Effzeh auf Englisch: 1. FC Köln News from 31 July 2013

Best mascot in sports.

Always nice to get a bump from someone with much more Twitter power than I have.

A signal boost from Roman Golobart himself seems to have been the primary traffic driver to the site today. The only day I had more visits was when the official 1. FC Köln account pushed it along. I am, as always, thankful.

I had a suggestion via Twitter to show the visitations through some sort of graphics. I’m not much a graphics person, but if I can come up with a solution, I think it would be a fun thing to feature from time to time.

The best I can do for now is to just show you what I see for the post-Golobart results:

Country Views
Germany FlagGermany 110
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 28
United States FlagUnited States 7
Australia FlagAustralia 6
Spain FlagSpain 5
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 2
Norway FlagNorway 1
Turkey FlagTurkey 1
France FlagFrance 1
Nigeria FlagNigeria 1
Canada FlagCanada 1
Austria FlagAustria 1

Clearly, I’m not about to be able to turn this into my day job, but it’s still fun to work it.

  • With a red-card suspension served, Kacper Przybylko is hoping to finally see some playing time in return for his hard work in training. Michael Krämer reports in his Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger piece that Pritsche could be looking to start his season at Trier in the Effzeh‘s DFB-Cup tie Saturday.”I have greater chances playing than before, as I always came on just before the end when trailing. I have always shuttled between the first team and the under-21; now I want to attack above,” explains Pritsche. “‘Being there is evertything’ is not my motto.”Pritsche also said that while an opportunity to play for Germany among the youth squads where there is a dearth of strikers, he’d rather not surrender his Polish passport to make it happen and, besides, enjoys playing for Poland.
  • The club announced today on its site what everyone was talking about yesterday, which is that Slawomir Peszko will again join 1. FC Köln through a loan agreement with Italian Serie-A side Parma FC, the finalization of which allowed Peszko to partake in an afternoon training session.Sports director Jörg Schmadtke was happy to sell the deal as good for the club, saying, “We are happy…to have reached a deal. Slawomir Peszko…is an offensive-oriented midfielder who has good field vision.”
  • And it’s UJAH with the season’s first photo bomb. Nice job, Tönn!

    With him, we are gaining in quality.”

    Then, of course, there’s the more smarty-pants approach of fans on Twitter.

    Of course, if you didn’t know Peszko was arrested after an alcohol-inspired incident in a taxi cab back in April 2012, someone asking whether he arrived by Taxi wouldn’t seem that funny. Even so, maybe it’s a bit over the line to poke at what is (hopefully) an embarrassing incident better off put in the past.

    That doesn’t mean it’s not a little funny, though. Slawa may disagree.

    Peszko will be wearing a number I’ve long used as my default “lucky number,” though I don’t actually believe in such things. I will say that in college, I attended a casino night which ended with three spins of the roulette wheel. I put all my winnings on 17 on the last spin and hit, winning the night.

    I shall hope our odds of this being the ‘win’ Schmadtke is saying it is are better than the 35-to-1.

  • While the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger has a 15-minute summary of last night’s FC-Stammtisch featuring Maxi Thiel available for viewing, you can listen to the entire thing at host Ralf Friedrich’s WordPress site. Further, it would appear videos are aired and then archived, at least for a little while, at Center TV.

    All sports-chat shows should have beer on the table. The dwarf, though? Okay.

    The audio available NOW is broken into three chunks:

    Part 1:  Analysis of the derby against Fortuna Düsseldorf/Maxi Thiel and his impression of the derby and his reaction to not playing.

    Part 2:  Thiel explains the goal against/performances of Timo Horn and Roman Golobart/Who will score goals other than Ujah?/Peszko returns to the FC/Thiel on his new compeition in Peszko

    Part 3:  How did Thiel come to the TC and where does he see his position/young players at the club/the next challenges: Trier and Paderborn

    Of course, those are entirely in German, but good listening for those (like me) who are using Effzeh-related media to sharpen long-dormant language skills.

  • Express seems to think Peter Stöger is hinting at Anthony Ujah getting some rest in Saturday’s cup match when he talks about the lack of rest and relaxation Ujah had this summer due to his participation in the Confederations Cup as part of the Nigerian national squad.Though, Stöger also says that he’s not “arrogant” and that he does not expect victory in Trier at only “half throttle.”Ujah, for his part, is prepared to do whatever is asked of him.

    It’s true that I had litttle vacation, but that plays no role right now,” said the striker when asked about his status. “I feel good and wish to just keep playing for the team and help. Whatever the coach thinks is right for me, I’ll do.”

    I definitely agree that the smartest thing would be for Stöger put a team on the pitch he’d happily play against any mid-to-lower level league team, but that you also have to be realistic about taking an opportunity to rest a player who’s had little of it. The winter break is still a long way away.

Once again, real life gets in the way of me reading and writing more than I did. I received some good links for the weekend’s match from Twitter friend fabifly. I can’t imagine any more transfer news emerging from here, so it’s high time to look at Trier.

Hey! That rhymed. See y’all tomorrow!

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