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July 2012

As I flew into Hamburg on the morning of Sunday 1 July, the backlash amongst the press over the semi-final defeat was continuing unabated, with, probably unsurprisingly, Jogi the target for most of their headline writers. In the fickle world of football, all the high-regard for the 'man who did everything right' had seemingly evaporated in 90 minutes on the evening of 28 June!

My first sighting as I walked towards passport control was that of Bild-am-Sonntag (left) demanding "Heute wieder Finale ohne uns! Kann man noch an Jogi glauben?".

Further debate followed in the press over the first days of my holiday, see below for some excerpts from the press. The particular articles I saw that were personal or intrusive (you know who you are!!!) will not be given the publicity they apparently so desperately craved!

Ist Joachim Löw noch der richtige Bundestrainer?
Löw trotzt dem Gegenwind

Vom "Liebling Löw" zum Sündenbock - From Darling to Scapegoat, ask was Jogi to blame for the exit or were the Italians once again better? - 2 July 2012

Germany Pick Up the Pieces, Joachim Löw Shoulders the Blame - this blogger describes the atmosphere in Germany, post exit.

Thankfully the world is not simply run by journalists with papers to sell, and those within football rallied round in support of Jogi:
Mesut Özil hits back at critics of Germany boss Joachim Löw
Löw will not walk away from Germany, claims Klinsmann - The USA trainer has claimed his former assistant is no quitter
Low is the right man to coach Germany, says Ballack
Günter Netzer: Joachim Löw criticism is unfair
Spieler verteidigen Bundestrainer - "Löw ist nicht schuld" Jerome Boateng and Toni Kroos also speak out against the criticism.

Löw 'will bounce back from Euro loss' - says team general manager Oliver Bierhoff. "Jogi Löw will analyse the game against Italy for himself and he will soon find the energy again for the next stretch. I am not worried about Jogi," Bierhoff told Sueddeutsche Zeitung. - 7 July 2012

Klopp verteidigt Löw - The BVB coach talks of the ridiculous turnaround in the press in their attitude towards Jogi. - 8 July 2012

With thanks to the "Deutsche Nationalmannschaft. Support in guten wie in schlechten Zeiten" Facebook Group for this brilliant collage, showing the hypocrisy of the press, through headlines before and after the Italy game.

After several weeks break out of the spotlight, Jogi's first public statement since Euro 2012 was in the pre-match press conference for the friendly against Argentina on 15 August. Speaking for nearly half-an-hour, he spoke out against the detractors and denounced the particular criticism he found tiresome. For more, see my Argentina match page

Markus Hoppe trifft Jogi Löw im Gym Nach der Fussball EM ins Gym in Freiburg - 4 July 2012
Away from the world of football, spoke to German Champion Markus Hoppe who said Jogi is often seen at his gym in Freiburg. He said he had seen Jogi the day before, but had only wanted to speak to him briefly. Nevertheless Markus commented it was 'so typically German' to call into question one performance, after a record-breaking run of consecutive games! He also said that Jogi had seemed very relaxed and happy with the performance of the team.

There was considerable amusement generated online this week by the appearance of Seongnam coach Shin Tae-Yong, at the Peace Cup tournament in South Korean!

The fitted shirt, dark trousers, chic belt, expensive watch and even a fashionable 'happiness' bracelet were definitely the 'unmistakeable' style of Joachim Löw said, when Yong appeared on the touchline against Hamburger SV. - 24 July 2012

Robin Dutt new DFB sporting director.
National team coach Joachim Löw has spoken positively about the appointment of former Bayer Leverkusen and SC Freiburg coach Robin Dutt, following the departure of Matthias Sammer to Bayern Munich earlier this month.
On the website, he was quoted as saying: "The DFB acted swiftly and found a highly competent solution. That was handled perfectly, now I'm looking forward to our future cooperation." - 25 July 2012

With thanks to everyone on the Group, especially Denise and Silke. Special thanks to all my friends in Germany who had collected clippings for me throughout Euro 2012 and which awaited me on my arrival in Germany! I could not do this without you all!

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