“Everything went according to plan,” said coach Peter Stöger after the 1. FC Köln arrived in Turkey Tuesday night.
“As of tomorrow, we can get started.”
Hopefully, the guys can enjoy some of the luxuries of Hotel Maxx tonight before getting to work in earnest with the launch of training camp targeting the completion of the task begun quite well in the 2013 portion of the schedule: get promoted.
According to Express.de, Kacper Przybylko was on hand to greet the players upon their arrival. Arminia Bielefeld, where Pritsche is on loan, is also training along the “Turkish Riviera.”
In other news:
- Have you seen the Brings video for Kölsche Jung?
Well, go and watch it now. I’ll wait.
Wasn’t that fun? I always love seeing shots of the Dom, as well as Lukas Podolski kicking the ball along the Rhine and sporting his Köln tattoo. But the addition of the scarf-waving Effzeh fans? Just perfect.
An article over at kolsche-ziege.de, from which I stole the above photo, uses the video as an opportunity to remind everyone that there IS no wrong side of the Rhine, referencing a commonly used pejorative for fans of Bayer Leverkusen, within our world of Effzeh fans. As long as we’re united under the “ruut un wiess,” we’re all on the right side.
Easy for me to say, of course, since I also have the width of the United States, the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal, Spain, France, and the Netherlands to get through before I’m even near Müngersdorf, but I will just let the sentiment be true enough. My experience has been one of open arms, so I’m assuming it for all comers.
- I’m not addressing the 2:1 victory over FC Schalke 04 today, nor the violence that preceded it. I’ve seen only the highlights of the match and have read just a little about the problems on the streets at Rudolfsplatz. Even so, I know I feel good about how the test played out, and hate that the sport tends to draw the attention of dimwits who feel a sporting contest is a good time to get into fights with strangers over team allegiances.
They continue to draw attention, but the fact is that ‘hooligans’ don’t rate among sport fans. They choose to wander in our sphere, but they don’t belong, which is a shame because the violence is clearly a bit of a cry for attention.
- Turns out today is the birthday of Captain Canada, Kevin McKenna. He’s 34 years young and apparently healthy enough we should expect to see him in the team at some point soon. There is virtually no drawback to having him around the team, from my perspective. By all accounts, he’s a great dude with the right leadership skills to eventually make a great coach.
But that’s for down the road. For now, I look forward to him adding depth to the best defense in the league.
- Said added depth is needed a little more after Bruno Nascimento was suddenly in need of ankle surgery and will be unavailable for “several weeks,” according to Kölnische Rundschau.
Happily, everything seems to have gone well with the surgery.
Get well soon, Bruno.
- Apparently, Adil Chihi is visiting Blackpool FC for a tryout.
- Also, Kevin Pezzoni was sent packing by Falko Götz from his duties at Erzgebirge Aue and has since signed with FC Saarbrücken in the hopes of improving a porous defense and making some progress toward safety in the 3-Liga, where they currently sit second-from-bottom and five points behind a safe spot.
Maybe of slight interest, but. . .
- Let us finish with a string of photos from the trip to and arrival in Belek, all stolen from the internet for me to flesh out the article and making it easy for you to just browse.
Okay folks. That’s enough for today. I’m sufficiently distracted from the idea we’re still more than two weeks away from the next match.
See you around!