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South Tyrol Training Camp

Part 1, 21 - 25 May 2014

21 May 2014

As the team arrive in Bolzano, interviews with Jogi have appeared online:
Löw über Zukunft: Werden uns nach der WM beraten - on the preparation in South Tyrol, and will not be drawn on the constant talk about his future saying he is full focused on the World Cup.
tz-Interview: Jogi Löw privat wie noch nie - Jogi talks about his childhood, the pressure on the players of today, and relaxing in Freiburg
In addition, an interview with Joachim Löw and team psychologist Hans-Dieter Hermann appears in Zeit, the full edition however is not available online. In one quote from Jogi, he says he has learn to follow his own intuition and gut feelings, rather than public opinion.

Lahm, Neuer missing as Germany head to World Cup training camp
Also missing today were Sami Khedira (Real Madrid in Champions League Final) and Per Mertesacker (becoming a dad for the second time).

Videos of the squad's arrival from Sportschau and ZDF, and highlights of the first day from

The Hotel Andreus - with a very tempting offer!

22 May 2014

Training, St Martin Training Ground, Passeier, Italy

Löw versetzt ter Stegen in Bereitschaft
Light training for Schweinsteiger at Garmany camp

Joachim Löw, the Lion King - with probably the first use of the word 'erotic' in the opening sentence of an article on Jogi.

Video of the day's session from

23 May 2014

Lars Bender out of World Cup with thigh injury

"It's disappointing for everyone when a player has to pull out due to injury so close to the tournament," said coach Joachim Löw.
"I'm really sorry for Lars. I know that he really wanted to be there in Brazil. In terms of character and sporting ability, he's absolutely a role model," added Löw.

Löw im Interview: Sehnsucht nach Titel normal - an interview with Jogi where he discusses being together with his players, what a tournament means to him (describing the World Cup as the "biggest stage in the sports world"), the personal pressure on him, the Euro 2012 exit, Brazil's political situation and what annoys him in the media - "The day before (Italy semi-final defeat) everything was great, and suddenly it was said that the players were spoiled and have lost because they did not sing the national anthem."

Mertesacker ist da - the BFG arrives in South Tyrol!

24 May 2014

Training behind closed doors and a cycle run.

Jogi is interviewed by ARD - video on my youtube channel

Lahm and Neuer join Germans

"I'm glad that in addition to Per Mertesacker, now Philipp and Manu have joined the team," said Low. "Even if they could not initially train with us, their presence is important. The squad is almost complete, now we are only missing (Real Madrid's) Sami Khedira, who will join us after the Champions League final."
Özil fällt krank aus: Löw muss improvisieren
Mesut Özil will miss the training match tomorrow against the German U-20's.

In the evening the squad sat down to watch remaining member Sami Khedira's Real Madrid take the Champions League with a 4-1 extra-time victory over Atletico Madrid.

25 May 2014

Today's training session included a match (a 7-1 victory) against the German U20's.

Grosskreutz apologises for urinating in hotel lobby

"[Germany team manager] Oliver Bierhoff and had a serious talk with Kevin," the 54-year-old revealed.
"National players are role models, on the pitch as well as off it. We reminded him of this and made it clear to him that such a thing should not happen again.
"Kevin is still young - he is impulsive, he has heart and passion. He shows it when he stands on the pitch. You must also see that Kevin has always behaved properly with the national team. This incident occurred with Borussia Dortmund and there the organisers have already responded."
7 1 und der Rest des Tages - video from

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