Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index
with final Group A table placings

GERMANY 3 - 1 BELGIUM

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Düsseldorf
Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"Ten wins from 10 games - what more could you ask for?"

Goalscorers:
Germany - Mesut Özil 30', Andre Schürrle 33, Mario Gomez 48'
Belgium - Marouane Fellaini 86'

Played 10 - Won 10 - GF 34 GA 7 - Points 30

Germany finish their Euro 2012 qualifiers with their tenth win out of ten to score a perfect record through the whole 14-month campaign!

Germany beats Belgium 3-1 in Euro qualifier

"We didn't want it to be said that we affected the competition with a weak performance. We didn't win for Turkey, but for ourselves first and foremost,'' Germany coach Joachim Löw said.
Perfect 10 for Germany in Euro 2012 qualifying
"We wanted this final sprint to the finish and to cross the line with 10 wins, because with every win you gain just a little bit more respect." Löw told reporters after the match.
Germany stamp out Belgium's fire from UEFA.com
Germany complete perfect campaign
Mario Gomez sinks Belgium and ensures perfect campaign for Germany

Germany send message that they are out for glory from UEFA.com

"It was important for us to go through with this win - we sent out a message to our rivals," said Löw. "Also, we did not want others to say that we influenced the competition by performing badly. There's still a long way to go until the finals and especially the final, but we are very well prepared."
'Germany have never had so many top talents' - how squad depth makes Joachim Low's 'club' a frightening proposition - goal.com look at Jogi's squad and the selection choices that are available to him.

Germany yearn for first major title since 1996

"What bothers me is that in the past few weeks there is only talk about a duel between Germany and Spain," Löw, who led a young German squad to a third-place finish at last year's World Cup, told reporters."It won't necessarily come to such a duel. There are other nations who are every good. It will not come down only to Germany versus Spain."
"This is the easiest nomination I have ever had to make," said Löw, adding that he could have filled each position twice. "In the past I had to think a lot; there were some problems here or there but I don't have that this time."
Zehnsationell! 10 Spiele, 10 Siege - Jogi hat den Quali-Rekord
Nationalmannschaft Schönes neues Deutschland
The Turkish press also sing Jogi's praises - and knock ten years off his age! - Danke schön, Deutschland; danke schön, lieber Herr Löw

Joachim Löw: "Vom Duell Spanien-Deutschland verabschieden" a post-match interview on dfb.de
Löw: "Die Mannschaft ist stark und hungrig" - from focus.de
Löw warnt vor Titel-Euphorie - in this bild.de interview Jogi talks of the positives of the added competition within the team, that the team can cope better with setbacks than they could three years ago, and that they will take the Euro 2012 group draw as it comes.

Joachim Löw's men finish top of Group A with perfect record - with link to match statistics and player ratings on goal.com

Footage from the post-match Press Conference


Match highlights from team.dfb.de

Post-match interview with ZDF

The match in full length can also be watched on this youtube link.


Training, Düsseldorf, 10 October 2011

Press Conference, Düsseldorf, 10 October 2011, with Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller

The press conference opened with the handover of Jogi's famous blue Strenesse jumper, the Galeria Kaufhof donating the million-euro jumper over to the German Football Museum represented today by Manuel Neukirchner (pictured).
The full story of Jogi's lucky blue jumper can be found on my special tribute page here!

On team personnel, Jogi said Mesut Özil would play from the start if he successfully comes through training this evening and being passed fit by the medical staff. A decision on Bastian Schweinsteiger would be made Tuesday morning, Miroslav Klose is ruled out as he is experiencing pain in his knee and Jerome Boateng has 'a small muscular problem' picked up in the Turkey game.

"The target is winning 10 from 10 games, but not to give Turkey a present," said Löw, who complimented his players on maintaining their concentration on winning all their qualifiers.
"I wasn't fully happy with the Turkey game. There were a few things that we must improve upon. We played very well, but we weren't as convincing as we were in games before ... We were the better team, we displayed competence, intelligent play and confidence on the pitch, but we need to work on a few things to be better again" Löw said.
"Belgium has the chance for a playoff in their own hands so they'll be highly motivated."
"They're better going forward than Turkey so they'll pose more questions of our defense. They'll be looking to create chances up front. The team has a good mixture of youth and experience, with some very good technical players," Löw said.
"Belgium are very good going forward, so we'll have to be careful." - from foxnews.com
'Regular places are history,' says Joachim Löw of competitive Germany squad
"In Germany we must finally say 'goodbye' to the idea of 11 regular players. One can see very clearly in European football that it takes more than 11 players to compensate for injuries," Löw said. "As a coach, of course I favour competition. Regular places are history."
(On his options in attack) "(Thomas) Müller and (Andre) Schürrle are not classic strikers. They live off constant movement.At the moment, in Germany we do not have the same type of players as (Miroslav) Klose and (Mario) Gomez who can play at a very high level."
"It is clear that Belgium have a better attack than Turkey. Young, dynamic players who are good in one-on-one situations," Löw said."As such, more attacks will come our way. They are an outstanding team going forward, so we must be on our guard."
"There is still a question mark over Schweinsteiger, who has a bruise above his knee. A decision will be made on Tuesday morning. Klose will not play - his knee is still painful. Özil has trained, his pain has got better, I'm assuming he will play." Löw explained.
Live ticker from the press conference.

Mario Götze will be rested for the Belgium game, in view of games he has ahead for Borussia Dortmund. Twenty-one players attended a training session at the Esprit Arena on Sunday morning. Jerome Boateng, Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger completed an individual training session at the hotel. from dfb.de - 9 October 2011

Özil set to return to German side: Löw - 8 October 2011

"We are taking the Belgium match very seriously," said Löw.
"Also because we want to celebrate a new record of 10 victories in qualifiers.Özil will probably play, and I also intend to play Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan and rest Mario (Götze).But you can't replace the whole team because we don't want to lose our rhythm."
The full squad details can be found on my Turkey match page.

Look back at the first match of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign - last year's 1-0 victory against Belgium in Brussels.

Last updated 10 December 2012
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