Football column – Florian Kohfeldt: Final game for the disenchanted hopefuls

Florian Kohfeldt was recently traded as one of the greatest coaching talents, now his end at Werder Bremen is deemed to have been made at the end of the season at the latest. The successor is a club idol, whose era the current coach should actually build on. The football column.

Florian Kohfeldt’s last win against Julian Nagelsmann was almost two years ago. Werder Bremen won 1-0 on May 11, 2019 at TSG Hoffenheim and screwed up the future RB Leipzig coach when he said goodbye to his home crowd.

“The mood is already hailed, I’m honest,” admitted the frustrated Nagelsmann afterwards. Now Kohfeldt could screw up his colleague’s farewell again this Friday, this time the change from Leipzig to FC Bayern, which has been established this week.

But a Bremen victory in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup against the second in the table (8.30 p.m. in LIVETICKER) would at least be a small Werder miracle. Because since the bankruptcy at the time, Nagelsmann has clearly won all four encounters with RB against Kohfeldt with a goal difference of 12: 1, only three weeks ago there was a 4: 1 success in the Weserstadion.

Otherwise there is little reason for the Hanseatic to be optimistic, rather they are deeply in the relegation battle in the Bundesliga after the negative record of seven defeats in a row, as in the previous year. And Kohfeldt, who would have been with Werder for 20 years in June, is about to be kicked out.

Werder Bremen slipped after seven defeats in a row

Last weekend after the 1: 3 at Union Berlin, this was discussed as the last option in the committees and only after 48 hours of discussion and speculation was Kohfeldt finally given a last chance. His personal final in the semifinals, so to speak.

With a view to his rival Nagelsmann, it becomes clear how far the development of the two trainers, who were recently hailed as the greatest talented coaches in Germany, has diverged since the duel in Hoffenheim. At that time there were some skeptics at RB who were not sure whether Kohfeldt would not have been the better nail man because of the more successful season.

The best of the class of the 2015 coaching course had confidently led Bremen to stay in the league with a series of twelve unbeaten home games as the successor to Alexander Nouri in his first 2017/18 season and was awarded the DFB coaching award.

The following year, his team impressed with attractive offensive football and just barely missed the Europa League as eighth. While the five years younger Nagelsmann, who had already been awarded the DFB coaching prize in 2016, has only gone up in Leipzig since then, Werder’s great hopefuls fell.

Nevertheless, until a few weeks ago, Kohfeldt was named as a candidate for almost all ambitious clubs that were looking for a coach. The 38-year-old has been in discussions with Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach several times, even after Marco Rose’s move to BVB was perfect. How specifically it was actually acted is the other question, given its modest statistics.

Kohfeldt’s blatant misjudgment before last season

Nevertheless, Werder made it through the season with the squirrel tactic and has not been on a direct relegation zone so far. “Everyone would have signed that before the season,” said Kohfeldt on Thursday, also referring to the semi-finals in the cup.

That alone should not help the former goalkeeper of the third Werder team without a quick sense of achievement. Even with a surprise against Leipzig, almost all observers expect a separation at the end of the season, despite the contract that runs until 2023.

Nevertheless, in the past few days, Bremen have found things that give rise to hope. On the one hand, that Kohfeldt has always made it to at least the quarter-finals since taking office in the cup and, among other things, was able to beat the highly-favored Dortmunders twice in a row in exciting games.

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