August 29, 2011
So, it's been a busy but good week-and-a-half for the squad, but a little chaotic around my house because of a hurricane which ultimately decided to skip us. Now I've got a pantry full of junk food and booze, and not a whole lot to do besides feast and type. Of course, mindful of the fact that I need to fit in to my dirndls in a couple of weeks for my annual odyssey to Munich for some matches - and a small beer festival you might have heard about.
August 17, 2011
To be fair, Bayern Munich are a point up on what we should be after two Bundesliga matches. We should've drawn at home against 'Gladbach: Thomas Mueller's disallowed goal would've garnered us a point. And Wolfsburg's Helmes' disallowed goal on Saturday would've taken two away. I'm very-much-so trying to look on the bright side here.
August 12, 2011
To paraphrase the title of my last entry, the fun didn't start on Sunday. Not that it was a horrible showing against 'Gladbach to open the season, but when the final whistle was blown, our 0-1 loss was highly disappointing. Funny that it came in the form of mistakes by two men, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer, who cost FCB upwards of 40 million Euro on the transfer market this summer.
August 7, 2011
"Sunday is when the fun begins." -Philipp Lahm
Yes, he's right. But, to be fair, Friday's Bundesliga opener was pretty terrific stuff. Especially Dortmund's very young Mario Goetze. Man, that kid is absolute shenanigans! And Saturday's televised match in the United States- Stuttgart / Schalke- was entertaining as well. Unless you're a Schalke supporter, that is.
Really, this whole summer has been filled with football: Youth tournaments, Women's World Cup, Copa America, Gold Cup... not to mention the U.S. tour of footballing juggernauts. My voice still hasn't recovered from supporting Chivas over Barcelona in Miami on Wednesday. "Bicicletaaaaaaaaaaaa!" But, football is only football when it's not Bayern Munich on the pitch. Yep, Herr Lahm, you're correct.
August 1, 2011
OK, admittedly there's not too much I know about Entracht Braunschweig. And what I do know won't play out in any way, shape or form in Monday's DFB Pokal opening match.
Here's what I do know (silly as it may seem). 1) They're a founding member of the Bundesliga, and won the Championship in 1967. 2) They're the first German club to put a sponsor on their kit. (And I know this because the sponsor was Jaegermeister; the delicious nectar that flows through my veins.) 3) They were involved in the match-fixing scandal in the early 70's. But, not for nefarious reasons: Players were given 40,000 DM to perform above standards. Not to lose or draw.