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E- Block International - A Weblog for "Away Fans" of Tennis Borussia Berlin.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Standing Room Only

A pleasure to pee! Posted by Picasa

A little memory from Torgelow for all the TeBe Party Army males (well those who needed and didnt just water the forest). A good 8 out of 10 for toilet facilities go to our hosts Torgelow. Or what do others think?

Thanks to Red Devil for this great idea and the picture.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Lets Go To Torgelow!

From Tebe.de:

14. Spieltag | Sa, 26.11.2005 | 13.00 Uhr | Spartakus-Stadion

Torgelower SV Greif - Tennis Borussia

Torgelower SV Greif 1:2 (1:1) TeBe

Line-Up: Hampf – Duygun, Schmidt, Eckl – Griesert, Petrowsky, Köttig (56. Mansour), Weidner (75. Selanci) – Kollmorgen, Lemcke – Fuß.

Referee: Marco Schramm (Zielitz).

Goals: 0:1 (1.) Lemcke, 1:1 (18.) Koziel, 1:2 (68.) Fuß.

Att: 745.

Bookings: Kotula, Schwerdtfeger – Eckl, Lemcke, Duygun.

After the match yesterday we managed to go above the Torgelow Team in the league by winning the crucial 6 pointer 2-1.

The league table now looks like this:

9. BFC Dynamo 13 5 3 5 19 : 20 -1 18
10. Berliner AK 07 13 4 3 6 15 : 14 1 15
11. Tennis Borussia 14 4 3 7 24 : 25 -1 15
12. SV Yesilyurt 13 4 3 6 15 : 20 -5 15
13. Torgelower SV Greif 14 4 3 7 17 : 29 -12 15
14. TSG Neustrelitz 14 4 2 8 18 : 27 -9 14
15. FC Anker Wismar 13 3 2 8 17 : 38 -21 11
16. SV Falkensee/Finkenkrug 13 1 3 9 12 : 27 -15 6

The bad news being that Yesilyurt are playing BAK today and that BFC Dynamo have a probably easy match against Anker Wismar later as well. A draw in both games would be a Santa Special for us.

Just few comments as always on the game from my very bias and non-professional viewpoint:

- Vucko wasnt playing due to injury. This is a shame as it gives our attack a Crouch style option in the big guy upfront.
- That this option was missing however wasnt the only problem, after all we scored many a goal last week even after Vucko had been rested. The difference then was that our midfields were able to make chances after chances- these chances and midfield domination were lacking in Torgelow.
- The strange thing is though that I dont really think the team were much at fault in this. Their tackling back, pressing and fluid moves forward were broken up by a referee who really seemed to have nothing better to do than blow his whistle. I know this is the continental footy that the English generally despise but even when watching players fall like flies in the Seria A I know why the ref has blown. Some of the incidents he blew up I really couldnt say why... and sadly this broke the rhythm even if 35% of the time the decision went in our favour.
- Our defence looked very weak on th ebreak. They had some amazing players with pace and a few tricks in them who just stormed through us.
- Again: TIMO HAMPF = FOOTBALL GOD. Certainly one of the best keepers in the league, if not the best.
- The linesman on our side never stood with the last man. Every single one of his decisions was pure guesswork. He just couldnt keep up with the game. Terrible and really annoying as a fan or I guess as a player.
- I was actually putting my gloves on as the first goal went in so I didnt see all of a strange incident. The ball came in and the goally somehow ballsed it up, for some reason a defender was lying on the floor and as I looked up it seemed like an injury or a foul. The goalkeeper looked confused, the ball wasnt dead and Lemcke just nipped in there and slotted it in. When th ereferee blew I wasnt sure what to expect but no foul had taken place, the goaly had just ballsed it unhindered and a fine score after about 50 seconds of play!
- Despite their quick counter attacks, the Torgelow goal wasnt a 1 on 1 but a peach of a header after a beautiful cross. Nothing Timo could do. Classy goal and a wake up call after 18 Minutes.
- The rest of the match was like I said a strange one. Constant fouls and free kicks, no real flow and good chances for both teams, the cold snowy pitch playing certainly a role in that. We missed a few sitters 100%ers but they had some great attacking moves too.
- In the second half Fuß started to look like the predatory striker of old once more. His goal a good example. The Torgelow keeper failing to catch a high ball coming in against the sun and Micha slotting it in thankyou very much. The Te Be Party Army went wild.

Photo from Torgelow's website. great picture, great day. Thanks again Torgelow. Posted by Picasa

Photo taken from here with many football thanks.

- Fuß looked dangerous all the second half nearly chipping the keeper on at least 3 occasions.
- The last 20 minutes were touch and go, like the rest of the match, with chances for both teams. TeBe trying for the 3-1 to secure the game and Torgelow pushing everything forward for the point. Even their goalkeeper tried to make right for his mistakes by coming forward for freekicks and corners in the last few minutes.

General views:

- This was the best away match I have been on for ages and despite the sucky megaphone it was very enjoyable.
- Torgelow really is samll, reminding me of Barth in the north. Smal houses and streets, few pubs, a broken up old DDR station and a completely newly built modern town centre area with nice bars, restaurants and shops.
- The stadium was great. A tent was playing 80s mega mix of music. Cheap beer and food and souveniers and the stadium in the middle of the wood really is more impressive even in real life than the photos could ever do justice. (OK we should see what Jan's photos look like first I guess.)
- The fans were really nice and friendly and despite their absolutely crazy "anti-hooligan" routine, the police were a good lot albeit amusingly crap at their job.
- Some (about 6) drunken skinheads (approx 16 or 17) came round looking for a fight but not really not knowing what to do or how to start one. This meant they sort of stood there being laughed at for a bit and filmed. The police and security took them away but they followed us around all afternoon. A shame as the vast majority of the fans were classy and even those who looked a bit dodgy were certainly there on the day for football.
- With 1 hour to wait for the train home we spontaneously set up a mini fan friendship and went to the pub with a lot of younger Torgelow fans. The police at this point all parked outside the pub where we were buying each other drinks and talking football. Sitting there in their police vans not knowing what to do when fans decide to like each other!!!

A great Away Day and a great laugh with 3 points to take home as well. I look forward to Torgelow visiting us next year. Some beers of friendship will be drunk.

Some pictures (mine follow shortly)

From Torgelow's Site
Photos and report from Jan (top report)

Photo Love Story Torgelow

So I got up and managed to be at the meeting place very much on time. Meeting point 9 AM at the World Clock at Alexander Platz. Train leaves at 9.11 so easy peasy. Shame the train was cancelled however!!!!!! Posted by Picasa

Then in a panic off to Lichtenberg where we find another train that suits our requirements. Posted by Picasa

Never been to Jatznick before..... dont think I will go there again. Posted by Picasa

The police were already waiting to greet us at the station. Who do they think we are? We are TeBe not some hooligan team. This high police presence was made even more amusing as some fans had come dressed in suits as business men. Posted by Picasa

Spartakus Stadion: A must for every Groundhopper and worth the journey. Posted by Picasa

Beautiful stadium and cheap and friendly too. Posted by Picasa

1 Fan = 3 Security. 1 Security = 2 Police. 4 Police = 1 Police Van. You do the math! Posted by Picasa

Warm-Ups are important on freezing cold days. For them exercise. For us Gl�hwein. Posted by Picasa

Teams come onto the pitch to cries of "LILA WEISSE!" Posted by Picasa

Only One Team In Berlin! Posted by Picasa

Come On TeBe! Posted by Picasa

Behind the Me-Le sign, some idiot kids wannabe Hooligans are about to be taken away by the police, who arrive at the scene a good 3 Minutes late. Posted by Picasa

That famous scoreboard now in winter and the soon to be famous score from our first game in Torgelow Posted by Picasa

Relief, Pride, Happiness, Self-Confidence and 3 Points. Just what the Doctor ordered. Posted by Picasa

Despite our friendly nature and the fact that there is nobody but us left on the streets ( OK perhaps 10 Torgelow fans and 3 dumbass Nazis who keep following us) the police continue to follow us about as though we were some sort of demonstration or even a Presidential visit. Posted by Picasa

"No-one likes us we dont care" is soon forgotten and its time to have a beer together with the Torgelow fans, talk about the match, the league and to look forward to their arrival in Berlin.  Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Away Days

Ok I am up and awake. Its balls freezing outside but at least its light. 8 Am on a Saturday and Im aready up 30 minutes! We had better win this today....please TeBe lets go home with 3 points. Report tomorrow. A live ticker will be here no doubt.

Friday, November 25, 2005

George Best Dies

George Best Posted by Picasa

Picture and quotes from Random House:

'The best player in the world'

'Unquestionably the greatest'
Sir Alex Ferguson

'Don't coach him. He's a genius'
Sir Matt Busby

'The one tragedy George Best has to contront is that he will never know how good he could have been'
Michael Parkinson

'He dribbled like Garrincha, pulled birds like Jagger and drank like a fish'
Daily Telegraph

'It all went wrong with football, the thing I loved most of all and from there my life slowly fell apart'
George Best

The first pop idol footballer and the greatest footballer of his time that Great Britain ever produced has sadly dies today after losing his battle against the liver damage caused by his well known drinking problem. A sad day for all football fans.

Away Days

Next "Away Day" is Saturday, a long journey to here....

Torgelow! A modern stadium in a cosmopolitan city. Posted by Picasa

Photo from NordOst Football

Here are the train times for TeBe Fans:

Berlin Zoologischer Garten RE 38346 ab 09:02

Berlin Friedrichstr ab 09:09

Berlin Alexanderplatz ab 09:12

Berlin Ostbahnhof ab 09:25

Jatznick 26.11.05 an 11:20

Jatznick 26.11.05 ab 11:32

Torgelow 26.11.05 an 11:40

Duration: 2:15;

And to make for a fun day.... its snowing.

Here is the Torgelow website with some lovely photos of the Spartakus Stadium, just a shame we will not get the sun ourselves. Just click Stadion in the menu on the left.

Some fans are travelling in business men suits with briefcases and financial times. Why? Well its a motto journey, apparently. Feel free just to wrap up warm though.

Monday, November 21, 2005

9 (nine) - 0 (zero)

Well unfortunately my picture upload thingy isnt working at the minute so you'll have to make do with a written report. Pictures to follow asap. First of all the stats:

13. Spieltag | Fr, 18.11.2005 | 19.30 Uhr | Mommsenstadion

Tennis Borussia - FC Anker Wismar

TeBe 9:0 (2:0) FC Anker Wismar

Team: Hampf – Duygun, Schmidt, Eckl – Griesert, Petrowsky, Köttig, Kollmorgen (46. Weidner) – Lemcke (58. Mansour) – Fuß, Vuckovic (66. Selanci).

Referee: André Stolzenburg (Neuruppin).

Goals: Nenad Vuckovic (14., 44., 48.), Norbert Lemcke (55.), Benjamin Griesert (60.), Micha Fuß (69., 72., 82. und 84.).

Attendance: 297.

Bookings: Schmidt – Hildebrandt, Weidemann, Schawaller.

As Sir Alex kept telling me, "You cant take it seriously", after all Anker Wismar, a team whose letters seem to spell "Mark is a...." in my head, well they've had a few problems of late. Their President decided to leave the club in the lurch. Big problem was that he had signed all the contracts with the players himself and that meant the chosen 11 at least were no longer signed to the club. This meant that the second team had to jump in and take the role of the first team. Still after the 5th goal even Sir Alex was impressed with our boys and whether we should take it seriously or not, it was a very impressive performance, and important 3 points and certainly a boost in morale for both team and fans. Some points of note:

- Anker really didnt cause us many problems at all. They had a few chances at the most but this was a very solid performance from TeBe.
- Once again a nervous first half, where to be fair TeBe should have gone in at half time with 5 or 6 under their belt. 2-0 was a good half-time score but it really didnt reflect the play.
- The first goal was from Vuckovic and a real confidence booster it was too. After scoring he came over to E Block to celebrate with the fans. I think Dejan's idea of bringing the players up more in to the Casino bar with the fans may have paid off in terms of morale - and of course the Red Devil's personal talk with him.
- Although Anker may have been a weak opponent it is important to mention that TeBe played some beautiful football, with some great passing movements and some sexy through balls.
- Once again Dejan has managed to get the team to give 100%, something seriously lacking under Theo G. The team fought back after losing the ball and really looked as though they WANTED TO WIN, as though they ACTUALLY CARED. Great to see as a fan.
- My sympathy really goes out to the Anker goalkeeper who played an amazing game but still has a 9 goal thrashing under his name. After the match Timo went over and had a word of consolation with him, showing the respect he deserved and also basically what a great guy Timo is. Applause Timo.
- Idiot of the day was the linesman nearest to Block E for calling offside on a "pass" that a Tebe player passed to himself through the legs of the opponent! The referee in contrast had a good game.
- The only critique for the referee is that the first half lasted 44 minutes by my timing, the second about 43 minutes. Although everything is possible in football I doubt Anker will complain, but some TeBe fans (myself included) may have wanted 10 - even if just to see if the scoreboard would cope.
-The second half had everything the first didnt in terms of getting the ball in the net. Chances were ruthlessly banged in, finally. 4 for Micha, who despite being the most acclaimed member of our team, has yet to shine this season. Lets hope this lasts.
- At lot of credit has to go to our midfield who worked very hard and created a lot of the chances.
- Timo dealt with the Anker chances well. If their early chance had gone in then I really dont know whether the team could have bounced back, even against such a weak opponent. Self-confidence played a large role in the second half. We have the potential, at least most of the players, its just got to be nurtured and the desire to win has to be there.
- We did BFC Dynamo a favour today. 9-0 replacing their 8-0 defeat against bitter rivals 1FC Union as the highest defeat/win of the season.

Photos to follow.

Special thanks to Mr Bungle the stadium DJ for playing Mr Cash at half-time.

Special hello to the 2 new visiting fans from Blackpool. Hope your visit in Berlin was enjoyable and that you will both come back to see us play again. :-)

Some German stuff:

BZ Article
Jan's Match report (as always, a must read)
Little Lila Kanal Report

TeBe Photo Love Story

Half-Time Score 2-0. Surely it isnt really only 0 degrees though, its said that for hours - we must be in minus figures by now. Posted by Picasa

Getting ready for the 2nd Half.  Posted by Picasa

Just having got my new camera recently I tend to forget to take pictures. Means the first half is missing somewhat, but enjoy a few snaps from the second half.

TeBe playing solidly at the back deal with Anker's attack. Posted by Picasa

Anker had very few chances.

First Signs Of Snow. Posted by Picasa

It hadnt snowed really up until then this year. A few weeks worth all at once.

"Through Hail and Wind, Through Rain and Snow"- The weather gets worse. Posted by Picasa

Then it really does start to snow down on us. This photo looks like some sort of riot, I think TeBe had a good chance just as the snap was taken.