Let it Bleat – 2 January 2018

Bleating/repeating (in English) news found elsewhere so you don’t have to learn German or even employ your Google Translate skills.

Official News (aka ‘what the club wants you to know’)

  • Players Back to Work
  • “Lightning” Tournament This Weekend
  • New Goalkeeper Coach

Lactate Testing and Two-a-Days

As the holidays are finished, the club delivered the obligatory report of the players returning to work today with the “mandatory lactate testing,” noting that newcomer Simon Terodde was among the participants.

Also there, the reminder that Peter Stöger is no longer the head coach that is Stefan Ruthenbeck and new goalkeeping coach Andreas Menger, replacing the not-fired long-time FC keeper coach Alexander Bade . . . just in case there were not yet enough drama around team leadership for you.

Sidebar: I do not know why it wouldn’t have been assumed that he would have been there, but they reported it all the same.

Sidebar 2: If you do not yet know what lactate testing is, you can either Google it or just trust my very base knowledge of it when I tell you they take blood samples from the ear lobes of the players at various stages of exertion. I understand they can determine the rate at which the bodies are converting carbohydrates to energy or some such thing.

“We have many players returning from injury,” said Ruthenbeck. “It is important to know the outlook of the state of your fitness.”

The players participating in the testing who had been unavailable due to injury late in the season were Jonas Hector, Simon Zoller, Yuya Osako, Sehrou Guirassy, ​​Claudio Pizarro, and Nikolas Nartey.

The players will train twice daily this week, leading up to . . .

H-Hotels.com Winter Cup

With just a few weeks to prepare for the Rückrunde-opening derby with Borussia Mönchengladbach, the FC will travel to Bielefeld’s Schüco Arena to participate in Saturday’s “lightning” tournament, so-called for consisting of four 60-minute matches.

Köln will play Hertha BSC in their semifinal after hosts Arminia Bielefeld square-off with Hannover 96. The losers from the two matches will play a consolation match; the winners, of course, will fight for the (catchy? prestigious?) title of “Champions of the H-Hotels.com Winter Cup”.

Andreas Menger is New Goalkeeper Coach

New Year’s Day saw many reports that Alexander Bade, FC goalkeeper coach since 2009, had been fired from the club and replaced with former FC goalkeeper Andreas Menger.

The club announced today that Menger was, indeed, the team’s new goalkeeper coach, but that Bade had requested he be allowed to relinquish his duties.

“After the development with Alexander Bade, we found a top solution in Andreas Menger,” said sporting director Armin Veh. “Andi knows the club and brings a ton of experience as a goalkeeper coach with him, so that our keepers are in very good hands.”

It is unclear whether that last bit was intended as a pun.

Whatever happened with Bade, he has not been fired from the club and will reportedly be tasked with “other duties.”

Menger made 47 appearances for the club from 1997-99. As a trainer, he has worked for VfB Stuttgart, 1860 München, and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Found Elsewhere . . . 

FC M*A*S*H Unit

When you can name SIX players returning to action from injury, you normally would think that your squad returned to full health over the break.

Of course, the injury plague at FC in the first half of the season was anything but normal. The pending return of Jonas Hector to the team will be of enormous benefit. Zoller, Osako, Guirassy, and Pizarro returning mean that defender Lukas Klünter is no longer the sole option in attack when matches begin in less than two weeks.

Osako’s return is a bit ahead of schedule, apparently. It was assumed his bout of pneumonia would keep him unavailable until mid-January, but he was running with his teammates on Tuesday.

“We got the ‘okay’ from the doctors for (Osako) to participate in the lactate test,” said Ruthenbeck. “If he feels okay tomorrow after all the exertion, he is set for a full return. If he doesn’t feel so well, he will participate in just one session.”

Among those still missing was Leonardo Bittencourt. Instead of taking the lactate test Tuesday, the oft-injured winger will go under the knife Wednesday to address his lingering adductor injury. Already out since mid-November, Bittencourt now will be unavailable at least another four to six weeks. 

Feliz Natal 🎅🏼💫 #jameinpulliistlegeeeeendär 🤙🏾

A post shared by Leonardo Bittencourt (@leobittencourt32) on

Also missing Tuesday were Marcel Risse, Dominic Maroh, Jhon Cordoba, and Joao Queiros. Geissblog says Maroh and Cordoba may return in the next ten days to two weeks.


And that is all I have time for today! Damned day job!

Until later, come on FC!


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