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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 12: The Man from Cottbus, Speedy Karim & Papa Sokratis

Behind door number twelve in the Freiburg calendar was striker Tim Kleindienst who joined Freiburg in the summer from Energie Cottbus which is also the former club of his fellow striker Nils Petersen. Random Jogi tangent, Cottbus is team who VfB Stuttgart played in the DFB Pokal final of 1996/97, Stuttgart beat them 2-0, Jogi winning his first trophy as a coach. In the DFB one was the card of quick footed winger Karim Bellarabi. He’s speedy in more ways than one, not only is he quick footed but he holds the record of having scored the fastest ever Bundesliga goal. Said goal was scored just nine seconds after kick off against Borussia Dortmund in the 2014-15 season.

It’s very fitting that I get Bellarabi’s card today, he and Leverkusen brought to an end the reign of Andre Schubert’s lucky green sweater, beating his Gladbach side quite spectacularly so in a 5-0 rout. Since he took over Lucien Favre he’s worn that green hoodie for every domestic game and they haven’t lost any of them not until now. It was a much needed victory for Leverkusen after getting knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, in addition they’ve been struggling for form in the league so it will have been a considerable boost to their confidence.

And last but not least in the Dortmund calendar was Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, helpfully nicknamed Papa and the subject of one of my most favourite GIFs:

Thomas_Tuchel_celebrates_Dortmund_v_MainzKarim Bellarabi - DFB card 2015-16 1 Karim Bellarabi - DFB card 2015-16 2 Sokratis - Dortmund advent calendarToday went much the same as yesterday did, a late night because of getting carried away with a new adventure, this time for Jogi and Hansi. Difference is this time I didn’t get up in time for the game, I missed the first five minutes. Good thing it was only KSC’s game and not Freiburg’s, I can’t make the same mistake tomorrow.

Today Bayern played Ingolstadt, I only saw some of the game, it wasn’t a lot of fun to watch but I don’t think that matters. I couldn’t think of anything but the impending draw for the Euro 2016 groups. I’m happy that not only did I get a video of a Jogi interview from the news but I got all of my wishes in regard to who didn’t want to be in Germany’s group. Jogi himself said that he didn’t have any preferences, neither do I, but there were  a few teams I did want to avoid. Not because they are tough teams to beat but for my own reasons. Most important of all I wanted Albania not to be in Germany’s group so I don’t have to root against them. It’s a very strange quirk of fate in that Albania have been drawn in the same group as Switzerland. Strange because Freiburg midfielder Amir Abrashi is of Albanian descent but he grew up in Switzerland and he considers himself Swiss. Yet he plays his international football for Albania, not out of a sense of connection with his homeland but because of practical issues. The Swiss team has several talented midfielders, it would take a while for him to break his way into the team, so he opted to play for Albania instead. I’m very happy that they qualified and even more happy that they aren’t in Germany’s group. Assuming Abrashi makes the squad for the tournament and that Mehmedi does for Switzerland then the current Freiburger will be facing off against the former Freiburger.

Germany’s group is ok, Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland are the teams in their group. They’ll obviously be the favourites to win the group but they can’t take anything for granted. It’s nice in a sense that Poland are in Germany’s group because they were in Germany’s group for the very first tournament that Jogi was involved in, back in 2006 when he was Klinsmann’s assistant. Given that next year will be his tenth year in charge it’s very fitting somehow.

To get back to the topic of Bayern’s game, it may not have been much fun but Philipp Lahm’s goal certainly was. The last time he scored for Bayern was last season when they beat Bremen 6-0. It was his celebration with Thomas Müller that I particularly liked:

Philipp_Lahm_celebrates_Bayern_v_IngolstadtPhilipp Lahm - Bayern v Ingolstadt 1 Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Ingolstadt 2 Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Ingolstadt 3 Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Ingolstadt 4

Seven days

It’s getting ever closer, only seven days now until Freiburg’s first game of the new season against Nürnberg and only four days until the season begins. They played their final preparation game yesterday against Malaga, I didn’t get to see it live which is a shame since going by the highlights it looked like a good game despite the fact that they lost 1-0. Alexander Schwolow started in goal, which means I haven’t got see Klandt play yet. But at least now I know how to say Schwolow. One thing which is most definitely not good is the departure of Vladimir Darida to Hertha BSC. I’d wrongly thought it was all done with now, that no-one was else was going to leave, wishful thinking obviously. Roman, Adi, Oli and now Vladi too.

Luckily, I was able to get a copy of the whole match but in Portuguese, better than nothing I suppose.  At least the highlights are in German:

I did however get to see them on TV tonight including an interview with Nils Petersen, I wish I had a decent copy of that to upload but mine is not so good and it’s not on the channel’s site, other parts of the show are but not that. I did at least get a nice picture of him from it and some others from the video they did have on the site. There’s also two very amusing pictures of Christian Streich.

SC Freiburg line-up Roman Bürki -SCF Nils Petersen  - interview Tim Kleindienst - SCF Vincenzo Grifo - SCF Christian Streich - TV 1 Christian Streich - TV 2 Christian Streich - TV 3 Nils Petesen - SCF 1 Nils Petersen - SCF 2 Nils Petersen - SCF 3

A Summer Nightmare/500th Post

Deutschland: Ein Sommermärchen is the title of the film about Germany’s 2006 World Cup campaign and should be in theory my second favourite film ever. Die Mannschaft should of course be my first, the truth is neither of them are. In fact I’ve only seen the former once and the latter twice, the reason being I find them too emotional to watch and rewatch them as obsessively as I do my other favourite films. A summer fairy tale is what “Ein Sommermärchen” means, as the title of this post suggests summer is no fairy tale for me, especially when it’s as warm as it is right now. The heat is driving me to despair and just in case things couldn’t be worse I’m sick as well. After having slept most of the day and missing the press conference, I now find myself awake at 4:00am. Which is not good at all, not when the Gibraltar game is at 19:40 today and Sami Khedira’s charity match is on Sunday at 15:30. Such bad timing, it couldn’t wait two days, then I would happily spend the day in bed doing nothing but that’s not an option right now, there’s still so much to do. My mood is not improved by the impending end of the school year and with that the number of children around. Why is it that they must shriek in that way, it’s like having a banshee for a neighbor.

I should be in a celebratory mood, this is my 500th post. Plus I did what I promised myself I would do all the way back in December, I posted for every day of the Rückrunde. I honestly thought I would never reach 500 posts, I thought for sure I would get bored or run out of ideas way before then. I can be like that with projects, have lots of great ideas at first and plenty of enthusiasm but after being totally focused on it for a while, I get bored and move on to something else. For whatever reason that hasn’t happened here and I’m not particularly interested in knowing why that it is, not tempting fate and all that. Some things just are.

It’s been a few days since I’ve actually written something for here, everything else has been die Mannschaft related. It’s funny then that one of the few posts containing text, starts out being about them too. On a related note, die Mannschaft is their official name now. It’s what I always refer to them as and yet somehow I’m not entirely satisfied with them being called that. I prefer die Nationalmannschaft, but that’s probably too long and unwieldy and of course it’s not the name the world knows them by. Jogis Elf is what some people like. I like that name a lot and think it would have been a good choice too, but it doesn’t fit with their project, with what they are building and the spirit of the whole thing. Calling the team Jogis Elf ties it to one person, to one coach. But what they are doing is bigger than one coach, than one set of players. The work started with Klinsmann, Löw and Bierhoff in 2004 and it will continue long after them, a legacy. Because that is the driving force behind the idea of “die Mannschaft.” That the team comes first and that no one person is more important or bigger than the team.

On the subject of Jogi, I dreamed about him earlier. In the dream he spoke English, he didn’t speak one word of German in fact. Interesting thing is, he didn’t sound strange at all. What makes this so fascinating is that in yesterday’s press conference he spoke English, not much, just to clarify a question put to him in English. Then he didn’t so strange either, I guess his accent is less pronounced when he’s less aware of what he’s saying. In one of the other videos I’ve seen in which he’s speaking English he’s reading from a script and that’s when he sounds strange. I also talked about Marc Andre Ter Stegen in the dream, got into a disagreement related to him in fact. Wonder what that’s supposed to mean. I wonder if it has anything to do with the predictions about who Weidenfeller’s successor is going to be. I know Ter Stegen’s international career didn’t get off to a great start, that’s putting it mildly, but that was three years ago, a lot has changed since then.  Also in contention are Timo Horn, Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno. Horn in particular will prove to be formidable competition for him. Leno is an interesting one too, he’s highly rated in the Bundesliga and yet I keep hearing about how apparently he’s not highly rated by Jogi Löw and co.

2. Bundesliga Count-down – 41 days to go.

As pleased as I am that I did what I set out to do, I can’t be very happy about it. Not whilst I watch the team get torn apart. Jonathan Schmid has of course gone to Hoffenheim, Nils Petersen as expected has returned to Bremen and Dani Schahin is off to Mainz. And now the worst, Oliver Sorg to H96 and Admir Mehmedi to Leverkusen. Still no definite news on Roman, though I keep reading about Dortmund being interested in him.

Returning to the club is Alexander Schwolow who spent last season on loan at Arminia Bielefeld. Already signed last month were Tim Kleindienst from Energie Cottbus and Lukas Kübler from SV Sandhausen. Signed in the last few days were midfielder Amir Abrashi from Swiss side Grasshopper Club-Zürich, defender Vegar Eggen Hedenstad from Eintracht Brauschweig and midfielder Vincenzo Grifo from Hoffenheim who spent last season on loan at FSV Frankfurt.

GC-ABRASHIAbrashi is of Albanian descent but was born and raised in Switzerland. Like his fellow countryman Mehemdi he used to play for FC Winterthur but unlike him chose to play his international football for Albania instead of Switzerland and has 13 caps to his name.

Tim Kleindienst

Tim Kleindienst

Lukas Kübler

Lukas Kübler

Vincenzo Grifo

Vincenzo Grifo

Vegar Eggen Hedenstad

Vegar Eggen Hedenstad

Alexander Schwolow

Alexander Schwolow