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Stickers of the Day: The Ginter Acquisition

As the title suggest Matthias Ginter is the real capture of the weekend, but I got something equally as special first; Freiburg’s kits meaning I now have both their stickers. I like the fact they were in the same packet, he’s not a Freiburg player anymore but they’re still connected. I also got Jonas Hector’s shiny sticker, good timing considering he got the assist for Köln’s goal yesterday:

SC Freiburg Trikots - Bundesliga 2015-16 stickerMatthias Ginter - Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga 2015-16 stickeJonas Hector - 1.FC Köln - Bundesliga 2015-16 stickerSpeaking of excellent timing getting Kevin Volland’s Euro 2016 sticker this weekend past is certainly fitting. After all he scored the very late equaliser for Hoffenheim against Köln yesterday. Though I still maintain he shouldn’t be in the album at all. There’s space for him but not for Matze or Jonas, that’s just wrong.

Kevin Volland - Germany - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker Toni Kroos - Germany - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker Vladimir Darida - Czech Republic - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker Robert Lewandowski - Poland - Euro 2016 Schoolshop sticker

Advent Calendar Day 15

Behind door number 15 in the Freiburg calendar was defender Christian Günter. Joining him is the DFB card of Mesut Özil and from the Dortmund calendar defender Marcel Schmelzer.

Mesut Özil - DFB card 2015-16 1 Mesut Özil - DFB card 2015-16 2 Marcel Schmelzer - Dortmund advent calendarToday is the first lot of games of the quarter final of the DFB Pokal, Bayern v Darmstadt is the game I’m watching live. I know how it’s going to end but it’s the one I’m watching regardless. The real excitement for me doesn’t come until tomorrow night when Dortmund play Augsburg, given that it was the latter that knocked Freiburg out, so I want to watch them being knocked out.

Today has already served up some excitement though, I had to wait over month to get my hands on this particular batch of collectibles but I can honestly say it was worth the wait:

Hansi Flick signed photo Hansi Flick & Jogi Löw signed photo Roman Bürki – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Marc-Oliver Kempf – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Vladimir Darida – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Admir Mehmedi – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker Jonathan Schmid – SC Freiburg 2014-15 signed sticker

The Final Sleepless Night/SC Freiburg Autogrammkarten

Post number 447, I maybe should have saved this hopefully lucky number for later today, but I’ve got enough on my mind to need a little of that luck myself right now.  I know I shouldn’t still be awake but I’m too excited/worried to sleep. Just about ten hours now until the moment of truth. After reading the DFB site I found something else to preoccupy me and keep me awake, an article about the film “Die Mannschaft.” It’s about making and submitting a video, about explaining what the team means to you and how you are connected to it. Should be fun, right, after all I love making videos. Except I like making videos that amuse me, using a video to communicate something, to express feelings, that sounds very uncomfortable all of a sudden. I’m torn, I want to try and make something for it, but I have no clue what. Maybe because first of all I don’t know exactly what the answers to those questions are. Or maybe it’s that I do know the answers and I’m afraid of putting those answers in a video, or afraid that they won’t come across well or that other people will think them strange.

I wish they would explain more about what they are looking for, about what they want from a video. For example, does it matter if there are no people in your video, can you use just pictures and footage? I mean, they don’t expect the person who made the video to be in the video do they? I hope not because that would be a deal-breaker for me, absolutely impossible.

If I were to make something I would want to focus on Jogi & Hansi obviously. And Manuel Neuer too. But mostly the former, but still I’m not sure what it is I want to say.

Why is this so hard, how is it that I spend hours watching matches and videos of them and reading about them, have spent absurd amounts of money on collectibles related to them, have sacrificed my all important cinema schedule for them at times and made many other sacrifices yet I still can’t say just what it is they mean to me. I just like Germany a great deal. But there has to be more to it than that, doesn’t there?

Is it that I don’t know or I don’t want to say? Because in the case of Jogi & Hansi I think I have a pretty good idea about what they mean to me. I just don’t know if I can put into words, let alone make a video expressing any of it. The idea of having someone you can trust, someone who knows how you think, someone who is always where they are meant to be. And then the weird stuff, or what I think is weird or could be seen that way. That the sometimes strange ways in which Jogi expresses himself on the touchline are more than just a source of amusement to me, they mean so much more than that. It’s given me a license to feel a little bit more comfortable in my own skin, a little bit less worried about seeming weird to other people, a little less inclined to hide my tics and stims. Now if anyone says I’m acting or looking strange, I have one thing and one thing only to say, if it’s good enough for Jogi Löw then it is good enough for me.

But is that a suitable topic for such a video? Or is it acceptable because it is my honest answer, they did ask what the team means to you and they are part of the team. I wonder, does my collection in itself say something, that for me that is how I express myself. But how can you communicate that in a video?

The only thing I can say on the subject that comes close to making any sense, can only be expressed or explained in the context of autism. But even then, I don’t think it explains what they mean to me, it just demonstrates how much they do. Is that even relevant? The fact that half my universe is built around them (the other half is of course reserved for Freiburg), that I abandoned pretty much all of my other special interests for them.

A while back I wrote about playing the autism card in relation to a certain Hansi DFB related mission, I still haven’t completed that nor am I close to doing so. I guess what I’m trying to get at is, not so much is it ok to play the autism card here, but that I think what I want to say will make a lot more sense if I did.

I have no idea as to how to answer the question “how are you connected to the team?” What does that even mean? I hope this makes more sense when I’ve gotten some sleep, if I ever get any that is.

Last night was the final of the under 17s European Championship, Germany lost 4-1 to France. I forgot to record the game, now I won’t get to watch it in English or German. On the upside I did get a new photo of Hansi Flick:

Hansi Flick - U17 EMI also got a new one of Jogi from last Saturday’s game:

screenshot-www t-online de 2015-05-22 21-56-13Three of my latest and rather special collectibles:

Roman Bürki - SC Freiburg 2014-15 Admir Mehmedi - SC Freiburg 2014-15 Vladimir Darida - SC Freiburg 2014-15

Wie ist das schön/Super Freiburg

Playlist of the Week

Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of  five songs that represent it.

The week may not have started out well but it sure finished that way. Thanks to the internet being fixed earlier than anticipated I was able to watch Freiburg’s game at home. Though come to think of it, it would not have been the worst thing in the world if I had needed to go to my grandparents house to watch it. If that had been the case, a certain person would have had to stop mocking Freiburg and the fact that they were bottom and had then only won two games. They aren’t propping up the table anymore, not only did they win today but both Hamburg and Stuttgart lost. A nice bit of symmetry in the results, the team at the top of the league (Bayern) lost 4-1 and the team at the bottom won 4-1.

Funny the way the game went kind of mirrors how my week went, starts out terrible right out of the gate (Frankfurt scored in the first minute) then something happens which changes everything (a penalty nicely taken by Vladimir Darida) and the goes on to finish wonderfully.

Anyhow, the songs:

The beginning of the week I was not so happy and feeling a little sorry for myself because of the internet problems:

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this week, mostly going over the same things I’ve already obsessed over a million times but not really getting anything from it or learning anything new. Just the usual pointless self torment.

It couldn’t wait

Stuttgart’s reconstruction couldn’t wait another week, Huub Stevens making his impact immediately and spectacularly felt, a 4-1 victory against SC Freiburg with Vladimir Darida getting the only goal for them.

Martin Harnik thinks they deserved their victory, maybe they did, but not 4-1. And it’s questionable whether they deserved it or not if I’m honest, time and time again they practically invited Freiburg through their defence. They may have started solving their goal scoring problem but they still have plenty of work to do on the defensive front. Sebastian Freis will likely be kicking himself for the chance he should have put away, equally Sven Ulreich will be saying his prayers that his mistake that gifted Freis the chance did not result in a goal.

To be fair, I would felt conflicted about the result either way, regardless of which team I counted as my no.1 side. Now that it’s Freiburg I obviously feel terrible. And the three games ahead do not make me feel any better, SC Paderborn 07, Hamburger SV and even worse to come the mighty Bayern München. Like Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller I may, but know where my loyalties lie I do, on Manuel’s side I can be no longer. At least not when he’s in a Bayern shirt. Random Manuel tangent, I got another batch of Champions League stickers yesterday, I got one of the things I wished for, a double of Manuel Neuer. Just need another one of Roman Weidenfeller now.

This is how the table looks now after tonights game (I can’t help but gain a little bit of pleasure from Dortmund moving down a place):

screenshot-www bundesliga com 2014-11-29 04-11-18

Werder Bremen play later today, the game which I am so eagerly awaiting because they play host to Paderborn. And Dortmund play Frankfurt tomorrow. I guess it would be good for Dortmund if Bremen were to lose, but it would be good for everyone else if Dortmund were to find themselves unable to beat Frankfurt on Sunday. It would mean a smaller gap between them and Bremen and Stuttgart would not go into the relegation zone.

And to end with Jogi because a post about his home team should rightly end with him, I don’t know if he was at the game but I was thinking of him, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones. One of the latter being the fact that a great number of fans were wearing Santa hats, which of course led to me thinking what he would look like in one, even better him and Hansi together. Seeing as how I’m ending with Jogi I may as well add some of my latest favourite pictures, not that I need an excuse for that:

Jogi signed wie-geht-es-weiter-bundestrainer-joachim-loew-und-bastian-schweinsteiger-nach-dem-spiel-gegen-die-vereinigten-staaten Jogi - trophy


I love it when he looks like he’s plotting to take over the world or some other such thing of an equally devilish nature.