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In 2008 long jumper Sebastian Bayer from Bremen's athletics team set a new European record, and back in 1949 Bremen shoemaker Alexander Salot pipped Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas, to the post when he patented screw-in studs for football boots.
Bremen’s six-day cycle race, known simply as Sixdays, has higher attendance figures than any comparable event and is the world’s most popular indoor cycling competition. It takes place every year at the beginning of January.
THE ORIGINS OF WERDER BREMEN
In 1899, football still had a long way to go before becoming socially acceptable. So a group of soccer-mad Bremen schoolboys were forced to pursue their hobby away from the city on a secluded river peninsula. The Old German word for such a spit of land is a Werder – so it quickly became clear what the club should be called. And despite the fact that almost every child in Bremen knows about Werder and its stars, many Germans are themselves unaware of the original meaning of the word.
A SHOE-IN FOR SUCCESS
In August 1949, the shoemaker Alexander Salot from Bremen-Blumenthal registered a patent for a screw-in stud mechanism for football boots. The Bremen man came upon the idea a whole three years earlier than the famous Adi Dassler, whose company Adidas went on to become a huge global player. Football is still played today in boots with screw-in studs.
LATINO SPIRIT – MADE IN BREMEN
When it comes to dancing, even worldclass competition can’t defeat Green-
Gold-Club Bremen and TSG Bremerhaven. In 2007, the two dance clubs shared the world championship in Latin Formation after finishing level on points.
Sail Bremerhaven is Europe’s biggest tall ship regatta. Every five years, the largest sailing ships in the world descend on the port town at the mouth of the Weser.
WERDER BREMEN, NEUTRALS’ FAVOURITE
According to a recent survey, 28 million football fans in Germany find Werder Bremen to be the league’s most likeable club. There are fan clubs in many other European countries and even as far afield as Kenya and Hong Kong. Werder has won four German championships and occupies second place in the all-time Bundesliga rankings.