News from bundesliga states: thuringeskes and too little dirt

What someone who comes from Aachen could have known. And why the coach of MSV Duisburg shouldn’t always get so worked up.

Take it easy: Erling Haaland doesn’t like to get upset Photo: reuters

Perhaps it’s fortunate that the state of Thuringia has never been able to send a soccer representative to the Bundesliga in its – admittedly short – history. Who knows what damage he would have done otherwise. On the other hand, perhaps this is also a misfortune, because people who reliably have something once a week to be upset about, to feel cheated about, or to triumph over immensely simply no longer have as much energy to think up outrageous things of all kinds.

Admittedly, there are two arguments against this, namely that Thuringian ideas are also widespread in the German Bundesliga states. And on the other hand, that ex- or soon to be ex-prime minister Kemmerich comes from Aachen, a city that has twice been in the top flight. And now has to live with a stadium that is – to put it charitably – a little too big for the current fifth-placed team in the Regionalliga West, which will not be promoted again this season. In other words, if the FDP man had paid attention not only to carnival but also to soccer, he would have known what a lost cause looks like. But he just didn’t.

That’s bad, but not as bad as what happened to Borussia from Dortmund this weekend. They lost 3:4 in Leverkusen and are now very desperate. Nobody could have known that Erling Haaland only scores goals when he’s played, but that’s a load of crap. "The team has to learn to play more dirty when they have a lead," Emre Can said afterwards, which hopefully wasn’t heard in Thuringia. And sports director Michael Zorc analyzed that they made it too easy for the opponents to score goals, which is the case with practically every goal conceded in the whole world – except for penalties.

"Unfortunately not good enough"

Which brings us to the lost cause itself, i.e. those in soccer, and how to explain one afterwards. TSG Hoffenheim’s Pavel Kaderabek did just that in exemplary fashion after his team’s 1-0 loss to SC Freiburg this weekend: "If we want to win, we have to score goals – and we didn’t," he said. And coach Alfred Schreuder also expressed himself quite stylishly in view of the circumstances – a penalty caused by TSG: "Despite the defeat, I said to the boys: ‘We were good today, but unfortunately not good enough.’ Still, I hate losing."

And what the Monchengladbach team would have said after their sensational 12:3 victory over FC Cologne, if the game hadn’t been cancelled behind their backs, well, that would have been a milestone, a milestone, or rather a foundation stone, namely the one for the championship, which could then have been celebrated in their own stadium on May 16, after a 4:0 win over relegated Hertha – but, isso! Or would have come so, if there had not been this very storm, too bad.

Elsewhere, that is, at the glorious MSV Duisburg, there were no winners this matchday, by the way, in the 1-1 draw against , which led to a certain displeasure among the third-division leaders (it can’t be said often enough: league leaders!), but which was congenially put into perspective by the opposing coach, Marco Antwerpen. "Torsten, don’t always get so excited," he said, and he was right: waste of excitement is absolutely to be refrained from in these times.

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