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August 20, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/20/2012

SSV Jahn Regensburg and FC Bayern Muenchen are the last two teams to match up in this first round of DFB-Pokal matches. There have been a surprising amount of upsets thus far: Newly promoted Bundesliga squad (and Bayern's opening opponents next weekend) SpVgg Greuther Fuerth were taken down 2-0 by third-division Kickers Offenbach. Thomas Rathgeber (28th min., penalty) and Lars Bender (90+ min, and no, not that one) completed the scoring for OFC.

August 11, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/11/2012

If this DFB Super-Pokal (or DFL-Supercup) were comprised of the opponents it's supposed to have, Dortmund would be playing themselves. Alas, Bayern Munich were the Bundesliga (and everything else) runners-up last season, so it's time, once again, to trot out this new / old rivalry. Last time Bayern featured in this match, in 2010, they beat Schalke 2-0. And the last time the Bavarians met up with Borussia Dortmund here in 2008, they lost 2-1.

August 4, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/04/2012

Sadly, this is the last year that this cup will be called the "LIGA total!". Sky Deutschland AG outbid Deutsche Telekom in June for the broadcast rights. Stock up on those white / infrared away kits while you can, as we won't see the pretty T-com pink again!

August 2, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/02/2012

With two friendlies in two days, the upcoming LIGA total! cup this weekend and an injury to another defender, I figured it was high time for my summer break to be over. So, I've dusted off the trusty laptop, unlocked my footie lexicon and gave my fingers a little stretch. I'm back for another season of Bayern Munich!

May 10, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/10/2012

The first of two consecutive legendary Saturdays for Bayern Munich pits them against Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal final. Two versus One. The best defense and second-best offense against the best offense and third-best defense. The glamor club and the working man's club. The team that everyone loves to hate and the team that everyone loves to love. It's the biggest ticket in Germany right now- barring one, and although Berlin's Olympiastadion holds over 77,000 people, the DFB could have sold a few million for this one.

April 12, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/12/2012

When asked by a reporter if his team had been postionally out-played, Scottish football manager Gordon Strachan succintly replied, "Yes, we were outplayed in certain parts of the field today, the big green area of it". My purpose for injecting a bit of humor in to what was a dark day for legions of Bayern Munich supporters around the world is simple: Borussia Dortmund played better football than we did.

April 10, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/10/2012

The German press has said it all: "The Game of Games", "Festival of Football", "A Game We Love", "The Moment of Truth". And indeed, Wednesday's "Clash of the Titans" will live up to its moniker. Bayern Muenchen and Borrusia Dortmund have dominated the Bundesliga over the past few seasons, and this year is no different. A win against BvB would see Bayern level on points- and a superior goal differential- with only four matches remaining. A loss would would almost certainly take Bayern out of the running to hoist the big, ugly gold plate at season's end, and dash their hopes of a possible treble.

April 2, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/02/2012

Wins against Olympique de Marseille in Champions League action last Wednesday and the 184th Bavarian Derby over Nuernberg on Saturday are showing a different side of Bayern Munich. While the wholesale slaughter of Hertha BSC, FC Basel and Hoffenheim were oh-so-fun to witness, the last few matches- unnerving at times- are proving a will and determination to win. Even when things aren't going our way.

March 27, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/27/2012

Bayern Munich reached in and dug deep to beat Hannover 96 2-1 in Bundesliga action on Saturday, after an exhausting mid-week cup clash against 'Gladbach. And after winning five matches straight in all competitions, die Roten returns to Champions League action on Wednesday against Olympique de Marseille, traveling to the Stade Velodrome for the first tie in the quarter-finals.

March 22, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/22/2012

What happens when you get the top two defenses in Europe together to play a little Cup match? 120 minutes of hard-nosed football and a penalty shoot-out. FC Bayern Muenchen finally overcame Borussia Moenchengladbach, sending the Foals out on penalties 4-2, and claiming their berth in the DFB Pokal final against the other Borussia - Dortmund, that is - in Berlin on May 12th.

March 20, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/20/2012

There are two underlying bogeys to Bayern Munich's season thus far: 1) The inability to win away from the Allianz Arena. 2) Borussia Moenchengladbach. We've somewhat setttled the first with the demolishing of Hertha Berlin 6-0 at the Olympiastadion on Saturday. That masterful, playful display (Rock, Paper, Scissors anyone?) was our first win away from home since December.

March 12, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/12/2012

My, oh my! Saturday's (mis)match against Hoffenheim was exactly what Bayern Munich needed... In fact, what we all needed, wasn't it? Writing about a team that fails to perform, week-in and week-out, grows tiring. I would rather use words like "perfection", "destruction" and "butt-whipping" than "apathetic", "craptastic" and "implosion".

March 9, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/09/2012

The last time Bayern Munich met up with TSG Hoffenheim the match ended in a scoreless draw- and ended our run of absolutely crushing everything that came our way. The tedium of that 90 minutes was only alleviated by two Bayern supporters being ejected for having intercourse in the stands. But, hey! At least somebody scored...

February 28, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/28/2012

After taking a battering from the press, the supporters and each other, Bayern Munich got back in business on Sunday afternoon comprehensively defeating Schalke 2-0 in a match that subdued the trophy-less, end-of-the-world scenario that most people had started to think was likely. It would seem, Chicken Little, that the sky isn't falling after all.

Well, at least not yet.

February 20, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/20/2012

Rather unfortunately for me, I was forced to watch the replay of the Freiburg - Bayern debacle, as I couldn't find a suitable stream live for the first half of that sorry excuse for a football match. Or should I say that just the first half was certainly sorry? The second half was definitely better, but still not enough to beat Bundesliga bottom-dwellers Freiburg.

February 17, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/17/2012 vor dem Spiel. Translated in to English it means: After the match is before the match. And, never has this been more true for Bayern Munich. We are starting a run of nine games in five weeks including the Champions League tie with FC Basel and a DFB Pokal semi-final match at Moenchengladbach.

February 10, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/10/2012

The 1 - 1 draw with Hamburger SV and the 0 - 2 DFB Pokal match win at Stuttgart are showing that Bayern, once again, are on the up-swing after a wholly disappointing start to this season's Rueckrunde. It was never a matter of having quality personnel, but rather having said personnel in the right positions. A lot of people are saying Bayern plays better without Arjen Robben, but I don't find that necessarily to be the case. After all, most of those same people were clamoring for Arjen's return from groin injury and Thomas Mueller to be benched.

February 3, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/03/2012

The transfer window, though ultimately stagnant for Bayern Munich, was not without our particular brand of FC Hollywood drama. Danijel Pranjic and Franck Ribery have both publicly voiced their displeasure with January's lack-of-outcome.

February 1, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/01/2012

Hello, February! The transfer window has come and gone, and Christian Nerlinger wasn't lying: Nobody came and nobody went. The closest things Bayern has to new signings are the imminent arrival of Arjen Robben's third child, and of course, all of us: Bayern's 12th men. Pfffft.

January 28, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/28/2012

Eight days of humility. Not only did we get our proverbial butts kicked by 'Gladbach last Friday, then the Bayern PR team becomes the laughing stock of the footballing world with an ill-timed "new signing" press conference. Ah, another Facebook application! Just what I always wanted! Errrrrr... nope. I was, however, recovering from London and sleeping through the whole PR stunt. So, I wasn't really too bothered.

January 25, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/25/2012

"We started extremely s***tily. In stages, it was OK, then it was s***t again. Then we tried again and then it was s***t once more." - Thomas Mueller rather neatly sums it up.

Ah, and we all had such high hopes for this match, now, didn't we? Coming off a stellar winter training camp, all the Bayern players happy, all the bosses exuberant and Schweinstieger fit... What could possibly go wrong?

January 19, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/19/2012

Ahhhh... so the Rueckrunde is finally here. Many of us were bored for a month, or settling for watching matches in other leagues; but with the European Championships in June, I will take this break in stride- not only for the DFB, but also Bayern Munich. I have a feeling it will pay dividends.

October 25, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/25/2011

Jupp Heynckes' €12.50 and a flip chart couldn't stop a Hannover 96 squad with the best home record in the Bundesliga. And, truth be told, if you're not a fan of Bayern Munich, it was one of the more entertaining matches in Germany so far this season.

This was my first time nervously pacing - not sitting - while watching a match this year. And the expletives and epithets coming out of my mouth were met with a small amount of consternation from my friendly neighbours. At least they couldn't understand most of what I was saying.

October 22, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/22/2011

You knew it was going to happen eventually, right? But, I can guarantee you didn't think it would happen in this fashion. Holger Badstuber's own goal on 39 minutes at Napoli put an end to Manuel Neuer's remarkable streak of 1147 minutes without conceding.

October 16, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/16/2011

I have, up to this point in the season, been hesitant to express how good Bayern Munich actually are, but after watching clinic-upon-clinic-upon-clinic ('Gladbach and Hoffenheim notwithstanding)...

...I've got to tell you, we freakin' rock. Unglaublich. Wahnsinn. Schoen. Wirklich. Whatever superlative words, in English or German, I can come up with, I'm feeling pretty free to use them now.

October 13, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/13/2011

My personal Oktoberfest tally is: One busted up knee. Three dirndls that need repairing. 60+ Mass consumed (throw in a bottle of Williams Birne and a bottle of Jaeger). One lost phone. Three random encounters on the streets of Munich with people I know in the States. One sinus / ear infection. Two days with family. Two Bayern matches in the Allianz. Nine tents visited. Singing on stage eight times. I'm sure there's more, but as the saying goes, "Was passiert im Oktoberfest bliebt im Oktoberfest".

September 22, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/22/2011

748. That rather large number is the number of consecutive minutes Manuel Neuer has kept a clean sheet this season, setting club records for consecutive Bundesliga matches and total matches. And while the numbers are impressive, even Neuer admits that he has considerably less to do than he has in the past at Schalke.

September 14, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/14/2011

Remember when we used to suck against Bundesliga teams in the bottom third of the table? (Granted, it wasn't that long ago with our slip up against 'Gladbach, but I'm inclined to view that as an anomaly thus far.) The problem was never against the big guns; Bayern are always up for those. But, we seemed to lose our intensity against lesser opposition; as if we couldn't be bothered. Saying that, part of the reason is that less-gifted teams tend to play us differently- i.e., parking the bus in front of the goal, 10 men behind the ball, "Oh, hell! They're coming again!" and what will you.

August 29, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/29/2011

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
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/17/2011

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
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/12/2011

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
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/07/2011

"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
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/01/2011

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.

May 19, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/19/2011

A testament to how crazy this Bundesliga season has been was the final Saturday when I used every platform in my arsenal to keep track of 5 games concurrently. GolTV was showing the Dortmund - Frankfurt match. I had the ESPN3 feeds of Bayern Munich - Stuttgart and SC Freiburg - Bayer Leverkusen playing on my desktop and notebook, following Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim on my Android pad and the Moenchengladbach match on my phone. Exhausting.

May 13, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/13/2011

"Routed", "thrashed", "manhandled", "crushed", "destroyed"... and my personal favorite... "slaughtered" were all words used to describe injury-ravaged St Pauli's loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday. The 1-8 scoreline, coupled with Hannover's defeat at Stuttgart 2-0, guarantees die Roten at least a Champions League play-in spot for next season. And with Bayer Leverkusen's draw at home with Hamburg (doing what Leverkusen does best), Munich are playing for second place, and direct Champions League qualification Saturday against die Schwaben.

May 1, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/01/2011

It's a curious week when I'm in the position of having to support Schalke 04 against Manchester United on Wednesday, only to turn it around on Saturday when die Knappen came to the Allianz Arena. A quick bit of maths will show you where my head is at: Bayern Munich > Schalke 04 > Bayer Leverkusen > Manchester United > Inter Milan.

Got it?

April 17, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/17/2011

Who could have forseen this match being as crucial as it is? With all the subtexts? The large and small stories?

Jupp Heynckes, on one hand, has a shot winning the first ever Bundesliga title for Bayer Leverkusen. On the other, he's facing the team he will manage next season; in a match they must win to qualify for Champions League competiton.

March 13, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/13/2011

And just when I thought my trip to Munich was going to be a bad idea...

Oh, wie ist da schoen! Saturday was, without a doubt, a wonderful day to be in the stadium! And doubt, I did, after a turbulent couple of weeks which saw Bayern with 3 consecutive losses and the sacking (ish) of Louis van Gaal. I was almost tempted to stay home, save my money and come back and try again next season. Needless to say, I'm ecstatic I'm here.

March 6, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/06/2011

Never one to relish writing about losses, I find myself in the unusual (read: horrible) position of now having to write about them three times in a row. I pack enough snark and criticism in my blogs about the wins, so you might imagine my vitriol when we lose.

For 270-some-odd minutes, I have been shouting at my computer / television. In English and German. Very little of which is fit for print here. Not very fun to be a Bayern fan, presently, is it? And, you have to go back a full 11 years to find the last time Bayern lost three consecutively...

March 4, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/04/2011

Well, that was 90 minutes of my life I'd like to have back.

The only real good news after the loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday was the nifty little statistic that Bayern Munich had never lost two games in a row at the Allianz Arena. So naturally, I figured we'd go through. I mean, it's only Schalke 04, right? Felix Magath's die Knappen have had a rather dismal record versus die Roten the last few years. And that, coupled with their horrible domestic campaign this season? "Wir farhen nach Berlin!"

March 1, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/01/2011

Sometimes life gets in the way of football. My excitement over the Bayern - Dortmund match was eclipsed by a dear friend's wedding on Saturday. If all had gone according to plan, I would have been able to see the match live at 9:30AM EST, and then spent the day happy and unconcerned, enjoying a day of nuptuals. And, to be fair, if the bride were any lesser of a friend, I would have skipped the ceremony and just showed at the reception.

February 14, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/14/2011

Last week saw me bemused with the bit of fluff that Luca Toni, and most of the press, considered a news piece. Apparently, LvG dropped trou on the Bayern team bus, back when Toni was still on the squad and Toni chose not to mention it until last week? Huh?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but European locker rooms can't be that much different from American ones- you know, where modesty does not generally apply. I'm sure that's not the first pair that Mr. Toni has seen, nor will it be his last. Bollocks, I say!

January 27, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/27/2011

In my last entry I stated MY best possible Bayern Munich starting XI. Louis van Gaal, strangely, chose not to listen to me at all. I wonder why that is...

Instead he chose to start Danijel Pranjic and Andreas Ottl as holding midfielders, keep Schweini in the playmaker's role, sit Breno in favor of Antoliy Tymoschuk and give (my favorite player ever) Hamit Altintop a start, opposite Thomas Mueller, in attacking midfield.

January 21, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/21/2011

Sigh. Well, the match against Wolfsburg didn't go exactly as planned, but it wasn't horrible either. Strange to say that about 90 minutes where Philipp Lahm missed a peno, Schweini gave up an equaliser and Franck Ribery found something new about his knee to destroy.

The eventual draw against the Wolves also means that, for now, winning the Bundesliga is quite unobtainable. There it is. Playing for second place is not the end of the world, however, as we're still in the driver's seat in the DFB Pokal and Champions League competitions. Solidifying a second-place finish, with direct Champions League qualification, seems to me to be a readily obtainable goal.

January 14, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/14/2011

The Advent calendars are put away. The Christmas tree has been dismantled. Gluehwein has stained the teeth. Presents have been opened and given. 2011 has been toasted in. OK, so... now what?

Oh, yeah! The return of the Bundesliga!

I'm sure that all of you are salivating over the re-start as much as I am, as the end of the first half saw Bayern Munich clawing it's way back up the Bundesliga table, beat Stuttgart twice in a week's span, advance to the next round of the DFB Pokal and gave us our round of 16 Champions League opponents.

December 21, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/21/2010

Part Three of my southern German tour found me in Frankfurt, hanging out with friends and waiting for the Stuttgart - Bayern Bundesliga match on Sunday. I couldn't get tickets for the Frankfurt - Dortmund clash and ended up watching the match in an Australian pub in Frankfurt. Rooting, of course, for die Adler.

December 17, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/17/2010

Yay! Internet! I say this because I've been up in the Bavarian mountains in the middle of the coldest, snowy-est (yeah, it's a word) December that Germany has seen for 40 years. I'm now in Frankfurt visiting friends before Sunday's match against Stuttgart, and currently ensconced in my hotel with a stable internet connection.

November 29, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/29/2010

Remember when you first started playing footie?

You were probably 5 or 6 years old. You might have started playing during break at school, or perhaps a bit more organized at the park on the weekends. The ball looked absolutely humongous as 16 or so kids chased it around the field in one big mass of screaming, shrieking and flailing delight. Someone players on your team would always start running the wrong way while the adults on the sidelines would laugh, yelling, “Turn around, sweetie! Go the other way!”

November 18, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/18/2010

As many of you may have gathered, I am a bartender by trade. My weekends, for the last couple of years, have been spent getting up at ungodly morning hours, sleep-deprived and loaded up with tons of coffee, opening up my local, The Lion and Eagle, for fun, frivolity and football every Saturday and Sunday.

The Premiership takes precedence, of course, for it is a British pub. But my Teutonic presence has turned a few heads to the joys of Bayern Munich, in particular, and to the Bundesliga, in general. When I’m not polling the regulars as to which squad has the worst hair in the Premiership- Everton, Arsenal and Newcastle being my rotating top three- I’m often asked about our last few results, where we are in the table, and, more recently, where do I think Bastian will end up?

October 21, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 10/21/2010

…with a little help from Gomez.

The re-re-emergence (am I missing a “re” here?) of Mario Gomez was certainly a pleasure to watch against Hannover 96 and CFR Cluj. With Ivica Olic and Miroslav Klose out injured, the ex-Stuttgart striker and German international showed a flash of his 30 million Euro transfer fee, netting a nifty hat-trick against the Hannoverians and a goal against the Romanians.

September 21, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/21/2010

It has, so far, been a frustrating season for Bayern Munich. Die Roten have been (strangely) quietly full-of-suck, managing only 5 points in 4 Bundesliga matches and stuck, ignominiously, in a tie for 8th place. It seems like no one, not even UEFA, wants us to have any fun.

September 11, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/11/2010

I don’t know about you all, but I often find myself in an internal battle of club versus country. Two recent examples of this being Neuer’s howler in injury time that cost Schalke 04 Bundesliga points on Friday, and Per Mertesacker’s broken orbital bone suffered during the EURO qualifier against Azerbaijan.

August 20, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/20/2010

I have so been waiting for this day! My kits have been purchased. German satellite is ready. German friend is ready. My computer is set-up for optimal streaming, as back-up. I have a rare Friday off of work. My schedule is clear. Appropriate flags, pendants and shawls are hanging about. Heck, I even bought new Adi Pure boots, knowing I liked them, but forgetting they were Schweini’s…

Let’s get this started!

August 13, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/13/2010

OK, let me get this straight:

1) Two teams play Friday.
2) Neither of them are members of the Premiership.
3) The match (kinda-sorta) means nothing.
4) It’s being shown on ESPN in the United States.

Huh?! Pinch me, I’m dreaming! I just knew that little tournament this summer would be good for something…

May 15, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/15/2010

“Berlin, Berlin! Wir fahren nach Berlin!” It’s the chant that was sung by the Bayern faithful after Arjen Robben’s brilliant extra-time goal against Schalke 04, back in March, that propelled die Roten to this DFB Pokal final match against Werder Bremen.

May 5, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/05/2010

Since the 3-0 win over Olympique Lyon to seal our place in the Champions League final in Madrid, and the 3-1 over Bochum last Saturday to essentially give us the Bundesliga title, I have pondered what to write. And thought. And agonized. And paced.

I’ve got nothing. I’m speechless.

February 27, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/27/2010

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.

February 12, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/12/2010

The short version of this blog would be:

First half: Yay! And then 40 minutes of #%^$$&#!!#$#$!@@#$#$$!!!!

Second half: Ah, that’s much better…

February 4, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/04/2010

When I last wrote, I was concerned about not being able to watch the Bayern - Bremen match because I was going to be in mid-flight. Luckily, Virgin America allows internet access. However, I still needed a nap, for I had to hit the ground running when I arrived in Los Angeles. My plan was to sleep during the first half, wake up at the break, and tune in for the second. As plans usually do, mine went awry. I didn’t wake up until the 65th minute, which meant I had to scramble to sign up for internet access, find the match on one of my favorite, ahem, “legal” websites and wait for the stream.

January 21, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/21/2010

Friday found us back on top of the Bundesliga table, after a convincing 2-0 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Yeah, I know, it was only for a day… but, still… It’s been coming on two years since we’ve occupied the 1. Platz for any length of time. (We spent one day on top of the table last season as well.)

December 19, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/19/2009

And just when it was all getting so, so good--- we’re about to break for Christmas. Figures. I’ll have to settle for visions of Schweini dancing in my head! But first, we’ve got one more thing to take care of--- Hertha Berlin.

December 4, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 12/04/2009

Things are looking up in the land of Die Roten. I’d like to qualify that statement by tagging on a “for now” to the end of the previous sentence, but I’m happy to not beat up on my beloved club for, at least, a little while.

November 24, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/24/2009

Although a 1 - 1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday wasn’t the best result, at least we were saved the ignominy of Leverkusen going 9 points clear.

The problems we’ve had all season continue to haunt us. Namely, we can’t seem to get it together on set pieces, and our crosses in to the box have much to be desired. At this point, we’re not really crossing in to the box, as we’re more likely to cross over or to cross just short of. Ugh.

September 26, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 09/26/2009

Gentle reader, you must pardon me, since I just got back from a week of Oktoberfest. Yes, in Munich. And I would’ve blogged from there, but my ethernet didn’t work in the hotel--- and then I lost my Blackberry as in what I could only describe as a “The Hangover”-type incident. No, Mike Tyson and a baby weren’t involved--- but a tiger may have been (wink wink nudge nudge).

I was / am / have been very lucky to have friends with, arguably, the best seats on the pitch at the Allianz Arena. (Thanks, boys!) I was pleasantly invited to watch the Bundesliga Bavarian derby of Bayern vs. newly-promoted Nuernberg, and the DFB Pokal match vs. Rot Weiss Oberhausen.

August 29, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/29/2009

Normally this time of year is a celebration in Munich. The Oktoberfest is about to get started, and FC Bayern’s sitting pretty in the top quadrant of the Bundesliga.


Paulaner’s giving away beer at the Allianz Arena, Bayern’s in 14th place; only having wrestled 2 points in 3 matches., and we’re playing Wolfsburg? Sounds like a recipe for disastrous fun to me…

August 21, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/21/2009

Looking at Mainz tomorrow, here we sit in 11th place, taking two points out of a possible six. Should we be concerned? I don’t think so… yet.