Our conversation went something like this:
Friend: What are you listening to?
Me: The radio broadcast of Wolfsburg's game in German. Do I understand German? No. Do I understand when they're talking about Hasebe? Yes. Do I understand what they're saying about Hasebe? No.
She looked from me to the computer with a screen full of Bundesliga and back again. And then she laughed.
We hurriedly pulled together the activity as I sadly listened to and watched (via liveticker) my dear Wolves lose the game to 1899 Hoffenheim.
I returned hours later to see this...
"1:3 in Hoffenheim / Rot für Marwin Hitz"
What does 'rot' mean, I asked my roommates? I google translated it: 'red'. Marwin Hitz got a red card?!
And then I saw this:
Source: Vfl Wolfsburg SeiteIs that what I think it is?! Makoto wearing a goalie jersey and goalie gloves?!
Um.... I listened to that entire game! I watched all of the updates! How did I miss the red card? How did I miss that Hasebe became a goalie?
I'm still in disbelief and laughing over the crazy turn of events.
I really really need to learn German.
I'm sorry that you conceded a goal in your debut as a professional soccer goalie. Here's hoping, though, that you went home and had a good laugh about how life turns out in ways that we never anticipate. It's one grand adventure after another.
Source: sports.yahoo.com, AFP Photo/Daniel Roland