Ralf Wiegand, Born in 1967, belongs to the Department of Investigative Research. He started his professional career in 1988/89 in the case of the Franconian news in Tauberbischofsheim and then spent seven years as a sports editor in Bremen in the Weser-Kurier. From the house to the Clubberer-trained, so with the 1. FC Nuremberg kept, took care of it from now on - and till today - Werder Bremen. In 1997, he moved to the sports editors of the süddeutsche Zeitung to the Publisher based in Munich. In 2003, he left the Department and was a political correspondent in Hamburg. In 2013, then re-return to Munich, involved in the development of a new SZ at the weekend and then editor in the newly created Department of book Two. Since 2016 is a member of the editorial Board of Investigative Research.
One would imagine so as in any one of these intricately-made spots for betting companies, cinema advertising, pathetic, and, of course, much too loud. So, somewhere in the dark basement of the Weser stadium, a janitor at the blue man, he's wearing a turtleneck sweater and a at the edge of the rolled-up sailor's hat made of black wool, we are in the North. The North German master puts both hands on a large lever, he pushes it with all his strength upwards. The noise may be imagined, now, would read as "fump", if you had to write it down. Four times it makes a very loud fump, on all four masts of the Weser stadium in Bremen and the flood, the flame lights like beacon on the coast, immediately chants, the atmosphere is magical.
flood light games in Bremen the promise of great cinema, perhaps the anticipation in the city is, therefore, to the semi-finals so great. Even the coach of the Bremer, Florian Kohfeldt, be happy "as a little child" on the host game of Bayern with his team, he said that the other day, although sporty, is nothing to be said for the hosts. A big Nothing: 17 times a piece you lost in the Bundesliga against Bayern and also only one of eight Cup duels won, after all, that was a finals (1999). And maybe Max Kruse is on Wednesday (20.45 clock, ARD and Sky), heart and brain and everything else for this team. He will try until kick-off, an upper thigh injury from the Bundesliga game on Saturday in Munich cure.Three duels in the final
On Wednesday (20.45 clock/ARD) receives Werder Bremen to FC Bayern Munich in the Cup semi-finals. The previous meetings in the DFB-show Cup: Werder has won a duel.
15.12.73 AF: Bremen - FC Bayern 1:2
20. 2.82 VF: Bremen - FC Bayern n. V. 1:2
12.11.96 AF: FC Bayern - Bremen 3:1
12. 6.99 final: Bremen - Bayern i. E. 5:4 (1:1)
6. 5.00 final: FC Bayern - Bremen 3:0
15. 5.10 final: FC Bayern Bremen 4:0
26.10.10 2. Round: FC Bayern - Bremen 2:1
19. 4.16 HF: FC Bayern - Bremen 2:0
AF: first knockout round, VF: quarter-finals, HF: semi-finals.
Remains as a factor: floodlight in Bremen. This is for the modern Munich is largely new territory. Recently a Bayern had to compete-Eleven nearly 20 years ago, in December 1999, the Gong of the daily show in the Weser stadium. They won 2:0, which is rather an exception. Historically, the Munich-based play since the founding of the League eleven Times to a real flood of light, so those with kick-off times after 20 clock, to Bremen, traveled, conceding six defeats and played two draws and only three Wins. In General, the Bavarians do on Saturdays for coffee time their task in the Weser stadium and in the evening, when it goes off in the Clubs on the river Isar, right, again at home.
Bremen by night is a special experience for the people of Munich this Wednesday for Bremen Fans anyway. The magical nights are already for a while, the memory of it is indelible: at Night on the river Weser Diego Maradona went under, by the East Frisian-English Dieter Eilts, and his tagscheuen riff-raff, at the time, in the dim glow of the Harbor-lanterns on the spoon balbiert. 5:1 against Napoli!
more Important than the technique, the feeling
It is also outside, pitch dark, and inside, dazzlingly bright, as the RSC Anderlecht once already as the winner of Bremen imagined, with a 3:0 at the break. Werder won 5:3, and many Fans were already broken up in the night, homeward, returned to the glowing stadium. Lyon went down in Bremen in the Uefa Cup 0:4, after a 3:0 victory in the first leg. Chelsea lost Mourinho and Ballack in the evening in Bremen, as well as Real Madrid, Metzelder, Raul and Robinho. The 6:2 against Spartak Moscow, a 8:2 against Hannover 96 - unforgettable moments in the flood of light. Between 1984 and 1991, Werder Friday remained undefeated at home in the evening in the Bundesliga to 37 Times in a row.
Diego Maradona in 1989 as a player, the house defeated SSC Napoli.(photo: imago)
"you can see When it is dark and masts, the flood of light almost from the Hotel, which is just fun," said Werder coach Kohfeldt. In fact, the small stadium is dominated by the large Weser arc, especially at night, the city, the four towers, 61 meters high, jutting far into the sky, on such evenings, the center is located right here, on Easter dike, in the cone of light of the floodlights.
The pylons are there, slightly inclined, since 1978, they replaced at that time, the old lamps, which had been established in 1963 with the introduction of the Bundesliga. Each Mast carries today 51 spotlights, each spotlight has 2000 watts of power. 2500 kw/h of electricity consumed by these lighting during a night game, so a Meter above the grass and reaches an illumination intensity of 1900 Lux. This is about twice as bright as a television Studio.
But this is only technology, more important is the feeling. Flood light games such as song evenings by the camp fire, the Fans together a bit more closely, everything seems surreal. The stadium is the theatre, the lawn to the stage. "That gives you energy. You have the feeling that There's one more on the pitch," says Florian Kohfeldt, who has shied away in his young coach career, there has never been, to emphasize the peculiarity of those special moments, especially The flood light as a soft factor in a tough game? Kohfeldt operated like such emotions.
Always, when the light goes on: Claudio Pizarro (left) in the Triumph against Olympique Lyon.(photo: Ingo Wagner/DPA)
"When in Bremen, the lights come on, then, are the special games"
The great European Cup-the times, in which Werder Bremen as an integral part of the Champions League, such a night games best was allowed to ride, already a good ten years, most of the so-called Werder wonder much longer. But magical moments under artificial light there was in the recent past, for example on a Monday in may, 2016. At that time, the whole city supported Werder Bremen in the relegation battle, over the Easter embankment of the sky in the light of the four flood flickered light towers, and Werder disassembled as in a brightly lit operating room, the VfB Stuttgart with 6:2. "When in Bremen, the lights go on, then these are special games," suspicion, Bayern coach Niko Kovac.
this Wednesday want to do Werder's Fans, for their part, the flood can unleash the light again. Like the time in a relegation battle, as they invented the Hashtag #green white wonder wall and the team on the way to the stadium by a green-and-white trellis from Thousands of Fan-raced bodies, are to be accompanied by the Bremer professionals even before the Bayern game in the Cup on the last meters into the brightly lit stadium properly. Alone, this makes this game feel like three numbers greater than the summery warm 1:0 for Bayern last Saturday in the Munich Arena, perhaps large enough to be in the gallery of the Bremen masterpieces.
What could get in the way? A power failure, as it was in Bremen for the Start of the 2004/05 season. At that time the Weser stadium because of a defective cable stayed 65 minutes in the dark. Until 23.15 that, to date, the latest goal in Bundesliga history fell through Nelson Valdez, to the 1:0 against Schalke 04.
Or a penalty shoot-out. The awarded penalty kick by Michael Kutzop, the Werder Bremen cost of 1986, the safe winning of the German championship, flew under the flood light at the right post. Opponent at 0:0 at the time of the later master was, he was Bayern Munich.