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New Hansi pictures/Champions League 2015-16 group stage draw

First up, pictures of Hansi from a new video on the DFB site:

Hansi Flick 1 Hansi Flick 2 Hansi Flick 3 Hansi Flick 4 Hansi Flick 5 Hansi Flick 6 Hansi Flick 7 Hansi Flick 8 Hansi Flick 9 Hansi Flick 10And then to this evening’s big event, the draw for the Champions League. A most excellent draw, Bayern are in the same group as Arsenal, Leverkusen are in Barcelona’s group, Wolfsburg will get to face off against Bastian Schweinsteiger and his new side Man United. And saving the best till last, it’s arguably Mönchengladbach who face the toughest test of all in their first ever season in the competition. In their group is last season’s runners up Juventus, Man City and Europa League winners Sevilla. Some extremely tasty matches to come, I have no idea how I’m going to fit them all in.

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DFB Pokal – 1st round – 2015/16

No major surprises so far, well unless you count Hoffenheim getting knocked out by 1860 München which wasn’t really a surprise to me since I predicted it would happen. No particular reason why, no reason beyond me wanting it to happen anyway. I may have given them a nickname but that shouldn’t be taken as an indication that I like them. As Toby says in The West Wing, “I’m going to make a suggestion which might help you out. But I don’t want this gesture to be mistaken for an indication that I like you.”

I was just fixed on the idea that they would knock Hoffenheim out, and they did, deservedly so. Their victory wasn’t a fluke, they really were the better team. It’s odd, just last week they were Freiburg’s opponents and this week I’m rooting for them. Even odder is the fact that I was rooting for 1860 against one of Hansi’s teams, in Munich, strange. Hansi’s Hoffenheimers are so far the first and only Bundesliga giant to be slain. I wonder if that will change today because last season’s giant killers Arminia Bielefeld face Hertha BSC whom they knocked out last season. I feel somewhat compelled to root for Bielefeld, partly because of last season, partly because it’s where current Freiburg keeper Alexander Schowlow spent last season on loan and finally because Hertha BSC is where Vladimir Darida went. Also an exciting match-up with some potential for an upset is St Pauli against Gladbach on Monday night.

Two other Bundesliga teams came close to getting knocked out too with both Bremen and Augsburg needing extra time to overcome their opponents. Not only that but Augsburg actually went 1-0 down before equalising in the 83rd minute.

There were some small surprises, Karlsruher continuing their terrible start to the season by losing 3-1 to fellow Baden side SSV Reutlingen. Small in the sense they are a 2. Bundesliga side, the game itself was a huge surprise, three penalties which were all successfully converted and three red cards. It was on my list as a game to see, so I was disappointed to only get to see parts of it on the simulcast. But at least I got to see the best parts. Also knocked out from the 2. Bundesliga are Greuther Fürth and 1. FC Union Berlin. Weird fact, Greuther Fürth and Hoffenheim have something else in common besides both getting knocked out yesterday. They both had a former Freiburg man in goal, Sebastian Mielitz for Fürth (who funnily enough didn’t get one league start last season, only two in the Pokal) and Oliver Baumann for Hoffenheim.

Current champions VfL Wolfsburg beat Stuttgarter Kickers 4-1, former Freiburger and Gladbacher Max Kruse getting his first competitive goal in his new team’s colours. And Admir Mehemdi set up the first goal as Leverkusen beat Sportfreunde Lotte 3-0. Freiburg play today, they got drawn with a team from Hamburg by the name of HSV Barmbek-Uhlmhorst. I know nothing about them other than that they won the Hamburg Cup to qualify for the Pokal. Nothing other than the fact that they would have liked to have been drawn with another club, no doubt they had bigger fish in mind. In the words of their goalkeeper, Freiburg are a “friendly club” and are “more beatable than Bayern.”

It’s funny that he put it that way because just yesterday I got several new DVDs of old Germany matches and I was checking them out, making sure they all worked and I heard words to the effect that Jogi Löw is one of the nice guys in German football but that he rules with an iron fist. Not so long ago some people thought he was too nice in fact. Looks can be misleading. Of course I want nothing more than Freiburg to win anyway, but now I want them to do it just so they can wipe the smirk of that guy’s face.

I’m not going to say anything specific on the matter beyond saying that I’d rather Freiburg to have been drawn with someone else too. I’m not pleased about having been drawn with a side from Hamburg not at all. I have no wish to curse Freiburg and their good start to the season. Jogi Löw may not be superstitious, but I certainly am. All I will say is, Freiburg beat Bayern last season and it’s obvious that whilst he would have preferred a bigger club, truth is they’ll be glad they didn’t get them. It would make for a miserable afternoon, what was it Chandler said in Friends, “your little men are going to get scored on more times than your little sister.”

First up is a video of the complete match of 1860 v Hoffenheim, getting this more than makes up for not being able to watch Eintracht Frankfurt’s match:

Up next is some highlights, not all of them, just the ones that were of interest to me, minus the Hoffenheim ones because annoyingly whilst I have the full match I don’t have the highlights, but then I can’t complain really:

And to finish, pictures of Max Kruse celebrating his first competitive goal as a Wolfsburg player:

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VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern München – Super Cup 2015/16

First up is videos of the post match interviews, two of Manuel Neuer, one with Philipp Lahm, one with Max Kruse and one with Koen Casteels.

There’s also a video of both the goals, the penalty shoot-out and one of a super save from Neuer. And plenty of pictures, mostly of Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller:

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Hansi Flick at VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern München – Super Cup 2015/16

Jogi Löw was not at tonight’s game, if he was I didn’t see him and given that they showed Hansi Flick, the president of the DFB, the president of the DFL and several other important people, I think it’s a safe bet to conclude he wasn’t there. At least he sent the good minion anyhow:

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A Good day for Germans

A good day for Germans all round today, well except for Dortmund obviously. Jürgen Klopp did not get to walk off into the sunset with a Pokal winners medal around his neck, he didn’t get his fairy tale ending. Wolfsburg however got to end their season with a fitting tribute to Junior Malanda who died in a road traffic accident during the winter break. The Wolfsburg players wore special shirts with no. 19 on them in honour of his memory. They beat Dortmund 3-1 to win their first ever DFB Pokal.

Video of all the goals:

Elsewhere in the world there were three other Germans who were victorious with their clubs today. In England Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil were victorious in today’s FA Cup final with Arsenal beating Aston Villa 4-0, Mertesacker getting the third goal in the 62nd minute. In Spain Marc-Andre Ter Stegen played as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa del Ray final.

Dortmund can have no complaints, they came out with all guns blazing and took the early lead with an Aubameyang goal but after the first 20 minutes they just disappeared. Wolfsburg were by far the better side and it showed, the defensive difficulties and errors that have plagued Dortmund all season once again making their presence felt here. A problem that was made worse by the decision to leave Sven Bender on the bench, instead Sebastian Kehl getting to start ahead of him in his final ever game for the club. Pragmatism should have triumphed over emotion there. Dortmund may feel that everything went against them with a few decisions that maybe should have gone their way, including a couple of penalty calls but truth is Wolfsburg simply got the better of them. They made the most of their chances and were organized better in terms of their defence. Today was a fair representation of how Dortmund’s season went, they just didn’t do enough.

Who knows, if Marco Reus hadn’t missed when he did, maybe they could have got back in the game. Another interesting choice for Dortmund was Langerak starting ahead of Weidenfeller, an interesting choice but not necessarily the wrong one. Langerak has gotten more playing time this season, I have to admit there were a few moments where I pictured Weidenfeller in goal but not in a good way, I pictured how he would have got it wrong, he hasn’t had the best of seasons after all. But then again, he’s not the one who conceded the fastest goal in Bundesliga history, Langerak did that on the opening day of the season against Leverkusen, nine seconds it took them to score.

I’m disappointed personally, I wanted Wolfsburg to lose simply because they were the ones who knocked Freiburg out of the competition. Still the day did as promised provide plenty of excitement, the game was fun to watch, Jogi was at the game along with Hansi and I have video of not only that but the post match interview with him and thus my decision to watch it on Sky instead of ARD is vindicated. To round things off, seeing them at the game gave me an idea for the next chapter of Jogi’s adventures.

2. Bundesliga Count-down – 54 days to go.

Another good thing that the weekend served up was getting the SC Freiburg badge and Jonathan Schmid in Friday’s lot of stickers. Thanks to getting Marc-Oliver Kempf today, that means I only have one more Freiburger to get and the page will be complete, Oliver Sorg is the last man standing. I had hoped that Freiburg would get to be the first page I completed, that honour goes to Eintracht Frankfurt instead. I’m not too unhappy with that, they are after all one of Jogi’s teams and I quite like them in their own right. Today was my last lot of stickers, the final fourteen packets, I like that they started and ended with Hansi, the first sticker was a Hoffenheim player and the last sticker was the Bayern badge. However the painful irony of having fourteen packets left is not lost on me, 14th being the position Freiburg were in going in to the final day of the season. I was going to post my favourites here but I figure they’d be better off in another post, seeing as how there’s enough pictures with the ones from today’s game.

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Numbers fun/Roman’s misfortune

Continuing the world cup numbers fun yesterday I got some views from the US and from France,  France being the 1998 hosts and the US the 1994 hosts.  In another amusing twist I also got some views from Croatia, funny given that just the other day I watched the Euro 2008 match in which they beat Germany 2-1. Sadly no views from Italy, then it would have been perfect, given that the hosted the 1990 world cup when Germany won it.

I’ve also had some fun making a GIF of Roman’s moment of misfortune, I’m sorry Roman I really am but it was too good a moment not to make a GIF of:

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I keep watching it again and again, waiting for it to make some sense. No matter how many times you watch it, that doesn’t happen, it does however get funnier every time I see it.

I guarantee that moment will make the list when they put together the funniest moments of the second half of the season. It’s funny, Weidenfeller made the list of funniest moments for the first half of the season as well because of the time he threw the ball out, straight into the back of the head of his own team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Other than watching the Europa league last night, I also did something else that was a little different. I wrote and posted something that I wasn’t 100% sure of, I like what I’ve written but I’m not sure as to how good it is. It’s not easy writing dialogue for a character like Dr. King Schultz, not when his creator is someone as skilled with words as Quentin Tarantino is. Knowing that I’ll never be able to write dialogue that is of that standard made it a little easier to just have some fun with it all.

Also having fun with numbers at the moment is Dutchman Bas Dost, he scored two goals for Wolfsburg last night in their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon, bringing his tally to six goals in two games now after he scored four last Saturday against Leverkusen. The game was fun to watch and it was great to get to see Wolfsburg play, I don’t often get a chance to do so. However it feels weird watching football on Thursday, it’s an aberration since I don’t usually watch the Europa League. I think next week I may record the game and watch it on a Friday, just to make it a little less strange.

On a slightly related note, I finally finished reading the book about Robert Enke. I could have finished it a few days ago, I only had six pages left but I kept putting it off. Where I left it, it was two days before he died. I know it’s illogical and stupid but I kept thinking if I don’t read it then he won’t die. And the more I kept thinking that, the harder it was to convince myself to finish the book. The last few pages were as difficult as I expected them to be, reading about his wife thinking that he may be getting better because he was smiling again. No-one knew of course that he had already decided to kill himself, that was why he was able to smile, because he knew he would be free from the darkness soon.

Mini men/Rückrunde

My mini men have arrived, my figures of Joachim Löw and Jürgen Klinsmann. Just as the Bundesliga resumes, perfect:

IMG_20150130_114300IMG_20150130_114505IMG_20150130_114554IMG_20150130_114601And what an excellent start to the second half of the season it is, Wolfsburg 4 Bayern 1. I thought Wolfsburg would be in with a shot at beating Bayern but not in such dramatic fashion. A game tinged with sadness obviously because of the death of Junior Malanda, but I can’t think of a better way to honour his memory, or a better way to resume the season. This means Wolfsburg are now within eight points of Bayern, hopefully the title race will be less predictable than first thought. It is indeed a game of two halves, despite their absolute dominance during the first half of the season, that doesn’t necessarily mean Bayern have the title all wrapped up.

And to make the evening even better, where else would Joachim Löw be but the opening night of the Bundesliga, and I have video and his half-time interview plus some pictures from it:

Joachim Löw at VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern München 2014-15

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Plus there’s an article on the DFB app that has helpfully said which games he’s going to this weekend, a nice little aid to my Jogi watching. And as luck would have it, he’s going to the Schalke/Hannover game and the highlights of that game are on BT sport tomorrow night. This is great since I won’t be watching that game because it’s the same time as Freiburg’s. Doesn’t matter where he’s going to be at, I’m not missing Freiburg v Frankfurt for anyone. The highlights will have to do. I will be watching the Dortmund game however, though I can’t decide if I should watch it in English or German, either way I hope I get another video for my collection.

As well as fulfilling my wish of owning an action figure of Jogi, I’ve gotten something else I wanted in relation to him. I wanted one of his videos to beat one any of my TK videos on youtube, last week it almost happened and this week it actually did happen:

screenshot-www youtube com 2015-01-31 06-12-13 screenshot-www youtube com 2015-01-31 06-12-51He not only beat him in the last week of the month but came close to beating him in the monthly stats which is pretty impressive when you consider that his video has only been up for nine days, which means he racked up almost as many views in nine days as TK’s did all month:

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