Freiburg’s game against Schalke may not have been nearly as exciting as Dortmund’s last night but that doesn’t matter, the point they earned against Schalke means more than any point Dortmund ever get. It’s alwasy disappointing to have to settle for a draw after taking the lead but it was a fair result. They didn’t lose which is the most important thing because it means for the first time this season they are undefeated in three games. Florian Niederlechner is the man who scored the goal but it’s not him I’ve been thinking about today. Actually the player I’m thinking of didn’t get to make an appearance today, he’ll have to wait until Wednesday to add to his tally. Nils Petersen didn’t play but they talked about him on the pre-match show, to be more specific they were discussing his joker status. He’s in third place of the Joker-Könige table and if he scores four more from the bench he’ll top the list. But it’s not what they said which I’ve been thinking about all day, it’s what they did, making him up to look like the joker from Batman:
I have no Jogi videos from today but that doesn’t mean there’s no pictures, there are two from his interview in Bild. It’s not however the pictures which please me so much, that’s reserved for the question Jogi was asked about who he thinks is the Bundesliga coach of the year. The first name he mentioned was none other than Christian Streich, qualifying his comments by saying he’s not just saying what he is because he’s from Freiburg and he knows him well. The gist of his comments was that Freiburg have done well after being relegated, losing so many of their best players yet still being promoted right away as 2.Bundesliga champions. And after all that they are of course sitting right in the middle of the Bundesliga table. He also points out they did all that whilst making very few additions to their squad and continue to develop young players well. The pictures:
And of course the advent calendars, in Freiburg’s was midfielder Mike Frantz and in the Dortmund one left-back Marcel Schmelzer. It tickled me at first and I couldn’t figure out why, nor could I figure out why I was thinking of the song Stuck in the Middle with You. Turns out Petersen is key, more specifically his joker status. Schmelzer is a left back and Frantz often plays on the right-hand side of midfield. Which is why the line “Clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right” is stuck in my head. Not that I’m saying Schmelzer is a clown, not at all. Because of course Frantz isn’t the joker of the piece either, though he did score a very important goal against Paderborn last season. It proved to be a goal every bit important as all those that came before it, most of them being scored by Petersen of course. And it was Petersen who scored the next goal just two minutes later, the goal which confirmed Freiburg’s status as 2.Bundesliga champions and sealing their return to the top flight.