May 8 2010 HEY HEY BAYERN!
Now, on to the UEFA final!
Update: 19 March 2010: EUFA Final 8 Draw, FCB vs ManU. On balance, and it pains me to do so, I might have to give the edge to Rooney’s crowd.
“Thieves, Thieves, Thieves“, shout Fiorentina fans, and they may well be right especially with the controversial offside non-call in round one of the group of 16 – but who cares; Bayern is through 4-4 aggregate on away goals to the UEFA quarter finals and at home has earned top spot in the Bundesliga standings. Looking ahead to match day 32 which conveniently coincides with my next trip…..
02 Feb 2010: Upperdate – apparently if one refers to a football club incorrectly, watch for the sudden spike in traffic. Apologies to those who follow TSV 1860 Bayern, and thanks to those who corrected me.
In which Junior goes to a Bundesliga Game.
Undoubtedly there are sports writers much more eloquent than I who could provide a readable summary of the game, say for instance on goal.com, or bundesliga.de – instead here are my thoughts about the entire experience.
We ( a US colleague and I) departed Greding just after noon on a motor coach filled with semi drunk German soccer fans for what would normally be only an hour long trip. Unfortunately just 5km down the autobahn we came up against the back end of a colossal weather induced ‘stau’ (traffic jam – which we later learned was stopped for at least three hours). Fortunately the parade of brake lights in front alerted the driver and tour leader to the lengthening jam ahead and our driver wisely dived off the motorway onto snow covered local roads where we continued on at a somewhat slower pace south towards Ingolstadt and then back onto the autobahn. However while this slowed us considerably, we succeeded in avoiding the jam. For the remainder of the inbound trip, traffic on the autobahn consisted of nearly equal parts soccer fans, Polish upper middle class families heading south to ski the alps and long suffering locals just trying to get home from Saturday shopping. Consequently we arrived about an hour later than planned, but still with plenty of time to find beer and pretzels. As an aside, staying in a little town at a family owned hotel, where the staff knows you by name pays off in little things, such as the hotel owner’s son making all the arrangements for us to obtain tickets and transportation, – all paid through the front desk – and introductions with our tour host. They made us very welcome, treating us to beer on the bus and asking kindly when we might be back. It turns out that at home vs Hannover 96 could fit very nicely with my next trip. Continue reading
Update 19 Dec 2009
5-2 vs Hertha, and a UEFA CL draw against Fiorentina. Doom and gloom banished. Third place (9-6-2) in the standings with momentum…
Update 13 Dec 2009
5-1 vs Bochum. Thats three points to the good! Now 8-6-2 in the standings.
Update 12 Dec 2009
7-6-2 in Bundesliga 1 – climbing up to number four with a sniff at Champions League qualifying (2010 season) with a win over Bochum today.
Update 08 Dec 2009:
Through to the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League with a 4-1 drubbing of Juventus. That’s more like it!
Update Nov 06 2009:
5-4-2 with a game tommorrow against FC Schalke 04 in Munich. Need a win lads.
Updated Oct 29 2009:
That’s better – or at least moving in the right direction. Bayern Munchen 5-3-2. Now on 18 points, they’re within a sniff of qualifiying for the Champions League.
Updated Oct 10 2009:
Sigh. 8th overall in the league standings. Bayern Munchen 3-3-2
Update Aug 30 2009:
Seems like Arjen Robben delivered. Two goals vs Vfl Wolfsburg. Bayern Munchen 1-2-1.
Aug 28 2009:
Worst league start in 43 years 0-2-1; and
I guess they had to do something. Is it the right thing though?
Maybe, maybe not… Watch the video and ask yourself, is she or isn’t she? Or do you care?
There are a lot of charities out there – it is often difficult to differentiate them and / or to determine which are the hustlers and which are concealing an agenda.
However, if you have kids and you love to watch them play – then give a kid a chance to play again. Kids helped by RTP have seen some pretty horrific things and your donation can help them on the path to regaining a childhood.
62:10 Just got back from Kungstradgardsgatan which is absolutely packed with frenzied swedes packed tightly around a large screen. Could pretty much hear them all the way back to the hotel.
72:22 Goal, Sweden. I can hear the horns and roar from downtown across the water. Fluke goal though.
82:10 They are singing downtown. Plenty of happy swedes tonight I predict.
86:45 Best chance for greece in the last 15 minutes or so. Point blank from about 10 feet out from the right goal corner but no result.
93:04 Game over.
Junior and the elder Fierce Creature watched last nights final – and quite entertaining it was. Going in, the Fierce Creature was a tentative Chelsea fan (“dad, who is the best footballer? Wayne Rooney, Michael Ballack, Ronaldo?”) but was prepared to cast them overboard if Man U looked to become the champions. He was allowed to stay up and watch until the end of the first extra time, but then had to wait until morning to find out how it all turned out.
My view is that Chelsea more or less dominated the game following Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal at 26minutes and capped it with Lampards goal at 45minutes. I thought Joe Cole was quite effective throughout, but Hargreaves, Rooney and Carrick didn’t seem to be very energetic. However, given the number of chances in which Chelsea failed to capitalise ( you can only hit the post and out so many times) kudos to Man U for their win. There’s always next year.
Manchester United 1, Chelsea FC 1. Manchester United 6-5 on penalty kicks.