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Advent Calendar Day 23: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 1

Well at least this post will be easy, putting together pictures and video of Jogi always is. And today I got a pleasant surprise too, both because I wasn’t expecting any more mail before Christmas and because of the card itself, I didn’t know it was a double-sided card. Of course the Jogi card has to come before anything else. This card just might be my most favourite Jogi card ever:

As for the players I got today well Matze’s not among them, I knew he woudn’t be but part of me still wanted to believe he would be there:

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And for the best part, the best of Jogi from January to May, I think June and the Confed Cup deserves a post all of it’s own:

Joachim Löw Wahl des Bundespräsidenten 2017

Advent Calendar Days 20 & 21

It’s not quite the case that Christmas is cancelled because Freiburg got knocked out of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday, but it’s certainly not the way you want the first half of the season to end. Then again it’s not the fact they got knocked out, more by whom and how. Losing to Bremen was bad enough but doing so because of a goal which wasn’t a legal goal, well that’s going to hurt for quite some time. It’s funny, ever since the season started I’ve been bemoaning the existence and use of VAR and on Wednesday night I was angry because it wasn’t in use. Had it been in use it might have affected the outcome of Gladbach’s game against Leverkusen too, and the player who elbowed Matze in the head would have been sent off like he should have been. Though I’m not sure the VAR would have helped in the peculiar situation of the diving coach. That was truly bizarre, Leverkusen’s coach seemingly taking a dive after a Gladbach player almost clattered into him but just avoided him the end. Definitely the funniest moment from this week’s games.

But there’s point obsessing over it, they’re out and that’s that. I guess I should see the good point of the situation, it’s one less distraction from the all important task of staying in the league. First up after the winter break is Eintracht Frankfurt, a fixture that holds some very good memories indeed. Back in 2015 that was Nils Petersen’s first game as a Freiburg player, first game, first hat-trick. He didn’t take the penalty though, Vladimir Darida did that.

As much as I’m looking forward to that game I don’t really want to be thinking about January right now. Thinking so far ahead counts as thinking big and that’s the last thing I want to do. I don’t want to think big or make plans, all I want is for just a few months to have a nice quiet, peaceful existence, nothing more. I’m not making any new year’s resolutions and it’s not only because I see no point in doing so, more that for a while I don’t want anything to happen. Last year I got sucked into thinking everything was fine in December and then everything fell apart in January. So I don’t want the same thing to happen again, I don’t want to make any assumptions.

On the subject of things happening I made a decision earlier this week which surprised myself, not only me but the other relevant parties as well. I don’t know if it came out of nowhere or I’d already subconsciously decided this but either way I made the decision for the next appointment to be the last. It’s not entirely for the reasons I stated on Wednesday though. It’s not because I think I don’t need to talk anymore right now. Actually it’s the opposite, I’m tired of talking. I’m tired of having to go there knowing I won’t really tell the whole truth anyway. And I know that’s partly my fault, it’s just not easy to be honest and trust someone when for years you’ve gotten used to the fact that’s not an option. To borrow a quote from one of my favourite shows The Bridge, “my plan is not to have a plan.”I just want to read books and sleep. Mostly I just want to be left alone. I don’t know if it’s people I’m tired of or rather the pretense I feel like I need to put on in order to be around them. Either way I really wish I didn’t have somewhere to go tomorrow. I wish I’d been brave enough to say no when I was invited. I should be grateful I have friends yet right now I just want everyone to go away.

I want nothing more than to stay inside and lose myself in books, to just escape from reality completely. That’s one of things I talked about on Wednesday, how books are a better distraction for me than anything else. Playing Playstation is a good way to pass time but not to occupy my mind in quite the same way. No, playing games is more like anesthetizing yourself in a way but books are something else. At least that’s one good thing about the past few months, I set myself the target of reading 75 books this year and I’m one off reaching that goal. I just finished reading Going Underground, a book which features an autistic detective. I know, I shouldn’t even be reading books with autistic characters in them when they’re written by NTs because I invariably end up ranting about them. And this one did frustrate me a little, though not as much as Rubbernecker did. I suppose the fact the author actually has an autistic son has something to do with that. One good thing about the book is the writer takes the time to make it clear that Jonathan is an investigator, not a policeman. That’s important because the idea of someone like Jonathan being a policeman is absurd.

I am though unhappy with certain aspects of his character, like the fact he doesn’t seem to understand humour at all and that he’s completely oblivious to popular cultural references. I know some people with autism either don’t get or just don’t do humour. But I hate it when an autistic character is portrayed that way because it’s so stereotypical and it reinforces the view the general public holds that autistic people don’t get jokes. And even more importantly sometimes you come across parents who actually believe their child can’t be autistic because “my son is nice, friendly, intelligent and has a fantastic sense of humour.” Yeah, none of that precludes a person being autistic. I find that so offensive, the implication that we’re all unfriendly, stupid, unfeeling people who have no sense of humour whatsoever. Similarly I find it equally offensive that somehow autistic has become shorthand for “socially awkward/pedantic/weird/obsessive/mean/critical. Basically some NTs are using autistic as a synonym for any trait they don’t like or consider to be a negative trait. And that’s the other trait I wish writers would use less of when writing autistic characters, emotional detachment. Lots of autistic people have the opposite problem, feeling too much. They might not be able to actually express that however.

At least I knew the other book I was reading wouldn’t let me down, Bernie Gunther never has, well not so far anyway. I just finished book seven, Field Grey. From what I read of the reviews it seems to be a book which divides opinions. I have to admit it is the most challenging of them so far but it was interesting, I didn’t find the couple hundred pages of interrogations boring. I liked seeing the puzzle being pieced together and learning what happened to him after the war ended. Though it got a little confusing in the end with all the double crossing, I will admit that. It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm any, I can’t wait to start reading the next one. I can take some comfort from that, the fact I’m looking forward to something.

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

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DFB Cards 2016 – Part 2

Bastian Schweinsteiger – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Sami Khedira – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Sami Khedira – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Ilkay Gündogan – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Ilkay Gündogan – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Christoph Kramer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Christoph Kramer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Thomas Müller– die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Thomas Müller– die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mario Götze – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mario Götze – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Toni Kroos – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Toni Kroos – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mesut Özil – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mesut Özil – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Lukas Podolski – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Lukas Podolski – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Marco Reus – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Marco Reus – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Karim Bellarabi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Karim Bellarabi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Leroy Sane – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Leroy Sane – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Andre Schürrle – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Andre Schürrle – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Julian Draxler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Julian Draxler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Max Kruse – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Max Kruse – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Kevin Volland – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Kevin Volland – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mario Gomez – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mario Gomez – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2

Frankreich v Deutschland – Pre-match show – The Löw Highlights

The pre-match show:

The short interview with Jogi after the game, usually his post match interview gets a post of their own but obviously that’s not appropriate here:

The team got back to Germany yesterday, going to Frankfurt instead of Hannover as originally planned. They spent Friday night at the stadium before going straight to the airport. The decision about whether or not Tuesday’s game against Holland is going ahead or not is to be made today.

The team’s arrival in Frankfurt yesterday and a short interview with Oliver Bierhoff and the DFB president.

Joachim Löw - arrival in Frankfurt

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DFB Pressekonferenz – Oliver Bierhoff, Lukas Podolski & Mario Gomez

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