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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.

Advent Calendar Days 13, 14 & 15: The Missing Days

Last year I missed one days post and had to do a double post the next day, but never did I miss two days in a row. I somehow managed that this time around, too many late nights and not enough sleep catching up with me I guess. It’s been a very slow few days and I don’t feel like writing anything at all. I did however get two pieces of good news today, first finding out that the final series of The Bridge will be on TV at the start of the new year. And second that the DFB have confirmed their preparation plans for the world cup, having finally decided on where they’re staying. Not in Sotschi which is what Jogi apparently preferred but near Moscow in a place named Vatutinki. They also named their first friendly opponents, Austria who they’ll play on the 2nd June.

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

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Bundesliga MD23 2015/16: Battle of the former Freiburg Keepers

The Bundesliga rarely disappoints and despite several teams suffering from a post Europe hang-over this weekend was no exception. This weekend was a little different with no game of the week on Saturday, instead being an aptly named “Super Sunday.” Despite there being no official game of the week Wolfsburg v Bayern was obviously the top game everyone had their eyes on. There was unfortunately no repeat of the Lewandowksi show this time around. He just got the one goal. Wolfsburg battled hard against Bayern, no doubt very motivated to avoid the humiliation they endured earlier in the season.

The real action however was on Sunday with Dortmund playing host to Hoffenheim and as the title suggests two former Freiburg keepers battling it out. Roman Bürki for Dortmund and his predecessor in the Freiburg goal Oliver Baumann.The latter also going up against his former team-mate Matthias Ginter who remained on the bench. As it turns out they came a little closer to going head to head than two keepers usually would. On the subject of former players facing each other the game has another connection of that nature, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsman have a connection too. Tuchel having worked with him whilst he was the youth coach at Augsburg.

Visiting a high flying Dortmund would be nerve wracking enough for a team battling against relegation, let alone one that’s adjusting to life under new coach Julian Nagelsman. He certainly had a difficult job on his hands yet he didn’t disappoint. It’s ironic that a hard earned 1-1 draw with Dortmund was one of Hoffenheim’s few successes before sliding into the relegation battle. A lot has changed since then with the team on their third coach of the season. Naglesman was meant to take over in the summer but had to take over ahead of schedule after Huub Stevens was forced to step down because of health problems. Since taking over his presence has certainly made a difference and it most definitely showed against Dortmund. Going 1-0 up against Dortmund is incredible enough but holding onto that lead until the 80th minute is all the more so. It looked like Hoffenheim could do the impossible and hold onto what would be a vital three points, that is until Sebastian Rudy was sent off. What a day for him, his birthday, a potentially match winning goal and then a red card.

Mkhitaryan’s equaliser in the 80th minute promised an exciting end to an already pretty exciting game, and it did not disappoint. Those final nine minutes plus extra time provided plenty of drama. A late winner from Adrian Ramos who only came on the pitch ten minutes earlier and then Hoffenheim decided to throw everything at it. Even Baumann got in on the act coming up into the box in the final minutes before having to rush back. That wasn’t the end of the drama, after having a fairly uneventful and quiet game Aubameyang finally got his goal in extra time, making it 3-1. It is a result Dortmund didn’t really deserve but one that’s important for them in terms of keeping in touch with Bayern at the top of the table. It’s even more important considering they were to face Bayern the weekend after.

Bundesliga - MD23 results Bundesliga MD23 table 1 Bundesliga MD23 table 2Highlights:

Dortmund v Hoffenheim

Wolfsburg v Bayern

Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 1 Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 2 Julian Weigel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 1 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 1 Sven Bender – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 1 Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 3 Julian Weigel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 2 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 2 Sven Bender – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 2 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 3 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 4 Sven Bender – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 3 Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 4 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 5 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 6 Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 5 Thomas Tuchel – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 6 Sven Bender – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 4 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Hoffenheim 7

DFB Cards 2016 – Part 1

Joachim Löw – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Joachim Löw – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Thomas Schneider – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Thomas Schneider – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Andreas Köpke – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Andreas Köpke – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Oliver Bierhoff – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Oliver Bierhoff – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Manuel Neuer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Manuel Neuer – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Marc-Andre ter Stegen – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Kevin Trapp – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Kevin Trapp – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Bernd Leno – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Bernd Leno – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Ron-Robert Zieler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Ron-Robert Zieler – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Matthias Ginter – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Matthias Ginter – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2Jonas Hector – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Jonas Hector – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Shkodran Mustafi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Shkodran Mustafi – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Jerome Boateng – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Jerome Boateng – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Mats Hummels – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Mats Hummels – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Emre Can – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Emre Can – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2 Sebastian Rudy – die Mannschaft 2016 card 1 Sebastian Rudy – die Mannschaft 2016 card 2

Advent Calendar Day 13: Schwolow, Sven & Sebastian

Behind door number thirteen in the Freiburg calendar was goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. In the DFB calendar today was a double card day with the card of Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and also the 1974 card. Joining them is defensive midfielder Sven Bender from the Dortmund calendar:

Sebastian Rudy - DFB 2015-16 card 1 Sebastian Rudy - DFB 2015-16 card 2 1974 - DFB 2015-16 card 1 1974 - DFB 2015-16 card 2 Sven Bender - Dortmund advent calendarIt being Schwolow’s day in the calendar did not bring him any luck, then again it was an unlucky day all round for Freiburg, especially for nineteen year old defender Jonas Föhrenbach. He played a part in conceding the first goal and scored Nürnberg’s second himself. The first goal the ball deflected off his shin after Schwolow saved it but couldn’t clear it, and the second he put it straight into the back of his own net. Meaning Immanel Höhn’s equaliser was for nothing. Thus 1.FCN have their revenge for the 6-3 defeat Freiburg inflicted on them on MD1.  All credit is due to them after their somewhat disastrous start to the season, their coach Rene Weiler was not exaggerating when he said that his team is not the same one as the team at the start of the season.

I said yesterday that I’d be happy if Freiburg took all three points and if they were more organized defensively, well I got none of what I wanted. Not only that but the loss means they go down to second place in the table after Leipzig predictably beat FSV Frankfurt today. It’s most likely they won’t be top of the table for the Christmas break, the so called Herbstmeister. For that to happen they have to beat 1860 and Leipzig would have to lose to Greuther Fürth. It’s not impossible, just not very likely. On MD2 they drew 2-2 and funnily enough the first goal scorer for Fürth was former Freiburg player Sebastian Freis.

1.FCN are the former team of Andreas Köpke, meaning his team beat Jogi’s team. Oddly enough one of the ways I cheered myself up about this fact was watching Borussia Dortmund beat another of Jogi’s teams, Eintracht Frankfurt. Though it wasn’t the game that cheered me up, it was Thomas Tuchel’s celebration of the second goal:

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Tag zwei in München

Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München 1 Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München 2 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 1 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 2 Ron-Robert Zieler & Max Kruse – Tag Zwei in München Sami Khedira – Tag Zwei in München Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski – Tag Zwei in München Manuel Neuer – Tag Zwei in München 1 Sebastian Rudy & Kevin Volland – Tag Zwei in München Shkodran Mustafi & Matthias Ginter – Tag Zwei in München Manuel Neuer – Tag Zwei in München 2 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 3 Joachim Löw – Tag Zwei in München 4