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2.Bundesliga MD33: SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

The previous weekend Freiburg secured promotion when they defeated Paderborn 2-1 and with the 2- 0 win over Heidenheim they sealed their position in first place. They not only sealed their return to the Bundesliga but did so in pole position, ahead of RB Leipzig. It was perfect in a sense, not least because the scorer of both goals was former Heidenheim player Florian Niederlechner. The goals were made even more perfect by the fact they were both made and scored by two jokers, Lucas Hufnagel and of course Niederlechner. Not a great game to watch by any measure but that doesn’t matter, not when what happened afterwards was so much fun.

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim 2015-16 – 1st & 2nd half

RB Leipzig confirmed their inevitable promotion with a 2-0 defeat of KSC, being gifted a second goal after an error by KSC’s keeper. If 1.FCN hadn’t screwed up they could have taken advantage of RBL’s poor run of results in recent weeks, it could be them in second place. But they didn’t and they have to content themselves with third place which is guaranteed at least since they have an eight point lead on St Pauli. With one match-day to go everything is decided at the top of the table, all but one thing that is. Freiburg have won the league, they’re the best team offensive wise in the league and have the best home and away record. Yet there’s one thing they don’t have, it’s not Nils Petersen who’s the current league top-scorer because he didn’t score against Heidenheim and Simon Terrode did against Braunschweig. In order to be crowned top-scorer Petersen needs to score two goals against Union Berlin and for Terrode not to score against Heidenheim. Fingers crossed for Petersen, it’s already been a great season but him being crowned top scorer would make it just that little bit more perfect.

Meanwhile at the foot of the table things went from bad to worse for Paderborn after they lost 1-0 to 1860 München and Duisburg managed to salvage a point at Sandhausen. Going into the final day of the season Paderborn have the difficult task of getting at least a point from third placed 1.FCN, I suppose they can take some hope from the fact their opponents need absolutely nothing from the game. As they can from the fact Frankfurt who they need to lose face 1860. I would put good money on them beating Frankfurt. The situation at the foot of the table offers no salvation for any of the bottom three. The best all of them can hope for is the play-off place. None of them can achieve automatic safety, not realistically. In theory Duisburg could but only in theory, because they would have to not only beat RB Leipzig but score seven goals against them whilst conceding none and counting on Fortuna Düsseldorf to lose to Eintracht Braunschweig. Paderborn, Frankfurt and Duisburg can all win yet still not be safe. If that were to happen the table would stay exactly as it is, with Paderborn in 18th, Frankfurt in 17th and Duisburg in 16th.

2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 1 2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 2Highlights:

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

1 FC Nürnberg v St Pauli

RB Leipzig v KSC

Bochum v Eintracht Braunschweig

Pictures and GIFs from Freiburg’s game:

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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 17 – A World Cup winning Assist

Seeing as how I missed posting this yesterday I was going to do a double post for days 17 and 18, that was until I saw who was behind door number 18 in the Freiburg calendar, Nils Petersen deserves a post of his own. Behind door number 17 was defender Mensur Mujzda. Joining him from the DFB calendar is as the title of the post suggests none other than Andre Schürrle. And last but not least from the Dortmund calendar is Shinji Kagawa:

Andre Schürrle - DFB 2015-16 card 1 Andre Schürrle - DFB 2015-16 card 2 Shinji Kagawa - Dortmund advent calendarThat’s not the end of the pictures, this post may be short on words today but it’s not short on pictures. Not only do I have some new old pictures of Jogi but some of Hansi from the trip of the u18’s team to Israel this week.

Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 1Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 2Joachim Löw – DFB Pokal Final 1996-97 3Hansi Flick - DFB Israel trip 1 Hansi Flick - DFB Israel trip 2

Rainy day Jogi

Singin’ in the Rain

Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof… describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

My perfect rainy afternoon would look something like this. A Sunday afternoon, two Bundesliga games on TV, two not three, not a 2.Bundesliga game too. And not just because I don’t like getting up early on Sundays, no, it’s because in the past five weeks Freiburg have played on Sunday four times. They drew, won, lost and then drew again. And in that month they also got knocked out of the DFB Pokal, and Mensur Mujdza scored an own goal against Eintracht Braunschweig which kicked off their fight back. So I’m glad the month of Sunday’s has come to an end.

But to get back to the point, my perfect rainy afternoon, like I said two Bundesliga games, than a break for reading until Sportschau and then Tagesthemen to get a little bit of extra footage. No stress, no people, just football, books and the wonderful sound of the rain outside. All whilst wrapped up in my wonderfully soft and warm Freiburg blanket with my mascot. And some time to dream about rainy day Jogi of course. This brings me to what I really want to write about, a new Jogi chapter.

Lying here with Jogi wrapped in his arms Hansi thinks he couldn’t be happier. He’s wrong, there is one small thing which can make him just that little bit happier. Lying here he can’t think of anything but Jogi, he certainly can’t focus on the game he’s meant to be watching with him. He stopped trying to pay attention long ago. All he can think of is Jogi here in his arms, of running his fingers through his hair. Listening to the rain outside Hansi thinks about the one thing that could make this perfect situation even more perfect. Hansi used to hate the rain, especially when he had to go out and play in it. But ever since last summer he loves the rain almost as much as he does Jogi. For now the rain conjures up most pleasant images and feelings. It no longer puts in his mind the miserable memories of the times he had to play in such weather. Now it makes him think of last summer, of how irresistible Jogi looked in his wet navy blue shirt, the way it stuck to him, his hair all slicked back and best of all, that adorable lost look on his face.

Just what caused him to look so lost Hansi never got to find out. Whether it was because he’d remembered it was raining, or if he’d realised what he’d let happen to his shirt or he was annoyed at realising he was going to need to change his shirt, Hansi didn’t know. It didn’t matter, nothing could take that memory away from him. Nothing could take away the memory of his rainy day Jogi.

Thinking back to that day Hansi recalled what took place after the final whistle. Of him going to hug Jogi as usual and finding himself being pushed away almost. Because whilst Jogi had changed shirts at half-time, taking off his navy button down shirt and exchanging it for a polo-shirt of the same colour, it had been for nothing. Because much to Hansi’s pleasure he’d done exactly the same as the first half, he’d once more completely forgotten about the rain and had proceeded to get this shirt just as wet as the previous one. Thus when it came to the final whistle Jogi was initially reluctant to hug Hansi, he didn’t want to ruin his shirt too. Hansi had firmly put him straight on this count, he wasn’t going to miss out on his special Jogi hug for anything. Not when the next one could be the last.

Remembering this very special hug, of how he hadn’t wanted to let go him, Hansi could not help show how content he is just this second. The contented sigh unfortunately for him did not go unnoticed by Jogi. It seems he’s not entirely focused on the game either.

“What are you thinking about Hansi?”

“What I’m almost always thinking about, you.”

“And just what exactly makes my Hansi so happy?”

“Rainy day Jogi.”

“Hansi, I love you more than anything else in the world, even more than Freiburg but I’m not ruining another shirt for you. Not this year anyway. You’ve had your quota of “rainy day Jogi” for this year.”

“So I get more next year?”

“You do, it’s our summer tradition now. But it is a one time event. If you get it all the time, it won’t be so special.”

“You’re wrong there Jogi, you’re always special.”

“You’re still not getting what you want Hansi, keep dreaming.”

“I will Jogi, I most definitely will.”

2.Bundesliga MD3 2015/16 – SC Freiburg v VfL Bochum

Saturday was just not Freiburg’s day, Nils Petersen missing right in front of the goal in the 32nd minute, Mensur Mujdza getting two yellow cards and then Marc Torrejon seeing a straight red, not a few minutes after he’d just pulled one back for Freiburg. At first glance and looking at only the scoreline (3-1 in Bochum’s favour) it seems terrible, a reason to despair. And yet I’m not. Not only that but it’s not the worse thing that happened this weekend, nor is it the worst thing that could have happened. For me personally the worst thing was missing the Jogi interview on ARD. Looking at the bigger picture, you want to know how it could be worse, well ask Paderborn who got knocked for six by SV Sandhausen. And that’s not a metaphor, they really did concede six goals.

Karlsruher on the other hand after conceding an absurdly early goal to Frankfurt, I think it was about 27 seconds went on to pick up their first three points of the season. After their disastrous league start and getting knocked out of the DFB Pokal, a little rebuilding time is in order for them. Though that’s not bad thing from Freiburg’s perspective, I mean it’s one less direct competitor for the all important promotion spots.

Whilst the scoreline of the Paderborn game is a fair reflection of how badly they played, that is not the case with Freiburg because they were the better team until the sending off completely altered the dynamic of the game. Up until then they’d been the one creating chances and looking dangerous, though admittedly their finishing let them down. A little more precision in front of goal and things could have been very different. Nils Petersen’s chance right in front of goal in the 32nd minute being the key opportunity. A great ball in from Grifo, any other day and Petersen would have put it away, no doubt. Him and Grifo are combining to good effect so far, a fact which certainly takes the sting out of losing Mehmedi. Though seeing him in a Leverkusen shirt on Saturday was a painful reminder, made worse by him going on a great run to set up Julian Brandt for Leverkusen’s second goal. Seeing that you can’t help but think, how come you couldn’t deliver a little more quality like that last season. Pointless I know, but I can’t help it. Not that I make a habit of watching Leverkusen anyway but they’ll be a team to avoid unless absolutely necessary for the time being in terms of picking games to watch.

After Mujdza was dismissed in the 57th minute Bochum started to take advantage of their numerical superiority and were a little less conservative than they’d been in the first half. They didn’t have to wait long to get their first goal, just eight minutes. Misery was added by two goals from Simon Terodde in the 70th and 75th minute. Marc Torrejon’s goal in the 83rd minute was to prove a mere consolation goal. At the time though it seemed like pulling another two back wasn’t impossible, unlikely but not impossible. At least that was the case until Torrejon’s dismissal in the 89th minute. I’m not going to waste time arguing the rights or wrongs of either of the red cards. Firstly because it’s pointless to do so and secondly because in the case of Torrejon, there’s no argument to make. In the heat of the moment you feel hard done by, when it comes to your own team and especially in a tense match like this one, any sense of reason tends to disappear. But after watching the replays I can see how high his boot was. Mujdza on the other hand, that I’m less sure about. Terodde is convinced it was the right decision but then he would be, wouldn’t he. It didn’t look like he elbowed him to me, I’m even less convinced because of the way they managed to take Mujdza down with them. I know there’s no point obsessing over it, so I’m not. It’s not another Kacar situation, this is not something I’m going to be talking about or even thinking about three months from now.

With that defeat, Freiburg obviously don’t get to hang on to their position at the top of the table and after results elsewhere, they slip down to fifth place. Disappointing but not the end of the world, far from it in fact considering the company they are in at the moment. Bochum and Sandhausen (the three points docked from them before the season started for licensing irregularities coming in useful here) are mid table strugglers normally, St Pauli only just avoided getting relegated last season. In the top five only Leipzig are a direct competitor for promotion.

I know it’s just superstition and is completely meaningless but I’ve just seen the schedule for the rest of the season and on the last day of the season they’ll be away from home, playing Union Berlin. It’s the fact they’re away from home I’m unhappy about and it’s not because I’m thinking that if everything were to go right, they’ll be celebrating their return away from home. No, I’m thinking that they were away from home on the final day of last season and look how that turned out. Though obviously that’s not going to happen again. Just like Saturday’s defeat however, it could be worse. Spare a thought for Duisburg who have to face Leipzig on the final day of the season. Of course if they continue struggling the way they are, it may not matter. Their 2-2 draw against Bielefeld might indicate some signs of improvement but I wouldn’t draw any hasty conclusions from that. They went 2-0 down and only managed to get back on level terms after Bielefeld had a man sent off.

Fortuna Düsseldorf are up next for Freiburg and they are without a win so far, here’s hoping Nils Petersen can enjoy some target practice and have some fun in his usual manner. Seeing as how they’re away it would be cool if my new shirt were to get here in time, though I think that’s unlikely give that the eight days for the custom printing are up tomorrow. Plus one to two days for dispatch time, it and the rest of my order will be dispatched by the end of the week at least. But then again, my home shirt miraculously arrived on the day of their first game of the season, so maybe there is some hope.

The week after is a Baden-Württemberg derby because they’ll play host to SV Sandhausen. Not only that but it’ll be Jogi’s team vs Hansi’s team. Speaking of that scenario MD1 of the Bundesliga offered such a match-up, Stuttgart vs Köln. Stuttgart have a terrible record against them, all the more so at home. They haven’t won any of the last ten games again Köln at home. And saving the best fact till last, the last time they beat Köln at home was in the 1996/97 season when they won 4-0. A very special fact because that was Jogi Löw’s first season in charge of Stuttgart. And a fact I’m not so fond of, the first goal was scored by one Thomas Schneider. The reverse of the fixture that season was no doubt spectacular too, Stuttgart won 5-1.

It’s strange, Freiburg and Stuttgart have something in common this weekend, something beyond both being south-western teams and being a former team of Jogi Löw. In both games one event completely changed the way the game was going and ended up in the result not really reflecting the overall balance of play. In Stuttgart’s case it was a penalty, for them it all went downhill from there. Just like Freiburg they lacked that killer instinct in front of goal and also had the misfortune of some near misses. It’s not how they would have wanted to start the season but there are some positives they can take from the game, their improved organization defensively speaking for one thing, lack of which cost them dearly last season.

On MD2 they face HSV which should prove interesting but it’s MD3 that I can’t wait for, then they play Eintracht Frankfurt.  Both matches last season provided plenty of goals, nine in Frankfurt and four in Stuttgart, the results being 5-4 and 3-1 in Stuttgart’s favour. It’s an encounter made all the more interesting by who Frankfurt’s current coach is, one Armin Veh who left Stuttgart prematurely last season of his own accord. Funnily enough Stuttgart will be facing a familiar face on MD2 as well, because Bruno Labbadia who’s currently in charge of HSV was in charge of Stuttgart from 2010 to 2013. And continuing the trivia, he was replaced by Thomas Schneider in 2013 who was fired after seven months in the job. Stuttgart’s saviour that season was of course Huub Stevens who did the same job last season. That was a little longer than I’d intended and technically should be in the MD1 Bundesliga post, but it may as well stay here. As for the diversion, well I am a sucker for random trivia, what can I say, I couldn’t help myself, all those random facts served up like that.

To finish up, the video of the highlights.Then the post match interview with Nils Petersen:

And whilst there are obviously no celebratory pictures this week, I can at least include one nice picture of him from before kick-off:Nils Petersen - SCF v VfL 2.Bundesliga results - MD3 2. Bundesliga table - MD3 1 2. Bundesliga table - MD3 2