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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Confederations Cup 2017, Group B

"I am very proud of the boys and full of praise that we have got this far, to be part of the best four."

Germany - Kerem Demirbay 48', Timo Werner 66', 81'
Cameroon - Vincent Aboubakar 78'

Germany finish top of Group C, as Chile can only draw against Australia, to set up a semi-final against Mexico on Thursday and the advantage of staying in Sochi.

In a personal milestone, Joachim Löw achieves his 100th win as Bundestrainer, in his 150th match.

Germany beat ten-man Cameroon to win group
Germany into Confed Cup semi-final after 3-1 win

"It was a knockout match, stay in or go home, and you could see that from our lads in that first period. The anxiety was there for all to see, but you should not be surprised to see that from a young team. What was most impressive was how we turned it around in the second half and remembered how we played against Australia and Chile. As soon as we got those goals are superiority began to show. It was great that we could start again after half-time and put on such a good show after the break."

"Both myself and the team have to look at and understand our first-half performance. Our opponents always had the chance to challenge. I reminded the team at half-time about what our strengths had been in the two previous games. After the break, things went differently. We were in complete control of the game. There was lots of free space in the first half, which we failed to exploit. It's extraordinary to have reached the semi-final with this young team. For me, it was important to give all players some time out on the pitch. Amin Younes looked lively on the left and I was pleased with Benjamin Henrichs' performance too. We have decided that Marc-André ter Stegen will be in goal for the rest of the competition." - from dfb.de

Group B Final Table

Werner double downs Cameroon to set up date with Mexico

"It's our fault if we did not score earlier. Some of my players have no experience and were nervous because one mistake could have eliminated us. Cameroon gave us some space to score during the first half, but we did not take advantage of it."

Asked about Timo Werner and Marvin Plattenhardt, he replied "Both did their jobs very well. Marvin was defensively very strong against a very quick attack and remained solid throughout. Timo covered so much ground, the attacks were a little hard to come by so he didn't get much of a sniff in to begin with but after the break he was able to show how dangerous he can be and prove his instinct and eye for goal. Both goals were really good and so well taken."

Cameroon boss after VAR fiasco: 'The referee did not give any explanation'

Joachim Löw - on the heels of his 100th victory as Germany manager - added VAR needs to be improved.
"I spoke to Emre Can who was involved and he was touched, definitely, but he didn't think it was a foul," Löw said.
"I didn't see it on the video screens, I saw the referee showed the red card and returned to the bench for another look and then he awarded the red card [to Mabouka]. I saw he touched him but it wasn't a mean foul with intent to hurt the opponent, it was an unhappy coincidence and not intentional.
"In terms of the general use of the VAR, we need to get used to it but at least in some cases it has been proven useful, for instance offside goals. It can be fine-tuned so decisions can be made quicker."

Jogi was also asked two questions about the Russian team. On their failure to qualify for the knock-out stage, he said he had hoped they would make it to the semi-final, as hosts, and had sent a message to coach Stanislav Cherchesov wishing him well. On the other hand, however, he believed Mexico deserved to win. He spoke of Stanislav, who has played under him, and said that in the last month he has changed the team and implemented certain things and hopes that he will have the consistency and calm needed to develop the side. Jogi firmly believed if the Russian coach was given the time and space to do his work, he will do a great job, and sometimes you need to take the long term, and not just short term, view.

He was also asked which Russian players he could envisage seeing in the Bundesliga. He was aware in the past Russians had played in the Bundesliga, but was not familiar enough with the current team to specifically fit players to clubs, he did find many of their players interesting, and had always admired their goalkeeper, and finds other players very quick and dynamic.

Timo Werner nets a brace to fire World Champions into Confederations Cup semi-finals
Löw brings up his 100th win as Germany downs Cameroon

Joachim Löw and his new German hybrids
Timo Werner: The striker Löw has always wanted

Post-match press conference
Post-match interview with ZDF

The win against Cameroon was Joachim Löw's 100th as Bundestrainer (the penalty shoot-out against Italy counts as a draw in official statistics) and the milestone received considerable coverage afterwards, with many looking back over his incredible career so far.

Although the best place to look back at his amazing career as Bundestrainer, remains my Match Page Index !

Germany's Joachim Löw proud to become first head coach to reach 100-wins milestone

"It reminds me of those people who have been with me from the beginning like (current team manager) Oliver Bierhoff and (goalkeeping coach) Andreas Koepke."
"Hansi Flick (Loew's assistant when Germany won the 2014 World Cup) also played a role and I need to thank them all.
"Also the players, many of whom aren't here today, must be thanked for their passion, attitude and skills, which allowed us to chalk up those victories."
He added: "There have been ups and downs, we often got to semi-finals, but never made it but the win in the Maracana (2014 World Cup final) was a crowning moment."

Germany boss Löw reaches impressive milestone with Confederations Cup victory

"Normally statistics are neither here nor there. But 100 wins and also my 150th international in charge is brilliant. Over these games, there have been many brilliant moments but also some tears. I have to thank my players for this."

Joachim Low credits players, staff for 100th win as Germany manager

"I'm very happy, 100 victories is a nice figure," Lööw told a press conference on FIFA.com.
"It reminds me also that during my time as national coach I have to tip my hat to those people who have worked closely with me from the very beginning.
"All these people have in certain periods of time have backed me up when it was more difficult. They kept urging me on, so thank you very much to all of them."
"Thanks also to the players, those players who were perhaps not here with us today who played a lot in the past or just a few matches.
"I have to thank all of them because thanks to their achievements, to their commitment, their passion and their excellent attitude, they allowed us to notch up so many victories, to chalk up so much success for the national side."

Joachim Löw records 100th win in Game 150

A selection of articles:
Five key matches as Germany's Löw hits milestone
Germany in safe hands with centurion Joachim Löw
Jogi wird zum Yogi
Ist Löw der beste Bundestrainer der DFB-Geschichte?

It's been a pleasure supporting you in both the great, and not-so-good times,
and it gives me more than a passing satisfaction to see you finally beginning to get the full credit and appreciation you have so long deserved!!

Starting Line-Up:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Matthias Ginter, Nicholas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy (Benjamin Henrichs), Emre Can, Marvin Plattenhardt, Kerem Demirbay (Julian Brandt), Julian Draxler (Amin Younes), Timo Werner

Pre-match show on ZDF - 25 June 2017

Anschwitzen vor dem Spiel gegen Kamerun

FIFA Press Conference, Sochi, 24 June 2017, with Leon Goretzka

Joachim Löw started the pre-match press conference by talking of the short turnaround times between matches in the Confederations Cup. He explained that the team have only had time for one full training session before the Cameroon game tomorrow and that the shortage of time is something that has to be taken into consideration.

"The travelling has had quite an impact. We flew to Kasan at night, that wasn't exactly relaxing. Against Chile, I got the impression that the players were in a position to keep up with the pace of the game. I think bringing in the odd fresh player here and there will do us a lot of good. A few of the players will be given a break. That makes sense. Against Australia the pressure levels were especially high, with it being the opening game. Chile were tactically very demanding and played some intense football."

Germany coach Joachim Löw warns of 'intense' Cameroon's threat

"Cameroon have nothing left to lose," Löw told a news conference on Saturday. "They can only advance if they win.
"Tomorrow will be one of the most challenging and physically intensive games. When you see how fast they play, what pace they have in their players in attack, this mixture is not seen often. They are so persistent and fast."
"The situation is clear: every team can theoretically still go through - even the two sides who only have one point on the board so far. Our aim is to build on a great performance and important point against Chile and secure our place in the semi-final. That's the priority, our position in the group is irrelevant. First place or second place is immaterial. If we reach the semi-final, I will be completely satisfied. That is more than would necessarily be expected."

Confed Cup gets serious as Germany prepare for "toughest challenge yet" vs. Cameroon

"I can't change too much," [Löw] said, nevertheless suggesting a maximum of "three, four or five changes - we have to get the balance right. Perhaps it's time for [captain] Julian Draxler to have a break, or [left-back] Jonas Hector."
Löw: "Rüdiger will play against Cameroon"

"I'm planning for Toni Rüdiger to return to the team. I had planned that before the game, because Cameroon have unbelievably fast players. Those are Toni Rüdiger's strengths as well, with his physicality and pace he can offer protection. Emre Can went over on his ankle in training, it doesn't seem to be anything major, but he had to pull out of training. We won't be playing with the same team as against Chile. I will introduce a new player or two to the team. They absolutely deserve that. But I can't alter the team too much, you can't go changing seven or eight positions. You need to have a core. Three, four, maybe even five changes are reasonable - seven or eight is a bit too many."

The goalkeeping position will be discussed with Andi Köpke later and a decision made then. He agreed that every goalkeeper would have a chance to play in the preparation games and the Confed Cup and, as this is now happened, they will look at how to proceed from here. Nothing has been decided. As far as the rest of the line-up in concerned, Antonion Rüdiger was the only definite name mentioned for the starting line-up.When asked whether he had any preference for semi-final opponents, Jogi replied "I don't care who the opponent is. I'll watch both games. I would like to face Russia as the hosts. That would be good for the atmosphere and also looking ahead to the World Cup. A semi-final against the hosts is always attractive. But first we need to take the next step which is against Cameroon. Then once we've done that, we'll see how we're going to prepare for the next opponent."

Asked whether he had given Leon Goretzka any advice on a possible club move from Borussia Mönchengladbach, he said they had had spoken to him following the Denmark game and talked about different possible scenarios:

Gortezka 'carefully planning' next move amid Arsenal links

Speaking after his player, Low confirmed Goretzka's next move had been on the agenda at a pre-tournament chat and he observed a player "carefully planning his next career steps".
"Between the matches against Denmark and San Marino we had a long conversation about different possible scenarios because I just wanted to know what he was thinking, what kind of opportunities he envisaged," Löw said.
"I certainly spoke my mind, but please bear with me if I don't share any details. It was a personal conversation and he said he would not focus on his future, he would focus on the Confederations Cup.
"To date he has delivered. He played very well in both matches and, given his youth, he is already quite a personality in this team.
"It does seem to be clear that he is carefully planning his next career steps and therefore we are trying to ignore the whole issue surrounding his future club career. He is intelligent enough to come up with the right decision for his own career."

Jogi was asked by a Brazilian journalist about whether he believed the Brazilian team had now recovered from their semi-final loss in 2014:

Brazil can win World Cup says old tormentor Löw

"I believe that Brazil has recovered from that experience and result in the semi-final. They have changed a bit as well," he said.
"The results after the World Cup 2014 were predominantly very positive. They won many matches and they have consolidated that strength.
They are always among the favourites for a tournament because they have excellent players, players who are present in all the leagues of the world.
"There is a lot of talent there and Brazil is always a favourite for a World Cup."
Abschlusstraining vor dem Spiel gegen Kamerun

Training, Sochi, 24 June 2017

Germany v Cameroon: Logistical motivation for Löw - 23 June 2017
"Sochi and Kazan have both been excellent, perfect conditions for a football match," said long-serving boss Löw.
"A draw would be sufficient against Cameroon but we would like to win the group. We always play to win.
"If we win, we could look forward to the semi-finals without travelling... again."
"It's not beyond the realms of possibility that players who haven't yet featured here in Russia could play against Cameroon. Some fresh legs will no doubt do us some good on Sunday, especially given that Cameroon will deliver a strong physical battle." - 22 June 2017

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