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DFB Pokal 1st round 2018/19: Penalties, Petersen & new pictures of Matze

Today was one of those times I tried to come up with a snappy title and failed miserably, giving up in the end and going for one that does at least sum up what this weekend has been about. Well it doesn’t include Söyüncü in there but that’s probably for the best. Normally by the time the first round of the DFB Pokal comes around I’m just happy to be watching football again, but this weekend hasn’t been a lot of fun, and Söyüncü is the reason why. It’s not like I’m over the whole world cup disappointment, more that it’s been temporarily taken over by a new pain. And it’s one which hurt a lot more than I expected it to, maybe because I wasn’t prepared for it right now. There is a lot of real stuff I should be worrying about right now, yet all I care about is Söyüncü. It’s not just the fact he’s left, it’s how and where he’s gone. Right on the last day of the transfer window in England, that’s when they snapped him up. By that point I thought we were safe, that he would get to stay for at least another year. I’m relieved now that I haven’t bought my home and away shirt yet for this season, if I had already gotten his name printed on the back then this would be immeasurably worse. I did think about getting Heintz on there instead, but I can’t get another centre-back’s name on there, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that. Unless the impossible happened and it was Matze Ginter, now that I could happily do.

Last night was Freiburg’s first competitive game without him, and boy did they miss him.It would have been a special game even without him being gone, the reason being Freiburg were playing Energie Cottbus, former team of Nils Petersen. So it’s kind of fitting then that it was Nils who helped to save the day, he scored the second goal – which was not unusually for him a penalty. Though he didn’t score this one in his usual fashion, his actual penalty was saved by the keeper, but he somehow managed to be in just the right place to head it into the net. And of course he was the first to step up in the penalty shoot-out, putting that one away just fine. Thirty-two games and only one went to penalties, and it just had to be Freiburg. Cottbus missed their fourth penalty, leaving it to Dominique Heintz to slot home Freiburg’s fifth and confirm their place in the second round. It was all round a night of very narrow margins. Nils’ goal came in the 99th minute, and the first goal to equalize even more so, it coming about three seconds into extra time and being scored by Freiburg’s new captain Mike Frantz. As the commentator funnily quipped “O Captain, my Captain.” Very fitting words indeed.

Though they weren’t the only ones to cut it close in terms of going through to the next round, and there were a few surprises too, not least last season’s surprise winner Frankfurt getting knocked out by SSV Ulm. Going through the games and guessing the results I picked Ulm to win just as a joke, I never thought it would actually happen. Though I was pleased to be correct about Wehen Wiesbaden knocking out St Pauli. Bayern and Dortmund both scraped through, with the former surprisingly only winning 1-0 over an amateur team and the latter beating Greuther Fürth right at the death. As for the other Borussia and Matze they had no trouble whatsoever on Saturday, scoring a whopping eleven goals. Matze unfortunately was not on the score sheet but the pictures I got from the end of the game kind of make up for that:

Advent Calendar Day 17: The Joker Nils

Freiburg’s game against Schalke may not have been nearly as exciting as Dortmund’s last night but that doesn’t matter, the point they earned against Schalke means more than any point Dortmund ever get. It’s alwasy disappointing to have to settle for a draw after taking the lead but it was a fair result. They didn’t lose which is the most important thing because it means for the first time this season they are undefeated in three games. Florian Niederlechner is the man who scored the goal but it’s not him I’ve been thinking about today. Actually the player I’m thinking of didn’t get to make an appearance today, he’ll have to wait until Wednesday to add to his tally. Nils Petersen didn’t play but they talked about him on the pre-match show, to be more specific they were discussing his joker status. He’s in third place of the Joker-Könige table and if he scores four more from the bench he’ll top the list. But it’s not what they said which I’ve been thinking about all day, it’s what they did, making him up to look like the joker from Batman:

nils-petersen-joker-1 nils-petersen-joker-2 nils-petersen-joker-3I have no Jogi videos from today but that doesn’t mean there’s no pictures, there are two from his interview in Bild. It’s not however the pictures which please me so much, that’s reserved for the question Jogi was asked about who he thinks is the Bundesliga coach of the year. The first name he mentioned was none other than Christian Streich,  qualifying his comments by saying he’s not just saying what he is because he’s from Freiburg and he knows him well. The gist of his comments was that Freiburg have done well after being relegated, losing so many of their best players yet still being promoted right away as 2.Bundesliga champions. And after all that they are of course sitting right in the middle of the Bundesliga table.  He also points out they did all that whilst making very few additions to their squad and continue to develop young players well. The pictures:

jogi-bild-interview-18-12-16-1 jogi-bild-interview-18-12-16-2And of course the advent calendars, in Freiburg’s was midfielder Mike Frantz and in the Dortmund one left-back Marcel Schmelzer. It tickled me at first and I couldn’t figure out why, nor could I figure out why I was thinking of the song Stuck in the Middle with You. Turns out Petersen is key, more specifically his joker status. Schmelzer is a left back and Frantz often plays on the right-hand side of midfield. Which is why the line “Clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right” is stuck in my head. Not that I’m saying Schmelzer is a clown, not at all. Because of course Frantz isn’t the joker of the piece either, though he did score a very important goal against Paderborn last season. It proved to be a goal every bit important as all those that came before it, most of them being scored by Petersen of course.  And it was Petersen who scored the next goal just two minutes later, the goal which confirmed Freiburg’s status as 2.Bundesliga champions and sealing their return to the top flight.

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2.Bundesliga MD32: SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg

A win for Freiburg would see them confirm their return to the Bundesliga. All that stood between them and their return was 17th placed Paderborn. I wrongly though they wouldn’t pose any significant problems, well I was certainly wrong about that. They more than put up a fight and came close to doing to Freiburg what Gladbach did to Bayern on Saturday, to making them wait for their celebrations. Freiburg needed a little bit of luck but they got there in the end, they may have gotten lucky in this game but luck alone didn’t get them this far. Luck didn’t score that all important first goal or so many of the others they’ve scored this season. It’s kind of fitting in a way that Freiburg confirm their promotion with a win against Paderborn, given that the last time they played they were both Bundesliga teams. At the moment their fates could not be more diametrically opposed with Freiburg returning to the top flight and Paderborn struggling to just stay in the second tier. Despite their very different situations Paderborn made life very difficult for Freiburg and it was not nearly as easy as their last encounter in which they won 4-1 and Nils Petersen scored a hat-trick.

SC Freiburg v SC Paderborn – 2.B MD15 – the complete match

It doesn’t matter that it didn’t go as well as the first encounter. Nor does it matter Paderborn had the better chances in the first half. Well truth is for the first fifteen minutes they had the only chances, because with their defensive discipline they managed to prevent the best offense in the league from even getting a shot on target. There was however little to be worried about, Paderborn couldn’t hold out forever and their discipline was no match for individual quality. There’s no point having all those chances if you’re not going to take them and they didn’t. All that work and they have nothing to show for it. The goal they did get only came about because of an error on Schwolow’s part. As for Freiburg it took until the 23rd minute before they got a decent scoring opportunity and unsurprisingly it was Petersen who got the chance. His shot was nicely hit but unfortunately just off target. They didn’t get many more chances in the remainder of the first half, the one good chance they did get was Philipp on the volley just before the end of the first half. Despite taking a deflection it still proved a little tricky for the keeper but he managed to deal with it. A minute or so later Günter took aim from long range, it wasn’t far off and with them struggling for opportunities then I guess he thought why not.

All in all the first half was most disappointing for Freiburg but the didn’t take long to fix that in the second half. It took just 17 seconds for Mike Frantz to score the opening goal. Whatever the missing piece was, whatever they needed to change or do differently they wasted no time in working it out and putting it into practice. A strong pass from Maximilian Philipp, Frantz took advantage of the slowness of the Paderborn defenders and just like that goal, 1-0 to Freiburg. Evidently their heads were still back in the dressing room. A fact made more apparent when Freiburg scored again just a few minutes later. Though that time they did get a little bit of luck. Paderborn once again caught napping, a defensive error which Petersen was all too keen to take advantage of. He did so and then chipped it over the keeper for what you have to say is a cheeky little goal, I think in fact it may be one of my favourites of the season and not just because it’s the goal which confirmed their return to the Bundesliga, Though you have to admit it’s very fitting that Petersen scored the goal. Even more fitting because he scored last time against Paderborn too, though that time they lost so it’s like putting things right. It’s all too perfect, he scored Freiburg’s last goal in the Bundesliga before relegation and he scores the goal to send them back there: Mike_Frantz_goal_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgNils_Petersen_goal_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgNo doubt feeling a lot more confident having a 2-0 lead behind them Freiburg looked a lot sharper in the second half and in the 51st minute Grifo came close to making it three. Paderborn however weren’t given up and they were gifted a goal in the 56th minute when Schwolow mishit the throw-in from Stenzel. Moritz Stoppelkamp was there to take full advantage and he did so, putting the ball past a helpless Schwolow. Unsurprisingly it made Paderborn think they had a chance of getting back into the game. They got an opportunity to equalise just a few minutes later, this time however Schwolow was there and took care of it with no problem. The next chance however was not so easy to deal with and in fact Schwolow could do nothing, the shot from Stoppelkamp hit the underside of the bar and left him standing there helpless. I wasn’t too worried in the first half about Freiburg being able to break though the defence but I have to admit to being a little concerned in the second half, Paderborn equalizing would have been a huge disappointment. Not as much as last time given that it’s a very different situation but still it would not have been cool.

The final twenty minutes were very nervy indeed, especially when Schwolow accidentally punched a Paderborn player in the head, no way was it a penalty but it was a very few nervous minutes whilst he was still on the floor anyway. Even more nerve-wracking was the fact the header in question rattled off the underside of the crossbar. Two shots both off the underside of the crossbar, you got the feeling Freiburg’s luck might run out before the game was over. Especially seeing as how they didn’t look threatening enough to score a third and put the game beyond doubt. Other than how uncomfortable the last 15 minutes of the game was the only thing to put a damper on the impending celebrations was Pascal Stenzel’s double yellow and subsequent red card.  Understandably things got a little heated in the final few minutes of the game, when Grifo ended up being upended some of the Paderborn players got impatient and started a shoving match. The stakes for them could not be higher, Freiburg were hanging on for their return to the Bundesliga, but those three points for Freiburg would send Paderborn to 18th place, the foot of the table where up till now Duisburg had lived.

A whole five minutes of extra time was a nightmare to sit through, even more so when Paderborn were gifted an opportunity to get level with a free-kick right on the edge of the box. A free-kick I’m happy to say was blasted over the bar by Stoppelkamp. The corner in the third minute of extra time got them no closer, it being headed out immediately, safety first. The final two minutes were every bit as heated as the previous few had been, Christian Streich being his usual hot headed self. He has that in common with Jogi and Thomas Tuchel, he can be relied upon to provide great GIF material:

Angry_Christian_Streich_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgIt was a painful final two minutes, waiting for the inevitable. Unlike last season it’s a good thing you were waiting for but it only makes it a little easier. Seeing the rest of the squad standing on the touchline waiting for the final whistle made it even harder. And then finally what we’ve spent all season waiting for, party time. Revenge over Paderborn again, another three points for Freiburg and another goal for Petersen in his quest to once again be the 2.B top-scorer:

SC_Freiburg_the_promotion_train_2015_16SC_Freiburg_celebrate_promotion_29_04_2016I was wrong in expecting Paderborn not to provide a difficult challenge but I was right about one thing on MD32, Arminia Bielefeld did manage to hold RB Leipzig to a draw meaning they have to wait for confirmation of their promotion status. Though it’s a dead cert anyway thanks to Nürnberg screwing up on Saturday against Eintracht Braunschweig:

2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 results 2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 table 1 2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 table 2Videos, the match, interviews and highlights of the other games:

SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg 2.B MD32 2015-16 – the full match

SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg MD32 highlights

RB Leipzig v Arminia Bielefeld MD32 highlights

Duisburg v Fortuna Düsseldorf MD32 highlights

FSV Frankfurt v 1.FC Kaiserslautern MD32 highlights

Union Berlin v VfL Bochum MD32 highlights

St Pauli v 1860 MD32 highlights

Pictures from the game:

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2.Bundesliga MD27 2015/16: SC Freiburg v Karlsruher SC

This game was the very last one before the international break, victory would see Freiburg return to the top of the table, just one goal stood between them and leapfrogging Leipzig. This time round I got my wish, thanks to a Mike Frantz goal they went into the international break at the top of the league. It’s only on goal difference but it all counts. Nothing can ruin this, not even the fact that the first 45 minutes has to rank as one of their worst performances this season. Not quite as bad as the Heidenheim game though. Last time against KSC they drew 1-1 and it was a fair result, a little bit lucky truth be told, for both teams. They left it late that time, Nils Petersen scoring  in the 89th minute. A goal you would think had to be the winner, a goal which would have been the winner had it not been for Vadim Manzon. Another important fact about the KSC game is that the reverse of the fixture saw Freiburg extend their unbeaten run to seven games. This time they achieved something even better, six wins in a row. Random interesting fact, Bielefeld who Alexander Schwolow played for last season ran up a record of their own, seven games without a win, the longest winless streak in the league. Funny how things work out. The only reason Freiburg had a chance to go top is thanks to 1.FCN beating Leipzig 3-1 on Sunday. I didn’t see the game, I couldn’t bear to watch. Not to mention the fact I’m not getting out of bed that early on a Sunday for anyone but Freiburg.

The first half wasn’t great, a few chances but none that were taken. It’s ironic that Mike Frantz got their first opportunity of the game. He was never going to get there though. Abrashi on the other hand was gifted a chance just a few seconds later which could have been something but he took too long to take the shot. In the first half KSC had the better chances to score, including the goal they did actually score but which thank the gods was offside. KSC failed to make any of them count, bar that one. In particular Diamantakos had a great chance 15 minutes in but he like Abrashi just took too long about it, Günter stayed with him and eventually had no trouble stopping him in his tracks.

The first half continued like that, what few chances Freiburg had they didn’t take. It wasn’t the most entertaining of games and they went into half-time with the score at 0-0. It surely couldn’t stay that way and not just because they really needed to win. More because Freiburg don’t really do draws and goalless draws are a particularly uncommon experience. Freiburg certainly didn’t look like the best offensive team in the league. KSC on the other hand did look like what they are, one of the worst offensive teams. They’ve scored just 25 goals, to put that into perspective that’s only two more than Duisburg and Paderborn who are in the bottom two spots.

Whatever Christian Streich said at half-time it seemed to work because they came out fighting at the start of the second half, the first real chance on goal coming in the 48th minute with Frantz getting an opportunity to take the lead. It’s fitting that he got the first shot on goal in the second half seeing as he would in a short while go on to score the only goal of the game. Another chance was to come just a minute later and there was a little bit of luck involved for KSC. Their keeper harassed by Petersen misplaced a pass, Abrashi was there to capitalise and came very close to making it 1-o. After playing reasonably well in the first half and battling hard KSC started to make a few mistakes, letting the pressure get to them and misplacing passes. Höfler took advantage of just such a mistake to help himself to a shot on goal which wasn’t far away. You got the feeling the balance of play was shifting in Freiburg’s favour, a goal seemed to in the offing. Another good chance came for Grifo in the 57th minute, his shot being tipped over the bar by Rene Vollath. Grifo of course took the resulting corner which was duly headed into the net by Mike Frantz, his fifth goal of the season. That goal sent Freiburg to the top of the table and resulted in a very nervy 32 minutes.

Blitztabelle - 27. Spieltag - 2B 15-16The final half an hour saw KSC come close to equalising a few times, a header luckily deflected by a defender and what would have been a free shot at goal had there been someone there to meet Diamantakos’ pass. Freiburg had a few chances too but if they were to double their lead Mike Frantz would play no part in it, being taken off with 15 minutes to go and replaced by winter signing Harvard Nielsen. They made their second change a few minutes later with Karim Guede replacing Maximilian Philipp. Despite making two offensive minded changes they weren’t taking any major risks. Indeed their third and final change saw defender Mensur Mujdza replace striker Nils Petersen. The last few minutes of the game weren’t with out excitement, KSC making an absurd call for a penalty after Höfler made a somewhat comical mistake in the box. He accidentally kicked up the ball towards his own hand, in no world would the referee have given anything for that. One of the KSC players managed to talk himself into a yellow card because of the incident. The final few minutes saw the tussle from earlier in the game resuming and something of a flurry of cards, with Guede and then another KSC player also seeing yellow. On that matter the drama wasn’t over, in the second minute of extra time Peitz saw his second yellow card for hitting Höfler in the face. Abrashi in his usual way almost talking himself into trouble in the process. Just 30 odd seconds stood between Freiburg reclaiming their spot at the top of the table. And then that was that, all over. No last minute winner this time, no annoying Russian jokers. Just Freiburg getting to spend the international break at the top of the table.

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1.FC Nürnberg v RB Leipzig – MD27 highlights

SC Freiburg v KSC – 1st half

SC Freiburg v KSC – 2nd half

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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 5

Today in the Freiburg calendar was the defender Jonas Föhrenbach. Joining him is the DFB card of Julian Draxler and the chocolate wrapper from the Dortmund one which today featured striker Adrian Ramos:

Julian Draxler - DFB card 2015-16 1 Julian Draxler - DFB card 2015-16 2 Adrian Ramos - Dortmund advent calendarMike Frantz goal – SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin

Immanuel Höhn goal – SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin

Immanuel Höhn goal celebration - SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin 1Immanuel Höhn goal celebration - SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin 2Immanuel Höhn goal celebration - SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin 3 Immanuel Höhn goal celebration - SC Freiburg v 1. FC Union Berlin 4Speaking of Freiburg and advent calendars they mentioned it on Sportschau, check out their giant version of it:

Giant Freiburg calendarToday has been full of surprises, first up is Christian Streich’s goal celebration. So funny that I made a GIF of it:

Christian_Streich_goal_celebration_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_Union_BerlinThe other big surprise comes in the form of Bayern losing 3-1 this afternoon to Gladbach. It’s strange because the last time they lost in the Bundesliga was last season, MD33, to Freiburg of all teams. Bayern lost to Gladbach last season as well but in the second half of the season. Because Dortmund were able to find a last minute equaliser against Wolfsburg this evening all of a sudden the gap at the top of the table is not so big, just five points. For the moment at least it’s back to being a competition. It’s sort of strange but I actually wanted Gladbach to win today. I think it’s good for the league for Bayern not to be the only dominant force. I know this was only one game but it’s still a reminder to them that they aren’t invincible. Gladbach being on the way back up again keeps the league interesting. I also wanted them to win because I think it’s great that Andre Schubert’s unbeaten run (only counting league games obviously) continues, his lucky green hoodie retains it’s magic powers.

2.Bundesliga MD5 2015/16 – SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen

It certainly was not a good idea to leave it until now to get this post finished. Despite the memorable score-line I can barely remember it, the excitement of the international break overshadowing everything else. Even a 4-1 win over Freiburg’s local rivals it seems. It was not only the Baden-Württermburg derby but also a match-up between Jogi’s team and Hansi’s team.

Going into the international break, Freiburg were in second place, since Bochum managed to find their way past 1860 München. Even if that hadn’t been the case, Freiburg could not have topped the table anyway, Sandhausen’s late consolation goal prevented such a thing being possible. But still it’s all good, four wins out of five and they’re keeping pace with Bochum. Tonight they visit Kaiserslautern who in their last game lost 3-1 to Heidenheim and who so far have not looked like the promotion contenders they consider themselves to be. After their 3-1 victory against Duisburg on MD1 they have failed to impress so far.

Freiburg weren’t the only one scoring a lot of goals on MD5, also getting in on the act were Eintracht Braunschweig in a 6-0 defeat of Karlsruher SC. If they had gotten one more goal, they would have beaten the record set by SV Sandhausen a few weeks ago when they knocked Paderborn for six. Obviously getting a copy of Freiburg’s match is my no.1 priority every week, but this time around it was getting to see KSC’s game that was all so exciting. A little piece of history on my hard-drive.

Exciting as that is, it’s not the best part of that weekend. That honour goes to Grifo and his very special GIF:

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2. Bundesliga - MD5 results 2. Bundesliga table - MD5 1 2. Bundesliga table - MD5 2Highlights of SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen.

Highlights of Eintracht Braunschweig v Karlsruher SC.

Pre and post-match interviews with Vincenzo Grifo, Mike Frantz and Christian Streich:

Nils Petersen - SCF v SVS 1 Nils Petersen - SCF v SVS 2 Nils Petersen - SCF v SVS 3Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 8Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 9Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 13Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 14Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 1Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 2Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 3Nils Petersen - SCF v SVS 4 Nils Petersen - SCF v SVS 5 Nils Petersen & Mike Frantz - SCF v SVS 1 Nils Petersen & Mike Frantz - SCF v SVS 2 Nils Petersen goal - SCF v SVS 1Nils Petersen goal - SCF v SVS 2 SC Freiburg celebrate - MD5

Frantz’s Freaky Goal and Grifo the Flying Griffin

I’m going to write a post about the game as usual when I get the time. In the meantime I thought it would be cool to give Frantz and Grifo a post of their own. I think their goals warrant that. And whilst Nils Petersen got on the score-sheet as well, his goal is not included here. Not because his goal wasn’t special too, it was. But it’s nice for the spotlight to be on someone else for a change and after his excellent performance last week and his performance last night Grifo deserves it. For all his troubles, Grifo got two goals and a hug to celebrate. And in honour of him I not only made a video of his goals but a GIF of his hug from Christian Streich.

But first, Mike Frantz’s goal, both video and pictures:

Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 1 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 2 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 3 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 4 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 5 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 6 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 7 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 8 Mike Frantz goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 9And now to Grifo’s GIF:

Grifo_gets_a_hug_SC_Freiburg_v_SV_SandhausenThe video of both of his goals and pictures of the second one and the celebrations afterwards:

Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 1 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 2 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 3 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 4 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 5 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 6 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 7 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 8 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 9 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 10 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 11 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 12 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 13 Vincenzo Grifo - second goal - SC Freiburg v SV Sandhausen 14 Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 1 Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 2Vincenzo Grifo and Chrisian Streich - SC Freiburg v Sandhausen 3

2.Bundesliga MD2 2015/16 – 1860 München v SC Freiburg

Two matches so far for SC Freiburg, six points, seven goals scored – four of those for Nils Petersen. Four now because he got himself another one today, the only one of the match in fact. Today’s match saw SCF visit a very familiar place, the Allianz Arena in Munich, but of course it’s not Bayern who were their hosts but 1860 München. Not easy opponents by any means and the numbers were in their favour today with them winning 15 of the past encounters between the two and Freiburg winning 11. It was however Freiburg who came out with the three points, thanks to Mike Frantz being brought down in the box in the 73rd minute and Petersen putting away the resulting penalty. In truth if it weren’t for that the match would likely have ended goalless with neither team looking like scoring, plenty of almost chances and some near misses including two long range efforts from Maximillian Philipp and Amir Abrashi which weren’t far off, but few real chances. If 1860 had been a little less wasteful with their chances, it may have been a very different story, happily that wasn’t the case. Alexander Schwolow got to show what he can do today, he did not disappoint, making many a vital safe and showing very safe hands. I’m no closer in finding a nickname for Petersen but at least Schwolow is easier on that count. Safe Hands Schwolow, that’s what he’ll be christened. Not just yet, I’m not quite over Roman Bürki’s departure, but I’m getting there.

So Freiburg get to stay at the top of the table, and they’ll stay there until the next match-day, that’s definite since Kaiserslautern played last night (drawing 0-0 with Eintracht Braunschweig). The only two teams who could possibly have any effect on how the top of the table looks are Greuther Fürth and RB Leipzig who play each other on Monday night. But unless something really weird happens and it turns into a veritable goal-fest, which I recognise is not impossible, then things will stay as they are. Let’s hope that it’s an eventful Monday night and not one like opening night.

First up a video of Christian Streich’s pre-match interview:

Then a video of the highlights, and a post match interview with Nils Petersen.

To finish, the usual match-day pictures, including several of Nils Petersen, the man of the hour:

SCF line-up 1860 v SCF - in the tunnel 1860 v SCF 1 1860 v SCF 2 1860 v SCF 3 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF 1 Frantz penalty decision 1 Frantz penalty decision 2 Frantz penalty decision 3 Nils Petersen penalty 1Nils Petersen penalty 2 Nils Petersen penalty 3 Nils Petersen penalty 4Nils Petersen goal celebrations 1Nils Petersen goal celebrations 2Nils Petersen goal celebrations 3Nils Petersen goal celebrations 4Nils Petersen goal celebrations 5Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF 2 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF 3 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 1 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 2 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 3 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 4 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 5 Nils Petersen - 1860 v SCF - post-match interview 6 MD2 results MD2 table 1 MD2 table 2

 

2.Bundesliga MD1 2015/16 – SC Freiburg v 1.FC Nürnberg

Or as it’s otherwise known and will forever be remembered by me “Petersen gegen Nürnberg.”

What a start to the season, nine goals in all, three of them for Nils Petersen (in the space of five minutes), three penalties (two for SCF taken by Petersen and one for FCN), five yellow cards (3 for FCN and 2 for SCF) and one red for FCN’s Dave Bulthuis. Final score six-three to SC Freiburg. With their six goals, they didn’t only better Kaiserslautern’s total on Friday, they doubled it. Which means with the superior goal difference they go the top of the table:

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First half was pretty much perfect, three goals in the space of five minutes for Nils Petersen and a fourth just before the end of the half for former FCN player Mike Frantz. This was Petersen’s first match as a fully fledged Freiburg player and it went absolutely perfect. In his first match after joining the club on loan after Christmas last year, he scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt and he repeated that feat last night, though in a rather different fashion. It’s not often you see two penalties in one game, let alone two within the space of a few minutes. Petersen seems to have proved his value already. He’s got seven goals in six games now, 15 in total. And he broke a record last night, getting the fastest hat-trick ever in 2.Bundesliga history. This banner some fans had was fantastic and would make a good poster I think:

Nils Petersen - banner

First half they totally outplayed FCN, they were in total control, having the majority of the possession and making the most of it. They really had FCN rattled. But whatever Rene Weiler said to his players at half-time certainly had some effect, they scored a goal barely a minute after kick-off and the roles were reversed. Out of nowhere SCF were on the back foot, not getting a touch of the ball and chasing shadows. It’s an old enemy of theirs, losing focus and throwing away a lead, but it usually happens a little later in the match. But not here, not this time. They didn’t lose their composure or their focus, they didn’t allow themselves to get too frustrated. It’s not great that they conceded another two goals but they replied with two of their own, so all’s well that ends well I suppose.

Despite conceding three goals, Alexander Schowlow didn’t have a bad game. Truth is he didn’t have a great deal to do in the first half, in fact his first major action was conceding the goal. But it wasn’t his fault, no-one could have done anything about it, not him and not his predecessor. It’s not possible or right to judge him based on one game, but so far so good, he didn’t do anything to give cause for concern at least. I think I’ll watch the game again, to see how he did, focusing on just him because it was a little difficult to focus on anything in the excitement of last night. It’ll give me an excuse to watch the game again at least.

I saw the English broadcast of the match as well as the German one and caught this little gem from the English commentator “so just the eight goals so far then.”

The goal-scorers for Freiburg were Nils Petersen (8, 11 & 13), Mike Frantz (40), Maximillian Philipp (61) and team captain Julian Schuster (90).

What a night, Petersen, the former Nuremberger Frantz, the man from Berlin and the captain too. A brilliant night, thanks to them all and the rest of the team, I get to write a happy MD1 story for Jogi. The only downside to the whole weekend is the fact that I feel like it’s Saturday right now because the match was in the evening, so it felt like a Friday night game. So it’s very confusing that there’s no games to watch today. At least there’s plenty of action at the weekend with Freiburg visiting 1860 München on Saturday, the Supercup in the evening between Wolfsburg and Bayern and on Sunday SV Sandhausen v Union Berlin and KSC v St. Pauli.

Maximillian Philipp, the man from Berlin as I christened him way back on MD21 when he got his first ever Bundesliga goal against Hertha BSC. The reason being that he’s from Berlin, he played as a youth player for Hertha and his whole family were there that day to see him play. Last night he got his second, and deservedly so. The video of his first goal:

Plenty of videos and pictures. First pre-match interviews with Christian Streich and Nils Petersen. And post match interviews with them both too. Plus a video of all the goals.

The post match interview with Christian Streich.

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