Weekly football conversation since 2009, with Graham Sibley, Jan Bilton and Terry Duffelen. Listen on Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your podcatcher of choice.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu vs Borussia Dortmund 22 February 2014

"I practice [free-kicks] every single day. If you don't, then you lose or forget your shooting technique. That's why I knew I could do it. I just thought to myself 'focus and hit it like in training.' It was the best goal of my career."

- Hakan Çalhano?lu

This goal by Hakan Çalhano?lu was the third in a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund and was HSV's first victory since 24th November 2013. The result coincided with new coach Mirko Slomka's first game and completes an insane couple of weeks which has seen them beaten by Hertha then Bayern in the cup and followed by an humiliating 4-2 defeat at the bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig.

Slomka was installed as coach after a succession of board meetings held amid the backdrop of fan unrest, media criticism and general mirth on the part of the rest of the Bundesliga. The previous incumbent, Bert van Marwijk had been coach for such a short space of time that he had not been around when HSV had played Dortmund, earlier in the season.He was paid off and Slomka, out of work after having been fired from Hannover during the Winter Break, took control of the team.

As you'd expect of a team that had conceded eighteen goals since the start of the Rückrunde, Slomka's first act was to reshuffle the defence by moving German International Heiko Westermann from central defence to right back and bringing  centre back Slobodan Rajkovi? in from the cold. Despite striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga scoring one goal and assisting another, the Serbian centre back was the man of the match in my opinion.

Missing from the HSV line-up was the injured Rafael van der Vaart which afforded the 20 year old Çalhano?lu a pivotal role as the central play-maker. It was 2-0 by the time the Turkish international lined up his free kick in injury time at the end of the game. This is probably why he was afforded the opportunity to try out this training ground special to round of a 3-0 win.

In truth, Dortmund 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller, could have done better but he can be forgiven for not anticipating such an audacious attempt, especially given the time on the clock and scoreline.

The result flattered HSV somewhat as Dortmund were terrible. However, none of that matters because this game will be remembered for That Goal by the young Turk.

The Hamburg club now have a platform for survival in the Bundesliga.

Çalhano?lu quote lifted from Bundesliga.com

Get in touch with us


Email *

Message *

Latest podcast

Never miss a podcast