Munich - Up to 2011, SV Werder Bremen were a staple in the UEFA Champions League. In the seven years from 2004, they only missed out once on a place in Europe's elite club competition, playing instead in the UEFA Europa League in 2009/10.
Those days now seem like a distant memory. Into their third straight season without European football, Bremen's aim this time around was to claw their way back to within touching distance of the top six. Instead, after a fairly promising start to life under Robin Dutt, much went awry in the first half of the season. However, as bundesliga.com explains, die Grün-Weißen may just have turned the corner on Matchday 17.