Deutschland: Ein Sommermärchen is the title of the film about Germany’s 2006 World Cup campaign and should be in theory my second favourite film ever. Die Mannschaft should of course be my first, the truth is neither of them are. In fact I’ve only seen the former once and the latter twice, the reason being I find them too emotional to watch and rewatch them as obsessively as I do my other favourite films. A summer fairy tale is what “Ein Sommermärchen” means, as the title of this post suggests summer is no fairy tale for me, especially when it’s as warm as it is right now. The heat is driving me to despair and just in case things couldn’t be worse I’m sick as well. After having slept most of the day and missing the press conference, I now find myself awake at 4:00am. Which is not good at all, not when the Gibraltar game is at 19:40 today and Sami Khedira’s charity match is on Sunday at 15:30. Such bad timing, it couldn’t wait two days, then I would happily spend the day in bed doing nothing but that’s not an option right now, there’s still so much to do. My mood is not improved by the impending end of the school year and with that the number of children around. Why is it that they must shriek in that way, it’s like having a banshee for a neighbor.
I should be in a celebratory mood, this is my 500th post. Plus I did what I promised myself I would do all the way back in December, I posted for every day of the Rückrunde. I honestly thought I would never reach 500 posts, I thought for sure I would get bored or run out of ideas way before then. I can be like that with projects, have lots of great ideas at first and plenty of enthusiasm but after being totally focused on it for a while, I get bored and move on to something else. For whatever reason that hasn’t happened here and I’m not particularly interested in knowing why that it is, not tempting fate and all that. Some things just are.
It’s been a few days since I’ve actually written something for here, everything else has been die Mannschaft related. It’s funny then that one of the few posts containing text, starts out being about them too. On a related note, die Mannschaft is their official name now. It’s what I always refer to them as and yet somehow I’m not entirely satisfied with them being called that. I prefer die Nationalmannschaft, but that’s probably too long and unwieldy and of course it’s not the name the world knows them by. Jogis Elf is what some people like. I like that name a lot and think it would have been a good choice too, but it doesn’t fit with their project, with what they are building and the spirit of the whole thing. Calling the team Jogis Elf ties it to one person, to one coach. But what they are doing is bigger than one coach, than one set of players. The work started with Klinsmann, Löw and Bierhoff in 2004 and it will continue long after them, a legacy. Because that is the driving force behind the idea of “die Mannschaft.” That the team comes first and that no one person is more important or bigger than the team.
On the subject of Jogi, I dreamed about him earlier. In the dream he spoke English, he didn’t speak one word of German in fact. Interesting thing is, he didn’t sound strange at all. What makes this so fascinating is that in yesterday’s press conference he spoke English, not much, just to clarify a question put to him in English. Then he didn’t so strange either, I guess his accent is less pronounced when he’s less aware of what he’s saying. In one of the other videos I’ve seen in which he’s speaking English he’s reading from a script and that’s when he sounds strange. I also talked about Marc Andre Ter Stegen in the dream, got into a disagreement related to him in fact. Wonder what that’s supposed to mean. I wonder if it has anything to do with the predictions about who Weidenfeller’s successor is going to be. I know Ter Stegen’s international career didn’t get off to a great start, that’s putting it mildly, but that was three years ago, a lot has changed since then. Also in contention are Timo Horn, Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno. Horn in particular will prove to be formidable competition for him. Leno is an interesting one too, he’s highly rated in the Bundesliga and yet I keep hearing about how apparently he’s not highly rated by Jogi Löw and co.
2. Bundesliga Count-down – 41 days to go.
As pleased as I am that I did what I set out to do, I can’t be very happy about it. Not whilst I watch the team get torn apart. Jonathan Schmid has of course gone to Hoffenheim, Nils Petersen as expected has returned to Bremen and Dani Schahin is off to Mainz. And now the worst, Oliver Sorg to H96 and Admir Mehmedi to Leverkusen. Still no definite news on Roman, though I keep reading about Dortmund being interested in him.
Returning to the club is Alexander Schwolow who spent last season on loan at Arminia Bielefeld. Already signed last month were Tim Kleindienst from Energie Cottbus and Lukas Kübler from SV Sandhausen. Signed in the last few days were midfielder Amir Abrashi from Swiss side Grasshopper Club-Zürich, defender Vegar Eggen Hedenstad from Eintracht Brauschweig and midfielder Vincenzo Grifo from Hoffenheim who spent last season on loan at FSV Frankfurt.
Abrashi is of Albanian descent but was born and raised in Switzerland. Like his fellow countryman Mehemdi he used to play for FC Winterthur but unlike him chose to play his international football for Albania instead of Switzerland and has 13 caps to his name.