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Advent Calendar Day 12: An Early Christmas Present

These days I always have trouble starting posts and put way too much thought into it when I should just do what I do in real life, just start wherever I want. Sometimes it’s at the beginning and more often than not right in the middle of whatever I want to say. Though with this post there really isn’t a beginning, middle and end because there’s only one important point. That point being today’s draw for the last sixteen of the Champions League and it’s in that draw I received the aforementioned early Christmas present. I said I didn’t want any surprises this year but this is one surprise I’m happy to get, though it seems I’m in the minority on this count. It’s mostly due to the draw I didn’t have to try very hard at being positive today. So happy am I with the result I’ve actually managed to write a few pages. As soon as Bayern got drawn I prayed “Arsenal, Arsenal, please get Arsenal.” Low (no Jogi reference intended) and behold Arsenal is who they got drawn with. Sometimes wishing does work. It means Mesut and Mustafi get to face off against Manuel, Philipp, Thomas and Jerome. And significantly increases my chances of getting a Jogi video and maybe even a half-time interview. The game isn’t until February and I know I shouldn’t be thinking that far ahead but just this once I can’t help myself. Dortmund on the other hand will be playing Benfica and Leverkusen got drawn with Atletico Madrid which pretty much ends their hopes of getting any further, Dortmund have a much better chance of going through. I’d put good money on them making the next round. As for Bayern, well I wouldn’t bet either way.

champions-league-achtelfinale-2016-17Speaking of Jogi videos I got no such thing from any of this weekend’s games but then I didn’t expect one. I didn’t get one from last week’s Champions League games either, instead getting as a sort of consolation prize in the form of video and pictures of Miro Klose. Well this week’s consolation prize of sorts is Stefan Kuntz who was at Eintracht Frankfurt’s game on Friday night against Hoffenheim:

stefan-kuntz-at-eintracht-frankfurt-v-hoffenheim-2016-17There’s a quote I like from The West Wing, when Leo says “I like the little things.” I haven’t watched the show in quite some time yet that quote always sticks with me, as do a lot of the things from the show. It’s one of those things I wish I could watch again, but I can’t and not just because I know it too well. Rather it’s because it’s too depressing, both because of how idiotic real life politics are and because I view it a lot differently now. The only character I feel the same affection for is Toby, everyone else including the president I feel somewhat differently about, in fact especially him. I guess I’m a lot less naive than when I first watched it.

And none of that was my point, I had no intention of saying anything about the show itself. My point was I wonder if sometimes I’m a little too easily pleased, today’s draw being an example of that. It hasn’t completely taken my mind off what I was worrying about but it has a little, and it has put me in a slightly better mood. It’s the first time in several days I’ve decided to write something story wise and actually sat down and done just that without too much fuss. It should be a good thing yet I don’t feel like it is. This is why I don’t have any long-term plans. How can I have any real plans when I’m happy just to get a new box of cards. Or maybe I’m over thinking all of this. It’s just that question keeps coming up again and again, and every time I get asked it makes me feel like an even more inferior to other people than I already do. As if I’ll only be a person in their eyes if I do what they think I should. One day I’ll answer what I’m really thinking, I’ve never done that. I’ve never said that all I really want is for them to go away. I don’t know what’s worse, constantly being interrogated as to what your plans are in life or being completely forgotten about and people assuming you couldn’t possible have any such plans. It’s sort of like the way I never get invited anywhere when people go out because they just assume I can’t go. Chances are I probably can’t but it’s still nice to be asked. And that was a whole of rambling which wasn’t planned. Better to write it here than for it to keep me up at night I guess. I suppose that’s enough rambling for one night.

In the Freiburg calendar was Slovakian striker Karim Guede who scored that invaluable goal against Heidenheim last season, and who of course played such an important part in Petersen’s goal against Bayern two years ago. Joining him from the Dortmund calendar is Nuri Sahin who like Karim has made just the one appearance so far this season:

Karim Guede & Christian Streich - 1.FCK v SC FreiburgKarim Guede & Mike Frantz – SC Freiburg v KSC20161213_001612-1

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 10

Behind door number ten in the Freiburg calendar was striker and scorer of the all important last second winner against Heidenheim two weeks ago, Karim Guede. In the DFB one was the card of former VfB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger and saving the best till last, in the Dortmund one was former striker, current stadium announcer and singer of one of my favourite songs ever Norbert Dickel. This song here:

Antonio Rudiger - DFB card 2015-16 1 Antonio Rudiger - DFB card 2015-16 2 Norbert Dickel - Dortmund advent calendarRight now my mind is mostly on two things, the draw for the groups for Euro 2016 on Saturday which Jogi, Thomas Schneider, Andreas Köpke and Oliver Bierhoff will be present at. Oliver Bierhoff is in fact part of the ceremony. The other thing very much on my mind is what films to watch over Christmas. Whether or not I should continue with the tradition from last year or if I should start a new one. I’m not sure I can sit through Deutschland: Ein Sömmermarchen again. Not because it’s bad film, it’s not, it’s terrific in fact. I think it’s a little too good, a little too emotion provoking. So far on my provisional list I’ve got The Christmas Party, At World’s End, Home Alone and a James Bond film, one of the Brosnan or Dalton ones. What’s missing is a German film, Christoph Waltz may be able to solve that with his Christmas film Weihnachtsman gesucht.

2.Bundesliga MD6 2015/16 – 1.FC Kaiserslautern v SC Freiburg

Match-day 6 saw Freiburg visiting the usually imposing Fritz-Walter Stadion, though at the moment the place is proving to be more intimidating to Kaiserslautern’s own players than to opposing teams with their fans growing impatient as their season gets off to a slow start. After initially getting off to a good start with an admittedly predictable 3-0 win against newly promoted Duisburg they’ve struggled ever since.

Freiburg on the other hand have no such troubles and with the victory against Kasierslautern are managing to keep up the pressure on Bochum who were only able to draw 1-1 with Sandhausen, meaning that only one point separates them now. All it will take is one slip up by Bochum and for Freiburg to be ready and waiting, and they can take their place once more at the top of the table. Also keeping pace with the league leaders are St Pauli who beat Duisburg 2-0 on Monday night.

At the other end of the table Duisburg return to the foot of the table, they are still looking for their first win of the season. And Karlsruher continue to struggle, after getting smashed 6-0 by Eintracht Braunschweig on match-day 5, they lost 3-0 to Union Berlin, as a result moving two places down in the table.

MD6 2.Bundesliga results 2.Bundesliga table - MD6 1 2.Bundesliga table - MD6 2The goals on Friday night were scored by Amir Abrashi, getting his first ever goal for the club and the second was scored by none other than Nils Petersen who is now in double figures, with six league goals and four Pokal ones. The assist for both goals came from Karim Guede. They may have left it late to earn all three points, with Abrashi’s goal coming in the 72nd minute and Petersen’s in the 87th but they always looked like the more likely to score. Abrashi’s goal was the first real threat but Freiburg were always in control of the game. That’s three wins in a row for them now, a pattern they should by rights continue this coming Friday when they play host to Arminia Bielefeld whose only win so far was a 2-1 defeat of Paderborn. It’s important not to slip up for Bochum play Fortuna Düsseldorf, a team they are unlikely to drop any points against. A potentially interesting match-up from the other end of the table is Paderborn v Karlsruher. Can even Paderborn add to KSC’s misery and secure themselves some much needed points?

Highlights of FCK v SC Freiburg.

Highlights of SV Sandhausen v VfL Bochum.

Highlights of Karlsruher SC v 1.FC Union Berlin.

Videos and pictures, first a pre-match interview with Karim Guede and then a post-match interview with Nils Petersen:

Amir Abrashi - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 1 Amir Abrashi - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 2 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 1 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 2 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 3 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 4 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 5 Nils Petersen - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 6 Karim Guede & Christian Streich - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg Christian Streich & Alexander Schwolow v 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 1 Christian Streich & Alexander Schwolow v 1.FCK v SC Freiburg 2 Christian Streich & Amir Abrashi - 1.FCK v SC Freiburg