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Advent Calendar Day 3: Safe Hands Schwolow/New Jogi Pictures

Not writing for a while has the same effect not talking out loud does, the longer you leave it the harder it becomes to get the words out. And I do the same thing too, always finding an excuse not to do it,  putting it off and deciding it can wait which never helps. I could have written this earlier, I could have found the time but I just kept avoiding it. Three days into the promise I made myself and already I’m trying to talk myself out of it. I feel much the same way about the events of the upcoming week, but in regards to those I also have to keep my word. At least today went well, not perfect but close enough for me to have no major complaints. Freiburg didn’t win against Leverkusen but I’m not complaining about that, not after escaping defeat in the last minutes of the game thanks to Schwolow’s penalty save. A save which makes the title sort of ironic for it wasn’t with his hands he saved it but in actuality his foot, but that makes for a much less snappy title. A point for Freiburg, the video of Jogi from El Classico and a pleasant Jogi related surprise, no I really can’t complain about today’s events. Not even about the fact Freiburg had a little help in getting their point against Leverkusen, it wasn’t just the penalty from Chicharito that was bad, the whole Leverkusen side were terrible the first half.

One thing I’m very glad about is that it wasn’t Söyüncü who gave the penalty away. Like I said it wasn’t a great penalty but that takes nothing away from Schwolow’s save, he made quite a few other important saves during the game too. I’m always happy to see him smile, even if he did concede another goal today which means the tally is up to 25 now. That draw was Freiburg’s first of the season and funnily enough it was the day’s only draw in the Bundesliga results. Out of the games I was interested in today however it was not the only draw, the only other one being the draw between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Unluckily for Barcelona there was no last minute save to enable them to take all three points. I was rooting for them and their German keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but to no avail.

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Mats Møller Dæhli - SC Freiburg 2015-16 cardThe man behind door number 3 in the Dortmund calendar was rather fitting though, with it being none other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And it’s not just because both of today’s players have three names. Getting Petersen yesterday was sadly not an omen for Freiburg’s game but it was certainly the case with Aubameyang for he scored the equaliser against Gladbach and scored their final goal making it 4-1.

20161203_172648-1And now to the real fun, the newly discovered Jogi video and pictures:

Joachim Löw Wir helfen Kinder – RTL video 24/11/16

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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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Advent Calendar Day 6

Behind door number six in the Freiburg calendar was Lukas Kübler. In the DFB one there was not one card but four. No doubt deliberate to match the fourth card, which was the first of Germany’s stars, the first time they won the World Cup in 1954. The other three are the replacement Schneider, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. Joining them from the Dortmund calendar is the fastest man in the Bundesliga, current top scorer with seventeen goals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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One final football related thing I have to mention is Thomas Tuchel’s reaction to Dortmund’s winning goal yesterday. So good that I had to make a GIF of it. He he has that in common with Jogi and Christian Streich, he provides plenty of good moments for GIFs and videos, that’s for sure:

Thomas_Tuchel_goal_celebration_Wolfsburg_v_DortmundAfter watching the latest episodes of The Bridge last night I was no longer in such a good mood. They made for thoroughly depressing viewing, the scene where Saga’s mother approaches her in the station I found particularly bothersome. The way she tried to manipulate her and to get a rise out of her made for very painful viewing. It reminded me of a few things that I’d rather forget. As a result my previous happiness over Freiburg’s very satisfactory victory over Union Berlin was nowhere to be found. Apart from not getting enough sleep Friday night, the day was going fine until then. That scene turned an otherwise good day into a “what’s the point” kind of day. I felt much the same way when I got up. Staying in bed and feeling sorry for myself wasn’t really an option, not if I wanted to watch the repeat of Dortmund’s game. I didn’t want to get up but I made myself, figuring that I’d have to make myself get up later anyway so I may as well do so now. And if I got up later I would not only be annoyed with myself for staying in bed but for missing Dortmund’s game too.

Making myself get up was the right decision. I’m still tired and only in a slightly better mood but I’m glad I got up. Everyday I allow myself to stay in bed like that it lessens the chances of getting back into a good routine. This week I made all the same mistakes as last week, it went almost exactly the same way. It was the exact same night I stayed up all night. I made similar mistakes in other ways too, spending too much money for one thing. It’s not like I’m the picture of responsibility normally, this isn’t hugely out of character for me. But it is a little more reckless than I usually am. It’s not the fact I was reckless or what I spent the money on that’s out of character. It’s my reaction to it, I don’t seem to particularly care or be worried by it. That’s what unusual. I know I’m being irresponsible, I know I should try to rein it in a little. But I just don’t seem to care or be at all motivated to make an effort to do so.

I feel like that about most things right now. I don’t really know why, I don’t think there’s anything wrong right now, nothing major anyway. This Christmas is certainly a major improvement on last year. To name the obvious, Freiburg are at the opposite end of the table. Of course it’s not the same table, and whilst I would rather them be in the Bundesliga, even in the bottom third, instead of being top of the 2. Bundesliga it’s still something to be pleased with. Whatever happens their final game before Christmas won’t be as miserable as last year.

Everything else is for the most part ok too, I have lots of projects to work on and plenty to keep busy with. I have a stack of very interesting books to read. Plus I should have the money to buy the new Germany away shirt soon and a few other things beside. Yet still I don’t feel happy. I’m doing everything I normally do. I’m trying to keep busy. I have provisional plans for next Tuesday and if all goes to plan should get to give them their gifts in time for Christmas. I know at least what’s bothering me in regards to this, the unknown, the waiting. Not knowing for sure or not. I find waiting to be difficult at the best of times but now it’s simply unbearable.

There’s another thing from The Bridge I can’t stop thinking about. Something that Claes the writer said about being happy. When people ask how you are most people will say, even if they’re not. He asks what happens if you said you weren’t, and why don’t people say they aren’t fine. I never tell people I’m not fine, I’m not sure if I even can. I put a lot of effort into the opposite, into not giving away that I’m not fine. Sometimes though it’s not enough and people notice anyway. It was stupid of me to think that my odd sleeping patterns from the last two weeks would go unnoticed. It was also stupid of me to think it wouldn’t affect my behaviour in anyway. Truth is I’d given no thought to the matter, if I had I would have noticed how distracted I’ve been and how I’ve been even more strange than usual. Apparently it was like I had a hangover, which is funny considering I drink on average no more than five beers a year.

If I’d gotten some more sleep and was paying more attention I would have also would have noticed earlier how so much of what I’m writing is very depressing. When the person who I gave a few chapters to read asked why I was writing such dark stuff lately I said I didn’t know. Maybe then I really didn’t know or I simply didn’t or couldn’t say the truth. Which is because I feel like it. I suppose that would have counted as telling them how I feel, and that’s just not me. I refuted that Matze is in anyway representative of me and my own feelings. I wasn’t entirely truthful there and deliberately so. I don’t want them knowing that. In a lot of my recent chapters Matze is angry, not about anything in particular, just angry in general. But it’s not how he feels that’s important, it’s the fact that he can allow someone to comfort or to help him when everything gets too much. Because I can’t, writing about it as close as I can get. I wish I could let someone help me, it would certainly make my life easier.

The Day of Ginter – Part 2

Like I said in the first part of this post I have so many pictures of Matze and of Thomas Tuchel that I have to give them their own post. There’s also some pictures of Aubameyang celebrating his goal with another variation on his Batman celebration. Last season him and Marco Reus had a Batman and Robin routine but Reus is out injured at the moment, but he went ahead with the celebration anyway. Without the masks this time, instead he had a message and a Batman logo printed on his undershirt. He got a yellow card for it, but it was worth it no doubt.

Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Batman and RobinSo here it is, the pictures, two GIFs of Thomas Tuchel, plus videos of the goals and Matze’s post-match interview:

Shinji Kagawa (Ginter assist) goal

Matthias Ginter goal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal

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