079 With all due respect, be gone! Sir.

“With all due respect, be gone! Sir.”

Actually, in the meantime we have had a change of heart and we are quite glad the season is well and truly over. Before sending it on its way into the history books, we describe the various forms of embarrassment and shame brought about by the three last matches of the season, analyse whether or not team spirit also played a role, and wonder how we will remember 2020/21. Finally, should we be optimistic about next season?

A fond farewell is bid to Oscar Wendt and Ibo Traore who are leaving the club. Thank you, Mr. Traore, for agreeing to greet our listeners at the beginning of each and every episode of Vollraute Abroad. Other players and members of the coaching staff (what were their names again?) are also leaving the club. We will definitely not miss them (Chief of Security Worf, your cue) as much as we will miss making this podcast in the summer break.

Are we looking forward to next season? Well, is Juan Arango the greatest ever?

and…THE legendary goal of the decade:


078 April skies

The ups and downs of the three games against Frankfurt, Hoffenheim and Bielefeld in late April left us feeling emotionally exhausted and in need of a wee break. Are we actually quite glad the season is almost over, and are we looking forward to the summer break? Of course not!
Our team’s mystifying return to and loss of and return to form within eight days is a main topic, as is the upcoming match against Bayern Munich, the exciting prospect of qualifying for the brand-new European League Conference and traveling to exotic locations next season, and the fear of losing one or more of our “football gods” at the end of the season.
One of these football gods provides this podcast’s Legendary Goal in a match where we bossed Bayern Munich about in their own stadium, as we seem to have formed a habit of doing every second year.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, apparently, are not interested in football but the lyrics to one of their many Golden Oldies remind you of how it feels to be a fan of probably the best club in the world.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK9WYDKbiR0&t=96s

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077 Retreat of the body snatchers

Finally: the turn-around! Manuel and Alexis muse on how sheer luck and good passing football so suddenly und unexpectedly returned in the match against Freiburg. Then: an emotional debate about controversial refereeing decisions and the heroic, epic battle of 10 good men in Berlin. And of course your absolutely impartial experts on all things Borussia Mönchengladbach provide you with all you need to know about Adi Hütter, presently coach of sensationally in-form Eintracht Frankfurt, and soon-to-be coach of the best club in the world.
For legendary goals, we, yet again, couldn’t resist Juan Arango, this time with a mind-melting 35-yard rollercoaster strike against Frankfurt in 2012.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZIDSzD0uJQ

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076 I can't go on, I'll go on.

Manuel and Alexis analyse Borussia Mönchengladbach’s performances in the month of March, a true mensis horribilis. Does the win against Schalke 04 mean light at the end of the tunnel? Can Marco Rose go on? There has definitely been a shift in opinion regarding our future ex-manager succumbing to the Forces of Evil. In our Legendary Goals section, a tribute to one of Borussia’s greats, Lothar Matthäus, a player who always gave everything for his team and recently celebrated his 60th birthday.
For this podcast’s title, it’s back to literature for the quote.

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable

1984 Elfer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CS0l3bbuc

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075 Bear the unbearable

1-2 v Mainz, 0-2 v City and 2-3 v Leipzig – Manuel and Alexis try to make sense of the downward spiral that set off (or accelerated) after Rose’s announced departure in the Summer: attacking football is dead and the team is still conceding goals. In the centre of attention: the coach. Manuel also goes on a rant about tactical v individual coaching and why Rose is therefore to blame for the meek performances while Alexis quotes the Japanese emperor’s radio address to his people at the end of WWII…
Our legendary goal of the week come from mullet-sporting extraordinaire Frank Schulz, 1991 vs Bayer during an emphatic 5-2 away victory. No video available; here’s the Sportschau ‘Goal of the Month’ link:
https://www.sportschau.de/sendung/tdm/archiv/chronik90er/mai1991tdm100.html

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074 Eberl da boss!

Well, it happened. Marco Rose decided to move to Borussia Dortmund after the season. Much rumors went around social media about whether to sack him right from the spot now, about reactions from the team aso until finally Max Eberl put his foot down on Wednesday in a remarkable press conference.

Eberl is da boss! Hands down!

Legendary goals today are coming from Branimir Hrgota (don’t forget about him!)

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073 Doom and gloom mood

A very bad mood is wavering through Moenchengladbach and its fanszene. Manuel and Alexis try to analyze what happened in the derby against Cologne and about what’s lying ahead in Wolfsburg who play a strong season so far.

In our sections of legendary goals we take a look back how Marco Reus and the whole team of Borussia dismantled Wolfsburg in past times.

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072 Lucky Thirteen

At last! A victory against BVB! Manuel is joined by Alexis and they talk you through the match and give an outlook to the upcoming match against the surprisingly well performing team of Union Berlin.

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071 Little Hinrunde wrap-up

Ok, 17 matches played. In Germany we call it Hinrunde ;-) Manuel and Alexis are back to talk you through all things Borussia Mönchengladbach
The legendary goals:


https://www.sportschau.de/fussball/dfbpokal/video-pokal-halbfinale—-torflut-und-traenengas-bei-gladbach-gegen-werder-100.html

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070 Back on track

The shortest Bundesliga winter break ever, we guess.
So, we’re also back talking about Borussia with a look back to a difficult victory in Bielefeld and of course we talk you through the upcoming match against Bayern Munich.

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