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The End of an Era

Well I’d like to say I’m surprised but I’m not, by the timing yes, but not the fact this is the decision Jogi has made. With the events of the past 18 months this has felt increasingly inevitable. One way or another it was going to happen. On the one hand you could say it’s better he’s going out on his own terms, but honestly there was no good way for this to happen, no way in which I’d be happy with it. I think it’s probably the right decision, as much as it pains me to say that. I’m in no way happy he’s leaving yet I feel a little relieved that all the negativity can end now.

It’s weird to think though, if it weren’t for the pandemic the Euros would have been and gone already. Would he have left after the Euros last summer had the tournament been played then? No way of knowing now obviously. First Christian Prokop sacked, now Jogi is leaving. Oh well at least Hansi isn’t going anywhere. Well not too far anyway. I mean he’s the perfect person to pick up where Jogi left off. I thought that long before his success at Bayern, he didn’t need to win a Bundesliga title or a Champions league trophy to convince me he’s got what it takes. Team Hansi all the way here. Door’s open Hansi. (And in the event he sticks with Bayern, Stefan Kuntz is my choice.)

For reasons which long predate Jogi’s decision to step down I’ve stopped keeping up with posting pictures from games and training. I left it so long I then got out of the habit of doing so. But with the realisation this tournament will be Jogi’s last and if I don’t complete the posts things will be incomplete, will then I had to finish it. It’s late and way overdue, but it’s something that has to be done, to close the chapter, to finish the story. In preparation for whatevever, or rather whoever comes next.

Regenerationstraining in 2.Gruppen 07/09/19

Joachim Löw at Hertha BSC v FC Bayern München 2015/16

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New Hansi Flick pictures: Umweltbotschafter video

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Deutschland v England – Pre-match show – The Löw Highlights

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Jogi Löw pictures: Azerbaijan v Germany – 7/06/2011

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Share Your World – 2015# Week 32

Link to questions.

Are you a collector of anything? 

I’m a collector of collections, I’m  always collecting something. DVDs, football stickers, football tickets and  random items related to whoever my current favourite person is. I currently have around 900 DVDs and 200 blu-rays. That’s just counting films, not football matches. Though I’m trying to slim down that particular collection at the moment. One of my favourite collection items ever is a ticket for the match in which Hansi Flick scored his first ever Bundesliga goal for Bayern in 1986 against VfB Stuttgart. Also important is the ticket I have for Union Solingen v SC Freiburg – 1983/84 because Jogi Löw played in that match, it’s the only one I have from a match he actually played in. And not forgetting the ticket and program for Germany v Ireland in 2006, which is the first match that Hansi took his place by Jogi’s side.

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

Small spaces, or being in a small or confined space with other people.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I prefer non-fiction, usually history books. I don’t read a lot of fiction, at least not any that isn’t connected to a special interest of mine.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

A descendant of Manuel Neuer. I don’t have a serious answer, I do believe in the concept of reincarnation, very much so,  I just don’t know what I’d want to be. The Neuer answer aside, I think it would be fun to be something other than a human, if that’s what I currently am, to be an alien of some sort, literally this time.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I don’t really remember much of last week, too little sleep will do that. The only thing I remember is the excitement of the first round of the DFB Pokal. Freiburg are through to the second round with an easy 5-0 victory against HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst. And I got three of my Pokal predictions right, which is really cool, correctly predicting that Hoffenheim, HSV and Karlsruher SC would get knocked out. I wish I could say that I was grateful for seeing Freiburg’s match but that didn’t happen, I had to settle for watching the Konferenz instead. But they won and Nils Petersen scored four goals, that’s the main thing.

I should be looking forward to the Bundesliga starting tonight and at Freiburg being back in action on Saturday. I should be, but I’m having a little trouble mustering up any real enthusiasm just this moment. The return of the summer curse. Sleepless nights and a slightly unreal feel to everything, and worst of all the feeling that everything is pointless. But I know despite how I feel the best thing to do is to keep at it. It won’t last forever, this is the kind of thing to keep in mind:

itshardIf I could be happy about something right now it would be the fact that I reached 100,000 views on my YouTube channel. I can’t take all the credit, a lot of it goes to fifth tier Baden side SSV Reutlingen who knocked out KSC of the DFB Pokal. It was the video of the highlights of that match which took me to the 100,000 mark. It didn’t just nudge me over the line, with just over 33,000 views, it was more like a Johannes Geis free-kick, a real rocket.

Before the summer curse returned, I was happy and very grateful for discovering the phrase “Flick it like Hansi.” I have 11 Freunde to thank for that, and for the following photo, Hansi a gamer, who would have thought:

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

Questions.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Chocolate chip cookies, not so much because they are my favourite but because they are pretty much the only thing I like to snack on.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

The place I have in mind isn’t open anymore, but it would still be my choice anyway. It was a giant sport store that had everything you could imagine, a football goal, basketball net, a small golfing drive, bikes and trampolines. And lots and lots of football stuff. So many different kinds of goalkeeper gloves and boots to try out. And all those kits. That would be fun. But then a book store or a video game store would be equally fun. I guess a toy store would be the obvious choice, train sets, race car tracks and Nerf guns. But then I’m not sure how much fun that would be alone so I’ll stick with the sports store as my main choice.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

London is the largest city I’ve been to. The one thing I remember most is how great it is hearing so many different languages in a short space of time and trying to work out what language it is, and of course keeping a ear out for anyone speaking German or Danish. The other thing I remember most is thinking how much I would most definitely would not want to live there, the films I always want to see may always be showing in London and not here but I would really not like to live there. I don’t know yet if it’s a dislike of this particular city or of cities in general.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

I am way too tired right now and having so many late nights in such a short space of time was most definitely not a good idea, and getting up to watch Freiburg play St. Pauli in a friendly on Tuesday after only four hours of sleep was an even worse one. I’m certainly paying the price for it right now. Being so reckless with getting a good night’s sleep may have not been a bad thing in terms of getting things done, both video and writing wise, but it’s not at all good when it catches up with you as it is now.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my World Cup celebration plans all worked out, that I was able to do everything I wanted. And that I got the all important video done in time.

I’m also grateful for the unexpected bonus of not only being able to see the 1990 final again but getting to record it, meaning I now have a copy that is far better quality than the one I already had on DVD, and even better it too has the original German commentary.

This week I’m looking forward to the fact that tomorrow is my final Bundesliga free Friday, it’s not a football free Friday since Dortmund play Bochum tomorrow evening in a friendly which I will be watching in the hope that Roman Bürki will be in the starting eleven. Or that if not, at least he’ll get to play the second half as has been the case in some of the other friendlies so far.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #27

Questions.

What is your favorite month of the year?

Definitely one of the winter months, I don’t really have a favourite, whichever has the longest and darkest nights, that would be my favourite. I would say January because it offers that and it’s when the Bundesliga returns after the winter break, but I can’t say that, not this season anyhow since it’s not the important date. The 2. Bundesliga returns not in January but on the 6th February. There is still one reason to like January though, and that is the Christmas sales. What fun that is, a tower of packages in the post and knowing that you didn’t spend an absurd amount of money.

Do you drink coffee at all?

Not at all, tasted once and hated it. Which is probably a good thing given that even without drinking it I’m quite the caffeine fiend anyway. Jogi Löw is very fond of his Espresso, now the scarves I can live with, the Strenesse shirts and polo-shirts I can definitely get on board with and liking Hansi Flick, I obviously have no objections to that. But coffee is where I draw the line.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I haven’t had a moneymaking job yet. The question says other than babysitting, but I couldn’t have listed that anyway since I never got paid for it. One of the downsides of being the oldest child and of having too many siblings.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like? 

In no particular order:

1. Mass Effect

2. Pharoah

3. FIFA – no particular number, just the series in general

4. Dragon Age Origins

5. Pokemon – not the whole series, I’ve not played the newer ones for the DS. I’m not sure I could pick a favourite out of the others, either Red or Silver maybe.

Almost made the list but not quite, the first Assassin’s Creed, Bully, The Sims, Fallout 3 and Dead Island. I would have thought Football Manager or Championship Manager would have made the list but there turned out to be no room for them, plus I couldn’t decided which I liked more. I’ve played several installments of both of them but couldn’t pick a favourite. Though in terms of time spent playing them I would have to say the 2001/02 version of Championship Manager. I spent an entire summer playing that. Tying this question in the with the job one, it’s a shame you can’t get paid for playing video games and for managing virtual football teams. Because if you could I would have had a very successful summer and would have made enough money to have actually gone to the World Cup in 2006. It’s not every day a team from the Conference gets to the quarter finals of the Cup, gets drawn with Arsenal, manages to draw and get a replay. Of course we lost the replay 5-1, but still incredible. I liked that version so much that I kept playing it even after the one for the new season was released.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that the bookstore I went to was everything I hoped it would be, and that I managed to find the place by myself. Also that the day in general went better than I thought it would and that I got the new Minions sticker album. I’m also very amused by the fact that Google directed someone to my blog because they searched “Jogi Löw als Minion.” I can’t stop thinking about that now, and from thinking of him and Hansi as Minions led to thinking of the whole team as Minions. Which of course led to thinking about a Minion football match, about getting a bunch of little Minions, a small football and recreating the world cup with Minions.

Top of the list of things to look forward to is ordering my new Freiburg home shirt on Thursday. This is what it looks like:

SC Freiburg - Heim Trikot - 2015-16I’m also looking forward to maybe seeing some pre-season friendlies. And to taking advantage of the super fast internet speeds courtesy of my new router and the upgrades installed yesterday. I know it’s nerdy and I’m probably one of the few if not the only person in the world who would both find this fun and look forward to it, but I can’t wait to get started on backing up my video files online.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #26

The questions.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

In real life I’d have to say a passenger, partly because I can’t drive and partly because I like to watch other people drive. In another world, a different reality, like in video games I love to drive. Especially in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, I love to drive around the countryside at night in a old junker of a car called a Clover (if I’m remembering correctly) listening to country and western music like I Love A Rainy Night and Crazy. Or in GTA 4, driving around the city at night listening to the radio station that plays Phillip Glass music.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

If it were for an opera in Vienna I’d probably go, especially if they were for Wagner’s Ring. Otherwise I’d probably sell them, I have no real interest in opera or any wish to sit through such a thing.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)

There is almost always a silver lining.

Or alternatively: Books, football, Jogi, Hansi. All you need.

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

I’d prefer the latter I think, well part of it anyway. I think I’ve had enough adventure and trouble for a lifetime. It would be nice to enjoy boring and predictable for a change, I’d welcome a little security right now. As for being surrounded by family and friends, not so much, they are part of the problem. The only excitement I want is football related, in regards to everything else a quiet and predictable life would suit me just fine. I want nothing more than to go to work in the week, to do what I have to do and be left alone. And at the weekend, books and football whether it be at the stadium for a home game or at home in front of the TV if it’s an away one. And stickers of course, there always has to be stickers.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that I got plenty of reading done, and that I got lots of nice new pictures of Hansi. And that it wasn’t quite so unbearably warm all the time, at least in the night it was cool enough to get some writing done, I’m very happy with the ending for my DFB Pokal chapter.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Minions film today and the Niki Lauda documentary at the cinema. I’m also happy at the prospect of finally being able to buy some stickers, and maybe checking out a second hand bookstore I found online. I don’t have a great deal of money to spend on books right now, but I’ll be happy if I can just find the place to check it out and to look through the old books. Looking through shelves of old books is in a way better than new ones, there’s something more special about it.  I hope that I can find the place and that I like it. If so I plan on going back there once the summer’s over with my backpack and a wad of notes, imagine all that money to spend on books.