Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 3 June 2011

Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

'But there comes a point where the result is more important than the way in which it was achieved and we now have six wins from six games.'

Austria - Arne Friedrich (og) 50'
Germany - Mario Gomez 44', 90'

Gomez scores twice to give Germany 2-1 win over Austria in Euro 2012 qualifying

Germany coach Joachim Löw called it "a lucky victory" for his team.
"We did not show our usual class. Otherwise, Austria would have had more troubles," Loew said. "Austria fought hard for its last chance. In the end, the three points are the only thing that matters to us."
Löw said last year's World Cup in South Africa has begun to take its toll on his tired players. Germany still has a qualifier to play before the summer break against Azerbaijan in Baku on Tuesday."I have to compliment my team," Löw said. "Many players who were at the World Cup are really near the limits of their strengths now after a heavy season."
Germany sneak past Austria in Euro qualifier
"In all parts of the team we were not self-assured, not fast, not dynamic, and not precise," he said after the game. "It must be said that we are happy we won," he admitted before complimenting his opponents, "Austria fought passionately."
Responding to his team's performance, Löw offered a possible explanation."I have a feeling that our World Cup participants are at their physical limits at the end of the season." from goal com.
Löw pleased with away win
"I am delighted that we won the match," Loew said. "It's good to come to Austria and get the three points even when we haven't played so well.""Some players were clearly at the limit of their strengths - we made mistakes that could have been avoided.""Austria brought everything to this game. They were good and fought hard, and perceived this match as their last chance.""I am happy because it was fortunate, but also proud because the players wanted to win this game."
Gomez snatches win as Germany ride Austria storm
Gomez strikes late to hand Germany euro qualifier victory

Löw: "Mario Gomez strotzt vor Selbstvertrauen" - an interview from the website

Match statistics and line-ups from
Official UEFA Match Page

Footage on my you tube channel from the post-match press conference and Jogi's reactions to the goals!
And more press-conference footage from the Austrian FA

Match highlights

Post-match analysis from Sportschau

Press Conference, Vienna, 2 June 2011

Germany expecting slugfest in Vienna - 2 June 2011
"After two defeats, Austria is like a wounded boxer," Löw told a press conference at the Ernst-Happel stadium on the eve of the match.
"They're going to throw everything into this game and we're going to stand up against that. So I don't expect any great football moments but a heated, intensive slugfest.The Austrians' motivation could not be greater. Without a top performance on our part, it's going to be hard,"
Injury-hit Germany looks for win over Austria to close in on Euro 2012 qualification
"We don't want to lose our comfortable lead," said Löw. "If we drop three or four points, the others will be well in it again."
Live Ticker from the Press Conference with Jogi and Manuel Neuer

Video of the team's arrival in Vienna and first training session

Sportschau footage of the team's arrival.

Germany's Träsch ruled out of qualifiers - 1 June 2011

"We have decided not to nominate another player because we trust the current squad," coach Joachim Löw said.

Training, Frankfurt, 31 May/1 June 2011

"Jogi Löw, der sympathische Piefke" - in this three page interview with, Jogi talks about his time in Austria, football in Austria and Germany, politics, his image as a style icon and his first football memory (Germany's 3-2 defeat of England in Mexico's 1970 World Cup - which, strangely enough, is also mine!) - 31 May 2011

Löw nach Generalprobe: "Vieles hat mir sehr gut gefallen" - An Austrian report looks forward to the game

Germany striker Miroslav Klose to miss Euro qualifiers against Austria and Azerbaijan - 30 May 2011

"It's regrettable that he will miss both matches. He was an important part of our plans for the attack, along with Mario Gomez," coach Joachim Löw said.
"Österreich ist geführlich"
Der deutsche Bundestrainer Joachim Löw über YouTube, Rotwein, Punkte in Flensburg und die Kehrseite seines Berufs. An in-depth interview with Jogi on - 29 May 2011

All squad selection news prior to the three May/June 2011 internationals can be found on my Uruguay match page.

Pre-match background from

An article from 2008 talks of Jogi's past career history with the city of Vienna and visit my Austria 2008 page to look back at the last time the two countries played!

Last updated 23 June 2011
With thanks to everyone on the Group for their contributions, in particular Xinwei, Silke, Masha and Congshan.
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