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July 2018

Six years ago to the day I touched down at Hamburg Airport to an avalanche of nightmare headlines from a German media who left us all in no doubt who they felt should take the blame for Germany's Euro 2012 exit. - 1 July 2018

The last few days have therefore come as both a pleasant shock and a considerable surprise that this time they have not gone with the single "Sündenbock" approach. Obviously the World Cup victory, and not least the lack of an obvious successor, have certainly helped, but the realisation that Germany's disastrous World Cup was a multi-faceted and collective failure, and not solely the responsibility of the Bundestrainer, makes a refreshing and satisfying contrast to all I witnessed in 2012.

With the DFB leaving us in no doubt they wish him to continue, Jogi was pictured in his native Freburg, driving through the city, sharing an espresso break with friends and mulling his future.

Fans and Germany stars say Loew should remain head coach - 1 July 2018

Es braucht mehr als ein Ja-Wort


Following several days of speculation, it has been confirmed today that Joachim Löw has decided to continue in charge of the German national team! - 3 July 2018

Here is his official statement, courtesy of the DFB website:

"I am very grateful for the faith that the DFB continue to place in me. Despite the justified criticism following our exit, I still feel a lot of support. It was important for me to speak to the DFB heads personally after taking a few days to think things over. I still feel a huge sense of disappointment, but I am fully committed to leading us through this rebuilding phase. I will do analysis together with my team, hold talks and draw the necessary conclusions ready for the new season. It will take time, but it will be complete before the new international campaign begins in September."
There were also statements on the DFB website from President Reinhard Grindel and general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

The news was not however first broken by the DFB, but appeared in Bild earlier in the morning, followed by reports on German media until the official statement appeared on the DFB website at 14.00 hours.

The amazing journey continues! Here's to all that is to come!

Hier kommt Jogi zur WM-Analyse - 18 July 2018
The German management team met up for the first time since their early World Cup exit, and Jogi was pictured going into the DFB Headquarters in Frankfurt.

Two days later he spoke to the media, and an interview appeared on The interview is reproduced in full below: Mr. Löw, how was your meeting with the members of the DFB chair?

Joachim Löw: I found the discussion very constructive and helpful. It is also very important to ascertain the perspective of the chairmanship. I think we have managed to convey that we have approached the ongoing analysis very thoroughly, openly, seriously and self-critically. Our comprehensive review includes a view of the entire World Cup tournament and these findings are crucial to formulating a plan for the future. It's great for us as the coaching team, that the chairmanship shares this approach, supports our path and continues to stand behind us. What's the plan for the future?

Löw: It was initially important for me not to react out of disappointment and instinctive emotion. In such situations you have to keep cool and regard the situation from a slight distance. The same goes for the players. I have stayed in contact with many of they, although I know they're very busy and have a lot on their plate. I advised a lot of them to get away from it all first. They are slowly but surely coming back from their holidays and beginning to prepare for the coming season with their clubs. I will keep talking to them and keep up our relationship, which is built on mutual respect. We will come up with concrete plans before the start of the new international calendar. What were the most important findings from your World Cup analysis?

Löw: There are so many different aspects and we have a horde of details to continue analysing in the coming weeks. Two particularly important points lie in playing attitude and mindset. We need to rekindle the sense of joy, fun and passion linked to playing for Germany, on and off the pitch. It is of course my role to cultivate this devotion, this emotion and pride once again. We have to incorporate this attitude into our style of play, coupled with the current trends in world football. What are your plans for the next two internationals in September?

Löw: Of course we want to exhibit how we've changed and produce a very different display to our efforts in Russia.

Jogi also spoke to the media about recent comments by former captain Philipp Lahm.

Jogi Löw not amused by Philipp Lahm's leadership advice

I have heard it, obviously. I don't think its style and manner are so correct. We are fully aware how we have to communicate with young players and what leadership style we need.
We have always done this outstandingly in our own way, which has also led us to many successes. For that reason, I was not very pleased with [the advice] in this case.
At present, Löw is preparing to make difficult decisions about the future of the German national team. He told the players, "that it is important for them to go on vacation, have peace and some distance and also to reflect." Löw now intends to have discussions with the players."Then we will also make decisions in terms of personnel," he said, indicating that cuts may be coming soon.

Löw verkündet bald, welche WM-Versager aus DFB-Team fliegen
More will be known on 29 August, when Jogi annuonces his team for the September internationals.

Mesut Ozil Statement

On Sunday, 22 July 2018, a lengthy statement appeared on Mesut Özil's social media accounts. Written in English it announced that he has decided not to play for Germany again, citing the lack of support he felt from the DFB with specific reference to Reinhardt Grindel, the racism and prejudice he has experienced within Germany and a lack of respect from the media and others within Germany.

Löw not told of Ozil's Germany retirement before announcement
Germany manager Joachim Low was not aware of Mesut Ozil's international retirement prior to the Arsenal midfielder's announcement.
In the final of three statements posted on Twitter, Ozil claimed that he was retiring from Germany duty due to "racism and disrespect" following their World Cup group stage exit in Russia.
However, Low, still Germany's manager despite their humiliating summer, was not informed of Ozil's decision prior to his tweets.
"Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance," Low's advisor Harun Arslan said.

Thank you, Mesut. It has been a pleasure to watch you in a German shirt and will be a pleasure to continue to watch you. It's Germany's loss.
I wish you every success in your adoptive city of London and I am sure I shall be watching you perform with your usual class at the Emirates soon!
You have been treated appallingly by certain segments within the German nation - as I myself witnessed in 2012 - and the lack of support from the DFB in condemning this has been shameful.
Speaking of abuse takes courage and I have the utmost respect for you on speaking out.
There are NO EXCUSES for racism and prejudice.

In the weeks following Mesut's statement, players from the national team and others within the German game came out with their own personal statements.  Whilst it is probably unrealistic to expect an enlightened viewpoint from the likes of Uli Hoeness, the comments from, among others, Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos appeared to misunderstand the issues raised by Mesut, and showed a lack of empathy for what their former team-mate had endured, not just since the Erdogan photograph but in general over the years.  Other players, such as Jerome Boateng and Julian Draxler, came out with supportive posts on social media, perhaps revealing the alleged divisions in the World Cup squad. 

Joachim Löw first spoke of the matter at his press conference on the 29 August.

With thanks to everyone, especially Lucille, Silke, Persephone, Susanne and Raheleh.
I could not do this without you all!

Last updated 30 August 2018
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