Lots of questions continue to linger in the ether without definitive answer.
Will Slawomir Pesko return to 1. FC Köln?
Is the match with Düsseldorf really a ‘derby?’
Should Benny Kirsten seek help for his anger-management issues?
What’s better than ‘Effzeh auf Englisch?’
These are all important questions, folks. We can only try to answer them as our capabilities allow. Though, it would seen Yannick Gerhardt would like to help with the derby question.
It's derby time !! #effzeh
— Yannick Gerhardt (@yannickgerhardt) July 25, 2013
When I think how Gerhhardt was nearly my son’s current age the last time 1. FC Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf met on the pitch, I think I can forgive him a bit of youthful enthusiasm.
Here’s a question for you: Are Fortuna fans more-invested in promoting this rivalry because they don’t have another rival to fit the bill? I keep seeing people say that Mönchengladbach is the real derby, with a few mentioning also Bayer Leverkusen, which made me wonder who Fortuna fans would say were their real rival, were they trying to downplay the heat of the match-up with Köln. I couldn’t imagine, so I guess I’m looking for suggestions.
While you ponder that, let me get to the day’s news:
- Seeing how Jörg Schmadtke was born and raised in Düsseldorf, played in 258 matches as a keeper for Fortuna, and was recently hired as the sports director for FC Köln, it had to be expected someone would interview the man before the weekend about his take on the first meeting between his childhood club and his current employer in 14 years.If you had Express as the likely source of such an interview, you were right!
I’d like to get around to translating it, but if you’re German-capable, you won’t need to wait for me to go here.
There is also a chat with FC President Werner Spinner and Fortuna CEO Peter Frymuth on the FC-Koeln.de site, but I don’t think I’ll be getting to that one.
- As someone who enjoys literature as much as sport, I always enjoy when a professional athlete presents himself as something other than a single-minded athlete. This becomes increasingly rare here in the United States as professional sports franchises seem to believe that a player having interests beyond sports is a warning sign. Anti-intellectualism is a burgeoning problem in our society, overall, but, in sports, a young athlete would have to think twice before admitting he had an interest in who wins the Pulitzer Prize, lest he risk being labeled as “different,” which, for those who guide the hiring process for many franchises, is generally considered a bad thing.Hence, I’m very much enjoying the arrival of Roman Golobart, a young man who seems intent on leveraging his soccer abilities to allow him to live in different parts of the world while learning their language and experiencing their culture. While you may be able to forgive a club manager for thinking maybe such a player may not have the single-minded drive we’ve been told is the sole way to athletic dominance, you should also find refreshing someone who has proven he can play at such a high level while maintaining a sense of perspective about his place in the world.
If you’ve not been following Golobart on Twitter (as you should be), you may not be aware of our new center back’s inquisitive disposition. Catch up a bit by reading today’s piece on him at ksta.de, in which Golobart claims Sunday, should be be picked for the team, would be the largest match of his career, which is saying something for a guy who played in several FA Cup matches last year for eventual cup winners Wigan Athletic.
And, even though he declined to respond physically to Dresden keeper Benjamin Kirsten’s non-football attack on him Saturday, Golobart did take a bit of a jab at the player and his actions, saying “his (Kirsten’s) behavior reflects poorly on the image of Dynamo Dresden. I play for a big club; it is my duty to worthily represent the 1. FC Köln.”
“If he wants to fight, he can go do that in the streets. I’d rather play football.”
Kirsten 0, Golobart 1
- A little while ago, news emerged that Dubai club Al-Ahli had not yet sent the money they’d committed to secure the transfer of Youssef Mohamad from the Effzeh a few years ago. Hilariously, the club’s Facebook page was immediately overrun by Köln fans demanding the money be sent. (It seems whoever runs the club’s social-media marketing has scrubbed the comments from the page, but I assure you it was brilliant.)Well, Bild reports the money has finally made its way north to the Köln coffers.
Bild also reported that it was only after their initial report on the missing money that things began to move toward a resolution. I’m fine with Bild wanting to pat themselves on the back, as unprofessional as it may be.
But we all know it was the attack of the Effzeh supporters that really greased the rails. Granted, we didn’t know until you told us, but once you did, we took up arms! Viva Colonia!
- The sleuthing capabilities of Express were on display today when they posted a photo of Bruno Nascimento wearing a yellow jersey at practice, proclaiming it a sign that Peter Stöger “apparently considering a change to the starting line-up,” with the implication that Nascimento would replace Golobart, who is in the same photo’s background sans yellow pullover.
Of course, you can’t really ignore that AnthonyUjah is directly behind Nascimento, also not wearing a yellow top. Probably can’t read too much into the image. Golobart played pretty well Saturday. Nascimento shouldn’t lose his spot because he had a family matter to which he had to attend, but that’s supposing he’d earned the job. There are no signs that had been the case. I guess we’ll find out in a few days.
- Nothing much of interest in today’s Könger Stadt-Anzeiger’s update on the Pesko situation. Essentially, the Polish national remains a man without a club as three-way negotiations continue between the club, player representatives, and a private investor whose purchased rights seem to complicate matters for everyone.
The article did finish with a paragraph about the once-rumored acquisition of Erwin Hoffer from SSC Naples, saying the matter is pretty much dead in the water, likely opening the way for Hoffer too remain at Kaiserslautern on loan.
- I saw a few mentions on Twitter that Knut Kircher will be the referee for Sunday’s match, so why not put it here.
For me, the name meant nothing, but when I looked him up, I thought, “Oh, THAT guy!”
It’s natural to start to recognize the faces of these guys, I’m sure. As someone who officiates sports part-time, I wonder whether I don’t assign any particular feelings to individuals being assigned an Effzeh game because I know how hard it is to do such a job (even on a much lower level) or whether I’ll eventually remember a guy as “the one who hates Effzeh.”
- Bild managed to get a few player reactions to the Düsseldorf internet video about stealing points (the points being umlauts and periods on signs and t-shirts throughout Köln.
“We don’t need to invent songs on the internet,” said Marcel Risse. “In Köln, there are enough strong Karneval hits to last us for days in the clubhouse, “says Marcel Risse (23). “If Düsseldorf finds it necessary to steal two points – please. We are satisfied only with three points! ”
Thomas Kessler, though, took a bit more a direct shot at Düsseldorf’s fan support in the stadium.
“At the start of the match in Düsseldorf last week, I believe there were 30,000 spectators. Luckily, they have colorful seats, so it’s not as noticeable” said the number-two keeper. “Come Sunday, they’ll experience with us what a full stadium really looks like.”
- Effzeh.com’s Thomas Reinscheid posted a report from practice today, giving fairly detailed accounts of what he saw as the players were run through exercises. Even if you don’t want to sort though all the German, you can certainly the 21 photos collected from the session.
Tradition would indicate this is the penultimate edition of “Effzeh auf Englisch” for the week, so I hope I’ve properly stoked your excitement for the finale…until next week, of course.