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Tagged Bayern Munich, Germany, Hans-Dieter Flick, Joachim "Jogi" Löw, World Cup Final 2014
Here it finally is, one year exactly since the World Cup final. 365 days since Mario Götze made history and became the first ever substitute to score a World cup winning goal. 365 days since the last time Hansi stood by Jogi’s side. In an interview he gave to a German newspaper, Joachim Löw said that he’s not doing anything World Cup related today, nothing special to mark today’s occasion. I’m not doing anything World Cup related either, nothing other than posting these posts which doesn’t count technically since all of the work was done before today. There are seven posts in total, which was of course deliberate. As is the way in which they are going to be posted, in lots of four. The first set at the time the match kicked off, the second at the end of the 90 minutes, the third at the approximate time the goal was scored and the fourth at the approximate time the match ended.
Random tangent, I can’t help but find it amusing that my first visitor today was from the Czech Republic. Amusing because they are one of the few teams to beat Germany in a qualifier under Joachim Löw’s command.
Despite not watching the final today or the even the goal, I have in other ways recreated that day. And not entirely intentionally, I can tell myself that I stayed up late because I did a year ago and I want everything to be just right. But saying so does not make it true, in having stayed up so late I wasn’t recreating that all so special day. I was looking for videos of Hansi online. As it turns out YouTube is a treasure trove of old matches and not just highlights either. I added three almost complete matches to my Hansi Flick collection. The day belonged to Hansi before it even really began, which just proves everyone’s point really. It’s the day of the World Cup final and instead of celebrating, I’m thinking about Hansi and looking for videos related to him. It’s not all about him, I did at least write some more of my latest Löw adventure, it’s not finished and it won’t be finished to be posted today. I think there’s more to the story and with the idea I’ve got to finish it, I think it will be worth the wait.
Today is one year on from that historic semi final. It still seems unbelievable, 7-1. I’ve seen this match at least five times and seen the goals several times by now, and yet it still has a slightly unreal feel to it. In a weird way more so than the final itself. Given how I watched it the first time, that is several hours after the rest of the world, it’s only fitting that tonight is a late night too. Though I’m happy to say it’s for different reasons. Back then it was because I couldn’t sleep at night, I was in my customary summer tailspin. Now it’s not because of that, now it’s because I’m working on three Jogi adventures and I just have to write a little more before going to sleep.
One thing I won’t be doing today is watching the match again. Not because I didn’t watch the others on the dates, or because I’ve got plenty of other things to do, or because I miss Hansi. All those things are true, especially the last one but none of them are the real reason. Truth is, it’s still as thrilling to watch as the first time, a little too thrilling, way too exciting in fact. I don’t want to be all hyped up, not when I’ve got a story to finish and not when I’m already hyped up about getting to order my new Freiburg shirt on Thursday. I will however be having my customary World Cup sandwich, that I will do.
I didn’t think it was possible to like Jogi anymore than I already do and yet something that I read in an interview lately had just that effect. It was the last one he gave before his summer break, just the other week. I can’t remember what the question was but I can remember the part of the answer that I liked so much. He tells how around the 30 minute mark of the match he turned to Hansi and said to him “Hansi, tell me, is this really real, what’s happening here?”
I don’t know why exactly, at least I can’t explain but I really liked that. I wish I had pictures from that point in the match but the last picture I have from the first half is in the 22nd minute.
I got one of my favourite Jogi videos from this match, and one of my favourite ever Jogi & Hansi moments. Both of those are terrific but it’s Manuel Neuer who got the moment of the match, not an on the field one, something he did after the match. Something which I liked enough to make a video of and put online. And just for some extra fun, I made a GIF too. That first and then the Jogi ones: