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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

Bundesliga MD1 – 2015/16

I’ve been putting off finishing this post, whether it’s because doing so is the final acceptance of Freiburg being in the 2.B or it’s because I was obsessing over the missing video I don’t know. I hadn’t been thinking about it too much last weekend, my fixation on not being able to get the aforementioned video kind of overshadowing everything else. With that and the sleep deprivation I wasn’t really thinking clearly about anything. So it’s only now do I realise that Freiburg lost on the weekend the Bundesliga returned. I know I shouldn’t be superstitious about it, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, I just can’t help thinking that way.

At least I got everything I wanted on opening night anyhow (baring the video of the Jogi interview that is), I got lots of goals and all of them going in the right direction and I did get the video of Jogi at the match, a kind of consolation prize at least. And I wasn’t too far off in my prediction of the result, I said 3-0 and they won 5-0.

Here are the videos I did get, Jogi at the match and post match interviews with Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski:

Saturday did not disappoint either, Leverkusen v Hoffenheim is the game I reluctantly chose to watch at 14:30. Admir Mehmedi with his new side Leverkusen facing off against former team-mate Jonathan Schmid. Mehmedi didn’t start, but came on as a sub and he set up the winner for Leverkusen which was scored by Julian Brandt. A nice goal but all I cared about was the play that led to it. Seeing that really made me miss him, a feeling made all the worse by seeing Freiburg lose in the match before this one. At the end of the game the misery was increased by seeing Mehemdi and Schmid swapping shirts, something which led to the very strange picture of them wearing each others shirts. Because it just wasn’t confusing enough seeing them in another team’s colours, they had to go and make it just a little more confusing.

Then came what I’d really been waiting for, the battle of the Borussias and Roman Bürki’s first Bundesliga start as a Dortmunder. He didn’t disappoint and neither did Dortmund with them starting their first season with Thomas Tuchel in charge. Beating Gladbach, sure, but 4-0, I wonder if anyone saw that coming. Sunday saw Frankfurt lose to Wolfsburg and whilst I always enjoy the opportunity to watch Frankfurt, it was the second game I couldn’t wait for, Stuttgart v Köln. It’s not just because I was right in my prediction about the winning team that I’m happy, I’m happy that they won too. The numbers were in Köln’s favour even if the match itself certainly seemed to be going Stuttgart’s way. The last time Stuttgart beat them at home was in the 1996/97 season, they won 4-0. A very special fact I’ll never get tired of mentioning because that season was Jogi Löw’s first season in charge of Stuttgart.

Getting to the goals of the weekend, well just my favourites anyhow, included in the list is the two goals scored by Marcel Heller for newly promoted Darmstadt against H96. They would have made the list whether I liked them or not, anyone who scores against H96 is more than alright by me.

First up, the very first goal of the season, scored by Medhi Benatia for Bayern against HSV.

Thomas Müller’s second against HSV.

Douglas Costa – Bayern v HSV.

Marco Reus – BVB v Gladbach.

Julian Brandt (Mehemdi assist) – Leverkusen v Hoffenheim.

Marcel Heller – Darmstadt v H96.

And to finish, pictures, first from opening night on Friday, then some of Mehemdi from Leverkusen v Hoffenheim and finally some of Roman from Dortmund v Gladbach:

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Fourteenth place

Freiburg get to hang on to their current spot in fourteenth, hovering just above the danger zone. Even if they had won this weekend they would have been unable to climb any higher because whilst a win would have brought their total to 32 points, even had Hertha not gotten a point against Köln they would still have had one point more than Freiburg.

Of course all of this is irrelevant since they unluckily lost to Mainz. Mehmedi pulled one back late in the game and Schmid got a second, but they proved to mere consolation goals thanks to a third goal for Mainz in the 83rd minute from Yunus Malli. A nice spring day, a great game to watch, a sweet goal from Mehmedi but of course no points and an end to their three game streak without a loss. Despite that I’m not too disheartened, since everyone else in the bottom third of the table lost today as well. Stuttgart lost 2-1 to Augsburg (more clumsy defending and stupid mistakes from them), Paderborn predictably lost to Dortmund and of course Hannover were thrashed 4-0 by Leverkusen. Hamburg play Bremen tomorrow, and I don’t really rate their chances of beating Bremen, new manager or not.

Next week Freiburg face Stuttgart and will no doubt want revenge for the humiliating 4-1 defeat back in November. Even without that, the game will most likely be a scrappy and hotly contested affair given that it’s not only a local derby but a relegation scrap as well. Let’s hope that Stuttgart are as careless defensively next week as they were today against Augsburg. They were equally careless in the game in November, but Freiburg took none of the chances, with them starting to show some slight signs of improvement in that area it may not go quite as badly. On the subject of that game, I added some newly discovered pictures of Jogi to that post, the last of them being the following, the caption reading: “I love it when he looks like he’s plotting to take over the world or some other such thing of an equally devilish nature.” I do like that picture.

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Friday night provided plenty of excitement in the form of Frankfurt v Gladbach, plenty of goals were expected since the reverse of the fixture ended 3-1 in Frankfurt’s favour. Frankfurt were however without their top scorer Alexander Meier who will also miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery. The game ended 0-0 but you would never have thought that from all the chances both sides had, it was anything but a boring 0-0 draw. A Friday night in Frankfurt is always good fun.

It’s been a strange and busy week, both in general terms and in football terms with Champions League on Wednesday with Bayern and Europa League on Thursday with Wolfsburg who shockingly found themselves torn apart by Napoli. I’m not particularly happy about either of those results, they are both after all the last German team in each competition so I would have to root for them regardless of how I felt about them. I’m not that unhappy with them though either, to tell the truth, the reason being that they inspired the writing of a story titled “Hansi’s Viennese Nightmare.”

On the subject of inspiration, something I saw today reminded me of some interesting notes I made a while back. The event in question was part of Roman Bürki’s pre-match ritual. That reminded me of the notes I’d made entitled all Goalkeepers Have Aspergers. Think about it, they are part of the team but not really, because the nature of their job differs to everyone else. Their role requires them to highly focused and to be ok with being by themselves for long periods of time. Plus they are the first one blamed when something goes wrong, no matter what it is, somehow it’s always the goalkeeper’s fault. If they go for a shot and fail to stop it, then someone will say they should have stayed where they were, and if they do stay where they are, they’ll say they should have gone for it. In addition, keepers are often known to be somewhat eccentric, which doesn’t exactly detract from my analogy.

Departures are the story of the week with Jürgen Klopp announcing his departure from Dortmund at the end of the season and rumors flying about where he’s going to go, who his successor will be (whoever it is they are going to be a German, that’s what Hans-Joachim Watzke the chief executive said yesterday) and which of the players will be leaving as well. The other interesting departure related story is that of Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, he was until earlier this week Bayern’s team doctor. He’s worked for the club for about forty years and it’s not the first time he’s left, he previously left in the 2008/09 season following a dispute with then manager Jürgen Klinsmann. He’s also the team doctor for the German national side, which is interesting given his falling out with Klinsmann at Bayern.

This time the reason is again a disagreement with the manger, with him saying that he and his staff were blamed for the defeat to Porto in midweek. Guardiola himself denies any of this, saying that there is no rift between them and refuses to comment further. Guardiola’s behaviour during the Leverkusen game however would seem to support the doctor’s version of events, in that game he was seen sarcastically clapping at his subordinates on the bench. I thought that was a little pathetic personally, the way in which he automatically turns round and appears to blame someone else. It’s not like it could be his own fault now is it?

Interestingly enough, before I swore off reading online forums I did read a discussion about Bayern’s champions league chances and in that there were some fans who were convinced that Bayern would not win the champions league with Guardiola, that he’s not the man to do that. But then who knows, fans can be so fickle after all, when all is going well the manager is king and when things start to go wrong it doesn’t take long for the hyenas to appear.

A nice bit of symmetry in today’s events, Mehmedi was the one of the players who scored against Mainz last time round, Sebastian Rode gets another goal against Hoffenheim (he got his first goal for Bayern in the reverse of the fixture) and in the post I get another Jogi card. Last week it was Hansi with a signed trading card, this week it’s Jogi with a signed autograph card from Tirol Innsbruck:

Joachim Löw - FC Tirol Innsbruck Autogrammkarte 1 Joachim Löw - FC Tirol Innsbruck Autogrammkarte 2

The sticker quest: Euro 2012/Three stickers & three points

Today I got my three final stickers for my Euro 2012 collection which means it is finally complete. A day of threes today, a happy day not only because of the stickers. Freiburg came away with all three points from their game with Augsburg today. A terrific game to watch, they were on the attack from the get go, full of energy and constantly creating chances. It may have taken until the 71st minute to get the first goal, scored by Jonathan Schmid but they always looked the more likely to score. The victory was then put to bed by super sub Nils Petersen. They needed the points, and it showed. They have been justly rewarded, they are now one spot above the play-off place, that’s where Hamburg are who also have twenty five points. Difference is Freiburg’s next game is against Köln, who they got their first victory of the season against and who they beat in the last round of the cup. Whereas Hamburg face Bayer Leverkusen, the one after that isn’t any easier for them, they then play host to Wolfsburg. Freiburg on the other hand play Schalke, whom they beat 2-0 back on match-day 11. Of course matching such a feat away from home is a different matter and consistency is not their strong point, their longest streak being four consecutive draws. But after more than a month without a win, it is a start.  Also interesting is Stuttgart beating Frankfurt 3-1, they are the most baffling of teams, the reverse of the fixture was a great game to watch too, that ended 5-4 in Stuttgart’s favour.

The last three were a Russian, a Swede and a Ukrainian:

Denis Glushakov - Russia - EM 2012Ola Toivonen - Sweden - EM 2012Bohdan Butko - Ukraine - EM 2012The German pages were completed a few weeks ago, the last man standing being Tim Wiese.

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