To celebrate their 65th birthday this weekend, Bild got together Joachim Löw and four previous Bundestrainers, Franz Beckenbauer, Berti Vogts, Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann, for an interview and accompanying photoshoot, showing a leather-jacketed Jogi.
The photoshoot was recorded before the German squad left for Russia and published in Bild on 22 June 2017.
"I can, of course, understand that some have a certain disappointment," Löw said. "But the fans want to see these top players at a good level for another couple of years. And they do not want to see them injured." The June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup across four Russian cities is seen by Löw as "a chance" and a "broadening of horizons" for his team. "It will be an important experience for some players to play with the A-team against Australia, Cameroon or Chile," he said. "That is something different to the Bundesliga or the Europa League. There are other menalities, different ideas of football from what we know here."
Demme to miss Confed Cup with injury RB Leipzig midfielder Diego Demme injured his back on Tuesday meaning he will miss the competition. Joachim Löw will not be calling up anyone to replace Demme for the tournament.
With a busy June approaching, SID carried a lengthy interview with Joachim Löw, excerpts from which appeared throughout the media. Video interviews also appeared from various media outlets.
Löw: "Champions need Competition too" - the full SID interview, translated on dfb.de. Starting off the interview by commending the Russians on their ability to serve a good espresso, Joachim Lös went on to talk about the upcoming Confederations Cup, looking forward to the World Cup, his personnel selection, the workload on players, the DFB, German teams in Europe this past season, and his personal excitement at playing against a defensive team. Asked if he was tired of football, he replied "No, maybe just three or four weeks after a tournament. Tournaments last half a year for us when you include the preparations and the crazily intense discussions. As the manager I'm always in the spotlight. When the tournament is done, I feel fatigued a few days after, regardless of the result. It's the same after every highlight. There's so much emotion and then I say: let me relax for two or three weeks in peace. I want to refuel and enjoy other things." On the political climate in Russia - "We want to show what we stand for - that the Germany team is one of tolerance, freedom, and one that looks forward to going to any country, and that is open to understanding the cultures and mentalities of people all over the world. That's what's important for me." He also spoke of what he felt was a lack of respect at the DFB-Pokal finale - "Personally, I feel for Helene Fischer, and I'm sorry for the fact that she was whistled at - she didn't deserve to be. I don't think that the national anthem should be whistled at either - that's disrespectful."
Löw warns of player burnout due to growing international tournaments Speaking with sports news agency SID on Thursday, the World Cup winning coach said: "It's a dangerous game - we mustn't pull too hard on the rope. One has the impression that the things are already bloated and the fixture list looks anything but happy." The 57-year-old has said his main goal in Russia is to blood his next generation of stars such as incoming Bayern Munich center back Niklas Süle and exciting RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner. "After the end of the season, the players go for a few days on holiday, but can't actually have a proper vacation, because they have to follow a training programme," Löw said. "They have to be ready to go again after two weeks. Long term, that's not good. "There are a lot of tournaments, the Club World Cup is supposed to expand, the World Cup will be expanded, the European championships have been expanded. "If you have a good product and want to make it even more desirable, then a shortage might be good."
Don't forget you can follow who and where Joachim Löw watched this last season through my completed Out and About page for the 2016/2017 season.
Look back at last summer through my Euro 2016 Index page - where my Individual Match Pages link up to form a continual record of the tournament. Or alternatively visit my match pages for the March international break, every international since 2010, and selected games before that, through my Match Page Index
A Nivea campaign with a difference has been launched this year, 27 April 2017, as Jogi and German celebrity chef Tim Mälzer have joined forces to publish their own cookbook "Erfolgsrezepte" (Recipes for Success).
The book is available from 8 May with purchase of Nivea products.
I am hoping to get detials of, and try out, some of the recipes. Watch this space!
My host continues to undertake migration maintenance work - which is beyond my control. There may be times when the site is down, if so please just call back a few minutes later.
May I apologise that, over the next few weeks, you may also find some pages, photographs and links on the website are down, and strange symbols appear instead of text. My host company has decided to migrate all their sites to a new server and therefore I am having to do a considerable amount of work in changing links and re-coding certain aspects, in particular the umlaut (and, as you can imagine, I have plenty of those!).
This decision, and the timing of it, is sadly out of my hands. However I am advised it will result in a more efficient hosting and less downtime. I can assure you the design and the content of the website will NOT be changed in any way. It is just a matter of altering some of the source code on each page. This will take time, but will NOT stop the website being updated with latest news.
My individual match pages follow on from one another to unravel the full story of the events of each tournament, both on and off the pitch!
THE SIXTH YEAR OF A WHOLE LOTTA LÖW !!
2017 marks our EIGHTH year!!!
It's hard for me even to comprehend that my website has now been going for over half-a-decade!
Originally created purely as a way of personally listing and keeping a record of photographs and articles, never did I think for one moment that, nearly a decade later, I would have over a hundred individual Match Pages, over seven years of monthly Archives, a day-by-day record of five Tournaments, not to mention numerous Magazine Articles, Advertising Campaigns, and lots more besides.
So to everyone who has contributed and continues to visit, and all the wonderful friends I have made - you literally come from all corners of the globe - thank you and thank you again!!
The biggest thanks of all, however, goes to the subject of my little domain in the world that is the internet, Joachim Löw himself. Documenting the ups, looking back at previous years, and, yes, even accepting the challenge of recording the reactions to the odd down, has been the most unbelievable experience. Covering Germany in Brazil (albeit from afar) and recording your journey to the just reward for all your talent and years of hard work by becoming World Champion has, at times, left even me lost for words! Following your career so far has been amazing, and I look forward to all that is to come!
I would love all visitors to pop in and Sign My Guestbook, and tell me where you are from, how you found my site, and what you like best about it, and any suggestions for the future!! (Click 'Post' option once at Guestbook)
A few thanks: To everyone on the Facebook Group and for all their links, photographs and so much help, support and kind words. To all on Twitter for their football insights, news and reports. To those who have been so helpful with all the latest news - including dfb.de, google news, Bild.de and goal.com. Also thanks to DFB-Team Facebook page To Famous3Kings, West Kensington and Brighton Beach Big Screen for giving me the opportunity to watch Germany games on the 'big screen'. To my friends in Germany, especially Silke, Susanne Margit, Katrin and Jana for all the things you have kept and sent me and to Lucille for all her help with photographs. And to anyone who I haven't mentioned, thank you, thank you again!!
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