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Advent Calendar Day 18 – The Day of Petersen

Who else would be behind door number 18 in the Freiburg calendar today other than number 18 Nils Petersen, it could only be him. The man who in his first match in a Freiburg shirt scored three goals against Eintracht Frankfurt and who also scored two important goals against VfB Stuttgart and an even more important and momentous goal against Bayern. The latter being  a most ironic goal given that he not only was a Bayern player for two seasons but he also scored his first ever goal for them in a 7-0 victory over Freiburg back in 2011. Not only that but in both games he scored his goal in the 89th minute and in both he was a substitute. In the Bayern game he’d been on the pitch for sixteen minutes and in the Freiburg game he’d only been on for three minutes, a real joker indeed. So to celebrate Petersen day I have videos of his goals against Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Bayern, his first post-match interview as a Freiburg player and of course plenty of pictures.

But before that the other two calendars, in the DFB one was the card of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and in the Dortmund one was pass-master Julian Weigl:

Shkodran Mustafi - DFB 2015-16 card 1 Shkodran Mustafi - DFB 2015-16 card 2 Julian Weigel - Dortmund advent calendar

Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 3 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 4 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 5 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 6 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 7 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 8Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 9 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 10 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt 11Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 1 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 2 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 3 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 4 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 5 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 6 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 7 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 8 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 9 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 10 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 11 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 12 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 13 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 14 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 15 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 16 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 17 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 18 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v FC Bayern München 19

Ticket Collection Update 3

The latest additions to my ticket collection. A real mix again this time, some from Bayern and Dortmund, some Freiburg ones, a few Stuttgart ones from Jogi’s time in charge, a few Nils Petersen related ones and two Germany ones (including a very special one). Unfortunately nothing Hansi related this time, at least not directly, there is a Sandhausen one (Sandhausen being who he played for before moving to Bayern).

The Bayern ones first, a ticket from the very first game of this year’s Bundesliga campaign and then Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern from last season:

FCB v HSV - 2015-16 ticket Eintracht Frankfurt v FCB - 2014-15 ticketFor Dortmund first is a Europa league ticket from their qualifier in Austria and a league ticket from last season from the Hoffenheim game:

Wolfsberger SC v Borussia Dortmund - Europa League qualifier 15-16 Borussia Dortmund v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - 2014-15 ticketThe Freiburg ones, first one from this season, unfortunately it’s from the 3-1 defeat to Bochum. The rest are older ones, from the 2.Bundesliga, the Jena and Cottbus ones being particularly special because they are both former teams of current Freiburg striker Nils Petersen:

SC Freiburg v VfL Bochum - 2015-16 ticket SC Freiburg v Carl Zeiss Jena - 2. Bundesliga 2006-07 ticket SC Freiburg v Karlsruher SC - media pass 2005-06 SC Freiburg v Karlsruher SC - media pass 2006-07 FC Energie Cottbus v SC Freiburg - 2. Bundesliga 2005-06 ticket FC Energie Cottbus v SC Freiburg - 2. Bundesliga 1997-98 ticketThe two Stuttgart tickets are both from when Jogi was in charge and one of them is a DFB Pokal ticket from the 1996-97 season. This is one is extra special, not only is it an SC Freiburg ticket but it’s the season Stuttgart won the trophy, Jogi’s first trophy. The second is a Bundesliga ticket from his first real season in charge (he was only interim coach in 1996-97):

SC Freiburg v VfB Stuttgart - DFB Pokal - 1996-97 VfB Stuttgart v Hertha BSC - 1997-98 ticketAnd now to Nils Petersen, one from Carl Zeiss Jena and two from his time at Werder Bremen, amusingly one Bremen one is against a Hansi team (Hoffenheim) and one against a Jogi team (Stuttgart):

SV Sandhausen v Carl Zeiss Jena - 3. Bundesliga 2008-09 ticket SV Werder Bremen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - 2012-13 ticket VfB Stuttgart v SV Werder Bremen - 2012-13 ticketFinally the two Germany tickets, the first is a very special one, it’s from Jogi’s first game in a charge, the friendly against Sweden on the 16th August 2006. The second is from the San Marino Euro 2008 qualifier:

Deutschland-Schweden friendly ticket - 16-8-06 Deutschland-San Marino - EM 2008 qualifier ticket

DFB Pokal – 2nd Round 2015/16 – Tuesday

Round two of the DFB Pokal, the biggest game of this round obviously being Wolfsburg v Bayern. Last season’s winner of the Pokal (and the Super Cup) against the league winners. There were no surprises, Wolfsburg being outclassed by Bayern once more. It took them a little over three minutes for them to put the game to bed. It wasn’t however the Robert Lewandowski show this time round, instead the goals were scored by Douglas Costa and Thomas Müller.

My favourite moment of the night was Manuel Neuer’s reaction to the third goal:

Manuel_Neuer_celebrates_Wolfsburg_v_Bayern_DFB_PokalWhilst there were no surprises in Wolfsburg there were some elsewhere. Unterhaching after knocking out newly promoted Bundesliga side Ingolstadt in the first round, continued their cup run by surprisingly beating 2.B side RB Leipzig 3-0. 1860 München are also still in the competition after beating Mainz 2-1. One big surprise of the evening was Eintracht Frankfurt losing 1-0 to Erzgebirge Aue. Even more surprising considering that they drew 0-0 to Bayern tonight. Consistency really isn’t their thing. That draw with Bayern is even more surprising when you take into account their woeful defensive record. One result I’m exceptionally pleased with is newly promoted Darmstadt triumphing over Hannover 96 2-1.

All of the results from Tuesday night:

DFB Pokal 2nd round results - TuesdayHighlights of each game:

Five matches in their full length, Wolfsburg v Bayern, Unterhaching v RB Leipzig, Darmstadt v Hannover 96, Erzgebirge Aue v Eintracht Frankfurt & Mainz v 1860 München:

Post match interviews with Philipp Lahm:

And pictures from Bayern’s game:

Robert Lewandowski – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Robert Lewandowski – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Robert Lewandowski – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 3 Müller, Neuer & Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Müller, Neuer & Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 3 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 4 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 5 Robert Lewandowski – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 4 Robert Lewandowski – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 5 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 6 Thomas Müller & Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Thomas Müller & Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 7 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 3 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 4 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 5 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 6 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 7Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 9 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 10 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 11 Manuel Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 12 Lahm, Lewandowski & Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 1 Lahm, Lewandowski & Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 2 Lahm, Lewandowski & Neuer – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) 3 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 1 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 2 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 3 Philipp Lahm – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 4 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 1 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 2 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 3 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 4 Thomas Müller – Wolfsburg v Bayern (DFB Pokal 15-16) interview 5

Bundesliga MD4 2015/16

Another exciting weekend of action in the Bundesliga, with the game of the week most definitely not disappointing, Frankfurt finding themselves on the right side of another high scoring game. A very fitting way for them to celebrate the return of Alex Meier.

Friday night however was a different matter, more misery for Gladbach as they lost 3-0 to HSV. Before Friday night they’d conceded eight goals, four of them against Dortmund on match-day one. That’s almost as many as they conceded in the whole of the second half of last season (ten). As things stand now they’ve conceded more goals in the four opening games (eleven now) than in seventeen games last season. Their luck just gets worse and worse, they were without Patrick Hermann due to injury and will also be without Martin Stranzl for some time after he fractured a cheek bone in a clash of heads on Friday. And going by what happened on Tuesday night in their Champions League debut against Sevilla, their luck can get worse. They face Köln next, who will no doubt be keen to take advantage of their woes in the process of getting over their own demolition at the hands of Frankfurt.

Still keeping them company at the foot of the table is VfB Stuttgart who continue to break all the wrong kinds of records, with them having their worst ever start to a Bundesliga season, twelve goals conceded in their four opening games. As strange as it sounds, Stuttgart may actually be in better shape than Gladbach, at least at the moment. For they have actually looked capable of winning at times these past few weeks. Though they are still without a win, losing 2-1 to Hertha BSC. I’m also a little pleased that joining them in the play-off place is none other than H96 who lost 4-2 to Borussia Dortmund, thanks to an own goal and two penalties. A little revenge for last season and served up by Roman and his new club.

Bayern beat Augsburg 2-1, Thomas Müller getting to celebrate his 26th birthday a little early with another goal for him, this time from the penalty spot right at the end of the game. I’m no fan of Augsburg, but I have to admit it they were cheated out of their point. No way was that a penalty, absolutely not. You can’t get a penalty because you ran into someone, the defender wasn’t obstructing Douglas Costa, he chose to run into him to make the contact. I get that maybe the referee didn’t see it from where he was standing but the linesman would have had a perfect view, and yet he raised his flag. It was in his opinion a foul, but he was wrong, it’s that simple. I don’t like to criticize the official’s decisions too much, I think referees get a lot of unfair criticism. Everyone has an opinion about how to do their job, about what they should have seen or done, but no-one actually wants to do it themselves. But with calls like that, it’s impossible not to. In no universe was that a penalty. All due respect to Thomas Müller, but he’s wrong. Though I wonder if he really does believe it was a penalty or is just saying that. It wouldn’t exactly be showing loyalty to his team-mate to say otherwise, would it?

And saving the best till last, the real excitement of the week, Eintracht Frankfurt v 1.FC Köln. I was sure this would be a terrific game and I was not disappointed. I’m not even disappointed that I got the result completely wrong, not even close. Though to be fair, the numbers were on Köln’s side because Frankfurt have only won one of the last nine meetings against Köln. Interestingly enough Armin Veh doesn’t have a great record against them either, as a coach he’s lost the last five out of six matches against Köln. And Köln are the more consistent side. It was a fixture that promised a lot of goals if last season was anything to go by. Last time out there were six goals in total, funny because that’s how many Frankfurt scored this time. It’s also very fitting that Alex Meier makes his first appearance in this game because he scored both goals for Frankfurt last time (final score 4-2 in Köln’s favour). The first encounter last season was also full of goals, two of them again being scored by Meier. Final score that time was 3-2 in Frankfurt’s favour.

Frankfurt wasted no time making their intentions perfectly clear, it took them all of four minutes to get off the mark. With just over twenty minutes played they were 3-0 up, Meier helping himself to another goal. Köln did manage a reply via Anthony Modeste but Frankfurt were ready with an answer of their own just two minutes later. Just to add to the fun Haris Seferovic got in on the scoring and with three minutes to go Meier completed his hat-trick, making his return to the team perfect. Köln showed little of the patience and determination they’ve displayed in recent weeks, giving away cheap fouls, allowing themselves to be frustrated, making simple mistakes with giving possession away. There’s no doubt that Frankfurt can be a lot of fun to watch and can be capable of spectacular performances like this one, but can they actually build on that. Last season they had real problem stringing results together, if they can solve that problem they could realistically challenge for a Europa League spot.

Bundesliga MD4 results Bundesliga MD4 table 2 Bundesliga MD4 table 1Videos of the highlights, plus a post-match interview with Thomas Müller. And some pictures of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm:

Bayern v Augsburg highlights.

Thomas Müller post-match interview.

Gladbach v HSV highlights.

H96 v Borussia Dortmund highlights.

Leverkusen v Darmstadt highlights.

Hertha BSC v VfB Stuttgart highlights.

Ingolstadt v Wolfsburg highlights.

Eintracht Frankfurt v 1.FC Köln highlights.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v SV Werder Bremen highlights.

Schalke v Mainz highlights.

Philipp Lahm & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 1 Philipp Lahm & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 2 Lahm, Müller & Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 1 Lahm, Müller & Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 2 Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 1 Philipp Lahm & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 3 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 1 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 2 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 3 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 4 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 5 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 6 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 7 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Augsburg 8 Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 2 Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 3 Thomas Müller – Bayern v Augsburg 4

2.Bundesliga MD3 2015/16 – SC Freiburg v VfL Bochum

Saturday was just not Freiburg’s day, Nils Petersen missing right in front of the goal in the 32nd minute, Mensur Mujdza getting two yellow cards and then Marc Torrejon seeing a straight red, not a few minutes after he’d just pulled one back for Freiburg. At first glance and looking at only the scoreline (3-1 in Bochum’s favour) it seems terrible, a reason to despair. And yet I’m not. Not only that but it’s not the worse thing that happened this weekend, nor is it the worst thing that could have happened. For me personally the worst thing was missing the Jogi interview on ARD. Looking at the bigger picture, you want to know how it could be worse, well ask Paderborn who got knocked for six by SV Sandhausen. And that’s not a metaphor, they really did concede six goals.

Karlsruher on the other hand after conceding an absurdly early goal to Frankfurt, I think it was about 27 seconds went on to pick up their first three points of the season. After their disastrous league start and getting knocked out of the DFB Pokal, a little rebuilding time is in order for them. Though that’s not bad thing from Freiburg’s perspective, I mean it’s one less direct competitor for the all important promotion spots.

Whilst the scoreline of the Paderborn game is a fair reflection of how badly they played, that is not the case with Freiburg because they were the better team until the sending off completely altered the dynamic of the game. Up until then they’d been the one creating chances and looking dangerous, though admittedly their finishing let them down. A little more precision in front of goal and things could have been very different. Nils Petersen’s chance right in front of goal in the 32nd minute being the key opportunity. A great ball in from Grifo, any other day and Petersen would have put it away, no doubt. Him and Grifo are combining to good effect so far, a fact which certainly takes the sting out of losing Mehmedi. Though seeing him in a Leverkusen shirt on Saturday was a painful reminder, made worse by him going on a great run to set up Julian Brandt for Leverkusen’s second goal. Seeing that you can’t help but think, how come you couldn’t deliver a little more quality like that last season. Pointless I know, but I can’t help it. Not that I make a habit of watching Leverkusen anyway but they’ll be a team to avoid unless absolutely necessary for the time being in terms of picking games to watch.

After Mujdza was dismissed in the 57th minute Bochum started to take advantage of their numerical superiority and were a little less conservative than they’d been in the first half. They didn’t have to wait long to get their first goal, just eight minutes. Misery was added by two goals from Simon Terodde in the 70th and 75th minute. Marc Torrejon’s goal in the 83rd minute was to prove a mere consolation goal. At the time though it seemed like pulling another two back wasn’t impossible, unlikely but not impossible. At least that was the case until Torrejon’s dismissal in the 89th minute. I’m not going to waste time arguing the rights or wrongs of either of the red cards. Firstly because it’s pointless to do so and secondly because in the case of Torrejon, there’s no argument to make. In the heat of the moment you feel hard done by, when it comes to your own team and especially in a tense match like this one, any sense of reason tends to disappear. But after watching the replays I can see how high his boot was. Mujdza on the other hand, that I’m less sure about. Terodde is convinced it was the right decision but then he would be, wouldn’t he. It didn’t look like he elbowed him to me, I’m even less convinced because of the way they managed to take Mujdza down with them. I know there’s no point obsessing over it, so I’m not. It’s not another Kacar situation, this is not something I’m going to be talking about or even thinking about three months from now.

With that defeat, Freiburg obviously don’t get to hang on to their position at the top of the table and after results elsewhere, they slip down to fifth place. Disappointing but not the end of the world, far from it in fact considering the company they are in at the moment. Bochum and Sandhausen (the three points docked from them before the season started for licensing irregularities coming in useful here) are mid table strugglers normally, St Pauli only just avoided getting relegated last season. In the top five only Leipzig are a direct competitor for promotion.

I know it’s just superstition and is completely meaningless but I’ve just seen the schedule for the rest of the season and on the last day of the season they’ll be away from home, playing Union Berlin. It’s the fact they’re away from home I’m unhappy about and it’s not because I’m thinking that if everything were to go right, they’ll be celebrating their return away from home. No, I’m thinking that they were away from home on the final day of last season and look how that turned out. Though obviously that’s not going to happen again. Just like Saturday’s defeat however, it could be worse. Spare a thought for Duisburg who have to face Leipzig on the final day of the season. Of course if they continue struggling the way they are, it may not matter. Their 2-2 draw against Bielefeld might indicate some signs of improvement but I wouldn’t draw any hasty conclusions from that. They went 2-0 down and only managed to get back on level terms after Bielefeld had a man sent off.

Fortuna Düsseldorf are up next for Freiburg and they are without a win so far, here’s hoping Nils Petersen can enjoy some target practice and have some fun in his usual manner. Seeing as how they’re away it would be cool if my new shirt were to get here in time, though I think that’s unlikely give that the eight days for the custom printing are up tomorrow. Plus one to two days for dispatch time, it and the rest of my order will be dispatched by the end of the week at least. But then again, my home shirt miraculously arrived on the day of their first game of the season, so maybe there is some hope.

The week after is a Baden-Württemberg derby because they’ll play host to SV Sandhausen. Not only that but it’ll be Jogi’s team vs Hansi’s team. Speaking of that scenario MD1 of the Bundesliga offered such a match-up, Stuttgart vs Köln. Stuttgart have a terrible record against them, all the more so at home. They haven’t won any of the last ten games again Köln at home. And saving the best fact till last, the last time they beat Köln at home was in the 1996/97 season when they won 4-0. A very special fact because that was Jogi Löw’s first season in charge of Stuttgart. And a fact I’m not so fond of, the first goal was scored by one Thomas Schneider. The reverse of the fixture that season was no doubt spectacular too, Stuttgart won 5-1.

It’s strange, Freiburg and Stuttgart have something in common this weekend, something beyond both being south-western teams and being a former team of Jogi Löw. In both games one event completely changed the way the game was going and ended up in the result not really reflecting the overall balance of play. In Stuttgart’s case it was a penalty, for them it all went downhill from there. Just like Freiburg they lacked that killer instinct in front of goal and also had the misfortune of some near misses. It’s not how they would have wanted to start the season but there are some positives they can take from the game, their improved organization defensively speaking for one thing, lack of which cost them dearly last season.

On MD2 they face HSV which should prove interesting but it’s MD3 that I can’t wait for, then they play Eintracht Frankfurt.  Both matches last season provided plenty of goals, nine in Frankfurt and four in Stuttgart, the results being 5-4 and 3-1 in Stuttgart’s favour. It’s an encounter made all the more interesting by who Frankfurt’s current coach is, one Armin Veh who left Stuttgart prematurely last season of his own accord. Funnily enough Stuttgart will be facing a familiar face on MD2 as well, because Bruno Labbadia who’s currently in charge of HSV was in charge of Stuttgart from 2010 to 2013. And continuing the trivia, he was replaced by Thomas Schneider in 2013 who was fired after seven months in the job. Stuttgart’s saviour that season was of course Huub Stevens who did the same job last season. That was a little longer than I’d intended and technically should be in the MD1 Bundesliga post, but it may as well stay here. As for the diversion, well I am a sucker for random trivia, what can I say, I couldn’t help myself, all those random facts served up like that.

To finish up, the video of the highlights.Then the post match interview with Nils Petersen:

And whilst there are obviously no celebratory pictures this week, I can at least include one nice picture of him from before kick-off:Nils Petersen - SCF v VfL 2.Bundesliga results - MD3 2. Bundesliga table - MD3 1 2. Bundesliga table - MD3 2

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

 

Match-day 34 News Round-up: Departures, Highlights & International Call-ups

With the end of the season comes news of departures, some like that of Di Matteo’s from Schalke are expected and some not so much, like Thomas Schaaf stepping down from his position at Eintracht Frankfurt despite having a contract till next year. That’s disappointing news, Frankfurt have been great to watch under him this season past, true their season no doubt could have gone better but at least they were fun to watch. Also stepping down is Huub Stevens at VfB Stuttgart in a repeat of last season’s events, same as last season he proved to be their end of season saviour before stepping down. He’s replaced by RB Leipzig’s Alexander Zorniger. The question everyone wants an answer to is where Jürgen Klopp is going, the answer is at the moment, nowhere. He’s taking a six month break. So far he’s been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool in the press.

On a transfer front, Freiburg have made their first post relegation signing by acquiring the services of 22 year old defender Lukas Kübler from 2. Bundesliga side SV Sandhausen. Kübler played 32 games for Sandhausen this season in the 2. Bundesliga, he’d been with them for two seasons, before that he was with Köln but only played one game for them, all but one of his appearances were for the second team in the Regionalliga West. Last week before the final day of the season they also confirmed the signing of 20 year striker Tim Kleindienst from Energie Cottbus. Kleindienst scored 13 goals in 35 games this season for Cottbus.

In terms of departures, the first name to be mentioned so far is Jonathan Schmid, apparently he’s set to join his former team-mate Oliver Baumann at Hoffenheim. Nils Petersen will most likely be leaving, that I expected, but apparently the club expect to not be able to hold on to not only Roman Bürki but also Admir Mehmdi. Great, so I could have to say goodbye to two out of my three most favourite players. The weeks ahead are not going to be fun at all, watching and waiting whilst the vultures circle and the team gets torn apart. Just to really put the boot in, I got the sticker of a certain defender in today’s Bundesliga stickers.

In other Bundesliga news Dortmund have signed Gonzalo Castro from B04 on a free transfer, Stefan Reinartz is joining Eintracht Frankfurt also on a free transfer (interesting fact, he scored his first ever Bundesliga goal against Frankfurt) and in some non-Bundesliga but still German related news, apparently Sami Khedira is set to sign for Juventus. Also Ilkay Gündogan is apparently set to join Manchester United, but who knows rumors are not always correct, Arsenal were also interested in him. Mats Hummels had also said he may leave Dortmund come the end of the season but he seems to have changed his mind now, who knows, one website says one thing, a newspaper says another. It’s probably best not to put too much stock in transfer gossip.

To get back to Freiburg, the highlights of their final Bundesliga match and pictures of that disastrous goal and some post match pictures. I know I’m kind of obsessed with it right now, I suppose it doesn’t help when the highlights show it several times over, all from different angles so you can see exactly what went wrong. It’s all I can think about right now, I guess it’s a good thing I have no interest in talking to other people right now, no doubt if I did I would be boring them to death with it too. Hopefully with the upcoming internationals can serve as a source of distraction from that, though that’s not going to be easy given who the first choice goalkeeper is going to be. There are only English highlights this time, making a video of the German ones would entail seeing them again and I’m sure that five times is enough.

Second goal - H96 v SCF 1 Second goal - H96 v SCF 2 Second goal - H96 v SCF 3 Second goal - H96 v SCF 4 Second goal - H96 v SCF 5 Second goal - H96 v SCF 6 Second goal - H96 v SCF 7 Second goal - H96 v SCF 8 Second goal - H96 v SCF 9 Second goal - H96 v SCF 10 Second goal - H96 v SCF 11 Second goal - H96 v SCF 12 Second goal - H96 v SCF 13 Second goal - H96 v SCF 14 Second goal - H96 v SCF 15 Second goal - H96 v SCF 16 Second goal - H96 v SCF 17 Second goal - H96 v SCF 18 H96 v SCF - fan reactions 1 H96 v SCF - fan reactions 2 H96 v SCF - fan reactions 3 H96 v SCF - fan reactions 4 H96 v SCF - Jonathan SchmidAnd at the other end of the table, party time in Munich:

FCB celebrations 1 FCB celebrations 2 Lewandowski and Schweinstiger - beer celebrations 1 Lewandowski and Schweinstiger - beer celebrations 2 Lewandowski and Schweinstiger - beer celebrations 3 FCB celebrations 3 Beer soaked Thomas Müller Thomas Müller - post match interview Müller, Lewandowski and Robben. Philipp Lahm - post match interview Philipp Lahm and the MeisterschaleAlso some pictures from Frankfurt and videos of a few goals:

Eintracht Frankfurt v B04 - Seferovich goal 1 Eintracht Frankfurt v B04 - Seferovich goal 2Nils Petersen – H96 v SC Freiburg

Haris Seferovich – Eintracht Frankfurt v B04

To finish, earlier today Joachim Löw announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against the USA and the EM 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer are both missing from the squad, the latter is out through injury. Gladbach’s Patrick Hermann has been called up and is expected to make his debut. Doubly disappointing about Neuer, not just because he’s my favourite player in the squad but because I have a feeling that a certain H96 keeper will be starting in his place. I am happy however to not see a certain striker getting called up.
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