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August 2012

With pre-season friendlies and tournaments underway throughout Europe, Jogi made his first reported appearance at a match since the European Championships. He was amongst the spectators for the Bahlinger SC-hosted Kaiserstuhl Cup watching the 1-1 draw beween SC Freiburg and French side FC Sochaux.

Badische-Zeitung reported that at half-time he signed autographs and received many supportive cries from the crowd! - 4 August 2012

An Extraordinary Board Meeting of the DFB has been held today to analyse the team's European Championship campaign. Robin Dutt was also formally presented as the new DFB Sporting Director.

Bundestrainer Joachim Löw said that the meeting had covered many aspects of the European Championships and resulted in interesting findings. He stressed the importance of the Association having such a meeting, and added they were now looking forward to the friendly against Argentina on 15 August.

Löw präsentiert EM-Analyse im DFB-Präsidium from - 6 August 2012

Löw gets DFB backing
"We absolutely agree with the sporting staff to say that the path chosen was the right one," - Wolfgang Niersbach.

Jogi, Oliver Bierhoff and Robin Dutt pictured at the German Supercup, Allianz Arena, Munich, where Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1. - 12 August 2012

Match reports from and

Germany 1 - 3 Argentina
15 August 2012

An injury, a red card and an own-goal in the first half,
and it was never going to be Germany's night!

Press Conference, 13 August 2012 - Jogi speaks post-Euro,
Training in Frankfurt
and the game itself with the post-match ZDF interview and Harald Stenger's farewell

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do" - Dale Carnegie

In the light of criticism from some quarters in the days following the Argentina game[1], it was open house time, and one that was to continue unabated for nearly two years. Much discussion sprang up as to how support for the national team and the belief in those involved may or may not have somewhat lessened, 'backed up' with articles, in Germany and abroad, making comment on what is believed to be the feeling of the footballing 'public'[2]. Over the next months, 'surveys', comments sections and opinion polls abounded as to what the true feeling of the German footballing public was towards the Bundestrainer.

Such reports and sentiments were, of course, closely observed by me and other admirers of Jogi, and it soon became apparent that things didn't quite add up.

Do not, therefore, come to any conclusion as to what the public were or were not thinking, without reading my blog article -
Bild are at it again... (the manipulation of 'public' opinion) written a few weeks later, - and the expose it gives to the tactics employed by some sections of the media at the time.

Opening Bundesliga Weekend, 24/25 August 2012

Jogi and Hansi pictured at the opening Bundesliga match Friday evening, between Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen. Dortmund won 2-1 with goals from Marco Reus, making his Bundesliga debut for the home side, and Mario Götze. - 24 August 2012

Jogi described the game as a 'very exciting and entertaining, and an outstanding atmosphere' to kick off the season. He was also asked on TV about the criticism following Euro 2012 and said he was 'fine'.

If anyone has a copy of the half-time interview on German TV, I would love to see it!

Thanks to and for quotes.

Jogi was also seen the following day at the match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen.

Match report on Frankfurt's 2-1 win from Frankfurt Neue Presse and soccernet.espn

Leverkusen's Andre Schürrle featured on das aktuelle sportstudio later that evening. Jogi spoke a few words during the show, and the interview can now be seen on my youtube channel. - 25 August 2012

1.  Magath lashes out at Löw
2.  The cashmere and charm wears thin for Germany coach Joachim Löw

With thanks to everyone on the Group, especially Maria, Silke, Maren, Silvia, Nic and Yowko. I could not do this without you!

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