Dearest FCBayern München

Dearest FC Bayern München,

you played with bravery, intensity, passion and drive. We were constantly screwed by refereeing decisions that decided both legs of the tie but we played and supported with all our hearts. I love you, champions league or no, you’re always my champions.

I am so so proud of everything we did despite all the odds stacked against us, from ridiculous red cards/double yellows to bad offside goals (I stopped counting how many there were).
I am proud because we never backed down despite already going into the game with a deficit.
I am proud that Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng played so well with all they had despite the recent injury.
I’m proud we didn’t give up after going a goal down.

We withstood the ridiculous red card decision against Vidal and didn’t lose our heads. For all that, we deserve credit. We don’t buy our matches, we earn them. (hear that, Madrid?)

You all were tired, we all were, too. You all pulled yourselves together despite everything, you ran, you fought, you gave your all. We love and respect you for that. You never gave up.

We played like 11 vs 11 although we had 10. The 11th man were the fans. Always cheering, always behind the team. As fans, we had our hearts in our mouths for almost the whole tie, it was stressful, really, terribly pressurising for all of us. We screamed, pulled our hair, some of us cried, even. It’s well worth it.

It’s been a long time since we crashed out from the UCL in the quarters. This game felt like a final to all of us, for the hype, the passion, the madness.

Thank you Bayern for giving us the opportunity to be part of this amazing experience. We love you no matter what.
Thank you Mr Carlo Ancelotti for the amazing run in this competition, for bringing us all through so far.

Bayern, you make me hate football, and you also make me love football.

(Image credits: https://twitter.com/Football__Tweet)

 

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Germany, Euro 2016

This was a tournament where we all laughed, cried, mourned the slow start, appreciated the small victories, the clean sheets. This was a tournament where little things mattered, we may not have been spectacular, World Champions they call us, but we played as a team, the support was wonderful, on and off the pitch.

It was a tournament where the details came to light, where so many others that were often overshadowed, showed what they are worth. Thank youJoshua Kimmich for playing far beyond your age, for being brave enough to handle attackers that were of mad speeds, for being bold to stand in front of Buffon and take that spotkick.

Thank you Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos, often uncredited and criticized, for all that hard work, certainly the team would not look the same without you.

To Bastian Schweinsteiger, danke schön Kapitan, your work rate and relentless running up and down the pitch is so invaluable.

To the one and only lord Manuel Neuer who are we without you?

To Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, you kept our clean sheets intact, but you also were not just the defensive bedrock because your visionary passing ensured we had build-ups of play that led to our goals. You help us cope with set pieces, it was unfortunate that Mats Hummels was carded and that Jérôme Boateng was injured (against France) but you guys did your best and we are incredibly proud of you.

To Jonas Hector, you were quietly bossing your zone each time and the work rate you put in was magnificent. Though people didn’t even know which club you came from and though you may not have been shot to stardom as others may have been, you’ve been rock solid and deserve all the credit you can get. Not to forget too, that decisive penalty against Italy.

To the rest of our subs, you are super subs, and your support on and off the field was incredible, whether you guys got to play this tournament or not (Julian Weigl/Jonathan Tah) or whether it was for one game Emre Can&Leroy Sané, you all played your hearts out and we are forever proud of you.

Lastly, to Thomas Müller, people throw criticisms at you every single game, the media is relentless with the way they count the minutes you haven’t scored, but trust me when I say that all the Germany Football Team – Die Mannschaft fans are and will always be behind you, our Raumdeuter, and you always will be our ‘space invader’.

To Germany Football Team – Die Mannschaft, thank you for a wonderful tournament, see you again in 2018, maybe this time the young boys will step up more than they already have and do us prouder, even prouder. But for now, Vielen Dank für alles!

End of a season

Reflecting on football season 2015/16, it has been quite a ride. I think when I started Uni, I lost interest gradually and enthusiasm for the game. I’d like to really thank those bros and friends who have actually kept my interest alive for the game despite all the workload that piled itself on me, (besides those that I piled on for myself yay).

Football for me, well, growing up, was a whole host of drama, feels, maybe not so little fangirl moments, I ended up making friends back again with the people I used to argue with on petty little issues that our 15 year old brains could not piece together. Well, mine at least. I’ve been in this football world for decently long, since 2004 Euros… then 2006 WC in Germany, 2008 Euros, 2010 WC, 2012 Euros, 2014 WC (woohoo), and the countless Champions Leagues and Bundesliga. Well I didn’t say EPL because apart from watching Arsenal play (sometimes), I couldn’t careless, really.

I remember those times when Bayern played under Heynckes and we were kinda guaranteed wins for every single match we played, it was more of how many goals would we score, and at one point we were averaging 5 a game. It was pretty sick I gotta admit, and then oh hell struck when Pep came in. I’ve been very ambivalent of Pep ever since he came in, I’m not even sure, I mean I didn’t like a couple of the things he did. Beginning with changing our attacking play to a passing tikitaka style. I really hated it to be honest. Heynckes’ strategies were more like attack at all costs and kill them rip them up and Guardiola waits for the purrrrfect opportunity to score. Against teams like Atletico, we saw that strategy unravel especially because they played counterattacks somewhat similarly to how we used to play.

Anyway grudges aside, it’s time for a changeover and Guardiola’s going. Well Bayern played okay in the league (I mean okay because you know if you don’t get a minimum of a double, anything short of that, well that’s rather trashy, #elites), and we got the Pokal last night after a gruelling 120 minutes with Manu proving himself to be a god.

But wait a minute! How can you end a blogpost without saying something about the amazing, legendary underdogs Leicester City who through grit, determination and teamwork, fueled by mastermind Claudio Ranieri have overcome all odds and defied naysayers to win the EPL. This was wonderfully heartwarming.  I watched their title celebrations the other day and sorta teared. This video was really nice, picked it up from facebook.

So, to end off a football season packed with wonder, I gotta say, I’m really looking forward to see the UCL 2017 where the Pots will be in order of League positions and I wanna see Leicester play. I don’t know what to expect but I sure as heck am excited. Meanwhile, Euro 2016 is beginning and here we goooo!!

// P.S.

These need to be shown. Just because. dfbpokal2016buli2016

Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus (6-4 agg)

What a night. This match really revived the football goddess in me.

FT: Bayern 6-4 Juventus (2-2, 4-2)
5′ Pogba
28′ Cuadrado
73′ Lewaaaaaaandowski
90+1′ Müllerrrrrrr
108′ Thiago
109′ COMAAAAAN!!

So instead of writing a match report, I’m just gonna write something else.
I think there were a few things that stood out tonight.

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