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Advent Calendar Day 10: One Goal is Enough

The title could equally refer to real life and today’s events but it doesn’t, it refers only to Freiburg’s lone (and lucky) goal against Darmstadt. Though I suppose it can also refer to the very other important goal of the day, that of Ingolstadt’s surprise winner against Leipzig. Never would have seen that one coming, I would have liked to believe they could beat RBL but never would have predicted it, let alone bet on it. Freiburg beating Darmstadt on the other hand I would have happily predicted, I certainly didn’t expect it to be quite as difficult as it turned out to be. The game mirrored last week’s in a strange way. Last week Leverkusen almost gifted Freiburg the game with their non-existent first half performance and so Freiburg did exactly the same against Darmstadt. It’s a game they could just as easily lost as won. Not a great way to end the first half of the season at home but a win is a win I suppose. And as much fun as Bayern had against Wolfsburg today (racking up another five goals against them) I’m more than happy with Petersen’s penalty. Though I am happy for Thomas Müller, having finally gotten his first of the season. Not happy about Freiburg’s performance on the other hand. Sometimes when a commentator says the best player on the pitch for a team is the keeper it’s meant as a criticism of the rest of team. That wasn’t the case against Leverkusen last weekend when Schwolow saved Freiburg’s neck several times. This weekend against Darmstadt he did the same, he was the best man out there for the first half at least and now it is a criticism of the others. Hopefully Abrashi will be back in the starting 11 next week. What worked well last week with Schuster starting in his place didn’t have the same effect against Darmstadt.

I could easily rant about today’s events and lament how I wish I hadn’t made the mistakes I did. But I don’t want to do that, I want to have just one day where I can enjoy the result of the game. A day where the only obsessive analysing is reserved for football related situations. The stuff I’m trying not to think about will still be there tomorrow. So as far as words go less is more at the moment. The more I write the more likely I am to end up thinking and thus writing about what I’m trying to avoid. I can’t escape it forever but if I can just keep it away for what’s left of the weekend. So in that spirit I have some extra pictures instead:

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thomas-muller-christmas-party-2016-1 thomas-muller-christmas-party-2016-2 robert-lewandowski-christmas-party-2016-1 robert-lewandowski-christmas-party-2016-2I do of course need just a few more words for the most important part of the post. Today’s players being Christian Günter for Freiburg and Gonzalo Castro for Dortmund:

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2.Bundesliga MD33: SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

The previous weekend Freiburg secured promotion when they defeated Paderborn 2-1 and with the 2- 0 win over Heidenheim they sealed their position in first place. They not only sealed their return to the Bundesliga but did so in pole position, ahead of RB Leipzig. It was perfect in a sense, not least because the scorer of both goals was former Heidenheim player Florian Niederlechner. The goals were made even more perfect by the fact they were both made and scored by two jokers, Lucas Hufnagel and of course Niederlechner. Not a great game to watch by any measure but that doesn’t matter, not when what happened afterwards was so much fun.

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim 2015-16 – 1st & 2nd half

RB Leipzig confirmed their inevitable promotion with a 2-0 defeat of KSC, being gifted a second goal after an error by KSC’s keeper. If 1.FCN hadn’t screwed up they could have taken advantage of RBL’s poor run of results in recent weeks, it could be them in second place. But they didn’t and they have to content themselves with third place which is guaranteed at least since they have an eight point lead on St Pauli. With one match-day to go everything is decided at the top of the table, all but one thing that is. Freiburg have won the league, they’re the best team offensive wise in the league and have the best home and away record. Yet there’s one thing they don’t have, it’s not Nils Petersen who’s the current league top-scorer because he didn’t score against Heidenheim and Simon Terrode did against Braunschweig. In order to be crowned top-scorer Petersen needs to score two goals against Union Berlin and for Terrode not to score against Heidenheim. Fingers crossed for Petersen, it’s already been a great season but him being crowned top scorer would make it just that little bit more perfect.

Meanwhile at the foot of the table things went from bad to worse for Paderborn after they lost 1-0 to 1860 München and Duisburg managed to salvage a point at Sandhausen. Going into the final day of the season Paderborn have the difficult task of getting at least a point from third placed 1.FCN, I suppose they can take some hope from the fact their opponents need absolutely nothing from the game. As they can from the fact Frankfurt who they need to lose face 1860. I would put good money on them beating Frankfurt. The situation at the foot of the table offers no salvation for any of the bottom three. The best all of them can hope for is the play-off place. None of them can achieve automatic safety, not realistically. In theory Duisburg could but only in theory, because they would have to not only beat RB Leipzig but score seven goals against them whilst conceding none and counting on Fortuna Düsseldorf to lose to Eintracht Braunschweig. Paderborn, Frankfurt and Duisburg can all win yet still not be safe. If that were to happen the table would stay exactly as it is, with Paderborn in 18th, Frankfurt in 17th and Duisburg in 16th.

2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 1 2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 2Highlights:

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

1 FC Nürnberg v St Pauli

RB Leipzig v KSC

Bochum v Eintracht Braunschweig

Pictures and GIFs from Freiburg’s game:

Florian_Niederlechner_first_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimFlorian_Niederlechner_s_second_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimChristian_Streich_celebrating_promotion_2015_16Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Marc-Oliver Kempf – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Nicolas Höfler & Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim Vincenzo Grifo – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 5Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 6 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 1 Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 7Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 2 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 3 Vegar Hedenstad – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Nils Petersen & Florian Niederlechner - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim Petersen, Niederlechner & Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Petersen, Niederlechner & Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 5 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 6 Florian Niederlechner & Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 7 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 8 Christian Streich & Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 9

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Enjoy it while it lasts

Most things in life are fleeting, feelings good and bad. Indeed life itself is fleeting. This weekend served up two reminders of this fact. The first was the death of a Darmstadt fan, a boy named Johnny who had cancer. He lived long enough to see them get promoted to the Bundesliga and to celebrate with the team. Sadly he didn’t live long enough to see them stay there, there’s still eight match-days to go. But he continues to be a source of inspiration for the team and their fans in the fight to stay in the top flight. They marked his passing with a minute of silence and banners with his picture on. His motto was “You must fight.” Words which Darmstadt will need to remember in their bid to remain in the Bundesliga.

Sunday unfortunately also served up a similar event. Dortmund’s yellow wall found themselves silenced during their game against Mainz. Not because their team was losing, that won’t stop them singing. Their silence was a mark of respect for a fan who died during the game. At the end they sung “You’ll Never Walk Along” in his honour and instead of their usual lap of honour the players stood in a respectful silence. Understandably at the end of the game neither Marco Reus nor Thomas Tuchel wanted to talk much about football. Thomas Tuchel saying that there are some things more important in life than football. I actually disagree with him there, I know what he’s saying but I can’t agree. Partly because of the story mentioned above. That boy Johnny lived and breathed for Darmstadt and they meant everything to him. Freiburg mean everything to me, sometimes they’re the reason I get out of bed. Maybe to some people that’s sad or whatever but I don’t care. Life’s too short to worry about what other people think of you. They provide a center, something to build everything else around that I really need right now. They are a point of consistency, no matter how bad everything else is going I know I get to see them play at the weekend. Win, lose or draw they’ll always be there. Some things are fleeting but others like loyalty and love aren’t.

This weekend’s game was a little bit of comedown after the excitement against Leipzig. They beat Frankfurt 3-1 but that scoreline is a little misleading. On the matter of things being fleeting my excitement on Sunday certainly was. The reason being for a few short minutes I got to enjoy the excitement of Freiburg being league leaders again. And then the inevitable happened, Leipzig equalised against 1860 and then went on to score the winner. Business as usual and Freiburg go back to second place. I was a little unhappy about that, until I saw Dortmund’s game and then today saw this prompt. The combination of the two set me straight. Freiburg are still in second place, that’s still an automatic promotion spot. Besides I have nothing to complain about, I got to see the game, including the pre and post-match shows. I got a new interview with Nils Petersen and he got to score two very important goals. I shouldn’t take that for granted, just getting to see the game is something I should appreciate. Thinking about Johnny and Darmstadt certainly puts into perspective. Whatever happens at the end of this season at least I’ll get to see it. I know I complain sometimes about having to get up early on the weekend because the 2.Bundesliga kicks off earlier, but I really shouldn’t. It could be so much worse. Look at Paderborn, relegated from the top flight, their coach and most of their best players gone. On their I think third coach of the season and struggling just to stay in the league. They face the possibility of being relegated twice in a row. It’s in stark opposition to Darmstadt who in the past two years did the opposite, getting promoted twice in a row, first from the 3.Liga and then the 2.Bundesliga. Impressive stuff, even more so when you consider it’s their first season in the top flight in about 30 years.

Monday’s are always a slow day, writing this post will most likely be my only achievement of the day. But I’m still in my anything goes kind of mood from last week so I’m not being too hard on myself about it. Instead I’m focusing on how happy I am at the latest additions to my collection:

Nils Petersen - signed Bremen 2012-13 card Nils Petersen - Bremen 2012-13 card 2 Nils Petersen - signed Bremen 2014-15 sticker Christian Günter - signed SC Freiburg Match Attax card Florian Niederlechner - signed Mainz Match Attax card Matthias Ginter - signed Dortmund Match Attax cardThere is one other thing I have to mention, last night whilst I couldn’t sleep I ended up watching a re-run of Law & Order: SVU. It was the episode Robin Williams guest starred in. He plays a man who lost his wife and child in childbirth, he didn’t argue with the doctor, trusting him to make what turned out to be the wrong call. As a result he’s obsessed with conformity and because of this he makes calls to fast food restaurants posing as a police officer. Long story short he asks them to commit crimes and the managers do as he asked, because he’s a police officer. The way he sees it he’s making a point about non-conformity, about how people do what they’re told. How people just believe what the government tells them. I don’t agree with his methods but I can certainly see his point. The other reason the episode sticks with me is because at the end his character vanishes without a trace, the police assume he must have jumped in the lake. But it makes no sense, he had a plan, he blew up the building. Everything was perfectly planned, if he was going to commit suicide he would have done so whilst making a point. Obviously the fact Robin Williams committed suicide in real life makes the episode a little more disturbing somehow, for lack of a better way to put it. He was one of my favourite actors when I was younger, Jumanji and Jack were two of my favourite films ever. I haven’t actually seen either of them since then, for some reason I can’t talk myself into watching them. I’ve gotten away from my point now, which was that strangely enough somebody else wrote about him today for this prompt. I found the picture at the end of that post especially fitting, it’s a picture from Jack with the words “What do I want to be when I grow up? Alive.”

I spend too much time worrying about whether I’m grown up enough or not, whether I should be moving faster or doing more. I probably spend too much time worrying about lots of things. Time worrying is wasted time, it’s time that could actually be spent doing something. Like I said above, life’s too short to worry about what other people think of you. I don’t really know what I want to be or what I want to do in life. Right now I have a reason to get out of bed, I would say in the morning but that’s not very accurate these days. It’s usually a feat I only achieve on match-days. Point is I have a reason to get out of bed, I have something to look forward to every week. For now that’s enough.

SC Freiburg Cards 2015/16

Alexander Schwolow - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Vegar Eggen Hedenstad - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Marc Torrejon - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Immanuel Höhn - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Amir Abrashi - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mike Frantz - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Tim Kleindienst - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mats Møller Dæhli - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Lukas Kubler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Florian Kath - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Marc-Oliver Kempf - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mensur Mujdža - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardJonas Föhrenbach - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardMaximilian Philipp - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardNicolas Höfler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardMarco Hingerl - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardKonstantin Fuhry - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardChristian Günter - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardKarim Guede - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Vincenzo Grifo - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardCaleb Stanko - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardAmir Falahen - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardLucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Christian Streich - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Lars Voßler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Patrick Baier - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Andreas Kronenberg - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Simon Ickert - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card

Advent Calendar Day 15

Behind door number 15 in the Freiburg calendar was defender Christian Günter. Joining him is the DFB card of Mesut Özil and from the Dortmund calendar defender Marcel Schmelzer.

Mesut Özil - DFB card 2015-16 1 Mesut Özil - DFB card 2015-16 2 Marcel Schmelzer - Dortmund advent calendarToday is the first lot of games of the quarter final of the DFB Pokal, Bayern v Darmstadt is the game I’m watching live. I know how it’s going to end but it’s the one I’m watching regardless. The real excitement for me doesn’t come until tomorrow night when Dortmund play Augsburg, given that it was the latter that knocked Freiburg out, so I want to watch them being knocked out.

Today has already served up some excitement though, I had to wait over month to get my hands on this particular batch of collectibles but I can honestly say it was worth the wait:

Hansi Flick signed photo Hansi Flick & Jogi Löw signed photo Roman Bürki – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Marc-Oliver Kempf – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Vladimir Darida – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Admir Mehmedi – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Jonathan Schmid – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker

The Final Freiburger/Stickers of the day

My Bundesliga 2014/15 album is just 20 stickers away from completion. The Freiburg pages are complete, as are the Eintracht Frankfurt, Bremen, Dortmund, H96, 1. FC Köln, Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart pages. I would have liked the Freiburg ones to be the first completed but it was Eintracht Frankfurt that got the honours. Oliver Sorg was the last one I needed,  how cruel fate can be, the week his departure is confirmed is when I get the sticker of him. In an amusing twist of fate I got Christian Günter in today’s packs of stickers, amusing because he was sent off on Wednesday night when he got a second yellow card for diving. If all goes to plan the final 20 stickers should be here by the end of next week, along with the next album for my collection, Road to Euro 2016. I know I said I’d wait until the album was in stores here but I just couldn’t wait.

SC Freiburg - Bundesliga album 2014-15 1 SC Freiburg - Bundesliga album 2014-15 2 Oliver Sorg - SC FreiburgFan favourites - Reus, Meier and MehmediMeisterschale BundesligaPhilipp Lahm - FC Bayern MünchenLehmanns Zettel 2006Best of Bundesliga - Das Erste TorDFB-Nationalmannschaft - Team 2011-12DFB-Nationalmannschaft - Weltmeister 1990Klinsis Sommermärchen