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Win by any means: Werder Bremen used drones to fly over Hoffenheim’s training grounds

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Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the Bundesliga, this story comes out.

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A Hexo Plus GoPro drone, taken on March 16, 2016.
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You literally cannot make this stuff up, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve witnessed some crazy stories in the Bundesliga, but this one just might take the cake, at least for the time being. Per a report by ESPN, Werder Bremen used a drone to fly over Hoffenheim’s training ground ahead of their match that took place on December 19th, finishing in a 1-1 draw.

The fact that Bremen didn’t win that match after using spy-craft just adds insult to injury, if we’re being quite honest. Maybe Florian Kohfeldt and the rest of Bremen’s coaching staff were feeling really inspired by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots a la the 2009 “Spygate” scandal.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 29: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks at a press conference at Gillette Stadium July 29, 2015 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Belichick was asked about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to uphold a four game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady for his role in using underinflated balls in the AFC Championship game in 2014
Billy B. The king of spy craft!
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Bremen issued a statement on their web site admitting to what they had done:

Werder Bremen this past Tuesday briefly used a drone. This is a result of talks between Bremen executive Frank Baumann, head coach Florian Kohfeldt and the employees of the analysis department.

Baumann continued:

We’ve discussed this internally, and I accept responsibility for it. If those events at Hoffenheim led to a certain insecurity on the training pitch, I would like to apologize for it.

After the 1-1 draw, Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann was asked about the incident and he just said that it was a risky maneuver from Bremen:

If you fly such things over people and there’s a technical defect, it might have serious consequences.

Here at BFW, we’re not going to jump to conclusions, but Bremen may just have been taking some very close notes during 2018’s installment of the BunDucksLiga. Unlike previous year’s competitions, the club representative ducks were flown through an obstacle course on drones at Borussia Park instead of racing in a small pool.

From an innovative point of view, the Bundesliga absolutely killed it with the idea of flying the rubber ducks around on drones, but as Bremen have now proved, it might’ve given some people dangerous ideas.

We’d also like to take this time to show our appreciation for Franz, Bayern Munich’s well-decorated rubber duck. Franz narrowly lost out to Borussia Dortmund this year, but is still number one in our hearts.

Highlights from the BunDucksLiga 2018 final