After stringing together such an impressive run of matches, I figured FCB was going to be unstoppable against Fiorentina and Nuernberg. Apparently, I was wrong. And, boy, did some Italian fans let me know it! Whatever. As much as I’d like to think I’m always right (My ex used to say to me, “Susie? How does it feel to be right all the time?”, to which I’d reply, “Actually, it feels pretty damn good.”), I know it’s not really so.
Klose’s game-winner against the Italian squad was--- to paraphrase one of my favorite movies, Major League--- juuuuuust a bit offsides. I yelled at the side judge (you know, ‘cause he can hear me), “Keep your damned flag down!” It worked!
And, Martin Gaston Demichelis’ one costly mistake against Nuernberg prevented us from going to the top of the Bundesliga table. Very uninspired (but effective) football for Nuernberg, if I do say so myself.
However, we’ve now been given another chance to go top; thanks to Koeln holding, Bundesliga leaders, Leverkusen to a scoreless draw. Of course, we are facing Hamburg: Fourth in the table and armed with, newly signed, Ruud van Nistelrooy. (Lots of Dutch on the pitch tomorrow, eh?)
Bayern is fielding a full-strength squad, with the possible exception of Daniel van Buyten, a game-time decision. “Robbery” is back and up and running… Hmmmmm… what am I missing…
Oh, I remember! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, mein Verein! The most hated / revered / successful / wonderful / jealousy-inducing club in German history has turned 110 years young. And to commemorate that, a run down of silverware over the years:
21 German Championships / Bundesliga titles.
14 DFB-Pokal titles.
4 UEFA Champions League / European Cups.
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
1 UEFA Cup.
2 Intercontinental Cups.