The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts SV Werder Bremen under the spotlight.
Story so far
- Tenth last season, Bremen spent the first seven matchdays of the Rückrunde in the promotion/relegation play-off spot.
- However, having lost only one of their previous five matches - 5-0 to champions FC Bayern München - Viktor Skripnik's side went into the international break in 14th, one point clear of the drop zone.
- There are shoots of promise at the Weser Stadium. Die Grün-Weißen have not lost any of the last six Bundesliga matches at home.
- Despite the free-scoring form of Claudio Pizarro, Werder still have a worse goal difference than TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt - the two teams directly below them in the table.
Still to play for
- Survival. Bremen have not played Bundesliga 2 football since 1981 and their recent upturn in form - including back-to-back 4-1 wins over Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hannover 96 - has given fans a realistic chance of witnessing a 36th consecutive top-flight season next year.
- Werder could even end the season having qualified for Europe. They have a DFB Cup semi-final against Bayern on 19 April. If they can spring an upset against the Bavarians on their way to a win in Berlin on 21 May, UEFA Europa League football could be theirs.
- A defeat in the cup could prove a blessing in disguise for Bremen, though. They play European aspirants Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in a tricky run-in that also includes relegation six-pointers against FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, and having their players focus on one competition could help their cause.
Potential saviour: Claudio Pizarro
- The Peru striker has made a mockery of the fact that he is now over 37 years and five months old. His equalising goal in Matchday 27's 1-1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05 saw him draw level with Marco Bode's record of 101 Bundesliga goals for Bremen.
- In his third spell at the club, Pizarro has scored ten goals in the Rückrunde, having managed only two in the Hinrunde.
- The Bundesliga's all-time top foreign goalscorer with 188 goals and counting, Pizarro is enjoying his most prolific season since the 2011/12 campaign, when he scored 18 in his previous stint at Werder.