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DFB Pokal 2. Runde Auslosung 2019/20 – Stefan Kuntz

This post is a little late, but it’s not a case of better late than never. It’s more a case of I can’t stand to do anything out of order, so this one has to be done before the new Jogi stuff. Not that uploading pictures of Stefan isn’t fun, then again DFB Pokal draws are always fun. It’s just Stefan makes it even more so. And he worked his usual magic on the draw right away by drawing his own team first out, 1.FC Kaiserslautern. Even more amusingly their opponents in the next round are 1.FC Nürnberg. First two teams out and already there’s a DFB related duel going on. Not just a current DFB connection there but a past one too, with Stefan and Andreas both being part of the 1996 EM tournament winning team. This is exactly the kind of stuff I love about DFB Pokal draws, not just the stories between the clubs but making the Jogi/Hansi/Stefan connections between any of the teams.

That was the first such connection but happily enough it was not the last, the next special connection came in relation to Stefan’s home-town team 1.FC Saarbrücken (who knocked out 2.Bundesliga team Jahn Regensburg)  who found themselves drawn with 1.FC Köln. Double trivia fun here, Hansi used to play for Köln and their current coach Achim Beierlorzer was last season Jahn Regensburg’s coach. Fun fact, his brother Betram Beierlorzer played for three teams, 1.FC Nürnberg, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart. Nice little trifecta there.

Then comes one of the big guns, title holders Bayern getting drawn with VfL Bochum, which you’ve guessed it, is another DFB connection, a Stefan team going head to head with another Hansi team.  Something which is more amusing because Hansi actually works for Bayern now. Speaking of big guns Gladbach have a nightmare of a pairing, the only thing worse than getting Dortmund in the second round of the cup is getting Bayern. Last season Gladbach went out in the second round, getting smashed 5-0 by Leverkusen, hopefully they can avoid a repeat of that this season. Then again if Union Berlin can pull off a shock win against Dortmund, why not Gladbach?

As for Freiburg. well speak of the devil, because they got none other than Union Berlin. I thought that was tough draw before the Dortmund game, Freiburg do however have one major advantage, they have the home right, so they won’t have to run the gauntlet at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Playing against Union will mean a reunion with a former Freiburg player as well, Rafal Gikiewicz. He only made two league appearances for Freiburg, but they were two very important ones. Let me put it this way, last weekend wasn’t the first time he’s helped to pull off an upset against Dortmund.

 

New Hansi Pictures: Rottach-Egern v Bayern München friendly 2019/20

Long time no see/The Return of Hansi

Five years ago today was the last time Hansi walked out by Jogi’s side, five years  since Germany won the world cup. I could lie and say this was planned, that I left it until today to upload my new pictures of Hansi to make it that extra little bit perfect, but I won’t. It was a entirely a quirk of fate that happened, well that and endless procrastination. It’s not quite the return I wanted, for Hansi’s not returning to Jogi. Though the beginning of his new chapter with Bayern is a return of sorts for him, given that he played for Bayern and spent the better part of his short playing career there. Before the pictures of Hansi from Bayern’s first open training of the season, a sweet little reminder of that day:

Abschlusstraining vor dem Serbien Spiel 19/03/19

Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – RTL Aktuell 19-03-19

Four more Löw Years

Now it’s been decided I can enjoy the rest of the summer break and pre-season. And now I can finally get on with making the video from the last game. It wasn’t so much knowing if he was leaving or not. It was just the uncertainty of it. Whether it was the last video ever or just the last of this tournament, that I needed to know before putting to together. This time I have to admit I did doubt if he would stay, depending on which news sources you listen to however there may be other changes in the offing. What exactly that means (if it’s even true) who knows. There’s really no point in speculating. I know exactly the change I would like to see but I doubt that’ll happen. And I doubt even less that I would get my actual dream come true and Hansi would come back. That would be way too perfect, which is precisely why it’s never going to happen. But there’s no need to get greedy, Jogi is staying, that’s the main thing.

Little update – upon catching up with the latest news it seems I’m not the only one with the idea of Hansi returning. Oh that would be too awesome to even contemplate.

Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18

Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18

At this rate I wasn’t sure there was going to be a first post of the year, let alone need to worry what it would end up being about. I would have said that Hansi won the day but with Hoffenheim losing 4-1 to Leverkusen that’s not strictly true. It’s Freiburg who are the real winners of the day, beating Leipzig 2-1. As happy as I am about that victory (not so much because of the three points but more getting to beat Leipzig) I wasn’t even sure my first post would be football related. The past week I’ve thought more about handball than football and it’s the other Bundestrainer that’s been the focus of my attention, it’s not a Jogi week but a Prokop week. And funnily enough before becoming the coach of the national handball team Christian Prokop coached none other than Leipzig. I didn’t really get handball before but I have to admit it’s exciting to watch. And interesting in the sense that it too uses VAR though it seems to be used a little quicker and more effectively than in football. Despite the time it’s been taking up it’s not a new obsession exactly, well maybe it is, but it’s not one to compete with the ones I already have. If it were then I wouldn’t have cared about Hansi’s interview today or the fact the presenter was Peter who’s one of my favorites.

The London Trip: Operation Jogi Autogramm

Whatever the last post of the year was about I wanted it to be Jogi related in some way. I should have written this post after I got back but somehow never found the time, and with today being the 31st I guess it’s the perfect time. I still can’t believe that it actually happened, that instead of being in my room watching that stuff on TV I was actually there. I just wish I could have gotten more pictures and video. Unsurprisingly I’m not too good with a camera, turns out twitchy people and cameras don’t mix. The cold didn’t help either, nor did the fact I was trying to keep hold of so many things at once. Should I go autograph hunting again I will definitely be better prepared next time. Still I did at least manage to get some good pictures of Jogi and video too. Unfortunately I didn’t get one of Matze, he was standing right in front of me. Whilst he was signing the shirt I could easily have snapped a picture right then but I guess I wasn’t even thinking . I was a little awed by the fact he was right in front of me and he was so much taller than I expected.

As important as getting a Jogi autograph was getting one from Matze was definitely the best part of the whole experience. That’s probably the one moment of the trip I’m actually quite proud about. It’s not a word I use often, not a word I like either. But that’s how I feel about that moment. The reason being it’s one of those rare moments in my life when I spoke up for myself and it paid off. Had I not called out Matze’s name as he walked to the bus he would have carried on walking and I never would have gotten his signature, never would have got to see him standing right in front of me.I got quite a few signatures in total, Mario Götze, Julian Draxler, Lars Stindl, Per Mertesacker and a few others I can neither remember nor identify. And not forgetting one from the DFB president and Oliver Bierhoff. As for Jogi I didn’t get one signature, I got three separate ones. One on the very special piece of paper I wanted signed (a list of every Freiburg game I’ve seen going back to September 2014), another in my book and this is the best one of all, my match ticket.

Despite not getting off to a very good start overall I think the trip went well, there’s definitely room for improvement and a few parts of it I wouldn’t want to repeat under any circumstances but the positives outweigh the negatives. Getting lost in London wasn’t fun at all, it was scary enough the first day in daylight when I had a vague idea where I was, the second time was terrifying. Yet it has it’s good points, I was alone and had no-one to rely on. So if I was going to find my way I had to ask for directions and figure it out. How I managed to do that I still don’t know.

The second day went better than the first, I spent the afternoon before the game waiting outside the team’s hotel and it paid off. I got a few autographs before the bus left (though not Jogi, he went straight to the bus) and watched the bus leave. I almost missed kick off because of having to rush back to the stadium but it was so worth it. Now on that point I had planned ahead, my hotel was close to the stadium so I had just enough time to drop off my stuff and get to the game. The part I was most anxious about turned out to be not so good. I was anxious enough about the prospect of queuing to get inside, I could have done without getting spat at by a no doubt drunk England fan who mistakenly thought I was a German. Same as I could have done without the Auschwitz chants on the underground on the way there. But they were the exception to the rule, almost everyone else I encountered was nothing like that.

On the subject of meeting people that was one of the big surprises of the whole experience for me. Now the social side of things didn’t go so well in one regard, but there were enough unplanned encounters to make up for it. Whilst waiting outside the hotel I got to meet and talk with several different people. It was cool being just a fan among other fans, not being the “weird” one for a change. And I even got to meet a few Germans, though some of them curiously enough seem to be baffled why I’m a fan of Jogi. Being the only fan of his there after the game certainly worked in my favour though. Then all the attention was on the players but I was waiting for Jogi, convinced that I wasn’t going to miss out this time around. Normally in social situations all I do is watch, this time I was able to make that ability work for me. I watched and waited, and finally got my chance. For once in my life hyper-awareness worked in my favour and did something other than make me anxious.

The day after the game I was meant to go on a pre-booked tour of Wembley Stadium. I didn’t end up doing that, having decided the night before there was something much more fun to do. And that was going back to the hotel in search of more autographs and pictures. I am so glad I did go back because that was when I hit the jackpot, getting the cutest pictures of Jogi ever. Getting an autograph from Lars Stindl made it worth it too. And the best part of all, I got to meet Uli the Sky reporter and get an autograph, that was unbelievably cool. I got to talk to him about a few things and one very important subject in particular. The night before I managed to catch up on some of the news online, seeing his report on TV I heard him mention Hansi. As it turned out Hansi was actually there, Uli confirmed that part. But he wasn’t staying at their hotel and I didn’t get to see him. Still it was cool just knowing he’d been there.

Many things didn’t go as planned and a lot of things could have gone better, but none of that matters. There will always be things that go wrong or don’t go exactly to plan, this trip was proof that things can still go right afterwards. This trip cost me a lot and I don’t mean financially speaking, it really wiped me out in terms of energy but it was worth it. Even the delayed meltdown/stress reaction when I got home was worth it. I’m already thinking about another trip, about going to Germany next time. Before that seemed the very definition of impossible, I’m not going to lie, it still feels a little daunting now. But less so, the prospect of it no longer seems quite so terrifying. And even if it is scary, the rewards are worth it.

Jogi footage – London 11/11/17