After 1-3 defeat on Mainz’s pitch in the penultimate round of the Bundesliga 2019/20, even the most optimistic Bremen fans no longer believe in a miracle, that the home team will be relegated successfully. Most likely Bremen will have to return to the Second Division for the first time in 40 years.
The risk of falling down high
The team that holds a record 56 Bundesliga presences is in critical condition. After all, he needs to win Cologne in the final round (necessary conditions) and pray that Duesseldorf lost to Union Berlin in the match at the same time (qualifying) to be able to continue to raise hopes of staying in the Bundesliga. The scenario above is not easy to happen even when coach Florian Kohfeldt’s team are played at home, while Duesseldorf must be a guest of Union Berlin and has run out of goals.
Therefore, Bremen is facing the risk of relegation for the first time in 40 years, which has many consequences. The first problem of Bremen is the financial crisis. Having to play in the Second Division made their revenue drop significantly. Bremen will lose a minimum of 30 million euros in TV royalties. And before that, there was a financial gap because there was no revenue from ticket sales because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is known that many partners have shifted their business to eSports (esports) and trained with Bremen during the Bundesliga break due to Covid-19. When Bremen is relegated, the number of spectators returning to the stadium next season is also greatly reduced.
Next, the possibility of he disintegrating is also very large. “It is almost certain that Bremen cannot keep the current squad for the next season if they are relegated,” Bild commented. Falling revenues, financial crisis are the main reasons why Bremen is unable to pay to buy quality loan contracts such as Omer Toprak, Leonardo Bittencourt, Kevin Vogt, Michael Lang, and Davie Selke, or keep them. The best players stay.
Bremen – the pillars respectively left
Milot Rashica, one of Bremen’s pillars, costing only 15 million euros, is the target of many big teams in the Bundesliga and Europe. The Kosovo midfielder has scored 10 goals in 31 matches in all competitions and is also planning to change the playing environment. Meanwhile, names like Davy Klaassen, Ludwig Augustinsson, Jiri Pavlenka, or Maximilian Eggestein expressed their intention not to play in the Second Division. In addition, CEO Frank Baumann of Bremen is also forced to consider reducing salary costs for the next season.
In addition, the ability to successfully convince Nuri Sahin and Sebastian Langkamp to extend the contract is very low. Not to mention veteran striker Claudio Pizarro (41) will not stay, if Bremen must return to the Second Division. Certainly, the forces of Bremen will change a lot if the team is relegated. Veterans like Philipp Bargfrede or Theodor Gebre Selassie can stay, and Niclas Fullkrug can also continue to stick with Bremen to return to its peak form after a year of injury. Relegation Second is also an opportunity for young talents like Joshua Sargent or Johannes Eggestein to play.
And finally, coach Kohfeldt is more likely to leave when unable to help the home team relegation. Arriving in Bremen in October 2017 after the resignation of Alexander Nouri, the 37-year-old military man still had a contract until June 2021 but could end the contract earlier than expected. Having been with the club since he was a player, then the young team coach and the first team leader, Kohfeldt understood Bremen but were helpless to see the home team struggling in the relegation battle with very poor performance.