Always White and Blue! – The Rückrunde

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Well, those of you following the blog are no doubt aware that we secured promotion. Could we go ahead and finish the deal? Stuttgart were breathing down our necks all season and it was obvious it would go into the last couple of days to determine who would be the 2.Bundesliga champion.

Luckily, our form had recovered from my nigh on disastrous need to tinker tactically and we were flying with our 4-3-3. Ribamar was on fire and had even started playing on the right wing which is where he is being retrained to play with the arrival of Colidio expected at the end of next season. This would mean a forward triumvirate of Ribamar, Aigner and Colidio which should certainly be good for a few goals!

That being said, it was always going to be tough. But we felt that we had the talent to get there and the tactics were solid so I was hoping for a strong finish.

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Wooooohoo! Stuttgart dropped points on matchday 31 which gave us a bit of a cushion we were not going to give up. We maintained our 4 point gap as we ruthlessly dealt with our opponents in the last few rounds. Fabulous stuff. The fans were delighted, the board was delighted, I got a new contract and was therefore delighted. It’s all rainbows and sunshine at the Allianz at the moment. The real positive for me was that we only conceded 21 goals in our 34 games. This naturally includes my above-mentioned foolishness in experimenting with 4-4-2 *shudder*.

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Well. When we pay our exorbitant rent that will be around £8.5 million but whatever.

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Awww shucks… *blush*

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Don’t know about “one of the best”…

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See, I don’t know about this. If you are predicted 4th then surely promotion and/or a championship isn’t that far fetched. Is it?

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As you can see, the matches between Braunschweig and Union Berlin were the experimental period. I sure as eggs wont be doing that again. Almost gave me kittens… The best part of the season was beating Stuttgart home and away. This gives us great confidence that we can do OK in the Bundesliga. It will be tough though. Big clubs are strongly pursuing the youth prospects that I highlighted in my earlier post and it is getting to a point where the dreaded acceptance by the Chairman may be about to occur. Fingers crossed.

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Uduokhai was player of the year. Ever present he was a revelation as our number one defender. Gytkjær was superb until Ribamar essentially took his starting spot. A very nice backup to have and a return of 12 goals was excellent. Ribamar is (as I said) being retrained as an inside forward on the right and he had a good return from injury providing 7 goals for the year. Max Wittek was brilliant. I love the little fella, but he is starting to whinge about being able to join Augsburg. 1860 to AUGSBURG??!?!? Where is your ambition, lad?

I have high hopes for Neuhaus. He didn’t play much this year but he is young and has a nice spread of attributes so he can fill a role. Claasen is moving to Turkey. I wish he had shown some form BEFORE he agreed a move but these things happen. After the move was agreed he started on the left and was very effective. Finally, Aigner deserves a mention. 12 goals from the left and right wings. A superb set of performances. A new contract. Excellent!

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3rd in the u17 Player of the Year. But he cannot even play yet. Honestly not sure why they bother with this award given the restrictions on players u17 having first team action.

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Yep. What a surprise. That rent is  killing us and the loan will start to now that we have to begin repaying it.

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He’s still a cheapskate…

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And obviously likes to make me look like a moron.

This will be brilliant for us. Our training is good and our coaches are good but there is nothing better than an improvement to the facilities. Here’s hoping for the youth facilities to get a bump as well.

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Why they couldn’t wait until the reset date, when we are a Bundesliga club, is beyond me.

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All in all and excellent season. We got straight up to the Bundesliga and our reputation should be going up so we can attract more talented youth players for transfers. Our first season in the Bundesliga is all about survival. As long as we can stay in the division we should start really flying from the following season. Well, here’s hoping things stay on the up. BUNDESLIGA BOUND, BABY! Whoo!

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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