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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Test Match vs Lichtenberg 47

Yesterday was our 5th or 6th winter friendly match - I really dont know as I was away and a load were cancelled. Perhaps its only the 4th? Well who cares? It was my 2nd and its me that counts.

Sa, 28.01.2006 | 13.30 Uhr
Lichtenberg 47 - Tennis Borussia
2 - 0

Yes, a 2-0 defeat against a team struggling in the division below. :-(


- Despite the fact it looks freezing cold, the temperature was OK for anyone managing to place themselves in the sun. The pitch had metre high piles of snow, where the fans would usually stand and we therefore had the choice of being either squished between snow and the wall, or to get up there on the snow. Our coach chose to climb up on the mountains of snow - I was not as brave.

- The mounds of snow acted as rather good beer holders, keeping the drink cool and secure. Beer was 1Euro 50 for 330ml of Warsteiner. Now to the not so serious stuff ;-)

- I arrived a bit late after getting a tad lost in Lichtenberg. Luckily I didnt miss a great deal and had the honour of paying a full 3 Euros enrance (5 for non students). Felix filled me in with the team and the positions but then became obsessed by a big fat white gull in a tree and was distracted from the game for a while.

- Anyone who sees the result 2-0, both in the second half will probably panic and ask whether TeBe were lacking in fitness. That wasnt the problem. TeBe made 10 substitutions at half-time and other changes followed. This was really a practice run about with a ball.

- Lichtenberg are in the danger zone of the division below BUT they have taken some steps over the winter break to change this. They now have the manager that Union sacked at Christmas (forgot his name) and a few new players. They seemed extremely up for the game, well practiced on the astroturf pitch and fought for every ball. They only made a few changes. It was a very good performance for them and they deserved to win. If they continue like that then we may be seeing them in the Oberliaga division again soon.

- TeBe on the other hand seemed to be playing a different match: Lots of changes and switches to test things out and give everyone a run around; TeBe were less aggressive in their tackling (apart from a few nasty crunches) and never seemed to have come to terms with the astroturf.

- We were moving the ball out to the wings, playing short 1-2s, switching the wings and creating space. All very good BUT THIS WAS A TINY ASTROTURF PITCH! The ball kept going out, switching made little difference and in the space created the ball just ran and ran never slowing down. Our 1-2s were constantly being broken down by a more pressing Lichtenberg. We were playing the wrong tactic for the pitch and the impression I had was that this game was just a run out for us, nothing more than a chance for everyone to test their fitness with a half of running about.

- In this sense its not a disappointing result but I dont like seeing them lose. Lichtenberg were the deserved winners but I hope that TeBe got exactly what they wanted out of the game as well.

- The referee was a young guy wearing an overly tight black kit. Very sexy and he had a good game as well, explaining the rules to the players quite confidently and allowing the game to flow - only stepping in when the tackles were too hard.

- There were 44 paying fans apparently. I didnt see them all. Some young Lichtenberg chavs called us gay to the amusement of a few of us but the match and the atmosphere was nice and friendly. The final ten minutes were amusing though as straight after our match was a "friendly" between BFC Dynamo and Dynamo Dresden 2nd team. With 5 minutes to go the riot police had arrived as well as some very strange charachters from BFC. But heh, that's just the small minority isnt it?

- Verdict: Disappointed but not scared - it was just a warm up.

Photo Love Story L47

I always get lost in Lichtenberg - Grrrrrr Stupid Lichtenberg. Posted by Picasa

Lichtenberg 47 have got a beautiful stadium that I visited last season. This match however was on some astroturf pitch nearby.. somewhere nearby. I see LIDL up there in the distance and will wander in the direction of civilisation. The problem here is that there are a lot of administrative / civil service buildings in Lichtenberg. And Germany loves red tape and paperwork so a lot is a lot....

... finally get to the stadium and are robbed of 3 Euros (student price) to see a friendly match between 2 low division teaams in the freezing cold.

The only playable pitch in Berlin that doesnt belong to Hertha! Brilliant. Posted by Picasa

The Berlin council has cancelled all matches on its pitches - apart from this one. BFC Dynamo are on straight after us. The only other pitch may be Union's practice pitch and the fields at the Olympic Stadium..... Well it is -15 at night I guess.

Lichtenberg cause us lots of problems in midfield, breaking down our game and playing nice balls through. Posted by Picasa

We werent playing suitable tactics for the pitch, just practicing our thing and giving everyone a run about.

The first half draws slowly to a close Posted by Picasa

0-0 at HT. A disappointing match in the sense that L47 are the better team, the only team taking it seriously. More worrying are a few (on one occasion painful) defence mix ups and the fact that we cant make chances at all. Our midfield is getting frustrated with the lack of space and bad passes. Thats where all he frustration fouls are coming from.

The Second Half. Posted by Picasa

10 substitution at half time so I will get myself a beer. This game isnt to be taken seriously.

Play on. Posted by Picasa

The referee is letting the game flow nicely, only stopping when it threatens to lose the friendly feeling.

New hair colour! Posted by Picasa

Vuckovic has dyed his hair blond. Very nice but it doesnt stop the 1-0 deserved lead for Lichtenberg.

2-0! How did that happen?  Posted by Picasa

Cross and in if I rememeber. Anyways Timo had little chance and his face says it all. Sort of pissed off to be 2-0 down but still enjoying a freindly kick around.

Waitimg for the goalkick... but he can take his time... nearly over now. Posted by Picasa

We had a few nice set pieces that we'd obviously learnt through but were hardly ever dangerous and never got used to the pitch's speed or size.

Its all over. A bad 2-0 defeat against a team fighting for survival in the division below. Posted by Picasa

But hey..... shit happens.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Shock Headlines

A serious issue and well done big Bill, but I couldnt help but smile when i read the headline to this story in the news today:

Gates pledges $600m to fight TB

What have Tennis Borussia done to annoy the computer man I thought?

Well I am back from my little trip home and ready to get reporting on the team again.

A special thanks to Leon for the nice mail. Its nice to know people even read the site, let alone hear that they enjoy it. I will pass on your regards to the PT supporter and a report on the Fan Laden that has sadly shut will be up here as soon as I have checked with the legal experts on what may or may not be said about it all online.

Now lets get this silly German winter break thing finished with and get on with life.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Test Match 1 - 2006

Well back to football in the New Purple White 2006 and the first match is a friendly here in Berlin against the Reinickendorf Foxes.

Sa. 07.01.2006 | 11.00 h | Freiheitsweg

Friendly 1 : Reinickendorfer F├╝chse - TeBe

Some thoughts:

- Probably between 50 and 100 people came to watch the match, including 1 very well behaved dog.

- Without a program, a team list, a scoreboard, a personal Felix or a stadium announcer, it is difficult to judge any of the new players as none of us knew exactly who was who.

- Even if we had known it would have been a tough job as the pitch conditions were suitable for ice-hockey rather more than football. You could have given them points for sliding skills but football was difficult in the conditions. Frozen pitch edges made it hard for example to play down the wings, one of the more central and positive aspects of our game.

- I didnt see Dejan, who was either in the hall or still on holiday. Otherwise the rest of "the management" were there wishing the fans a Happy New Year. Our training staff seemed to have everything under control though with some intensive warm ups and good tactical instructions.

- It was really cold there.

- The team were playing well. Some silly mistakes, some basic errors and some position confusion but nothing considering the pitch and the new players. It was a good first match for the new recruits and things look positive.

- Our goals came in the 2nd half, probably between the 55th and 70th minutes but I dont know. Goal scorers Lemcke and then, we think, Below with a long distance blinder about 10-15 minutes later.

- Outside the weather was really freezing cold.

- TeBe started the first half very strongly but soon allowed the Foxes back into the game. The second half went just as the first but we managed 2 goals and kept up the pressure for longer before the Foxes got a sniff in.

- The Foxes were quick on the break but their real danger came from free kicks. That was where their goal came from with about 10 minutes to go, leaving a nervous last few minutes to hang on.

- Not a convincing win with 2-1 but good enough to go to Cottbus on Wednesday for the next friendly with a bit of confidence. Many players were missing because of the hall tournament later in the day.

- Did I mention that it was really cold?

- Also worth saying that it was a very friendly match despite the conditions. The referee wasnt the best but did well, a few dodgy offside decisions but most importantly a lack of bad fouls and cards. 2nd Goaly Ulbricht, who looks more and more like a Brit pop band member every day (I like it), got a bad knock on the head after a Fox striker slid on the ice... but nothing to suggest it wasnt an accident and he seemed ok after a few minutes careful attention, playing a good game. After all the Foxes were his old team!

Well played TeBe.

Foxy Photo Love Story

An insider tip secret World Cup ground? Posted by Picasa

What's that flag for? Is this the Brazillian training camp in Berlin?

No, its just the foxes' ground in very snowy conditions. Posted by Picasa

Very snowy conditions and very cold it was too. Luckily Coffee for 1 Euro and a free coffee at the end was fair, despite the 2 Euro and 4 Euro entrance fee.

The foxes kick it around Posted by Picasa

We arrived earlier than expected giving us a chance to watch the "warm" ups.

TeBe take time for some warming up exercises. Posted by Picasa

Some good stretching there boys.

The team come out for the friendly Posted by Picasa

Back in the "cabins" and then out in the terrible yellow kit for the match.

Foxes look dangerous. Posted by Picasa

TeBe started well but the Foxes got back into the game and looked sharp.

The defence holds well as Half Time calls. Posted by Picasa

0-0 HT and a close match.

The 1st goal has boosted confidence. Posted by Picasa

In goes the first and TeBe pressure to get this over with.

Keeping up the pressure. Posted by Picasa

Another goal we need.

Dangerous corner causing the Foxes problems Posted by Picasa

Whenever the ball kept away from a very nimble keeper the Foxes looked in trouble from corners.

0-2 Pick it out! Posted by Picasa

Lovely long range shot.

Freezing fans. Posted by Picasa

Many of them hoping to go to the Hall tournament later... if only to warm up.

The Foxes dangerous from free kicks. Posted by Picasa

...and from exactly one of those free kicks their goal did come, 2-1 and a nervous last few minutes.

High balls Posted by Picasa

The ground isnt good but the balls flies through the air.

"Home Win" - The Foxes Posted by Picasa

Game Over and, despite the sign, a 1-2 away win for TeBe.