Archive for the ‘Werder Bremen’ Category

AC Milan on Kaka: "Talks Can Begin"

January 16, 2009

As Manchester City’s ever-rising bid for the Rossoneri’s Brazilian playmaker climbs higher into the stratosphere, we’re starting to see the first kinks in Milan’s armor. After Silvio Berlusconi’s spokesmen continued to say no, City finally looks like they are making an offer Milan can’t refuse. Last night as the bid reportedly hit $145 million, word came out that “talks can begin.”

Rumors that the player’s father had travelled to Manchester were confirmed this morning and by this afternoon, the price was rumored to be approaching $150 million. I mean let’s face it, that is a sick amount of cash, especially in a depressed economy. There are a lot of things you can pay for with $150 million, including:

– Tuesday’s Presidential inauguration

– One F-22 Raptor Fighter Plane

– 15 Jozy Altidores

– The entire Werder Bremen team

– DC United’s planned new stadium

– The entire MLS player salary four+ times over

Or how about an entire new AC Milan team for the future? That’s right, the ageing Rossoneri still have a lot of quality in the side but its a club in need of a fresh wave of young talent (and $150 million can buy a lot of talent). Juve’s Gigi Buffon, Roma’s Phillipe Mexes, and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos are just a few of the players they could scoop up with change to spare for Barcelona’s Sammy Eto’o or Lyon’s Benzema. Instead of being the big loser, AC Milan could end up paving the road to the Scudetto using Manchester City’s gold.

Meanwhile, City’s move is not without a great deal of risk. They are currently a 15th place team with only 22 points, 15 behind Wigan, and have lost five of their last 10 Premiership matches. They’ll need to spend even further to build the right cast to play around Kaka and Robinho, lest they stay mired in mid-table without a Champions League or UEFA Cup slot.

Indications are that City plan to do just that as they are close to signing Hamburg’s holding midfielder Nigel de Jong for 15m euros while they continue to chase strikers Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker respectively from Blackburn and West Ham. On top of that, they are reportedly about to close a deal for Espanyol’s talented keeper Carlos Kameni.

Canadian Ace Signs For ‘Gladbach

December 26, 2008

Michael Bradley’s Borussia Moenchengladbach side is making some shrewd deals this winter to keep themselves afloat in the Bundesliga during the second half of the season. Canadian vet Paul Stalteri, who last played in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen, has been signed from Tottenam Hotspur. The versatile 31 year-old can play in defense or midfield and his playing style is uniquely suited to the forceful play of the Bundesliga. He has been out on loan to Fulham this season and his deal with Gladbach will keep him at the club until 2011.

Gladbach had also expressed interest in Standard Liege’s American defender Oguchi Onyewu but now it appears that they’ve settled for his central defense partner Dante (from Brazil). This move could make it even more difficult for the club to now sell Onyewu, unless the price is right.

Gladbach also signed Belgian keeper Logan Bailey and Czech midfielder Tomas Galasek. American fans may remember the veteran Galasek as the hard-tackling holding midfielder for the Czech Republic during their 3-0 win over the Stars and Stripes during the 2006 World Cup.

Bremen Fans Show Europe How Its Done

November 10, 2008

Toward the end of Werder Bremen’s 0-0 draw with Bochum on Saturday, six members of a neo-Nazi group began to unfurl a 10-foot long banner on which it stated: “NS-HB Sport frei”. NS-HB stood for Nordsturm Hansestadt Bremen, an extreme right hooligan group. But Bremen fans were having none of it and began to go after the neo-Nazis, surrounding them while shouting “Nazis out!” and pointing them out to the police.

Dieter Zeiffer, Werder Bremen’s director of fan relations, was a man in demand this weekend, giving television interviews gushing with pride at the reaction of the home fans. But how the neo-Nazi hooligans (one of which is suspected of starting a January 2007 melee in the same stadium) managed to sneak such a sign into the stdaium remains unknown.

It turned out to be an act German Football Association (DFB) predident Theo Zwanziger referred to as ”civil courage,” something all too lacking in many European stadiums today. According to the Werder Nachtrichten, some unhappy Bremen and Bochum fans wanted to let their fists do the talking with the hooligans but local police intervened quickly.

“The police had to get between them, otherwise the fans would have attacked the hooligans,” said Ziffer. He went on to say that the police already had been watching the group during the match, given they were wearing what seemed to be skinhead garb. The club has now banned the Nordsturm group and its members from the stadium and a league-wide ban could be in the offing.

Instead of watching timidly while an extremist group tried to use their stadium as a billboard for hate, Werder Bremen fans took action to defend their (and their league’s) honor. Bravo!