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Advent Calendar Days 13, 14 & 15: The Missing Days

Last year I missed one days post and had to do a double post the next day, but never did I miss two days in a row. I somehow managed that this time around, too many late nights and not enough sleep catching up with me I guess. It’s been a very slow few days and I don’t feel like writing anything at all. I did however get two pieces of good news today, first finding out that the final series of The Bridge will be on TV at the start of the new year. And second that the DFB have confirmed their preparation plans for the world cup, having finally decided on where they’re staying. Not in Sotschi which is what Jogi apparently preferred but near Moscow in a place named Vatutinki. They also named their first friendly opponents, Austria who they’ll play on the 2nd June.

Advent Calendar Day 19 & 20: Not Again

This year has felt like a sort of groundhog day type year, the same stuff over and over again, and I don’t just mean in terms of the mistakes I’ve made. I wish I just meant that. With Monday’s night events it feels all so very familiar, indeed the same things are said all over again. The same hatred and racism is brought to the fore. Lots of things are said but little changes. A lot of people are ignorant of what’s going on in the wider world and they want it to stay that way. Syria seemed like a place far away and so the events there could be ignored, except now such things are happening right on Europe’s doorstep. And some people’s answer, to ban all refugees from entering Europe. To refuse to help the very people who are trying to escape things like this. I don’t know, nothing makes any sense, I’m not sure anything ever did. I just don’t understand how anyone could be so blinkered and ignorant not to care what’s going on there. The fact it’s so faraway should make no difference, nor that the people are of a different nationality or religion. People are people no matter where they’re from. It certainly doesn’t feel right to be celebrating Christmas whilst all this is going on.

Monday was not a good day anyway, and it become less of one because of what I woke up to. Just when you think you have a shot at getting back on track something else goes wrong. In reality I don’t think it had a shot of going right, I just wanted to believe it could. Everything feels just about as pointless as it’s ever done, yet I can’t stop writing or doing any of this. I’ve seen what happens when I do that, no matter how pointless it seems you have to carry on. A few days ago (I’m not sure which one exactly) I was watching The Counsellor, I don’t know why I decided to rewatch it, I didn’t think much of it the first time round. I felt drawn to it for some reason. I saw it at the cinema when it was released with a friend. Before seeing it I thought it would be good and they thought the opposite, after seeing it our positions were reversed. They said it was better than they expected and I was disappointed with it. I’m not sure I can articulate why exactly, I do however know why it angered me. The main character doesn’t care about the violence in Mexico when he has the potential to make money from it, he only cares when it affects him, when it’s someone he loves that gets hurt. Which is kind of like the situation now I suppose. The majority of people don’t care what’s happening somewhere else as long as it’s not affecting them. I’m not sure why it bothers me so much or why I can’t stop thinking about all this, maybe it’s because I’m often accused of lacking empathy, clearly that’s not true.

I have plenty of distractions but none of them are working, I don’t feel much like watching football, I couldn’t focus on tonight’s game in which Dortmund drew 1-1 with Augsburg. I don’t think the game made any difference, had I watched Gladbach’s game I probably would have felt the same. It’s a good thing I didn’t watch their game in fact, I would have felt even worse. After losing again there’s a good chance Gladbach will be parting ways with Andre Schubert before Christmas. I hope Wednesday’s game does a better job of distracting me, though at the same time it feels wrong but then almost everything does. Even writing this but I had to, I couldn’t not write it. As suffocating as routine is it can be comforting too, and sometimes it’s a little of both. Truth is without routine I wouldn’t know what to do.

Speaking of routine that brings me to the final part of the post, the advent calendars. Behind door number 19 in the Freiburg one was summer signing Janik Harberer and in the Dortmund one Andre Schürrle. And behind door number 20 was Julian Schuster and Roman Weidenfeller. Harberer scored his first Bundesliga goal the weekend before last against Leverkusen, he also got the assist for Niederlechner’s equaliser against Schalke last weekend:

janikhabererscfreiburgteampresentationJulian Schuster goal celebrations 1Schuster - 5th goal - Pokal 1st round 3Julian Schuster – SC Freiburg v FSV Frankfurt 120161221_002851-1

Vor Polen-Spiel – Anreise nach Paris/Video round-up 15/06/16

Jonas Hector - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach Paris Jerome Boateng - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach Paris Shkodran Mustafi - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach ParisDFB Team geht gut gelaunt ins Spiel gegen Polen 15/06/16

Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – ARD video 15/06/16

Jogi_taking_a_shot_at_Bastian_in_goalThomas Müller & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Thomas Müller & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 2 Joachim Löw – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 2 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 3 Joachim Löw & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16ZDF heute journal: Deutsche elf vor Spiel gegen Poland 15/0616

Manuel Neuer - ZDF heute journal 1 Manuel Neuer - ZDF heute journal 2 Thomas Müller & Joshua Kimmich - ZDF heute journal Jonas Hector & Mario Götze - ZDF heute journal Andre Schürrle - ZDF heute journal Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 1 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 2 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 3 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 4 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 5

Sportschau/ZDF SPORTreportage

Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 2 Thomas Müller – Sportschau 04-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 3 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 4 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 5 Bastian Schweinsteiger – Sportschau 04-06-16 1 Andre Schürrle – Sportschau 04-06-16 1 Thomas Müller – Sportschau 04-06-16 2 Julian Draxler – Sportschau 04-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 6 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 7

Joachim Löw – Sportschau 05-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 05-06-16 2 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 05-06-16 3 Toni Kroos – Sportschau 05-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 05-06-16 4 Joachim Löw – Sportschau 05-06-16 5

Manuel Neuer – Sportreportage 05-06-16 1 Manuel Neuer – Sportreportage 05-06-16 2 Manuel Neuer – Sportreportage 05-06-16 3 Joachim Löw – Sportreportage 05-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Sportreportage 05-06-16 2 Joachim Löw – Sportreportage 05-06-16 3

Regeneration nach dem Slowakei-Spiel/EM Fieber/ZDF heute journal

Julian Brandt - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 1Thomas Müller - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 1Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 1Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 2 Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 3 Lukas Podolski - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 1

Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 30-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 30-05-16 2 Andre Schürrle – EM Fieber 30-05-16 1 Shkodran Mustafi - EM Fieber 30-05-16 1

Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 30-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 30-05-16 2 Mario Götze – ZDF heute journal 30-05-16 1

DFB Pressekonferenz 17/05/2016: Joachim Löw nominiert EM-Kader

Manuel Neuer - EM 2016 Kader Bernd Leno - EM 2016 Kader Marc Andre ter Stegen - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - TorJerome Boateng - EM 2016 Kader Emre Can - EM 2016 Kader Jonas Hector - EM 2016 Kader Benedikt Höwedes – EM 2016 Kader Mats Hummels - EM 2016 Kader Shkodran Mustafi - EM 2016 Kader Sebastian Rudy - EM 2016 Kader Antonio Rüdiger - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - AbwehrKarim Bellarabi - EM 2016 Kader Julian Brandt - EM 2016 Kader Julian Draxler - EM 2016 Kader Mario Götze - EM 2016 Kader Mario Gomez -EM 2016 Kader Sami Khedira - EM 2016 Kader Joshua Kimmich - EM 2016 Kader Toni Kroos - EM 2016 Kader Thomas Müller - EM 2016 Kader Mesut Özil - EM 2016 Kader Lukas Podolski - EM 2016 Kader Marco Reus - EM 2016 Kader Leroy Sane - EM 2016 Kader Andre Schürrle - EM 2016 Kader Bastian Schweinsteiger- EM 2016 Kader Julian Weigl - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - Mittelfeld-AngriffDie Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016

Bundesliga MD24 2015/16: Midweek Strangeness

Writing this post before catching up on the others means my Bundesliga posts will be out of order but that doesn’t matter. The only person it bothers is me and I’m being an idiot about it, as I am with most things. I can’t put it off forever after all. MD24 was of course “die englische Woche” and it wasn’t short on drama. Two matches on Tuesday night and then seven on Wednesday. The big result of Tuesday night was Wolfsburg beating H96 4-0 with Andre Schürrle getting his first Bundesliga hat-trick. The fourth goal was scored by Julian Draxler and was nothing less than they deserved. I got a kick out of the result because the day after Freiburg beat Arminia Bielefeld 4-1. I like it, that Freiburg win by 4 and H96 lose by 4. H96 seeming to be rooted to the bottom of the table with just ten games left to play. Their chances of being relegated looking increasingly likely despite the bringing in of experienced coach Thomas Schaff. I wonder if at this point he wishes he’d stuck with Eintracht Frankfurt. No doubt they too are similarly ruing their bad luck in not being able to hold onto him. For the first time all season they’ve slipped into the bottom three thanks to Bremen beating Leverkusen 4-1 thus repeating their feat of defeating them in the quarter finals of the DFB Pokal. One fact worth mentioning about Bremen is they haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet all season, they are the only team in the Bundesliga to not have done so. This is particularly important in light of this week because were it not for an own goal by Papy Djilobodji they would have likely kept their first clean sheet of the season.

With Hoffenheim continually improving under new coach Julian Nagelsman it’s not at all difficult to picture Eintracht Frankfurt falling into 17th place and getting stuck there. As far as Bremen goes I wouldn’t dare to make any such predictions, I could see them getting stuck in the relegation battle as easily as I could see them just scraping through again.

I know some people think the Bundesliga is kind of boring, that it’s just a case of watching Bayern win yet another title. This season it’s a case of Bayern v Dortmund and then the best of the rest, Dortmund have a 15 point lead on third placed Hertha. This season it’s looked like a case of Bayern well on their way to yet another title. But this week has added a little bit of intrigue to the story. For the first time all season Bayern lost at home, losing 2-1 to Mainz. The game went as you would expect it to, Bayern completely dominating yet unable to make the most of their considerable chances. Mainz being forced to pretty much defend for close to 90 minutes on the other hand did make the most of their limited chances. Elsewhere in the league Dortmund ground out a 2-0 win away at Darmstadt, meaning the gap between them and Bayern is reduced to just five points. The final twist in the tale is that this weekend der Klassiker round two takes place with Bayern visiting Dortmund who will be looking to defend what Bayern just lost, an unbeaten home record. Dortmund unlike Bayern still remain unbeaten at home, given the 5-1 thrashing Bayern handed out in the reverse of the fixture there’s a good chance that will no longer be the case come Saturday.

I wonder who’s going to start in goal for Dortmund on Saturday, the last time round Bürki played as he’s done for every league game so far baring Thursday night. But he did not have a great game, that’s putting it mildly, it was awful in truth. It’s kind of ironic I got Roman’s sticker today, Bürki that is. Weidenfeller isn’t in this season’s album. Ironic because it’s the day after the one league game Bürki didn’t play. I also got Thomas Müller’s sticker:

Roman Bürki – Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker Thomas Müller - Bayern München – Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker

Videos, post-match interviews from both Bayern and Dortmund’s games with Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, Erik Durm and Thomas Tuchel:

Highlights:

Bayern v Mainz

Darmstadt v Dortmund

Leverkusen v Bremen

H96 v Wolfsburg

Pictures from Bayern’s game, first two GIFs of a very angry Manuel Neuer:

Angry_Manuel_Neuer_Bayern_v_Mainz_1Angry_Manuel_Neuer_2_Bayern_v_MainzManuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 1 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 2 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 3 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 4 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 5 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 6 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 7 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 8 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 9 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 10 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 11 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 12 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern München v Mainz 1 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 13 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern München v Mainz 2 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern München v Mainz 3 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 14 Manuel Neuer – Bayern München v Mainz 15 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern München v Mainz 4 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern München v Mainz 1 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern München v Mainz 2Some pictures from Dortmund’s game:

Matthias Ginter - Darmstadt v Dortmund 1 Matthias Ginter - Darmstadt v Dortmund 2 Thomas Tuchel - Darmstadt v Dortmund 1 Thomas Tuchel - Darmstadt v Dortmund 2 Matthias Ginter - Darmstadt v Dortmund 3 Erik Durm - Darmstadt v Dortmund 1 Erik Durm - Darmstadt v Dortmund 2 Roman Weidenfeller - Darmstadt v Dortmund