Wednesday 9 February 2011


"That was an entertaining international from both teams"
Germany - Miroslav Klose 17'
Italy - Giuseppe Rossi 81'

Match Reports - 9/10 February 2011
German coach Joachim Löw satisfied with draw against Italy.

"It was an entertaining match overall and a good test from both teams," Löw told Kicker.de after the game."We tried our best and played well, but we were unable to get the win, despite having the chances to make it 2-0.
"Italy are a good side with great talent."
Result was Fair says Löw
"I think that it was an entertaining test match which both squads tried to win, Löw said."Our team played well for some of the match, the Italians had some good phases as well. There were always these ups and downs in the match concerning dominance."
Germany settle for a draw with old rivals Italy
The pace we had at the beginning of the game, we couldn't sustain over 90 minutes," said Löw.
Foiled again! Germany still looking to end winless streak against Italy
(on Miroslav Kloses goal) "A great goal, brilliantly created," gushed Löw.
Löw was critical about his side's second-half performance. "We didn't keep the rhythm high. We tried to keep the lead instead. That's something the Italians do much better than us."
Giorgio Chiellini: We Deserved Two Penalties Against Germany; Joachim Löw: Italy Are Divers
"Italy's penalty claims? You couldn't see well from the bench," Löw told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But we know they are always good at going down theatrically."
A German post match interview from bbv-net
Another post match interview "Özil hatte geniale Momente", from zeit.de

Post Match interviews - from zdf



Joachim Löw and Miroslav Klose, Germany v Italy, Dortmund

Match highlights from dfb.de

Match Report and Player Ratings from goal.com

Phlipp Lahm desperate to destroy Italian curse - 9 February 2011
Even Germany coach Joachim Löw shared the same feelings with Philip Lahm."We haven't beaten Italy for nearly 16 years, from those statistics, you can see they are a team we have feared in the past," said the 51-year-old."I want to break that record, which is our goal.
"We want to continue last year's trend.""It is still a team which can defend very well and can control the pace of the game," said Löw."They are an opponent who demands we give everything against them."
Joachim Löw will be giving some chances to youth players to prove their worth in this game but insists that he will never trade youth for quality."It is great that so many young players advance, but we are not interested in creating an illusion of youth, quality is what counts," said Löw.
Klose vital for Germany despite Bayern reserve role - Löw
"Unlike before, when we desperately searched for good central defenders, we are now in a very fortunate position and have enough quality," the coach said. "[Philipp] Lahm will start at right back against Italy, and [Per] Mertesacker will play centrally. The other two positions are still open at the moment."
"Left back and the second central defender - these are the two positions which I'm still considering. I will wait until the final practice."
Loew also added that Sami Khedira "will start tomorrow", despite missing training on Monday. He also added that the Real Madrid player's partner in defensive midfield will be Bastian Schweinsteiger, who as of late has been used at the club level in a more advanced role."From deep, where he can get many touches of the ball and play more freely, [Schweinsteiger] can play to his strengths."In the advanced midfield role, Mesut Özil is likely to start, although Dortmund youngster Mario Götze could feature as a substitute.
Löw also commented on the currently delicate situation he faces at the striker position, giving a vote of confidence to Miroslav Klose."With Klose, I know that Miro has been in form whenever needed," he said. The Bayern man, who has been in the shadow of now-injured striker Mario Gomez throughout the season, has "shown good form" in training, as well as with his fitness.from Peace FM Online - 8 February 2011

DFB Press Conference with Joachim Löw and Philipp Lahm in Kaiserau near Kamen
Press Conference, Kaiserau, near Dortmund
8 February 2011

Full coverage of the press conference from tv.dfb.de

Live Ticker from Press Conference

Training in Kaiserau, near Kamen - 7 February 2011
Taken during filming of Mercedes-Benz advertisement
First Day in Kaiserau
- Video from tv.dfb.de - 7 February 2011

An interview from team.dfb.de

Germany coach Joachim Löw plans to resist the urge to experiment and will start with his most experienced players in Dortmund friendly against Italy in Dortmund."A team which has already played together will take to the field," Löw said Sunday.
The head coach is likely to have a full squad to choose from. Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will travel despite concerns over a knee he injured in the team's Spanish Cup win over Sevilla in midweek."Khedira shouldn't be a problem for the game on Wednesday," Löw said.
(On Sven Bender) Initially, Löw wants to observe the 21-year-old Dortmund ball-winner in training."I want to see him and test him for two or three days," the coach said.
Löw has ruled out moving Schweinsteiger into a more attacking position, where he currently plays for Bayern Munich."In attack we have (Mesut) Özil, (Toni) Kroos, Götze, (Lewis) Holtby," Löw said. "And Bastian in the (defensive) six-position gives us a lot of ball contact, stability and organization."Starting with the Italians is a very interesting game. I'm sure we will learn a lot." from Canadian Press
Injury Rules Gomez out of Italy clash
Jogi talks about the process of team selection in this interview with Bild am Sonntag - 6 February 2011

Press Conference, Harenberg City Center in Dortmund, 4 February 2011

Five players from Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have been called up by Jogi Löw for next week's friendly international against Italy in Dortmund.Midfielder Sven Bender joins the squad for the first time, alongside Dortmund team-mates Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Goetze und Kevin Großkreutz.
(On Michael Ballack's omission)"He has looked healthy and made a good physical impression over 90 minutes in his last game,'' Löw said. "He is on the way back to the right rhythm and then we will certainly count on him.''
(On Sven Bender)"We have been watching him constantly for the past six months,'' Löw said. "He particularly impressed me with his performance against Wolfsburg and he left a lasting impression.'
Low hopes not only to gain revenge for the defeat to Italy in 2006, but to make a successful and confident start to 2011."We can take a lot out of this game with us into the upcoming games this year,'' he said. "We are delighted to be able to play in Dortmund, where we have played many important matches.' - from Soccernet ESPN

"We want to get into practice for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifier and friendlies," said Löw."We have checked things off after a successful World Cup year in 2010 and now we can concentrate on our new and important tasks ahead."
"The Italians will have an experienced and clever team, even if they went out of the World Cup early (in the group stage)."I am looking forward to a tough game between two big football nations." - from AFP

"Mats Hummels convinces me more and more over time," said Löw of the Dortmund defender he has selected twice before. Since his last cap in against Sweden in November, "he's only become stronger," said Löw.
"Let's not go on too long about Mario Götze," said Löw, when asked about the 18-year-old attacking midfielder. "We can all see what skill and intelligence he has as a player."
"The Dortmund players have played consistently well," said Löw, explaining why he'd picked so many from the club, adding that they were "the best in the league when it comes to switching from defense to attack, and they get forward quickly." - from dw-world

Löw: "Komfortable Situation" - from de.fifa.com

Live Ticker from the Conference


More video footage from fussball.de

Before the press conference started, Joachim Löw presented the match ball from the Round of 16 World Cup match against England to Manuel Neukirchner of the DFB football museum. The ball is a present for the soccer museum, which is to be built in Dortmund and open by 2014. Jogi jokingly referred to 'goal-line dust' on the ball!

Full 22-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen)
Defence: Arne Friedrich (VfL Wolfsburg), Dennis Aogo (Hamburger SV), Holger Badstuber (Bayern München), Philipp Lahm (Nayern München), Jerome Boateng (Manchester City), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV)
Midfield: Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München), Christian Träsch (VfB Stuttgart)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern München), Miroslav Klose (Bayern München), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
with thanks to Kicker

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