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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:00 am

That kind of thing yes. In Germany, the standard thing to say is, "the Cup has its own laws", and it does. Upsets occur at satisfying frequency, even higher up the ladder. At some time in the 90s, Hertha's farm team, listed as amateurs and playing in the third league (which was regional, not national at the time), but not their bigger brothers, reached the Final against Leverkusen, and, being Hertha after all, lost.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:26 am

Of course they did.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:17 pm

It has to be said, though, the Cup is getting less magic by the year. Bayern won 5 of the last 10 plus eight of the last 10 Championships), Dortmund two, Frankfurt, Schalke and Wolfsburg one each. Bayern are up against far-East fourth-Leaguer Energie Cottbus tonight, and their coach put their chance of an upset at 0 %, "exactly". Romanticism is alive, but the really big guns are getting immune pretty fast.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:32 am

In England the money for staying in the top league means many teams write off the cups as a distraction and put everything into staying up, and the top teams are so focussed on Europe that some don't bother much about the cups. Of course when the cups gave entry to European competitions . . .
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:32 am

Rangers 3 - 1 Bacon pornographers

We scored our traditional early goal and that was that. Legia Warsaw next, no idea how good they are.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:19 pm

Hertha! So far . . .
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:59 pm

Fucking dodgy VAR penalty.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:55 pm

Heid the Ba wrote:Fucking dodgy VAR penalty.

Just what the world needs - more of those.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:12 pm

Bayern got a penalty at home when they needed it, you’re shocked aren’t you? Ref missed it and the VAR official called it.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:32 pm

That is fucking incredible

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:43 am

Yes it is incredible, I didn’t see all of it but I saw enough.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:47 pm

While I am a card-carrying member of the ABB Fanclub (Anyone but Bayern) I have to admit I have a soft spot for their coach, Niko Kovac. He grew up in a tough Berlin neighbourhood and made it to the Bundesliga (Hertha, Leverkusen, Bayern) and the Croatian National Team through lots of grit and hard work. He and his brother were part of the team that threw out England of the '08 Euro Cup qualification. Remember the "Wally with a brolly" headline? That was him. He politely and professionally ignores the antics of his bosses (Hoeness and Rummenigge) at Bayern. It's true, the matches against Liverpool last season showed they were not top-notch anymore in Europe, he won two national titles with a Bayern team whose makeup he cold not influence and which had a lot of players on the descending arm of their career. I like him and his Berlin accent, which he tries best to bury under Hochdeutsch. He is always impeccably groomed but he never loses his don't-mess-with-me proletarian bearing. He is a true Berlin boy: Parents from someplace else, grew up poor, kicked himself up and went into the great wide world to be successful.

Also, you just have to love Thomas Müller, right?
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:11 pm

Errm. Sorry.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lance » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:18 pm

Arneb wrote:Errm. Sorry.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:47 pm

I don’t think he is, so just for that and article in the Grauniad about Union.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:55 pm

But... but. OK, I'll admit it, it was the kind of Sorry tennis players say when the ball drops on the opponent's side. And I LOVE Union. Not when they play Auld Auntie, bit this no Old Firm type relation.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Richard A » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:44 pm

Hertha BSC holding Bayern to a draw is freakin' fantastic! They won't like that! lol It reminds me of my first trip to Berlin after unification when Arneb, I and my cousin were having a beer together. My cousin explained that during the 1949-89 era, no one took Bonn seriously as the West German capital and so Munich claimed that culturally it was the "real" capital. But then came 1990 and no one could credibly claim that Munich was the capital of anything other than one of the states. So it's not just the fact that Bayern Munich regularly thrash any English side they encounter - there are other reasons to raise a glass at this!
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Lianachan » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:59 pm

God dammit!

Partick Thistle 3 - 2 Ross County (a.e.t. - league cup)

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am

Aye, that’s a sair yin. Fuerth then Rangers today, we should win, Fuerth will no doubt Fuerth.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:12 pm

Heid the Ba wrote:AFuerth will no doubt Fuerth.

1 up at the 75th. Plenty of time to Fürth up.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:30 pm

Fürth don't always Fürth!

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1 - 0 SV Jahn Regensburg

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Fifth of the table until tomorrow, when Darmstadt and Osnabrück can still pass us with a win. At least we're one point clear of that hole which is Bielefeld.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:58 pm

Fuerth win! We’re a goal up at half time and easily the better team so the potential is there for us to Fuerth.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:16 pm

East Fife 0 - 3 Rangers

Straightforward and no stress, just what we need before another midweek Europa Cup game and the first Old Firm game next weekend.

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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Heid the Ba » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:32 pm

Could be long season for Union, my random game generator is showing it.
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Re: What sports teams do you support?

Postby Arneb » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:44 pm

Oh indeed. 0 - 4 in the first home game is hard to swallow. Must habe been an emotional affair. Discounting Hertha, Leipzig is the only other East German Bundesliga club, and it is an epitome of commercialization, being entirely run by a soda company - which bends the Bundesliga's ownership rules to the breaking point.
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