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Almost transfers – Part 1: These world stars almost ended up at Werder Bremen

Before Suker, Petr Cech and Co.

Bremen – When the transfer window opens in Europe’s top leagues, every football fan’s heart beats a little faster with excitement. There is high hope that their favorite club will sign the next big star and help their own club achieve sporting success. But it also happens again and again that, for various reasons, a transfer that was in fact considered safe does not happen. This also happened at SV Werder Bremen. The DeichStube picked the biggest near-transfers – here’s Part 1 featuring Shevchenko, Suárez and Co.

Andriy Shevchenko: It’s the year 1997 and the SV Werder Bremen is in great upheaval. The then manager Will Lemke therefore wanted to bring a real star to the Weser. It worked too, but it wasn’t Ukraine’s last record goalscorer, Andre Shevchenko, but Yuri Maximov. Werder then paid 750,000 euros for Maximov at Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian capital club also offered Willi Lemke Andrij Shevchenko. “Sheva” was 19 at the time and was still a blank slate. But SVW officials have already dug so deep into Maximov’s pockets that the Shevchenko deal fell through. It was anything but tragic for Shevchenko as his Champions League appearances brought the Ukrainian to the attention of big clubs. The striker joined AC Milan in 1999 for a transfer fee of almost €24m and became a global star.

Almost transfers to Werder Bremen: Petr Cech too expensive, Thomas Schaaf counts on Miroslav Klose

Petr Chesh: The Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech is one of the greatest goalkeeping legends in recent football history. But even the big keeper started small. In 2001, Cech, then 18, had a trial session Werder Bremen. Even then, officials recognized the potential, but Petr Cech is expected to cost around 500,000 euros. Too big a risk for Werder, so the club opted for Polish goalkeeper Jakub Wierzchowski instead of Cech. The Czech goalkeeper then moved to Sparta Prague and joined Chelsea via Rennes in 2004. At the “Blues”, he shaped a goalkeeping era for eleven years and won the Champions League, among other things.

Luis Suarez: Between 2003 and 2010, the SV Werder Bremen one of the biggest addresses in German football. The Hanseatic city was a good place to develop, especially for young players. A goal-hungry Uruguayan caught the eye of the Netherlands in the first half of the 2006/07 season. The 19 year old Luis Suarez shot almost any short and small at FC Groningen. During the winter break, Groningen coach Ron Jans revealed that “Suárez will almost certainly be sold to Werder”. Klaus Allofs immediately denied this with the words: “It’s not transfer in preparation, let alone completed”, as Bremen assumed that Miroslav Klose would remain in Bremen beyond the summer.

“The likelihood of Miro leaving Werder at the end of the season is very low,” said Thomas Schaff 2007 in a “double pass”. Klose then moved to Bayern for 15 million euros for the new season and Werder Bremen signed Carlos Alberto and Boubacar Sanogo in the summer of 2007 to replace the former international. Luis Suarez moved to Ajax Amsterdam for 7.5 million euros during the same transfer window, to Liverpool for 26 million euros in 2011 and three years later FC Barcelona put in more than 80 million euros on the table for the 35-year-old.

Werder Bremen quasi-transfers: Stefan Effenberg wants too much money, Davor Suker pursues a career elsewhere

Stephane Effenberg: In 1994, Otto Rehhagel really wanted Stefan Effenberg driver from Florence to Bremen. “Effe” was 26 at the time and an integral part of the German national team. Werder Bremen and the midfielder were already in agreement, with Fiorentina also agreeing to the move. But suddenly Effenberg demanded more money and that would have blown Werder’s financial framework. In an interview with “Transfermarkt.de” said Will Lemke once: “The market was basically perfect (…) I’m pretty sure it was mainly his wife Martina who sang something to his ‘effe'”. The then Werder manager had to say ‘sorry’ to Otto Rehhagel and Stefan Effenberg went to Gladbach a bit later.

Before Sucker: In 1995 wanted Werder Bremen continue the glorious times under Otto Rehhagel. Aad de Mos, a promising successor at the time, was introduced. The Dutchman, in check at Werder, absolutely wanted in his first official act Before this Suker Sevilla FC sign. “We are sticking to our guns,” Klaus-Dieter Fischer said of the efforts at the time and backed the plan. The required €3.5m was too high for Werder. The case fell apart in the summer, but the door nearly opened a second time in the winter. If Bremen had beaten Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup, the money would have been there for Suker. Former vice-president Klaus-Dieter Fischer said before the second leg: “If Werder progress, then Davor Suker will be a problem again.” Eventually, however, Werder gave up, Aad de Mos was released and the Croatian stayed in Spain. There he moved from Sevilla FC to Real Madrid a year later and became a world star. (fwa)

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