Hubertus Hillebrand

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Landscape (with cows).
My shadow.
Dortmund. Stadion Rote Erde, Strobelallee 48. At the bench.

I’m slightly superstitious, perhaps you noticed that already, and so I was forced to make another visit at the bench.

Help from above. Praying seems useless, the Brazilians prayed like there was no tomorrow. The result was visible on Tuesday and yesterday. The new pope comes from Argentina. This fact of course has absolutely no significance. For decades we had a pope from Poland and I couldn’t notice something countable for his team, although he was a football fan. Then came Benedict XVI. Titles for Germany in this period: 0.

Some expert opinions yesterday. Diego Maradona says, Argentina will win. The team with the best player wins, and this is Messi. Nonsense, this theory. Even if Messi is the best player, and perhaps he is, what was in 1990? I remember quite well that it was him, Maradona, who was crying in Rome afterwards. In a dark blue shirt. That’s good. We play in white and the others in dark-blue again.

Cesar Luis Menotti. I saw an interview with him yesterday. He was not so optimistic, concerning Argentina. His philosophy was basically the following: Football has two components, space and time. And when he said this, he looked a bit like Einstein, without the moustache of course. And Germany, so he said, is better in dealing with these two components. I don’t know what he really means with this, I think he means Germany has a possibility to win. This space-time-stuff was always to high for me. The only thing I know concerning this point is, that my neighbour has cable TV and I watch via internet and while he is already shouting, in my match the ball is still in the midfield. That is not so nice for me and on Tuesday this was even more confusing, because in the magic six minutes we both weren’t aware about which goal we were shouting right now. But an interesting physical phenomenon and it leads me to the question if it’s possible that I get younger when I watch the game and he gets older perhaps.

Anyway, what happened on Tuesday will surely not happen today. At least I’ve done what I could do. I was at the bench.

Dortmund. Stadion Rote Erde, Strobelallee 48. At the bench.

I’m slightly superstitious, perhaps you noticed that already, and so I was forced to make another visit at the bench.

Help from above. Praying seems useless, the Brazilians prayed like there was no tomorrow. The result was visible on Tuesday and yesterday. The new pope comes from Argentina. This fact of course has absolutely no significance. For decades we had a pope from Poland and I couldn’t notice something countable for his team, although he was a football fan. Then came Benedict XVI. Titles for Germany in this period: 0.

Some expert opinions yesterday. Diego Maradona says, Argentina will win. The team with the best player wins, and this is Messi. Nonsense, this theory. Even if Messi is the best player, and perhaps he is, what was in 1990? I remember quite well that it was him, Maradona, who was crying in Rome afterwards. In a dark blue shirt. That’s good. We play in white and the others in dark-blue again.

Cesar Luis Menotti. I saw an interview with him yesterday. He was not so optimistic, concerning Argentina. His philosophy was basically the following: Football has two components, space and time. And when he said this, he looked a bit like Einstein, without the moustache of course. And Germany, so he said, is better in dealing with these two components. I don’t know what he really means with this, I think he means Germany has a possibility to win. This space-time-stuff was always to high for me. The only thing I know concerning this point is, that my neighbour has cable TV and I watch via internet and while he is already shouting, in my match the ball is still in the midfield. That is not so nice for me and on Tuesday this was even more confusing, because in the magic six minutes we both weren’t aware about which goal we were shouting right now. But an interesting physical phenomenon and it leads me to the question if it’s possible that I get younger when I watch the game and he gets older perhaps.

Anyway, what happened on Tuesday will surely not happen today. At least I’ve done what I could do. I was at the bench.

Dortmund, Strobelallee. Stadion Rote Erde. At the bench for football dreamers again.
It worked last week and because of that it couldn’t be so wrong this week to make a visit at the Hans-Tilkowski-Memorial-Bench. Hans Tilkowski was the goalkeeper of Borussia Dortmund in the 60s and from here you have a perfect view to the place he worked. He liked to play against the sunset with a cap on. Of course this worked only in one halftime, in the other halftime he was forced to stand in the other goal.
Hans played for Germany in Wembley 1966. The game in which the ball wasn’t in. Because of that, here in Dortmund, we love those things, he became an all-time-hero.
Today is matchday and it’s the 4th semi-final in the Worldcup for Germany in a row. Titles from the three Worldcups before: 0 -.-
Gary Lineker is completely wrong. His rule is only valid concerning matches against England. When England plays against Germany, they are so nervous meanwhile, that the easiest things don’t work anymore. But unfortunately we don’t play against England today.
Germany has this problem with Italy, in the stadium in the background we played the semi-final in 2006 - and lost as always. I remember this lousy evening quite well. I mean, we are friended nations and it would be perhaps a nice gesture to let us win, at least every 40 years or so. But not the Italians. 2 shots - 2 goals. Over. It seems they live for that.
Today against Brazil. Nothing to lose, I would say. The mood in the country is quite relaxed, we would be happy if we win, but it would be no katastrophe, when we lose.
The statistics against Brazil so far: Crappy.
21 games. 4 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses. -.-
We played the final in 2002 against Brazil. Of course we lost. -.- Ronaldo had this strange haircut in the match, but also that didn’t help.

Dortmund, Strobelallee. Stadion Rote Erde. At the bench for football dreamers again.

It worked last week and because of that it couldn’t be so wrong this week to make a visit at the Hans-Tilkowski-Memorial-Bench. Hans Tilkowski was the goalkeeper of Borussia Dortmund in the 60s and from here you have a perfect view to the place he worked. He liked to play against the sunset with a cap on. Of course this worked only in one halftime, in the other halftime he was forced to stand in the other goal.

Hans played for Germany in Wembley 1966. The game in which the ball wasn’t in. Because of that, here in Dortmund, we love those things, he became an all-time-hero.

Today is matchday and it’s the 4th semi-final in the Worldcup for Germany in a row. Titles from the three Worldcups before: 0 -.-

Gary Lineker is completely wrong. His rule is only valid concerning matches against England. When England plays against Germany, they are so nervous meanwhile, that the easiest things don’t work anymore. But unfortunately we don’t play against England today.

Germany has this problem with Italy, in the stadium in the background we played the semi-final in 2006 - and lost as always. I remember this lousy evening quite well. I mean, we are friended nations and it would be perhaps a nice gesture to let us win, at least every 40 years or so. But not the Italians. 2 shots - 2 goals. Over. It seems they live for that.

Today against Brazil. Nothing to lose, I would say. The mood in the country is quite relaxed, we would be happy if we win, but it would be no katastrophe, when we lose.

The statistics against Brazil so far: Crappy.

21 games. 4 wins, 5 draws, 12 losses. -.-

We played the final in 2002 against Brazil. Of course we lost. -.- Ronaldo had this strange haircut in the match, but also that didn’t help.

Dortmund. Strobelallee. Lunchbreak on the football philosopher’s bench again. Today is matchday, but not here. -.-

The statistics against Algeria so far: Crappy. Two games, two losses. -.-
Red ones.

70th birthday of Jeff.

(Source: Spotify)

Italy is in difficulties.
Dortmund. Rheinische Strasse. A shop for specialists.
Time management. Belgium vs. Algeria in the gym.
nevver:

Jose
Moehnesee.