Werder Bremen’s 40-year stay in the Bundesliga has come to an end following a disappointing 4-2 defeat at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Having sacked manager Florian Kohfeldt in the build-up to the final match of the season, ex-player and boss Thomas Schaaf, was brought in to save their season. The 60-year-old was a player for Bremen the last time the club got relegated, but the man who managed the side when they last won the Bundesliga title in 2003/04 failed to provide the desired impact.
Heading into the final match occupying the last remaining automatic relegation position, Bremen knew only a win would maintain their chances of catching FC Koln or Arminia Bielefeld above them. It wasn’t to be for Die Werderaner, who will be joining fellow fallen giants Schalke 04 and Hamburg in Bundesliga 2 next season.
Latching on to the end of a rebounded Leroy Sane shot, only an open goal stood between Robert Lewandowski and Bundesliga history. After equalling the all-time Bundesliga goals record in the penultimate round of fixtures against Freiburg, the Polish captain went into the final match needing one more to hold the record outright.
Coming in the last minute of Bayern Munich’s entertaining 5-2 victory over Bavarian neighbours Augsburg, Lewandowski netted his unprecedented 41st goal of the campaign. While the 32-year-old may hold the record for the most goals in a single season, Lewandowski is still 89 goals away from Muller’s total Bundesliga tally.
Champion: Bayern Munich
Champions League: Leipzig, Dortmund and Wolfsburg
Europa League: Eintracht and Leverkusen
Relegated: Koln, Werder Bremen and Schalke