The groups for the UEFA Nations League will be drawn in the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne on 24th January 2018 at 12:00 CET. A German delegation, lead by DFB president and UEFA vice president Reinhard Grindel, will be present at the event. DFB general secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius, national coach Joachim Löw and DFB business manager Oliver Bierhoff will accompany him. In addition, the competitionís cup will be unveiled at the event. from dfb.de, 19 January 2017 Full details will follow here, but meanwhile here is UEFA Nations League: all you need to know from UEFA.com
End-of-Year Interview, Bayerischer Rundfunk
There were not so many end-of-year interviews as usual this December, the only main ones being in Bayerischer Rundfunk, excerpts of which were reported online.
Jogi said he was as 'deeply relaxed' as some would think. He says "you talk a lot, work a lot, and above all think a lot" but that his experience also allows him to know when it is time to switch off and have also thoughts.
"The plan is that he can train sometime in February, March, that he certainly needs more time [to recover],"... "He is the best keeper in the world, our captain and we absolutely need him."
When asked about his future, he said he definitely intended to fulfil his contract until 2020, but again repeated that the time to take stock is in the weeks following a tournament, and stressed how much joy the job of Bundestrainer still brought him. He spoke of taking a complete break from football over Christmas, which he will spend in Freiburg, before the meetings, discussions and preparation ahead of the World Cup start in January.
Die Mannschaft's World Cup Hotel near Moscow - 15 December 2017 Germany's living quarters for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be in Vatutinki, in close proximity to Moscow. "The decision wasn't easy for us, because we had a very good time in Sochi during the Confederations Cup. For success, everything needs to be right. In Moscow, we'll be able to work with concentration under the best training conditions and we have found a quietly located hotel where we'll be able to regenerate after games and training," said Germany head coach Joachim Löw.
Gremio 1 - 0 Pachuca, Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, World Club Cup Semi-Final, 12 December 2017
The following day Joachim Löw attended the second semi-final (top right) at the at the ZSC Stadium, Abu Dhabi, where he saw Real Madrid come back from a goal down against Al Jazira thanks to a winning goal by substitute Gareth Bale, 13 December 2017.
Löw in Dubai with coaching team - 9 December 2017 "We're always looking to broaden our horizons," said national team head coach, Joachim Löw. "The Club World Cup in Abu Dubai is a great opportunity to do that." Löw and his coaching team, including assistance coaches, Marcus Sorg and Thomas Schneider, and goalkeeper coach, Andreas Köpke, made the 4,836km flight to the Persian Gulf on Saturday, where the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup will be held, a competition pitting the best team from each continent against each other. Real Madrid, the current holders, are representing Europe in this year's competition, while Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, Morocco's Wyded Casablanca, CF Pachuca from Mexico, Gremio Porto Allegre from Brazil, New Zealand's Auckland City and hosts Al Jazira Club are also taking part. "Apart from watching matches, our main focus will be the World Cup in Russia," said Löw. "How do we structure our training camp? When should we start it? What type of things should we work on? These are the sort of questions we need to think about."
Philipp Lahm was presented with the award at the DFB Bundestag and joined a list of greats including Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann,
Joachim Löw gave a rousing speech in praise of his former captain.
"For you, a new award should've been created: best international footballer of the decade. It was a huge honour to work with you. Thank you for everything, Philipp!" He continued: "You weren't just a special player, leader and captain. Most important of all, you are a special individual. That's what makes the brilliant players. I want to thank you for your incredible performances. You've been a crucial part of the team's positive development."
FIFA Museum Visit and Swiss Sports Forum, Zurich, 5 December 2017
Löw: We want to lift the Trophy again - from FIFA.com "That night in Rio played out like a film, and memories of individual moments only came back to me later. What will always stay with me is the way our team became a unit and how much I enjoyed working with each and every one of our players." Germany coach Joachim Löw reflected on their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil triumph during his recent visit to the FIFA World Football Museum. Löw made the visit to Zurich along with DFB President Reinhard Grindel to take a stroll through the history of the beautiful game. Clad in one of his trademark black roll-neck sweaters, the Germany boss relived every goal in his team's 7-1 semi-final victory over hosts Brazil before reacquainting himself with the World Cup Trophy. When asked whether getting this close to the ultimate footballing accolade so near to the next tournament could prove to be a bad omen, he replied: "Holding the Trophy in my hands before the 2014 World Cup brought us luck." With six months to go until the World Cup in Russia, Löw seemed relaxed yet focused during his visit to the Museum. "I don't feel stressed during the World Cup," he explained. "These matches are special moments for me as a coach, so I look forward to them." The 57-year-old only ever processes pressure after a tournament, and Brazil was no exception. "We spent eight weeks working towards one goal," he said. "There was great euphoria at the end of it all, but after returning home I thought, 'What do I do now?' I was awake at night rerunning parts of the tournament in my head." Despite this period of soul searching, the architect of Germany's 2014 triumph quickly began looking to the future again. He started working with his team towards the next success by giving a new crop of young players vital international experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. Although Löw leaves nothing to chance when it comes to training and match preparation, using scientific data to ensure that Germany are physically and tactically prepared for every challenge, he is well aware that "at some stage we'll reach our limits in these areas. The players' cognitive skills and mental state will become increasingly important in the future, so that's something we need to address at our youth development centres." Nevertheless, all that matters to Löw right now is the defence of Germany's title - although he preferred to phrase this objective a little differently by declaring: "We want to lift the Trophy again." He believes the potential use of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) is a positive step and advocates the use of video evidence. "It's important to give new technology a chance," he said. "Video Assistant Referees are making football fairer." Löw concluded his tour of the Museum by adding his name to the Wall of Champions. In about six months' time, world football will find out if his lucky charm works a second time around.
Jogi Löw warnt Pektovic: "Leider spielt Brasilien nicht mehr so naiv"In the evening Jogi was a guest speaker at the Swiss Sports Forum and had some advice for Swiss national team coach Vladimir Petkovic tips on their forthcoming World Cup group match against Brazil, speaking of Germany's 7-1 semi-final victory last time: "The next Brazilian coach has made it clear to all the players that what happened to their nation against Germany must never happen again. Now Neymar is also defending, the Brazilians are all playing for the team. They drew strength from this historic defeat. They will not be so naive again - unfortunately."
Löws Weltmeistereinblicke - from Lucerne Zeitung He also spoke about developments in sport "We will not find anyone who walks 100m in under 10 seconds, the future is in the field of mental development". "There are different people who help in certain pressurised situations. I can delegate a lot of tasks and during a tournament I almost do not feel stress" he said. "The stress comes later when I go home and am alone."Then the questions come up "'What am I doing at home?' It can take a few weeks to find a new direction, a new motivation."
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It's hard for me even to comprehend that my website has now been going for nearly 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.
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