Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How football fans see themselves & are seen by others

Monday, June 25, 2012

2012-13 DFB-Pokal First Round Proper Draw (German FA Cup)

[blow bubbles here]
Yesterday, the draw for the 32 first round ties has been made by Oliver Bierhoff in Gdansk.
Holders: Borussia Dortmund.

2. Bundesliga versus Bundesliga
Jahn Regensburg v FC Bayern München
Erzgebirge Aue v Eintracht Frankfurt

2. Bundesliga versus 2. Bundesliga
VfR Aalen v FC Ingolstadt 04
SV Sandhausen v Energie Cottbus

3. Liga versus Bundesliga
Karlsruher SC v Hamburger SV
Alemannia Aachen v Borussia Mönchengladbach
1. FC Saarbrücken v FC Schalke 04
Kickers Offenbach v SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Preußen Münster v Werder Bremen
Wacker Burghausen v Fortuna Düsseldorf

3. Liga versus 2. Bundesliga
Arminia Bielefeld v SC Paderborn
1. FC Heidenheim v VfL Bochum
SpVgg Unterhaching v 1. FC Köln
Hansa Rostock v 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Chemnitzer FC v Dynamo Dresden
Hallescher FC v MSV Duisburg

Regionalliga (level 4) versus Bundesliga
FC Oberneuland v Borussia Dortmund
Berliner AK 07 v 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Carl Zeiss Jena v Bayer Leverkusen
SV Wilhelmshaven v FC Augsburg
TSV Havelse v 1. FC Nürnberg

Regionalliga (level 4) versus 2. Bundesliga
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach v FSV Frankfurt
Wormatia Worms v Hertha BSC
VfB Lübeck v Eintracht Braunschweig
Rot-Weiss Essen v 1. FC Union Berlin

Oberliga (level 5) versus Bundesliga
FC Nöttingen v Hannover 96
SC Victoria Hamburg v SC Freiburg
SV Rossbach/Verscheid v FSV Mainz 05

Oberliga (level 5) v 2. Bundesliga
Offenburger FV v FC St. Pauli
FC Hennef v TSV 1860 München

Verbandsliga (level 6) v Bundesliga
SV Falkensee-Finkenkrug v VfB Stuttgart
FC Schönberg 95 v VfL Wolfsburg


No real highlights, if you were to ask me. Saarbrücken v Schalke smells like deep 80's 2. Bundesliga mediocrity at least. Preußen Münster v Werder Bremen also is a tie to watch with some upset potential.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Marko Arnautovic: "I'm that rich, I can buy your life"

The best things in life are free
Caught in a police check in Vienna, Austrian Werder striker Marko Arnautovic responded in his very reluctant way:
Sod you! I make so much money that I can buy your life.
According to Austrian newspaper heute the police officer subsequently charged Arnautovic for "aggressive behaviour". So minted Marko probably has to "buy" a lawyer first and foremost.

Anyway, it's time for a quotes section on this blog, isn't it?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Schland Partyotism

Colourful fan culture or the stupidest achievement since 1909?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The state of German non-league football?

Simply stick to Erkenschwick
...or as Goscinny didn't say: All of the Recklinghausen disctrict is under Schalke's control, except for one small village of indomitables that still holds out against the Royal Blues.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Whatever became of... Mario Basler?

The proof: It's really him! (screenshot:
What does he do for a living? Well, first of all he works as manager of Regionalliga (level 4) side Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. But it seems that even the recent relegation of his team did not stop him from looking for a part time job.

So he started to blog for a big discount supermarket chain about Euro 2012. He was not known for profound evaluations as a player, all the better that we now can admire his thinker's pose in front of a chalkboard.

You'd better watch out, Zonal Marking!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Leapfrogging Oberliga

The sky is the limit!
What reads like an enormous bug in Football Manager 2012 is actually happening in German non-league football right now: some teams have a historic opportunity to gain promotion from level 6 directly to level 4 of the league system.

The reason for this is that the current three Regionalligen (4th tier) will be expanded to five with the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Bavaria, for example, will get it's own division (only god knows why).

The promotion play-off rules differ from region to region. Far in the west, in our biggest federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, even two former Bundesliga sides take part in the crucial matchups: KFC Uerdingen and SG Wattenscheid 09.

The competitors play two matches against each other on a home and away basis (away goals rule applies). Mighty SGW qualified as champions of Verbandsliga Westfalen II (6th tier) and therefore are one the clubs that aim to skip Oberliga (5th tier). Albeit their opponents SV Bergisch Gladbach might also have a say in the matter...

Thursday, 07th June 2012, 15:00 CET
KFC Uerdingen 05 v FC Kray
SSVg Velbert v SV Lippstadt 08
Bergisch Gladbach 09 v SG Wattenscheid 09

Sunday, 10th June 2012, 15:00 CET
FC Kray v KFC Uerdingen 05
SV Lippstadt 08 v SSVg Velbert
SG Wattenscheid 09 v Bergisch Gladbach 09

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