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Bremen hope to deny Shakhtar historic win

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  • Werder Bremen face Shakhtar Donetsk in Wednesday's UEFA Cup final
  • Shakhtar hoping to become first Ukrainian side to win a European trophy
  • Winner get to keep the cup because UEFA are launching Europa League
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(CNN) -- Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has warned his Bundesliga side they have achieved nothing yet this season despite reaching the finals of both the UEFA Cup and DFB-Pokal.

Bremen coach Schaaf hopes the UEFA Cup will find a permanent resting place at his Bundesliga club.

Bremen coach Schaaf hopes the UEFA Cup will find a permanent resting place at his Bundesliga club.

The German hopes flew to Istanbul for Wednesday's UEFA Cup showdown with Shakhtar Donetsk desperate to make up for a disappointing domestic league campaign with Bremen destined to finish in 10th place.

"We don't have anything in our hands yet, apart from the tickets to Istanbul," Schaaf said before leaving for the final.

Five thousand Bremen fans will be at the Pukru-Saracoglu Stadium while a further 10,000 are expected to congregate in the northern German city to see the game on a large screen in the city center.

And Shakhtar supporters are flocking to Turkey hoping to see their side secure the first European trophy for a Ukrainian side.

However, Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs believes his side have what it takes to win, having proven their cup pedigree already this season.

"For finals like this, you need to have a special mentality," he said. "The team have shown that they have this recently against Hamburg."

Bremen eliminated Hamburg in the semifinals of the two cup competitions and also beaten them in the Bundesliga over the last four weeks.

But they must do without creative force Diego who is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the second leg of the semifinal.

Mesut Ozil should take over his playmaker role behind strikers Claudio Pizarro and either Markus Rosenberg or Aaron Hunt.

Pizarro and Rosenberg, who both missed Saturday's defeat to Karlsruhe as a precaution, were both back in full training on Tuesday. So, too, was Frank Baumann who Schaaf hopes to have available for what could be his last game.

According to a report in Bild newspaper, Baumann, whose contract expires this summer, is contemplating retiring at the age of 33.

Five thousand Bremen fans will be at the Pukru-Saracoglu Stadium while a further 10,000 are expected to congregate in the northern German city to see the game on a large screen in the city center.

Shakhtar fans are flocking to Turkey hoping to see their side secure the first European trophy for a Ukrainian side.

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Shakhtar midfielder Dario Srna also hopes the Turkish spectators in the stadium will get behind his side.

He has still not forgotten Euro 2008 when he was part of the Croatia team which conceded an equaliser to Turkey in stoppage time at the end of extra time before going out of the competition on penalties.

"I hope the Turkish fans support me and Shakhtar," he said. "I long to take this trophy home as compensation."

Coach Mircea Lucescu has another motivation. "It is the last ever final of the UEFA Cup," said the 63-year-old Romanian.

Next year the revamped tournament will be known as the UEFA Europa League so Wednesday's winner will get to keep the trophy.

Shakhtar have only one injury doubt with Brazilian midfielder Jadson hoping to recover from a muscle injury. William is on standby.

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