Category Archives: Hansi Flick

Four more Löw Years

Now it’s been decided I can enjoy the rest of the summer break and pre-season. And now I can finally get on with making the video from the last game. It wasn’t so much knowing if he was leaving or not. It was just the uncertainty of it. Whether it was the last video ever or just the last of this tournament, that I needed to know before putting to together. This time I have to admit I did doubt if he would stay, depending on which news sources you listen to however there may be other changes in the offing. What exactly that means (if it’s even true) who knows. There’s really no point in speculating. I know exactly the change I would like to see but I doubt that’ll happen. And I doubt even less that I would get my actual dream come true and Hansi would come back. That would be way too perfect, which is precisely why it’s never going to happen. But there’s no need to get greedy, Jogi is staying, that’s the main thing.

Little update – upon catching up with the latest news it seems I’m not the only one with the idea of Hansi returning. Oh that would be too awesome to even contemplate.

Four Years On/Loyalty is easy when they’re winning

I was going to write something last night, but had I done so that would have been a very stupid idea. Not that it mattered anyway since when I sat down to write the words just weren’t there. All of my angry ranting disappeared which isn’t such a bad thing. I could rant about the absurd Erdogan-gate situation, the fact they picked Neuer over ter Stegen, their conservative team selection in contrast to the Confed Cup last summer, youth not being given enough of a chance, Nils Petersen being dropped before he really had a chance to make an impression yet the useless Mario Gomez getting picked (again). And there’s much more to rant about too, not least the way the press and people are attacking Jogi. It seems people have very short memories, a genius one summer, then the next a stupid weirdo who should be sacked. It didn’t take long for the insults to start flying or for them to get personal. Nor did it take long for the tabloids to start speculating about a possible successor, before they had even landed in Frankfurt. And what a strange little list they’ve cooked up; Jurgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, Stefan Kuntz, Jupp Heynckes (just what are these people smoking I’d like to know), Arsene Wenger, Matthias Sammer and last but not least Hansi Flick. It seems like the so called journalists are just as bad as the crazies on the internet. But I’m not getting involved with that, not this time, I’m not wasting my time arguing with randoms on the internet. Not because Jogi isn’t worth defending, more that they aren’t worth the energy.

Though there is one very important point I have to mention, they are not as some tabloids have taken to saying “Ex world champions.” Not yet they aren’t, until the next team wins that trophy they are still world champions. And the players who won in 2014 (and Jogi too) will always be champions. They won the world cup, they won the confed cup – nothing can ever change that, no matter what happens next.

And it’s for a similar reason that I’m not going to write out the little rant about the Erdogan situation, or anything else. There’s enough negativity and criticism going around, there’s no need to add to it. Getting angry won’t change what happened. As for being upset I think I’m pretty much done with that now, actually I was done with the tears by the end of the post-match show. Done with being upset but not the disappointment, that will take a lot longer to go away. Whilst the anger is disappearing the sense of a stunned silence and a “I can’t believe that really happened” feeling is still there. The anxiety over waiting for Jogi’s decision does not make it any easier. Not that I plan on sitting around waiting to see what happens. Germany are out of the world cup but the summer is not over, there’s still the rest of the world cup to watch and I hate to admit it but it hasn’t disappointed. And more importantly I have the Jogi highlights to put together from the last game. I’ve been putting it off, waiting for it all to sink in properly, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon.

On the subject of obsessions this would logically speaking be the perfect time to walk away from all of this, to make a clean break and move onto something new. It has after all been four years and it’s been quite a while since I’ve had an obsession that has lasted that long. Logical it may be, but I can’t, not like this. Besides I don’t think you get to choose when an obsession is over and done with, at least I never have, they tend to have a life of their own. And I’m just not done with this one yet.

The title could refer to the last world cup, but it actually has another meaning. It’s been four years since I started posting on here and I honestly never thought I’d stick with it that long. In those four years it somehow feels like a lot has happened and yet nothing at the same time. In the last year in particular things happened that I never imagined would actually happen. I think about death quite a lot, write about it and spend way more time than I should planning the perfect death. Yet I never imagined I’d actually try to do it. Obviously I didn’t succeed, and I’m still not really sure if that’s a good thing or not.

The point is I didn’t and all this stuff about getting knocked out of the world cup being the worst thing to happen ever and the end of the world got me thinking about the matter. It got me thinking about Robert Enke, even if ARD hadn’t aired that documentary a few weeks ago my thoughts would have gone to him. If I could remember the quote I’m thinking of I’d quote Jogi on the matter, I’m sure he said something about how losing a match or getting knocked out of a tournament isn’t the worst feeling in the world/the worst that can happen, things like Enke dying, that’s the worst thing. I think I might finally be mature enough to see things that way. I wasn’t a few years ago, back then I thought Freiburg getting relegated was the end of the world. Now this hurts a lot more than relegation ever could, but the principle is the same. I’m not going to lie and say football is just a game because it’s not, it means so much more than that. But I know life goes on after this, I’m not spending days moping around because of it.

There’s a picture from tonight’s after show which can sum up my ramblings better than I ever could. Translated it means “Success makes it easy to be proud.” It’s easy to support a team when they’re winning and doing great, like it was easy to support Freiburg in the 2016/17 season when they were having one of their best seasons ever. The season that followed it was a lot more difficult to endure, but it never crossed my mind to abandon them. And the same goes for Jogi and die Mannschaft. There’s no earthly reason I can see to do that. When this obsession is done (if it ever is) I’ll know it, and now is not the time.

Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18

Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18

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.

The London Trip: Operation Jogi Autogramm

Whatever the last post of the year was about I wanted it to be Jogi related in some way. I should have written this post after I got back but somehow never found the time, and with today being the 31st I guess it’s the perfect time. I still can’t believe that it actually happened, that instead of being in my room watching that stuff on TV I was actually there. I just wish I could have gotten more pictures and video. Unsurprisingly I’m not too good with a camera, turns out twitchy people and cameras don’t mix. The cold didn’t help either, nor did the fact I was trying to keep hold of so many things at once. Should I go autograph hunting again I will definitely be better prepared next time. Still I did at least manage to get some good pictures of Jogi and video too. Unfortunately I didn’t get one of Matze, he was standing right in front of me. Whilst he was signing the shirt I could easily have snapped a picture right then but I guess I wasn’t even thinking . I was a little awed by the fact he was right in front of me and he was so much taller than I expected.

As important as getting a Jogi autograph was getting one from Matze was definitely the best part of the whole experience. That’s probably the one moment of the trip I’m actually quite proud about. It’s not a word I use often, not a word I like either. But that’s how I feel about that moment. The reason being it’s one of those rare moments in my life when I spoke up for myself and it paid off. Had I not called out Matze’s name as he walked to the bus he would have carried on walking and I never would have gotten his signature, never would have got to see him standing right in front of me.I got quite a few signatures in total, Mario Götze, Julian Draxler, Lars Stindl, Per Mertesacker and a few others I can neither remember nor identify. And not forgetting one from the DFB president and Oliver Bierhoff. As for Jogi I didn’t get one signature, I got three separate ones. One on the very special piece of paper I wanted signed (a list of every Freiburg game I’ve seen going back to September 2014), another in my book and this is the best one of all, my match ticket.

Despite not getting off to a very good start overall I think the trip went well, there’s definitely room for improvement and a few parts of it I wouldn’t want to repeat under any circumstances but the positives outweigh the negatives. Getting lost in London wasn’t fun at all, it was scary enough the first day in daylight when I had a vague idea where I was, the second time was terrifying. Yet it has it’s good points, I was alone and had no-one to rely on. So if I was going to find my way I had to ask for directions and figure it out. How I managed to do that I still don’t know.

The second day went better than the first, I spent the afternoon before the game waiting outside the team’s hotel and it paid off. I got a few autographs before the bus left (though not Jogi, he went straight to the bus) and watched the bus leave. I almost missed kick off because of having to rush back to the stadium but it was so worth it. Now on that point I had planned ahead, my hotel was close to the stadium so I had just enough time to drop off my stuff and get to the game. The part I was most anxious about turned out to be not so good. I was anxious enough about the prospect of queuing to get inside, I could have done without getting spat at by a no doubt drunk England fan who mistakenly thought I was a German. Same as I could have done without the Auschwitz chants on the underground on the way there. But they were the exception to the rule, almost everyone else I encountered was nothing like that.

On the subject of meeting people that was one of the big surprises of the whole experience for me. Now the social side of things didn’t go so well in one regard, but there were enough unplanned encounters to make up for it. Whilst waiting outside the hotel I got to meet and talk with several different people. It was cool being just a fan among other fans, not being the “weird” one for a change. And I even got to meet a few Germans, though some of them curiously enough seem to be baffled why I’m a fan of Jogi. Being the only fan of his there after the game certainly worked in my favour though. Then all the attention was on the players but I was waiting for Jogi, convinced that I wasn’t going to miss out this time around. Normally in social situations all I do is watch, this time I was able to make that ability work for me. I watched and waited, and finally got my chance. For once in my life hyper-awareness worked in my favour and did something other than make me anxious.

The day after the game I was meant to go on a pre-booked tour of Wembley Stadium. I didn’t end up doing that, having decided the night before there was something much more fun to do. And that was going back to the hotel in search of more autographs and pictures. I am so glad I did go back because that was when I hit the jackpot, getting the cutest pictures of Jogi ever. Getting an autograph from Lars Stindl made it worth it too. And the best part of all, I got to meet Uli the Sky reporter and get an autograph, that was unbelievably cool. I got to talk to him about a few things and one very important subject in particular. The night before I managed to catch up on some of the news online, seeing his report on TV I heard him mention Hansi. As it turned out Hansi was actually there, Uli confirmed that part. But he wasn’t staying at their hotel and I didn’t get to see him. Still it was cool just knowing he’d been there.

Many things didn’t go as planned and a lot of things could have gone better, but none of that matters. There will always be things that go wrong or don’t go exactly to plan, this trip was proof that things can still go right afterwards. This trip cost me a lot and I don’t mean financially speaking, it really wiped me out in terms of energy but it was worth it. Even the delayed meltdown/stress reaction when I got home was worth it. I’m already thinking about another trip, about going to Germany next time. Before that seemed the very definition of impossible, I’m not going to lie, it still feels a little daunting now. But less so, the prospect of it no longer seems quite so terrifying. And even if it is scary, the rewards are worth it.

Jogi footage – London 11/11/17

Advent Calendar Day 24: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 3

They definitely kept the best till last as far as the stickers are concerned, Toni Kroos is a pretty damn good Christmas present to get. Though I’m plenty happy with my real life gifts too. That’s one of the best things about a German Christmas (other than Bratwurst at the Christmas market that is), getting your presents a day early. It means I get a head start on playing my new PC games, at least I’ll have plenty to occupy myself with whilst the Bundesliga takes it’s winter break.

And now of course the most important part of the post, the best of Jogi from July to December, with a little bit of Hansi thrown in for good measure:

Joachim Löw & Hansi Flick at Hoffenheim v Liverpool – CLQ 2017-18

Joachim Löw at H96 v Schalke 04 2017/18

The Jogi Löw Highlights – Tschechien v Deutschland (2017)

The Jogi Löw Highlights – Deutschland v Norwegen (2017)

Joachim Löw at Leverkusen v HSV 2017/18

Joachim Löw pre-match show – Nordirland v Deutschland (2017)

The Jogi Löw Highlights – Deutschland v Aserbaidschan (2017)

Joachim Löw post-match interview – Deutschland v Aserbaidschan (2017)

Advent Calendar Day 7: Double Jogi Day

I don’t want to write about anything bad on a Jogi day, which leaves me wondering what I am going to write about. It’s not that anything bad has happened today, more that nothing has really happened at all. It’s not really possible for anything bad or good to happen when you’re asleep. Besides today isn’t the day I need to worry about anyway, that’s tomorrow. Jogi day is not the only reason I shouldn’t write a word about that. Whatever I do or don’t write it’s not going to change what happens, there isn’t anything to do but wait. Obsessing over it isn’t going to help. One thing I can’t help but obsess over is related to the title. Behind door number seven was one sticker; Mario Gomez (not happy about him being in there but that’s another story) and two cards. All normal so far, until I look at the cards. In this order I find Joshua Kimmich, Joachim Löw and Joachim Löw – two of the exact same card. Now I can’t believe I’m objecting to this but I hope they really didn’t screw up here, as happy as I am having an extra Jogi card all I can think about whether or not one is missing now. And of course I have to wait until the 24th to find out just who if anyone is missing, it’s not very Germanic of them that’s for sure. I won’t be losing any sleep over it, but only because I don’t expect to get any tonight anyway. Right now I’m watching Epic, which is ironic given that one of the main themes is balance. I’m watching it because I love Christoph Waltz as Mandrake, it’s something safe and familiar, something I know the words to. Mandrake is sick of balance and of the green, the good guys. I know the feeling, it would be easier to just let the dark side take over. But I can’t write about that now, no bad or depressing stuff on a Jogi day.

At least I didn’t miss seeing Hansi tonight, though it would have been better if he had looked a little happier. But then today wasn’t a very happy day for him and Hoffenheim, for tonight marked the end of their European campaign and they couldn’t even go out in style and win their last game.

Hansi Flick at Hofffenheim v Ludogorets 2017/18

Advent Calendar Day 2: The Unfortunate Coincidence

It would be today of all days that I get not only Benedikt Höwedes’ sticker but the card of Jonas Hector. How perfect is that, getting them in the same calendar door when their teams play each other. And they end up drawing 2-2 just to make it that little bit more perfect. Well Schalke is only technically Benedikt’s team at the moment, with him being on loan to Juventus. And Jonas of course is still out injured so didn’t play. Though in a way it’s a good thing Benedikt isn’t there because I don’t like Schalke very much and I would under the circumstances feel compelled to root for Cologne anyway, even though they are in the relegation fight along with Freiburg. But I don’t feel too bad for doing so, simply because surely Cologne are too deep in trouble to be of any danger to Freiburg, Bremen or HSV who are also stuck in the relegation fight. At this point forget about fighting relegation, they’re fighting against having the unflattering record of being the worst Bundesliga team of all time. I bet no-one ever thought Tasmania Berlin were in danger of losing that record. But with three points and six goals after fourteen games Cologne are giving them a run for their money.

Rumor has it they’ve parted ways with Peter Stöger though that hasn’t been confirmed officially. I at least hope it’s not true. In the poll I voted in 71% of people agreed sacking him would be the wrong way to go. But then maybe I’m a little biased, I like the underdog after all. I don’t have to worry about the same thing happening at Freiburg. On the news last week the club president said that Christian Streich is going nowhere, that they stand by him “through thick and thin” which was reassuring if unnecessary to hear. For the simple reason Freiburg aren’t the kind of club to go sacking a coach just because things aren’t going so well. Whatever happens he’s going nowhere. Obviously I don’t want to think about them getting relegated but it would in a weird way be funny, a Jogi team and a Hansi team getting relegated together.

As what I’ve written so far suggests today has been all about football. And I know what they’ll say, fixating on one thing to the exclusion of everything else isn’t good, you need some balance in the day/your life in general. But you know what I don’t really care right now. For two reasons, first it got me out of bed and secondly it was a distraction from all the stuff I’m worried about at the moment. It’s a good thing I did get up too, I wouldn’t have gotten my new Hansi video if I hadn’t and I would have missed Peter’s pre-match show. It’s funny that is. Whilst I’m beating myself up for having obsessions at all and worrying how immersive they are I end up adding another one to the list. This one is kind of new too, I’ve never been obsessed with a reporter before. Seems I’m not done collecting things and that includes obsessions. In one way I suppose it’s a good sign, the fact I’m still engaged enough with something to form a new interest and to care about something. Even the stupid psych can’t argue with that. Though something tells me they’ll find something to complain about. They’re supposed to be helping but it feels like they’re doing the exact opposite. Surely it can’t be a good thing that I worry so much about what they think, then again I do that for pretty much every social situation, so it’s kind of hard to tell. I’m not even sure why I keep going, I guess I’m just used to going where I’m told when it comes to this sort of thing. I did at least manage to write something today, only three pages but it’s better than nothing.