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Celebrating Uwe

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Last week, Tammeka Tartu coach, German Uwe Erkenbrecher, turned 59.

Probably one of the most tenses birthday of his coaching career since his squad is busy with the play-off to retain their place in Premium Liiga.

Uwe Erkenbrecher with Werder Bremen jersey in the '70's

Uwe Erkenbrecher with Werder Bremen jersey in the '70's

Nonetheless, we think it’s worh to celebrate him and also wish good luck for the return game in Tartu.

According to RdS, he has been the Estonian football personage of 2013.

We will remind him for his ‘I’m-Uwe-and-I-cannot-keep-calm’ attitude on the touchline. For his tactical wits scribbled on a white-board shown to his men. For his chair, following him anywhere with any weather. For his umbrella sheltering him on the rainy (match)days. For his reading spectacles. But we will remember him also for his colourful interviews.

We have not missed almost any of those and we have collected the best sentences here for you to relive.

Enjoy and…buon compleanno Uwe!

“This weather is rather suitable for skiing or building igloos” following the Tammeka’s debut game against Levadia on a snowy pitch, Uwe politely suggests game could have been postponed however he respects the local traditions:

“This weather is rather suitable for skiing or building igloos”
following the Tammeka’s debut game against Levadia on a snowy pitch, Uwe politely suggests game could have been postponed however he respects the local traditions:

“Since we are in Estonia, we have to get used. I don’t get shocked at anything” (2.3.2013)

“We still do not have the same entusiasm as they have in Levadia” Uwe hints at Levadia’s main strenght… (30.3.2013)

“We still do not have the same entusiasm as they have in Levadia”
Uwe hints at Levadia’s main strenght… (30.3.2013)

“Some of our men haven’t seen the real grass for a while, maybe we should handle them some tufts so they can get familiar with” Uwe tries to minimize the difficulties of their first game on real grass against Flora at A.LeCoq (25.4.2013)

“Some of our men haven’t seen the real grass for a while, maybe we should handle them some tufts so they can get familiar with”
Uwe tries to minimize the difficulties of their first game on real grass against Flora at A.LeCoq (25.4.2013)

“Our double team has won both game against them (Flora – A.P.) so we need to follow their example!”
Uwe releases the pressure over his squad’s shoulders ahead of the clash against Flora (13.5.2013)

“Finally we have now a different opponent!” Uwe got tired at clashing with Nõmme Kalju three times in a row and welcomes the challenge with Flora (14.5.2013)

“Finally we have now a different opponent!”
Uwe got tired at clashing with Nõmme Kalju three times in a row and welcomes the challenge with Flora (14.5.2013)

“This was like a 10-round boxing challenge. I haven’t seen this kind of game in my own past ten years” Uwe Balboa vs. Sillamäe Kalev (21.5.2013)

“This was like a 10-round boxing challenge. I haven’t seen this kind of game in my own past ten years”
Uwe Balboa vs. Sillamäe Kalev (21.5.2013)

“If we manage to get one or three points, that is a good result”
Uwe betting tip is unsettled by Paide winning 6-2 (24.5.2o13)

“The God of Estonian Football has not been on our side” Uwe calls the divine powers to help annihilating FC Kuressaare (28.5.2013)

“The God of Estonian Football has not been on our side”
Uwe calls the divine powers to help annihilating FC Kuressaare (28.5.2013)

“I know their coach (Frank Bernhardt, Kalev – A.P.) I think he is doing a good job, however we both know that in Estonia it’s hard to own a good squad if you’re not within one of the three big clubs” Levadia, Flora and Kalju have more…enthusiasm (18.6.2013)

“I know their coach (Frank Bernhardt, Kalev – A.P.) I think he is doing a good job, however we both know that in Estonia it’s hard to own a good squad if you’re not within one of the three big clubs”
Levadia, Flora and Kalju have more…enthusiasm (18.6.2013)

“I wish to Hurt (Norbert, Flora coach who replaced Lelov – A.P.) the best. He is a very good man, however luck was not on their side today” Tammeka makes it 2-2 in A.LeCoq and Uwe goes modest mode (26.7.2013)

“I wish to Hurt (Norbert, Flora coach who replaced Lelov – A.P.) the best. He is a very good man, however luck was not on their side today”
Tammeka makes it 2-2 in A.LeCoq and Uwe goes modest mode (26.7.2013)

“For me the most important part of the city are the center and my workplace: Tamme Stadium. I am here every day from six to eight hours. What I like most it’s that is easy to shift from here to the city center. I walk my 5km back home, and the center is just on my way. Tartu’s center is green and in Summertime alive. There are beautiful dining places, restaurants and pubs and there is the river. I like also the surroundings of Anne channel, especially a coffee there on the shore. Sometimes I go and sit there” Uwe loves Tartu (6.8.2013)

“For me the most important part of the city are the center and my workplace: Tamme Stadium. I am here every day from six to eight hours. What I like most it’s that is easy to shift from here to the city center. I walk my 5km back home, and the center is just on my way. Tartu’s center is green and in Summertime alive. There are beautiful dining places, restaurants and pubs and there is the river. I like also the surroundings of Anne channel, especially a coffee there on the shore. Sometimes I go and sit there”
Uwe loves Tartu (6.8.2013)

“Yes, we are Tammeka, with little experience in Premium Liiga. We have even lesser money and we need supporters like air to breathe. However, that’s why we have a super attendance!” Uwe predicts Tammeka’s fans home games record (6.8.2013)

“Yes, we are Tammeka, with little experience in Premium Liiga. We have even lesser money and we need supporters like air to breathe. However, that’s why we have a super attendance!”
Uwe predicts Tammeka’s fans home games record (6.8.2013)

“Tammeka’s best game this season!” Tammeka two Levadia one (6.8.2013)

“Tammeka’s best game this season!”
Tammeka two
Levadia one
(6.8.2013)

“When I was working at Wolfsburg in 1992, they were in Bundesliga.2 and their average attendance was 1,500. Both Wolfsburg and Tartu have 100,000 inhabitants. Therefore  I wish also Tartu residents will develop more attraction towards Premium Liiga and Tammeka. We’re working on this.” The attraction today, the title tomorrow (date n/a)

“When I was working at Wolfsburg in 1992, they were in Bundesliga.2 and their average attendance was 1,500. Both Wolfsburg and Tartu have 100,000 inhabitants. Therefore  I wish also Tartu residents will develop more attraction towards Premium Liiga and Tammeka. We’re working on this.”
The attraction today, the title tomorrow (date n/a)

“Let’s hope that we manage to stay in Premium Liiga but…I don’t want to talk too much” German superstition (21.09.2013)

“Let’s hope that we manage to stay in Premium Liiga but…I don’t want to talk too much”
German superstition (21.09.2013)

“Sometimes you ask funny questions (smiling – editor). We have used 8 players this year as central defenders and now after a game you ask me whether we have found the best defence line…the best defence lines are at Bayern Munich and Barcelona” Uwe bids for Dante and Piquet to move to Tammeka (1.10.2013)

“Sometimes you ask funny questions (smiling – editor). We have used 8 players this year as central defenders and now after a game you ask me whether we have found the best defence line…the best defence lines are at Bayern Munich and Barcelona”
Uwe bids for Dante and Piquet to move to Tammeka (1.10.2013)

“This would just be like Christmas and Easter together” If Tammeka had won against Kalju in the last matchday (8.11.2013)

“This would just be like Christmas and Easter together”
If Tammeka had won against Kalju in the last matchday (8.11.2013)