Today has all in all been a very strange day, obviously it’s an improvement on last year because today I had nothing to worry about as far as Freiburg are concerned. But I thought I would enjoy seeing Hannover getting relegated a lot more than I actually did. Either I overestimated how much fun it was going to be or I underestimated how much I cared about it. I’m pretty good at holding a grudge but it seems I’ve moved past this. I guess time really does make a difference, as does the fact Freiburg have already secured their return to the Bundesliga. With Bremen surviving it means I get my wish, I’ll get to see Nils Petersen return there in a Freiburg shirt. But getting revenge on Stuttgart for that 4-1 defeat last year will have to wait. I feel very conflicted about seeing them get relegated, not because I feel sorry for them, just because they’re Jogi’s team. It’s strange, technically Stuttgart have been relegated twice today, not only did they get relegated from the Bundesliga but their second team also got relegated from the 3.Liga. It’s even stranger because I was both rooting for them to win and lose, I needed them to lose in the Bundesliga but win in the 3.Liga. The latter would have been good for Cottbus, their direct relegation rival Wiesbaden needed to lose to Stuttgart II. Random fact the last and only time in fact Stuttgart were relegated was 41 years ago, that means the last time they were relegated Jogi Löw would have been 15 years old. Now that is kind of a weird thought.
Though getting a revenge of sorts as regards Hannover is marred by something else as well. Before watching Bayern’s game I made the mistake of watching Energie Cottbus in the 3.Liga play their final game. They had to beat Mainz II in order to stay in the league and they almost did that. Sometimes football is very cruel, they went up 2-1 in the 78th minute. That would have meant they were safe, but just 10 minutes later Mainz scored their third and winning goal. In a quirk of fate in the 88th minute that’s when Bremen scored the winner against Eintracht Frankfurt too. The reason I cared about Cottbus’ fate is because Nils Petersen used to play for them, in fact it’s because of them he got his shot in the Bundesliga. In the 2010-11 season he was not only their top-scorer but the league’s top scorer with 25 goals in 33 games. I really could have done without seeing a team I liked get relegated today. Eintracht Frankfurt aren’t safe either, losing puts them in the play-off spot. They play 1.FC Nürnberg next week, strange, Jogi’s team vs Andreas’ team. Funnily enough Jogi had a team in the play-offs last year too, though on the right side of it. Not in the sense they won, in the sense KSC were trying to achieve promotion rather than save themselves from relegation. It’s even funnier because Jogi was at the second leg of the game which HSV so cruelly won, funny because he was there with none other than Andreas Köpke. Despite the disappointment of what happened to Cottbus there is one moment which I did greatly enjoy today. It’s odd that I’m so happy about a goal being scored against Roman Bürki but when it’s as cool as Jojic’s goal you can’t help but like it:
The season isn’t quite over yet, there’s still one more day to go with the final matches of the 2.B being played tomorrow, Freiburg will be visiting Union Berlin. There’s one other thing to look forward to, Jogi’s press conference to announce the squad for the Euros. I have no worries on that count, all my favourites are guaranteed a spot. A much as I’m looking forward to the press conference I still can’t muster a great deal of enthusiasm for the tournament itself. Dread is my predominant feeling in relation to the matter. I wish I could fast-forward through all of it to mid August when the Supercup final will be held and the start of the season won’t be far off. I never thought I’d be wishing a tournament away rather than looking forward to it. Right now I have more enthusiasm for the sticker album than I do the real thing.
On the subject of stickers I’ve opening and sorting through quite a few of them, with there being no afternoon game I had some time to fill and because of how strange everything felt I needed a distraction. I started a new album towards the end of last season so I thought I’d continue the tradition. I got quite a few stickers which are quite amusing and very relevant to today’s events. First of all was Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich who I’m no fan of so I won’t put his sticker here, I like him even less because he made his first Bundesliga appearance for Bayern today, replacing Neuer in the 51st minute. About fifteen minutes later he conceded a goal, I may not be feeling quite so vengeful about Hannover but that doesn’t mean I want to see them scoring any goals. The next amusing sticker was Felix Klaus. Seeing his sticker made me realise how much I didn’t care about enjoying seeing Hannover getting relegated. He’s been relegated three times in a row now, first with Greuther Fürth, then with Freiburg and now with Hannover. It’s not the fact he left Freiburg which upset me so much, it’s where he went. But I can honestly say I don’t care anymore. The third special sticker was Andre Schürrle, special because he scored against Stuttgart today. The three Hansi related ones however are the best of the lot:
When I posted the pictures of the Euro 2016 album on Monday I said I hoped I’d have better luck today. Now I meant that solely in regards to stickers and it turned out to be true in this regard. But it also proved to be true in quite another important way. Earlier this evening RB Leipzig lost 1-0 to SV Sandhausen which means if Freiburg win on Monday night against Eintracht Braunschweig there’ll be a three point gap separating them. I have to say I like the fact it’s Sandhausen who brought this about, not just because they too are a south-western team but more because they are a Hansi team. It’s who he played for before moving to Bayern. Thursday night was a huge disappointment, not the game itself. That was absolutely incredible, a true once in a lifetime experience. It’s just the result which is so devastating. Dortmund are only a team I follow because of Matze Ginter and Roman Bürki but I’m still crushed over the result. Not least because it would have meant me getting one over on a Liverpool fan in real life. Though I have to admit if I had to pick I would choose Leipzig losing tonight, Dortmund getting to the Europa League final would have been great but Freiburg first as always. There is at least one upside to Dortmund being out of the Europa League, I’m now free and clear for my Captain America triple bill and don’t have to worry about getting someone to record the game.
Anyhow today’s stickers. I wanted my first German from the Euro 2016 album to be Matze Ginter, Manuel Neuer or Jonas Hector. Unfortunately my first two Germans are none of those. Yet the first one is still special, doubly so in fact. Because the first German is none other than Erik Durm. The reason for him being extra special is I’m working on a story for him and Matze. The second German was Jerome Boateng. In the same lot of packets I also got Robert Lewandowski, fitting seeing as how him and Boateng both play for Bayern. On the matter of things being fitting, it’s painfully ironic that today I get the sticker of Dortmund’s kits for the Bundesliga album:
Posted in Die Mannschaft, Germany, Stickers
Tagged Bundesliga 2015/16 stickers, Euro 2016 stickers, Jonas Hector, Kevin Volland, Matthias Ginter, Robert Lewandowski, SC Freiburg, Toni Kroos, Vladimir Darida
One of the reasons I kept putting off catching up with the Bundesliga posts is the thought of doing something out of order bothered me. It’s only when I realised that both options bother me and I’m the only one it bothers anyway did I realise it didn’t matter. Giving it some more thought I realised there’s another reason it’s not so important, I write fiction out of order so why not other stuff too? If I can live with writing stories out of order then I can live with this too. Besides everything else right now is all wrong anyway so it doesn’t really matter. It’s just one more thing to feel uncomfortable about. But I’m not stressing out about it or anything right now which is a nice feeling. The only bothersome thought on my mind is one which should be there, Freiburg’s game tonight with league leaders RB Leipzig.
The weekend has been a good one and pleasantly a very quiet one because the house has been a teenager free zone all weekend. I’ve always worried I would find living by myself too quiet, that the silence would get to me. Now I’m starting to feel a little differently about it. It was kind of nice. Besides having plenty of quiet time for reading there was also the fun of der Klassiker and the excitement of getting a new Jogi interview. With that and all the stickers I got at the weekend I can’t have any complaints really. My sleeping patterns are still far from perfect but there’s always going to be something that’s not quite right.
I did however get some sleep last night, too much in fact. But I’m not complaining because of the dream I had. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a dream with Nils Petersen in before. Not just him but also Karim Guede, Andre Schürrle and Julian Draxler. The scenario was a very strange one and had it not been for their presence it would have been a nightmare, dreams which are school based usually are. But not this time. The main event of note was some unknown person pointing out that Petersen was wearing a Freiburg shirt, which he was. Weirdly it was inside out. The person said they could tell because they could see the eagle. This makes no sense because it’s a griffin Freiburg have on their shirts, not an eagle which is what Eintracht Frankfurt have on theirs. At that point Petersen who was sitting across from me leaned over and offered his hand for a high five, saying that we were “t-shirt buddies” because I was wearing the same Freiburg shirt as him, the home red and black one.
It’s really random but then so is everything else, including the presence of Draxler and Schürrle. Had it been their fellow Wolfsburg players Max Kruse and Daniel Caliguri it would have made sense, since both of them have played for Freiburg. But I can’t work out why they would be there or what it could mean. I wonder if the money aspect has anything to do with it. Because obviously money would have been one of the chief motivators for both of them in moving to Wolfsburg. Or is it a message about being careful with your expectations of something. Because last season Wolfsburg had a great season, finishing second in the league, qualifying directly for the Champions League and winning the DFB Pokal. And they started off this season by beating Bayern in the Supercup final. So far that’s been their only major success, along with getting through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and the winter signing of Julian Draxler. The league form however has been terrible and nowhere near as good as last year. Maybe that’s the message, one good year doesn’t necessarily mean another one is going to follow.
Whatever it means and however tonight’s game goes I already have my consolation prize. Two new Jogi related clippings and some new Bundesliga stickers including the Heidenheim kits (important because of Niederlechner), Max Kruse and best of all Manuel Neuer. Just to round things off I secured a deal which will see me get Niederlechner’s Heidenheim card. I hope that’s a good omen for tonight.
Posted in Autism, Dreams, Manuel Neuer, Stickers
Tagged Autism/Asperger's Syndrome, Bundesliga 2015/16 stickers, Dreams, Florian Niederlechner, Joachim "Jogi" Löw collectibles, Manuel Neuer collectibles, Max Kruse, Nils Petersen
Normally when I upload stickers I do so in the order I got them, today I’m making an exception. That’s how special getting Florian Niederlechner’s sticker is. His and the SC Freiburg badge were at the top of my wish list for this season’s album, now all I need is a double of each for the wall and I’ll be happy. It’s funny I got Florian’s sticker today because his parent club Mainz played this afternoon. It’s even more amusing that I got two Darmstadt players and their badge because it was them Mainz drew with earlier.
The Freiburg badge was in between two players who have a Freiburg connection, Salomon Kalou who last season scored a very late and extremely important equaliser for Hertha against them and defender Sascha Riether who used to be a Freiburg player, in fact up until last season. I also got the Bundesliga ball and a shiny version of Robert Lewandowksi, he came out of a packet before Niederlechner yet he goes after him. He may be the best striker in this post but he’s not the most important one:
I may be playing catch up in other regards but not in the case of this season’s new Bundesliga album.This time round I’ve gotten it not long after it was released. It’s a lot less fun knowing Freiburg aren’t in there but doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. Though I can’t help feel this collection is doomed from the start. The reason being my limited edition Thomas Müller sticker was not in the starter pack as promised, neither were the customary four packets of stickers. Given the way the packet was ripped open it’s obvious someone somewhere along the line helped themselves to Thomas and the others. Stupid limited edition stickers, I’ll have to get all of them online because they only come with certain German magazines.
Other than that and Freiburg only getting two stickers, the badge and kits I quite like this season’s album. I’d like it a lot more if they had a picture or a sticker for the coaches. That’s weird, Topps make the Premier League album too and that has a picture of the coach yet the Bundesliga one doesn’t. One feature I do like is the section for the all time top goal scorers and players who’ve played the most games. There’s a downside to that however, because if Freiburg hadn’t gotten relegated Jogi would be on there. The other positive about the album is each team has four pages instead of two meaning there’s more stickers to collect, 439 this season instead of 300. The major source of frustration is that I’m still waiting for a Freiburg sticker of Nils Petersen. Last season I had to make do with his Bremen one, this season I have nothing. At least I will have one of striker Florian Niederlechner because despite him being loaned out to Freiburg he’s included on Mainz’s page. Plus there is of course Roman Bürki’s Dortmund, not to mention Matze’s. Neither of which I have yet. This isn’t something I like, more I’m amused by it. Freiburg share their page with FSV Frankfurt, Vincenzo Grifo’s former team.
In my first few packets I got Köln’s badge, Andre Schürrle, Aytac Sulu, Arminia Bielefeld’s kits, Philipp Lahm and Lukas Hradecky. Köln is of course a Hansi team. As for why Andre Schürrle’s so special to warrant a mention, I just thought it was funny to get his sticker a few days after his hat-trick against H96. To make it even funnier I got both their team stickers. Bielefeld is of course who Freiburg defeated 4-1 yesterday afternoon. And Philipp Lahm needs no introduction, Hradecky is on the notables list simply for being a good keeper. And Sulu just for being very likeable.