ever player registered at VBK until Maximilian Pertl signed 3 months younger than ‘Schmi’. 

Only Johan Djourou surpassed 2 seasons 19yo when he transferred from SC Freiburg whilst still playing Youth football but had completed 4th Year College Education first. 

Released by SGP Augsburg aged 20 having not progressed sufficiently newly promoted side spending the entire pre-season traveling between home city Graz (& Preussen Vienna training camp.

Only to be immediately snapped up by HSV Hamburg director Jens Todt along with 6 other senior players after departing SG Vorarlberg, Joining fellow Austrians.

15. Michael Zetterer


Michael Zetterer Career

  • –2006: DJK Darching
  • 2006–2013: SpVgg Unterhaching
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2015: SpVgg Unterhaching: 30: (0)
  • 2015–: Werder Bremen: 12: (0)
  • 2015–: Werder Bremen II: 30: (0)
  • 2019: → Austria Klagenfurt (loan): 14: (0)
  • 2019–2021: → PEC Zwolle (loan): 32: (0)
  • 2014–2016: Germany U20: 4: (0)
  • 2016: Germany U21: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:56, 28 October 2022 (UTC)

Michael Zetterer is a goalkeeper for Werder Bremen and has represented his country at youth level. He made his professional debut in the Bundesliga with Wacker Innsbruck in 2016, before moving to Werder Bremen two years later.

Michael started out as a substitute but soon became first choice keeper under manager Thomas Schaaf, helping the club win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2018/19. 

Despite being one of Germany's most promising young goalkeepers, he was omitted from their squad for the World Cup in Russia due to injury problems.

However, he returned to action earlier this year and has been performing well for Werder Bremen in 2019 so far Michael Zetterer is a versatile defender who has played for both Werder Bremen and Unterhaching in the Bundesliga. 

He was born in Germany but has represented Austria at youth level. In 2016 he made his debut for the senior national team and has since featured regularly for them.

Michael Zetterer is known as an accurate crosser of the ball, which can be useful when playing against teams with fast forwards. He joined PEC Zwolle on loan this season, and should have an opportunity to prove himself in Division 1 Netherlands next term too.

16. Per Mertesacker


Per Mertesacker Career

  • 1988–1995: TSV Pattensen
  • 1995–2003: Hannover 96
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2004: Hannover 96 II: 16: (1)
  • 2003–2006: Hannover 96: 74: (7)
  • 2006–2011: Werder Bremen: 147: (12)
  • 2011–2018: Arsenal: 156: (6)
  • Total: : 393: (26)
  • 2003: Germany U20: 2: (0)
  • 2004: Germany U21: 3: (0)
  • 2004–2014: Germany: 104: (4)
  • 2018–: Arsenal Academy
  • 2019: Arsenal (interim assistant)

Per Mertesacker is a centre back who has played for Werder Bremen, Hannover 96 and Arsenal. He made his senior debut in 2003 for Werder Bremen and went on to play 147 games for the club before joining Arsenal in 2011.

Mertesacker helped Werder Bremen win the Bundesliga title in 2006-07 and was also part of the side that reached the DFB-Pokal final two years later. In May 2018 he announced he would be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season after 14 years with the club.

He has represented Germany at U21 level, making 74 appearances between 1995 and 2003, as well as appearing three times at full international level (including twice during Euro 2012). 

Per Mertesacker will retire from football at the end of this season He started his career at hometown club Stuttgart, before joining Werder Bremen in 2003.

Mertesacker made his international debut for Germany in 2002 and went on to play 104 times, scoring four goals. He joined Arsenal in 2018 as their new assistant manager and has since helped them win the FA Youth Cup and reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. 

Mertesacker is a regular member of the German national team and was part of their World Cupwinning squad in 2014.

He retired from international football after Euro 2016 but returned to help Germany qualify for Russia 2018 via the playoffs. In January 2019 he replaced Arsene Wenger as interim manager of Arsenal's academy.

17. Maximilian Eggestein


Maximilian Eggestein Career

  • 2011: TSV Havelse
  • 2011–2014: Werder Bremen
  • 2014–2017: Werder Bremen II
  • 2014–2021: Werder Bremen
  • 2021: SC Freiburg
  • 2015: Germany U20
  • 2017–2019: Germany U21

Maximilian Eggestein is a German footballer who currently plays for SC Freiburg. He made his professional debut with Werder Bremen in 2014 and has since played over 100 league matches for the club, scoring 10 goals.

In 2017, he joined SC Freiburg on loan from Werder Bremen and helped them win the Bundesliga title that season. 

Maximilian Eggestein was born on 8 December 1996 in Hanover, Germany and started playing football at youth level with TSV Schloß Ricklingen before joining Werder Bremen in 2011.

After making his professional debut with Werder Bremen in 2014, he has since been an important part of the team and won promotion to the Bundesliga during the 2016–17 season under coach.

Viktor Skripnik Eggestein is a versatile attacking midfielder who can play across the midfield three. Eggestein began his career at Werder Bremen, making 54 appearances and scoring seven goals in all competitions during his time with the club.

He left Werder Bremen for SC Freiburg in January 2021, and has since made six appearances for them in the Bundesliga – all of which have been as a substitute. 

Eggestein was part of Germany's U20 squad that finished runners-up to Spain at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2019, playing six times and scoring one goal. 

With over 160 appearances under his belt now, Eggestein is well established within German footballing circles and looks likely to feature regularly for both Werder Bremen II and SC Freiburg moving forward.

Also Played For: sc freiburg

18. Frank Baumann


Frank Baumann Career

  • : TSV Grombühl
  • : 1. FC Nürnberg
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1994–1999: 1. FC Nürnberg: 130: (11)
  • 1999–2009: Werder Bremen: 260: (16)
  • Total: : 390: (27)
  • 1996–1998: Germany U21: 17: (1)
  • 1999–2005: Germany: 28: (2)

Baumann was born in Würzburg, West Germany on October 29th 1975. Baumann started his career with TSV Grombühl before joining 1. FC Nürnberg. He played for them from 1994 to 1999, making 130 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

In 2000, Baumann signed for Werder Bremen where he has since made over 350 appearances and won the DFB-Liga championship twice (2006 and 2007). He also appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006 which Werder Bremen lost 2–1 against Barcelona despite leading at half time.

At the international level, Baumann has represented both Germany U21s and the full national team on numerous occasions throughout his career including Euro 2004 where they reached the semi finals but were beaten by Portugal 5–0 on aggregate after playing a controversial first leg match in Porto.

Which saw several players sent off including Frank Baumann who was shown a red card following an altercation with José Sá Pinto of Sporting Lisbon.

After reaching retirement from professional football at 36 years old, Bamann now works as a scout for Werder Bremen alongside Sven Mislintat; guiding younger talent into their first team set up when called upon.

19. Niklas Schmidt


Niklas Schmidt Career

  • –2016: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–: Werder Bremen II: 62: (5)
  • 2016–: Werder Bremen: 32: (3)
  • 2018–2019: → Wehen Wiesbaden (loan): 33: (5)
  • 2019–2021: → VfL Osnabrück (loan): 47: (6)
  • 2014: Germany U16: 2: (2)
  • 2014–2015: Germany U17: 17: (7)
  • 2016–2017: Germany U19: 8: (3)

Niklas Schmidt is a midfielder for Werder Bremen. He made his debut in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen II in 2016, and has since played for the first team.

Niklas Schmidt was born in 1998 in Kassel, Germany. He started playing football at a young age and joined Werder Bremen's youth system in 2016. Niklas Schmidt is an attacking midfielder who can play on either wing or as a central striker.

His main strengths are his passing ability and Pace, which make him very dangerous on the counterattack Niklas Schmidt is a talented German footballer who has represented his country at various youth levels. 

Niklas Schmidt signed for Wehen Wiesbaden in the 2018–19 season and made an immediate impact, scoring 5 goals in 33 appearances.

In the 2019–20 season, Niklas Schmidt signed for VfL Osnabrück on loan and continued to impress, scoring 47 times in 6 appearances. 

Niklas Schmidt will hope to continue his good form with VfL Osnabrück into the 2020-21 season before embarking on a potentially international career with Germany later that year. 

Niklas Schmidt is highly regarded by both teammates and coaches alike and is sure to be one of the stars of German football for years to come.

20. Clemens Fritz


Clemens Fritz Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1999–2001: Rot-Weiß Erfurt: 57: (14)
  • 2001–2003: Karlsruher SC: 61: (7)
  • 2003–2006: Bayer Leverkusen: 43: (2)
  • 2006–2017: Werder Bremen: 288: (5)
  • Total: : 431: (28)
  • 2001: Germany U-21: 1: (0)
  • 2002: Germany Team 2006: 1: (0)
  • 2006–2008: Germany: 22: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Clemens Fritz started his senior career with Werder Bremen in 2000. He made 202 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals. In 2009, he moved to Hannover 96 and played 55 games before retiring at the end of the season.

Clemens Fritz has represented his country at various levels, including 5 full internationals and 2 matches during Euro 2008 qualifiers (against Liechtenstein and Andorra). 

He is currently coaching FC Erfurt's under-15 side as part of a dual role with his work with Sport Bild TV channel as an expert commentator on Bundesliga matches Clemens Fritz is a German professional footballer who currently plays for Werder Bremen.

He has played in the Bundesliga for both Karlsruher SC and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as spending time on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart. Clemens Fritz made his debut for Germany in 2006, playing against Hungary. 

He went on to make 22 appearances for the national team over the following two years before retiring from international football in 2008. 

After retiring from international football, Clemens Fritz signed with Werder Bremen in 2009 where he spent four successful seasons before joining Eintracht Frankfurt during the 2015-16 season.

In May 2017, it was announced that Clemens Fritz had rejoined Werder Bremen after signing a three-year contract extension with the club. 

Clemens Fritz is known primarily for his defensive abilities; he has been described as a "solid defender" and is renowned within Germany for his leadership qualities on and off of the pitch.

21. Benjamin Goller


Benjamin Goller Career

  • –2011: TSV Holzelfingen
  • 2011–2014: VfL Pfullingen
  • 2014–2016: Stuttgarter Kickers
  • 2016–2018: Schalke 04
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2019: Schalke 04 II: 11: (1)
  • 2018–2019: Schalke 04: 0: (0)
  • 2019–2022: Werder Bremen: 10: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Werder Bremen II: 3: (1)
  • 2020–2021: → Karlsruher SC (loan): 27: (4)
  • 2021–2022: → Darmstadt 98 (loan): 11: (2)
  • 2022: → Karlsruher SC (loan): 13: (1)
  • 2023–: 1. FC Nürnberg: 0: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Germany U18: 3: (0)
  • 2017–2018: Germany U19: 5: (1)
  • 2018–2019: Germany U20: 6: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:51, 28 October 2022 (UTC)

Benjamin Goller is a German footballer who currently plays for 1. FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga. He has previously played for TSV Holzelfingen, VfL Pfullingen, and Stuttgarter Kickers.

Benjamin Goller started his career with TSV Holzelfingen before moving to VfL Pfullingen in 2014. There he helped the club win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016. In 2017–18, Benjamin Goller joined Stuttgarter Kickers on loan from.

FC Nürnberg until January 2019 when he signed permanently with the club. At Stuttgart, he made 28 appearances across all competitions and scored one goal during this time period.

22. Norbert Meier

Norbert Meier Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1980–1989: Werder Bremen: 281: (82)
  • 1990–1992: Borussia Mönchengladbach: 50: (2)
  • Total: : 331: (84)
  • 1981–1982: West Germany B: 3: (0)
  • 1982–1985: West Germany: 16: (2)
  • 1997–1998: Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • 2003–2005: MSV Duisburg
  • 2006–2007: Dynamo Dresden
  • 2008–2013: Fortuna Düsseldorf
  • 2014–2016: Arminia Bielefeld
  • 2016: Darmstadt 98
  • 2017: 1. FC Kaiserslautern
  • 2019: KFC Uerdingen
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Meier was born in Reinbek, West Germany on September 20th, 1958. Meier started his professional career with Werder Bremen in 1980 and went onto play for Borussia Mönchengladbach over the next two seasons.

Norbert Meier made 82 appearances for Werder Bremen before moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach where he played 50 times between 1990-1992. 

Following his playing days, Meier has since worked as a coach at various clubs including Greuther Fürth and 1860 München where he served as manager from 2003-2006 before being appointed head coach of Bundesliga side Augsburg in 2007.

On May 14th, 2011 it was announced that Meier had been appointed assistant manager of Bayern Munich under Jupp Heynckes following Matthias Sammer's departure to Paris Saint Germain FC earlier that month. 

As of December 2017 Norbert Meier is still employed by Bayern Munich working alongside new head coach Niko Kovac behind the scenes.

23. Mitchell Weiser

Mitchell Weiser Career

  • 2000–2005: TV Eintracht Veltenhof
  • 2005–2011: 1. FC Köln
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2012: 1. FC Köln II: 2: (0)
  • 2011–2012: 1. FC Köln: 1: (0)
  • 2012–2014: Bayern Munich II: 35: (3)
  • 2012–2015: Bayern Munich: 16: (1)
  • 2013: → 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan): 13: (2)
  • 2015–2018: Hertha BSC: 70: (5)
  • 2018–2022: Bayer Leverkusen: 53: (3)
  • 2021–2022: → Werder Bremen (loan): 24: (2)
  • 2022–: Werder Bremen: 12: (1)
  • 2010: Germany U16: 3: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Germany U17: 22: (4)
  • 2012: Germany U18: 1: (0)
  • 2013–2014: Germany U20: 5: (0)
  • 2015–2017: Germany U21: 12: (1)

Mitchell Weiser is a German footballer who currently plays for Werder Bremen. Weiser made his professional debut with 1. FC Köln in 2011, before joining Bayern Munich II the following year.

He spent two seasons at Bayern before moving to Werder Bremen in 2014. At club level, Weiser has played for 1. FC Köln, Bayern Munich II and now Werder Bremen; he has also represented Germany at youth levels up to U20s level.

Mitchell-Elijah Weiser was born on 21 April 1994 in Troisdorf, Germany. After playing football for local side TV Eintracht Veltenhof from 2000–2005,[2] he joined Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln[1] in 2005.

He progressed through the youth ranks and made his first team debut during the 2011–12 season,[4][5] appearing as a substitute against Borussia Dortmund.

In total, Weisers made 35 appearances across two seasons with Bayern Munich II, cementing himself as one of their first-team regulars by 2013 when he signed a new contract until 2016.

On 6 July 2014, it was announced that Mitchell-Elijah had agreed terms with fellow Bundesliga side Werder Bremen; after spending six months on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Having scored once during his time out+we reported him back fit+,Weisions eight goals have helped secure third place within league table so far this season (17 Oct 16).

24. Aaron Hunt


Aaron Hunt Career

  • 1993–1997: VfL Oker
  • 1997–2001: Goslarer SC
  • 2001–2003: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2007: Werder Bremen II: 37: (9)
  • 2004–2014: Werder Bremen: 215: (46)
  • 2014–2015: VfL Wolfsburg: 17: (2)
  • 2015–2021: Hamburger SV: 144: (25)
  • Total: : 413: (82)
  • 2002: Germany U16: 4: (1)
  • 2002–2003: Germany U17: 10: (6)
  • 2005–2009: Germany U21: 13: (3)
  • 2009–2013: Germany: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Aaron Hunt is a German attacking midfielder who has played for Werder Bremen, VfL Oker, and Goslarer SC. Hunt was born in Germany but moved to England at the age of six where he started playing football for West Ham United's youth team.

He made his professional debut with Werder Bremen in 2001 before joining VfL Oker two years later. In 2003, Hunt joined Goslarer SC where he spent four seasons before moving to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2007. 

After one season with Bayer Leverkusen, Hunt signed for Manchester City where he spent seven seasons until his retirement in 2018 at the age of 36 due to injury Aaron Hunt is a German international footballer who plays as a striker for Hamburger SV.

He started his career at Werder Bremen, before moving to VfL Wolfsburg in 2014. Aaron Hunt has scored 82 goals in 413 club appearances and was part of the Germany squad that won the World Cup in 2014. 

Aaron Hunt is known for his speed and ability to score from distance with either feet or head, making him one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe. 

In May 2019, it was announced that he had signed a new contract with Hamburger SV until 2021 which will keep him at Bundesliga side until at least 30 years old.

25. Thomas Wolter


  • 1971–1979: TuS Ottensen
  • 1979–1984: HEBC Hamburg
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1984–1998: Werder Bremen: 312: (12)
  • 1992: Germany: 1: (0)
  • 2002–2013: Werder Bremen II
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Wolter was born on 4 October 1963 in Hamburg, West Germany. He started his youth career with TuS Ottensen before joining Hamburger SV in 1979. 

Wolter played for Hamburger SV until he retired in 1999, winning two Bundesliga championships and the German Cup during this time.

After retiring from football, Thomas Wolter moved to Australia where he currently lives with his wife and three children. Thomas Wolter played for Werder Bremen from 1984-1998 before moving to Hamburger SV in 1998. Wolters sole international appearance was for Germany against Poland in 1992.

After leaving Werder, Thomas spent a few years coaching at the club's youth academy before taking over as manager of their reserve team in 2002. In 2013, he moved up to manage the first team and led them to promotion back into Bundesliga 2 in his first season at the helm.

26. Christian Schulz

Christian Schulz Career

  • 1989–1995: TSV Bassum
  • 1995–2001: Werder Bremen
  • 2001–2005: Werder Bremen II
  • 2002–2007: Werder Bremen
  • 2007–2016: Hannover 96
  • 2016–2018: Sturm Graz
  • 2019–2021: Hannover 96 II
  • 2004–2010: Germany
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Christian Schulz was born in Bassum, West Germany and started playing football at the age of nine. He spent five seasons with TSV Bassum before joining Werder Bremen in 1995.

At Werder, Christian won two Bundesliga titles and three DFB-Pokals (German Cup). In 2001, he joined Hannover 96 where he played until 2013. 

During his time at Hannover, Christian helped the club win promotion to the Bundesliga twice and reached the final of the German Cup once.

Since retiring from football, Christian has been working as a coach with various youth teams around Germany Christian Schulz is a German professional footballer who plays for Hannover 96 II. 

He made his first-team debut with Werder Bremen in 2001 and has since played for H96, Hannover 96 II and Sturm Graz.

Christian Schulz is known as an accurate finisher from close range, and he has also been used as a substitute on occasions. 

In 2016, he won the DFB-Pokal with Hannover 96 before joining Sturm Graz later that year; during his time at both clubs he scored 44 goals in 43 appearances respectively.

Also Played For: hannover 96

27. Miroslav Votava

Miroslav Votava Career

  • : Dukla Prague
  • 1968–1973: VfL Witten
  • 1973–1974: Borussia Dortmund
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1974–1982: Borussia Dortmund: 257: (28)
  • 1982–1985: Atlético Madrid: 96: (9)
  • 1985–1996: Werder Bremen: 357: (18)
  • 1996–1998: VfB Oldenburg: 15: (0)
  • Total: : 725: (55)
  • 1979–1981: West Germany: 5: (0)
  • 1997–1998: VfB Oldenburg
  • 1998–1999: SV Meppen
  • 2002–2004: Union Berlin
  • 2017: Werder Bremen II (interim)

Votava was a defensive midfielder during his playing career and made 357 appearances for Werder Bremen. Votava is best known in England for his time at Atlético Madrid, where he won two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey.

After retiring from football, Votava has worked as a coach at various levels of the game. Miroslav Votava is a former football player who played for clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.

He was most recently manager of Werder Bremen II, but he has also had a short stint with Union Berlin as well as two years managing VfB Oldenburg.

His international career spanned five years, culminating in winning the UEFA European Championship with West Germany back in 1980.

After retiring from playing, he went into coaching and managed both SV Meppen and Union Berlin before landing his current role at Werder Bremen II. Miroslav Votava is currently one win away from leading the club to their first ever DFB-Pokal title.

With over 750 appearances to his name, he will go down as one of the all-time greats of German football.

28. Naldo


Naldo Career

  • 2002–2004: RS Futebol
  • 2004–2005: Juventude
  • 2005–2012: Werder Bremen
  • 2012–2016: VfL Wolfsburg
  • 2016–2019: Schalke 04
  • 2019–2020: Monaco
  • 2007–2009: Brazil
  • 2020: Schalke 04 (assistant)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues, known as Naldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for German club Schalke 04 and the Brazil national team.

He began his career with RS Futebol in his homeland before moving to Europe to play for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and Spanish side Valencia CF. In 2010, he joined Bundesliga club Bayern Munich where he won three consecutive league titles and two DFB-Pokals (German Cups).

In 2014, he signed for English Premier League club Manchester United where he helped them win the title that year. He transferred to Schalke 04 in 2018 after being released by Manchester United at the end of their season.

Ronaldo has earned over 100 caps for Brazil since making his international debut in 2002, and has been included in their squads for several major tournaments including the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which they reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2008, Copa America 2011,[6] and most recently Copa América Centenario 2017.

On 21 September 2017, Ronaldo achieved an all-time record when he scored his 500th goal playing for Portugal during a 1–0 victory against Andorra at Estádio da Luz. Naldo broke Zinedine Zidane's record of 553 goals on 17 November 2018 when scoring twice against Granada FC.

Also Played For: vfl wolfsburg

29. Oliver Reck

Oliver Reck Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1983–1985: Kickers Offenbach: 52: (0)
  • 1985–1998: Werder Bremen: 345: (0)
  • 1998–2003: Schalke 04: 112: (1)
  • Total: : 509: (1)
  • 1996: Germany: 1: (0)
  • 2009: Schalke 04 (interim)
  • 2011–2012: MSV Duisburg
  • 2013–2014: Fortuna Düsseldorf (interim)
  • 2014–2015: Fortuna Düsseldorf
  • 2016–2018: Kickers Offenbach
  • 2019–: SSV Jeddeloh

Reck made his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen in 1985 and went on to make over 500 appearances for the club. Reck was part of the Germany team that finished runners-up at Euro 1996.

Reck joined SSV Jeddeloh in 2003 and has been their goalkeeper ever since, winning promotion from Regionalliga Nord in 2006/07 and again in 2010/11. 

Reck won a German Cup with Jeddeloh in 2013 and also played at UEFA Champions League level during the club's season reaching the last 16 before being knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid CF.

The 57-year-old is currently preparing Jeddeloh to compete in next season's 2nd tier Oberliga Niedersachsen after they were relegated from 1st division Regionalliga Nord this past year; he has said he would like to play one final game before retiring if possible later this year or early next year.

30. Karl-Heinz Kamp


  • : Hassia Bingen-Kempten
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1965–1967: SC Opel 06 Rüsselsheim: :
  • 1967–1969: SpVgg Fürth: :
  • 1969–1970: SC Opel 06 Rüsselsheim: :
  • 1970–1984: Werder Bremen: 400: (30)
  • 1980–1995: Werder Bremen II
  • 1985–2005: Werder Bremen (assistant)
  • 2005–: Werder Bremen (scout)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Kamp started his career with local side Hassia Bingen-Kempten. He made his debut for Werder Bremen in the 1974/75 season and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club.

Kamp was a defender throughout his career, but he also played as a midfielder on occasion. He won three Bundesliga titles with Werder Bremen and two DFB-Pokals (German Cups). 

After retiring from playing, Kamp served as a coach at various clubs before joining Werder Bremen's scouting team in 2014 Karl-Heinz Kamp was a professional footballer who played for Werder Bremen and later managed the club.

He made his Bundesliga debut in 1965 at the age of 17 and went on to play 400 matches for Werder, scoring 30 goals. After retiring as a player he became assistant manager at Werder, before taking over as head coach in 2005.

He led the team to their first ever DFB-Pokal victory in 2007 and they also reached the UEFA Champions League group stage that year, but were eliminated after losing to Barcelona by two goals in the round of 16.

In 2010 he left his post at Werder Bremen after seven years with the club, citing personal reasons behind his decision but has since returned as an advisor to new head coach Thomas Schaaf.

31. Günter Hermann


  • : RSV Rehburg
  • –1979: SC Stadthagen
  • 1979–1980: TSV Loccum[1]
  • 1980–1982: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1982–1992: Werder Bremen: 231: (8)
  • 1992–1994: SG Wattenscheid 09: 31: (0)
  • 1994–1996: Hannover 96: 53: (2)
  • Total: : 315: (10)
  • 1988–1990: West Germany: 2: (0)
  • 1996–1999: Rotenburger SV
  • 1999: FC Oberneuland
  • 2000–2014: Osterholz-Scharmbeck
  • 2014–2015: FC Oberneuland[2]
  • 2015: FC Oberneuland (team manager)[3]
  • 2015–: FC Oberneuland (sporting director)[4]
  • 2017: FC Oberneuland (caretaker)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Günter Hermann is a veteran of the German Bundesliga, having played for Werder Bremen and FC Oberneuland. He has also had a short stint as sporting director at his former club Oberneuland.

Hermann is most renowned for his defensive midfield play, which has seen him become an important part of several teams over the years. With FC Oberneuland in caretaker charge, Hermann will be looking to help them secure promotion back to the Bundesliga this season.

Günter Hermann was born on 5 December 1960 in Rehburg, West Germany Günter Hermann is a former German football player who spent most of his playing career with Werder Bremen. He also managed Rotenburger SV and FC Oberneuland in the lower leagues before taking over as sporting director at Oberneuland in 2015.

Hermann made international headlines during Germany's 1988 World Cup campaign, when he scored a goal against Italy in their opening match. 

After spells with SG Wattenscheid 09 and Hannover 96, Hermann retired from professional football following Werder Bremen's relegation from Bundesliga 2 in 2004. 

Following his retirement, Hermann took up a role as assistant manager at Rotenburger SV before being appointed sporting director at Oberneuland just two years later.

In March 2017 it was announced that Hermann would be leaving Oberneuland to take up the vacant managerial position at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Hermann holds both West German and Russian citizenship.

32. Ulrich Borowka

Ulrich Borowka Career

  • 1967–1970: SG Hemer 08
  • 1970–1975: FC Oese 49
  • 1975–1979: SSV Kalthof
  • 1979–1980: DSC Wanne-Eickel
  • 1980–1981: Borussia M'gladbach II
  • 1981–1987: Borussia M'gladbach
  • 1988–1995: Werder Bremen
  • 1996: Tasmania Berlin
  • 1997: Hannover 96
  • 1997: Widzew Łódź
  • 1997–1998: FC Oberneuland
  • 1999–2000: Viktoria Rheydt
  • 1982–1987: West Germany U21
  • 1987–1988: West Germany Olympic
  • 1988: West Germany
  • 1997–1998: FC Oberneuland
  • 2000–2001: Berlin AK 07
  • 2001–2002: Türkiyemspor Berlin
  • 2003–2004: Berlin AK 07
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ulrich Borowka is a defender who has played for Borussia M'gladbach since 1980. He won the Bundesliga title with his former club in 1987 and made 149 appearances during his time at the club.

Borowka also represented West Germany at international level, making 11 appearances between 1980 and 1981. After leaving BMG, he had spells with DSC Wanne-Eickel and SSV Kalthof before retiring in 1990.

Ulrich Borowka played for Werder Brema from 1988-1995 and Hannover 96 in 1997. He was also a manager at FC Oberneuland, Viktoria Rheydt, and Berlin AK 07 during his career. 

Ulrich Borowka is best known for scoring the winning goal against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final.

Also Played For: borussia mönchengladbach

33. Dieter Eilts

Dieter Eilts Career

  • : SV Hage
  • : Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1984–1988: Werder Bremen II: 132: (36)
  • 1985–2002: Werder Bremen: 390: (7)
  • Total: : 522: (43)
  • 1993–1997: Germany: 31: (0)
  • 2002–2003: Werder Bremen U19
  • 2003–2004: Germany U19
  • 2004–2008: Germany U21
  • 2006–2007: Germany 20
  • 2008–2009: Hansa Rostock

Dieter Eilts is a Bundesliga veteran who has played for Werder Bremen since 1984. He was an important member of the team during their successful years in the 1990s, and he remains one of the club's most popular players.

In 2002, he retired from professional football at age 37 after playing 390 matches for Werder Bremen. Dieter Eilts has represented Germany at international level on several occasions, and he is still considered one of the country's finest midfielders ever.

Since retiring from football, Dieter Eilts has worked as a pundit and coach with various clubs in lower divisions across Germany. 

Dieter Eilts played as a midfielder for Werder Bremen and Germany's U19, U21 and 20 teams. He was also loaned out to Hansa Rostock in 2008 before joining them permanently the following year.

After helping Hansa clinch promotion to the Bundesliga, he left at the end of the 2009 season having made 190 appearances and scoring 24 goals over six years with Werder Bremen. 

Eilts then signed for Mainz 05 on 1 July 2010 but only lasted 18 months before being released in December 2011 due to financial problems at Mainz which ultimately led him to retire from football altogether aged 34.

In his managerial career, he has had spells at Wacker Burghausen (U19), Werder Bremen II (U23) and Fortuna Düsseldorf II (II).

34. Ivan Klasnić


Ivan Klasnić Career

  • 1984–1992: Union 03 Altona
  • 1992–1994: TSV Stellingen 88
  • 1995–1997: FC St. Pauli
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1997–2001: FC St. Pauli: 95: (26)
  • 2001–2008: Werder Bremen: 151: (49)
  • 2008–2009: Nantes: 33: (10)
  • 2009–2012: Bolton Wanderers: 77: (20)
  • 2012–2013: Mainz 05: 3: (1)
  • Total: : 359: (106)
  • 1998–1999: Croatia U19: 5: (1)
  • 2001: Croatia U21: 3: (1)
  • 2004–2011: Croatia: 41: (12)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Klasnić is a German-born striker who has played for clubs in his homeland and Germany. Klasnić made his professional debut with Union 03 Altona in the 2nd tier of Bundesliga football in 1984, before moving on to TSV Stellingen 88 two years later.

In 1995, Klasnić joined FC St Pauli where he spent five seasons before being transferred to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2001. After three seasons at the Commerzbank Arena, Klasnić moved back to his former side FC St Pauli where he retired from football following the 2006–07 season.

Since retiring from playing professionally, Klasnić has worked as a television commentator for various German channels including ZDF and RTL Sport 1 TV channel Ivan Klasnic also holds Italian citizenship after spending time with Serie A club Hellas Verona during the 2004–05 season.

35. Hugo Almeida


Hugo Almeida Career

  • 1993–1996: Buarcos
  • 1996–2000: Naval
  • 2001–2002: Porto
  • 2002–2005: Porto B
  • 2003–2007: Porto
  • 2003: União Leiria (loan)
  • 2004: União Leiria (loan)
  • 2005: Boavista (loan)
  • 2006–2007: Werder Bremen (loan)
  • 2007–2010: Werder Bremen
  • 2011–2014: Beşiktaş
  • 2014–2015: Cesena
  • 2015: Kuban Krasnodar
  • 2015–2016: Anzhi
  • 2016: Hannover 96
  • 2016–2017: AEK Athens
  • 2017–2018: Hajduk Split
  • 2018–2020: Académica
  • 2001: Portugal U16
  • 2002: Portugal U18
  • 2002–2003: Portugal U19
  • 2003: Portugal U20
  • 2004–2007: Portugal U21
  • 2004: Portugal U23
  • 2004–2006: Portugal B
  • 2004–2015: Portugal

Hugo Almeida started his career at Portuguese side Buarcos before moving to Naval in 2001. He was signed by then-Porto boss Jesualdo Ferreira in 2002 and went on to score 33 goals over the course of four seasons with the club.

Almeida moved to Boavista on a loan deal in 2005, scoring 14 times en route to helping them avoid relegation that year. 

In 2007, he joined União Leiria on a season-long loan and once again proved himself an prolific goal scorer, netting 13 times for the Liga outfit during his time there.

After returning from his spell at União Leiria, Almeida rejoined Porto where he finished his playing days in 2015–16 after appearing 25 times for the Yellow Submarine across all competitions.

Hugo has since gone into coaching, taking up a position with FC Krasnodar as their assistant manager ahead of the 2018–19 Russian Premier League season. denotes current squad member.

36. Amos Pieper

Amos Pieper Career

  • : FC Nordkirchen
  • –2010: Union Lüdinghausen
  • 2010–2017: Borussia Dortmund
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2019: Borussia Dortmund II: 34: (1)
  • 2019–2022: Arminia Bielefeld: 96: (1)
  • 2022–: Werder Bremen: 11: (0)
  • 2015: Germany U18: 3: (0)
  • 2020–2021: Germany U21: 10: (0)
  • 2021: Germany Olympic: 2: (0)

Amos Pieper is a German defender who currently plays for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. He began his career with Union Lüdinghausen before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2010.

Amos was born on January 17, 1998 in Lüdinghausen, Germany and has since represented Germany at youth level. In 2017, he joined Werder Bremen from Borussia Dortmund and has made 24 appearances for the club so far this season.

Amos is an athletic centre back who can play as either a left or right-back and is known for his strong defending skills as well as his ability to score goals from set pieces Amos Pieper is a talented young footballer who has enjoyed considerable success at lower levels of German football.

Pieper made his professional debut with Borussia Dortmund II in 2017 and has since played for Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen, amassing 96 league appearances and 34 apps for the latter. 

The 21-year-old midfielder was part of the Germany U21 side that won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2019, scoring two goals en route to the title.

Amos Pieper's international career began in 2015 when he represented Germany's under-18s before making his senior team debut just two years later.

37. Frank Ordenewitz


  • 1979–1981: TSV Dorfmark
  • 1981–1983: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1983–1985: Werder Bremen (A): 61: (51)
  • 1983–1989: Werder Bremen: 125: (37)
  • 1989–1993: 1. FC Köln: 126: (30)
  • 1993–1994: JEF United Ichihara: 55: (37)
  • 1995: Hamburger SV: 21: (1)
  • 1996: Brummell Sendai: 28: (20)
  • 1997–1998: VfB Oldenburg: 28: (3)
  • Total: : 426: (178)
  • 1987: West Germany: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Frank Ordenewitz was born in Dorfmark, West Germany on 25 March 1965. He started his career with TSV Dorfmark before joining Werder Bremen in 1981. With Werder Bremen, he won the German Cup twice and reached the UEFA Cup final in 1988, where they were defeated by Atlético Madrid.

He joined Hamburger SV in 1990 and played for them until his retirement at the end of the 2002 season. Frank Ordenewitz made over 250 appearances for Hamburger SV during his time there and is widely regarded as one of their all-time greats.

In 2006, he became manager of 2nd Bundesliga side FC Energie Cottbus but was sacked after just four games into his reign due to poor results.

In December 2007, he took over as manager of 1st Division side Rot Weiss Ahlen but left this position less than a year later after struggling to bring success to Ahlen.

Frank Ordenewitz has since been working as a football commentator for various television channels around Europe. Frank Ordenewitz retired from professional football at the end of 2002 season having scored 49 goals in 232 matches.

38. Aílton


Aílton Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1993–1994: Ypiranga: 12: (2)
  • 1994–1995: Internacional: 21: (4)
  • 1994–1995: → Mogi Mirim (loan): 28: (8)
  • 1995–1996: Santa Cruz: 21: (7)
  • 1996–1997: Guarani: 43: (20)
  • 1997–1998: UANL: 23: (5)
  • 1998–2004: Werder Bremen: 169: (88)
  • 2004–2005: Schalke 04: 29: (14)
  • 2005–2006: Beşiktaş: 14: (5)
  • 2006: → Hamburger SV (loan): 13: (3)
  • 2006–2007: Red Star Belgrade: 13: (4)
  • 2007: → Grasshoppers (loan): 13: (8)
  • 2007–2008: MSV Duisburg: 8: (1)
  • 2008–2009: Metalurh Donetsk: 2: (1)
  • 2008–2009: → SCR Altach (loan): 12: (7)
  • 2009: Campinense: 1: (1)
  • 2009: Chongqing Lifan: 5: (0)
  • 2010: KFC Uerdingen 05: 13: (4)
  • 2010–2011: FC Oberneuland: 12: (3)
  • 2011: Rio Branco-SP: 4: (1)
  • 2012–2013: Hassia Bingen: 21: (19)
  • Total: : 476: (205)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Aílton is a Brazilian striker who has played for several teams in his homeland and abroad. He started his career with Ypiranga before moving to Internacional in 1994.

A year later, he joined Mogi Mirim on loan. After helping UANL reach the Copa Libertadores final in 1997, he moved to Santa Cruz the following year where he scored 21 goals in 43 appearances.

In 1998, Aílton signed for Guarani and helped them win the Paraguayan Primera División title that season as well as scoring 20 goals in 23 appearances overall. Europe when he joined Dutch side MSV Duisburg on a free transfer after spending two years at Guarani's arch rivals Cerro Porteño (Paraguay).

With Duisburg, Aílton won both the Eredivise championship (2000) and the UEFA Cup (2001), making him one of Brazil's most successful foreign players ever. 

Additionally, during his time at Duisburg he also became father to a daughter named Giovanna-Bianca da Silva Kretzschmar de Oliveira born 12 June 2000.

After three seasons with MSV Duisburg which included winning another DFB-Pokal trophy by beating 1 Bundesliga club Rot-Weiß Erfurt 3–0 on aggregate, Ailton transferred back home country Brasil joining São Paulo FC.

Although only lasting until July 2004 due to contract dispute Upon leaving São Paulo FC, he retired from professional football aged 39 having amassed totals of 253 games and 97 goals over 13 seasons including five spells playing outside of Brazil whilst representing four clubs.

Internacional 1995–1996 UANL 1996–1997 Santa Cruz 1997–1998 Guarani then finally MSV Duisburg 1999-2004 returning home again 2005 Sao Paulo FC.

39. Niklas Stark

Niklas Stark Career

  • 1998–2002: FSV Ipsheim
  • 2002–2004: TSV Neustadt/Aisch
  • 2004–2013: 1. FC Nürnberg
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2015: 1. FC Nürnberg: 54: (3)
  • 2014–2015: 1. FC Nürnberg II: 3: (0)
  • 2015–2022: Hertha BSC: 176: (7)
  • 2022–: Werder Bremen: 7: (0)
  • 2011–2012: Germany U17: 3: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Germany U18: 3: (0)
  • 2013–2014: Germany U19: 13: (3)
  • 2015: Germany U20: 7: (3)
  • 2014–2017: Germany U21: 18: (2)
  • 2019–: Germany: 2: (0)

Niklas Stark is a German central defender who currently plays for Werder Bremen. Stark made his professional debut with FC Nürnberg in 2013, before joining

FC Nürnberg II in 2014. He has also played for TSV Neustadt/Aisch and FSV Ipsheim during his youth career. 

In 2015, he joined Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg, where he would make 54 appearances over the next two seasons - including 27 in the 2016–17 season - helping the club achieve promotion to the top-flight of German football as champions at the end of that campaign.

On 15 July 2018, it was announced that Stark had signed a three-year contract with Werder Bremen. Niklas Stark represented Germany at under-19 level prior to making his senior international debut in 2017 Stark was born on October 10, 1997 in Berlin. 

Stark started playing football at the age of six with local side Hertha BSC II before joining Hertha's youth academy at the age of nine.

In September 2017, Stark made his professional debut for Hertha in a DFB-Pokal match against 1. FC Kaiserslautern and went on to make seven appearances during the 2017–18 season. 

On May 5th 2018, it was announced that Stark had signed a three year contract extension with Hertha which will keep him at the club until 2020. Currently representing Germany at U21 level, Stark has helped his country win two U21 Championships (in 2019 and 2017) as well as being runner up once (in 2016).

Having been capped twice by Germany's senior team – most recently coming off the bench in their 3-1 victory over Mexico - there is no doubt that Niklas Stark is one of Europe’s brightest young prospects when it comes to footballing talent.

40. Wynton Rufer

Wynton Rufer Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1980: Stop Out: 5: (2)
  • 1981: Wellington Diamond: 19: (7)
  • 1982: Norwich City: 0: (0)
  • 1982: Miramar Rangers: 8: (3)
  • 1982–1986: FC Zürich: 100: (43)
  • 1986–1988: FC Aarau: 37: (18)
  • 1988–1989: Grasshoppers: 22: (12)
  • 1989–1995: Werder Bremen: 174: (59)
  • 1995–1996: JEF United: 54: (38)
  • 1997: 1. FC Kaiserslautern: 14: (4)
  • 1997: Central United: 30[citation needed]: (12)
  • 1998: North Shore United: 11[citation needed]: (3)
  • 1999–2002: Auckland Kingz: 48: (12)
  • Total: : 522: (213)
  • 1980–1997: New Zealand: 23: (12)
  • 1998–1999: North Shore
  • 1999: New Zealand U16
  • 1999–2002: Kingz
  • 2014–2015: Papua New Guinea
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Wynton Rufer is a retired New Zealand international striker who played for Norwich City and FC Zürich in his career. He started his career with Stop Out before moving to Wellington Diamond in 1981.

In 1982, he transferred to Swiss side FC Zürich where he scored 43 goals over 100 appearances during his time there. 

After leaving Switzerland, Rufer signed for Norwich City but failed to make an impact on the first team and was loaned out to Miramar Rangers in 1986 before ending his professional career two years later at the age of 27.

Wynton Rufer now works as a football analyst for Sky Sports NZ and has also served as head coach of South Auckland United Futsal Club between 2009-2012 Wynton Rufer was a world-renowned goalkeeper who played for clubs like Werder Bremen and FC Aarau in the Bundesliga. 

He also had spells with Central United and JEF United, both of which were in England's Premier League. Rufer managed New Zealand U16s before taking over as manager of Papua New Guinea in 2014.

41. Markus Rosenberg


Markus Rosenberg Career

  • 1987–2001: Malmö FF
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2005: Malmö FF: 52: (8)
  • 2004: → Halmstads BK (loan): 26: (14)
  • 2005–2007: Ajax: 40: (12)
  • 2007–2012: Werder Bremen: 123: (40)
  • 2007: → Werder Bremen II: 2: (0)
  • 2010–2011: → Racing Santander (loan): 33: (9)
  • 2012–2014: West Bromwich Albion: 28: (0)
  • 2014–2019: Malmö FF: 156: (67)
  • Total: : 460: (150)
  • 2002–2004: Sweden U21: 9: (3)
  • 2005–2012: Sweden: 33: (6)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Markus Rosenberg is a Swedish forward who has played for Malmö FF in both the senior and youth ranks. Rosenberg made his first-team debut for Malmö FF during the 2002 season, and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club across all competitions.

In 2014, Rosenberg moved to Danish side FC Copenhagen after spending two seasons with Malmö FF. He helped Copenhagen win their first ever Danish Superliga title in 2016/17. 

Markus Rosenberg represented Sweden at under-21 level before making his full international debut in 2007 against Denmark; he has since been capped 23 times by his countrymen, scoring four goals overall.

After being released by FC Copenhagen at the end of the 2017/18 season, Rosenberg joined English side Fleetwood Town on a one-year contract until June 2020.

42. Uwe Reinders

Uwe Reinders Career

  • 1961–1962: TBV Frillendorf
  • 1962–1974: Polizei SV Essen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1974–1977: Schwarz-Weiß Essen: 40: (8)
  • 1977–1985: Werder Bremen: 243: (83)
  • 1985–1986: Bordeaux: 36: (15)
  • 1986–1987: Rennes: 10: (0)
  • 1987–1989: Eintracht Braunschweig: 18: (8)
  • Total: : 347: (114)
  • 1982: West Germany: 4: (1)
  • 1987–1990: Eintracht Braunschweig
  • 1990–1992: Hansa Rostock
  • 1992–1993: MSV Duisburg
  • 1993–1994: Hertha BSC
  • 1994–1997: Sachsen Leipzig
  • 2002–2004: Eintracht Braunschweig
  • 2005: 1. FC Pforzheim
  • 2005: Brinkumer SV
  • 2011: FC Oberneuland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Reinders played for Schwarz-Weiß Essen and Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga before joining Bordeaux. He helped the club win promotion to Ligue 1 in his first season, but they were relegated back to Division 2 after one season.

Reinders then moved on to Marseille where he featured regularly over three seasons, winning Ligue 1 twice (in 1988 and 1989). After a brief spell at Bayern Munich, Reinders retired from playing football at the age of 37. He went on to manage Rostock briefly in 1990.

Uwe Reinders played for several clubs in Germany and then abroad before retiring in 2002. He was most successful as a manager with Eintracht Braunschweig where he led the team to two Bundesliga titles during his tenure. 

After leaving Braunschweig, Reinders spent a few years managing sidekicks before finally returning to coaching full-time with.

FC Pforzheim in 2005. In 2011, he was appointed head coach of Oberneuland but left after just one season due to health issues.

43. Jean-Manuel Mbom


  • –2012: Bovender SV
  • 2012–2013: JFV Göttingen
  • 2013–2018: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–: Werder Bremen II: 23: (1)
  • 2018–: Werder Bremen: 40: (0)
  • 2019–2020: → KFC Uerdingen (loan): 28: (1)
  • 2015–2016: Germany U16: 5: (1)
  • 2016–2017: Germany U17: 7: (2)
  • 2018: Germany U18: 2: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Germany U19: 8: (0)
  • 2019: Germany U20: 4: (0)
  • 2020–: Germany U21: 5: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 June 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16:27, 13 November 2021 (UTC)

Mbom is a midfielder for Werder Bremen, and has been with the club since 2013. Mbom started his youth career with Bovender SV in 2012 before joining JFV Göttingen two years later.

He made his Bundesliga debut in September 2018, coming on as a substitute against Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Mbom has also represented Germany at under-17 level and at under-19 level, both of which he won bronze medals at international tournaments with the latter side including Euro 2017 where they reached the semi-finals but lost to Portugal eventually.

In October 2018 it was announced that Mbom had received German citizenship through naturalisation.Mbom is a versatile defender who can play at both centre-back and full-back. Mbom made his professional debut for Werder Bremen II in 2018, before moving to the senior team two years later. 

Mbom has represented Germany at youth level, scoring twice in seven appearances during 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons.

Mbom was loaned to KFC Uerdingen during the 2019–20 season but returned to Werder Bremen after just one appearance. The 22-year-old is expected to feature prominently for Werder Bremen this season as they continue their push for promotion back into the Bundesliga.

44. Leonardo Bittencourt


Leonardo Bittencourt Career

  • 2005–2010: Energie Cottbus
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2012: Energie Cottbus II: 4: (2)
  • 2010–2012: Energie Cottbus: 29: (2)
  • 2012–2013: Borussia Dortmund II: 12: (1)
  • 2012–2013: Borussia Dortmund: 5: (1)
  • 2013–2015: Hannover 96: 57: (5)
  • 2015–2018: 1. FC Köln: 67: (11)
  • 2018–2020: 1899 Hoffenheim: 22: (1)
  • 2019–2020: → Werder Bremen (loan): 28: (4)
  • 2020–: Werder Bremen: 56: (8)
  • 2011: Germany U19: 2: (0)
  • 2013–2015: Germany U21: 20: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:28, 28 October 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:12, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

Leonardo Bittencourt is a German footballer who currently plays for Werder Bremen. He started his career with Energie Cottbus before moving to Werder in 2019.

Leonardo has represented Germany at youth level and played international football for the country from under-17s onwards, including appearances at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

A versatile midfielder, Leonardo can play anywhere across the midfield area but is considered most effective in an advanced role behind the striker or as part of a defensive unit. 

Blessed with excellent technical ability and passing range, he is often deployed as a deep-lying playmaker on either side of the pitch or even up front when required; this season he has been used primarily in central roles.

Leonardo's attacking game also features prominently – despite being predominantly defensive-minded off the ball – due to his quick feet and dribbling ability.

which allow him to create chances for team mates both inside and outside of possession, typically through penetrating runs downfield or layoffs into space between defence and midfielders.

45. Uwe Bracht


  • -1969: ATS Buntentor
  • 1969-1971: Werder Bremen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1971–1984: Werder Bremen: 309: (26)
  • 1986: VfB Oldenburg: :
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Uwe Bracht was a Bundesliga player and member of the German national team. He played for clubs including Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund before retiring in 2000.

In 2006 he became manager of 1. FC Köln, but resigned after only six months due to personal reasons. Uwe Bracht died on 11 November 2016 at the age of 63 following a long illness Uwe Bracht played for Werder Bremen from 1969-1971.

He then had a successful senior career with VfB Oldenburg, playing 309 games and scoring 26 goals. Uwe Bracht is now the sporting director at his former club Werder Bremen.

46. Fin Bartels

Fin Bartels Career

  • : TSV Russee
  • –2002: SpVgg Eidertal Molfsee
  • 2002–2005: Holstein Kiel
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2005: Holstein Kiel II: 10: (1)
  • 2005–2007: Holstein Kiel: 50: (5)
  • 2007: Hansa Rostock II: 8: (4)
  • 2007–2010: Hansa Rostock: 77: (14)
  • 2010–2014: FC St. Pauli: 117: (22)
  • 2014–2020: Werder Bremen: 120: (22)
  • 2019: Werder Bremen II: 2: (1)
  • 2020–: Holstein Kiel: 58: (15)
  • 2008: Germany U21: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 July 2022

Fin Bartels started his career at TSV Russee before joining SpVgg Eidertal Molfsee in 2002. He made his professional debut for Holstein Kiel in the 2 Bundesliga during the 2007–08 season and has since enjoyed a successful spell with the club, playing over 100 games and scoring 27 goals.

Fin Bartels was called up to Germany's senior team for the first time in November 2016 and has since played two friendly matches against Austria and Sweden respectively. In 2017, he joined Werder Bremen on a three-year deal but is currently injured and is not expected to feature again this season.

Fin Bartels is a midfielder who has played for Werder Bremen and Holstein Kiel in the German Bundesliga. 2. He started his career at Hansa Rostock before moving to FC St Pauli in 2007, where he made 117 appearances over two seasons. 3. In 2010, he joined Werder Bremen and went on to score 22 goals in 120 appearances for the club.

4. Bartels was part of the Germany U21 side that qualified for the 2012 European Championships, but did not feature in any matches during the tournament itself. 5. He rejoined Werder Bremen II ahead of their inaugural season in 2020 and is still with them as of July 2022

47. Marvin Ducksch


Marvin Ducksch Career

  • 1998–2002: BSV Fortuna Dortmund 58
  • 2002–2013: Borussia Dortmund
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012–2016: Borussia Dortmund II: 84: (36)
  • 2013–2015: Borussia Dortmund: 6: (0)
  • 2014–2015: → SC Paderborn (loan): 9: (1)
  • 2016–2018: FC St. Pauli: 10: (1)
  • 2017–2018: → Holstein Kiel (loan): 49: (23)
  • 2018–2019: Fortuna Düsseldorf: 16: (1)
  • 2019–2021: Hannover 96: 66: (32)
  • 2021–: Werder Bremen: 44: (23)
  • 2009: Germany U15: 2: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Germany U16: 5: (4)
  • 2010–2011: Germany U17: 15: (4)
  • 2012: Germany U18: 1: (1)

Marvin Ducksch is a German international striker who currently plays for Werder Bremen. He started his career at BSV Fortuna Dortmund, before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

In 2013–2015 he made six appearances for the senior team, scoring zero goals. Ducksch has represented Germany at youth level and was part of their squads that won the U20 World Cup in 2011 and the U21 European Championship in 2013.

After leaving Borussia Dortmund, Ducksc joined II Liga side Wacker Burghausen on loan until the end of 2016-17 season Marvin Ducksch is a versatile midfielder who can play in any midfield role. He began his career at SC Paderborn, before moving to FC St.

Pauli and then Holstein Kiel on loan spells. In 2018 he moved to Fortuna Düsseldorf for the season, but has now signed for Werder Bremen ahead of the 2019–2021 Bundesliga season. 

Marvin Ducksch has represented Germany at both U17 and U18 level, winning silverware at each tournament including the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2011 and FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011 respectively.

He is likely to feature prominently for Werder Bremen next season as they look to secure their place back in the top tier of German football after relegation last term.

48. Fabian Ernst


Fabian Ernst Career

  • 1983–1996: Hannover 96
  • 1996–1998: Hannover 96
  • 1998–2000: Hamburger SV
  • 2000–2005: Werder Bremen
  • 2005–2009: Schalke 04
  • 2009–2012: Beşiktaş
  • 2012–2013: Kasımpaşa
  • 2014–2015: OSV Hannover
  • 1998–2001: Germany U-21
  • 2002–2003: Germany Team 2006
  • 2002–2006: Germany
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Fabian Ernst is a German midfielder who has played for Hannover 96 and the Germany national football team. Ernst made his debut for Hannover in 1997 and went on to make over 250 appearances for the club, scoring 38 goals.

He won four Bundesliga titles with Hannover before transferring to Bayern Munich in 2011. At Bayern Munich, Ernst won two Champions League titles and was named the club's captain in 2013-14. He left Bayern Munich at the end of that season and returned to Hannover 96.

In 2018, he announced his retirement from professional football after 14 years playing at various clubs including Hannover 96, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon). 

Fabian Ernst has been capped 63 times by Germany between 2003 and 2017, scoring five goals including an important goal against Portugal during Euro 2016 which helped lead Germany to their first ever European Championship title.

49. Andi Herzog

Andi Herzog Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1986–1992: Rapid Wien: 133: (33)
  • 1988: → First Vienna (loan): 7: (3)
  • 1992–1995: Werder Bremen: 94: (26)
  • 1995–1996: Bayern Munich: 28: (2)
  • 1996–2001: Werder Bremen: 142: (32)
  • 2002–2003: Rapid Wien: 41: (4)
  • 2004: Los Angeles Galaxy: 27: (4)
  • Total: : 472: (104)
  • 1988–2003: Austria: 103: (26)
  • 2005: Austria (caretaker)
  • 2008–2009: Austria (assistant coach)
  • 2009–2011: Austria U21
  • 2011–2016: United States (assistant coach)
  • 2015–2016: United States U23
  • 2018–2020: Israel
  • 2021–2022: Admira Wacker
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Herzog was one of the most talented attacking midfielders in his playing days, and he is still highly respected by many as a coach. He started his career at Rapid Wien before moving to Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich later on in his career.

Herzog won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, as well as the 1996 European Cup Winners' Cup. 

After retiring from football, Herzog has since gone onto have a successful coaching career at various clubs across Europe and North America including FC Basel, Wolfsburg, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC respectively.

He holds Austrian nationality but also played for Germany during internationals due to being born there to an Austrian father and German mother who met while they were both working in Bavaria. 

At present (October 2018), Herzog is manager of Canadian side Montreal Impact where he led them to their first ever MLS cup victory against Seattle Sounders FC 4-1 on aggregate.

After winning 3-0 away over the regular season series which ended 1-1 overall between these teams with each team having four matches remaining apiece plus playoffs. 

Additionally this made him only the second foreign manager (after Jürgen Klinsmann) to win an MLS championship game following Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham who achieved it back in 2002 when he managed Drogba et al.

50. Zlatko Junuzović


Zlatko Junuzović Career

  • 1994–1999: Kühnsdorf
  • 1999–2005: Grazer AK
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2005–2007: Grazer AK: 70: (9)
  • 2007–2009: Austria Kärnten: 57: (3)
  • 2009–2012: Austria Wien: 82: (21)
  • 2012–2018: Werder Bremen: 188: (21)
  • 2018–2022: Red Bull Salzburg: 45: (7)
  • : Austria U19: 2: (1)
  • 2007: Austria U20: 11: (4)
  • 2005–2008: Austria U21: 15: (3)
  • 2006–2017: Austria: 55: (7)
  • 2022–: Liefering (assistant)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:26, 21 October 2020 (UTC)

Junuzović started his senior career with Grazer AK in 2005. He moved to Serbia and Montenegro side, Kühnsdorf in 1994 before signing for Croatian side, Grazer AK in 1999.

Junuzović represented Serbia and Montenegro at under-19 level before making his full international debut against Greece in 2006. 

In 2008, he transferred to Dutch club FC Twente where he won the Eredivisie title the following year and played a key role as they reached the Champions League semi finals; however, Twente were later eliminated by Barcelona after losing on aggregate (5–1).

After three years with Fiorentina, Junuzovic joined English Premier League champions Manchester United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 28 July 2015.

On 9 January 2019 it was announced that Junuzovic would leave Manchester United at the end of his contract. He made 113 appearances for United scoring 13 goals across all competitions including Europa League glory against Ajax Amsterdam as well as victory over Liverpool in both domestic cup competitions during his time at Old Trafford.

At international level, Junuzovic has earned 51 caps representing Serbia & Montenegro since 2006. 

Afterwards he signed 4 year deal with Spanish La Liga side Valencia CF which ended prematurely due to injury just 10 league games into the season.

Returning back home to join newly promoted SuperLiga club Mladost Lučani who hoped that Zlatko’s experience can help them make some serious progress this upcoming campaign despite being relegated from Serbian top flight last season.

Something which still haunts him today but is now looking forward to finally put things right starting anew again next spring.

51. Sepp Piontek

Sepp Piontek Career

  • 1949–1958: VfL Germania Leer
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1958–1960: VfL Germania Leer: :
  • 1960–1972: Werder Bremen: 278: (15)
  • 1961–1962: West Germany U23: 2: (0)
  • 1965–1966: West Germany: 6: (0)
  • 1971–1975: Werder Bremen
  • 1975–1976: Fortuna Düsseldorf
  • 1976–1978: Haiti
  • 1978–1979: FC St. Pauli
  • 1979–1990: Denmark
  • 1990–1993: Turkey
  • 1993-1995: Bursaspor
  • 1995–1996: Aalborg BK
  • 1997–1999: Silkeborg IF
  • 2000–2002: Greenland
  • 2004: Greenland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Sepp Piontek was a defender who played for Werder Bremen and VfL Germania Leer in the Bundesliga. He was born in 1940 and started playing football at an early age.

Sepp Piontek made his debut for Werder Bremen in 1958 and went on to play 278 games for them over a period of 10 years, winning three titles (1971, 1972, 1973). After leaving Werder Bremen, he spent two seasons with Würzburger Kickers before joining VfL Germania Leer in 1970 where he won another title that year.

Sepp Piontek ended his career with two more seasons with Germania Leer before retiring at the end of 1972 season. 

In total, he played 15 times for the Germany national team between 1958 and 1971 including appearances at the World Cup tournaments of 1966 and 1970 as well as UEFA Euro 1968 Sepp Piontek is most famous for his time as manager of Werder Bremen from 1971 to 1975.

where he led the club to six league titles including three consecutive championships between 1974 and 1976.

After leaving Werder Bremen, Piontek spent four years managing in Denmark before returning to Turkey with Fenerbahçe SK in 1979. He then had spells at Aalborg BK (Denmark), Silkeborg IF (Denmark), FC St Pauli (Germany) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) before joining Greenland's Qaanaaq IL in 2004.

Final Words

. . . Sv Werder Bremen, founded in 1899 and based out of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is one of Germany’s oldest and most successful football clubs.

They’ve won a total of 16 league titles, as well as reaching the finals of both the European Cup (3 times) and German Cup (4 times). Some notable players to have played for Sv Werder include Lothar Matthäus, Jurgen Klinsmann, Dieter Hoeneß, Torsten Frings and Ulf Kirsten.

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Andrew Kovacs

I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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