Trequartista! The most dramatic feature of Fresh off the Gegenpress is back with a bang and in this week's edition editor Axel Falk talks Leipzig and latin.
With this season kicking off in breathtaking manner, one can't stop himself to wonder what will happen come May. While this is the general consensus at this point every season, this one feels even more uncertain. Now, I won't do another preview of the Bundesliga, no, but I am going to bring up a really sensitive subject in German football, a subject that has been brought up so many times by so many other writers. However, I am going to take a rather lenient view at this sensitive subject as I think it might just be time to let it go.
Rasenballsport Leipzig, a club most fans have an opinion about. Most dislike them, but some actually see the beauty in this as they have done quite a few good things thus far in their history. While most think that their style is unethical, I was one of those and still am one of those who consider Leipzig's rise to be unethical, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for them and all the hate they've been getting. No club is worth this much hate (or, well, Tottenham...) and we shouldn't act unethical just because their rise was the very same. Nein. Every day on Twitter I've seen people throwing insults at the club, every day people seem to concentrate solely on RB instead on focussing on their own teams. Maybe it's time to let it go, maybe it's time to accept the fact that they're here to stay.
Moreover, I like the way they've improved the area. Leipzig, a grand metropole in Eastern Germany, was for long without a proper football team and in Germany, without a proper football team, a city's culture often goes missing. As was the case with Leipzig. The thing about football is that it makes people forget the errors of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow, which is more important than we could ever imagine. Why should we steal that away from the inhabitants of Leipzig? We should instead be glad that they've got a team to entertain them. What has RB done to Leipzig except that? Well, it has given the youth in the area a chance to grow as footballers at a big club with resources instead of plying their trade at Chemie Leipzig in a Regionalliga. A big club's influence should never be underestimated and this might just prove to be a match made in heaven for the young people of the East-German metropole.
There's a saying in latin: Errare humanum est sed ignoscere divinum est. This means that it's human to make an error, but to forgive that error is divine. Now, we need to grab this saying and shove it doiwn our throats. For the sake of German football we must be divine and forgive Leipzig. We can't change it, we can just accept it and when we have accepted that RB Leipzig has completed its rise, that's when we can begin to enjoy what this season has to offer. If we don't, then all this season will be about is Leipzig and the team that faces them and we can't have it that way, it goes without saying.
Este divina, ut Bundesliga salveat.
Ego sum Lord Voldemort. Non, rideo, sed sum magnificus et divinus, ut Bundesliga salveabam.
editor, co-founder and a hopeful relative of the Flavian dynasty.