For the new Bundesliga season, BundesPremierLeague is rolling out a new feature: a podcast called Ten minute Bundesliga previews that you can find on Soundcloud as well.
The basic idea and the reason for the podcast is to give a quick summary of each team before the new Bundesliga season starts in late August. If you missed the transfer window, tuned out soccer for the summer, and\or were too busy watching the Olympics or the Euros to keep up with your club’s events, this is your chance to catch up. While the episodes and the previews are aiming to introduce the Bundesliga to a larger English-speaking audience, there will be more than enough content for die-hard fans to get a couple of nuggets for the upcoming season. I mean don’t you wanna impress your friends before the Bundesliga kicks off?
The format is as follows: we will start by briefly discussing the club’s background and history, moving on to last season’s performance. That is followed by some offseason transfers and finally we give a preview of next year, ending with a season prediction, with a number indicative of their predicted finish in the 16\17 season.
Stumbling in at lucky number 13, the Green and Whites of Bremen, aka SV Werder Bremen. The German giants, one of the Bundesliga’s most prestigious clubs were 80% disaster and 20% brilliance last year: Werder picked up their first clean sheet on Matchday 34, conceding 65 goals withFelix Wiedwald having a 60% save percentage and were thus in and out of the relegation battle for much of the year. Managerial problems, injuries continued into the spring, but while their defense improved slightly with Papy Djilobodjy arriving, their spring rise was fueled by the rebirth of Claudio Pizarro, who banged in eleven goals by March and finished with 14 in just 17 starts. Zlatko Junuzovic was the provider for many of those, as he led the Bundesliga in key passes, and the Green and Whites were one goal behind Dortmund and Bayern for most goals scored in the Rückrunde.
Big changes were surely on the cards if the Weserside club were to avoid another tough campaign, so let’s see how their summer unfolded and what 16\17 brings for them.
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Thanks and stay tuned for more Ten Minute Bundesliga Previews to be posted in the next couple of days as the Bundesliga gets underway in less than a week.