Soccer: Record series of bankruptcies spurs Bremen on


Werder Bremen finally want to end the record series of defeats against Bayern Munich. The North Germans lost 19 times in a row in the Bundesliga against the champions. There has never been anything like it in the top German division. Sometimes there were also significant bankruptcies for Bremen. “But we really want to play,” said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt before the game on Saturday (3:30 pm) in Munich.

“Hide the table, hide the starting position”, Kohfeldt will tell his team and also recalled the close 0: 1 in June, when the Bremen team deserved a point. “But we never managed to take the last step,” noted the Bremen coach.

His players, including the Tyrolean defender Marco Friedl, would have to play “courageously” and “efficiently” against the Champions League winner. “You have to dare to play football. Maybe we’ll fly back to Bremen on Saturday and have achieved something historic, ”said Kohfeldt before his 100th Bundesliga game as coach. But Bayern with ÖFB star David Alaba are “always good for an outstanding performance” despite the stresses in the Champions League and the national team.

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Coach Kohfeldt swears his team to a supposedly overpowering opponent

Schalke against Wolfsburg

Schalke 04 are also fighting against an unsuccessful record. The traditional club from Gelsenkirchen has been without a win in the league since January 17 or 23 games and thus holds the second longest negative series in Bundesliga history.

The change of coach (Manuel Baum for David Wagner) has not changed anything. In the case of Saturday’s opponent Wolfsburg, coach Oliver Glasner recently caused unrest when the Austrian criticized the VW club’s transfer policy. But the vortex has not carried over to the field.

Frankfurt welcomes Leipzig

The second in the table, RB Leipzig, will be a guest at the Frankfurt Eintracht coached by Adi Hütter from Vorarlberg. Third place in the table, Borussia Dortmund, is playing against Hertha in Berlin, possibly for the first time with Youssoufa Moukoko, who is widely praised as a “child prodigy”. The German-Cameroonian turned 16 on Friday and could be in Borussia’s squad for the first time. In the junior Bundesliga, the striker seemed underchallenged recently, in 73 top-class games in the U17 and U19 he scored an incredible 127 times.

Dortmund’s neighbors Bayer Leverkusen, who are tied on points, are struggling with a series of injuries. Coach Peter Bosz has to replace four South Americans with Exequiel Palacios, Santiago Arias, Charles Aranguiz and Paulinho. Austria’s team captain Julian Baumgartlinger should therefore be placed in the central midfield.

German Bundesliga, eighth round

Saturday, November 21:
Bayern MunichBremen3.30 p.m.
BielefeldLeverkusen3.30 p.m.
SchalkeWolfsburg3.30 p.m.
MönchengladbachAugsburg3.30 p.m.
HoffenheimStuttgart3.30 p.m.
FrankfurtLeipzig6.30 p.m.
Hertha BSCDortmund8.30 p.m.
Sunday, November 22nd:
FreiburgMainz3.30 p.m.
CologneUnion Berlin6 p.m.



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