• Beat Frankfurt on the final day to avoid relegation play-offs.
  • Conceded an unflattering 65 goals in 34 matches.
  • Pizarro became club's all-time leading Bundesliga goalscorer.

SV Werder Bremen did not do things the easy way in 2015/16, but a roller-coaster campaign did at least have a happy ending.

Season in a nutshell

After finishing tenth in 2014/15, Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik asked only for a season of consolidation. He did not get his wish, however, with the Green-Whites avoiding the relegation play-offs thanks to a dramatic win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day.

Only relegated VfB Stuttgart had their last line of defence breached more often over the course of the campaign, but Bremen picked up big points at pivotal moments thanks to 14-goal striker Claudio Pizarro.

Top three games

MD34: SV Werder Bremen 1-0 Eintracht

Needing a win to overtake Frankfurt and avoid the relegation play-offs, Bremen's luck looked to have run out when Chelsea FC loanee Papy Djilobodji came up trumps with the winning goal two minutes from normal time to spark wild scenes at the Weser Stadium and keep Werder in the Bundesliga safe house for another season.

MD22: SV Werder Bremen 6-2 VfB Stuttgart

In the Bundesliga's first Monday night game in over 16 years, Bremen gave themselves every chance of beating the drop thanks to a crushing win that lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time since Matchday 28.

MD24: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-4 SV Werder Bremen

Pizarro became the oldest player in Bundesliga history to score a hat-trick as Bremen chalked up their biggest away win of the season in Leverkusen.


Bremen might not be where they are today without the goals of Pizarro. The 37-year-old scored some crucial goals after returning to the banks of the Weser for the third time last summer, and is now the club's leading Bundesliga marksman (103), as well as the Bundesliga's most prolific non-German and the division's fifth-highest goalscorer in history (190).

Claudio Pizarro scored 14 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen in 2015/16. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin/Bongarts

What is next?

With Pizarro recently agreeing a one-year contract extension, Bremen are unlikely to struggle for goals in 2016/17. Only time will tell how summer signings Lennart Thy (FC St. Pauli), Thanos Petsos (SK Rapid Wien) and Justin Eilers (SG Dynamo Dresden) take to life in Germany's top flight, but what Werder fans will really want to see more than anything are defensive reinforcements.

Lennart Thy will return to boyhood club Bremen after four seasons in Bundesliga 2 with St. Pauli.

Personal Highlight

For reporter Alexander Barklage, it was the Bremen fans who served up the the season highlight in the winner-takes-all encounter with Frankfurt on Matchday 34. The city was awash with green and white throughout the day, while thousands of supporters greeted the team bus prior to kick-off. Their faith was duly rewarded by way of Djilobodji's last-gasp strike, kick-starting a party that lasted long into the night.