Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 2 September 2011

Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"The way we have dealt with qualification has shown a lot of class"

Germany - Miroslav Klose 8', Mesut Özil 23', 47',Lukas Podolski 28', Andre Schürrle 84', Mario Götze 89'
Austria - Marko Arnautovic 42', Martin Harnik 51'

Germany secure the win they need to qualify, and are now unassailable at the top of Group A.

Match reports - 2/3 September 2011
Özil stars as hosts see Euro 2012 qualification
Germany trounces Austria, qualifies for Euro 2012
Germany stroll past Austria to reach Euro 2012

Joachim Löw hails Germany's depth after 6-2 win over Austria
Löw pleased with early qualification

"We have qualified for the finals at the earliest available opportunity" said Löw.
"We must keep up the tension for the next few games. We have scored plenty of goals in qualification and only conceded a few. But if you attack as much as we do, you have to accept you are going to concede a few.We got caught out twice defensively, but I think we restricted the Austrians to just two chances and I prefer to focus on the fact that we created so many chances ourselves."
"It is our philosophy to constantly attack and we are working all the time to have a team in which we can interchange players. This is what you have to have if you want to be amongst the best in the world."
Löw praises 'remarkable' progress
"After an exhausting World Cup we have won all our matches in the qualification. That is absolutely remarkable."
(on playing Özil and Götze together in midfield)  "Of course, it will happen. But we have other players such as Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira who harmonize well in midfield. Mario Goetze has developed brilliantly in the last half year. I will decide when the time comes to play him with Mesut."
Germany eye Euro title as Klose hails 'best' team
"For a few years now, we have been amongst the best teams in the world and you can see we have a very, very good team," said Löw.
"We have developed our football even further since 2010 and we are on a good path, but there are other teams in Europe who are amongst the favourites for Euro 2012. pain and Holland nearly always win their matches, Portugal have a good team and you can't underestimate teams like England and France," Löw added.
Creative Germany feel no fear
Speaking of his coach, captain Philipp Lahm said "(his) role in this is huge. He has developed this team and this way of playing through training. It is the best Germany side I have ever played in, that much is for sure."
Germany secure qualification in style - report and analysis from Bundesligafanatic

A post-match interview with Jogi from sueddeutsche


Match highlights

Post match interview with ZDF

Germany eyes quick Euro 2012 qualification playing Austria - 2 September 2011
"We just need to take the final step," said Löw. "We've earned 21 points in seven qualifying games and we've almost qualified for the European Championship. That wasn't expected straight after the World Cup success."
"Obviously our starting position is very good but we're not through yet," he added. "So we want to make sure we're through with a win against Austria so as to start planning for the Euros."

Press Conference, Düsseldorf, 1 September 2011

Germany coach Joachim Löw is happy the transfer period is over so his players can concentrate on Friday's European Championship qualifier against Austria.
Loew told a press conference on Thursday he could see the players were already more focused on the game in Gelsenkirchen and "in a position to put Austria under pressure, as we did against Brazil. Above all, we want our football to impress."Löw said he was ''very optimistic that we'll definitely qualify.''
The coach is resisting the temptation to start Özil and the exciting Mario Götze together, saying Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old will have plenty of games ahead."Goetze was fantastic against Brazil, but Kroos impressed me in the last games with his enthusiasm," Löw explained. "For me, Goetze is someone who plays in the middle and not out on the side."The coach said he was sure Özil and Götze would be "excellent together" but asked for patience with the Dortmund youngster.
He welcomed defender Per Mertesacker's transfer to Premier League side Arsenal on the final day of the transfer market, calling it "a very good step" and "great for his development."
After starting with seven Bayern Munich players in the lineup for the 3-2 friendly win over Brazil last month, Löw denied that it was important to have a base of players familiar with each other from their club side."I don't need it particularly. In 2004, 2005, maybe it would have been desirable, but in the last couple of years the players that have been coming through know the philosophy, they know what I want from them as players," Löw said."The quality of the players counts much more than the (club) base. Now you have the likes of Özil at Real Madrid. The quality is decisive. I don't need a base, I need quality." - from foxsports

"For us, this is a great chance to clear things up and we expect to win all our remaining games," said Germany coach Joachim Löw, whose side face further qualifiers against Belgium and Turkey in October.
"On Friday, we want to show that Austria won't take anything from the game. Then we can focus on football again."
"It bothers me that within the circle of the national team, we have to constantly discuss other issues," he said. from Timesofindia - 1 September 2011

A video from as the team train and meet the press in Düsseldorf - 31 August 2011

A video from as the team have a fitting with Strenesse

Press Conference with Joachim Löw and Philipp Lahm, Düsseldorf, 30 August 2011
The press conference opened with the news that Sven Bender has had to pull out of the forthcoming internationals with an ankle knock. No replacement will be called to the squad.

Whilst some time in the press conference was taken up with the repercussions from the publication of Philipp Lahm's autobiography, Joachim Löw also fielded question on the squad for the Austria and Poland games.
When asked about the possibility of Mesut Özil and Mario Götze playing together in midfield he replied: "This is an option, they can make a strong midfield. But I say it again - Kroos has also played well in this position."
On Lukas Podolski he said that there was now more competition in the team and whilst Lukas had "tremendous potential", his starting role is "not permanent", adding"I know what Lukas can do. "I will speak with him later this week." - from
When the subject of goalkeepers was mentioned, Jogi insisted that whilst Roman Weidenfeller was a good keeper, Zieler was a better one, and had been watched by the management team for many months.

Germany coach Joachim Löw has confirmed he has given Per Mertesacker permission to leave the national team in order to travel to London to finalise a move to Arsenal.

"Very late yesterday evening, Per Mertesacker gave me information that there has been a serious offer coming in for his services," said Low."Werder Bremen have told him this.Therefore, I have allowed Per Mertesacker to be absent from training and our camp for today. We are expecting him back for Wednesday's training session." from Sky Sports - 30 August 2011
Live ticker from the Press Conference

For more on the Philipp Lahm autobiography controversy, see my August 2011 Archive

Reus out of Germany qualifiers - 29 August 2011
Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez out of Germany squad, Cacau called up as replacement

Mertesacker, Özil back in Germany squad - 26 August 2011

"I am pleased Per is fit and able to join us again," coach Joachim Löw said.
"Our concentration is now solely on the match against Austria. We do have a big lead in our qualifying group and our position is very good but we are not yet qualified for the finals in Poland and Ukraine. Our aim now is to make everything clearcut against Austria in Gelsenkirchen so that we can begin our planning for the European Championships."
Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96)
Defenders:  Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng (all Bayern Munich), Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels (all Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg)
Midfielders:  Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller (all Bayern Munich), Sven Bender, Mario Götze (all Borussia Dortmund), Simon Rolfes, Andre Schürrle (all Bayer Leverkusen), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Forwards:  Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio).

Coach Joachim Löw said today he expects Germany to become the first team to earn their qualification for UEFA Euro 2012. "We just need to take the final step," said Löw, who led Germany to third at last year's World Cup. "We have earned 21 points in seven qualifying games and we have almost qualified for the European Championship. That wasn't expected straight after the World Cup success." from - 25 August 2011

Hanover keeper Zieler called into Germany squad - 19 August 2011

A pre-match preview from

A look back at the Away Qualifier against Austria in Vienna last June.

Last revised 20 November 2012
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