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Advent Calendar Day 22 & 23: The Missing Day & The Book Thief

I really needed today to go perfect, after spending all day yesterday catching up on sleep and the week’s previous events I needed one perfect day at least. I’m happy to say it started out good and for once stayed that way. With getting the two premium packs of FIFA 365 cards in the post I was worried that might turn out to be the high point of the day, a case of starting good but not ending up that way. And to make it even better I got a Philipp Lahm card in the second pack:

20161223_191030-1 philipp-lahm-fifa-365-2016-17-fan-favourite-cardI started writing this post on Friday after I got back, I didn’t get very far though. I was a litle more tired than I thought, so today should actually be yesterday. The point still stands though, the day did go fine.  There were a few minor things I got in a flap about but most of that doesn’t seem so important now. The main thing being the newly configured Christmas market, I read in the news about extra security measures and all that but didn’t really know what that would mean here. It just caught me by surprise, half the stalls not being where I expected them to be. I’m not complaining of course, I understand why, they don’t want any stalls closer to the road than they have to be.

As for everything else I think I’m too tired to be obsessing over anything. Just the other day I was reading about some idiot online who doesn’t believe that social anxiety is a real thing and that people who claim to have it are just nervous really. That it’s normal to feel nervous in new situations or a little uncomfortable at times. There was so many things wrong with what they think I’m not even going to bother to go into it, I don’t want to ruin my day. But there are two points I want to make, I would give anything to just be a little nervous. And secondly anyone who thinks that way should consider this, in a strange way I’m grateful to be so tired today simply because I can’t think straight and thus won’t obsessing over anything that happened yesterday. That’s not to say those things won’t come back and bother me later though, in fact I can guarantee they will. It’s not just about feeling uncomfortable sometimes, for me it’s never feeling comfortable, no matter how well I know someone or how much I trust them. It’s always second guessing myself, always doubting if I’m saying or doing the right thing. It’s the fact the simplest of conversations require so much thought put into them that it’s easier to just never talk at all. Like I said there’s nothing I wouldn’t give to just be a little nervous.

Forget about the bad stuff for now, as well as the cards there’s something else I got yesterday. Everytime I get a little extra money in my pocket I spend it on books, and yesterday was no different. Two of them I’m particularly happy about, not just because of the subject matter but how nice the covers are. I don’t normally take pictures of the books I buy but I’ll make an exception here, they are two delightfully Germanic covers:

20161223_190929-1On the subject of books that brings me to the second topic in the title, my annual re-read of The Book Thief. The plot point which bothered me last time still bothers me a little, yet I want to read it anyway. It’s not so much I don’t care, more that the positives outweigh the one negative point. Reading it again is like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen for a long time, like a good friend you accept it’s flaws as being part of them. It’s one of those books I feel like I can never get tired of and each time I read it I get something new from it. I think it’s a very fitting book to be reading now. Not because it’s about Germany, where it takes place is not really relevant to what I’m thinking about, it could be anywhere. It’s the people that are important, not the place. It’s foolish to think that the Holocaust is some uniquely German thing, all people are capable of that level of hate and of acting on it.

Time and time again I’ve tried to work out why it’s one of my favourite books. If it’s because the story is being told by death or because it’s set in Nazi Germany. Actually whilst both those things play a part neither of them are the main reason. I think I know now what that reason is, it’s Liesel’s foster-father, her Papa Hans. And no it’s nothing to do with his name, though I will admit it’s really hard to type Hans and not Hansi. It’s what he does for Liesel, the way he helps her as best he can make sense of the world. It probably doesn’t make much sense to him either but amongst what’s going on he takes care of her, teaching her to read and so much more. I could do with that right now, someone to explain all of this, to make everything make sense. That’s part of it anyway, the other thing is the words themselves, the very topic of the book. But it’s not stealing books which I’m thinking about, rather stealing words.

The Book Thief made me realise it’s something I take for granted, being able to read that is. I never considered what it would be like to find that hard or be unable to read at all. I taught myself to read at a young age and have never liked or needed to be read to. The importance of being able to read can’t be understated, yet it’s not all there is. Reading is one thing, understanding what you’re reading is another thing all together and what I worry about the most. Not just with the written word but in conversation too. There’s one particular event in The Book Thief which really sticks with me, one line which I can never forget. “You can steal a book but you can’t read one.” And it’s how Liesel solves her problem which makes it so memorable to me. Unable to read the book in front of her she starts reciting from memory a chapter from The Gravedigger’s Handbook. Reciting but not necessarily understanding, that’s why it sticks with me. So much of the time I feel like I’m saying and hearing things but not really understanding them. I’m never really quite sure about what I’m saying, or if it makes any sense. It feels like words are my best friend and my biggest enemy at the same time. I hate them but I need them.

That’s enough about books and words for now, just one more day to go, today is the final day of the calendars. At least I don’t have to worry about how the final post will go, I have that all planned out and there won’t be a lot of words in it, there’s no need, the pictures will speak for themselves. But before that is the previous two days, day 22 & 23. Day 22 saw striker Harvard Nielsen make his appearance in the Freiburg calendar and he was followed by Christian Streich who needs no introduction. I won’t have any problem picking  a good picture or GIF of him that’s for sure. And in the Dortmund one was Raphael Guerrerio and Marco Reus:

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Euro 2016 Panini Album – Hardcover version

Now I’ve got the hardcover version of the album I can start my collection, it’s exactly the same as the softcover version with just two small differences. It has a couple of extra pages for some special stickers, the Coca Cola ones and annoyingly a set of the German team which can only be obtained from Mcdonalds. I’ve got two boxes of stickers to go with it and happily each box contains 100 packets of stickers, I’ve opened 10 so far and already have three Germans. Ironically the second German I got was none other than Marco Reus, ironic seeing as how he just got sent home this week. On the subject of irony I also got the sticker of the Slovenian Dusan Svento, not just his Euro sticker but his Bundesliga one too. The other two acquisitions of note were his Köln teammate Jonas Hector and former Freiburg player Admir Mehmedi. Annoyingly enough Christoph Kramer was not only the first German out of the box but the first sticker too. I’ve gotten several of Amir Abrashi’s fellow Albanians but not the man himself so far, hopefully it won’t take too long to get him:

20160524_160632 20160524_160336 20160524_160359Dusan Svento – 1.FC Köln – Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker Dusan Svento - Slovakia - Euro 2016 sticker Christoph Kramer - Germany - Euro 2016 sticker Admir Mehmedi - Switzeland - Euro 2016 sticker Marco Reus - Germany - Euro 2016 sticker Jonas Hector - Germany - Euro 2016 stickerOne other very important sticker I got this week was the 2.Bundesliga Meisterschale:

2.Bundesliga Meisterschale – Bundesliga 2015-16 sticker

Vormittagstraining/Morgenmagazin/Tageschau 26/05/16

Julian Weigl - Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 2 Joachim Löw – Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 3 Manuel Neuer - Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 1 Manuel Neuer - Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 2 Joachim Löw – Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 4 Joachim Löw – Vormittagstraining 26-05-16 5

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Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 2 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 3 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 4 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 5 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 6 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 7 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 26-05-16 8

Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 26-05-16 1 Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 26-05-16 2 Julian Draxler - EM Fieber 26-05-16 1 Joshua Kimmich – EM Fieber 26-05-16 1 Julian Weigl – EM Fieber 26-05-16 1

DFB Pressekonferenz 17/05/2016: Joachim Löw nominiert EM-Kader

Manuel Neuer - EM 2016 Kader Bernd Leno - EM 2016 Kader Marc Andre ter Stegen - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - TorJerome Boateng - EM 2016 Kader Emre Can - EM 2016 Kader Jonas Hector - EM 2016 Kader Benedikt Höwedes – EM 2016 Kader Mats Hummels - EM 2016 Kader Shkodran Mustafi - EM 2016 Kader Sebastian Rudy - EM 2016 Kader Antonio Rüdiger - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - AbwehrKarim Bellarabi - EM 2016 Kader Julian Brandt - EM 2016 Kader Julian Draxler - EM 2016 Kader Mario Götze - EM 2016 Kader Mario Gomez -EM 2016 Kader Sami Khedira - EM 2016 Kader Joshua Kimmich - EM 2016 Kader Toni Kroos - EM 2016 Kader Thomas Müller - EM 2016 Kader Mesut Özil - EM 2016 Kader Lukas Podolski - EM 2016 Kader Marco Reus - EM 2016 Kader Leroy Sane - EM 2016 Kader Andre Schürrle - EM 2016 Kader Bastian Schweinsteiger- EM 2016 Kader Julian Weigl - EM 2016 Kader Die Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016 - Mittelfeld-AngriffDie Mannschaft - EM Kader 2016

Abschlusstraining in München – 28/03/16

Joachim Löw - Abschlusstraining in München Toni Kroos - Abschlusstraining in München Toni Kroos & Thomas Müller - Abschlusstraining in München Mario Götze - Abschlusstraining in München 1 Mario Götze - Abschlusstraining in München 2 Marco Reus - Abschlusstraining in München

Bundesliga MD9 2015/16

Coming into MD9 Dortmund were without a win in three games, their last win being a 3-0 defeat of Leverkusen on MD5. They followed that up with two draws against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt, and then of course the 5-1 humiliation at Bayern. MD9 served up a game almost as special as that one, with it being Thomas Tuchel’s first return to Mainz as an opposition coach. His homecoming of sorts was a success as far as Dortmund were concerned, they got back to winning ways with a 2-0 defeat of Mainz. Nothing showy, just an effective and efficient win and I’m happy to say Roman Bürki played better than he did against Bayern. He had better luck then Weidenfeller did anyway. Last season Dortmund played Mainz on a Friday evening too, eventually the game ended 4-2 in Dortmund’s favour. But not before Dortmund went 1-0 down courtesy of a very humiliating goal which involved Weidenfeller almost falling into one of his own defenders and the ball then being put in the net by a very alert Elkin Soto who made good use of the keeper being way off his line.

Thankfully no such curse befell Bürki and he made a strong start to the game, making a good save against Muto just five minutes in:

Roman_B_rki_Mainz_v_DortmundHe wasn’t particularly busy throughout the first half but then neither was his opposite number Karius. Though it turned out not to matter because you only need to slip up once against Dortmund and they make you pay. Which is exactly what happened in the 17th minute. One misplaced pass intercepted by Mkhitaryan, two moves later and goal, Marco Reus slotting it home past Karius for his third of the season. The first half provided a few chances for both teams but nothing clear cut, the number of attempts on goal was far outweighed by the number of tackles.It was a closely contested affair to say the least, Sokratis in particular being his usual imposing self in defence for Dortmund. Matthias Ginter made a few important decisions too, in particular this clearance. Bürki probably would have got there anyway but why take that chance:

Ginter_clearance_Mainz_v_DortmundMarco Reus got an opportunity just inside the box to make it 1-o before the end of the first half but he failed to capitalize on the chance, the lay off from Aubameyang was decent but Reus’ initial pass could have been better. As could much of the passing in the final third throughout the first half. Dortmund went into the half time break with a hard earned 1-0 lead, but they didn’t deserve to be 2-0 up. They were handed an opportunity right at the start of the second half to make it 2-0 when Nico Bungert was judged to have brought Aubameyang down. It’s a penalty which should never have been given, not only did Bungert play the ball but the initial contact was outside the box. It’s perhaps karma then that the penalty was saved by Karius, according to the commentator he’s saved his last four penalties, so maybe more than just karma there.

After that the second half continued in a similar vein to the first with there being few real chances for both side. One such chance for Mainz when Muto found space between Park and Hummels was however effectively dealt with by Bürki:

Roman_B_rki_Mainz_v_Dortmund_2(1)Dortmund got the chance to double their lead in the 61st minute after a well placed pass from Ginter to Kagawa but Karius seemingly did enough to put him off and his effort went wide. They had a few more chances in the following ten minutes but most of them off target. Aubameyang however had a good chance in the 76th minute but was unable to take it, Bungert doing just enough to put him off. They finally made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute, Aubameyang setting up Mkhitaryan. The goal was nice enough but it’s not that I care about, what I care about is the reaction from Thomas Tuchel. Sokratis went over to celebrate with him, hugging him. What’s funny is he was trying to get away and Thomas Tuchel wouldn’t let go. It was such a great moment that pictures alone wouldn’t suffice, so I made a GIF too:

Thomas_Tuchel_celebrates_Dortmund_v_MainzThomas Tuchel and Sokratis - Mainz v Dortmund 1 Thomas Tuchel and Sokratis - Mainz v Dortmund 2 Thomas Tuchel and Sokratis - Mainz v Dortmund 3Random Freiburg related fact I have to mention, Florian Niederlechener made a substitute appearance for Mainz in this game, coming on in the 83rd minute for Muto. It’s funny, the future Freiburger (temporary of course – he’s only on loan) against former Freiburger’s Matze Ginter and Roman Bürki.

Florian Niederlechner - Mainz v DortmundElsewhere in the Bundesliga Bayern followed up their demolition of Dortmund with a surprising 1-0 win over Bremen, not surprising they won, just the scoreline. Holding Bayern to just the one goal is an impressive feat, though it makes no difference of course. Whilst beating Bayern would probably be expecting too much Bremen could certainly have done with the points. They could at least be grateful that both Augsburg and Hoffenheim lost.

Bundesliga MD9 results Bundesliga MD9 table 1 Bundesliga MD9 table 2Pictures from Dortmund’s game:

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DFB Pokal Quarter Finals 2015/16: Tuesday

Tuesday night saw Bayer Leverkusen face a struggling Bremen side who just this Friday past got hammered by Gladbach 5-1. But of course league form counts for nothing and to add an extra twist to the story it was Gladbach who Bremen beat to reach the quarter finals. Their victory that night was no fluke and neither was their well earned victory against Leverkusen. They worked hard to come back from behind which isn’t something they’ve exactly done a lot of in recent months. Though they’ve certainly had some standout games, like keeping the scoreline 1-0 against Bayern, beating Schalke 3-1 and recently coming from behind against Hertha to draw 3-3. Holding Bayern to a 1-0 scoreline is even more impressive when you consider they had the worst defence in the league last year and that they beat them I think 6-0 last season, or was it seven, I can’t remember. Point is they hammered them.

Anyhow, Bremen are through to the semi finals and so far I’m two for two in my predictions because as expected Dortmund beat Stuttgart. The clash had an added dimension to it with connections on both sides, Thomas Tuchel having coached the youth side at Stuttgart and two former Dortmund players in the form of Mitchell Langerak (who played in last season’s DFB Pokal final for them) and defender Kevin Groβkreutz now playing for Stuttgart. Unsurprisingly Stuttgart proved to have a little bit of fight in them and not only did they manage to find an equaliser to Marco Reus’ fifth minute goal but they were still in the game right until the end. Dortmund went 2-1 up thanks to another fine goal from Aubayemang but it wasn’t until the 89th minute that they put the game out of a Stuttgart’s reach with a goal from Henrik Mhkitaryan. Given how it was the 89th minute Roman Bürki wasn’t going to allow himself to be left out of the celebrations and so Neuer style he joined his team-mates to celebrate the goal. Though if he’d been a bit more like Neuer, he obviously wouldn’t have had so far to run. The other amusing moment of the night comes once again from Thomas Tuchel, in terms of GIFs he’s proving to be almost as good as Jogi when it comes to providing material for such things:

Dancing_Thomas_Tuchel_Stuttgart_v_DortmundHighlights of Bremen’s game:

Full match of Stuttgart v Dortmund, including the pre-match and post-match show:

Full match of Leverkusen v Bremen:

Thomas Tuchel interviews:

Marco Reus interviews:

Pictures from Dortmund’s game:

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