Wolfsburg kick off their Bundesliga campaign at the Allianz Arena against defending champions Bayern Munuch tonight, but back home garages are locked and gyms beefed up with gym surveillance, all because hurricane Nickas Bendtner has come to town.
There was a time when Preben Elkjaer Larsen could smoke during games, Eric Cantona would jump up in the stands and start fighting and Robin Friday would during his short six-year career have enough time to make the most beautiful goal you never saw, anger the world's best defender and stand for the world's strangest goal celebration and also kick down an opponent, poop in a bag and go to the pub again. This is unfortunately a bygone era.
Standing out from the crowd
At a time when football is almost entirely about tactics and risk minimization, one can easily wonder how long it will be before the players turn into robots and the football fields into chessboards for the coaches. It is in such times, it is so refreshing with players that stand out.
In Wolfsburg, all of the city's car owners already had a week to throw on the protective plastic, reinforce the doors at gyms and the restaurants are sending around pictures to each other on the upcoming customer most likely to cause trouble. Nicklas Bendtner has thundered into German football with all his scandal-filled history.
The last scandal was Bendtner whipping a taxi with his belt, one that once and for all ended his chances of staying at Arsenal.That's wrong, of course it is, but he is human after all.
Today's football elite is based almost entirely on image, area and trademarks. Each step and comment are calculated, prepared and added to. Lionel Messi has in his 27 years never said anything wrong - or, rather, scarcely dared to say anything at all. The only controversy with perhaps the world's best footballer is his fashion choices on the Ballon D'or award shows.
This calls calls for the scandal makers. Or the fools if you like.
It is said that order is for the fools. The geniuses has mastered chaos. Nicklas Bendtner is chaos. That must surely make him a genius.