The 3rd season report from Weserstadion is one of steady progress. Following on from an 8th, then a 6th, we have now come 4th in the Bundesliga. Let me shove the table in nice and early.
Within that performance we have won 17 or 50% of our games but other than that nothing stands out statistically. We are good in the air, the squad is the league's youngest and we take our chances well but you couldn't pigeon hole our style or strengths/weaknesses.
Things are coming together nicely off the field. We have wages superbly under control, our facilities are all but maxed out and the average attendance is 40,865 with money just starting to build up. The board is happy.
Back on the field we came through the Europa League qualifiers with ease and then progressed through the group phase too. Lyon knocked us out on away goals but all in all a respectable return to continental action.
Returning to the stats once more lets look at the standout individuals where three names come to the fore.
Johannes Eggestein has literally just turned 20 at the end of the season and has been called up to the German national side where his debut must be a matter of time. His brother Maxi was out of sorts and almost out of favour but returned with a strong run in and as a playmaker it's good to see those pass completion numbers. I have just renewed his deal.
I made Klostermann the captain this season and the tough full back delivered some no nonsense performances.
We are a youthful club of that there is no doubt, the team average is 21.75. Then add to that a reserve side, U21 and U19 teams that are just stacked. We had two more 5* academy prospects (@Rat sit down buddy lol) giving me ten in this save to date. This club is like a conveyor belt and long may it continue.
The stand out star from my first crop, Tony Angermann has played numerous first team games and progresses really well. He is the club's youngest ever player and goalscorer with goals in the Bundesliga and in Europe whilst Jens Aase became the German Cup's youngest ever goalscorer.
- Angermann is the next Klaus Fischer.
- Aase is the next Jurgen Klinsmann.
- Dennis Angel is the next Jens Jeremies
Give me another season with Angermann and I will show him off again. Overall we have two Germany U19s; four U21s; and one in the main squad.
I'm very optimistic about the club's future, in fact Bremen are a great side to manage, a lot of positives. Tactically we are still...let's say versatile. One negative to throw in though was that after we lost the tie to Lyon we played Bayern Munich away next up and lost 0-6 (the season low point) so it's not all coming up roses just yet.
Off season promises to be interesting as always. Just as I am eyeing some exciting players, we have such a hot group ourselves that we will be targeted by Champions League clubs. A game of cat and mouse coming up.