FC Polizei Basel a 1-1 SC Basel Nord A
FC Polizei- Basel Nord 1:1 (0:0)
Aufstellung BN: Stöckli; Mati, Kaiser, Leuggi, Rene; Dan, Heutschi, Joe, Juan; Milan, Jock
Einwechslungen: Mike, Luca, Armands, Luli
Tore BN: 0:1 Jock (Heutschi)
Bemerkungen: BN ohne Nacho, Measor, Brian, Andi, Nino
Es ist schon fast ein Klassiker, die Partie zwischen dem FC Polizei und dem SC Basel Nord. Die ganze Woche vor der Begegnung gibt es in der Stadt kaum ein anderes Gesprächsthema und die Leute strömen in Massen Richtung Sportanlage, in welcher das Duell dieser beiden regionalen Kultklubs stattfindet.
Das Spiel selbst bot dann allerdings keinen allzu grossen Unterhaltungswert. Es war ein Abtasten zweier Mannschaften, welche zunächst vor allem darauf aus waren keine Fehler zu begehen. Die Eisbären hatten zwar mehr Ballbesitz, liessen den Gegner laufen, führten fussballerisch die feinere Klinge und bauten das Spiel schön von hinten auf. Einzig auf den letzten 20 Metern fehlte einmal mehr die Entschlossenheit. Ein Problem, welches sich bis anhin wie ein roter Faden durch die Saison zieht. Meist ist man dem Gegner überlegen, ausgerechnet in der Zone wo es um Tore geht, fehlt dann aber die entscheidende Idee oder der nötige Killerinstinkt. So war dies auch an diesem Sonntag gegen die Bullen, eh sorry, gegen die Polizei…
Allerdings hatte man in der ersten Halbzeit bereits ein paar Möglichkeiten ein Tor zu erzielen. Heutschi mit einem zu ungenauen Weitschuss, welcher knapp über das Tor flog und zweimal Jock verpassten aber die Führung. Einmal mit dem Kopf, welcher nicht genug platziert war und so für den Torwart zu einer leichte Aufgabe wurde. Die zweite vergebende Chance versiebte der Engländer, welcher sich noch berechtigte Hoffnungen machen darf an der EM 2016 zum Kader der three Lions zu gehören, auf klägliche Weise. Nach einem wunderschönen Spielzug über Joe, Heutschi und Milan brachte Jock den Ball freistehend aus 5 Metern nicht im Tor unter. So ging es mit einem 0:0 in die Pause, welches den Gastgebern schmeichelte, waren die Eisbären doch die klar bestimmende Equipe.
In der zweiten Halbzeit dasselbe Bild: Wieder übernahmen die Eisbären das Spieldiktat und nach 55 Minuten belohnten sie sich mit der Führung. Nach einem schönen Spielzug über die rechte Seite spielte Juan den Ball schön auf Heutschi und dieser fand mit seinem genauen Zuspiel am hinteren Pfosten Jock. Diese Chance liess sich der Stossstürmer nicht entgehen und traf mit seinem schwächeren linken Fuss zum 1:0. Dieses Tor schien die Eisbären zunächst noch weiter zu beflügeln. Man drückte den Gegner nun in dessen Platzhälfte zurück und kam erneut durch Jock, Heutschi und Milan zu weiteren Möglichkeiten, welche aber allesamt ungenutzt blieben.
Mit den Ein- respektive den Auswechslungen erlebten die Jungs aus dem Norden dann allerdings einen Bruch in ihrem Spiel und die Polizei gewann nun plötzlich immer mehr das Oberwasser. Und es war erneut eine Standartsituation, welche BN den Sieg kostete. Nach einem Eckball in der 80. Spielminute standen drei (!!) Spieler der Polizei frei und konnten sich aussuchen wer den Ball aus kürzester Distanz in das Tor befördern sollte. Dass kurz zuvor bei einem Eckball ebenfalls diverse Spieler der Polizei ungedeckt blieben und es da mit viel Glück noch nicht zu einem Gegentor führte, schien die Eisbären nicht zu kümmern. Es ist nach 5 Spielen bereits das dritte 1:1 Unentschieden und immer führte eine Standartsituation zum Gegentor. Dies spricht zwar dafür, dass die Eisbären wenig Chancen aus dem Spiel zulassen (grosse Ausnahme die Begegnung gegen Espanol), allerdings ist auch klar ersichtlich wo die Schwächen liegen.
Following the success of sales of The Frustration Game in Muttenz, BaselNord Studios decided to release….
The Frustration Game 2 – Polizei Story
“Same old story with a predictable ending, hopefully they wont release another one, the viewers of BaselNord can surely not witness another film with this ending” – BaselNord News
“Nothing new to see here, a few little extra twists and a fantastic albeit crazy one-off performance, but still, same old, same old” – Blick
“Did not start as well as we would of hoped, but a good ending, could have been even better but overall, very, very happy with the show” – Polizei Weekly
A short time ago, in a galaxy close, close to home… there was a team, a team for reasons passing understanding refused to hold onto a lead. Its almost hard to believe but this is going to be a story about our heroes performing admirably and shooting themselves in the foot, again.
So, just strap in, breathe regularly and getting ready for a story of woe, for such is the cost of doing business with the Bears of Basel Nord.
A story of woe? Don’t listen to me Im just being overly-dramatic because Im bored at work. The Bears took to a very soft, boggy pitch at Sankt Jakob, the home of FC Polizei last Sunday. Polizei, above the Bears in the league, hadn’t been tested in many games this season but we knew from previous seasons that this was always going to be an even game. Matti and Rene were full-backs next to a freshly married Leuggi and Basel stalwart Kaiser, playing in front of ever present Stockli in nets. Hunt was moved to left midfield with Juan in his familiar right-wing slot and Heutschi beside captain Joe in the centre of midfield. With a bad injury to Andi, Milan was back in upfront after a strong performance last week, next to Jock.
The game opened up as a bit of a sparring contest as these things often do, each trying to feel the other out for weakness. A boggy pitch wasn’t very conducive to the free-flowing passing the Bears like to implement so the game was a touch scrappy at the start as we tried to get the ball down and play. However, after only five minutes a ball was played behind the Polizei full-back who reached out with his right arm attempting to control the ball on his chest but with it landing straight onto his arm. The referee placed the whistle in his mouth, then quite unbelievably withdrew it and waved play on. Just to add context to the situation and hopefully create some added resentment towards their team, the full-back in question was sporting a top-not hair cut. Top-not comes from the latin toppinus notum and means, Im not sure the exact translation, “to be a massive, massive a*sehole”. The Bears were incensed at the decision but what can you do about refereeing at this level?
The game came into the 20th minute the Bears started to find more and more space on the wings with good interplay involving the two wide men and the attacking two, with the centre midfield of the Bears working very hard to support the forwards. A few slightly wayward strikes personified the lack of cutting edge BaselNord had in the final third. Some good work on the right fed the ball through to Milan who using his pace came into the box before squaring the ball for Jock who was approaching the penalty spot at a run. As the ball came in, the BaselNord faithful were sure that the ever composed Jock would simply strike home the ball and that would be that. This was not to be the case. As he misconnected and the ball dribbled towards the goalkeepers feet, the collective nation of Scotland at once spat Irun-Bru all over the Windows 95 on their computers in pure shock at what they had seen whilst streaming online the Bears game.
Further pressure continued with a few good strikes here and there from the Bears but with little genuine clear cut goal scoring opportunities. The Bears went into the break, tired from the conditions but confident of a good result.
Half-time: Polizei 0 – 0 BaselNord
Calming words from the coach Roli told us to keep up the pressure, our positional play and shape had been great, defensively we were looking very strong with just a little cutting edge in front of goal. Milan and Jock facing two of the biggest and strongest centre halves in the league were playing extremely well, holding the ball up and dropping deep to collect it.
The game started extremely brightly for the Bears with a large build up of pressure on the Polizei goal. A goal was merely a matter of time. Juan, Milan and Jock all found themselves putting balls across the face of the goal with people unfortunate to get on the end. Joe and Michi also finding themselves in and around the box trying to get off a clean shot as well as Hunt thinking he had scored and forcing a good save from the Polizei keeper. More Good work from the Bears led to a ball coming into the centre of the pitch on the edge of the box before finding its way to Jock who was entering the Polizei goal from the left, a good first touch saw the ball drop onto his left and this time there was no mistake. As the Polizei defence scrambled across he smashed the ball home past a helpless goalkeeper. This is where this man eats. Give him the ball in the box in front of goal and he is always lethal. He is usually lethal. He is occasionally lethal. It was a good goal ok? And the miss in the first half was simply the exception to the rule. Well… ok lets move on.
Polizei 0 – 1 BaselNord
Scoring this goal the Bears grew in confidence against a demotivated Polizei scored another couple and that was the end of the game job done.
Really though, did you ever think I was going to write that? The Bears continued strongly, Leuggi and Kaiser looking very assured in defence, Matti very aggressive had no problem with the opposition winger and Rene and Hunt were working very well defensively. Heutschi and Joe looked composed in the middle and it all seemed to be plain sailing ahead. A picture taken at this moment of the Bears would of been starkly juxtaposed with one taking ten minutes after.
Before we get to the bad bit, and there is a bad bit, let us please take a moment, to sit and admire one of lifes constants – death and taxes we both know, but there is one more, the fact that all goalkeepers just happen to be insane. By insane I mean, stark raving mad, crazy, bonkers, demented, mad as a hatter, round the bend, nuts, mad, unhinged, unbalanced lunatics. Before you think Im speaking about our very own Herr Stockli, on Sunday we had a new kid on the block, and lets just say that the lights were on, but nobody was home. During a goal kick from Stockli, if one was to look to the other end of the pitch, one would have seen a gentlemen dressed as a goalkeeper, leaping into the air and doing somersaults onto his back. They would then have seen him diving around to an invisible ball. A long ball over the top found its way into his arms and he decided, maybe on the performance of his team, to take matters into his own hands. By hands I mean feet. He decided to take off running up the wing like a young Banzi. He had already got past two players when he approached the dependable Rene and started throwing stepovers about. His team did not look remotely surprised by his actions. After losing the ball he simply jogged leisurely back to his own goal but with the ball being retrieved by his team he burst towards the box hoping for a cross.
If you thought this was the first time he ran with the ball during the game, you would be mistaken, really mistaken. Two minutes later a corner kick for the Bears led to Hungarian star Milan standing in front of him waiting for the cross. Maybe it was the smell of goulash coming from Milan or maybe just because the goalie was mental, but he then decided to hurl himself onto his back after grabbing Milans shoulder before sprinting at the referee to demand a red card for Milan. Milan stood there perplexed with a blanker more confused face than normal, if that’s possible.
So, lets get to it then. Hunt who was looking like he was running through quicksand was replaced by a fresh Armands with Mike and veteran fridge Lulli returning to the Bears team for the first time in a long time, with his fantastic touch and technique, great ability to hold the ball, score goals and with a turning circle equivalent to a ship, people were looking to him for a bit of magic. A few stupid mistakes, nobody marking on corners and breakdown in communication regarding an offside decision nearly resulted in goals for Polizei and instantly rejuvenated them whilst setting the Bears on edge and led to a lot of irate players shouting at each other, with each time the message being clear – Concentrate.
Coming into the last ten minutes, Polizei who offered no threat going forward had only one way of scoring, through a ball in the box for one of their giant centre halves. The best way to deal with this is to avoid corners and freekicks which is exactly what the Bears set out to give repeatedly to Polizei. A corner came in, no marking led to their biggest player heading home from a corner about two yards out.
The Bears had no one to blame but themselves. Polizei 1 – 1 BaselNord
The remaining five-ten minutes were nervy affair as both teams hung on for the draw with the Bears looking the more likely to get something. A last minute forty yard ball over the top from Mike found Lulli under pressure, with the Polizei goalie in his favourite position of no-mans land there was a chance for a storybook ending but this was not to be, an incredibly difficult chance to take, Lulli connected but the ball went wide.
Game over. Full-time Polizei 1 – 1 BaselNord
Next up is the unbeaten Turks of Pratteln who are top of the league and scored 11 goals in their last game.
On paper this would look a Pratteln win, but football is played on grass not paper, and you are dreaming if you think the Bears would roll over and die without a fight against anybody. The season starts on Sunday with a win. Believe it.
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