Cologne - Struggling SV Werder Bremen are one of six Bundesliga clubs heading to Turkey for their mid-season training camp. Die Grün-Weißen, who are visiting Belek for the 13th time, flew out on Tuesday and are due to return eight days later on 14 January.

Situated around 30 kilometres east of Antalya among dense pine forests on the Turkish Riviera, Belek attracts thousands of tourists every year. As well as numerous plush hotels, most of which are located just a short distance from the beach, Belek is also home to several picturesque golfing resorts.

Happy campers

"Simply put, Belek provides us with very good conditions for our training camp," explained Bremen's sporting director Thomas Eichin. "We need them too so that the new coaching team can make optimal use of the short amount of time before the start of the second half of the season."

One of Belek's biggest lures is the sheer quantity of potential opponents available, a fact not lost on head coach Viktor Skripnik. "I've already been to Belek a few times as a player and am familiar with the surroundings, the hotels and training grounds, but above all the selection of friendly opponents nearby. It's good."

Trio of ties

With the aim of climbing clear of the relegation zone once the 2014/15 season recommences, Bremen have lined up three friendlies during their eight-day stint in Turkey. Werder kick off their mid-season warm-up on January 9 with back-to-back clashes, just two hours apart, against German third-tier outfit FC Energie Cottbus and Al-Fujairah SC of the United Arab Emirates. Four days later, Skripnik's charges will then take stock of their current situation with a tie against fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach.