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March 2018

Arsenal Rumours

While I make it my policy not to include every single rumour that circulates regarding Jogi's future, I do include the odd mainstream headline to sample what is being said in the media.

Today as the pressure mounts on the Arsenal boss, and the media, as always, seek to chose a successor several UK Sunday newspapers lead with stories that Joachim Löw is in the running to take over at the Emirates, 4 March 2018

Arsene Wenger faces the end game at Arsenal with Germany coach Joachim Low (sic) favourite to replace him

Unfortunately as well as confusing those of us who can pronounce his name correctly with the headline, the article also displays a lack of knowledge of the mutual cancellation clause in Jogi's contract (see my October 2013 Archives. whereby Jogi can leave the DFB as and when he choses.

Arsenal have identified their leading candidate to replace Arsene Wenger - A further article appears in the Independent in Ireland

The rumours and talk continued with claims that anonymous sources within Arsenal had revealed that the North London club would be targetting the Bundestrainer. No reports from Germany or quotes from Jogi have to date surfaced.

I repeat what Jogi has always maintained.  That he reviews his future after each tournament, and that, at the moment, his only thoughts are on the impending World Cup defence.

Jogi also made the front of L'Equipe at the end of the month, 30 March 2018, as a potential future PSG manager (right).

Arsenal unlikely to get Joachim Löw - 25 April 2018
Some weeks later it was finally mentioned that the short time scale between the end of the World Cup and the start of a new season meant it unlikely that Jogi would move to a club this summer. I have, to date, however seen no direct quotes or comments from Jogi regarding Arsenal.

Schüco Ambassador Announcement

Jogi Löw wird neuer Schüco-Botschafter - 6 March 2018

Exciting news as it is announced that Joachim Löw has signed a three-deal to be the brand ambassador of German home improvement company Schüco. The company, who are based in Bielefeld, deal in the manufacturer and installation of doors, windows and facades.

Looking forward to his new role, Jogi said "Schüco combines modern living not only with protection against cold, noise and burglary, but also with excellent design." He added this combination was what attracted him. "I was particularly impressed by their solutions for comfort, making life and living enjoyable. That's why I'm looking forward to three exciting years as an ambassador for Schüco. "

Upcoming advertisements will feature entertaining humours stories, although the concept is yet to be worked out! We can't wait!

Joachim Löw and assistant Marcus Sorg were at the Parc des Princes for the Champions League Round of Sixteen second leg between Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid. The Spanish side won on the night to progress 5-2 on aggregate, 6 March 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo ensures Real Madrid ease past PSG into last eight - match report

No German national teams players were in the starting XI's although Toni Kroos and Julian Draxler both came on as substitutes.

Joachim Löw is interviewed by ZDF after the match.

Löw und Draxler attackieren Emery: PSG-Trainer droht der Rauswurf

Mercedes-Benz Campaign and Interview

"With its towering columns that disappear into the darkness, you'd be forgiven for supposing the old combined heat and power station in Berlin's Mitte district was a cathedral as you looked around its interior. Puddles of water on the concrete floor reflect the fluorescent lighting that has been set up for production of the new World Cup advert for Mercedes-Benz. Joachim Löw - the world champion coach everyone will be trying to beat this summer - is here for the shoot. We spoke with him on set."

Joachim Löw: The Inner Flame - 7 March 2018
A lengthy interview with Joachim Löw has appeared on the Mercedes-Benz website, accompanied with a photoshoot taken at the filming of an upcoming Mercedes-Benz advertisement. Jogi discusses his preparations for the upcoming World Cup, evolving, learning, their rivals and how his past experiences, both good and disappointing, have helped him develop.

Joachim Löw: Das Innere Feuer - the German language version.

Jogi has also appeared on the front cover of 'Mercedes Me', where the interview can also be read. Click on the image left for a larger version.

Later along in the month, 20 March 2018, more photographs from the shoot appeared on Mercedes-Benz social media accounts, along with the message "Being successful is hard. Remaining successful is the challenge."

The advertisement - with the tagline Best Never Rest - has now been released and can be seen right.

A Teaser Spot has also been uploaded.

More promotional photographs and larger versions from the photoshoot can be found on my Mercedes-Benz 2018 special page.

With the first squad selection of 2018 due the following week, Joachim Löw was seen at the 0-0 draw between Stuttgart and RB Leipzig, Bundesliga Match Day 26, 11 March 2018

Match report from

Jogi: "Das wünsche ichmir von der Politik" - 12 March 2018
Joachim Löw speaks to Bild on Russia and politics and the upcoming World Cup.
He said that the fact that Germany are participating in the World Cup does not mean that they support any particular regime or system. "We will not allow ourselves to be exploited. No matter where we play, we always stand for our values. Values such as diversity, openness, tolerance."However Jogi said that he does not close his eyes to relaity "I find it extremely difficult to see these terrible pictures from Syria every day , especially when children are affected. That's why I wish that a peaceful solution is found through diplomacy."
As far as expectations for the World Cup, he said, "I also know what millions of Germans want from us in the summer: that again, our team presents itself well at the World Cup, on and off the pitch. But above all that we will again become World Champions. That is also our dream."

Joachim Löw travelled to Istanbul to see Bayern Munich sail through to the Champions League quarter-finals, their 3-1 victory meaning they progress 8-1 on aggregate, 14 March 2018.

Bayern Munich ease past Besiktas to extend Jupp Heynckes' winning run

Jogi was a guest in the Eurosport studio for the Friday evening Bundesliga fixture between Freiburg and Stuttgart, 16 March 2018. Also appearing in the studio was Matthias Sammer.

Joachim Löw kritisiert Bundesliga: "Hat sich nicht weiterentwickelt"

Joachim Löw slams Bundesliga tactics as German clubs struggle
There are only two Bundesliga clubs still alive in European competitions and Joachim Löw isn't happy about it.
Löw has blamed the poor results of Bundesliga clubs in Europe on a number of factors, highlighting how the league's coaches have too much of a defensive focus.
"It's often heard, how do I work when we don't have the ball? A core problem is that they always want to work on not having possession," Löw told Eurosport.According to the World Cup-winning manager, teams should focus on possession instead of working on defensive tactics.
"The solutions in football are: What happens when I have the ball? The layout, game resolution, the positions of the players, so I can play defensive teams," Löw explained.
He advocates finding "solutions when you have the ball, if I do not have those solutions then there are games that are decided by chance".
Löw warned German football not to rest on its recent success as other nations are developing and closing the gap.
"We have to improve the game with the ball," says the coach. "We certainly did a good job in Germany, but that's not enough anymore, we all have to question each other."

He also went into the reasons for not selecting Mario Götze and Marco Reus in his squad for the matches against Spain and Brazil, announced today.

Video of the Eurosport interview on youtube

In the match itself, Mario Gomez marked his inclusion in the squad by scoring both goals for Stuttgart in their 2-1 victory, with another in-form striker, Nils Petersen, replying for the home side.

Mario Gómez marks Germany recall with brace

The first international break of 2018 sees Germany with two heavyweight opponents, the last two matches before Jogi names his preliminary World Cup squad in May.

Germany 1 - 1 Spain

23 March 2018

Germany 0 - 1 Brazil

27 March 2018

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

Last updated 14 May 2018
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