< Portugal, 16 June 2014

United States, 26 June 2014 >


Saturday, 21 June 2014

World Cup 2014, Group G

"It was an open exchange of punches."

17 June 2014 - 21 June 2014

Germany - Mario Götze 51', Miroslav Klose 71'
Ghana - Andre Ayew 54', Asamoah Gyan 63'

A hard fought encounter in the searing heat of Fortaleza, as a milestone goal for Miroslav Klose earns Germany the draw.

Match Reports:
Klose equals record as Germany draw with Ghana
..Germany and Ghana draw epic
Germany get a rude wake up call from Ghana's excellent Black Stars

Löw upbeat as Germany survive Ghana epic

"The first half was a well organised match. In the second half, suddenly you saw a terrific pace by both teams. It was an open exchange of punches as it were. Ghana had possibilities, we had possibilities," Löw told reporters on Saturday.
"For the spectators it must have been terribly fascinating seeing such an intense and fast game, having two teams just running. An unconditional drive for the victory," Löw said."For a coach it's just the same, up and down, the seesaw just as it is for the spectators.
"When you have an African team in front of you, you know they're very strong and very fast, admirably fast with this temperature," he added.
"The U.S. and South Americans have delivered an excellent tournament so far, and perhaps that is because they cope with the heat a bit better than we do. However, the weather here or in Salvador, we showed we can cope with it and I'm not worried."
Löw: We should never have let Ghana get so close to us
"We conceded two goals out of nothing, but the team showed morale and came back again," said Loew, who admitted the game had taken a lot out of his players.
"Miro [Klose] has been making such a fantastic impression these last few days," Löw told Germany's ARD television.
"Both he and (Bastian) Schweinsteiger did a lot of good to our game."
Germany players exhausted after 'mad' game - Low
"The players are incredibly exhausted," he told ARD. "The second half was totally open play, the speed was mad. The players gave everything they had."
"We didn't want to play for safety, we just wanted to avoid running back and forth all the time in these temperatures. We managed to get in front but out of nothing we conceded two goals."
"At this tournament you can't expect to play attacking football all the time. It is not good, to be too open and be punished for it. Attacking and defending are equally important."
Miroslav Klose comes on to rescue Germany from defeat by Ghana
(Equalling World Cup goals tally record)  "It is sensational for his career," said Germany's coach. "He's had a difficult season (with Lazio) and been injured a few times but it's great for a coach to have a player on the bench like that who you know can make a decisive contribution at any moment. He did that and it was a great moment for him, for the team and for me as well." Löw needed the intervention.
Germany need one more point: Löw
"The situation for us has not changed decisively even though we did not win," said Löw after his side were held here Saturday to a 2-2 draw by Ghana."We can not afford to lose the last match but I still believe for the last match we have a good position. If we win or whatever happens, one further point will take us to the next round."
(Thomas Müller)"I did not think it is that serious. He is bleeding but I do not think he needs to be sutured," the coach said.
(Jerome Boateng)"He got a hit on his hip. The muscle was out-stretched during a sprint. He would not be able to play any longer so we substituted him," Löw said. "I just hope that he has not pulled the muscle and he will be able to train in the next two days."Joachim Löw praised Miroslav Klose on equalling Brazilian Ronaldo's World Cup goals tally. "I am incredibly pleased for him. This is another high point of his unparalleled career. And this after not such an easy season for him. He has done it again, come into top shape for a tournament. For a coach, it is naturally great that you have such alternatives." he said on dfb.de

FIFA.com match page
Player ratings from bundesligafanatic.com

Joachim Löw: "Pure excitement and drama" - an interview with dfb.de

Ghana lay bare Germany's weaknesses, and strengths from dw.de

Post-match interview with ARD


Post-match press conference

Starting Line-up:
Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels , Jerome Boateng (Shkodran Mustafi), Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Toni Kroos, Mario Götze (Miroslav Klose), Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller

FIFA Press Conference, Fortaleza, 20 June 2014

One win isn't enough, says Joachim Löw

"It's great to win the first game, but we have to continue. One win isn't enough. So our objective is to maintain our focus," he told the media.
"For example, Italy lost against Costa Rica and Netherlands almost didn't beat Australia.
"In a psychological aspect we have to be very careful and pay a lot of attention. We saw this in 2008 and 2010."
"It will be a game that they [Ghana] think is a final. If they don't win, they probably won't go through to the next phase, so they will fight and will fight to the end.
"They are strong and are very fit. They like playing forwards. They have many players who play at well-known clubs. Even in high temperatures, they run for 90 minutes.
"We must be stable and have a good defence. All players have to take on this role. We need to be one team on the pitch. To defend jointly and to attack jointly as we did against Portugal and have ball possession, that would be very good.
"If we face a one-off game, it'll be difficult in these high temperatures."
(Thomas Müller)  "He's always there, he's always there to score a goal," he coach said. "He motivates his colleagues, he's very positive - he talks to everyone. He is a team player who brings everyone together. He is able to transmit this happiness and that is important for our squad."
After refusing to speak about the duel between the Boateng brothers, Jerome of Germany and Kevin-Prince of Ghana, Low turned his attention to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was overlooked in the opening match after a slight injury issue.
"Schweinsteiger is very important for us as a team and me as a coach. He analyses everything and he is very good to talk to. Even not having played, he will recover his fitness. We can see he is much better in the training sessions. We always need to have him," the 54-year-old commented.
A decision on Mats Hummels participation will be made after final training tonight. Should be not be fit, either Jerome Boateng will move to the centre, with a new player on the right, or Matthias Ginter or Shkodran Mustafi come into central defence.

A summary of the press conference on dfb.de

Germany coach Joachim Löw Praised by Legendary Duo - 20 June 2014
Legends Pele and Maradona have poured praise on Germany coach Joachim Löw. As has Michael Ballack.

Löw: Das Klima ist ein Vorteil für Ghana
Speaking on ARD radio, he called Saturday's match an "all-or-nothing" game for Ghana adding "If you lose the first game, you have to win the second, otherwise you are out. We can assume that they are an opponent who will work us hard and demands everything from us. Ghana have always had high goals. In 2010 they reached the quarter-finals."

The squad arrive in Fortaleza in this video from tv.dfb.de

No photographs from training, 19 June 2014, as it was a secret session, following which the squad flew to Fortaleza.

Joachim Löw Ghana kämpft bis aufs Blut - an interview with ZDF

The sight of Jogi on his morning jog has now become a regular sight in the German media, but according to Bild, (pictured right) he has had the misfortune to drop his ipod!

Was Jogi Löw zum Aus der Spanier sagt - 19 June 2014
On ARD radio, Joachim Löw spoke of the shock departure of holders Spain after defeats to the Netherlands and Chile.
"I was naturally surprised that the Spanish were elimated after two games. I think Spain are still a very good team with great players. They somehow missed the crucial moment in the first game to make it 2-0, instead the match went to 1-1, and this psychologically made them crack" he said, referring to the 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands.
"Chile were a strong opponent. They are now eliminated in a strong group. I would thought they would have gone further than this, maybe not to have won the title, but to have got beyond the group stage."

Training, Campo Bahia, 18/19 June 2014

Joachim Löw waves to photographers in a clip the morning after the Portugal game, 17 June 2014

"We will now look at the team set up," said Löw.
"Ghana has an incredible physique, they are very robust, with very fast players."The heat conditions will demand a lot of us." from firstpost.com - 16 June 2014

< Portugal, 16 June 2014 | United States, 26 June 2014 >

Last updated 25 June 2012
With thanks to everyone on the Group for their help and support, especially Silke, Lucille, Susanne, Sonia, Elfriede, Natascha and Ines.
Anything else you think I should include on this page? Let me know!