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Time is just a Number

Because the Night

Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?

Normally I would say I’m more of a night owl, I much prefer night time, the later the better. Not only do I think better then but I’m happier, for the simple reason that things are quieter. There’s fewer people around and more importantly my ears and brain are not assaulted with the ever present sounds of chit chat.

When valuable resources aren’t being used on defending myself from such things I can actually think straight. It’s in the darkness that I get my best ideas. With that in mind it’s most unfortunate that I like going to the cinema so much. It’s the perfect environment for me and for coming up with ideas. It’s most frustrating, having to focus on the film and at the same time trying to keep the idea in my head.

Things right now however are a little different. Right now there seems to be little difference between night and day, I have the winter darkness to thank for that. Not that I’m complaining, I love how the weather is right now. Most other people don’t but I do. And despite what some people say it’s not because I get to stay inside as much as I want. I’d be just as happy if I had to go out in such weather every day too. I know because I’ve done it, though not recently.

At the moment time is somewhat of a meaningless concept, a meaningless as that of the days of the week. Time is just numbers on a screen, the only thing they mean to me is whether or not there’s football on yet. Same thing with the days of the week. In fact it’s only because of football that I know what day it is. Though right now I’m a little confused on that count, in my mind I’m convinced it’s Thursday, it feels like Thursday to me. Such confusion is because of my sleeping pattern these past few days and the last 16 round of the DFB Pokal. The word pattern is misleading really, because I don’t think it’s much of pattern. It’s more of a grab a few hours sleep when you can kind of routine.

As a result I don’t remember much of the past week. There are however a few things that I can most definitely not forget, I suppose it’s fitting that two of the three things are little things, in the case of the Jogi related one it’s just a few seconds of video footage. But it is a very important few seconds, it’s footage of him lifting his first ever trophy as a coach. The Thomas Tuchel related thing is even more of a little thing, just one picture, but it’s a very nice picture.

Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 1Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 2Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 3Young Thomas Tuchel pictureAs tired and confused as I am there is one thing I cannot fail to remember, that today is Petersen day. Door number 18 of the SC Freiburg advent calendar, who else would be there to greet you but Nils Petersen. It’s not really relevant to this post but I think Nils Petersen always deserves a mention. On a related note I find myself wondering what to do with the box of the die Mannschaft advent calendar. It’s too big to find a space on any of my shelves for and even if it weren’t too nice to simply throw away or recycle I would still want to keep it. As it stands it is too nice to get rid of, but you aren’t mean to keep advent calendars, are you? But then most advent calendars aren’t as nice or over-sized as this one is. It doesn’t look especially Christmassy,  that works in favour of keeping it:

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DFB Pokal Last 16 2015-16/Quarter Final Draw

There were unfortunately no major surprises in the round of 16, the only thing close to a surprise is Gladbach losing to Bremen in a thrilling encounter. Also something of a surprise was Bayern’s 1-0 win over Darmstadt, one might have expected a more convincing victory for them. Unterhaching got to live the dream for a little while, they went 1-0 up against Bayer Leverkusen. True they took less than five minutes to concede the equaliser but it was not until part of the way through the second half that Leverkusen were able to take the lead, and Unterhaching up until that point were actually in the game. They certainly held their own against a side that just a few days ago put five past Gladbach. Third division Aue are also out after losing 2-0 to 1.FC Heidenheim, leaving the latter as the last 2.B side in the competition after 1.FCN lost 2-0 to Hertha BSC, Eintracht Braunschweig lost 3-2 to VfB Stuttgart in extra time and 1860 losing 2-0 to Bochum.

As things stand that means Jogi and Hansi both still have one team each in the competition, though I don’t expect that to be the case after the next round which offers up a most exciting clash indeed, at least for me personally anyway. The very first team out of the pot was VfB Stuttgart who were drawn with Borussia Dortmund. It would take a miracle for VfB to win that tie, regardless of how much they improve before then. Next out was Heidenheim who will face Hertha BSC. After them was the most ironic tie of all, after beating the other Munich 2-0 Bochum find themselves facing Bayern. And finally Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen. I wonder, is this season going to be business as usual, that is a Dortmund-Bayern final.

The highlight of the two days was the following piece of video footage. I have the 1996-97 DFB final on DVD in it’s entirety, what it’s missing is the presentation of the trophy. Now that’s been slightly rectified with this video showing Jogi lifting the trophy:

Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 1 Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 2 Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 3Here’s the next best thing about this round of 16, a picture of a young Thomas Tuchel:

Young Thomas Tuchel picture

Next is highlights of every game plus a video of part of the laser show from after Bayern’s game:

Then all the matches in their full length, the Dortmund one includes the post-match show which has interviews with Marcus Weinzierl and Thomas Tuchel. In order, Bayern v Darmstadt, Augsburg v Dortmund, Unterhaching v Leverkusen, Stuttgart v Brauschweig, Nürnberg v Hertha, Gladbach v Bremen, Aue v Heidenheim and finally 1860 v Bochum:

Then of course pictures, first from Bayern’s game and from the laser show afterwards, and then some from Dortmund’s. Also there’s a rather cool GIF of Manuel Neuer’s pre-match routine:

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