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May 22, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/22/2012

It has taken me a couple of days to try and get my head around our Champions League loss to Chelsea. I've been glum, bitter and utterly sad. I haven't had any words. And, for someone as verbose as I am? That's (not) saying a lot.

May 18, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/18/2012

This is, of course, the final that I wanted. When the last draw was set in the elimination rounds, I thought, "Is it possible that we get through Real Madrid AND Chelsea survive Barcelona?". Leave those two Spanish teams to their umpteen El Clasicos; I would have found a replay of that to be utterly boring.

April 27, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/27/2012

11:21 PM - Estadio Bernabeu. Bastian Schweinsteiger sends Iker Casillas the wrong way, and sends Bayern Munich home to the Champions League final. And I promptly burst in to tears.

Even now, back in Florida, sitting in front of my laptop, I can't quite believe it's happened. Although I was certainly feeling confident - enough to travel to Madrid - the reality of it all has not quite sunk in. We are going to the final! It still seems like a dream. Wow. Wow. Wow.

April 24, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/24/2012

"There's one perfect fit / And, sugar, this one is it / We both are so excited / Cause we're reunited, hey hey" - "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb.

The fist-bump between Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery after the Frenchman scored the match winner against Werder Bremen on Saturday had me singing that seminal 70's anthem. The two mercurial wingers had gotten in to a half-time-locker-room bust-up over a free kick during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. After the match, Arjen sported a mini-shiner while the battle news slowly, but inexorably, leaked out. And then the pundits began: "Arjen looks for move away from Munich", "Robben's future in doubt", and other headlines I'm paraphrasing here. Franck received a 50,000 Euro fine. And then Juventus put a paltry offer on the table which Arjen politely declined.

April 16, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/16/2012

So, now that we've got that pesky "we can win the Bundesliga" attitude out of the way, we can concentrate on prettier trophies. Besides, who wants that big old ugly plate you can't drink beer out of, when you can have two massively-sized vessels to imbibe from? To me, it's a no-brainer. Duh. Oh, wait. I'm supposed to be serious because this is a VERY. BIG. MATCH. However, this season, when I try to be serious, things go awry for Bayern Munich, so I will try a different tack and see where that gets die Roten.

March 14, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/14/2012

"Quite clearly, it's an unusual result [Bayern 7-1 Hoffenheim]. But the margin of victory does not impress me. I have absolutely no fear that Bayern will score seven goals in one game [against us]." - Heiko Vogel

This is the kind of match I cry about. See, I don't cry when we lose. When we lose, I just say, "OK, time to get some drinks." The perfect example being the Champions League Final in 2010. Me and the 30-some-odd Germans that were hanging out together in Madrid only made it about half-a-block from the Estadio Bernabeau when we found a tapas bar, full of Inter supporters, and took it over. We were having so much fun that a middle-aged Spanish man walked up to me in wonder and said, in broken English, "It's... it's... like you won... it...everything."

February 25, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/25/2012

It has taken me a few days to settle down enough to be able to write about the 1-0 loss away to Basel on Wednesday. My snap judgement was to pound furiously away on my keyboard- seeing red- and just be angry at my club, the players and life in general. Instead, I took my anger out on my liver (something needed to be punished!) and got gloriously inebriated. And by "gloriously", I mean "belligerently".

December 9, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/09/2011

In a turn-around of what was originally expected, Jupp Heynckes did, indeed, field a sub-par starting XI in Manchester on Wednesday. With Bastian Schweinsteiger still out for a couple of weeks, Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben not even making the flight to Ingerland, and then the subsequent flu scares of Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez, Jupp let the bench play.

December 6, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/06/2011

*In legendary boxing announcer Micheal Buffer's voice*

In the powder blue corner, the challenger for progression to the Champions League elimination rounds: The Citizens! Manchester City FC! Winners of England's Premiere title in '37 and '68, and FA Cup winner in 2010.

And, in the red corner, die Roten! (And the crowd goes wild!) The Rekordmeisters of Deutschland! Winners of 22 Bundesliga titles, 15 Pokal titles, one Europa League title and four Champions League titles: FC Baaaaaayerrrrnnnn Muuuuuuuenchen!

*Cue "Champions League Anthem"*!

November 25, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/25/2011

Tuesday afternoon I was sitting in my local, waiting for the Champions League matches to begin. The television showing Bayern - Villareal was next to the one showing the Napoli - Manchester City match; so, I was next to a bunch of City supporters. And since everyone knows I write this column, I field a lot of questions about Bayern, in particular, and German football, in general.

November 1, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/01/2011

After the disappointment that was the Hannover 96 match, die Roten have racked up an impressive-sounding ten goals in two subsequent outings. Well, I say "impressive-sounding" because when you consider the opponents- FC Ingolstadt and FC Nuernberg- the results were to be fully expected.

October 17, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/17/2011

Things you should know about my relationship with Serie A: I don't like watching it. (Instead of "things", I should've said "thing".) The only reason I tune in at all is because I thoroughly enjoy Miroslav Klose and his club resurrection at Lazio. The more modern version of catenaccio-style football is maddening for me to sit through. If you take a look at this weekend's Serie A results, you'll see what I mean.

September 26, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/26/2011

First, let me say that any erroneous information in my last blog I will blame wholly on Oktoberfest. Ha! No really, while I try to be perfect always, sometimes I get a little lost in German translation. Entschuldigung.

March 17, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/17/2011

My, my, my! What a difference three days makes, huh? I was too bitterly disappointed to write yesterday. And now, I'm back at home, and Inter is still my bogey team. After the jubilation that was Saturday against Hamburg, to suffer defeat at the 88th minute seems inexplicable: Except for the fact that this has been going on all season long.

February 25, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/25/2011

A late rookie-style mistake from the usually excellent Inter keeper Julio Cesar allowed the ever advantageous Mario Gomez to score the winning goal in the 90th minute in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 match at the San Siro. Phew! It's a long sentence that neatly sums up what was, for sure, the premiere match Wednesday, evidenced by the snooze-fest that was Marseilles - Manchester United. FSC: Take note. Just because matches are played with English teams doesn't make them automatically better. Or more entertaining.

February 22, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/22/2011

Am I the only one who was unhappy with the 3-1 victory on Saturday over Mainz? All the reviews I read were headed with titles like "Bayern Thrash Mainz" or "German Title Holders Storm Over Mainz". Hmmmmm...

Not that it wasn't lovely to get the three points, and for a short time move up to second place in the Bundesliga. And, of course, it's wonderful to see Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben back out on the pitch together, working their magic. Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal was a definite plus. And the added bonus of seeing Toni Kroos finally returned from injury? Great.

September 15, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/15/2010

My original plan was to write a preview of all teams in Champions League Group E, but I came to a sad realization: I know next to nothing about CFR Cluj and rather little about FC Basel. I decided, in truth, that I couldn’t even fake my way through it. So, this will be, instead, a preview of Bayern’s Wednesday night match against AS Roma. In all fairness, these are the two teams that should be advancing to the knockout stage. But, here’s what I do know about the teams placed in Pots 3 and 4.

May 27, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/27/2010

So, this is it. Not the result I, nor any of you, wanted… but… If I said I wasn’t disappointed in the loss, would you understand?

I flew to Madrid on the wings of a prayer for a treble, looking for the one last trophy to celebrate an absolutely magical season. And while die Roten stumbled, a bit, in their last match; the Nerazzurri fully deserved to hoist the cup at the end of 90 minutes.

May 21, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/21/2010

Madrid. I am here. I still can't believe I'm here, but I am.

And this is it. The Champions League final. Bayern Muenchen gegen Inter Milan. Wow.

I'm in a hazy frame of mind, due to a lack of horizontal sleep... and the utter incredulousness of it all. To say I'm astonished would be a gross understatement.

I've got two blogs left here this season: This one, and one in the near future. You know, the one that hopefully contains tears of joy and confetti, posted in bier-fueled ecstasy... from Munich.

May 19, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/19/2010

On Monday, as I opened up my Soccernet application on my phone, I was patently dismayed by the first two headlines:

CAS Reject Ribery Appeal
Ballack Out of World Cup

Damn, damn, damn.

April 23, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/23/2010

It would be disingenuous of me to complain about Franck Ribery’s red card when, throughout this Champions League campaign, other calls have gone our way. (That’s stating the painfully obvious, innit?) However, if you were to ask what I honestly thought? Now that my lager-fueled, conveniently blind Bayern loyalism has subsided? I would opine that the reds handed out, on both sides of the field, at the Allianz Arena, Wednesday night, were a bit harsh.

April 20, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/20/2010

With a wink and a nod, I was very tempted to name this blog “Typical French” in response to the FFF allowing Olympique Lyon to postpone their Ligue 1 match against Monaco that was supposed to take place in between the Champions League semi-final ties. The news of which had me fuming on my facebook page, imploring my Irish friends to send me an “ABF” tee. (ABF = Anyone But France. And, ahead of June, I still want one.) But, Bayern Munich have decided not to lodge a formal protest, so I’ve cooled my heels a bit. Besides, there’s other stuff to talk about.

April 8, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/08/2010

I’ve got to thank Sir Alex Ferguson for opening his big mouth and giving me a far more appropriate title to this blog than the one I had picked out before. The previous title was going to be “Football, bloody hell…”, the famous phrase spoken by him after the 1999 Manchester United / Bayern Muenchen Champions League final.

April 6, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/06/2010

Mia san mia. It’s a Bavarian phrase, used by Bayern, that translates as, “We are who we are”. It’s somewhat akin to the Manc phrase I’ve seen on banners this year, “Not arrogant. Just better.” We are two, insanely proud, universally loved by their fans - and hated by everyone else, clubs with long, storied traditions.

March 12, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/12/2010

Is it bad of me to say the happiest I was during the Fiorentina / Bayern second leg was at 54 minutes? You know, when Gilardino, off-sides, back-heeled to Jovetic to score from ten yards out? Although it wasn’t a glaring two meters off-sides, like the Klose goal in the first leg; it was off-sides, none-the-less. Now, the La Viola faithful couldn’t complain about an unfair advantage.

February 16, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/16/2010

Is it unreasonable to be giddy ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Fiorentina at the Allianz Arena? Signs would seem to point to “no”. After all, the last time we faced an Italian side, we just happened to demolish Juventus 4-1; which brought us clear to this stage in the competition.

December 9, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/09/2009

Man, oh man… Juventus 1, Bayern Munich 4? I feel like I just stepped out of the best dream ever.

A day after the absolute whipping FC Bayern handed Juventus, you still can’t knock a smile off of my face! THIS is the team I’ve been waiting all season to see. There are not enough superlative words in my lexicon to describe my elation. Erstklassig. Brilliant. Stunning. Eindrucksvoll. Just… wow.

November 3, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/03/2009

Note: Leaving an old job and starting a new one has seriously cut in to my footie-writing time as of late. And I do so apologize! However, I find myself back in a (somewhat) normal routine and am happy to be here, in front of a keyboard and with a match looming in the very near future.

Quelle horreur!

I couldn’t help but feeling, after the first leg of the Bordeaux - Bayern tie, that we somehow came out a winner. It was the sloppiest match this season, by far (and there have been several of those), however Butt’s penalty-saving heroics, after red cards by Thomas Mueller and Daniel van Buyten, respectively, had me jumping off of my pub stool, shouting gleefully.

October 21, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/21/2009

It feels good to have that 315 pound---- er, minute--- monkey off our backs. Mueller, finally scoring a goal for Bayern against Freiburg on Saturday, shouted in jubilation. So did I.

Bayern’s without Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Ivica Olic and Edison Braafheid for the match in Bordeaux. And Breno is listed as doubtful. However, Mark van Bommel and Martin Demichelis are both back, healthy, and figure to feature in the starting eleven.

October 2, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/02/2009

I was happy to be wrong about the result of the Bayern-Juventus match--- to a point.

We definitely out-played and certainly out-classed Juventus in Wednesday’s match at the Allianz Arena. The first 45 minutes were by far the best that Die Roten’s played this season. Juve had no answer for “Robbery” and was reduced to some very hard tackles to stop the incessant attack of the Bayern midfield. (Does anyone else think Camoranesi should have been red-carded?)

September 30, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/30/2009

My disappointment in the result of Hamburg vs. Bayern, was only overshadowed by my disappointment in a certain television channel‘s--- rhymes with “MoleTV”--- coverage of the match. What in God’s name possessed them to switch over to the beginning of a Barcelona match (against who?) when they had the ability to at least show a split screen?! Gah!

And now we face Juventus…

September 14, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/14/2009

What I (in my infinite wisdom) took away from the match against Dortmund:

1) I’m really missing Martin Demichelis.
2) Although neither Rensing or Butt are fabulous, either will do admirably once the problem / question of our central defenders is settled. (It’s got to be a nightmare to try and fill Ollie Kahn’s boots.)
3) Heck… we can just out-gun our opponents. Score them in to submission. It won’t be pretty all the time, but it will damn sure be entertaining!