Werder Bremen are one of the most widely recognised German football clubs and are one of the most successful in German football history. Bremen have spent more time in the Bundesliga than any other club, only missing one season since its inception in 1964. That calculates to 56 seasons in the top-flight, with their sole relegation coming in 1981.
In truth, the club haven’t had the greatest decade since coming third in the Bundesliga back in 2010, but Bremen have never looked close to relegation. What makes this even more outrageous is how Die Werderaner finished just a point away from Europa League qualification last year, which was promising.
Their form from the 2018/19 campaign stopped right then and there. Now, in what is arguably the story of the season so far, the club sees themselves fighting to remain in the Bundesliga and look doomed for the second-tier.
There have been some moments of optimism for North German club this year, but overall, the campaign has been an utter disaster. Bremen do have a game in hand but even winning that would leave them five points from guaranteed safety with eight more games to go after.
It looks like it will be a difficult run-in for Bremen, but here we will look at everything that’s happened up until now, pinpointing what got them into this mess.