You must all be very kind to Tobias today

Regionalist tensions in Spain, murderously cold weather and French nuclear stroppiness are all important enough in their way, I suppose, but let’s not lose sight of what truly matters: Bayern Munich move ahead to the semi-finals of the DFB Cup. It will be scant comfort to Tobias, I fear, that his boys from Mainz 05 punched way above their weight, owning the pitch during the first part of the match and making Bayern worry down to the very last minutes of extra time. Special mention goes to second-string Mainz keeper Christian Wetklo, who had no reason to feel embarrassed standing on the other end of the pitch from Oliver Kahn.

Germany’s other national keeper and his Highbury comrades didn’t fair as well in their own face-off against an upstart promotee, taking a long walk off Wigan pier and out of the League Cup. But the real nailbiter is tonight in Hamburg, where piratical misfits FC St. Pauli of the northern regional league take on Bundesliga power club Werder Bremen. Come on Pauli!

UPDATE: And damned if on Pauli didn’t come! 3:1 against mighty, mighty Werder; well done the lads!

8 thoughts on “You must all be very kind to Tobias today

  1. Thanks for your emotional support Mrs T.! I truly appreciate it. I’m actually not too devastated. The lads have played well against Bayern everytime, eventually they will win. Interestingly, asked by a radio reporter about my perception of the game last night, I said almost exactly what you wrote here ;). Now let’s see how St. Pauli fares tonight. I mean, Mainz winning against Bayern would have been a statistical anomaly, but St. Pauli winning against Bremen tonight would be a miracle, truly defiant of the laws governing the universe ;).

  2. Well, by that measure St. Pauli have already performed several miracles… they are after all the “Weltpokalsiegerbesieger”.

    But I think if Pauli fans had to choose their miracles, they’d pick promotion back to the 2. Bundesliga. This Regionalliga stuff gets old very quickly. 🙂

  3. Tobias, take comfort in sweet memories.
    Champions League final, 1999.
    Bayern, having killed the game, lead 1-0 after 91 minutes. By the final whistle, two minutes later, they’re trying to work out how they lost.
    Ah, how Europe laughed.

  4. bert,

    not all Europe laughed. My son, six at the time, wept; and only my hard-school ninja discipline kept me from doing the same.

    And even for those morlocks who resent Bayern’s rightful place at the pinnacle of all that is good and holy, the comfort and sweetness of that moment must surely be made less sweet and comforting given that Bayern’s loss necessarily meant victory for a certain shower of jammy bastards.

    BTW, they knew right away how they lost. I saw Kahn interviewed immediately afterwards on German TV. ‘How did it look from your perspective?’, asked the doltish commentator. ‘Corner,’ came the deadpan response, ‘then goal’.

  5. Corner. Then goal. Zweimal. D’oh!

    Mrs T, it’s all clear to me now. When you said “We must all be very kind to Tobias today”, you were in fact rubbing it in.

    I shall know next time, and pile it on.

  6. bert,

    you are so very wrong there, you know. Of course Mainz had to fall; but they fell with honour, and fair play to them. One of those Achilles-and-Hektor things. Well, maybe that’s not the best metaphor for not ‘rubbing it in’, but you take my meaning.

    I wish Mainz well in 30 matches per season, and Frankfurt in 32.

  7. Saw the St. Pauli result on Fox Soccer last night. Bless! St. Pauli has always been the club for the discriminating football nut. What’s not to like about a club that once had Jack Daniels as it’s kit sponsor? Special spot in my heart for being a transfer destination for Chicago Fire star Ante Razov. St. Pauli for the Bundesliga!

  8. German football culture seems very good-natured, from this distance.
    Another reason to be looking forward to the summer. Any views on whether the national team is back in its stride? What little I see is filtered through the English press, which of course can’t be trusted, and which had its own fun with Klinsmann when he was at Tottenham.

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