FC Bayern vs. Köln (February 5th, 2011)

Last weekend FC Bayern played again FC Köln (Cologne) and… they lost. They lost to the team whose good standing is left to be desired for. However, the final score is 2-3. After leading in the first half (2-0), FC Bayern went to a half-time break as potential winners. I’m afraid they forgot that there was supposed to be another half. Cologne quickly made it 2-2, and, before I could say some insulting word, it was 2-3, and my team was losing. Still there was time. I kept hoping that, perhaps, in the next 20 or so minutes they would make something good happen. Oh boy, how wrong I was.

They started the first half in a state of molecules that were moving rather chaotically. There was no direction in the game. Either they were very excited about it, or… Or they forgot what the word “strategy” meant. Lahm’s run in the direction of Cologne’s penalty area was brilliant. However, nothing came of it. Somewhere around the 28th-minute mark Badstuber committed a foul, and “Cologne” surrounded the referee. Just two or three steps behind was Der Kapitän, a.k.a Lahm, simply standing there and waiting for things to calm down. That’s Lahm for ya! Calm in crisis. The disputes with a referee usually don’t change anything, except for people getting even angrier. Thus, Lahm was just chilling. I wish there was a video of that because it made for a wonderful scene.

And right before the half-time break, the pass from Lahm to Altintop resulted in a goal. I was beyond myself with excitement, hoping for an awesome second half.

But it didn’t happen. It started out good, and then Lahm got a yellow card around the 48th-minute mark. That was like thunderstorm on a sunny day. Right away my Internet connection, which had struggled until then, decided that enough was enough. It simply said ‘no’ to me, and I lost the signal. Next thing I saw on my screen, when the Internet was willing to cooperate again, made me nervous: “Bayern” had problems in defense. On the 59th minute, a perfect pass from Lahm to Altintop to Müller… But it wasn’t in the cards for Bayern that day. Nothing came of it. Later on, after Ribéry joined the game, Lahm made several passes to his teammates, but they didn’t bring anything good, as those opportunities were wasted.

Overall, it wasn’t Lahm’s best match. He wasn’t himself. Sometimes I compare him to Cinderella. Why? you might ask. Well, he does all the dirty work even when it’s not his to do.

He was one of the few players to talk to the media and/or fans after the game. You might say, “He is obliged to do so. With great power, comes great responsibility.” True. But haven’t there been captains who didn’t want to explain how their team had lost a “win for sure” game? I’m sure there have been a few. Lahm went in front of journalists to explain that his team didn’t play aggressively enough (he was damn right about that!); he mentioned that everything they had talked about during the half-time didn’t happen. He said it was a bitter feeling, and it something that they won’t easily forget. Some of you might say that those are typical words. Well, not exactly. He was still more analytical and precise than the head coach of FC Bayern, Louis van Gaal. Perhaps, Lahm should become a coach…

Several hours later an article appeared, talking about a heart-to-heart talk that Lahm and Schweinsteiger allegedly had with the team (seriously though… Can we just move away from mentioning Bastian in every sentence pertaining to Lahm?) Perhaps, I’m not well-aware of the tendencies in football nowadays, but I don’t quite understand this “co-captain” thing that is going on.  Could we say that Lahm was co-captaining, – yep, that’s a word now, – with Mark van Bommel when the former was a part of the team? I have never read an article that presented it in that way. Then why does Lahm need a co-captain?.. It’s still a mystery to me. The team must have been confused…

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