In today's edition, SV Werder Bremen announce plans to celebrate the career of a club legend, Huub Stevens’ wife shares a few secrets about the newly-appointed VfB Stuttgart head coach and a new record is set, not by FC Bayern München, but the Bundesliga’s official YouTube channel.
In an age when flashy passes and fancy tricks are fawned over and cheats are chastised, nothing beats a bit of good old-fashioned fair play, which is just what Aaron Hunt and Hiroshi Kiyotake served up in Bremen’s 2-0 Matchday 24 win over 1. FC Nürnberg. Footage of their honest deeds - Kiyotake informed the officials of a wrongly awarded corner, while Hunt admitted to contriving to win a penalty - have since gone viral, smashing the ‘most viewed’ record on the Bundesliga’s official YouTube channel by amassing close to 2 million views in under 48 hours. A phenomenal response to two extraordinary acts.
Love and marriage, it’s an institute you can’t disparage, especially in the case of Huub Stevens, whose wife graciously cancelled their planned getaway to Southern Spain so that her husband could take over from Thomas Schneider at VfB. “We were meant to be going to Mallorca at the beginning of April, but that can wait until the summer,” explained Mrs Toos Stevens in BILD. “Stuttgart is a challenge for my husband, but Huub loves challenges. It definitely won’t be easy, but he’ll manage.”
Ten years after lifting the Bundesliga title with Bremen, legendary striker Ailton will step onto the ’s hallowed turf for one last time after being granted a testimonial match in light of his recent retirement. Werder’s 2004 title-winning team will take on a South American Select XI, including former Bremen star Naldo, on September 6th. “I’ve played for several teams, but Werder were always No. 1,” said the 40-year-old. “It’ll be my last ever game and a day with lots of emotion.”