The coach dreams of a vacation on the beach, Claudio Pizarro flies through the air: At Werder Bremen, the relief after relegation is huge.
It was certainly not a sign of lack of respect that the Bremen Entourage was no longer interested in the transmission of a press conference half an hour before midnight, at which Florian Kohfeldt appeared pixelated on the video wall of the Heidenheim Arena. It was not difficult to hear that it was the head coach of SV Werder, but physiotherapist Laura Kersting still had better things to do.
The blonde woman, who not only treated the muscles of professional Bremen footballers for weeks, but lastly worked her metal case with a rubber hammer on every matchday to make noise for Bremen’s relegation to class, walked alone on the lawn on the Schlossberg with the filming cell phone. Her brave hammering against a Heidenheim siren, ratchet and pan ultimately stood for Werder’s successful resistance to stay in the Bundesliga.
The Werder professionals threw their outgoing old star Claudio Pizarro, 41, into the air, although the legend of relegation in a turbulent relegation second leg – 2-2 at second division 1. FC Heidenheim after the goalless first leg – had no active part. At the top of the last row of the grandstand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Marco Bode and his colleagues Kurt Zech or Thomas Krohne opened the handles of beer bottles from Swabian production. The inspectors were also more concerned with the tour of Kersting than with the statements by Kohfeldt, meanwhile he visibly agitated the events, but summarized them quite succinctly: “Fuck season, great end.”
The 37-year-old admitted without pride that he was proud “that I held out”. Because the trainer is also a fan, the family man could never build a distance to the struggle for survival. Kohfeldt responded with biting irony to questions about personal pressure. “It’s just a job for me.”
The opposite is the case: And so it was only on that night that the Werder team returned by charter plane via the small Nordholz / Cuxhaven airport to their home in northern Germany. Ultimately, Kohfeldt said it was “a huge feat” to bring a “catastrophe season” to a good end. Because: “We were relegated so often, so often dead.” The fact that the Bremen face of rearing up with new shoes slipped just before the end when the goal was cheered and quickly got up again was a perfect fit.
The redemption brought Ludwig Augustinsson with the second Bremen goal only in added time (90. + 4). Thankfully, the ex-Werder Norman Theuerkauf had installed after three minutes with a curious own goal, so two goals from Tim Kleindienst (85 and 90. + 8) did not really hurt Werder. But Kohfeldt found it typical to have to tremble again in the very last final. Why easy, if it can be difficult.
Nevertheless, the trainer himself gave the command to celebrate without restraint. When he took a shower on the barrier tape to the team bus, he shouted a loud “yes” over the forecourt on the hill, which even drowned out the roar of a considerable number of Heidenheim supporters, some of whom even briefly illegally witnessed the contested man through the stadium Deciding game.