Summary

  • Bremen finished last season in 13th place.
  • Coach Skripnik hoping to replicate first-season heroics.
  • Pizarro again charged with scoring the goals to keep Bremen afloat.

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Next up are SV Werder Bremen

Big question

The question on all Bremen fans' lips is whether their club can avoid another prolonged relegation battle. A final-day victory over Eintracht Frankfurt secured 13th-place last season, but aside from a top-ten finish in 2014/15, Die Grün-Weißen have flirted uncomfortably close to the drop zone in the last few seasons.

Watch highlights: Bremen beat Frankfurt to stay up

After another brush with the drop last term, coach Viktor Skripnik will be aiming for a comfortable mid-table finish this time around.

New faces

Defender Fallou Diagne has joined Bremen from French side Stade Rennais.

Prolific in the lower leagues, summer arrivals Justin Eilers and Lennart Thy will give the attack an injection of youth and are charged with supporting Claudio Pizarro – particularly since the departure of Anthony Ujah.

Fallou Diagne will bolster the defence after the departure of last season's saviour Papy Djilobodji, while young Austrian Florian Kainz – already a full international – is a real prospect in midfield.

Coach

Viktor Skripnik kept Bremen up on the final day last season.

After taking over in October 2014, Skripnik led his side to the brink of the European spots – all the while playing attacking, entertaining football.

The Bremen legend – who captained the club to a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double in 2003/04 – found it tougher going last season, however, and will be hoping to re-discover some of his first-season magic this term.

Key man

In his third spell at the club, Claudio Pizarro will be hoping to inspire Bremen to former glories.

With 14 goals last season in spite of fitness issues, Pizarro was influential as Bremen avoided the drop. Clearly still loving his football – even at 37 – few would bet against the Peruvian producing the goods again this season for the club that is perhaps closest to his heart.

Key dates

Die Grün-Weißen are involved in the season opener on 26 August, Skripnik's side travelling south to face the champions FC Bayern München. Things get slightly less daunting after that, although Bremen do welcome northern rivals VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 5.

Click here to see Bremen's full schedule

Home ground

Bremen play their home games at the Weser Stadium, a 42,100-capacity arena in the east of the city.

Watch: get to know the Weser Stadium in the exclusive video tour below