Bremen, Hamburg in fine form ahead of derby

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29 October 2004, HAMBURG - Champions Werder Bremen host SV Hamburg in a northern German Bundesliga duel on Saturday in which both teams want to continue their recent good form. Bremen are coming off their second straight win, 2-1 at former leaders VfB Stuttgart, to draw within three points of frontrunners VfL Wolfsburg. Hamburg left the drop zone with two victories in as many matches under new coach Thomas Doll, who replaced Klaus Toppmoeller last week. Many in Hamburg are looking 100km south-west to Breme

29 October 2004

HAMBURG - Champions Werder Bremen host SV Hamburg in a northern German Bundesliga duel on Saturday in which both teams want to continue their recent good form.

Bremen are coming off their second straight win, 2-1 at former leaders VfB Stuttgart, to draw within three points of frontrunners VfL Wolfsburg.

Hamburg left the drop zone with two victories in as many matches under new coach Thomas Doll, who replaced Klaus Toppmoeller last week.

Many in Hamburg are looking 100km south-west to Bremen in connection with the hiring of Doll, a popular former Hamburg player who until last week was the coach of Hamburg's amateur team.

After all, Bremen's coach Thomas Schaaf was also amateur team trainer when be took the Bundesliga job at the club in 1999. Last season he lifted Bremen to their first league and cup double in history.

"I want to follow the example of Thomas Schaaf," said the 32-year- old Doll.

Hamburg, who won the European Cup and their last Bundesliga title in 1983, have had several up and down seasons in recent years, a third-place in 2000 opposed by 13th place the following year and fourth position in 2003 followed by eighth place in 2004.

Officials hope for more consistency under Doll, under his short reign Hamburg won 2-0 in Dortmund and 4-0 Wednesday against Freiburg with the help of a Sergej Barbarez hat-trick.

Now they come to Bremen hoping for more success and, even more, to make last year's 6-0 drubbing forgotten.

Bremen would like nothing more than another win to put an end to inconsistent form so far in the season. The victory in Stuttgart, which came after Ludovic Magnin was sent off, will considerably boost their morale.

Bremen are currently fourth in the standings with 18 points, just three shy of leaders Vfl Wolfsburg, who have 21. Stuttgart and Bayern Munich have 20 each, while surprise package Mainz 05 and Schalke are even on 18 points with Bremen.

Wolfsburg host Mainz on Saturday and Stuttgart will hope to avoid a third defeat in a row when they visit Schalke.

Munich, who beat Wolfsburg 2-0 in midweek from Claudio Pizarro, now travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Like Bremen and Hamburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach have an amateur team trainer, but Horst Koeppel is only to act as caretaker after the club on Wednesday separated with Holger Fach following a 3-0 defeat in Bochum which plunged them into the drop zone.

Kurt Jara from bottom club Kaiserslautern will almost certainly be the next coach out of a job if his team doesn't beat Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

The other weekend games are Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayer leverkusen, Hanover 96 vs. VfL Bochum (Saturday) and Hansa Rostock vs. Nuremberg (Sunday).

DPA


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