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- Joachim Löw at RB Leipzig v Union Berlin 2019/20
- Joachim Löw at SC Freiburg v Bayern München 2019/20
- Joachim Löw at Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen 2019/20
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Category Archives: SC Freiburg
Today was one of those times I tried to come up with a snappy title and failed miserably, giving up in the end and going for one that does at least sum up what this weekend has been about. Well it doesn’t include Söyüncü in there but that’s probably for the best. Normally by the time the first round of the DFB Pokal comes around I’m just happy to be watching football again, but this weekend hasn’t been a lot of fun, and Söyüncü is the reason why. It’s not like I’m over the whole world cup disappointment, more that it’s been temporarily taken over by a new pain. And it’s one which hurt a lot more than I expected it to, maybe because I wasn’t prepared for it right now. There is a lot of real stuff I should be worrying about right now, yet all I care about is Söyüncü. It’s not just the fact he’s left, it’s how and where he’s gone. Right on the last day of the transfer window in England, that’s when they snapped him up. By that point I thought we were safe, that he would get to stay for at least another year. I’m relieved now that I haven’t bought my home and away shirt yet for this season, if I had already gotten his name printed on the back then this would be immeasurably worse. I did think about getting Heintz on there instead, but I can’t get another centre-back’s name on there, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that. Unless the impossible happened and it was Matze Ginter, now that I could happily do.
Last night was Freiburg’s first competitive game without him, and boy did they miss him.It would have been a special game even without him being gone, the reason being Freiburg were playing Energie Cottbus, former team of Nils Petersen. So it’s kind of fitting then that it was Nils who helped to save the day, he scored the second goal – which was not unusually for him a penalty. Though he didn’t score this one in his usual fashion, his actual penalty was saved by the keeper, but he somehow managed to be in just the right place to head it into the net. And of course he was the first to step up in the penalty shoot-out, putting that one away just fine. Thirty-two games and only one went to penalties, and it just had to be Freiburg. Cottbus missed their fourth penalty, leaving it to Dominique Heintz to slot home Freiburg’s fifth and confirm their place in the second round. It was all round a night of very narrow margins. Nils’ goal came in the 99th minute, and the first goal to equalize even more so, it coming about three seconds into extra time and being scored by Freiburg’s new captain Mike Frantz. As the commentator funnily quipped “O Captain, my Captain.” Very fitting words indeed.
Though they weren’t the only ones to cut it close in terms of going through to the next round, and there were a few surprises too, not least last season’s surprise winner Frankfurt getting knocked out by SSV Ulm. Going through the games and guessing the results I picked Ulm to win just as a joke, I never thought it would actually happen. Though I was pleased to be correct about Wehen Wiesbaden knocking out St Pauli. Bayern and Dortmund both scraped through, with the former surprisingly only winning 1-0 over an amateur team and the latter beating Greuther Fürth right at the death. As for the other Borussia and Matze they had no trouble whatsoever on Saturday, scoring a whopping eleven goals. Matze unfortunately was not on the score sheet but the pictures I got from the end of the game kind of make up for that:
I originally got the idea for this post just after Petersen scored the equalizer, back then the post was a little happier. But of course that goal turned out to be meaningless and Freiburg lost yet another game. As disappointing as that is (and obviously losing to Stuttgart makes it doubly so) it takes nothing away from Nils’ goal, yet another work of art from him. The title of the post is actually kind of funny. I got the idea right after he scored and wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget, and then the commentator goes and says pretty much the same thing. Though as it turns out the commentator in question is an idiot. Not long after that goal he was musing about whether or not Freiburg could hold onto Nils in the summer. He obviously didn’t read what Nils said just the other month when he signed his new contract, that he’s very happy in Freiburg. And I know talk is cheap but he’s always proved to be a man of his word. Besides he’s 29 years old, even with his prolific scoring rate he’s not going to be getting a lot of offers at his age.
Anyway, back to Nils. Just what does he have to do in order to get on Jogi’s radar? He’s the highest scoring German in the Bundesliga with 13 goals, a fact that’s made even more impressive by Freiburg’s pitiful goal tally this season. They’re struggling yet he’s still finding opportunities and scoring. Which brings me to my main point. Before the game in his interview Jogi was talking about the importance of players and teams acting instead of just reacting, of creating chances rather than just waiting for something to happen. Well that’s exactly what Nils did tonight and what he did against Dortmund too. Nils is a reliable team player, often creates his own chances, scores a decent amount of goals and is useful coming off the bench too, being the all time Bundesliga top joker scorer. Even so I don’t actually expect him to be going to Russia this summer, I just think he deserves a mention is all. When asked about it he said that he’s already made his holiday plans, then again any other answer would have made him look arrogant. Realistically speaking being picked for the Olympic side in 2016 was most likely the closest he’s ever going to get to having an international career. It would certainly be ironic if Nils ended up overtaking Jogi as Freiburg’s best all time goal-scorer. Jogi has the record with 81 league goals, Nils so far has 53. It’s not impossible.
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.
It’s not quite the case that Christmas is cancelled because Freiburg got knocked out of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday, but it’s certainly not the way you want the first half of the season to end. Then again it’s not the fact they got knocked out, more by whom and how. Losing to Bremen was bad enough but doing so because of a goal which wasn’t a legal goal, well that’s going to hurt for quite some time. It’s funny, ever since the season started I’ve been bemoaning the existence and use of VAR and on Wednesday night I was angry because it wasn’t in use. Had it been in use it might have affected the outcome of Gladbach’s game against Leverkusen too, and the player who elbowed Matze in the head would have been sent off like he should have been. Though I’m not sure the VAR would have helped in the peculiar situation of the diving coach. That was truly bizarre, Leverkusen’s coach seemingly taking a dive after a Gladbach player almost clattered into him but just avoided him the end. Definitely the funniest moment from this week’s games.
But there’s point obsessing over it, they’re out and that’s that. I guess I should see the good point of the situation, it’s one less distraction from the all important task of staying in the league. First up after the winter break is Eintracht Frankfurt, a fixture that holds some very good memories indeed. Back in 2015 that was Nils Petersen’s first game as a Freiburg player, first game, first hat-trick. He didn’t take the penalty though, Vladimir Darida did that.
As much as I’m looking forward to that game I don’t really want to be thinking about January right now. Thinking so far ahead counts as thinking big and that’s the last thing I want to do. I don’t want to think big or make plans, all I want is for just a few months to have a nice quiet, peaceful existence, nothing more. I’m not making any new year’s resolutions and it’s not only because I see no point in doing so, more that for a while I don’t want anything to happen. Last year I got sucked into thinking everything was fine in December and then everything fell apart in January. So I don’t want the same thing to happen again, I don’t want to make any assumptions.
On the subject of things happening I made a decision earlier this week which surprised myself, not only me but the other relevant parties as well. I don’t know if it came out of nowhere or I’d already subconsciously decided this but either way I made the decision for the next appointment to be the last. It’s not entirely for the reasons I stated on Wednesday though. It’s not because I think I don’t need to talk anymore right now. Actually it’s the opposite, I’m tired of talking. I’m tired of having to go there knowing I won’t really tell the whole truth anyway. And I know that’s partly my fault, it’s just not easy to be honest and trust someone when for years you’ve gotten used to the fact that’s not an option. To borrow a quote from one of my favourite shows The Bridge, “my plan is not to have a plan.”I just want to read books and sleep. Mostly I just want to be left alone. I don’t know if it’s people I’m tired of or rather the pretense I feel like I need to put on in order to be around them. Either way I really wish I didn’t have somewhere to go tomorrow. I wish I’d been brave enough to say no when I was invited. I should be grateful I have friends yet right now I just want everyone to go away.
I want nothing more than to stay inside and lose myself in books, to just escape from reality completely. That’s one of things I talked about on Wednesday, how books are a better distraction for me than anything else. Playing Playstation is a good way to pass time but not to occupy my mind in quite the same way. No, playing games is more like anesthetizing yourself in a way but books are something else. At least that’s one good thing about the past few months, I set myself the target of reading 75 books this year and I’m one off reaching that goal. I just finished reading Going Underground, a book which features an autistic detective. I know, I shouldn’t even be reading books with autistic characters in them when they’re written by NTs because I invariably end up ranting about them. And this one did frustrate me a little, though not as much as Rubbernecker did. I suppose the fact the author actually has an autistic son has something to do with that. One good thing about the book is the writer takes the time to make it clear that Jonathan is an investigator, not a policeman. That’s important because the idea of someone like Jonathan being a policeman is absurd.
I am though unhappy with certain aspects of his character, like the fact he doesn’t seem to understand humour at all and that he’s completely oblivious to popular cultural references. I know some people with autism either don’t get or just don’t do humour. But I hate it when an autistic character is portrayed that way because it’s so stereotypical and it reinforces the view the general public holds that autistic people don’t get jokes. And even more importantly sometimes you come across parents who actually believe their child can’t be autistic because “my son is nice, friendly, intelligent and has a fantastic sense of humour.” Yeah, none of that precludes a person being autistic. I find that so offensive, the implication that we’re all unfriendly, stupid, unfeeling people who have no sense of humour whatsoever. Similarly I find it equally offensive that somehow autistic has become shorthand for “socially awkward/pedantic/weird/obsessive/mean/critical. Basically some NTs are using autistic as a synonym for any trait they don’t like or consider to be a negative trait. And that’s the other trait I wish writers would use less of when writing autistic characters, emotional detachment. Lots of autistic people have the opposite problem, feeling too much. They might not be able to actually express that however.
At least I knew the other book I was reading wouldn’t let me down, Bernie Gunther never has, well not so far anyway. I just finished book seven, Field Grey. From what I read of the reviews it seems to be a book which divides opinions. I have to admit it is the most challenging of them so far but it was interesting, I didn’t find the couple hundred pages of interrogations boring. I liked seeing the puzzle being pieced together and learning what happened to him after the war ended. Though it got a little confusing in the end with all the double crossing, I will admit that. It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm any, I can’t wait to start reading the next one. I can take some comfort from that, the fact I’m looking forward to something.