Tuesday 29 March 2011


"Such games are important for the younger players, especially against a physically strong team like Australia."

Germany - Mario Gomez 26'
Australia - David Carney 61', Luke Wilkshire 64' (pg)

Match Reports - 29/30 March 2011:
Defeat no drama for Löw

"It is a pity that we gave the game away after a very good first half," said Löw."Of course, we would have liked to have won, but we conceded the two goals in quick succession and couldn't control the game after that.But this defeat is no reason for drama, the qualification matches are more important."
Löw said the friendly had served a purpose, despite defeat."For many years now, the worth of these friendly games has been discussed over and over again.But there are always set-backs in the years when there isn't a major tournament. These games are a good way to test players on the way to the next tournament."
(on the negative reactions from the crowd)"Without the tension of an exciting three-point win, there is a spark missing from the game," he said."Then people expect us to provide a spectacle, that isn't always possible and we can sometimes only offer everyday fare.
Then the whistles follow, I think the reaction is totally normal.The atmosphere is totally different if Germany plays a team like Turkey in a Euro qualifier."

"There weren't too many positives about our second half performance, but this isn't a big problem. We made a lot of substitutions and you can't expect the team to play like they've been together for years.
"There are worse things than losing a friendly game. The result doesn't really count for me. It's all about being well prepared for the big tournaments." - from

Germany's Joachim Löw takes the positives from Australia Loss
Youthful Germany Impress Löw
"Judging individual players, I thought that the first half was really good - even regarding the new players," Löw said."On the right, Träsch and Schuerrle combined well. On the left Schmelzer and (midfielder Lukas) Podolski did a good job."
"All in all we didn't have any problems as regards defence with Sven Bender and Sebastian Schweinsteiger.""If I need to judge the individual performances I was very satisfied with the first half and less so with the second. Surely we could have avoided that goal."
Socceroos stun Germany in second-half turnaround
"Friendly matches are always a good chance for coaches to gain some insights," Löw, seeking a silver lining, told reporters after the match. "Young players can really learn something in games like this. It can help them develop."
Australia stun Germany with quickfire double
This article spotlights Andre Schürrle's performance

An interview with

Match report and statistics from

Match highlights

Post-match interview from ZDF

Match footage and interviews from Sportschau

Training, Düsseldorf, 28 March 2011
Löw to unleash Dortmund young guns on Australia
Germany to use international friendly against Australia to test some young players
"It's an opportunity for young players to show what they can do over 90 minutes and I want to use that possibility," said Löw, who coach could end up making eight changes from the team that beat Kazakhstan."
Germany's Löw looks to future against Socceroos - 28 March 2011
"Mesut and Sami will not be featuring against Australia," explained Löw. "That was previously arranged, as the pair have some hard games coming up with Real Madrid.  Hummels and Schuerrle will start as they have impressed me in the Bundesliga."
Video from, as the team move on to Düsseldorf

Mesut Özil, Philipp Lahm and Sami Khedira left of out Germany squad to face Australia - 27 March 2011

"The Löw Down" - An Australian article - 26 March 2011

Löw to mix it up against Socceroos - 19 March 2011

"The clash with Australia, who played well in the Asian Cup at the start of the year and only lost in the final to Japan, is an attractive match.I would like to use this game to test one or two young players and give those players who have been playing a lot recently a rest."
For full details of squad news before the two March 2011 internationals, visit my Kazakhstan page.

Last updated 30 March 2011
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