Tag Archives: Hans-Dieter Flick collectibles

Die Nationalmannschaft 2010 & 2012 sticker albums

With the domestic season drawing to a close it seems like a good time to finally get around to opening the two Germany albums I got last year. especially seeing as how I don’t have my hardback copy of the Euro 2016 album yet. The main selling points of these two is that there’s Jogi stickers and a few Hansi ones. Though annoyingly Hansi doesn’t get a page to himself, in the 2010 album he shares a page with Andreas and Oliver. In the 2012 edition they dispensed with this completely, there’s just one page for Jogi, though Hansi is in some of the stickers. One other thing which displeased me was the fact I got both of Hansi’s stickers before I even started, they were inside the album. I would have liked to find them in the packets myself. I know it’s not the first time I’ve seen the stickers, I have a copy already which is signed by Hansi but it still would have been nice.

Pictures of both albums and my favourite stickers so far, the stickers are in the order I found them, they aren’t ordered by who I like the most:

20160514_164320 20160514_164345 20160514_164404 20160514_164443 20160514_164458 20160514_164518 20160514_164530 20160514_164543Joachim Löw & Hansi Flick – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Lukas Podolski – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Mesut Özil – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Thomas Müller – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Toni Kroos – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker Joachim Löw – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker20160514_164702 20160514_164738 20160514_164803 20160514_211954Manuel Neuer - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerLukas Podolski - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerManuel Neuer 2 - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerJoachim Löw – Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 stickerLukas Podolski - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 sticker 2Miroslav Klose - Deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2010 sticker


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:

Milos_Jojic_goal_Dortmund_v_K_lnThe 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:

20160514_211954Joachim Löw & Hansi Flick – die Nationalmannschaft 2012 sticker

Felix Klaus - H96 Bundesliga 15-16 sticker Andre Schürrle – VfL Wolfsburg – Bundesliga 15-16 sticker

Reason to Believe

Reason to Believe

In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

The first thing that came to mind is the idea that one day all of this might make sense.  After a late night and some video related frustrations (which thankfully have now been resolved) I was not in a good mood at all. Last night I was already starting to wonder what the point of anything is, the video problems made it all the worse. But then thinking of how I should be grateful I could see the game at all I snapped out of it. Not to mention the fact that it was just a friendly, I did technically miss the first goal of the year that Freiburg scored but it’s not a competitive goal so it’s not so bad. The other two things which helped change my mind was a scene from the episode of Deutschland 83 I saw last night and two new pictures of Hansi I got over the weekend.

In last night’s episode Moritz drove General Edel to a conference in Brussels and in between driving him around and planting a bug on a desk meant for a security analyst he found some time to have a bit of fun. Fun which included the purchasing of a Walkman. He’d never seen one before and he didn’t know what it was, the look of wonderment on his face was incredible. Truly wonderful, so much that I felt compelled to add some pictures to this post:

Moritz - Deutschland 83 E3 1 Moritz - Deutschland 83 E3 2The look on Moritz’s face in that moment is part of my answer. Moments when you feel that sense of wonderment and happiness are the reason to believe. Because things may never make any sense and they may never go as I want them to. But as long as you can find a silver lining then it doesn’t matter so much. Like with Freiburg this past season. They got relegated and lost a lot of good players and that really hurt. But Nils Petersen came back. And they got Vincenzo Grifo and Amir Abrashi. Obviously I would have preferred for them to stay in the Bundesliga, but I have to admit Grifo is a most excellent silver lining to the situation. He is the gift that keeps on giving. As long as there are moments like that then the rest is worth putting up with. And now to the Hansi pictures, it’s not the fact I’ve added these pictures to my collection which makes me so happy. It’s not even how perfect his smile is in the first one. It’s that it reminds me of how happy it’s possible to be. A reminder that it’s possible to be happy at all. And of the fact that when such a small thing as a nice picture of Hansi can make me this happy then I don’t think there’s anything to really worry about. I may have been in a terrible mood last night and when I got up but now I don’t even remember why. So it couldn’t have mattered really.

Hansi Flick - signed photo Hansi Flick & Jogi Löw signed photoOver the weekend I was trying to make a character related decision, to finally pick a new name for Hans-Peter. Funny thing is after all the time I spent on it, including reading through several lists of German names I decided upon sticking with Hans-Peter. One might think the whole exercise was a waste of time. But it wasn’t because I found out a few interesting facts which more than made it worth it. First I found out that Jens which is actually a Danish and not a German name is short for Johannes which apparently means “God is gracious.” The reason this amused me so is that Hans is also derived from Johannes and Hans apparently means “Gift from God.” Well I won’t argue with either of those definitions that’s for sure. As Leo likes to say in The West Wing, “I like the little things.”

Those little moments of amusement are the reason to believe. Last night I started wondering what the point of everything is and I don’t really have an answer. But then maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. Like that joke from last night’s episode, about the drunk man who’s searching for his keys under a street light. A policeman sees him searching and asks him what he’s looking for, the drunk tells him and so he starts to help him. After a while he asks where did you have them last and the man answers in the park. So why then is he looking under the light? Because he can see there. If I keep looking in the places I’m told to look in my quest for happiness or whatever it is I’m looking for then I’m not going to find it. How can I when the people telling me where to look have no idea of what makes me happy.

Right now I’m reading a book about an autistic boy named Gabriel. He has no interest in toys, instead he prefers what his mother calls “twirlers”. That is bits of fabric, grass or other plants that he likes to twirl and wave about. He collects them and has a pretty impressive collection as you might imagine. If there’s one thing I know about autistic people it’s that we’re experts at collecting stuff. Most people find his collection and other such collections baffling. They find his habits even more so. They don’t get how it amuses him so completely. I don’t have a habit like that, though when I was younger I used to collect things like labels and batteries. Now I collect trading cards much to the amusement of some people. Given how baffled they are at the fact I even own them it’s for the best that they have no idea what I do with said trading cards. Because they don’t just sit on my shelf doing nothing. I like to get them out and flick through them. Not to see Jogi and Hansi, I don’t need to look through them for that. Theirs are on top, as always.  I like the feel of the cards and the way they smell. I like the fact when I’m looking through them I’m not thinking of anything. That during such times I don’t need anymore reason to do it other than because I want to.

Hansi Flick clippings

The latest additions to my Hansi collection, some clippings from Hoffenheim, Köln and Bayern. Plus some die Mannschaft related ones and a few Bayern and Köln team posters:

Hansi Flick – Hoffenheim clipping 1 Hansi Flick – Hoffenheim team photoHansi Flick – 1.FC Köln clipping 1 Hansi Flick – clipping 1 Hansi Flick – clipping 2 Hansi Flick – clipping 3Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 1 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 2 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 3 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 4 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 5 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 6 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 7 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 8 Hansi Flick – Bayern clipping 9 Hansi Flick – Bayern sticker 1Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 1 Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 2 Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 3 Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 4 Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 5 Hansi Flick - Bayern team poster 1986-87 Hansi Flick – Bayern team poster 1989 Hansi Flick – 1.FC Köln team poster 1 Hansi Flick – 1.FC Köln team poster 2

Vampire Jürgen and other Random Musings

Usually when I dream about a team near to a game they lose, I can think of only two exceptions to this pattern, happily on both those occasions it was Freiburg I dreamed about. I know there’s probably nothing to such things but I like making a note of them regardless, I like patterns like that. Last night it was Jürgen Klopp I dreamed about. Today Liverpool lost 2-0 to West Ham United. The pattern holds. What I don’t like is first dream of the year that I remember and it’s Klopp in it. Not Jogi, Hansi, Christian Streich or even Thomas Tuchel, but Klopp. It was I have to admit a most amusing dream. It took place at a school for vampires and Klopp himself was one, as was I. Also there was someone named Daniel. There’s three possible choices for who that could be. The real life one can be ruled out, it was definitely not him. That leaves Daniel Brühl and Daniel Siebert, the referee. I’m certain it wasn’t the former, but not entirely certain it was the latter either. It’s most disappointing that’s all I can remember, I would have loved to know what the story was. As for what the message was I don’t know. But there is one I’m choosing to take from it. If I got to bed at a decent hour and got enough sleep then maybe I would be sufficiently rested upon waking to remember more of my dreams. I don’t need to be told twice. Maintain a vampire schedule and you don’t get good dreams or to remember them. All you get is Klopp, albeit a vampire version. But go to bed at a decent hour and be rewarded with your favourite Germans, at least I hope so. In fact with how tired I feel today I could most likely happily fall asleep right now. The only reason I’m not is that there’s a repeat of an old game on later this evening that I want to see. After that I’m going straight to bed.

It’s the first of three football free weekends and it’s a very strange and disorientating experience. Combined with being tired and it only being the second day of the new year it all makes for a very confusing day. When I was watching part of Liverpool’s game earlier I got to thinking how slowly time was moving and how I never feel like that whilst watching Freiburg or Germany play. Then it’s like it’s over before I even know what’s happened, it feels like it’s just started and then all of a sudden it’s over. I feel that way about time in general, you spend a lot of time wondering where it went. Right now with there being no football on and having no fixed schedule for the weekend I feel the opposite way. Like there’s all this time to fill and I have no idea how to fill it. There’s plenty of things I could be doing. I just don’t want to do any of those things. I should be catching up on my Bundesliga posts, I need to do that before the season resumes. I can put that off for the weekend at least and get back to work on those on Monday. I also keep putting off rewatching the final two episodes of The Bridge and writing the final post about them. I’ve had enough time to do so, but I keep putting it off. It’s almost like if I don’t watch the final two episodes again then I won’t have to let go of Henrik and Saga. And I won’t have to admit that Hans is gone. I still can’t believe that. That they killed Hans off. For me that reason alone makes me wish there’s not going to be another series. Her having a new partner in the form of Henrik is one thing, but the thought of replacing Hans in anyway is unbearable.

Along with counting down the days until the season resumes I’ve been trying to work out what film to watch next. I keep thinking about Inglourious Basterds. Partly because that film is never far from my thoughts and partly because I read an article in which Tarantino said that the opening scene of that is his most favourite scene that he’s ever written. I would say it’s mine too but the truth is any line or scene he’s written that has Christoph Waltz in it is my favourite. Tarantino’s right about that, Christoph really does make his words sing. I’m not sure I could pick a favourite but if I really had to I would say the “That’s a bingo” line is the best of them all. There’s just something priceless about that scene.

The only thing holding me back from watching it is that the last time I watched it was the last but one week of the previous season. It was the night before Freiburg beat Bayern, or to be more precise since it finished so late, it was the very same day. It’s almost like a curse of some kind, I know Freiburg did beat Bayern but it didn’t matter in the end. On the other hand it seems like that’s exactly why I should watch it now, when the season is on break so I can watch it and not feel like I’m cursing anyone. Plus it would be a good time to watch it and Django Unchained, as kind of a preparation for The Hateful Eight on Friday.

I may be feeling a little lost today but at least I’m not worrying quite as much as I was yesterday. I think getting some sleep helped on that count, as did the Matze adventure I’m working on. I didn’t get enough sleep but enough to be of some help. The problem is still there and I’m still avoiding dealing with it but that’s ok for the moment. It will still be there on Monday. Right now my mind is focused on other things, I know all I’m doing is running away from it but that’s not always such a bad thing. I don’t think I come up with a solution just yet so surely it’s a good thing I’m not obsessing over it. Nor am I sure that I should allow myself to make up my mind right now, not when I’m feeling so confused. Allowing myself to be focusing on Matze and making character related decisions is not the worst thing to happen. Though it’s probably a little misleading to say I’m letting it happen, that implies I have any control in that matter. When truth is that couldn’t be further from the truth. Normally when I wake up I write whatever I can in my dream journal and I may make a few story notes if I have any random ideas. This morning I wrote a full three pages of the the beginnings of a new story for Matze. That was before doing anything else, it was after waking up and writing about the vampire dream, the third thing I did this morning. Writing the start of that story was apparently important enough to put off getting breakfast. Given how hungry I always am in the morning that means he’s pretty important then.

There are two other things which brightened up my day today besides Matze. Whilst I don’t yet know what Freiburg and Dortmund have planned for the winter break I do know that Bayern are playing Karlsuher SC in a friendly two weeks from today. So I will at least have one Saturday accounted for in the next three weeks. The other thing is something I got in the post, a very special signed picture of Hansi. I always like it when he smiles but I especially like it in this picture. I have by now quite a few pictures of him from when he was younger and active as a player, in many of them it doesn’t look like him. In this picture not only is his smile as wonderful as it always is but it looks like him too:

Hansi Flick – 1.FC Köln signed photo

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

Advent Calendar Day 9: The Day of Ginter

Behind door number nine in the Freiburg calendar was midfielder Amir Abrashi. In the DFB one was the card of Oliver Bierhoff. I was kind of hoping Matze would be there. It would have been perfect since today he was in the Dortmund one. It would have been cool, to first have two of Lukas and then two of Matze but it was not to be:

Oliver Bierhoff - DFB card 2015-16 1 Oliver Bierhoff - DFB card 2015-16 2 Matthias Ginter - Dortmund advent calendarTonight was the final day of the group stage of the Champions League. Gladbach are already out, having lost 4-2 to Man City. Wolfsburg are through, as are Bayern who played Zagreb in Croatia tonight. A game which was no fun at all since Manuel Neuer was given the day off, Ulreich was in goal. That leaves Leverkusen who needed a win against title holders Barcelona, they drew 1-1 meaning they too are out, but not completely, finishing in third means they go into the Europa League. Also Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil with Arsenal are through to the next round, having beaten Olympiakos 3-0. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Man United are eliminated finishing in third meaning they too go into the Europa League. And last but not least Shkodran Mustafi and Valencia having lost 2-0 to Lyon also find themselves in the Europa League.

Champions League 2015-16 - last 16 1 Champions League 2015-16 - last 16 2

A very quiet night tonight, I spent most of it half watching Bayern’s game whilst I figure out how my next story is going to go. This time I’m working on something for Manuel Neuer. Progress is slow going, mostly because I’m nursing something of a hangover from yesterday. I’m glad I went yesterday but I’m certainly paying the price for having done so.

There is at least one thing to brighten things up today, a new picture of Hansi from the DFB site:


Die Mannschaft Playing Cards

The latest acquisitions to my collection, a very amusing set of playing cards from 2010. Some of them are actually quite good and are quite a good likeness. The Jogi card not so much, its just ok. The Hansi one however is simply brilliant, it captures his smile wonderfully and the warmth in his eyes. They aren’t uploaded in order of favorites, Jogi really was the first one out of the pack, so I uploaded them in that order:

Joachim Löw – playing card Hansi Flick – playing card Mats Hummels - playing card Sven Bender - playing card Philipp Lahm - playing card Lukas Podolski - playing card Mario Gomez - playing card Andreas Köpke - playing card Jerome Boateng - playing card Oliver Bierhoff - playing card Manuel Neuer - playing card Ron Robert Zieler - playing cardMarco Reus - playing card Toni Kroos - playing card Thomas Müller - playing card Tim Wiese - playing card Andre Schürrle- playing card Lars Bender - playing card Mario Götze - playing card Mesut Özil - playing card Miroslav Klose - playing card Cacau - playing card Bastian Schweinsteiger - playing card Marcel Schmelzer - playing card Benedikt Höwedes – playing card Per Mertesacker - playing card Holger Badstuber - playing card Sami Khedira - playing card

An Attempt at Normality/New Jogi & Hansi Signed Pictures

Every international break I’ve gotten new signed pictures or collectibles of some sort. This time is no exception, so it’s a perfect way to signal some attempt at a return to normality. Doing what I usually do, uploading my latest acquisitions. Despite the title not all of them are signed, the Nivea booklet isn’t, but it doesn’t matter, it’s perfect enough without a signature.

On the subject of normality resuming it’s been announced that there will be no changed to the schedule this weekend as regards the Bundesliga and the 2.Bundesliga. Other than an increased security presence the weekend will proceed as expected, except for the fact that they’ve requested fans not bring any kind of pyrotechnics to games, a wise decision. I suppose it’s a stroke of good luck that Hannover are away this weekend to Gladbach, a home game would have created a bigger set of problems. What a strange set of circumstances this is, me having any interest in what Hannover are up to. Anyhow the pictures:

Hansi Flick signed photo 1 Joachim Löw signed photo 1 Joachim Löw signed photo 2 Joachim Löw signed photo 3 Joachim Löw signed Nivea card Joachim Löw - signed Nivea envelopeJoachim Löw - Nivea booklet 1Joachim Löw - Nivea booklet 2Joachim Löw - Nivea booklet 3Joachim Löw - Nivea booklet 4Joachim Löw - Nivea booklet 5Joachim Löw - Nivea booklet 6


Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy

What’s your most prized possession?

I have many possessions I value greatly, various collectibles, my hard-drives and my laptop. But I think it would be impossible to pick one. I have several awesome collectibles, including two pairs of Hansi Flick’s boots, a football signed by him, one signed by Joachim Löw, my Jogi & Hansi coins and of course Hansi Flick’s training shirt. And a few other things I can’t take pictures of, like my copy of Freiburg’s 2-1 victory over Bayern last season. They got relegated anyway but it doesn’t detract much from the happiness of that day, especially because Nils Petersen came back.


Hansi Flick's boots 1Hansi Flick's boots 2IMG_20150204_231840imageJogi - coin 1Hansi Flick coin 1IMG_20150605_210000I love each and every one of these things but like I said it would be impossible to pick. So going in a different direction, away from physical possessions I would say my most prized possession is my imagination. Without it I would never come up with any of the stories which take up so much of my time, however would I amuse myself without it. It’s not so much the stories that I write, it’s more the ones I don’t write, the ones that are just too awesome and too over the line to commit to paper. People think I must be lonely because I spend so much time by myself, I’m not that lonely but if I didn’t have my imagination I would be.

I know my imagination is not exactly a possession and even if it was, it’s only a half truthful answer for the simple reason that sometimes I don’t possess it but it possesses me. Just this morning I was up until 6:00am working on a new idea, despite the fact that Freiburg were playing at 12:30. I simply had to write down my idea there and then, at least as far as that’s concerned it all worked out. I got the idea down on paper and I got up in time for the game. As it turns out they lost anyway but I stuck to the plan, that’s what counts.

Thinking back to a very amusing anecdote it’s tempting to say my mind in general is my most prized posession. I told someone a story from the book Das Reboot, about a team bonding activity for the German national team at the training camp before the World Cup last summer. Long story short, the entire national team and the coaching staff in a sauna, the thought of which amused my friend greatly. It was however their comment which was of an even greater source of amusement, in which they said I bet that’s a place in your mind you visit often. Funnily enough, no it’s not, when I think about Manuel Neuer in shorts, I don’t picture the rest of the squad there, nor are Jogi and Hansi there.