- Joachim Löw at Basel v Man City (CL 2017/18)
- Joachim Löw at VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Mönchengladbach 2017/18
- Joachim Löw at Bayern München v Schalke 04 & HT Interview 2017/18
- Happy Löw Day/Joachim Löw at SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18
- Joachim Löw at Borussia Dortmund v SC Freiburg 2017/18
- Nations League Draw/The Obsession Crisis 24/01/18
- Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18
- The London Trip: Operation Jogi Autogramm
- Advent Calendar Day 24: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 3
- Advent Calendar Day 23: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 2 – Confed Cup 2017
And there was me thinking I wouldn’t be posting anything today. Not because I forgot what day it was, I wouldn’t do that. I might be more preoccupied with handball and Christian Prokop’s future right now but I wouldn’t forget today. It’s Löw day but for once I didn’t have anything planned. Ideally I would have liked to post a newly made video or a story but that’s just not happening right now, creativity of the positive kind is in short supply. Still at least Freiburg didn’t lose on Jogi’s birthday, that would have been horrible. They didn’t win either – drawing 0-0, but considering they got hammered last time they played Leverkusen I can live with the draw. More importantly not losing means they keep their unbeaten streak going, extending it to nine games. If they avoid defeat next week against Hannover, it’ll be ten. And to make the day even more perfect Alexander Schwolow is back in goal for Freiburg after missing last week’s game due to injury.
For some reason I have zero enthusiasm for the whole concept of this Nations League idea. It’s the first football draw I’ve ever watched that I was both bored and confused. By the end I honestly didn’t care who got drawn with who. Yet here I am putting this post together anyway, partly out of habit I think. I can’t even blame the handball for my lack of interest, since the game (and the disappointing loss to Spain) was after the draw. For one thing I don’t think it’s a great idea calling it the Nations League. I surely can’t be the only person who keeps calling it the League of Nations by mistake. And we all know how that enterprise ended up.
Maybe I’ve just watched too much football in the last few months and need to spend more time doing other things. From everybody else’s perspective that would ideally involve actually going outside, or at the very least leaving my room. So they won’t be happy to find out that what I’m actually doing is reading a lot of books and watching handball. My recent encounters with the rest of the human race haven’t exactly endeared me to the idea of spending more time outside. Truth be told I’m not quite sure what to do with myself right now, most things feel pointless. Which is why it’s so hard to work out if I don’t care much for the competition because I think it’s a stupid idea or I just don’t care that much about anything. Right now I’m doing what I am because I don’t know what else to do. I haven’t written anything of note lately either and the way I feel it feels like I’m never going to write anything again. And that scares me a little, but only a little because mostly I can’t be bothered to care. It’s strange how something can dominate your thoughts for two years and then disappear within the space of a few weeks. I don’t even know why any of this bothers me, it’s the same process that’s happened countless times before. And I’m an idiot for thinking I have any control over it, because obsessions have a life of their own and they are going to do what they want to do.
At this rate I wasn’t sure there was going to be a first post of the year, let alone need to worry what it would end up being about. I would have said that Hansi won the day but with Hoffenheim losing 4-1 to Leverkusen that’s not strictly true. It’s Freiburg who are the real winners of the day, beating Leipzig 2-1. As happy as I am about that victory (not so much because of the three points but more getting to beat Leipzig) I wasn’t even sure my first post would be football related. The past week I’ve thought more about handball than football and it’s the other Bundestrainer that’s been the focus of my attention, it’s not a Jogi week but a Prokop week. And funnily enough before becoming the coach of the national handball team Christian Prokop coached none other than Leipzig. I didn’t really get handball before but I have to admit it’s exciting to watch. And interesting in the sense that it too uses VAR though it seems to be used a little quicker and more effectively than in football. Despite the time it’s been taking up it’s not a new obsession exactly, well maybe it is, but it’s not one to compete with the ones I already have. If it were then I wouldn’t have cared about Hansi’s interview today or the fact the presenter was Peter who’s one of my favorites.