Werder Bremen’s Ishak Belfodil shows his class in Augsburg.


Some new players take ages to integrate into a new team, or some never make an impact at all in the team. Recently, Ishak Belfodil was that kind of player.

Until he proved his class against Augsburg in Matchday 27. He was dynamic on the pitch and clearly the man of the match with two goals and one assist.

Bremen’s lethal weapon on that day was a ravenous Belfodil for goals. Belfodil was the game changer for Bremen against an unsettled Augsburg. Continue Reading “Werder Bremen’s Ishak Belfodil shows his class in Augsburg.”

Werder Bremen suspend Lamine Sané indefinitely

Lamine Sane
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Werder Bremen is in a precarious position on the league table, and they need all the resources at their disposal to avoid relegation. It comes as a surprise to learn that Lamine Sané, has been suspended. Continue Reading “Werder Bremen suspend Lamine Sané indefinitely”

Werder Bremen needs a striker real fast. Is Paul Onuachu the answer ?

paul onuachu

It is still early days in the Bundesliga but Werder Bremen have a problem. They do not have the strikers to convert chances in to goals.

The dearth of quality strikers might be Bremen’s undoing this season. Gone are the days, when they had Bundesliga legends like Ailton or Pizzaro.

Bild reported that Bremen is interested in Paul Onuachu’s services. He is a 23 year old Nigerian striker playing for Danish team FC Midtjylland.

Onuachu’s perfomance so far in the Danish league is promising. He has played a total of 120 games and scored 42 times for his club.

Despite Bremen’s interest, the sport director of FC Midtjylland, Claus Steinlein told the Danish paper, Ekstrabladet,”Paul would not be sold in this transfer period.” He also said there is no official offer from Bremen.

It has been speculated in German papers that FC Midtjylland wants at least 10 million Euro for Onuachu before talks could begin.

Bremen’s sports director,Frank Baumann, said in kicker“we would only do something, if it fits, we are convinced about the character of the player, and the price is affordable.”

The main snag is the cash crunch that Bremen is facing. Onuachu is an option for their desolate attack.

Sambou Yatabaré will decide his future soon.

Sambou Yatabaré

Werder Bremen’s Sambou Yatabaré,is on the verge of leaving the club. He was degraded to the reserve team last season.Yatabaré’s future is not with Bremen because he is surplus to requirements.

He has many offers from numerous clubs. Prominent among them is Royal Antwerpen of Belguim. Werder Bremen’s sport director,Frank Baumann, said in Werser Kurier ,”Sambou has not made up his mind where he wants to play in the future.The next step must be suitable, and there are many options.”

Bremen is waiting for him to decide and if the offer suite the club, then he can go.

Yatabaré came to Bremen from Olympiakos Piräus for 2,5 million Euro in January 2016 and he never had a chance to proove his worth.

Werder’s African duo to remain with reserves.

Mali international midfielder Sambou Yatabare and Senegal defender Fallou Diagne who have been banished to the reserves since October will remain there until the Winter.

The coach of Werder Bremen, Alexander Nouri, said,” We have taken the decision that they should be with the U-23 until Winter.”

He added,” We have decided for other players in their positions .”

The players have been informed about their degradation and the club expects them to act like professionals.

Signed by two different managers, both Yatabare and Diagne moved to Weser-Stadion this year.

Yatabare, who has 26 caps and three goals for Mali, was signed from Greek club Olympiakos on a deal until June 2019.

Diagne, 27, joined the club on a three-year deal in the summer from French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Anthony Ujah leaves Werder Bremen for China.

Anthony Ujah has decided to leave Werder Bremen for Liaoning FC in China. Before the move, there were speculation about his dissatisfaction in Bremen as reported here. In the end, he settled for the wise decision of leaving Bremen to further his career.

The seven times Super Eagles player of Nigeria had an offer from the Chinese club last season, but he refused the offer. Werder Bremen officials confirmed today that the deal is perfect. Although, according to Bremen, they had Ujah in their plans for the coming season, they had to seek an amicable way out to the satisfaction of everybody involved.

The reported transfer fee according to German media was in the neighborhood of 13 million Euro. Ujah came to Werder Bremen from Cologne for 4,5 million Euro.

Ujah joins a fellow African and former Werder Bremen team mate,Assani Lukimya, who left last season.

The deal is a win-win situation for Ujah and Werder Bremen. I hope with more money and playing time, Ujah can find his way in to the Super Eagles again.

Should Ujah stay or leave Werder Bremen ?

Anthony Ujah

Anthony Ujah’s assist in the last game of the Bundesliga season against Frankfurt, saved Bremen from relegation. Unfortunately, there are numerous speculation in German press about what happens next to his career at Bremen. Will he stay or go ?

Ujah has had a difficult time this season as he became a joker during the second half. The coach of Bremen, Victor Skripnik, adopted a 4-1-4-1 system that favored Claudio Pizarro. Pizarro is important for Bremen. He did score some important goals. In fact, the Werder Bremen management have extended his contract for one more year.

The question that has not been answered is: what happens to Ujah ? Will he be content to stay on the bench this coming season ? Ujah said in an interview with Kreiszeitung “i want to stay” He also said that he is willing to learn from Pizarro. Adding that although, there was a mega deal from China during the winter break, he wants to stay in Bremen.

However, things have changed in Bremen. Thomas Eichin is no longer the sports director and there is a report of a new beginning with the possibility of players for sale. This headline, “will there be a big change in the team ?” has been in the news during this transfer season.

Apparently, Ujah is not satisfied.SportBILD wrote that Ujah might be sold to China or England. Klaus Filbry, head of Business for Werder Bremen stated that there were no plans to sell all the players.

Ujah scored 11 goals this season. If he stays in Bremen, he has to contend with living in the shadow of Pizarro for another season. Is it in the best interest for Ujah? I doubt it. He has to go to a club, where his services are needed and appreciated. He needs regular playing time, to be considered for the Nigeria Super Eagles. Therefore, i would suggest for him to leave.

Papy Djilobodji banned for two games and fined after slit-throat gesture.

Papy Djilobodji who is on loan to Werder Bremen is an emotional player, who gives his all on the pitch. Unfortunately, he seem to have lost control of his emotions last Saturday in the Bundesliga match between Werder and Mainz. The scene in question, was his clash on the field with Pablo De Blasis, in a duell.Afterwards, he ran a finger through his throat to indicate a slit-throat gesture. All captured by the cameras on the pitch. The referee did not see it.

Initially, the DFB panel investigated the case and gave Djilobodji a three match ban. However Werder Bremen appealed and a solitary DFB judge reduced the punishment to two games ban and a fine of €15.000.

I followed the comments of Werder Bremen’s coach,Viktor Skripnik, who said that Africans are emotional people with temperament in his bid to defend Djilobodji.Equally strange was the statement by Bremen’s executive director,Thomas Eichin, who said,it is a custom in Africa. I believe, it has nothing to do with Africa. It is just a lame excuse to defend the indefensible. Cultural relativism does not apply here.

Incidentally, Djilobodji, is not the first person to do the slit throat gesture.Deniz Naki, a German, who was playing for St.Pauli in 2009 did something similar. Naki, did the slit throat gesture against Hansa Rostock fans and he was sentenced to three match ban by the DFB panel for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The punishment of the Senegalese player comes at an important time that Werder is fighting against relegation. Djilobodji will miss three games.Because he has already accumulated 5 yellow cards in previous matches, which leads to a ban.

Anthony Ujah and the quest to give his best on the pitch

Anthony Ujah loves the beautiful game and he is no stranger to pressures as a striker to score goals.He has proved during his stint with Cologne that he can rise to the occasion in the Bundesliga.

However, in his new club this season,Werder Bremen,are struggling to avoid the relegation zone.

Therefore, the match yesterday in WWK Arena between FC Augsburg and Werder Bremen, was an important match for both teams.

Prior to the match against Augsburg during the week, Ujah picked an injury in the ribs.He was almost ruled out of playing against Augsburg.

However, he was only able to play the first half against Augsburg.Ujah is a player that loves to give his all on the pitch.

He told bundesligavibes,”the team deserves a player that is 100% fit.I do not want to be on the pitch and give 70%. So, i decided to pull out in the first half.”

Interestingly,his rival,Claudio Pizarro, scored the opener against Augsburg and Bartels also made it two goals for Bremen.The match ended 2-1 in favour of Bremen.

Ujah was happy for Pizarro for scoring his first goal for Bremen on the pitch.It is a reminder that Bremen can go places through team work and football cohesion.

Ujah’s goal for Bremen this season,”individually, i want to improve as a player and also to help the team with my goals,to give 100% offensively, defensively in every situation.”Ujah could be nicknamed ‘Mr 100%’.

He reacted to speculation that himself and Jannik Vestergaard might be offloaded due to €6 million deficit in Bremen after the season,”whatever, decision that the club decide is fine. I am not seeking any move. I signed a four year contract.”

Recently,Ujah, has not received an invitation to play for the Super Eagles. He believes, by working hard on the pitch for Bremen, might warrant a call up from the Nigerian coach, Sunday Oliseh.