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June 2012

"No place for anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance in football"

The day after the friendly match against Israel, a delegation of the German Football Federation (DFB) has visited the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

National team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who made the journey along with coach Joachim Löw, captain Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski from the national team, said: "With the visit to Auschwitz, we wanted to send a signal that a dark chapter of German history has never been forgotten and must never be repeated." - 1 June 2012


Schnappschuss mit dem Bundestrainer

A lucky group of schoolchildren posed with Jogi outside his favourite cafe in Freiburg, where they spotted him whilst out on a recent school visit! - 2 June 2012

With thanks to Badische-Zeitung

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 - 3 June 2012

Das sind die Idole der deutschen Nationalspieler

In an a series from Welt Online in which the German national team pick their own personal idols, Jogi talks of his admiration for Nelson Mandela. - 3 June 2012

Departing from Frankfurt Airport, 4 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."
"On Friday, we will decide who will play against Portugal with plenty of enthusiasm."
"We need to be very focused this week, there is still much work ahead of us," said Löw
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

German soccer team settles in for Euro 2012

"We like this accommodation because it really is tailored to our needs," said Löw.
"The only thing we are now talking about is Portugal," said Löw, referring to Germany's first opponents - on Saturday - in the preliminary group round, which also includes the Netherlands and Denmark. "The players should only be focused on their Euro 2012 opener," he said.
First training session, Lech Stadium, Gdansk, 4 June 2012

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 article
The 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
Joachim Löw says he is skeptical about the benefits of increasing the European championship teams from 16 to 24 in 2016. He spoke of the quality that a group with four of the top ten teams in the world produced, and that having 24 teams produces games that are less interesting, although such an increase is good for the smaller nations.

Chancellor Merkel visits German football squad - 7 June 2012
"It is always a great honour for us when Mrs Merkel is our guest at tournaments or international games. We have come to value the fact that supporting our team is close to her heart," Löw said.
A video of Angela Merkel's visit

A new video uploaded to the Strenesse website showed the Making Of the most recent fashion photoshoot. It can now be seen on my youtube channel

The German team now feature on the homepage of their site! See screenshot right - 7 June 2012

Euro 2012

The tournament in its entirety can be followed through my individual match pages

Germany 1 - 0 Portugal, 9 June 2012, Group B
Germany 2 - 1 Netherlands, 13 June 2012, Group B
Germany 2 - 1 Denmark, 17 June 2012, Group B
Germany 4 - 2 Greece, 22 June 2012, Quarter-Final
Germany 1 - 2 Italy, 28 June 2012, Semi-Final

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

Loew takes responsibility as Germany returns home without trophy

"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."
Löw said that little errors made the difference as Mario Balotelli's double ended Germany's bid for a first big trophy since winning the European championships in 1996. The semi-final exit came after defeats in the same round at the last two World Cups (against Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010) and in the final of Euro 2008 (against Spain)."Some of these mistakes can not happen in games played at such a level," Löw said.
But Löw said the team had done well overall and that he had no intention of quitting his contract, which runs until the 2014 World Cup.
"A coach always has to accept the responsibility for a defeat. But I believe we played a good tournament. We did many things well. We shouldn't question too many things. A few years ago we weren't able to match big teams. Now we have caught up, that is a big achievement. The goal will be to pass one or another team. Little things decide a semi-final or a final, we made a few mistake too many," Löw said.
Werfen Sie hin, Herr Löw?
And the article where Jogi was asked about resignation.

Jogi is interviewed on arrival at Frankfurt Airport in this video.

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

Löw sucht jetzt Abstand - und Ruhe
Joachim Löw ist der Sündenbock - Die öffentliche Kritik läuft heiß - from

Coach Löw remains under fire over Germany exit - In an excellent article on, 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
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