Bremen – The past few years have been turbulent to tragic at SV Werder Bremen – now, in 2022, things have finally looked up. Under coach Ole Werner, not only did the promotion to the Bundesliga work, but the first half of the season in the upper chamber also gives us courage for the future. Last but not least, the Hanseatic League played football again this year, which was often just plain fun.
2022 was a year that created many great green-white moments – including spectacular wins, spectacular catch-up races and even a gala or two. the DeichStube leaves the last twelve months of SV Werder Bremen re-examine and make a selection: it was them Top 10 games of the year – and you can vote for which game was number one for you!
1) January 22, 2022: SC Paderborn – Werder Bremen 3: 4
Next New Year’s fireworks: In the second second division match of the year, Werder Bremen and SC Paderborn delivered a veritable exchange of blows with several dream goals. When the East Westphalians lead 3-1 after almost an hour, the match seems decided – but that’s when things really start. Romano Schmid and Niclas Füllkrug equalized for Werder and then more goals were canceled on both sides before Ömer Toprak popped the ball at his hip shortly before the end and from there 4-3 into the goal. Werder celebrating, what madness!
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2) February 27, 2022: Hamburger SV – Werder Bremen 2-3
Revenge in the North Derby: Werder eleven away from HSV! In a hard-fought and thrilling match, the Greens and Whites won 3-2 and were now top of the 2nd league standings. Two-handed penalties help, which Marvin Ducksch and Niclas Füllkrug convert. Ducksch later adds another hit that is worth checking out. Werder finally wins another northern derby – and avenges the first leg bankruptcy. When they return to Bremen, the players and fans celebrate together a wild party at the Wohninvest Weserstadion and sing “Ducksch is on fire”.
3) April 23, 2022: FC Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen 1:4
Exclamation point in promotion race: Werder Bremen dismantled Schalke 04, after less than an hour of play it was already 4-0. Ilia Gruev with his first professional goal, Niclas Füllkrug and double packer Marvin Ducksch score the goals. Werder retook the second division lead from the royal blues, but lost it again the next day. At the end of the season, the two Bundesliga teams found themselves in the top two places.
4) May 15, 2022: Werder Bremen – Jahn Regensburg 2-0
Victory, rise, celebration: It’s all or nothing on the last day of the second division season. Direct ascent is just as possible as falling to bitter fourth place. But Werder Bremen kept a cool head in the home game against Jahn Regensburg, delivered a combative and confident performance – and for once it all happened without the Werder drama that has become so typical. Of course, it was Niclas Füllkrug and Marvin Ducksch who took the 2-0 victory. And then it’s time to party: fans storm the pitch, players drink from oversized beer glasses and finally cross the Jubeltraube on the Osterdeich in a truck. SV Werder is back in the Bundesliga!
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5) August 6, 2022: VfL Wolfsburg – Werder Bremen 2:2
Back in league 1: 441 days after relegation, SV Werder Bremen are back in the Bundesliga. Against VfL Wolfsburg, Ole Werner’s team showed from day one that they were absolutely competitive. After falling behind at the start, the Hanseatic League turned things around with a double strike from Niclas Füllkrug and Leonardo Bittencourt and played furiously at times. When Josuha Guilavogui made it 2-2 shortly before the end and saved a point for ‘Wolves’, Bremen was annoyed, but they could rely on the performance they had shown.
6) August 20, 2022: Borussia Dortmund – Werder Bremen 2:3
Catch-up of the decade: If a promoted team is trailing 2-0 against a Champions League club with one minute left in regular time, the game is probably over 99.9% over. But not this Saturday in the summer of 2022, not with SV Werder Bremen! The green-whites rock the game against Borussia Dortmund in six minutes – jokers Lee Buchanan (89th), Niklas Schmidt (90th + 3) and Oliver Burke (90th + 5) leave the yellow wall of Signal Iduna Park silent. Werder celebrated their first win of the season on Matchday 3 and wowed the Bundesliga with pure spectacle. Werder fans will remember this game for years!
7) September 24, 2022: Claudio Pizarro’s farewell game
Gracias Claudio – Adios Piza: A big farewell for a Werder legend! In the sold-out Wohninvest Weser Stadium, Claudio Pizarro plays his farewell match – played like a small tournament between a Werder Legends team, an FC Bayern Legends team and a selection of “Claudios Amigos”. But who cares about sports these days? It’s a big party for one of the greatest to ever wear the Werder shirt. At the end, Pizarro goes to the obligatory farewell round with tears in his eyes, takes off his shoes and places them symbolically in the central circle. Goose flesh!
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8) October 1, 2022: Werder Bremen – Borussia Mönchengladbach 5:1
Gala against Gladbach: The curse is broken! With a ceremony, SV Werder Bremen rewards its supporters who have been waiting for a home victory in the Bundesliga since February 2021. Already at the start, the green-whites are rolling over the “colts”, which had caused Werder’s relegation to the same place a year and a half earlier. Niclas Füllkrug and Marvin Ducksch make it 3-0 early, before the break Ramy Bensebaini of Gladbach scores an own goal. After a consolation goal from Marcus Thuram in the second round, Mitchell Weiser restored the old gap with a superb goal. The climber celebrates a super victory and pays attention to German football.
9) October 7, 2022: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Werder Bremen 1:2
Bundesliga top flight: After the show against Gladbach, Werder Bremen also beat ambitious TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 – thanks to goals from, of course, Marvin Ducksch and Niclas Füllkrug. The stadium fans sing of the European Cup and indeed: the promoted team is in a Champions League place overnight and in fifth place at the end of the day. What a flight of fancy – but Werder managers remain on the pitch.
10) November 26, 2022: Werder Bremen – SC Freiburg (women) 1:2
Werder Women’s Milestone: This game is historic! For the first time, the footballers of SV Werder Bremen are playing a Bundesliga match in the Wohninvest Weser stadium – in front of more than 20,000 fans. The game against SC Freiburg was lost 2-1 despite a dream goal from Nina Lührßen, but it was the best advertisement for women’s football and somehow it was a big exclamation point for SV Werder. (han)
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