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2.Bundesliga MD25 20/15/16: SC Freiburg v RB Leipzig – Streich Wars/Snow Wars

Well this is certainly a post I don’t mind writing out of order, even if I did mind I think I’d go ahead and post it anyway. Last night was a very special game, certainly special enough to warrant a break of the usual rules. This weekend saw two matches between top placed teams, Dortmund v Bayern and last night Freiburg v Leipzig. In an interview at half time during Dortmund’s game Joachim Löw said it was so far the best game of the season he’d seen and he was probably right. Freiburg’s game unfortunately did not meet those standards. Their first encounter last year did with the first half being one of Freiburg’s standout performances this season. This encounter was prevented from being a similarly excellent affair by the weather. It’s most ironic for two reasons. Firstly because Freiburg is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg and is known for it’s terrific weather, in fact it enjoys the best weather of any city in Germany, averaging 1,740 hours of sunshine a year. Secondly because just last week I was thinking of writing a snow related Jogi & Hansi story, inspired by hearing Amir Abrashi talking about the possibility of snow for last week’s game.

The snow however whilst making life difficult for Freiburg did not prevent them from taking all three points and providing plenty of fun along the way. The commentator pointed out the similarity between this game and Freiburg’s last home game in the Bundesliga against Bayern. That was also a very close game, it too finished 2-1 and Nils Petersen played an important part in the game. Once more he was the joker, though last night in a less direct way. He provided the assist rather than scoring the winning goal himself. Of course the weather was a lot better that day as well, being a typically sunny day in Freiburg. It’s very amusing to hear the fans singing the official club song at the end of the game, the reason being part of the song is about the sun shining. Well I guess in a way it is.

It’s very curious indeed, the gap at the top of the Bundesliga is cut to five points after Dortmund drew with Bayern, meaning technically the title race is back on. Of course some people think Bayern still have it all wrapped up. That’s definitely not the case in the 2.Bundesliga because with nine games left the gap is cut to three points. Just three points now separate Freiburg from league leaders Leipzig. Not only is automatic promotion a very real possibility but first place is still on the table. I would love for them to win the league, there’s no point in lying about it. But I’d be happy with first or second, as long as it’s an automatic promotion place then I’m happy.

As well as being similar in terms of importance Freiburg’s game had something else in common with Dortmund’s. Roman Bürki after being humiliated in the reverse of the fixture would have been keen to put the record straight on Saturday. He did eventually do that, making a number of important saves, though only after getting off to shaky start and almost gifting Thomas Müller goal. Alexander Schwolow did not get humiliated against RB Leipzig last year, but he does kind of have a point to prove. Filling Bürki’s shoes is a tall order, simply because he has not even a tenth of his experience having spent last season playing in the third tier with Arminia Bielefeld. Yet he’s well on the way to doing so. I never thought I’d be able to say I’m ok with Bürki having left, but now I can say just that and it’s true. Schwolow’s played well for the better part of the season but last night was something else entirely. In the dying minutes of the game he provided a save which as well as being world class also kept Freiburg in the game. With that one save he helped provide three vital points which could turn out to be the difference between getting promoted or not. Bürki despite being excellent all season could not prevent Freiburg from getting relegated, but Schwolow may just yet help them get promoted.

Out of all the games in the second half of the season this was the one I’d been most worried about, not just because of the opposition but because of the timing of it. It’s not a great game to play after having played in midweek as well. But it worked out fine, no doubt the loan signing of Florian Niederlechener was a big help in this regard. Yesterday I wondered if me securing a trade for his Heidenheim card was a sign of some sort. I am so very happy that turned out to be true. This is probably my favourite game of the season so far, not because it’s the team’s best performance. I think that’s a little difficult to judge because of the weather situation. It’s not like Freiburg could play like they prefer to, not that they could have done so against Leipzig anyway since of course they like to play a possession based game too. It’s more my favourite because of the weather, what this game could turn out to mean and partly because of the pre-match show on Sport1. As expected sky had a pre-match segment about Florian Niederlechner. They were outdone by Sport1 and their highly amusing christening of this game as Streich Wars. Not only that but casting Streich as Meister Streich, Ralf Rangnick as “Darth Rangnick,” Immanuel Höhn as “Höhn Solo” and saving the best till last Alexander Schwolow as “Schowbacca”:

Streich Wars 1 Streich Wars 2 Christian Streich als Meister Streich Ralf Rangnick als Darth Rangnick Immanuel Höhn als Höhn Solo Alexander Schwolow als Schowbacca Streich Wars 3

The full video of the pre-match show in two parts:

Back-up links: Part One & Two

Video of the full match:

SC Freiburg v RB Leipzig – 1st half: Part one & two

SC Freiburg v RB Leipzig – 2nd half – Part one & two

It wasn’t a game I expected to be particularly easy, even without the inclement weather. The last time they met was a tough battle with Freiburg running out of steam in the second half and having to resort to just doing all they could to keeping Leipzig from taking the lead. Leipzig equalised just after the start of the second half and never stopped looking dangerous for the rest of the game. It was almost a pattern that was repeated last night. Thankfully Nils Petersen had a thing or two to say about that.

Other than the weather there was another surprise for last night’s game with Christian Streich making just one change and that was a forced one. The injury to Marc Torrejon on Wednesday afternoon meaning Immanuel Höhn took his place in the center of defence alongside Marc-Oliver Kempf. Petersen meanwhile how scored the all important goal against Leipzig on MD8 found himself on the bench, displaced by the newfound strike partnership of Florian Niederlechner and Karim Guede.

The opening few minutes of the game were as you would expect, lots of misplaced passes because of the snow and possession changing hands fairly quickly. Leipzig got their first shot on goal before barely a minute had been played but it turned out to be an exceedingly tame shot and was picked up easily by Schwolow. The first few minutes it was all Leipzig because whilst the possession was fairly balanced Leipizg had all the chances. Poulsen in particular looking a real threat and getting two chances in a matter of minutes. Both times the defence dealt with it, Abrashi the first time seeing it out for a corner and Pascal Stenzl dispossessing Poulsen the second. Freiburg’s first attempt at an attack turned out to be nothing of the sort. Mike Frantz making the run but ending up on the floor, claiming he was elbowed in the back. The replay showed some contact but probably not enough to bring him down. And that was the only time Freiburg got close to goal in the first eight minutes.

The action resumed with Leipzig wasting no time in getting up-field and threatening once again. As it turns out Freiburg’s first shot on goal was to be their first goal. It started out with an easy save by Schwolow, he then kicked it up-field whereupon a Leipzig player tried and failed to control it. Niederlechner helped himself to the ball and made the pass to Frantz who in turn set up the arriving Grifo for his 11th goal of the season. Grifo’s celebration was great but Schwolow’s was better. I find it funny they were at opposite ends of the pitch yet ended up celebrating in the exact same way, I don’t know if Schowlow saw Grifo sliding and thought he’d join in as well or if it’s just coincidence. Either way it was cool. Freiburg 1 Leipzig 0. It took just nine minutes and twenty seven seconds for them to take the lead.

Vincenzo_Grifo_celebrates_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigAlexander_Schwolow_celebrates_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigChances were few and far between for the next few minutes but what the few of them there was were for Leipzig. One of Freiburg’s few chances was when Niederlechner made a good run in the 15th minute but he was dispossessed right outside the box. Guede had a chance at a solo run a few minutes later but the defender got there in time. The commentator questioned whether or not if Streich had started Petersen instead of Geude that they’d have taken the lead sooner. I don’t think so, I think Guede was perfect for this game with his physicality. It turned out to be very useful especially given the weather conditions. Besides it’s like they say “never change a winning team.”

Despite Leipzig’s attacking threat Schwolow had few difficult saves to make in the first twenty odd minutes of the game. But he was the busier of the two keepers despite making few noteworthy saves in the first half.  As you’d expect Leipzig continued to dominate in terms of possession but were so far unable to make this count. Misplaced passes due to the snow covered surface continued to be a common feature, as did defensive errors on Freiburg’s part. Then in the 31st minute there was something which is not so common an occurrence, a time out for snow shoveling. The referee calling a halt to play because the lines of the box were no longer visible. Play resumed about three minutes later with the time to be added on. There is one good thing about the snow, Leipzig not being able to run Freiburg ragged quite as effectively as they did last time. In the 40th minute the first yellow card of the game was handed out to Yussuf Poulsen for clashing into Amir Abrashi, the latter looking a little confused as he was picked up off the floor. But luckily he was able to continue. The subsequent free kick was of course taken by Grifo but it was saved by the keeper. At the end of the first half Freiburg were still one up, for the time having managed to hold off Leipzig.

At the start of the second half both teams made just the one change with Freiburg taking off Karim Geude and replacing him with Maximilian Philipp. Both teams came out ready for battle in the second half, neither of them lacking in energy despite the intensity of the first half. At first it seemed my initial fears were unfounded, that they’d concede an equaliser in the same circumstances as last time. I was wrong on that count unfortunately. Niederlechner in particular continued to be outstanding, winning the ball back in dangerous places and very much remaining an attacking threat.

Leipzig on the other hand whilst causing plenty of problems still weren’t giving Schwolow much hard work to do. That is until the 55th minute when they caught him and Marc-Oliver Kempf by surprise. What’s not a surprise is that Yussuf Poulsen had something to do with it, you’d have put money on that. It was his initial pass into the box which resulted in the goal by Kaiser. Kempf was there but not close enough, no-one picked Kaiser up. From this point on it seemed like the game was going to go as the last one did. Freiburg just doing their best to hang on for the point. Good thing Streich had an ace up his sleeve in the form of Petersen. Ten minutes after they conceded the equaliser Freiburg brought on Petersen to replace Frantz, the idea probably being for him to take over Niederlechener’s position up front and for him to fill Frantz’s space. That’s not quite how it turned out. For once Petersen got to be the man providing the assist instead of scoring the goal himself. A game changer indeed, just one minute after he came on the goal was scored.  It was him and Niederlechner working together all the way, they were the only two players up there. Niederlechner headed the long pass so it fell for Petersen, he then made the well timed pass and Niederlechner skipped past the unsuspecting defenders, went one on one with the keeper and scored. All the defenders protested for offside but it wasn’t given, they were all caught napping, all four of them that were there. It wasn’t only Petersen’s first real involvement in the game but was actually his first touch of the ball.

There was no time to rest with action quickly resuming and Schwolow was finally called upon to make a significant save, going one on one with Poulsen and denying him the chance to equalise:

Alexander_Schwolow_save_1_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigNot long after Niederlechner got a chance to make it 3-1 but was unable to make the most of his opportunity. He was however continuing to run the Leipzig defence ragged which makes for a nice change of pace. In their first encounter Freiburg were by this point just trying to hang on, whereas here they were not only still in the game but still posing a threat. Speaking of threats Leipzig tried to play their own joker card by bringing on Selke in the 72nd minute. Their very expensive six million joker, but he proved unable to make the difference.  There were plenty of chances and just as much drama in the final fifteen minutes but there was nothing doing for Leipzig. And Schwolow is a large part of the reason that’s the case. In the 86th minute he made the first of one of those very important saves, though I think it’s fair to say it was more of a scramble than a save. Whatever you want to call it Schwolow with the help of a little bit of luck kept the lead intact:

Alexander_Schwolow_save_2_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigThere was plenty more drama to come in the last few minutes with Grifo coming very close to making it three, a nice little bit of skill from him but the defender took him out with a well timed tackle:

Grifo_almost_makes_it_three_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigAnd then came Schwolow with his most important save of the match, 92 minutes and 12 seconds played, with 48 seconds left to play he saved the day and denying Sabitzer the equalizing goal.That could turn out to be the moment which defines the rest of the season. It’s certainly the equal of any of the saves Bürki made against Bayern at the weekend:

Alexander_Schwolow_save_of_the_game_SC_Freiburg_v_RB_LeipzigThanks to Schwolow it stayed 2-1 and that makes four victories in a row for Freiburg. They face Frankfurt next which on paper at least should not be a game which causes them any problems. Leipzig probably have the tougher task, they host 1860 München who have pulled off some pretty good results in the past few weeks. Forget about them losing, all that’s needed is for them to draw with 1860, 1.FCN or perhaps Bochum and for Freiburg not to drop any points. That’s all it would take for Freiburg to take the top spot again. But 1.FCN are still close behind, just three points behind in fact. MD27 has two important clashes, on the Sunday Leipzig play 1.FCN and then on Monday Freiburg play KSC. They’re all must win games but that one in particular. Freiburg’s victory was  not the only interesting result this weekend. Both Bochum and St Pauli dropped points, the former drawing 2-2 with Bielefeld thanks to a last minute penalty and Pauli surprisingly losing to Heidenheim. How ironic that is, Niederlechner’s former team lending a helping hand. Paderborn after having sacked Stefan Effenberg got a very credible draw against Greuther Fürth but of course a point is not enough for them.

SC Freiburg v RB Leipzig highlights

Bochum v Bielefeld highlights

Heidenheim v St Pauli highlights

2.Bundesliga MD25 results 2.Bundesliga MD25 table 1 2.Bundesliga MD25 table 2

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Salad Days

Salad Days

Is there a period in your own personal life that you think of as the good old days? Tell us a story about those innocent and/or exciting times (or lack thereof).

The last years of primary school, everything was far from perfect then but there were many good things to balance that out. Plenty of football, bike riding, Play-station and video games of all kinds, Pokemon and Star Wars and my small but treasured book collection. And more importantly I had very little self awareness. I had no idea how different I was or why I didn’t fit in. It wasn’t until the very end of primary school that I started becoming aware of that stuff and not until the beginning of secondary school when I started to understand it all.

That is when I started to become truly miserable about my circumstances and when I started to not like myself very much. It had never been an issue before, I’d never given it a second thought. I’d never stopped to consider my own existence. That ignorance of everything, of my feelings and thoughts, of the world around me and of the notion that other people had their own thoughts, it was wonderful. Especially the last one, I sometimes drive myself crazy thinking about what goes on in other people’s heads, what they may be thinking and how they think.

Despite that fact that I hated school, at least the week had some kind of structure. The mornings before school would be spent getting as much GameBoy time as I could wrangle, and the same for every opportunity at school. The school day itself was usually spent counting down the minutes until I could get home, get out my bike and just ride for hours – freedom. And the weekends, glorious weekends, if I was lucky it would involve spending the time at my grandparents house which meant all the snacks you could want and Lego and unlimited video games. And more importantly to me, peace and quiet.

Since being done with school and then college (the change to the more flexible nature of college was difficult too) it’s not been easy to learn to live without that. Because I’m responsible for setting my own schedule now, I’ve become more rigid then ever before. Partly because there is nowhere I have to be, no-one to place any demands upon me.

And then an obsession was just an obsession, there was no quibbling over deeper meanings and why some things become obsessions and why others didn’t. I simply allowed myself to become completely immersed into them. Another good thing was that I either wasn’t lonely back then or I simply wasn’t aware of it. Either way it was great without that. I think that’s what I miss the most, an obsession that just was, no thinking involved. I miss Star Wars and Pokemon the most on that level.

Imagination/Too close to reality

Impairments in imagination:
1. Lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play appropriate to developmental level
2. Inability to tell, write or generate spontaneous, unscripted or unplagiarised fiction
3. Either lack of interest in fiction (written, or drama) appropriate to developmental level or interest in fiction is restricted to its possible basis in fact (e.g. science fiction, history, technical aspects of film)

The above is part of the criteria used for diagnosing adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. In my diagnostic report it says that all three of them apply to me (only one is required for a diagnosis to be made), though fails to explain to my satisfaction why that is. Unusually for me I can’t recall what the person in question said at the time, I can remember that I argued vehemently against this, I was insulted, I argued that I’m creative, I can write fiction and I like reading fiction. I can’t disagree with the first one being true, but at the time I definitely thought they had got it wrong on the other two.

With my interest in film, it’s not so much restricted to its possible basis in fact as it is to my current special interests which do tend to be based in fact. For example I like to watch films about Nazi Germany or the DDR. Large chunks of my film collection can be traced to a special interest of some sort. It’s not so much that I have an interest in film itself; it’s more that films are merely another aspect of my special interests.

I didn’t have the understanding of myself and the self-awareness that I posses now to see that they were dead on. They saw what I didn’t or didn’t want to see. Sure I like to read fiction, but I if I were to look back over the books I read recently, not only would I see a definite bias towards non-fiction but I would see that every single piece of fiction I read is directly connected to a special interest. Not only that but certain books connected to a special interest get re-read too many times to count.
I recall fondly my Star Wars books (my first foray into fiction) and how battered and beaten they were. I probably could have recited them word for word. Yet despite their terrible condition, I would not allow them to be replaced with new copies. They would look the same but they wouldn’t be the same, they wouldn’t be mine. That liking for familiarity again, both in holding on to those books and in re-reading them so often, it’s no wonder I quickly progressed to reading to myself as a small child. Besides the fact that no-one ever went fast enough for me, they were probably sick of reading the same book over and over again.

On the subject of writing fiction, it was not only I who disagreed with this characteristic applying to me.

A good friend disagreed with this as well, pointing out that I had lots of great ideas for stories and scripts. Then somewhere in the last year, for the first time they actually got to read something that I’d written. Their first comment was “too many references.” It seems I am worse than Tarantino on that front. But I can’t take out the references, without them the piece wouldn’t exist. If someone knows my interests and reads something I’ve written, they’ll be able to connect the dot and see all of the not so subtle influences. My English teacher thought I had a fantastic imagination and said so at parents evening; he changed his mind about this somewhat when we got talking one day about all the TV shows I liked to watch. Then he knew where my fascination and knowledge of law enforcement came from and where all those wild tales involving rogue FBI agents, prison breakouts and drug kingpins came from.

How I could have ever argued against this being true of me is a source of amusement now. I mean, my words, phrases, gestures and mannerisms are “borrowed” from other people, why wouldn’t this apply to everything else as well?

I’m not saying people with AS lack imagination, not entirely. I just think that it must work differently on some level. More real than real is what I always say about my special interests and alternate universes. In the book Multicoloured Mayhem, his mother said that Luke once called AS “a more extreme version of real life.” I get that in a way, everything is louder, more powerful, feelings and passions are stronger. Like with special interests, a strong passion in a NT becomes an all-consuming desire in an autistic person. The ironic thing is that the one thing that isn’t real to me is reality. It doesn’t feel real at all. Maybe because there’s too much of it? I don’t know, but I like what Ben said about in Young, Autistic & Stage-struck:

“Asperger’s in a few words, widens your imagination, sort of widens your brain power but it also severs your fantasy-reality bond severely”
I don’t know if he was talking about AS or his anger but he said that he felt like something had a hold on his soul and wasn’t letting go, or words to that effect.

I feel kind of the same way, that something has a hold of me. There’s a line in a film, Ben X, I didn’t like it when I first saw it, now I see the line is perfect. Ben (in the film) says I had autism, or rather autism had me.

It’s not the autism I feel owns me, just the obsessions, but then they wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for that, so it does in a way. I used to say obsessions were a good thing, they keep me occupied, they fill the space that should be taken up with social stuff. Do the obsessions exist because I can’t connect and make lasting friendships with people, or is it the existence of obsessions that prevent that from happening?

Some people would no doubt misinterpret what Ben said, maybe they would be thinking of some kind of mental illness that involves delusions or delusional thoughts. That’s not my problem. I know what is real and what is not. It just doesn’t feel real to me. My problem is that fiction and my alternate universes feel more real to me than reality does.

It does bother me a little, how disconnected I seem to real people. It’s been pointed out to me, how little I appear to care for other people’s feelings and the fact that those people don’t know if I even feel anything for them. I want to explain to them, I do, but I have no idea how and what good would come of it.

There is one person I talked to about this once, I said bluntly to them “I like you, I enjoy your company, you’re my favourite person in this dimension to talk to, but I’m happier in my alternate universe with alternate Christoph” (this was during my Inglourious Basterds/Christoph Waltz/Quentin Tarantino obsession) and their answer was “if someone else had said that, I would take offence, but knowing you, I don’t, I know what you mean.” I wonder how they knew what I meant, or if they really meant that, because as usual I had no idea what I was saying. The thing that scares me is that this doesn’t scare me, or at least it didn’t until recently. I think with this recent interest in Joachim Löw and the Bundesliga I may have gotten a little too close to reality. I have a special interest for the first time ever that is not rooted in fiction. There are no characters to obsess over and analyse, there are only real people.

I also think that getting too close to reality thing may have something to do with the impulse I’ve had lately to start digging things out from my childhood, as if I want to go back to then, when obsessions and everything else were much simpler. When I had zero or close to zero self awareness. When my world consisted of Pokemon, Championship Manager, the WC 2002 PC game, video games in general, Star Wars, riding my bike and playing football.  Back to when I had so little interest in other people.

It’s funny that I’m writing about imagination right now, since I just got a new idea for a story which has the working title of “Zwölf kleine Fußball Spieler.” It’s about a set of football figures (the kind that have tiny bodies and oversized heads) that come alive at night. The set of course comprises of Jogi und die Mannschaft. There is one of Hansi too, but he is introduced later, he’s not one of the original twelve. There are additional ones as well, the subs bench, Roman Weidenfeller is there of course. But there are twelve for a reason, it’s a special number.

The idea of course is partly inspired by The Unbeatables and Toy Story. I have for a long time wanted to write something inspired by Toy Story, acutally I wish Toy Story were real, but of course I wish the toys would be alive in the presence of humans, I would like someone to talk to sometimes. The title is a reference to a very funny song  Everything is from somewhere else.

The video that served as a source of inspiration:

This probably is somewhat rambling, maybe even more so than usual. It’s a combination of being unsure of exactly what I’m writing about, a lack of sleep (partly because of the impending government visit and partly because of a Löw related crisis – well not a crisis exactly but something of that nature, the documentary Die Mannschaft is released in cinemas in Germany today, and well all I can say is, it’s one of those days when I am extremely unhappy that I am not a German – to the point where I feel like I would rather not exist than not be a German) and being in a somewhat hyper state.

I think a quote from another abandoned show (Criminal Minds) and former special interest sums up all of this quite well though:

Spencer: I know what it’s like to be, to be afraid of your own mind.

Let It Be

Let It Be

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Two words – Star Wars. Never should have released any kind of definitive version or whatever George Lucas and his money mad minions called it. I refuse to watch or buy it. The Star Wars trilogy was a favourite of my childhood, I won’t be  a part of its ruining. I can’t say how the original was better because I don’t know how it differs from the new version, all I can say is that there is no way possible to improve upon Star Wars, none at all. I’m not a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory but I love what Sheldon said on the subject “I intend to be disappointed in the order George Lucas intends.”

Another thing I wish was left alone, Viennese biscuits from the bakers. They were a dream, unhealthy to be sure, but irresistible.  They stopped selling them after a few months, seems not many people appreciated the delights of Austria.

Any foreign film that was ever remade in English, Insomnia, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and countless others. And on TV The Killing and The Bridge. American film studios, leave them alone, maybe if you released more foreign films with subtitles, American audiences would be more used to them. But in the meantime, if they have  a problem with subtitles, at worst they can watch it dubbed. At best they’ll decide to get over their ridiculous fear or dislike of subtitles and they’ll see what they’ve been missing.