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Advent Calendar Day 12: An Early Christmas Present

These days I always have trouble starting posts and put way too much thought into it when I should just do what I do in real life, just start wherever I want. Sometimes it’s at the beginning and more often than not right in the middle of whatever I want to say. Though with this post there really isn’t a beginning, middle and end because there’s only one important point. That point being today’s draw for the last sixteen of the Champions League and it’s in that draw I received the aforementioned early Christmas present. I said I didn’t want any surprises this year but this is one surprise I’m happy to get, though it seems I’m in the minority on this count. It’s mostly due to the draw I didn’t have to try very hard at being positive today. So happy am I with the result I’ve actually managed to write a few pages. As soon as Bayern got drawn I prayed “Arsenal, Arsenal, please get Arsenal.” Low (no Jogi reference intended) and behold Arsenal is who they got drawn with. Sometimes wishing does work. It means Mesut and Mustafi get to face off against Manuel, Philipp, Thomas and Jerome. And significantly increases my chances of getting a Jogi video and maybe even a half-time interview. The game isn’t until February and I know I shouldn’t be thinking that far ahead but just this once I can’t help myself. Dortmund on the other hand will be playing Benfica and Leverkusen got drawn with Atletico Madrid which pretty much ends their hopes of getting any further, Dortmund have a much better chance of going through. I’d put good money on them making the next round. As for Bayern, well I wouldn’t bet either way.

champions-league-achtelfinale-2016-17Speaking of Jogi videos I got no such thing from any of this weekend’s games but then I didn’t expect one. I didn’t get one from last week’s Champions League games either, instead getting as a sort of consolation prize in the form of video and pictures of Miro Klose. Well this week’s consolation prize of sorts is Stefan Kuntz who was at Eintracht Frankfurt’s game on Friday night against Hoffenheim:

stefan-kuntz-at-eintracht-frankfurt-v-hoffenheim-2016-17There’s a quote I like from The West Wing, when Leo says “I like the little things.” I haven’t watched the show in quite some time yet that quote always sticks with me, as do a lot of the things from the show. It’s one of those things I wish I could watch again, but I can’t and not just because I know it too well. Rather it’s because it’s too depressing, both because of how idiotic real life politics are and because I view it a lot differently now. The only character I feel the same affection for is Toby, everyone else including the president I feel somewhat differently about, in fact especially him. I guess I’m a lot less naive than when I first watched it.

And none of that was my point, I had no intention of saying anything about the show itself. My point was I wonder if sometimes I’m a little too easily pleased, today’s draw being an example of that. It hasn’t completely taken my mind off what I was worrying about but it has a little, and it has put me in a slightly better mood. It’s the first time in several days I’ve decided to write something story wise and actually sat down and done just that without too much fuss. It should be a good thing yet I don’t feel like it is. This is why I don’t have any long-term plans. How can I have any real plans when I’m happy just to get a new box of cards. Or maybe I’m over thinking all of this. It’s just that question keeps coming up again and again, and every time I get asked it makes me feel like an even more inferior to other people than I already do. As if I’ll only be a person in their eyes if I do what they think I should. One day I’ll answer what I’m really thinking, I’ve never done that. I’ve never said that all I really want is for them to go away. I don’t know what’s worse, constantly being interrogated as to what your plans are in life or being completely forgotten about and people assuming you couldn’t possible have any such plans. It’s sort of like the way I never get invited anywhere when people go out because they just assume I can’t go. Chances are I probably can’t but it’s still nice to be asked. And that was a whole of rambling which wasn’t planned. Better to write it here than for it to keep me up at night I guess. I suppose that’s enough rambling for one night.

In the Freiburg calendar was Slovakian striker Karim Guede who scored that invaluable goal against Heidenheim last season, and who of course played such an important part in Petersen’s goal against Bayern two years ago. Joining him from the Dortmund calendar is Nuri Sahin who like Karim has made just the one appearance so far this season:

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Joachim Löw at FC Bayern München v Arsenal 2015/16

Video and pictures of Jogi along with Thomas Schneider and Andreas Köpke at Bayern’s 5-1 win over Arsenal tonight:

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Super Neuer – Arsenal v Bayern (CL 2015/16)

Before losing 2-0 to Arsenal last night Bayern had won twelve games in a row, in the process making Bundesliga history by winning their first nine games. When the draw for the Champions League was made this was the game I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint. The goals came late, in fact Özil’s was not until the third minute of stoppage time but the game was not short on excitement. There were a fair amount of chances for both Bayern and Arsenal but it was to be the night of the goalkeepers with both Neuer and Cech making several world class saves.

By now you’d think it was impossible for Neuer to impress you, that with all the incredible saves he’s made in the past, it would be impossible for him to top any of those. Last night he did just that, it may have been his mistake which led to Arsenal’s first goal but that’s not what will be remembered from the game. The return leg of the fixture two weeks from now is guaranteed to be epic. Equally so should Leverkusen’s trip to Roma. Their game ended 4-4. After going 2-0, Roma pulled two back, then went on to score two more. But Leverkusen weren’t finished, they pulled back two of their own with the fourth goal being scored by former Freiburger Admir Mehmedi in the 86th minute.

Videos and pictures, post match interviews with Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer. And of course the video of Neuer’s first super save, then the almost save of what was ultimately Özil’s goal.

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New Hansi pictures/Champions League 2015-16 group stage draw

First up, pictures of Hansi from a new video on the DFB site:

Hansi Flick 1 Hansi Flick 2 Hansi Flick 3 Hansi Flick 4 Hansi Flick 5 Hansi Flick 6 Hansi Flick 7 Hansi Flick 8 Hansi Flick 9 Hansi Flick 10And then to this evening’s big event, the draw for the Champions League. A most excellent draw, Bayern are in the same group as Arsenal, Leverkusen are in Barcelona’s group, Wolfsburg will get to face off against Bastian Schweinsteiger and his new side Man United. And saving the best till last, it’s arguably Mönchengladbach who face the toughest test of all in their first ever season in the competition. In their group is last season’s runners up Juventus, Man City and Europa League winners Sevilla. Some extremely tasty matches to come, I have no idea how I’m going to fit them all in.

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