The 5th season was the treacherous one. The one that most of see coming and get tripped up by!
Having finished 2nd we raised expectations but found ourselves playing twice a week, with Champions League football, against some very good sides. The schedule was rough to us seemingly always throwing up either a big team or a form side when we least needed one. This was my banana skin test and I passed it...barely.
We were knocked out the Champions League group stage (on 8pts) with our head to head results against Porto going against us. We later flopped in the Europa and in the league we finished a very tame 5th, it could have been 8th, perhaps 10th. My credit is good in Bremen and whilst it was a little unsavoury, the season's damage was limited, and European football at least retained.
The above post about tactics is already half out the window as another flawed plan but I'm still moving forward and will spend the short rest of this update talking about other things going on at the club.
Financial Health Check
In Germany you get great prize money, sponsorships, ticket prices and TV money from European adventures but not domestic rights. Its fair to observe that perhaps 70% of all your money arrives in the summer (gate money the exception) that you then steadily spend over the proceeding 12 months before the balance tops up again. I guess you get a low point and then a high point within a matter of days.
Here at Bremen our most recent low was just under £60m in the bank and a week later it stood at £140m. Both these figures are rising very well year on year. In my five seasons we have spent just a net £23m on transfers, this takes into account sales and purchases. Most seasons I have actually profited on transfers.
We have affiliations with Independiente, Steaua Bucharest, Seattle Sounders and Hachioji Tigre (JPN). The last two being commercial deals. Plus we have more minor partnerships with a Danish and Turkish club.
Our reputation in the game is very good but has just dropped back from Worldwide to Continental following the failure to return to ECL competition.
Anyway we are purchasing Weserstadion. It is currently owned by the council but the chance to buy it gives us greater freedom for development. I'll hopefully have full details on this next update. Lets have a quick reminder of what we're getting,
We are proud to declare that Marino Mehanovic is the latest Werder player representing Germany following Johannes Eggestein, Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hector from the current squad. Goretzka incidentally has also become our 1st player to earn more than £100k per week. We have seven other players in the various national German development squads.
We also have:
* Eleven 5* potential players (last star is black)
* Two 4.5* players (all stars are gold)
* Sixteen 4.5* potential players (last half stars are black)
* One 4* player (all stars gold)
* Seven 4* players (last star is black)
* Five 3.5* players (all stars gold)
As you can see I have to keep going with save for as long as I can. The wealth of talent at our disposal is not only ridiculous but is well past the point of being able to manage it all. This may be unheard of but I have already sold two wonderkids in the save! I just couldn't satisfy the gametime for everyone. In more disappointing news Maxi Eggestein has just left. He struggled with physical development and was getting left behind. Also for me to keep an eye on is Tony Angermann's injury record, it's pretty bad.
Anyway this is becoming too wordy for a single update. On that note let me find a picture to end on and leave the waffle for another time.