Monatsarchiv: Februar 2008

Nostalgie

ist wohl in Wolmirstedt ausgebrochen. Naja, oder es war kein Geld da für frischen Putz…seit 1990. Für einen detaillierteren Blick klicke man aufs Bild.
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Ansichten zu den Academy Awards

Am Sonntag waren bekanntlich die 80. Academy Awards, und die deutschen Zeitungen kommen dank einer unglücklichen Verkettung von Redaktionsschluss und Zeitverschiebung heute erst zu ihrer Nachlese.
Da schreibt die Welt erstmal vom „europäischen Filmpreis“ (12:10 für Europa, heißt es da) und beurteilt die Moderation von Jon Stewart als „blass“. Dazu nimmt die Welt Stewart als Indikator dafür, dass die Oscars immer noch Amerika-zentriert seien, denn schließlich wäre Stewart „im Ausland kaum bekannt“. Nunja. Es mag sein, dass Stewart nicht den Bekanntheitsgrad eines Billy Crystal erreicht hat, aber er ist und bleibt einer der großen der amerikanischen TV-Comedy und beweist in seiner Daily Show Ausgabe für Ausgabe ein gutes Gespür für die Widersprüchlichkeiten Amerikas.
Seine Moderation am Sonntag als blass zu bezeichnen halte ich für verfehlt. Im Gegenteil, im Vergleich mit Ellen DeGeneres im Jahr zuvor bestach Stewart durch seine Zurückhaltung, sorgte aber auch für -den- Oscar-Moment, als er die Tschechin Markéta Irglová noch einmal auf die Bühne holte. Ihre Dankesrede war vom gnadenlosen Zeitmanagement der Oscars abgeschnitten worden (auch weil Glen Hansard ein bisschen lange brauchte) – und wohl zum ersten Mal durfte ein Preisträger, der schon „played off“ war, seinen Dank noch zu Ende bringen.

HD-DVD ist das Betamax des 21. Jahrhunderts

Keine HD-DVD-Produktion bei Toshiba mehr, heißt es auf der offiziellen Seite. Ob nun die HD-DVD das bessere Format war, wie es seinerzeit Betamax gewesen sein soll, sei einmal dahingestellt. Fragt sich, wann die Simpsons die Entwicklung aufgreifen – in Staffel 8 gabs ja bereits „VHS Village, formerly The Beta Barn“.

Warum BenQ-Siemens Pleite ging…

Es fiel mir heute wie Schuppen aus den Haaren: Wer ein Handy nach einem Passierschein benennt, kann ja nur Pleite gehen.

A good start is not a great start

And actually, it is not a start at all. If it is anything start-ish, it is a restart when the German leagues slowly get back into action after the winterbreak. The winterbreak is a sensible thing…bah, who am I kidding? This winterbreak had one great advantage for FC Magdeburg: New manager Paul Linz had 6 weeks of practice with his new team, and winter signings had some time to gel with their new team mates as well.
Today was the big day of the first league match, and the opponent was Hamburger SV, well, their U23 team anyway.
Magdeburg began with a new, untried back four, at least with regard to the right defender – Baumgart was moved back, Müller (there’s only one Müller now) took his place as right midfielder. The centerbacks were a reason to worry to all who assumed HSV would play quick attacking football: Kallnik and Prest started, neither of which with much reputation for fast running. Along with new signing Baumgart, the other two new players started as well, Braham and Reimann played up front in Linz’s 4-4-2.
Magdeburg got off to a good start, dominating the game for the first ten minutes, and almost took the lead when a Hamburg defender tried very hard to put ball in his own net. Alas, his goalkeeper had other plans…
After about twenty minutes HSV finally with some ideas of their own, none of which was real dangerous. One thing that is memorable about today’s match is the amount of times the ball was put into touch because of some real or imagined injury to a HSV player. I wonder what that was about. Didn’t exactly help the game. Football-wise, Magdeburg took the lead when Braham hammered home a Gerster freekick, with a beautiful volley into the far corner. For the first game under new management, this wasn’t too bad, Magdeburg went into the halftime break one goal up. At the beginning of the second half, however, the players seemed to have forgotten a valuable lesson Linz tries to teach them: Just because you’re one up doesn’t mean you can stop playing. For the first 15 minutes of the second half, Magdeburg were dominated by HSV, but no serious danger was emanating from their attacks. Their dominance ended, however, when midfielder Keita was sent off for violent conduct in the 62nd. It still took Magdeburg until the 71st to put away another goal (Baumgart off a Gerster corner), but there really wasn’t any danger of a Hamburg equaliser.
Why then is it not a grea start? Magdeburg have to win a lot of their games, and there were quite a few things wrong with today’s performance. On the left, Lindemann was ineffectual, often lacking vision and sometimes he seemed to lack skill too. Müller on the right didn’t get enough support from the rest of the team, after a great start to the match, his teammates had apparently all but forgotten about him. In defense, Kallnik and Prest, and even Wejsfelt made several mistakes that went unpunished, but are still a reason to worry. Most worrying of all things is the inexplicable desire to sit back and watch that the team displayed jus after the break. These phases are simply unaffordable against better opposition, like next week’s, Dynamo Dresden, and were the reason of much of Paul Linz’s frustration. All in all, Magdeburg are now 4 points behind a non-relegation spot, that’s two less than before the game, so there’s no reason to fret, really.

mdr has a video report of the game here (WMV).

Lineups
FCM: Beer – Baumgart, Prest, Kallnik, Neumann – Gerster (78. Habryka), Zander, Müller, Lindemann (46. Wejsfelt)- Reimann (73. Kullmann), Braham

Hamburger SV II : Höcker – Schmidt, Gouhari, Gorka, Franz – Huber, Keita, Kunert, Wimmer (24. Torun) – Chrisantus, Cannizzaro

Score summary
44′ Braham 1-0
62′ Keita (HSV) sent off
71′ Baumgart 2-0

Attendance
9,436

We can turn things round

Today, for the first time since December, FC Magdeburg’s first team was involved in a competitive match. Since that 1-2 defeat in Cottbus, a number of things have changed in the club.
First of all, a new manager was put in charge, Paul Linz of Trier fame. Three new players were brought in, two forwards and one very experienced allrounder who can play almost everything – Christian Reimann, Najeh Braham (2004 African Cup of Nations winner) and Steffen Baumgart, respectively.
Then, Paul Linz changed the system – instead of Dirk Heyne’s favored 3-5-2, Magdeburg now play 4-4-2. Despite the problems that such a change usually brings, Magdeburg conceded only twice in their preparation matches, one goal each against Sachsen Leipzig and Schalke 04. Also, Magdeburg started to score themselves, losing but one of the preparation matches.

Thus, there was an overall optimism that the team would perform sufficiently well to beat tier IV side Halberstadt in the FSA-Cup today. In addition to that optimism came the knowledge that in the past years, Halberstadt had never ever scored against Magdeburg in a competitive match.
Until today: After a terrible start to the game, Magdeburg’s goalie Unger was stumped in the 12th minute, when Halberstadt’s Gottwaldt put the ball away after a corner kick. However, Magdeburg quickly retaliated and it was new forward Najeh Braham who headed in a Gerster freekick ten minutes later. Magdeburg were still unable to control the game, and especially the right side of the back four were a constant source of trouble, with right defender Friebertshäuser being constantly outpaced by his opponents and…then there was Kallnik. Kallnik is playing the same way he has played since his 30th birthday – slow, no vision, no positioning. When Friebertshäuser had to resort to yet another foul near the box, there was a general feeling of danger in the air, and justifiedly so. Again Gottwald scored and Magdeburg went into the halftime one goal down.

Shortly after the break – and after another Kallnik-caused breakaway when Magdeburg’s Unger had barely won the 1-on-1 – Linz finally saw fit to replace him. He subbed in Zander and Florian Müller for Kallnik and a not very efficient Baumgart, respectively. With this substitution, there were a number of position changes. Left defender Wejsfelt moved to the center, left midfielder Neumann took over as left defender. Lindemann, whose turn as a classic 10 turned out to be an utter disaster, moved to the left, allowing Zander to take over as playmaker. This served to calm the game, as Zander at least tried to pass the ball quickly, Magdeburg were slowly gaining a foothold over Germania Halberstadt. The hosts had resorted to defending their lead, and this they didn’t do too badly. When the equaliser still wouldn’t come, Linz changed formation – he substituted Agyemang for Friebertshäuser (who had gotten better after Kallnik was gone…) and switched to a 3-4-3. That eventually tipped the scales in Magdeburg’s favor, and it was once more Braham who equalised once more with just 7 minutes to go. Agyemang missed the chance to decide the game in regular time, and so extra time was required, much to the chagrin of Magdeburg’s chairman who had to cut short his afternoon plans. In extra time, Halberstadt started to push a little more again, realizing they probably wouldn’t survive thirty minutes without conceding. But it did them little good, as it was Braham’s day today: Just one minute into the second half of extra time, Braham headed home once more, deciding the game in Magdeburg’s favor.

What can be learned? First of all, we have forwards. We do indeed, and they (well, one of ‚em) score, too. Second, if you have to play Prest as a central defender because he’s the tallest, you should put a quick central defender next to him, not an aging 32year-old whose only merit right now is the captaincy. Kallnik has no place in the back four, he’s too slow, he doesn’t position well and he lacks vision. Third, Paul Linz makes changes when he sees something wrong. That’s good. The best part of it being that his changes actually work.

In other news, our U23 won a postponed match yesterday, beating Hallescher FC U23 4-3 eventually. They had led by a 3-0 margin at half-time but through individual errors allowed Halle to equalise, despite their being a man down shortly after the break. Unfortunately, some individuals in the guest area thought the 3-3 equaliser was the signal to toss rockets and smoke-bombs onto the pitch. The police removed Halle’s supporters and afterwards Deumelandt scored the winner.

Our U19, struggling as the team is in the U19-Bundesliga, managed to grab a point at Hertha BSC U19, finishing the game 2-2 despite being 0-2 down at half-time. Here’s hoping that will not be the last points for them.

Haste Scheiße am Fuß…

haste Scheiße am Fuß. Wusste schon Andi „1-0 per Elfmeter gegen Argentinien“ Brehme. Aber dass man fürs Treten in Hundekacke neuerdings auch schon zahlen muss, hätte wohl auch Herrn Brehme überrascht. So geschehen in einer Filiale der Volksbank in Stuttgart. Mutter mit Tochter zum Geldabheben in die Bank geschritten, nur blöd, dass Töchterchen vorher in Hundexkremente getreten war.
Die Bank fands nicht so witzig, prüfte ob der groben Verschmutzung (ist das dann eigentlich Sachbeschädigung?) die Bänder der Videoüberwachung und nutzte dann die Kundendaten, um der Dame eine Rechnung über die Reinigung zuzustellen. Sehr zur Freude von Datenschützern, berichtet der SWR.

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