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Advent Calendar Day 19 & 20: Not Again

This year has felt like a sort of groundhog day type year, the same stuff over and over again, and I don’t just mean in terms of the mistakes I’ve made. I wish I just meant that. With Monday’s night events it feels all so very familiar, indeed the same things are said all over again. The same hatred and racism is brought to the fore. Lots of things are said but little changes. A lot of people are ignorant of what’s going on in the wider world and they want it to stay that way. Syria seemed like a place far away and so the events there could be ignored, except now such things are happening right on Europe’s doorstep. And some people’s answer, to ban all refugees from entering Europe. To refuse to help the very people who are trying to escape things like this. I don’t know, nothing makes any sense, I’m not sure anything ever did. I just don’t understand how anyone could be so blinkered and ignorant not to care what’s going on there. The fact it’s so faraway should make no difference, nor that the people are of a different nationality or religion. People are people no matter where they’re from. It certainly doesn’t feel right to be celebrating Christmas whilst all this is going on.

Monday was not a good day anyway, and it become less of one because of what I woke up to. Just when you think you have a shot at getting back on track something else goes wrong. In reality I don’t think it had a shot of going right, I just wanted to believe it could. Everything feels just about as pointless as it’s ever done, yet I can’t stop writing or doing any of this. I’ve seen what happens when I do that, no matter how pointless it seems you have to carry on. A few days ago (I’m not sure which one exactly) I was watching The Counsellor, I don’t know why I decided to rewatch it, I didn’t think much of it the first time round. I felt drawn to it for some reason. I saw it at the cinema when it was released with a friend. Before seeing it I thought it would be good and they thought the opposite, after seeing it our positions were reversed. They said it was better than they expected and I was disappointed with it. I’m not sure I can articulate why exactly, I do however know why it angered me. The main character doesn’t care about the violence in Mexico when he has the potential to make money from it, he only cares when it affects him, when it’s someone he loves that gets hurt. Which is kind of like the situation now I suppose. The majority of people don’t care what’s happening somewhere else as long as it’s not affecting them. I’m not sure why it bothers me so much or why I can’t stop thinking about all this, maybe it’s because I’m often accused of lacking empathy, clearly that’s not true.

I have plenty of distractions but none of them are working, I don’t feel much like watching football, I couldn’t focus on tonight’s game in which Dortmund drew 1-1 with Augsburg. I don’t think the game made any difference, had I watched Gladbach’s game I probably would have felt the same. It’s a good thing I didn’t watch their game in fact, I would have felt even worse. After losing again there’s a good chance Gladbach will be parting ways with Andre Schubert before Christmas. I hope Wednesday’s game does a better job of distracting me, though at the same time it feels wrong but then almost everything does. Even writing this but I had to, I couldn’t not write it. As suffocating as routine is it can be comforting too, and sometimes it’s a little of both. Truth is without routine I wouldn’t know what to do.

Speaking of routine that brings me to the final part of the post, the advent calendars. Behind door number 19 in the Freiburg one was summer signing Janik Harberer and in the Dortmund one Andre Schürrle. And behind door number 20 was Julian Schuster and Roman Weidenfeller. Harberer scored his first Bundesliga goal the weekend before last against Leverkusen, he also got the assist for Niederlechner’s equaliser against Schalke last weekend:

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SC Freiburg Cards 2015/16

Alexander Schwolow - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Vegar Eggen Hedenstad - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Marc Torrejon - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Immanuel Höhn - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Amir Abrashi - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mike Frantz - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Tim Kleindienst - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mats Møller Dæhli - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Lukas Kubler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Florian Kath - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Marc-Oliver Kempf - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Mensur Mujdža - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardJonas Föhrenbach - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardMaximilian Philipp - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardNicolas Höfler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardMarco Hingerl - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardKonstantin Fuhry - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardChristian Günter - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardKarim Guede - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Vincenzo Grifo - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardCaleb Stanko - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardAmir Falahen - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardLucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Christian Streich - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Lars Voßler - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Patrick Baier - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Andreas Kronenberg - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card Simon Ickert - SC Freiburg 2015-16 card

Advent Calendar Day 14: The Captain, the Unknown Keeper & A Painful Reminder

Behind door number 14 in the Freiburg calendar was midfielder Julian Schuster. His appearance is most ironic and just a little bit painful coming the day after Freiburg’s loss to Nürnberg because it was Schuster who scored the sixth goal against them back on MD1. Unfortunately worse was to come because in the DFB calendar was the card of H96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. I suppose I should be grateful that it’s today his card appeared and not next week, that would have been a most unpleasant occurrence given what happened last Christmas. To make it worse Freiburg will be playing on a Sunday again this year, home to 1860 München. H96 themselves have the unpleasant task of hosting Bayern. Last year Freiburg played in the last game before the Christmas break, despite the result I liked that theirs was the last game I saw. This year it’s Gladbach who play the last game before Christmas, in a nice kind of symmetry Hertha Berlin are playing Mainz in the first game that day. Last year Hertha also played in the one but last game before the break. It was a most fun game, not because of the game itself but because of the weather. In fact it was a terrible game for Hertha, they lost I think 5-0 to Hoffenheim and shortly afterwards they sacked their manager. How things have changed for them, they’re currently sitting third in the table.

And finally in the Dortmund calendar was the unknown keeper, Hendrik Bonmann, unknown because until today I didn’t know he existed:

Ron-Robert Zieler - DFB 2015-16 card 1 Ron-Robert Zieler - DFB 2015-16 card 2 Hendrik Bonmann - Dortmund advent calendarToday was the draw for the first knock-out stages of the Champions League and the Europa league, both draws served up some very interesting ties indeed. Bayern will be facing last season’s finalists and runners up Juventus. Dortmund in the Europa league got drawn with Porto. In different competitions but still connected. It was Juventus that knocked Dortmund out last season, and it was Porto who of course beat Bayern 3-1 in the first leg before losing the second one 6-1. Wolfsburg were drawn with Belgian side Gent. As for the other three sides in the Europa League Leverkusen will face Sporting and Schalke face Shakhtar Dontesk who won’t have pleasant memories of their last trip to Germany having being comprehensively beaten by Bayern 7-0.

But it’s Augsburg who have the best tie of all. In a real quirk of fate Jürgen Klopp in his first season in England finds himself drawn with a German team, I was kind of hoping it would be Dortmund, but if they both go through then that can still happen.

German defender Shkodran Mustafi and his Valencia side face SK Rapid Wien. Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal were not so lucky, they face Barcelona. No doubt Arsenal will continue their tradition in recent years of not getting past the last 16:

Champions League draw results - last 16 - 2015-16 Europa League last 32 draw results - 2015-16 1 Europa League last 32 draw results - 2015-16 2Today also served up two other good things, a new picture of Hansi and a signed picture of Nils Petersen in the post:

csm_flick_koch_22384d2420 Nils Petersen signed Bremen photo

2.Bundesliga MD1 2015/16 – SC Freiburg v 1.FC Nürnberg

Or as it’s otherwise known and will forever be remembered by me “Petersen gegen Nürnberg.”

What a start to the season, nine goals in all, three of them for Nils Petersen (in the space of five minutes), three penalties (two for SCF taken by Petersen and one for FCN), five yellow cards (3 for FCN and 2 for SCF) and one red for FCN’s Dave Bulthuis. Final score six-three to SC Freiburg. With their six goals, they didn’t only better Kaiserslautern’s total on Friday, they doubled it. Which means with the superior goal difference they go the top of the table:

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First half was pretty much perfect, three goals in the space of five minutes for Nils Petersen and a fourth just before the end of the half for former FCN player Mike Frantz. This was Petersen’s first match as a fully fledged Freiburg player and it went absolutely perfect. In his first match after joining the club on loan after Christmas last year, he scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt and he repeated that feat last night, though in a rather different fashion. It’s not often you see two penalties in one game, let alone two within the space of a few minutes. Petersen seems to have proved his value already. He’s got seven goals in six games now, 15 in total. And he broke a record last night, getting the fastest hat-trick ever in 2.Bundesliga history. This banner some fans had was fantastic and would make a good poster I think:

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First half they totally outplayed FCN, they were in total control, having the majority of the possession and making the most of it. They really had FCN rattled. But whatever Rene Weiler said to his players at half-time certainly had some effect, they scored a goal barely a minute after kick-off and the roles were reversed. Out of nowhere SCF were on the back foot, not getting a touch of the ball and chasing shadows. It’s an old enemy of theirs, losing focus and throwing away a lead, but it usually happens a little later in the match. But not here, not this time. They didn’t lose their composure or their focus, they didn’t allow themselves to get too frustrated. It’s not great that they conceded another two goals but they replied with two of their own, so all’s well that ends well I suppose.

Despite conceding three goals, Alexander Schowlow didn’t have a bad game. Truth is he didn’t have a great deal to do in the first half, in fact his first major action was conceding the goal. But it wasn’t his fault, no-one could have done anything about it, not him and not his predecessor. It’s not possible or right to judge him based on one game, but so far so good, he didn’t do anything to give cause for concern at least. I think I’ll watch the game again, to see how he did, focusing on just him because it was a little difficult to focus on anything in the excitement of last night. It’ll give me an excuse to watch the game again at least.

I saw the English broadcast of the match as well as the German one and caught this little gem from the English commentator “so just the eight goals so far then.”

The goal-scorers for Freiburg were Nils Petersen (8, 11 & 13), Mike Frantz (40), Maximillian Philipp (61) and team captain Julian Schuster (90).

What a night, Petersen, the former Nuremberger Frantz, the man from Berlin and the captain too. A brilliant night, thanks to them all and the rest of the team, I get to write a happy MD1 story for Jogi. The only downside to the whole weekend is the fact that I feel like it’s Saturday right now because the match was in the evening, so it felt like a Friday night game. So it’s very confusing that there’s no games to watch today. At least there’s plenty of action at the weekend with Freiburg visiting 1860 München on Saturday, the Supercup in the evening between Wolfsburg and Bayern and on Sunday SV Sandhausen v Union Berlin and KSC v St. Pauli.

Maximillian Philipp, the man from Berlin as I christened him way back on MD21 when he got his first ever Bundesliga goal against Hertha BSC. The reason being that he’s from Berlin, he played as a youth player for Hertha and his whole family were there that day to see him play. Last night he got his second, and deservedly so. The video of his first goal:

Plenty of videos and pictures. First pre-match interviews with Christian Streich and Nils Petersen. And post match interviews with them both too. Plus a video of all the goals.

The post match interview with Christian Streich.

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