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.
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: