Some pictures and videos from last night’s event, the first two have footage from the event itself and the third is an interview from Sky Sports News. In addition the second video ends with something special, a short interview with Jogi from 10 years ago:
With the domestic season drawing to a close it seems like a good time to finally get around to opening the two Germany albums I got last year. especially seeing as how I don’t have my hardback copy of the Euro 2016 album yet. The main selling points of these two is that there’s Jogi stickers and a few Hansi ones. Though annoyingly Hansi doesn’t get a page to himself, in the 2010 album he shares a page with Andreas and Oliver. In the 2012 edition they dispensed with this completely, there’s just one page for Jogi, though Hansi is in some of the stickers. One other thing which displeased me was the fact I got both of Hansi’s stickers before I even started, they were inside the album. I would have liked to find them in the packets myself. I know it’s not the first time I’ve seen the stickers, I have a copy already which is signed by Hansi but it still would have been nice.
Pictures of both albums and my favourite stickers so far, the stickers are in the order I found them, they aren’t ordered by who I like the most:
The squad for the two upcoming qualifiers against Poland on the 4th September and Scotland on the 7th:
Tor: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Abwehr: Jerome Boateng (Bayern München), Emre Can (FC Liverpool), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (FC Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim)
Mittelfeld/Angriff: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Götze (Bayern München), Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Christoph Kramer (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Max Kruse (VfL Wolfsburg), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil (FC Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray Istanbul), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Kevin Volland (1899 Hoffenheim).
Roman Weidenfeller being dropped in favour of the younger Marc-Andre ter Stegen, no surprises there, everyone knew that was coming. It’s great to see Matthias Ginter in the squad after having played in the U21 Euros this summer past, as did of course Kevin Volland who’s also called up. It’ll be interesting to see where Ginter fits into their plans, with their defensive tinkering as of late and with him playing at right back for Dortmund at the moment.
And now to the other event today, the draw for the Europa League. Borussia Dortmund have been gifted with a fairly easy group, though they’ll have a fair bit of traveling to do. I just hope their campaign is as exciting and as goal filled as their qualifying matches were. And that Roman Bürki will get to play at some point.
Anyhow, they’re in group C along with Greek side Paok FC, Russian side FC Krasnador and Gabala SC from Azerbaijan.
The other two German sides in the competition Schalke and Augsburg are in groups K and L. In their first time in the competition Augsburg have been drawn with Athletic Club, AZ Alkmaar and FK Partizan. In Schalke’s group are Apoel FC, AC Sparta Praha and Asteras Tripolis FC.
And last not but not least is Miroslav Klose and his team, Italian side S.S. Lazio who of course lost their qualification play-off to Bayer Leverkusen. In their group is last season’s runners up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, AS Saint-Etienne and Rosenborg.
There’s just under three weeks until the action begins with the first matches being played on the 17th September. The final this year will be held at St. Jakob Park, home to Swiss side FC Basel. The stadium hosted 6 games in the Euro 2008 competition, including two Germany ones, the quarter final against Portugal and the semi final against Turkey. It’s the first time a European final has been held at the stadium. And here’s my interesting fact for the day, the stadium has it’s very own railway station.
I certainly didn’t expect to be making any GIFs from this particular video, it’s not the kind of thing you’d expect to find any funny moments in and yet Hansi has provided two, one with just him and the second with him and Jogi. I would love to know what they’re saying, especially the second one. What kind of joke are him and Jogi sharing, what is it that’s so funny? What I wouldn’t give to know.
I wasn’t going to make any videos originally even though I really wanted to make one for this match especially. I went ahead and made one because either way I would have been unhappy, it’ll bug me because the series will feel incomplete but it would have equally bugged me not do make this particular one. It contains some of his best moments and one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard, the line that still makes me laugh so much “oh look, Jogi’s lost his rain jacket.” I liked that moment so much I made a GIF of it, I just love the look on his face at that moment, I can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking.
The second video is a segment from the pre-match show about Jürgen Klinsmann, it’s one of my favourite Klinsmann related things ever partly because of the music (it’s Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King) and partly because of this: