t Germany 3 - 2 Brazil, Friendly, 10 August 2011  

GERMANY 3 - 2 BRAZIL

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart
Friendly

"I am personally pleased that I have so many options now"
Goalscorers:
Germany -Bastian Schweinsteiger 61' (pg), Mario Götze 67', Andre Schürrle 80'
Brazil - Robinho 71' (pg), Neymar 90+2'

In Jogi's first match against Brazil as Bundestrainer, Germany break an 18-year-old drought with a thoroughly deserved win over South American giants Brazil. Star of the show is young Mario Götze, making his first start for the national team.

Match Reports - 10/11 August 2011
Impressive Germany see off Brazil
Stars of Germany's future vanquish past Brazilian demons

"I am persoxnally pleased that I have so many options now," German coach Löw said after a game that must leave him scratching his head about future selection, and perhaps wishing soccer permitted 14-player teams.
German stars fear nobody as Götze dazzles Brazil
'He makes the simplest of things look great' - Germany's Joachim Löw heaps praise on Borussia Dortmund revelation Mario Gotze
"Mario [Götze] played a great game," Löw said after the game. "He has terrific technique and he sees everything on the pitch. He played the clear passes and makes the simplest of things look great."
Danke, young Götze
"For us it was a friendly game at a very high level ," said the German coach
"Today was good. We didn't let the Brazilians come into the game. When you see how the players displayed such enjoyment, such desire, such a high tempo - that was something. And that's how we must go on."
Germany aim for the stars after downing Brazil - from UEFA.com
A match review from Bundesliga Fanatic

Trophies on the mind of Germany's Löw

"The name of the game now is to work even more," Löw told ZDF after the game."We had excellent showings in tournaments in both 2008 and 2010."
"We now have an excellent squad, which is full of quality. We need to take the next step and win a trophy. "
Götze's Germany a Threat to Spain
"Mario has extraordinary vision and he is so calm on the ball it is almost eerie," Löw said. "It was obvious that he would develop like this, but Mesut Özil is playing at a world-class level, as he has shown at Real Madrid. It is conceivable that they will play together in the future."
Match report and player ratings from goal.com

Löw: "Mario hat außergewöhnliche Orientierungsmöglichkeiten" - an interview on dfb.de
Joachim Löw: "Das ist ein gutes Gefühl" - a post-match interview from Weser Kurier.

And Jogi shows skills of his own on this footage from youtube


Match highlights

Post-match analysis with Sportschau

"Löw bläst zur Attacke - Experimente gegen Brasilien", "Bundestrainer will 2012 den EM-titel" - with links to video footage of the press conference and training photographs, 10 August 2011

Press Conference, Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart, 9 August 2011

After a film from Mercedes, celebrating their continuing links with the German football association over the past four decades, coach Joachim Löw took to the microphone. During the press conference, he discussed the strength of upcoming opponents Brazil, and the anticipation such a fixture brings, although he added that Spain remains the benchmark in world football. He spoke of many of his squad members, the talent of young Mario Götze 'a genius on the ball', the healthy rivalry beween Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose, Jerome Boateng and his potential in central defence, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger and the leadership roles and respect they bring to the side, and that Lukas Podolski has a major part to play in the plans for Euro 2012. However, he would not be drawn further on the Michael Ballack issue, saying that there was nothing more to add.

Live ticker from the press conference
The press conference is summarised on dfb.de

Excerpts from the press conference

Germany coach Joachim Low: Mario Gotze has a good chance of starting against Brazil

"I have seven positions decided, but I am still thinking of the other four," he told the press. "I will be making changes, and Gotze has a good chance of starting.
"He [Gotze] is a player who brings a lot to the game, who finds solutions on the pitch.He has an ingenuity with the ball and also without it and he can play passes without looking down and he has good vision for the players around him, so he's quite developed already."
Löw high on young Götze
"This is a great start to a European Championship season and one of a few friendly matches we have before the Euros," said the 51-year-old Löw. "We want to use these games to take another step forward, especially to give our young and talented players some experience of playing at this level. We are extremely anxious to take the next step, after narrowly missing out in the past, so are happy to play against such strong opponents."

(On Michael Ballack) Löw said: "We made him an honest offer. Now the situation is different. We have nothing more to say on the issue."
"This is not a watershed. It's an ongoing process. The team changes its structure, its hierarchy, its responsibility." from supersport.com


Match preview from Soccerway - 9 August 2011

Training, Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart, 8/9 August 2011


Special day for Cacau at Germany v Brazil showdown - 8 August 2011

Jogi writes on team.dfb.de as the new Season kicks off.

As the team arrived at their hotel in Stuttgart, Jogi spoke on Sportschau.de (now deleted), of his respect for the Brazilans as one of the most successful football nations in the world, and one who enjoy a reputation of playing attractive football. "No other team has such a collection of outstanding individuals in its ranks," he added.

Footage of the team arriving, from Sportschau

Uncapped pair called up for Brazil friendly - 4 August 2011

(On selection of Ilkay Gündogan  "Ilkay has developed and has performed really well in Dortmund's pre-season matches," said Löw.
"He is a technically gifted talent with a high-level of match intelligence.
"This is a good opportunity to involve him with the squad at the start of a European Championship season."
(On resting of Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira) "I have telephoned both of them and explained why we have left them out this time," said Löw.
"After their travels to the USA and China with Real Madrid, they get back to Europe on Sunday after a 14-hour plane journey.
"Due to these pressures, it makes more sense for them to continue their preparations in Spain and we will call them up for the international matches in September."

"Brazil is one of the most successful football nations in the world with the reputation of playing a very attractive game," Germany coach Löw said. "No other team has so many great individuals in their ranks. The match against Brazil will be an interesting test for us." - from sportskeeda.com

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg)
Midfielders: Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

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