Video of the week: Bayern Munich player Niklas Süle produces ridiculous own goal

Bayern Munich has sealed the title in the German Bundesliga for the approximately 643th time in a row. After a 4:1 away win in the Bavarian derby against Augsburg, Bayern secured their 28th championship in early April already. One has to admit: their dominance in their own country’s football is thoroughly impressive.

But the football universe is used to see Bayern celebrate titles way before the season ends. So, what actually stays in mind from last weekend’s game in Augsburg is the hilarious own goal produced by Bayern’s young defender Niklas Süle to give Augsburg an early 1:0 lead.

It was an own goal that actually makes you feel sorry for the 22-year old, who now actually has become the youngest Bundesliga player to ever have scored three own goals with 22 years, 7 months and 6 days.

Not only this inglorious record should awake our pity for Süle, but, even more, the fact that the own goal was absolutely not his fault after all. And that’s what makes this goal so brilliantly hilarious, too.

This slapstick-goal started out with his teammate, Jerome Boateng, losing the ball due to a horrific stoppage error, resulting in an Augsburg attacker being able to have a one on one with Bayern’s keeper Ulreich, who then was actually able to clear the ball away. However, as you’ll probably be able to imagine by now, the ball goes straight into Süle’s face and from there it finds the back of the net. Ouch.

See for yourself: Süle’s own goal against Augsburg (from 01:35 onwards)

At least he’ll have the silverware soon to chill his face a bit after that hit.

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Lukas Podolski has opened a kebab store in Cologne

Remember the 2014 World Cup, when Lukas Podolski lifted the trophy with the German national team after having made two appearances for Jogi Löw’s side? I’m sure you do. But what’s the striker doing now anyways?

Well, after he retired from international football in 2016 one might have lost track of him a bit. However, Podolski is actually still playing professional football. Currently, he plays for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe, where he scored 5 goals in 18 appearances, so far.

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Source: Twitter

Bur “Poldi” wouldn’t be who he is, if he wouldn’t remain in the headlines differently than that. Podolski has always been known to be a versatile businessman and has already opened a fashion brand and story plus an ice cream parlour in his home town Cologne. Podolski, one of those players you simply cannot hate, has remained a people’s man throughout his career.

That’s also the reason, why he launched his latest project together with two friends from Cologne. This week, Podolski opened his newest store – a kebab place called “Magnal Döner”. But why would a professional footballer, who one’d actually expect to be supporting healthy food or the high-class lifestyle of gourmet food open a fast food store?

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Source: Youtube

“A five star restaurant wouldn’t be right for me. I’m not a suit person”, Podolski said during the opening. While wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. What a good lad.

So, if you’re ever in Cologne, make sure to check out Podolskis kebab store. Because it’s not just him who is different than the rest of his league in a great way; it’s also the kebabs. Freshly baked bread, self-prepared meat, and so on. Not what you’d expect when thinking about a kebab from  remembering your last soggy 4 a.m. snack after a night out.

However, you probably won’t be served by the former Bayern Munich and Arsenal striker. Even though he’s willing to be very engaged in this project, he’ll probably still be playing in Japan for a while. Who knows if he gets inspiration of opening a sushi store soon, too?

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Now even managers dive in football – how far have we come? (WRGMG #15)

Hello everyone! First of all, sorry for not having been able to write any in-depth blog posts lately. I’ve had university exams and was also busy with work so the blog had to rest for a while. However, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t been enraged by the world of sports in this period. But I managed to maintain calm and not write my anger down.

Anyways, this week has been too much. So there will actually be two What Really Grinds My Gears this week. Both go into a similar direction: how sportsmanship has been trampled on in both football and darts. On live tv. Before the holidays. Too much for any sports-enthusiast to bare.

Let’s start with football. I know many people here in Switzerland who prefer hockey over football. And I really hat arguing with them, as I see things differently. But one of their main arguments has ridiculously been proven to be true this week. They keep saying that football players are huge pussies who can’t do anything but dive after the slightest touch.

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Diving is part of the game. But: Some players surely do overexaggerate. Source: Twitter

Now, if that happens between players on the pitch that’s one thing. During the game you might want to secure a free kick from a promising position or you want to have that opponent sent off who has already been booked before. I can understand that to a certain extent. It’s the heat of the moment and the spirit of desperately wanting your team to win. Two aspects that make football one of the greatest sports on the globe, but it’s also these two factors that generate space for cheating and behavior that we don’t want to see in the beautiful game.

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Last week, however, things have been taken too far. In the German cup, a coach has been caught diving trying to provoke a red card. I’m talking about Heiko Herrlich, the coach that took sleeping giant Bayer Leverkusen back to old strength in the Bundesliga. During the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach he produced the most ridiculous dive I have ever seen in my entire life. As a coach. As a role model. Heiko Herrlich just ruined his entire integrity and sympathy that he has build up with great managing skills this season with this one move.

I have nothing else to say but: Shame on you, Heiko.

After the ball went out and Gladbach player Denis Zakaria went to collect it, he slightly touched Herrlich with his hands. Neither was that a strong touch, nor did he intend any aggression whatsoever towards him. Still, Herrlich goes down like Zakaria stabbed him with a f*cking sword.

See for yourself:

Now I’m a big supporter of harsh rules towards diving players. Being able to ban them even after the game when video proves that they dived is one of the few really useful new rules that have been introduced to football. This time, this rule needs to be brought up against Herrlich as a manager.

At least, Herrlich apologized for his dive and takes full responsivbility. This proves, he can and should be forgiven. Still, if he won’t get banned for this ridiculous move many questions will have to be answered about the general state of modern day football. Maybe hockey is actually better after all.

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