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Quote Me

Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I had a quote in mind for this post and then forgot it in the excitement of watching Liverpool’s incredible 5-4 victory over Norwich. I already knew the score before watching it but that’s all I knew, I certainly didn’t know Norwich equalised in the second minute of extra time or that Adam Lallana scored the winning goal for Liverpool less than a minute before the final whistle. Seeing that game and Jürgen Klopp’s reaction made me think of another quote, a Sepp Herberger one I’m quite fond of: “The ball is round, the game lasts 90 minutes. This is fact, everything else is theory.”

That game certainly lives up to that saying. Though technically the game lasted for 95 minutes but the point still stands. Some things you can count on to always be the same and everything else will go whatever way it wants to go. No matter how much you don’t want to, you have to accept that element of the unknown. And what a spectacular goal it was too, though it’s Klopp’s reaction I find the most amusing. In his interview after the Stoke game last night they asked him if he’d be getting new glasses for the final, I had no idea what they were on about because I only just saw the Norwich game in it’s entirety. Now I know, now I’ve seen his celebration and his pitch invasion. He’s certainly livening up the Premier League that’s for sure:

There’s another quote of Herberger’s I like too, this one: “After the game is before the game.”

The second one essentially means whether you’re celebrating or mourning you shouldn’t indulge in such feelings for too long, because after the game in question there’s another game to come. You need to keep focused, to not disturb or interrupt the preparations for the next game. Just because you’re team is second in the table and then team they are facing is seventeenth, does not mean you can count on a victory. The three points will not be handed to you, little is in life. I need to be reminded of that a lot, to not obsess over things. It’s easier said than done because sometimes it seems like I do nothing but obsess over social situations and mistakes I make. Analyzing your mistakes is all well and good but only if something constructive is going to come out of the process.  If all you’re doing is torturing yourself and going through what-ifs and maybes then you need to put a stop to it.

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 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

Champions League Dreams

I said that I hoped I wouldn’t dream about Hoffenheim, well I haven’t, not yet anyhow. I did have a Borussia Dortmund related dream. Last time I got the Hoffenheim coaches in my dream, this time I get the manager of Dortmund Jürgen Klopp making an appearance. And to make things more interesting also Robert Lewandowski. They were both holding a Champions League football. As the title suggests, this was not a Bundesliga related dream.

Same as my last Dortmund related dream, this one took place in a sports store. This time I was looking at football boots, which is interesting in regards to an interesting event at the end of last week which I’m not going to go into here. I wanted a pair of Adidas boots but the store only had one pair, I liked the design and the colour, they were black and blue with white stripes. They also had “champions league” written on the bottom. But they only had them in size ten, one size too big for me. The store had plenty of Puma boots but that wasn’t what I wanted.

I confronted Klopp about the lack of Adidas products in the store and here’s where it gets weird, I said that he should be loyal to his country. He answered that if one were to do that you couldn’t play Playstation either. I said that’s not what I meant, and that’s the last thing I remember. My comment of course makes no sense because both Adidas and Puma are German companies so I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. I hope the fact that I dreamed about Dortmund bodes well for their game against Juventus next week.

It’s Robert Lewandowksi’s presence that intrigues me the most, whatever could that mean. I wonder if my dream is predicting an all German Champions League final. How perfect would that be, Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München in Berlin. I wonder if the dominance of Puma over Adidas in the dream means a Dortmund victory, interesting, I hope I’m not cursing them by writing this. It would be funny if that did happen, Lewandowski on the losing side with Dortmund in 2013, and then on the losing side in 2015 with Bayern. I just realised another random interesting fact, Wembley is where Roman Weidenfeller suffered Champions League heartbreak with Dortmund but it’s also the stadium where he got his first ever cap for Germany. What a set of conflicting memories for him.

Es ist Müller wieder

50th post, couldn’t be about anyone or anything other than die Mannschaft, Joachim or Manuel.

The Germans certainly do have an excellent sense of timing, the parcel containing my no longer mythical four star Müller shirt was being processed for depature from Germany at 19:56, Tuesday evening in Saulheim. The Klopp connection this time, Saulheim is in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the biggest city of the state being of course Mainz, the team Jürgen Klopp played for. It’s doubly cool because at 19:56 on Tuesday evening I was watching Borussia Dortmund play St Pauli. The parcel’s next destination is even better, Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia, home to among other things Borussia Dortmund. It took 48 days from order to dispatch, if it had been processed a few days later it would have been 50 days, that would have been perfect.

Random tangent on the subject of connections, I won a signed Jogi photo card in an auction, one of the latest ones with four stars and signed too, the seller’s name was Armin, like Armin Veh, the Stuttgart boss.

With that I thought it was the perfect time to post my wall of Germany shirts, in order of purchase (not counting the Müller 4 star shirt, that will go last):

first training shirt2010 home shirttoff's shirt - fronttoff's shirt - back

 

 

 

 

 

 

das Wunder von Bern trikot2014 home shirt - front2014 home shirt - back2014 home shirt - patch 12006 world cup shirt - front2006 world cup shirt - backJogis 11 - frontJogis 11 - back

Jogis jokers - frontJogis jokers - back2014 away shirt - front2014 away shirt - back2010 away shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon to join them in addition to Müller, is a three star blue goalkeeper jersey from Germany. So on that note it seems only fitting to end with Manuel and this video of his terrific save from the AS Roma game last week.