u21 championships

BVB Sommervorbereitung 2017 BVB summer shedulding 2017

09.06.17                             WM Qualifikation / World Cup Qualifiers
                                           Dembélé,Bürki, Guerreiro ,Sokratis                                 

10.06.17                             WM Qualifikation / World Cup Qualifiers

                                           (Schürrle, Durm),  Piszczek

11.06.17                             WM Qualifikation / World Cup Qualifiers

                                           Bartra, Mor, (Sahin)

16.06.17 - 30.06.17            U21-EM / U12 European Championship (Dahoud)

17.06.17 -02.07.17             Confed-Cup (Ginter, Guerreiro)

05.07.17                              Trainingsstart vrs. / probable start of training    

13.07.17 - 19.07.17             Asienreise / Asia Journey

    -15.07.17                          Testspiel / Friendly  vs Urawa Reds (Japan)

    -18.07.17                          Testspiel/ Friendly  vs. AC Mailand (China)

26/27.07.17                          Trainingslager Bad Ragaz / Trainingcamp 

     -?                                     Testspiel 1 / Friendly 1

     -?                                     Testspiel 2 /Friendly 2

05.08.17                                Supercup vs FC Bayern München

11-14.08.17                           Erste Runde DFB Pokal / First round DFB Cup

18-20.08.17                           Bundesligastart / Start of the ne BuLi season

On this day in United History…

In 2011 David de Gea joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid. After two successful seasons with the first team for Atletico in which he helped the team win the Europa League, the clubs first major trophy in 50 years, the rumors of his move to United started becoming more and more common. After he assisted Spain win UEFA’s U21 European Championship, his transfer to United to replace the retiring Edwin van der Sar was completed. 

David de Gea made United history in becoming the first player to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year three times in a row. 

United’s no.1 keeper signed a four-year contract in the beginning of the 2014/2015 season with an option to extend for a further year. The signing of this contract came after the excitement of the final day of the 2015 transfer win in which Dave’s transfer to Madrid was halted by a faulty fax machine. 

WIP Tag Meme

List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on: writing, art, gifsets, whatever.

I was tagged by @meggiesobsessions

There’s really not a lot ‘in progress’ as life (in the form of a new job) has rather gotten in the way:

1. Steno ‘fake dating’ fic -This has been through several versions but I *think* I have a plot I’m happy with and I’ve finally started writing it (slowly). It looks as thought it’s going to be longer than envisioned so may end up multi-chaptered.

2. U21 Euro Championship 2009 - but kinda in the style of a high school movie - It’s still as vague as it sounds but its just rattling round my brain at the moment (will definitely involve baby Hommels though)

3. Krametzka fluff - I write too much angst and fluff is required. No real idea of its form as yet.

I will tag @bananasplit86, @chocabel, @khalehla and anyone out there still writing 


Real Madrid’s new signing: Lucas Silva (21, 16.02.93)
Cruzeiro EC (2007-2015)
Brazil NT U20

Brazil NT U21
2 Brazilian Championships (2013, 2014)
Toulon Tournament (2014)

muito obrigada e boa sorte, príncipe!


Interview with Lukas Podolski about Bastian Schweinsteiger (3. August 2016)

I translated the interview for all non-German-speakers (sorry for my mistakes!) ENJOY :)

Mr. Podolski, as Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, you posted „brother, best friend, teammate, roommate and world champion“ on Facebook. More than that is not possible, is it?

Lukas: Both of us were united by twelve beautiful and successful years. And the invitation to his wedding in Venedig showed me that we are more than just teammates. This was an invitation to a friend and that`s the reason why it means so much for me. So it was very important for me to take part together with my wife, despite of the birth of our daughter and the long European Championship.

You also thanked Schweinsteiger for being part of the legendary world champion – selfie in the Macarana-Stadium. Why is this photo so special for you?

Lukas: Schweini and I have been working for over 10 years to hold this trophy in our hand. I remember that my son, who came on the pitch after the final whistle, had got to go to the loo. I took my phone and went down with him to the cabin. After we were coming back through the tunnel, Schweini stood in front of me with the trophy. I collared him and we made the first selfie of a worldchampion from Rio, that went around the world.

The world cup title was the peak of your common career. Do you remember your first encounter with Schweinsteiger?

Lukas: That must have been in 2004 during the U21-European-Championship in Germany. Uli Stielike invited us, but during the tournament the manager Rudi Völler nominated us. I remember that Basti and I were chauffeured to the A-national team together. That was indeed very exciting for us. We were allowed to celebrate our debut during the test match against Hungary. Basti was brought on after the half time. I was brought on after 70 minutes. After just one appearance, we were suddenly in the squad for the European Championship in Portugal. That was the beginning of two German nationalteam careers that should outlast more than 100 international matches in each case.

Together you challenged 4 european and 3 world championships. How was it to join up with the national team?

Lukas: There was no youth mania like today. Together with Lahm, Schweini and me were the youngest in the squad by far. Back then the respect for the experienced pros was very big. Big names like Kahn, Ballack or Schneider walked around in the quartier. During the training, it was self-evident for Schweini and me that we cleared up the balls and cones. But we didn’t get this European Championship ticket because we were this young. We got the chance when we were 18 years old and we took it. We were just good – and we are still good today.

The European Championship 2004 ended disappointing with an elimination in the first round. Völler retired, Klinsmann and Löw took over. It was the beginning of an era that triggered a „Poldi and Schweini“ hype.

Lukas: Can’t be said otherwise, it was a very big hype around us. From the Confed Cup on it was awesome. After that I can’t remember any other player of the national team experiencing this. This was not only continuing during the Worldcup 2006 in Germany.  Also during the travel to Asia with FC Bayern München, Schweini and I wondered how mad they were even there on us. We totally enjoyed it. But we didn’t bask in the hype’s favour, we payed it back with performance, goals and assists.

What was the secret of success of your duo?

Lukas: We just conveyed the joy we have when we play football. Before that, the success of the German National Team was defined by fight and commitment. We also showed these german virtues but we let the fans feel: successful football can also make fun! Maybe the nationalteam needed exactly this at that time.

You had also fun after winning the world cup when you were both kissing the pop star Rihanna. How did it happen?

Lukas: Schweini and I were standing there together with other players when Rihanna shouted to us. We shall kiss her left and right on her cheek. Rihanna is just 2 or 3 years younger than us. Obviously she didn’t miss the „Poldi and Schweini“ hype since 2004.

The European Championship was a rather hard tournament for both of you.

Lukas: Obviously the tournament in France was neither easy for Schweini nor was it for me. We both played very little time. The decision was definetly not easy for Jogi Löw, he never had so many good players before in the squad. From all our tournaments the European Championship was the one we both expected more of. We even shared this experience. I will miss Schweini very much.

Who would be the suitable successor for Bastian as the captain?

During the European Championship, Jogi Löw appointed Manuel Neuer as substitute of Schweini, so it would be consecutive if he becomes the new captain. But only Jogi Löw will make this decision.

How would a national team look like without you and Bastian Schweinsteiger?

I just can say: no Poldi, no party!

thfc-ad-hamavet-deactivated2013  asked:

Why would holding the U21s Uefa tournament in Israel be different to holding it in other countries with fascist fans? Why punish Israeli footballers & Israeli football fans for the actions of their state & one teams fans??

Well personally I would not take the tournament away from Israel on the basis of the behaviour of Beitar Jerusalem fans - I reblogged someone who said that because 1.  the article about Beitar Jerusalem was important and 2. it’s a debate going on in football at the moment that I hoped would stimulate discussion on the subject (which until your question hasn’t happened on here).  I’d argue, similar to you broadly, that it would be unfair to take the tournament out of Israel on that basis because other countries who have hosted (or will host) similar tournaments would fail on the same criteria (i.e. having violent, far right, racist supporters organised within the country).  A horrible minority of fans, assuming that fans and players from around the world can be kept safe, is not a reason in itself to stop a tournament being held in my view.  Again on the proviso of safety, international tournaments can actually be an arena to combat racism and other forms of discrimination as it brings together a diverse range of people in terms of players and supporters.  I can appreciate why people would see Beitar’s fans as a reason for the tournament not being held but lots of other countries have a similar problem.  If it was on the basis that arab footballers could not have their safety guaranteed, then it’s a legitimate argument - but then I’d say that Beitar, from what I’ve read, does not represent the general experience of football supporters within Israel and they shouldn’t be judged as such.  I mean look at Hapoel Tel Aviv.

However, I took a bit of issue with the last part of your question when it comes to “actions of their state” - and why I do not believe Israel should be holding a major international football competition.  It’s a massive debate in itself and for the record I am not 100% sure of how I feel about it - but here’s my thought process.

The criteria for a country not hosting a football tournament is open to a lot of debate.  Politically, as I’m sure you probably do too, I separate the behaviour of “the state” from “the people” - so I am uneasy about taking away football events from countries where the people within them would take an immense amount of enjoyment from them just because the government they live under behave in an unethical way.  If you push that argument to its logical conclusion I’d say you could barely legitimise tournaments anywhere.  For example, should Russia be granted a tournament with their state’s human rights record?  Should London host the Olympics when they illegally invaded and continue to occupy Iraq?  The bottom line is that states do not make the people within them.  Whilst there is an argument to say that tournaments can equate to potentially offering a country’s state a minor piece of legitimacy on the world stage, I don’t think most people think that way.  On the pleasant level it’s an opportunity for football fans from around the world to mutually share and engage with their passion for football.  On the uglier side it’s just another opportunity for FIFA and its sponsors to make some bank.  In both cases, I’d say that government policy, asides from the most extreme cases, is not a justification for letting football fans miss out on being part of the world community of football.

But I have said I wouldn’t let Israel have the U21 tournament - so where am I drawing the line?  For me it is about the last part of what I just talked about - the ‘world community of football’.  In most cases I would not define a country’s FA or football fans within a country to be representative in a definitively, overtly, political sense of a country’s state - i’ve made that clear.  I think that’s true in Israel’s sense too.  As an aside, I think sides playing from a particular country provide a good opportunity in terms of media attention for highlighting political issues - for example, using Israeli national matches as an opportunity for highlighting Israel’s policy in the occupied territories, or Greek teams playing in Europe as an opportunity to shine light on the issue of immigrant and radical suppression, as was done recently.  That’s political opportunism, rather than making the definitive connection of state policy with the footballers or the team.  State policy does not define it’s team or it’s fans.  But where I draw the line on hosting football events is when state policy is actively and severely detrimental to the world community of football.  When that separation between football and state politics is irrevocably blurred.  I agree with your argument that broadly football fans should not be robbed of the opportunity to engage with big football events simply because of the behaviour of their state because state policy and the enjoyment of football are frequently divorced in terms of being able to engage with it.  But what about when a state’s policy robs others of football?  What about when a country’s state policy means footballers are not able to escape state policy to the detriment of world football?  I believe that is the case when it comes to Israel.

Football can be, and is, an arena for politics - but FIFA does not hold country’s accountable for unrelated behaviour of the state.  We broadly agree.  But what about when it is in relation to football?  Logically, FIFA (and indeed the world football community) should hold country’s accountable for their policy and impact on world football, so let’s focus on the football.

Israel has repeatedly persecuted Palestinian’s access to football - as a result Israeli state policy is openly detrimental and disruptive to international football competitions.  

This comes in a myriad of forms.  Israel has arbitrarily imprisoned Palestinian footballers - such as Mahmoud Sarsak who was imprisoned for three years without due legal process and was released only after 92 days of hunger strike.  A move so dubious that even Sepp Blatter, who rarely gets up off his behind, stepped in to oppose his imprisonment.  Palestinians with the talent and desire to play for their teams are unable due to crippling internal travel restrictions.  Despite the Palestinian national team being recognised by FIFA since 1998, many of its chosen players are not allowed to play because of being denied exit visas - as a result, the side is frequently cobbled together with players from the Palestinian diaspora rather than first choice players.  In 2006, the last match Palestine had for the Asian Cup qualifiers was called off due to all West Bank and Gaza-based players being denied exit visas.  Here’s some other similar instances from wikipedia:

“In October 2007, the second leg of a crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier between Palestine and Singapore was not played due to Palestine’s inability to obtain exit visas…

In May 2008, the team was not allowed to travel to the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup. After a 2011 World Cup qualifier against Thailand, two starters, Mohammed Samara and Majed Abusidu, were refused entry to the West Bank and therefore could not travel back with the team from Thailand...

Striker Ziyad Al-Kord was banned from travelling and had his house destroyed. Tariq al Quto was killed by the Israel Defense Forces, and during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict three Palestinian footballers, Ayman AlkurdShadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshtahe, were among the Palestinian casualties.”

The Rafah National Football Stadium in Gaza has been reduced to ruins by Israeli bombing raids, robbing people of the opportunity to play football, as has the headquarters for the Palestine Paralympics.  In short, Israel continues a series of state policies designed to crush Palestinian football.  

Obviously it sounds trite to focus on Israeli crimes against football within a political landscape of widespread oppression to the Palestinian population - but that’s my point.  We’re focusing on the impact on football as we both agree we should be when it comes to hosting international football tournaments.  Football is FIFA’s remit.

So it is perverse to deny football fans the opportunity of seeing a competition because of unrelated national politics.  But I’d argue that it is also, if not morseo, perverse to allow a state to host an international football tournament when they actively prevent others from engaging with international football.  

Fundamentally I agree that football fans should not be punished for general state policy, within reason.  But football should de-legitimise states and FA’s that damage world football - if we agree that the focus should be on football and not external politics.  You think it is unfair that football should be the casualty - what I am arguing is that in this case, football already is the casualty.

In short, it is fundamentally illogical to allow a state to host an international football competition when it openly and systematically denies others the opportunity to partake in international football competition.  That’s FIFA’s remit and it is what FIFA should be basing its decision on - and it is not.