… a 0:0 of entertaining but poor footie (and some color surprises)!

Home, sweet home...
Home, sweet home…

As we did not win away at Düsseldorf all ambitions for higher up have been shelved. And thanks to the poor pitch in friggin Düsseldorf we now have two injured players. As as such it was a game against someone lower and the only game plan was to keep them on distance.

Millerntor (11.03.2018 12:58 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (11.03.2018 12:58 (c) gehkacken.de)

And keeping them at distance meant to play a team that was trying nothing and had all their hope on a lucky punch. Twice BTSV did hit the post – but to no avail. And us? We just did not realize that quick passing and getting behind the tall defender on the ground was to be successful – at least we did not give the impression.

Worst action on the pitch: Our #11 complaining on being taken off after 75 Minutes (and 10 mins too late).

Nevermind, it was a 0:0 with some quality of good football entertainment – not a dull 0:0 without any action.

What did strike me though was that „Yellow Blue“ in team colors ain’t a bad look, also off the pitch.

Millerntor (11.03.2018 12:58 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (11.03.2018 12:58 (c) gehkacken.de)

We continue on 10, but only 5 points ahead of relegation down. Relegation up is only 6 points away and this season overall poor performance stability by almost all teams would give you glory on two consecutive wins (and all hell if you loose two in a row). As such i fear the season is getting decisive.

And the best? Our beloved Reptiloid with the number 4 gave his 90 minutes comeback after 8 month of injury. And with only 1 error it was a good one! That provides some hope, should Lasse decide to try a first league team.

… there ain’t nuthin better than beating them twice in a season!

Home, sweet home...
Home, sweet home…

It’s been a while covering footie and it’s been a rough ride of a season. Great start, great downsides. Worst home stats almost ever. And me missing two home games being off sick. But by sheer luck and the absolute incompetence of most of the other teams this season we seem to be back on track.

The first leg of the season we finished 15th (and got a new coach), the second leg of the season after beating Kiel we are now 5th. And that with a stunning -10 goal difference. Bad. Just bad. It’s 3 points to 3rd and it’s 7 points to 16th – what a tight flight!

Millerntor (25.02.2018 13:29 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (25.02.2018 13:29 (c) gehkacken.de)

And it was a decisive game vs. Holstein Kiel, either we tumble down further or we got our head up again. The best thing in the first part of the season was winning 1:0 in Kiel thanks to Flum, following some stupid Kiel pitch invasion during warm up. And the icing was that Kiel played and plays the better footie.

And now Kiel at home. Great start, bad interlude and indeed Kiel being quicker, more agile and with the better game play. But they did not manage to score the 3rd goal. And then their biggest problem hit – Kiel can’t really get their play across the eg. 70 minute mark. They visibly not fell apart but lost their speed, aggressiveness and control in midfield. And we gained it and with sheer determination we hit it home.

Millerntor (25.02.2018 15:27 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (25.02.2018 15:27 (c) gehkacken.de)

And the winner of the game? Many had Neudecker thanks to two goals and setting up the winner but i had someone backed by data:

(c) Kicker - OIympia Verlag(c) Kicker - OIympia Verlag
(c) Kicker – OIympia Verlag

And then a first half (Allagui) and 2nd half (Flum) comparison – in the first half it really felt like 10 players only…

(c) Kicker - Olympia Verlag
(c) Kicker – Olympia Verlag

And with Flum we had trash talk, aggressiveness and the midfield back again. And then we had Neudecker!

And finally: If you score more and if you run more that despite the poorer play you deserve to win. See Kiel?

(c) Kicker - Olympia Verlag
(c) Kicker – Olympia Verlag

 

… how 4 people can enlighten 50 odd on a small vessel and how 11 people can get 28.000 aroused: A typical Monday evening nightmare!

Ever since my beloved football team resides in the 2nd League it has been a common fixture to see a Friday home game that kicks off at 18:30 followed by a show in one of my favourite clubs nearby starting somewhere after 21:00 – so a nice entry into a weekend with some great footie and some lovely mu-sick.

This Monday evening it was all upside down: The Haermorrhoids and Chixdiggit (a professional rock band from Calgary) where set to grace the MS Hedi (a tiny vessel orbiting the Hamburg Harbour) and Dynamo Dresden was set to face the mighty FCSP at the Millerntor in what was the first home game of the new season.

The MS Hedi would set sail at 19:00 and kick-off for the televised Monday Night Top Game was to be 20:30 and thus throwing me and some mates into difficulties. We decided to keep the route, though reversed and in consequence accepted a run from the riverside through St. Pauli to the stadium, knowing we would only make it to half time.

Support on the MS Hedi was by hometown heroes The Haermorrhoids who, by today logic, sport a rather old fashioned pop punk in US style. Currently they seem the play every slot they can go onto and playing so often has created a tight set. And indeed a tight set was delivered on the slippery planks of the MS Hedi.

The Haermorrhoids (MS Hedi, Hamburg, 07.08.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

They have their own songs, they have some clever (Dicks – Hate the Wasserschutzpolizei) and some less clever covers (Ramones – Havana Affair) but most of all they have drive, they have chorus and they have presence:

Much to my surprise I did dig them, either must have been the sunny surrounding or simply the fact that they were indeed solid. I guess I’ll soon have another chance to grab them and then will see if it also works in a dodgy, filthy and dark club.

With some short re-dock of the MS Hedi and some swap of equipment the party set sail for another journey and this time it was for Chixdiggit to accustom themselves to the non-existing stage, the ever moving floor and the fact that you just can’t swing around with your guitar neck out as you would hurt someone.

Without further ado KJ and his ever changing backing band took the floor, did little adjustments of the volume levels of the amps and questioned the audience if all sound great. It did and thus the show went ahead. And from the start it was “fun fun fun” and loads of smiles.

Chixdiggit (MS Hedi, Hamburg, 07.08.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And as always KJ was the ever friendly and talkative frontman that kept the audience engaged and in sync. And because of the setting on the vessel he gave the song selection to the audience, seeking input and consent on what to play next.

Fun moment was when KJ got slightly distracted and his eyes went really big: Two huge Navy vessels came into very very close view (literally the tiny MS Hedi came to deliver a broadside of Mu-sick) and for a second KJ lost his plot. But then he was quick-witted to change the words of the song on the fly and put these nasty gray monsters into the flow.

Chixdiggit vs. Navy (MS Hedi, Hamburg, 07.08.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And as this seemed to be a lucky day I was able to get my very personal favourite song done by simply throwing it in at the right point in time. So here is the ode to the famous Boston Bruins goalie, not played on ice but on the jucy waters of the river Elbe. Nevertheless, it’s a timeless beauty and one of the most perfect odes to a sports hero.

And they kept playing, KJ kept informing fans (many came from abroad for this very special charter cruise) about the things to see riverside (like our fucking expensive Opera House) and they just could not stop playing. Even as the captain turned the MS Hedi back to the landing bridge they blasted another one only to try to do a final song when the vessel was already moored (something that technically wasn’t allowed).

Great show, loads of fun and with a perfect sunset. Me mate Frosch got all exited that he wanted a memory but he spoiled it by telling KJ that he has a ticket for footie and no spare for Chixdiggit (who were interested too). Bad move mate, bad move!

KJ & Frosch (MS Hedi, Hamburg, 07.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)
KJ & Frosch (MS Hedi, Hamburg, 07.08.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)

And then we had to hurry, already knowing that we missed two goals (unfortunately it was 1:1 rather than a joyful 2:0). I arrived on my seat  just when the half time whistle was blown.

Me love and me friends reported „soso“ for the first half and noted that we gave away a rather easy goal. Starting into he 2nd half FCSP got the better of it and was able to turn the almost perfect tactical set visualised below into quick attacks, scoring another goal by Buchtmann and almost scoring a 3rd one (offside by inches).

Millerntor (07.08.2017 21:44 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (07.08.2017 21:44 (c) gehkacken.de)

But then again a tiny miss in the defense gave away another goal and then Dresden did shut down and the mighty FCSP never got back into danger territory.

And just seeing one half was strange, so i never really got into it in the same way i usually do. Still, unbeaten and looking up rather than down – that’s a good start into the season and valued by the fans.

Millerntor (07.08.2017 22:28 (c) gehkacken.de)
Millerntor (07.08.2017 22:28 (c) gehkacken.de)

And as the evening started with singing it also closed with the crowd singing for the team.

And fun thing: All goals for FCSP this season scored so far by Buchtmann! Every „Team of the week“ of the German footie paper Kicker included … Buchtmann! Great to see him excel this season!

Forza FCSP! And thanks Chixdiggit for ensuring my upsidedown Monday evening did work out.