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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:
On Sunday Freiburg confirmed their return to the Bundesliga winning their fourth 2.Bundesliga title. But before that came the penultimate weekend of the Bundesliga. Bayern’s hunt for the title has some parallels with Freiburg’s campaign, for one thing it’s their fourth title in a row. For another they both got to confirm their title whilst playing against a neighboring club, Freiburg playing host to Heidenheim and Bayern visiting their newly promoted southern neighbours Ingolstadt. Interestingly enough their manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will be taking over as head coach at RB Leipzig next season in their first ever season in the top flight. The one difference however between Freiburg and Bayern’s quest is that they didn’t get to officially celebrate last weekend, well they did celebrate but they don’t have their trophy yet. The reason being in theory at least Dortmund could have snatched the title from them. That however is not possible after their surprise 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. I always intended to watch Bayern’s last game of the season live and now I most definitely will. It will be a lot of fun, getting to watch Bayern celebrate their title win as H96 officially get relegated.
Random Freiburg fact I have to mention, the first time they were promoted to the Bundesliga was 1993. Promoted alongside them was a team named VfB Leipzig. Also one of the teams relegated from the second tier that year was Darmstadt who are now in the top flight after 33 years in the lower tiers of German football.
Getting back to Bayern and their game Ingolstadt were no pushovers for the champions elect. Bayern took the lead after just fifteen minutes through a Robert Lewandowksi penalty. Ingolstadt however had plenty of fight in them and in fact they almost equalised just two minutes before Bayern scored their second goal. Strangely enough Ingolstadt did get a goal, through a penalty in the 42nd minute. Despite all the goals coming in the first half the second was still more than watchable. Ingolstadt haven’t always been the most watchable of sides this season but this was a most entertaining game, it’s easy to see why they’ve never been in any real danger of getting stuck in the relegation battle this season, unlike Darmstadt who were promoted alongside them last year. They didn’t defend perfectly however, it could have been three or four nil for Bayern but they had a little bit of luck, that and Douglas Costa took far too long and made everything more complicated than it needed to be.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga there was nothing complicated about Eintracht Frankfurt’s surprise 1-0 victory over Dortmund, they scored early on and spent the rest of the game successfully holding Dortmund at bay. Their victory did not come about without a bit of luck however, in the first half Mats Hummels wrongly having his goal deemed as offside. I wanted Frankfurt to win this one, I know normally I’m rooting for Dortmund but I was willing to make an exception for this one game. Especially seeing as how Dortmund’s dream of snatching the title from Bayern was always just that, whereas survival for Frankfurt is a very real possibility. And I would most like Freiburg to be visiting the Commerzbank Arena next season and for Niko Kovac to still be in charge, not forgetting Lukas Hradecky in goal of course. The other result of interest to me was Stuttgart losing 3-1 to Mainz, that is a result I wanted to see and I thought they would lose too. Yet I feel sort of bad about it which is very strange, especially considering who I feel bad for. The person in question being Kevin Groβkreutz who got very emotional after the game. I’m no fan of him so it was a huge surprise to me that I felt somewhat sorry for him. That loss however is fantastic news for both Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt. It also means nothing less than a win can save Stuttgart on Saturday, they have to beat Wolfsburg or they’re relegated. They escaped the same fate on the final day of last season against Paderborn, repeating that feat against Wolfsburg is a whole other story. Eintract Frankfurt play Werder Bremen. A win for Bremen would see Frankfurt in the play-off place, whereas a draw would see them stay as they are. That’s not a result I’d like to bet on and not just because I’m fond of both sides. I really have no idea who’s going to win. The only thing I’m certain of is that the final day of the season will be no less nail-biting than it was last year. Freiburg aren’t involved but I still have a horse in the race so to speak.
Pictures from Bayern’s game:
With just two games left after this one the season is almost at an end but the drama is far from over. The 2.Bundesliga title race is all wrapped up but Bayern are being forced to wait until the very last minute before they can celebrate what will be their fourth title in a row. A win against Gladbach would have seen them confirmed champions but once again they failed to wrap it up with Gladbach again proving to be a thorn in their side. No big surprise really considering Gladbach were the first team to beat them this season. With that draw Gladbach now extend their unbeaten run against Bayern to amusingly enough four in a row. At first it seemed like it would be Bayern’s day with them scoring their quickest goal all season when they took the lead after just six minutes through Thomas Müller. But as it turns out it just wasn’t to be. Dortmund on the other hand had an excellent day, beating Wolfsburg 5-1. They too got off to a flying start against Wolfsburg, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes.
MD32 was a special weekend and not just because it could have seen Bayern confirm a record breaking fourth title in a row. The other reason it was special is because of the Monday night game, a rare occurrence in the Bundesliga and only the 15th such game. It was a game well chosen, Bremen v Stuttgart, their 100th encounter. Two teams who have the second worst and worst defensive record in the league. A fixture which guaranteed goals, though just how many there were was quite a surprise. I thought Bremen could beat Stuttgart but I hadn’t expected them to score six goals in the process. Having lost four games in a row all of a sudden Stuttgart find themselves back in trouble. Bremen on the other hand move up to a place of safety. To make things worse for Stuttgart on Saturday Eintracht Frankfurt beat Darmstadt, meaning they move up to the play-off place. The only thing for sure is that nothing will be decided until the final day, just like last season it goes right down to the wire. Last season Stuttgart saved themselves by defeating Paderborn on the final day of the season. This year they end their season against Wolfsburg and with the form they’ve been in Stuttgart pulling off a similar feat wouldn’t be completely impossible. The one to watch however on the final day is Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt. It’s a good thing in one way that H96 are already relegated, because on the final day of the season they face Bayern. That would be a horrible game to face at the end of the season knowing you needed to get something from it, not that I have any sympathy for them either way. I shall enjoy watching Bayern beat them on the final day of the season, hopefully they can correct their goalscoring problem by then. I wouldn’t mind watching Bayern put a few past them. With the title race being a lot closer this time round Bayern certainly won’t be taking it easy on the final two match-days.
Videos, matches first:
Pictures from Bayern’s game:
Fresh off their disappointment in the DFB Pokal Hertha were handed the unenviable task of facing almost champions Bayern. A win for Bayern would have sealed the title this weekend but only if Dortmund lost to Stuttgart. Bayern managed to find their way past Hertha in an efficient but most unsatisfying way. Dortmund however prevented them from being able to celebrate just yet. Unlike Bayern they had no trouble getting past Stuttgart and there was no luck involved with any of their goals. Indeed after the third it seemed as if Stuttgart had all but given up. Last week Jogi Löw said he was sure that Stuttgart would avoid relegation but then he said the same thing about Freiburg last year and look how that turned out. I’m not so sure he’s right this time either, Stuttgart usually do get away with it by the skin of their teeth but their luck has to run out sometime surely. I wouldn’t make any predictions as regards who’s going to survive, with just two points between them and Bremen and only three separating them from Frankfurt I really wouldn’t. I guess next week will be the telling one, not just because there’s only two games left after that but because Bremen face Stuttgart on Monday night. The final day of the season offers up a relegation clash too with Bremen hosting Eintracht Frankfurt. I hate the fact that’s the case because those are the two teams I would hate to see getting relegated. I hate it even more because I’m not sure I can watch it, I’m set on watching Bayern play H96 on the last day of the season just so I can watch them get relegated, getting revenge I guess. I don’t really need to watch it, I mean they are all ready relegated because of their draw against Ingolstadt and Eintracht Frankfurt’s victory on Friday. I’ve just been set on it ever since seeing the schedule, even before they were in actual danger of being relegated.
Bayern needed the first half and a little bit to get past Hertha’s defence and an impressive Thomas Kraft upon his return from injury, when they did finally do so it involved a bit of luck, Arturo Vidal’s shot taking a slight deflection on it’s way into the net. It wasn’t a pretty game to watch but their second goal certainly was, no luck involved there from Douglas Costa:
Dortmund’s game was a lot more watchable thankfully, especially seeing as how it’s the one I chose to watch live. It was a game which was guaranteed goals, neither side really the goalless draw kind of team. Unfortunately for Stuttgart it was for the most part one way traffic, after dominating for the opening twenty minutes Dortmund finally got off the mark through Shinji Kagawa. From then on you got the feeling it wasn’t a question of whether Dortmund would win or not but by how many. A little over twenty minutes later on the stroke of half-time Christian Pulisic made it 2-0, a goal which makes him the youngest ever player to score two goals in the Bundesliga apparently. Dortmund killed off the game eleven minutes into the first half with the goal coming from Henrikh Mkhyitaryan. It was a particularly cruel goal for Stuttgart’s keeper Przemyslaw Tyton to let in. He was unable to get hold of the header from Ramos and could only push it out into the path of the waiting Mkhyitaryan who was never going to miss from there. My favourite moment of the match however is reserved for Thomas Tuchel, the game was highly entertaining but Thomas was almost equally as fun to watch. Once more he provides another fun GIF for my collection. The funniest thing about his reaction is all he’s arguing over is a throw-in, as if that really matters:
The real highlight however is Jogi related and happened by accident, I hadn’t planned on watching the repeat of Leipzig’s game on Monday night but given the result I just had to. It’s a good thing I did because I got three awesome pictures of Jogi as a result, they aren’t from that game. I don’t even know what game they’re from or when. All I know is it’s a Stuttgart game:
The rest of the weekend was very entertaining too with Köln beating Darmstadt 4-1 and Leverkusen orchestrating an impressive comeback against Schalke. Going into the game Leverkusen were in better form, in particular their keeper Bernd Leno who hadn’t conceded a goal in five games. Yet it was Schalke who took the lead, though they didn’t convert the penalty they were gifted early in the first half. The way Schalke let themselves get overrun is a fair reflection of their entire season, losing puts their Champions League ambitions in doubt, leaving them with the more realistic prospect of the Europa League again. Sunday afternoon provided more entertainment with Gladbach erasing the memory of their truly awful performance against H96 last week. It was the second game which was of more interest to me, Eintracht Frankfurt playing host to Mainz. I don’t care so much about the latter’s European ambitions but I do care whether or not Eintracht Frankfurt get relegated. It wasn’t the most attractive game you’ll ever see, not by a long shot but they got the job done. Getting just their second victory under new coach Niko Kovac, funnily enough the scorer of the winner was Anis Ben-Hatira who scored the winning goal in the other victory since Kovac replaced Armin Veh. Technically it’s an own goal because it took a deflection off Stefan Bell but that won’t matter to Eintracht Frankfurt I suppose.
Pictures from Bayern’s game:
After their disappointment in the Europa League it was back to the Bundesliga for Dortmund and the task of hosting HSV. In the reverse of the fixture they lost 3-1 and even though the title race is all but over they would have been keen to avenge their earlier loss, not to mention maintain their record as the best second placed Bundesliga team of all time. But before that was the rest of the weekend, first up on Friday night 2.Bundesliga bound H96 playing host to Gladbach. The latter are a team which have struggled on their travels, almost making them easy pickings for a somewhat revitalized H96. Despite picking up more points in their last two games than in the previous eleven relegation still seems a foregone conclusion, it would be nothing short of incredible where that not to be the case. Elsewhere in the relegation battle Bremen took full advantage of Wolfsburg’s terrible away record and picked up what could prove to a very valuable three points in a thrilling 3-2 win, not to mention putting a dent in the latter’s hopes of playing in Europe next season. Schalke, Mainz and Gladbach all have a six point gap over them in the fight for Europa League places. The two Champions League spots are beyond them with Hertha and Leverkusen having ten and eleven points more than them.
On the subject of things being out of reach survival is slipping away from Eintracht Frankfurt after losing 3-0 to Leverkusen who with that victory displace Hertha from third place. With four games left to play they’re six points from safety and with Bremen and Stuttgart above them it doesn’t look good for them. Mainly because whilst Bremen are inconsistent they are still capable of getting a result and Stuttgart have an infuriating tendency to turn things around right at the last minute. Despite them being winless in five games I can see them scraping through yet again. Frankfurt on the other hand have won just twice in the last twelve, the first of those back on MD18 when they beat Wolfsburg 3-2. They’ve won just once under new coach Niko Kovac and it’s most likely not a good sign that the win in question came against H96 on MD27. They’re not playing particularly badly, they just seem to be unlucky.
Luck is something HSV certainly did not have any of on Sunday afternoon, despite being the better team in the opening minutes of the game they went into half-time 2-0 down. After keeping Dortmund plenty busy for the majority of the first half they then conceded two goals in quick succession. In the 38th minute seventeen year old Christian Pulisic scored his first ever Bundesliga goal which gave Dortmund a little bit of confidence and before you knew it Adrian Ramos made it two just before the end of the first half, HSV’s luck did not get any better in the second. Just seven minutes after the restart their keeper Adler found himself on the receiving end of a red card for what the referee judged to be an ill-timed tackle against Shinji Kagawa. The only saving grace for HSV was the fact it happened just outside the box, meaning it was only a free-kick and not a penalty. It made no difference however because Dortmund made it 3-o anyway just four minutes before the end of the game with Adrian Ramos getting his second. Bayern also beat Schalke 3-0 in a game which was not nearly as entertaining as Dortmund’s was. Watching Bayern break down what is essentially a ten man defence was never going to be a lot of fun. The only saving grace of the afternoon was the Jogi video I got from the match, no half-time interview but then you can’t have everything.
The title race could be decided this very weekend if Bayern win against Hertha but everything else other than second place is still up for grabs. The battle for survival is proving to be every bit as tight as it was last season and could go down to the very last day again. At least this time I can watch from a distance and not have to worry about Freiburg, instead of fighting against relegation they are fighting for promotion from the 2.B. I say fighting but really the battle is over, with their 3-0 win over Duisburg yesterday evening they’ve secured their promotion status.