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, schwaebische.de 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