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February 2012 sent Jogi congratulations on his 52nd birthday. - 3 February 2012
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Plans by Bayern Munich to play a friendly match with the Netherlands on May 22, have upset Germany coach Joachim Löw.Löw was reported to be angry with the timing of the fixture, which is in the midst of his Euro 2012 preparations.
On Friday, future DFB boss Wolfgang Niersbach voiced his intent to negotiate with the Bavarian club to change their agreement. However, those talks were apparently made in vain.
"Bayern are surprised by the DFB's statements. The German Football Association, the Dutch Football Association [KNVB], and UEFA helped collaborate on the scheduling of this game," a Bayern press release read.
Löw will begin preparations for Euro 2012 on May 11, when his squad will start to assemble.
The DFB Pokal final is to be held two days later, and with the Champions League final set for May 19, it is possible - if uncertain - that several among his squad will not be available for quite some time before the tournament.But with the Bayern v Netherlands friendly scheduled for May 22 in Munich, it is certain that eight Germany internationals, assuming they are nominated to Low's team, will arrive late to Löw's training camp in Sardinia.A contract between the club and the Netherlands requires that the teams include as many players as are fit.
The friendly is scheduled to serve as the conclusion of a dispute between Bayern and the Netherlands over an injury sustained by Dutch winger Arjen Robben during the 2010 World Cup.The sides could not reach an agreement over monetary compensation, and instead decided to play a friendly match to help Bayern recover wages lost in the player's absence. from soccerway - 5 February 2012
Although there were no specific quotes from Jogi in this article, he did make reference to this friendly last March (see my March 2011 archive).

Joachim Löw was quoted in before the weekend's matches saying he was delighted that Borussia Mönchengladbach's Mike Hanke had made such a positive development in recent months and called him an "aspiring professional who never gives up". - 17 February 2012

11 Freunde interview - 23 February 2012

Jogi featured on the front cover of '11 Freunde' for March 2012, #124, and excerpts from the magazine's interview were featured in the online media.

Löw relaxed despite mounting injuries - 20 February 2012
Germany manager Joachim Löw has said he has a back-up plan in place for Euro 2012 despite the rising number of injuries which threaten to scupper his attempt to win June's European Championships.
"We are prepared for all eventualities, we constantly work with a 'what if...' strategy, so that if a player is injured, we have a replacement for him," Löw told German football magazine 11Freunde.
"There are players who little is expected of before a tournament, but who come through and show unbelievable will to play really well, such as (defender) Arne Friedrich at the World Cup in South Africa."

Germany boss Joachim Low tempted by club coaching role
Germany boss Joachim Low admitted that he could be tempted by a club coaching role in the future, but says that he would not do so in his native Germany.
Low has been touted as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and although he previously stated that he has little interest in the Portuguese's job, he could be tempted by a similar role in the future."I would not deny that to work as a club coach could be fun. If you ask me today, I'd prefer to move abroad," he told 11Freunde. - from

Jogi added that the team's development was an ongoing process, regardless of the result this summer and spoke of the need to play convincing positive football as the only way to win without relying on luck.
Later articles referred to Jogi jokingly speaking of Oliver Bierhoff's incessant desire to organise! - from tz-online
With thanks to 11 Freunde and Spiegel
The edition is featured on the 11 Freunde website, together with "Sie sind doch... der Klinsmann!" - an amusing story of a young woman's failure to remember a familiar face !
More scans from the edition can be seen in my Magazine Articles section.

Low: Mertesacker will be fit to play for Germany at Euro 2012 - 22 February 2012
At a press conference prior to announce the squad for the France friendly, Joachim Löw confirmed that the Arsenal central defender is expected to be included in the squad for Euro 2012.
"We are in contact," the trainer told "But we assume that he will be able to get fit for the Euro."
Jogi Löw: Otto bei Hertha finde ich gut
Jogi also spoke of Otto Rehhagel, newly appointed coach of Hertha Berlin. "Otto has enormous energy and a great deal of ambition."

Löw confident of Euro triumph - 22 February 2012
Germany coach Joachim Low is "confident" his side will be crowned European champions this summer.
Low's team will be regarded as one of the favourites in Poland and Ukraine after coming through their qualifying group with a perfect record.And after finishing third and second in the last two major tournaments, Low feels the time is right to win the trophy.
"Yes, I am confident," he said in an interview with Germany's Stern magazine.
Regardless of whether Germany do indeed triumph at Euro 2012, Low feels he has a side which has won many new fans, both at home and abroad."We are a team which has certain values and that is why people can identify with us, and that makes me very proud," he said.Those values are "discipline, ambition, passion and pleasure in our game" which Low says make his team "look like we are performing the easiest exercise in the world".
"Those should be the trademarks of our game - that is important to me," he said.For all that to succeed, Low is to work on his side's flexibility by trialling a new system in the build-up to the summer.
"We no longer want to just oppress our opponent's game, we want to dictate the way they play," he said."That means we need to attack them in their own half when we lose possession there and not always retreat.Keeping our opponents away from our goal is something we can improve on and that is what we should be focusing on in our preparations." - from
Excerpts be read online at, where Jogi also speaks of a day beyond the next tournament.
A full transcript of the interview, together with photographs from the magazine photoshoot, can be found on my Stern, February 2012 separate page.

The national football team is an outstanding example of successful integration in Germany, coach Joachim Löw said ahead of a ceremony honouring the victims of a murder spree allegedly undertaken by members of an underground neo-Nazi cell.
Löw was among the 1,200 invited guests at the event on Thursday in Berlin in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke.
"Phrases like respect and integration are not empty words but reality lived on a daily basis," Löw told a news conference on Wednesday. "We have a team of different personalities who are not only role models on the pitch but also for our society." from mandc - 23 February 2012

Jogi was a guest on the children's TV show logo!, 25 February 2012.

Kinderreporterin Charlotte quizzed Jogi on his life as Bundestrainer. Some questions had to be answered by facial expression only!!

A video of the segment can be seen on my youtube channel

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Zwanziger: "Löw muss Bundestrainer bleiben"
DFB President Theo Zwanziger has spoken of the need for Joachim Löw to stay in charge, whatever the result at the Euro 2012 Championships. He called the Bundestrainer a 'godsend for the DFB' and spoke of his regret at the 'misunderstandings' with the management team that arose over contract renegotiations in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. - 28 February 2012

Germany coach Joachim Löw believes Bayern Munich's dream of reaching the Champions League final could play havoc with his plans for the national side ahead of their Euro 2012 campaign.
Bayern's Allianz Arena hosts the Champions League final on May 19 and the Bavarian giants take on Holland three days later to help the Dutch warm up for Euro 2012, to be co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine from June 8 until July 1.
The bulk of Löw's first-choice team includes Bayern stars Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, striker Mario Gomez, Toni Kroos, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and defenders Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng.
And while he wants them to hit the championships with the feelgood factor, Löw is ultimately hoping to have his eight Bayern stars available when they start their Euro preparations in earnest."Basically, it would please me, of course, if Bayern get to the final," he said.
"For the players, it would mean they would come to us with a good feeling to have reached the final and, of course, it would positive for us if they win. But it would make things rather tight for us time wise and it would be ideal to take a full squad to the final preparations."
Löw plans to take his squad to Sardinia for a week-long training camp on May 11 and then head off again on May 19 to a camp in the south of France. Germany also play Switzerland in Basel on May 26.
Bayern's poor recent form may, however, help Löw as they lost the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie 1-0 at FC Basel. The return leg is on March 13 in Munich.The worst possible scenario for Löw would see Real Madrid, who have Germans Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil in their team, play Bayern in the Champions League final. - from NDTV

Germany 1 - 2 France
29 February 2012

An injury-depleted Germany begin the year with a loss against France.

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