Welcome to "A Whole Lotta Löw" - my football website dedicated to WORLD CUP WINNING RECORD-BREAKING Germany national coach Joachim Löw!
Last updated 24 May 2018
The German squad and management team have now arrived in South Tyrol for their World Cup preparation camp. Follow the camp throughout the next two weeks with our daily updates.
Joachim Löw has held his first press conference tomorrow from Eppan and comments and photographs are now being uploaded to my special page for the South Tyrol training camp. As for previous tournaments, a daily diary of the training camp will be found here.
The World Cup preparation will also include two friendlies before they depart for Russia on 12 June. First up they will play Austria in Klagenfurt on 2 June and then return to Germany after their training camp to play Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on 8 June.
A busy day in Berlin started with DFB officials, including Jogi and Oliver Bierhoff, sitting down with Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan, ahead of the players' meeting with German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The DFB were keen to set right the controversy that had grown following Özil and Gündogan being photographed with Turkish president Erdogan earlier in the week. - 19 May 2018
"To say that those who express their opinion are not included is an affront to other players who have 80, 90, 100 international matches with us."
He also spoke of Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan's contacting the DFB in a desire to clear up the Erdogan issue.
Löw gibt Bayern-Stars Sonderurlaub - news that some of the German stars, including Chelsea's man-on-the-match in the F A Cup Final, Antonio Rüdiger, are likely to be joining the training camp late.
With thanks to Debbie, Silke and Lucille
'Bild100 Sport' Get Together, Berlin, 18 May 2018
Jogi is photographed at the event in Berlin. - 18 May 2018
'Messi comparison was a burden for Götze' - Löw regrets famous World Cup quote Joachim Löw believes his quote comparing Mario Gotze to Lionel Messi hindered the Germany international's progress following the 2014 World Cup. The attacking midfielder scored the winning goal over Argentina in the final to help Die Mannschaft lift the trophy, with Löw telling Gotze to "show the world you can be better than Messi" when sending him on as a late substitute. "I commited the mistake to talk about that sentence publicly afterwards," Low said at the Bild100sport event in Berlin. "That did not help Mario during the next few months. He was always measured to it and scoring the decisive goal might have become a burden for him."
Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff pose for a photo at a presentation to announce Samsung as the "official technological partner of the DFB". - 15 May 2018
And still the adverts come. This time regular National Team sponsors Commerzbank.
Jogi tells how, although digital technology is important, nothing beats a one-to-one approach!
"Digitale Technik wird immer wichtiger. Wenn Du digital nicht ganz vorne bist, bist Du auch nicht ganz oben mit. Trotzdem gibt es Momente, dann ist digital egal. Dann zählt vor allem eins: von Mensch zu Mensch."
Joachim Löw has announced his provisional 27-man squad for the World Cup, as follows:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Jonas Hector, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rüdiger, Niklas Süle, Jonathan Tah Midfielders: Julian Brandt), Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Sebastian Rudy Forwards: Mario Gomez, Thomas Müller, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner
The squad must be reduced to the final 23 by 4 June.
The most controversial aspect of the squad selection proved to be the omission of Sandro Wagner with a striker's place given to uncapped Nils Petersen of Freiburg. Jogi revealed that such decisions are never easy:
"The day the nominations are revealed is always a bit split. On one hand, the players who have been named are over the moon. On the other hand, there's the disappointment of the players who didn't quite make the cut. My job as national coach is sometimes to drop a bombshell on some players' dreams. The decision is never against a particular player, but for the overall success of the team. The nomination process is complex; we discuss individual players and positions for weeks on end. We analyse and discuss it to the littlest details and in the end it's decided on the fine details. The criteria are clear - which players can deliver a top performance physically and mentally at the World Cup after a long season? The entire squad was selected based on piecing together a coherent overall picture. The team needs to function well together both on the pitch and off it. A message to the players who haven't been named in the squad: you are very, very talented footballers and great guys, you were deservedly in the first team and maybe you'll be back with us after the World Cup."
Manuel Neuer's fitness was probably the most talked about aspect of the squad in the run-up to the announcement, and, as expected, Joachim Löw included four keepers, with Manuel's fitness to be assessed during the preparation period. "The coaching team have been in contact with Manuel almost every day for the past few weeks. We're taking four goalkeepers to South Tyrol because Manuel rejoined full training this week at Bayern Munich, which means that he can train fully with us as well. We want to assess the situation for ourselves and use the chance to observe and assess him at the training camp. We know the responsibilities we to for the team, health and the fans, as does Manuel. Is he in a position to produce the top performances we're used to? We'll make a final decision that on 4th June. Until then, we'll see how it goes each day. After South Tyrol, we'll talk openly and honestly about whether he can play at the World Cup or not. Nobody can go to such a tournament without game time - Manuel knows that. Everything is looking positive at the moment; his injury is fully healed. Manuel can cope with the full strain of training and more importantly he's our captain. We hope that he is able to come."
Golden boy Götze out of Germany's preliminary World Cup squad The most notable omission was World Cup Final hero Mario Götze. "It wasn't necessarily his season." explained Jogi. "Of course he's an exceptionally quality player, but he just hasn't found his form this season. I hope he can start over again in Dortmund after the summer break. I'm sorry for it, it was a difficult decision to make."
The only uncapped player in the squad was in-form Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, "Nils has scored 15 Bundesliga goals for a team which hasn't created that many chances. He's made a really, really good impression on me and he's fit to play. He's proven that he's an excellent super sub. I think that he can grow from this challenge. I'm expecting great things from him."
This meant no place for Sandro Wagner and Jogi emphasised that such decisions are often decided on the "fine details" of squad selection. [Sandro's] given his all in games for us and for his club and he's a great character. We had to make a decision and that decision went in favour of other players. It was a decision for Mario Gomez and for Nils Petersen, not against Sandro Wagner."
On other players included: Jerome Boateng: "Jerome is back in fitness training. In all probability, his injury will heal by the end of the training camp. He's a player who you can't replace like-for-like. We're doing all we can to make sure he'll be there." Jonathan Tah: "He's made great progress and shown a real improvement in his play from the back, which is why he's earned a call-up.",br>Marco Reus: "We're happy that he's been injury-free for the last few months. He has a special knack for finding space, he's very creative and in great form. He can do extraordinary things and I'm expecting a lot from him. We have to be careful about how much he trains of course. We hope that he remains fit and then he can play a decisive part in the World Cup."
He confirmed that the selection of Emre Can was never an issue, as he had been out since March and could not be selected because of that.
"We told them that this has not been the best idea," Löw said at a news conference on Tuesday, one day after the photos were published in Germany. "But I am also sympathetic towards them. Two hearts sometimes beat in players with an immigrant background. ... It's not that easy, and both have said they did not want to make a political statement. Both have done a lot for integration in Germany. It will be a lesson for them." and added that they will be spoken to during the training camp.
Looking ahead he confirmed that the team wanted to achieve as much as they possibly could. "We are the reigning world champions and Confed Cup winners and we want to reach the final and defend our World Cup title. That's our target. We have three or four important points which we're going to focus on at the training camp. We want to show how committed we are to bringing the trophy back to Germany. The players are in good form. Of course, we assess their performances for their clubs, but also how they perform for us. All of it goes into our assessments. Our players know our philosophy. There are also players who play a different role for their club. But the transition is always fast and smooth."
The was a rather unusual end to the press conference, with Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov appearing in hologram form!
Confirming reports in the press that morning, there was major news concerning the coaching team, with the extension of Jogi's contract, and that of his management team, from 2020 until 2022.
The official announcement from dfb.de: Löw and management team extend contracts Germany's head coach Joachim Löw added: "To continue to work with Andy Köpke, Thomas Schneider, Marcus Sorg, Oliver Bierhoff and the whole management in coaching the best players in Germany, to continue to develop them and help them to improve, to continue to build this team, to continue to strive for the biggest titles that football has to offer - that drives me and makes me just as excited as it always has. I am especially looking forward to the upcoming World Cup in Russia and the intense weeks that we have ahead of us. It is the only thing on my mind at the moment. I am thankful to president Reinhard Grindel, general secretary Freidrich Curtius and the entire DFB for the continued support and trust that they have for us and what we do."
"He's portraying some of our most experienced players, leaders in the squad, as complete idiots," Löw said at an event in Berlin hosted by the newspaper. "As if they're only in the squad because they don't voice their opinions? What should the likes of Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng think of that? It's ridiculous." "Of course I understand that he's disappointed but I think his reaction is over-the-top," continued Löw. "Everyone who works with us knows that we always encourage the players to speak their minds, to be open and honest, and to be critical. We place great value on that."
In a sure sign that the World Cup is coming ever closer, this time featuring Jogi and the team promoting Coca-Cola and limited edition cans featuring a player or Jogi on each! - 8 May 2018
Jogi's Nivea campaign for 2018 is out - with the tagline "Gib mir 5" (Give me 5) - no doubt a reference to Germany going for their fifth title! - 8 May 2018
Watch the TV Spot right.
Löw spielt den Doppelpass mit "Trott-war" - 2 May 2018 Stuttgart newspaper for the homeless "Trott-war" will publish a World Cup special this summer, with renowed guest authors including Joachim Löw, Jürgen Klinsmann and Sami Khedira.Jogi was asked what he did to help the social disadvantaged."I'm convinced our players and coaches are very engaged. Some players have their own foundations, others don't but help secretly. I don't have a foundation and don't want to make my help public. I think that helping is a private matter." Answering the question as to whether players' salaries were appropriate he replied. "'Leistungsgerecht' (linked to performance) - that a difficult term. There are players who fill stadiums worldwide and have a massive appeal. He added "Football has become a huge industry where many people find work and where there is big money. And the players are in the centre. That's why they should get a big share of that revenue."
Bernabeu's VIP box full to see Real Madrid against Bayern "For Löw, his arrival in the box was hindered somewhat due to the constant recognition he received form Real fans after taking a wrong turn on the way to the box." A thrilling second leg Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu, 1 May 2018, saw Bayern Munich lose out on aggregate by the solitary goal and Real Madrid progress to the final of the Champions League. Real Madrid resist Bayern Munich onslaught after Sven Ulreich's blunder - match report from The Guardian Für Löw hat das Bayern-Aus etwas Gutes - 2 May 2018 It was not lost on the media that Bayern Munich's exit meant a greater preparation time for Jogi with the Bayern players ahead of the World Cup. Only one German national team player, Toni Kroos, will be involved in the Champions League Final on 26 May.
Another video from Mercedes-Benz Fußball, this time with an interview with Jogi, 1 May 2018
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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.
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, together with further success in the Confed Cup and the breaking of numerous records, 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!
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