Werder Bremen’s all-time XI reflects their wonderful history

Adam Brown

With four Bundesliga titles to their name, Werder Bremen have built their reputation as one of Germany’s most respected clubs. As a result, the north-western German club has been home to some of the countries greatest ever players – the likes of Rudi Voller and Miroslav Klose.

Throughout the Green and White’s 118-year history, the club has won all of Germany’s domestic trophies, including six German cups.

One of the team’s most memorable seasons is from 2003/04, where Bremen broke Munich’s reign of dominance, securing the double by capturing the Bundesliga title and German cup. Of course, there will certainly be a few players from that period in the lineup.

Die Grün-Weißen’s all-time XI has been set up in a 4-3-3 formation.

When putting such teams together, it’s always important to balance those players viewed as almost cult heroes for their clubs, against players who on a world-scale, are rated amongst the best.

For example: Bremen fans would probably prefer to see Johan Micoud starting ahead of Mesut Ozil. While it is a fair shout given that Micoud was part of Bremen’s Bundesliga winning side in 2004, the Arsenal midfielder was excellent for Bremen, too, and has been highly successful in both Madrid and North London. In addition, while Claudio Pizarro is Bremen’s top scorer, it’s tough to make a case for him over Miroslav Klose.

With testament to Bremen’s high calibre of midfielders in recent years, the all-time XI of Die Werderaner looks like a blueprint of organisation. Assured defenders supporting a midfield of Borowski, Frings and Ozil would be very difficult to breakdown, but while it is great to reminisce about the greatest players to wear the green of Bremen, for fans of Werder, it must be bittersweet – given that the clubs current form isn’t where it should be.

Overall, though, it’s clear why Bremen are regarded as one of Germany’s most successful and legendary clubs. While Die Werderaner aren’t quite where they should be performing in terms of recent success in the Bundesliga and Europe, the Green Whites are at least stable, and hopefully it’s not too long before they’re back competing at the top level.

Still, it’s going to be tough to quick-fix a midfield which once contained the likes of Tim Borowski, Torsten Frings and Frank Baumann. Bremen’s current midfield is currently way off what it once was, so investment is key for the north-western German club.


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