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Werder Bremen's Aron Johannsson sets sights on return next season

Aron Johannsson has been out of action since September.

Werder Bremen's United States international forward Aron Johannsson has said he hopes to be back in action "as quickly as possible" after being sidelined by injuries since September.

Johannsson, 25, joined Bremen from AZ Alkmaar last summer but was limited to only six appearances as he suffered hip and groin problems.

Despite undergoing surgery in late October, Johannsson was ruled out for the rest of the season.

He asked to be able to spend time with his family in Iceland during rehab training...

Claudio Pizarro prolongs Werder Bremen stay with new one-year deal

Claudio Pizarro celebrates after helping Werder Bremen preserve their Bundesliga status on the final day.

Claudio Pizarro has signed a new one-year contract with Werder Bremen.

Pizarro, 37, joined Bremen for a third time in his career in September when he signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, and has gone on to score 14 goals and provide three assists in 28 appearances.

The Peru international also played a key role in setting up Papy Djilobodji's late goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, which saw Bremen move clear of the relegation zone at their opponents' expense.


 By PA Sport

Viktor Skripnik to stay in charge of Werder Bremen after relegation escape

Werder Bremen are staying up and coach Viktor Skripnik is staying on.

Werder Bremen's director of sport Thomas Eichin has confirmed that coach Viktor Skripnik will still be in charge of the club next season.

Bremen avoided relegation to the second division thanks to an 87th-minute goal by Papy Djilobodji on the final day of the season, which earned them a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and saw them climb out of the bottom three.

Skripnik's future was in doubt but Eichin says he remains convinced the 46-year-old -- who guided Bremen to 10 points from a possible 15...

Stuttgart coach Jurgen Kramny eyes dramatic relegation escape

Jurgen Kramny
Jurgen Kramny remains hopeful Stuttgart can climb out of the relegation zone.

Stuttgart coach Jurgen Kramny has urged his players to "rise to our own challenge" as they seek a dramatic escape from relegation on the final match day.

In early April, Stuttgart appeared to be heading towards another year of top-flight football but, after picking up just one point from their last seven games, the 2007 Bundesliga champions are on the brink of being relegated for the first time in 41 years.

Hannover are already down, but the final two places in the relegation zone are yet to be...