Let’s enter the wide field of language research, in which scholars have been bustling for centuries. For example Andreas Zaupfer, whose “Attempt at a Bavarian and Upper Palatinate Idiotikon” was published in 1789, the year of the French Revolution. The word “wuiseln” is noted here as a dialectal translation for “whining” (which in turn the social media generation expresses onomatopoeically with “Mimimi”). In domestic football, which of course did not exist in Zaupfer’s time in its current form, people like to speak of a “Wuisler goal” when the ball lurches over the line more by accident and not as a result of an action worth seeing and thus possibly also a whole game is decided.
Exactly this phenomenon happened to SSV Jahn Regensburg on Sunday, the shot by young talent Antonio Foti from Hanover, deflected into his own goal by defender Steven Breitkreuz, was the very first goal that the Upper Palatinate had to concede in this second division season – the 0-1 defeat slipped it previous table leaders down to sixth place.
And that, although Jahn was by no means the worse team, but after a complicated initial phase, when Hanover developed pressure, seemed even closer to victory than Lower Saxony for long stretches of the game. However, centre-forward Prince Osei Owusu in particular always found his master in the brilliantly held 96-goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. So it was not surprising that coach Mersad Selimbegovic busted after the game. “The result is very bitter, it’s really difficult to accept this defeat,” said the 40-year-old coach. “Now we have seven points that not many would have believed us capable of in our opening program. But to be honest, there must be more. We are currently in a phase in which the balls are not going in.”
“It’s the second division: you’re never sure that you’ll get a point for a good performance,” says coach Selimbegovic
The fact that it was not even 0-0 in the end, as in the last derby against Nuremberg, because of all people the reliable Breitkreuz scored this own goal was the icing on the cake. “The player doesn’t hit the ball, we do the rest. It’s second division: never sure that you’ll get a point for a good performance. But don’t blame Steve,” said Selimbegovic. Jahn captain Benedikt Gimber was just as upset as the coach: “It really was an unnecessary defeat,” said the midfielder. “If we take the lead, Hannover won’t come back. But unfortunately we don’t reward ourselves.” And goalkeeper Dejan Stovanovic immediately turned his attention to the next game on Saturday against Karlsruhe, “We want to keep the zero again”.
Now one could think that the suffering of one would have triggered the great joy on the other side. But Hanover’s coach Stefan Leitl, who was born in Munich and was a guest in the Bundesliga for a year with SpVgg Greuther Fürth, was by no means euphoric after his very first league win with his new club. After the good initial phase of his eleven, they had “little access” and “made wrong decisions”. It was a very difficult game, “in which we absolutely have to go to our limit in order to survive. We didn’t make it, I have to say that very clearly,” Leitl grumbled and put all his effort on the euphoria brakes: ” We are happy that we managed to achieve this work victory – we don’t have to celebrate it.” For all amateur linguists: Leitl was really grumpy – a term that has been used in Bavaria since the 16th century.