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Last weekend was torrid for me football-wise. I left the house with a good feeling about the Bayer-KSC match at half-time (there was no stream, so I followed the match on live-ticker), fully expecting a good result. After all, we were 3-1 up at halftime. Nothing could go wrong, right, right?

But this is Bayer and it seems that the young Werkself has yet to master the dark arts of closing shop and parking the bus in front of goal. Because KSC fought their way back into the game and Bayer left Karslruhe with only one point. Needless to say, Tante Völler had a lot to say about Bayer throwing away the lead. I can’t comment further but I can see why the sporting director’s in a snit fit. I know I was when I got back home and saw that result.

Having said all that, another truism of life in general is that if you’re not doing well, pray everybody else screws up too and Hoffenheim most kindly obliged by losing away to Hertha Berlin. Therefore, the Werkself are currently topping the table on goal difference. It’s way too soon to cheer yet as that Evil Bavarian Empire [TM] has recovered their form (or more like, Franck Ribery is playing and playing well again) and are now only one point away. With Bayern on the rise, the Werkself cannot afford to slip up if they want to remain in contention for at least a European spot. I stress, European spot, not the T-word.

In other news, apparently Theofanis Gekas is unhappy with his sub appearances and now wants away from the BayArena come January. No worries though, as the club has set their eyes on yet another Brazilian (Adeilson). Cue the “Is he any good in Football Manager?” jokes.

This is slightly old news but Herr Pirmin Schwegler has followed in Tranquillo Barnetta’s footsteps and received his call-up to the senior Swiss squad for a friendly against Finland. It remains to be seen if he’ll actually play but he’s definitely garnering the right kind of attention and that first senior cap cannot be far away.  All the best, Schwegler.


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