FC St Pauli
St Pauli: Monday Sept. 19 vs Karlsruhe
Written by keebler Monday, 19 September 2011 04:45
Ah, yes, the good old Monday game. As any St Pauli fan will tell you, its sole existence is meant to annoy travelling fans at the benefit of the television audience. Travelling gripes and the DFB aside, today's match against Karlsruhe (2:15 est) is chalked up in the "should win" column. Naturally, when I say "should win", St Pauli will find some way to make the game interesting.
I say this due to this season's positive, although uncertain, performances. A solid 5-1-1 record showcases 4 wins at home, although last week's game against everyone's favorite little brother team, 1860 Munich, required a comeback from 2 goals down. St Pauli only has one clean sheet to show through the 7 games. The positive to take from this is that the goals have been coming in bunches for the boys in brown. The negative is the defense from last year shows no signs of improvement. New coach Andre Schubert's biggest challenge is addressing the defensive questions, all the while ensuring the offensive machine does not seize.
Elsewhere around Germany, things are great. Oktoberfest is in the air, and the rivals are floundering. I am happy to report that both Hansa Rostock and HSV have a grand total of ZERO wins this season, with HSV bringing up the rear of the top division with one point from 6 matches. While St Pauli is normally not supported by a group of people who enjoy the suffering of others, exceptions certainly can be made...
Feel free to join in on the forum. Have a chat while the game is going on, comment on the result, or let us know who you think will win first, Rostock or HSV.
Written by Keebler Monday, 28 February 2011 16:39
Keebs' German Word of the Month:
Yeah, plug that into google and see what it says. One thing you must understand about Germans, they enjoy one word descriptions, and "Rollrasenverlegerversagerbesieger" says all one needs to know about the latest mythical feat undertaken by FC St Pauli.
In the larger picture of the 2010-2011 1.Bundesliga season, the Wednesday bout between two clubs that claim Hamburg as home isn't going to be monumental. Neither club is on it's way to a trophy, nor sinking to the bottom of the Elbe. Outside of Hamburg, the game will fade into memory rather quickly. But for a small club that has more than its fair share of dreamers, and does not often taste victory against large, commercialized clubs, the game will last for a lifetime. And that may be because it'll be a lifetime before St Pauli wins against HSV again.
Previous to this season, the last time St Pauli went up against HSV was St Pauli's last appearance in the 1.Bundesliga in 2002. St Pauli failed to win in both encounters, and were subsequently relegated twice. Imagine spending so long separated from your bitter rivals, with all odds against you, and coming out with an unlikely victory?
That may as well be the definition of "Rollrasenverlegerversagerbesieger", however, the more literal definition is, roughly, "Defeaters of those who failed to relay their field." The game against HSV was originally postponed, much to the disappointment of many fans, due to the weather ravaging Hamburg's newly sodded field. The incident was a black eye for HSV, who are supposed to be the club who has everything in order, in contrast to the free wielding ways of St Pauli. A black eye St Pauli fans are going to enjoy pointing out. Until we meet again, that is.