Löw: I'm favouring the Bavarians
German national football coach Joachim Löw said Sunday he will rely more on Bayern Munich players than those from champions Dortmund for Euro 2012 - because the Bavarians have more international experience.
Dortmund beat Bayern twice in a row to take the Bundesliga title and the German DFB Cup, while Bayern completed their misery a week later by failing to beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 19.But Löw is discounting that and says experience outside Germany is what counts.
"The Dortmund players are very, very strong nationally. They are coming up. But they are not as internationally tested as the Bavarians," he said in an interview on Sunday, before leaving on Monday for the team's training camp in Gdansk.
"[The European Championships] have a different level," he said. "With all due respect, we are not playing against Hoffenheim, Nuremberg etc. We are playing against the top 10 in the world - against Spain, the current World and European champions. That's the highest level."
Bundestrainer Joachim Löw im Interview - Die Bayern sind erfahrener
The original German interview with dpa can be found on stern.de. - 3 June 2012
The team arrive in Gdansk
Germans head to Euro 2012 in confident mood
"There is no reason not to look forward to these championships," said the 52-year-old, who will be looking to land his first trophy as German coach after taking them to the Euro 2008 final and the 2010 World Cup semi-finals."We're ready, we've trained well and we are happy that it's about to start."Löw: "Ein Titelgewinn ist immer das i-Tüpfelchen" - As the German team prepares to leave for Gdansk, another interview with Jogi - who says winning the Euro title would be the 'icing on the cake'! - 4 June 2012
"We like this accommodation because it really is tailored to our needs," said Löw.
Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012 - 6 June 2012
"I wouldn't ban anyone from smoking, except at meals and during a meeting," he told Bild - original Bild articleThe Man with the Plan - Spotlight on Jogi from Deutsche Welle
Sind Sie fit für den EM-Titel, Herr Löw? - Another profile from Stuttgarter Nachrichten.
EM: Gegen EM mit 24 Mannschaften - Löw will Niveau wahren - 4 June 2012
The journey home
Jogi and the squad leave Warsaw to catch a flight back to Frankfurt (left) - 29 June 2012
On the flight home, what was described as an 'impromptu press conference' from Jogi took place, seemingly in the aisle of the plane.
He told the press that any questions of his resignation were 'inappropriate', and such action would only have been considered if the team had been eliminated at the group stage. However as the coach, he said he had to take responsibility for the defeat to Italy. "It is assumed" he said, that he will be on the bench for the next match against Argentina on 15 August. - from sport1.de
"Of course there are discussions about the line-up. I take the responsibility for it. (But) The way the goals fell does not necessarily have something to do with the line-up," Löw said during the flight home."It was my idea but didn't work out 100 per cent. The idea to contain Pirlo and (Daniele) De Rossi in midfield wasn't that wrong."Werfen Sie hin, Herr Löw?
And the bild.de article where Jogi was asked about resignation.
Löw promises "no major personnel overhaul" - 30 June 2012
"There is absolutely no reason to question everything now," Löw told reporters."There will be no major personnel overhaul. We have, after all, a very young team, and the youngest team in the tournament."Joachim Low insists he won't rip up blueprint or principles after his German side fail in bid for glory
As the team flew home, the German media continued in top gear, leaving their readers in no doubt who they wanted to blame for the defeat:
The Berliner Kurier asked on their front page "Fehlt Jogi das Sieger-Gen?" (Is Jogi missing the winning gene?), the gene apparently not 'missing' when the team had set a new international football record a week earlier!
German coach feeling heat after Euro 2012 exit - 30 June 2012
Coach Löw remains under fire over Germany exit - In an excellent article on digibet.info, the reaction of the German media to Germany's loss is described as 'disappointment and anger' reaching 'almost absurd proportions'
Continued in my July 2012 archives, as I fly out to Germany!!!
With thanks to everyone on the Group for their contributions, especially Rocio, Silke and Silvia. I could not do this without you!
Last updated 5 November 2013