"This deep feeling of happiness will remain with us all forever. It makes us all proud."
9 July 2014 - 14 July 2014
Joachim Löw becoms the first European coach to win the World Cup in South America and the first German coach to win outside of Europe, cementing not only his place in German football history alongside Herberger, Schön and Beckenbauer, but in world football history forever.
We've been together for 55 days but we started this whole project ten years ago. Our great strength is that we've been able to continually improve over that time. If anyone has earned this victory then it's this team. Today there was only one deserving winner, and that's this team. They've developed incredible team spirit and unbelievable willpower over the past few weeks. - from dfb.de
"We have been able to improve our performances, we believed in it and worked a lot for it. This team really deserves it with the likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. We have had disappointment in the past having gone close by playing good football."Joachim Löw: I told Mario Götze to 'show you are better than Messi'
"I said to Götze: 'OK, show the world you are better than Messi and can decide the World Cup,'" said Löw. "I told him that. I always had a good feeling about Götze. Argentina were becoming more and more tired, but we had players who could make a difference. Götze is a miracle boy, a boy wonder. He can play any position up front. I know he's always able to decide a match, and it was a great winner he scored. But in extra time we had the energy to move forward. We didn't want to go to penalties. We wanted the game decided before then, and we put them under more pressure."Löw: This is just the start for German team
"Of course, the Bundesliga has a huge influence on the team and the training the young players get, we had an extremely young team in South Afirca in 2010," said Löw.Löw: "Dieses tiefe Glücksgefühl wird auf ewig bleiben" - an interview with dfb.de
Joachim Löw spoke of the moment he knew Sami Khedira was ruled out during the warm-up "Then Hansi came in. And that's really unusual, because he called me, and he never normally does," said Loew. "And then I knew that something had happened and we had decisions to make. And he told me, Khedira!" from Berliner Morgenpost
Father Figure Joachim Löw Deserves Praise for Germany's World Cup Triumph
Germany basks in World Cup glory - as Jogi's hometown celebrates him, and the world celebrates Germany
Celebratory headlines abounded in Germany the next day. Here are a selection of the best:
Quiet man Löw achieves the ultimate high
Löw: Germany will dominate football as Spain did - 15 July 2014
"This title will give us a boost once again," Low told Sky Sports. "This team has good prospects. We have a great future with many young players who have been greatly educated [in football].The team flew back to a tumultuous reception in Berlin, photographs of which can be found on my Homecoming Celebrations page.
And from the match itself:
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Höwedes, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schürrle), Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil (Per Mertesacker), Miroslav Klose (Mario Götze)
Sami Khedira was orignally named in the Starting 11, but had to withdraw after injury in the warm-up, being replaced by Christoph Kramer
As the morning of the World Cup final dawns, here are a selection of headlines from around the World!
FIFA Press Conference, 12 July 2014
"For me personally it's not the greatest challenge, there have been others that were similar," said Löw, "Every knockout match is always a really special challenge for a coach, if you know you have to win to advance."Löw: Argentina are more than Messi - but we will beat them
"This team is not only Messi. To think like that would be a mistake - they also have players like [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria and [Sergio] Aguero," Löw said in his pre-match press conference.German defeat would not be end of road, says coach Löw
"Losing the final will be disappointing, no doubt about it but German football has a great future and I do not see a problem at all," Löw told reporters.Löw: "Ein packendes Finale auf Augenhöhe" - a summary of the press conference on dfb.de
Arrival in Rio
Germany must lift the World Cup for Joachim Löw - 12 July 2014
An excellent article from goal.com.
On the squad's final day in Campo Bahia, Jogi has given several media interviews:
"Wir werden den Pott mitbringen" - from sport1.de
The above pictures have just appeared today from what appears to be an ARD interview. The actual interview will be linked to as soon as it is becomes available!
Löws Final-Plan from Bild.de - 11 July 2014
Training in Campo Bahia, 9 July 2014, and the team pose for the traditional farewell photograph
With everything that has followed the Brazil game and the excitement of the World Cup Final, it has been somewhat overlooked that this will be Hansi Flick's last match sitting next to Jogi on the touchline, as he moves on to the new post of DFB Sporting Director.
He joined the team for Jogi's second game, a 1-0 win against Ireland in 2006, and has been beside him for 109 matches (the exception being Jogi's touchline ban against Portugal at Euro 2008!).
Our own tribute to Hansi will follow!
Flick überlässt Löw Suche nach Nachfolger - 11 July 2014
Some people still treat German hero Joachim Low as a zero - 10 July 2014
"Europe against South America - a juicy line-up," he said. "Argentina are defensively strong, compact, well-organized.
Thanks again to Brighton Big Screen for a fantastic atmosphere, and as near to a German fan park as you could wish for outside of Germany!
Unfortunately, due to FIFA copyrights restrictions I am not able to upload video of the FIFA press conferences and some interview footage following games. However, should there be anything in particular you are seeking, please do contact me!
Last updated 18 July 2014