Thursday, February 14, 2008

There's Only One Bernd Dreher


Ah, nostalgia. This is John Hewitt scoring the winning goal in the 112th minute against Real Madrid, securing the 1983 edition of the Cup Winners' Cup for Aberdeen. In getting to the final, Aberdeen also defeated European giants Bayern Munich in the semifinals, stunningly winning 3-2 at home after an away nil draw. This win over Bayern is considered by many Dons fans to be the greatest night ever at Pittodrie, though that may all change later on tonight.

Truthfully, there is no reason for Aberdeen to look for a result tonight. They are on horrible form in the SPL, while Bayern continue to maintain their hold on the Bundesliga. Bayern have Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose up top, while Aberdeen counter with Lee Miller. Aberdeen have zero internationals while Bayern are chock-full. Still, hope remains.

It seems that Bayern may have to start 41-year old squad keeper Bernd Dreher, owing to Oliver Kahn being sent home ill, and backup Michael Rensing having injured himself lacing his boots. It's not David Seaman worthy, but that's a pretty lousy way to claim to injure yourself. At least butch it up next time and say you were tombstoning.

The goalkeepers aren't the only ones thin for Bayern right now. Flu has decimated some of the squad as well, while Franck Ribery and Mark van Bommel are out with injuries. Plus, let's not forget that many of the players are German, and they never did well trying to invade the UK in the past, now did they?

Okay, I'm officially clutching at straws now.

Work will preclude me from watching the second half of this match, and I, for one, am thankful. I'll be blissfully unaware of the final outcome until about midnight Eastern tonight. I'll take that extra 10 hours of hope before I'm deposited back into the current malaise of following my club on the back end of what will be a 1-4 loss. You can take that as a tip from the West Ham training ground.
image courtesy virginmedia.com

5 comments:

Bigus Dickus said...

Good luck mate. Our greatest night involved Bayern too. Norwich were the only British team in 40 years to beat them at the Olympic Stadium.
A Jeremy Goss thunder volley put us one up. Worth checking that out on youtube!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Bigus, wasn't Jeremy Goss a member of pop classics Bros?

Bigus Dickus said...

That was Matt and Luke, MMMMMMMMMYeah!
Jeremy should be familar to you old chap. He scored the last goal to ever been seen in front of the old standing kop. It was a peach too.

ü75 said...

Holy shit, it's a one-nil lead.

ü75 said...

Well, that didn't last long. 1-1. I hate Klose.