The first part of the title refers to a dream I had last weekend, thankfully it was Thomas Tuchel who paid me a visit in my dreams and not the other Thomas. This Thomas is Jürgen Klopp’s successor, like Klopp he’s coached Mainz as well and he will take over at Dortmund at the end of the season when Klopp departs. In the dream I was asking him about his plans for Dortmund, in particular about which players he wanted to keep and who would be the first to leave. He asked if there was anyone in particular I was wondering about. I replied in the affirmative and said that Roman Weidenfeller was who I was wondering about. I wanted to know if Roman had said he wanted to leave and if he wanted him to stay. I don’t remember his answer or if there was anymore to the conversation.
All this time I’ve been thinking about him leaving Dortmund and whether or not I would care about that, without considering the possibility that he’s not the Roman I was worried about. That it’s Roman Bürki I’m really worried about and whether or not he will stay at Freiburg, whether they stay up or not. It’s ironic I’ll say that, back in March I wrote about how change wasn’t always a bad thing because if nothing ever changed then Oliver Baumann would not have left and Freiburg would have not needed to look for a new goalkeeper. Now change or rather the possibility of change is the enemy once more. It’s not something that just applies to football, it’s a lesson that has to be learnt in real life too. A lesson that I seem to need to learn time and time again. Things change, whether you want them to or not. It’s a recurring theme in my dreams, I’ve had dreams related to the topic that had Jogi, Hansi, Klinsi and the other Thomas in them. In fact the presence of Thomas Tuchel is a message in itself. By dreaming about him it’s an acceptance of his presence at Dortmund next season.
Other than worrying about Roman and the possibility of relegation and other players leaving, there’s other things I’m worried about changing too, things big and small. One of them is a change that’s already taken place, something which happened completely without warning and were I to share it with anyone in real life they would without a doubt tell me that I’m overreacting, that it’s not a big deal. To them it’s just a new layout for the TV guide, it would mean nothing to most people but it means something to me. It means something to me to wake up one day and find out that the layout you are so used to has been taken away to be replaced by a new one that you hate, not just because it’s different but because it’s completely impractical. Maybe if it had happened at a less stressful time and if there had been some warning I wouldn’t be so bothered by it. The way things are right now I don’t need any surprises like that.
I think maybe I’ll write a story about that, a Jogi story of course. That always helps in getting some perspective on things and makes me feel a little better. I’ve been thinking about an idea for one, it’s not about things changing but it is about how sometimes things aren’t as you expect them to be. In this case it’s related to the “Road to Euro 2016” trading cards. I had initially decided not to collect them but ended up getting the starter pack anyway because they didn’t have the sticker album and I had been pretty set on getting it. I couldn’t countenance the idea of leaving with nothing, I stupidly had not let myself consider the possibility that it may not be there. I don’t understand why it wasn’t, it’s out elsewhere in Europe. I know I could get one online from Serbia but it’s just the album, not the starter pack that comes with five packets of stickers and comes encased in a plastic wrapper. There’s something special about getting it from the store like that and bringing it home yourself. I hate how careless they are with release dates, why are they keeping it such a secret, don’t they want people to buy their albums and why the staggered release, why do the eastern European countries get it first?
And now I’ve gone completely off the point which was about things not always being as you expect them to be and how to deal with that. The problem here is related to how the cards are stored, the binder that comes in the starter pack does not have enough room for all the cards in the collection, not even enough space for all of the regular cards, forget about the special ones as well. Which is why they are not numbered no doubt, there would be no point in numbering them when there aren’t enough slots for all of them. That was the other thing I was annoyed about, that the slots aren’t numbered, which means you have to count your way through the pages if you wanted to put the cards in order.
I’ve got the beginnings of the story in which Jogi begins to collect these cards, something which Hansi is not pleased about and he’s even less pleased when he finds out that Jogi has box of cards for him too because he not only needs someone to trade with but someone to battle against too. I guess I could add to that him discovering the problem with the lack of space and Hansi teaching him about how to deal with situations when they don’t turn out as they thought you would.
Writing that may make me feel a little better but it doesn’t help at all in solving the two practical concerns. First where I’m going to put the rest of the cards, that can be solved by buying one of the tins I looked at online, that means spending more than I had planned to on this but now I don’t have any other choice. It’s annoying, I have to spend more and it still doesn’t exactly resolve the problem, not to my satisfaction anyhow.That’s going to bug me, the fact that there’s always going to be cards missing from the binder.
The second problem is unsolvable, Jogi solved it easily enough, he just bought Hansi a box of his own cards. I however don’t have anyone to buy a box for and even if I did, I can’t make them be interested in playing the game. I’ll just have to settle for collecting them instead of battling. I can still trade cards at least, I can trade them online same as the stickers which is something. At least I won’t get stuck with a pile of useless doubles.
It’s not all bad news today, Paderborn did as expected lose to Wolfsburg which means they stay in the relegation zone and more importantly Freiburg hold on to their spot of safety for now. Timm Klose and Bas Dost got the goals for Wolfsburg. A picture of Dost celebrating and one from the post match interview in which he’s wearing a Paderborn shirt:
As promised, the video of Junuzovic’s goal, I don’t however have any pictures of him celebrating, to be more precise I have no clear or good ones so just the video will have to suffice.
It’s a very strange week this week. For once Jogi’s teams did better than Hansi’s. Freiburg drew, Stuttgart won and Frankfurt won. But for Hansi Bayern lost, Hoffenheim lost (to Frankfurt) and only Köln won with them beating Schalke 2-0. That’s a great result for them, they’ve found it difficult to score goals all season especially at home and with this victory their survival in the top flight is assured now.
On the subject of things not being all bad, here’s one more thing to be happy about, a Jogi video being at the top of my youtube list:
And now the stickers of the day, this lot is very much a Hansi themed one with a Bayern player, half of the team, the badge for his former team Sandhausen and one for Hoffenheim. Also there is my first Freiburg player since starting this collection, Vladimir Darida: