Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 7 October 2011

Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"We played with confidence in front of their 50,000 fans and against a side who really wanted to win"

Turkey - Hakan Balta 79'
Germany - Mario Gomez 35', Thomas Müller 66', Bastian Schweinsteiger 86' (pg)

Post match analysis from Sportschau
In front of a partisan crowd in Istanbul, Jogi celebrates his 50th victory as Bundestrainer with a ninth win out of nine in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Solid Germany down Turkey in Euro qualifier
Löw revels in Turkish delight
We did well to withstand Turkey pressure - Germany's Joachim Löw

"First of all, big congratulations to the team, who had to withstand a good team [in Turkey]. " the 51-year-old told reporters after the game.
"The 11 players played very well and it is great that we have several options in this team," he added.
Löw looking for perfect ten after Turkey rout
"Against Belgium, we will not change a lot of players, we are taking this game too seriously for that," said Loew. "I must pay a big compliment to the team, we dealt with a good opponent in a difficult atmosphere. To win in front of 50,000 Turks against a motivated team is a good result."
"We didn't do so well in the first-half and we let them back into the game after an error from Thomas Müller, but he was involved in all three goals."
In this interview with, Jogi is interviewed about aspects of the game, including Manuel Neuer's part in Germany's goals, Bastian Schweinsteiger's dominance, and his touchline emotions!
Löw: "Wollen auch das zehnte Spiel gewinnen" - a post-match interview from
And in this conversation with Bild before leaving Istanbul, Jogi confesses to having enjoyed a post-match glass of wine or two, but as a coach is always thinking ahead to the next game!

Match analysis from Bundesliga Fanatic
Joachim Löw's relentless visitors clinch ninth consecutive win in Group A - match report from with links to statistics and players' ratings
Official match page from

Post-match footage and interviews on youtube from ZDF and Sportschau

Match highlights from

Turkish media claim Mesut Özil is feigning injury - from - 7 October 2011
Coach Joachim Löw countered claims the playmaker was eager to miss the game in an attempt to avoid a hostile reception on the pitch.
"To the contrary, Mesut already told me two weeks ago that he wanted to play, but even then he had Achilles tendon problems," he told the press.

Gomez fit to face Turks, still hopes for Klose and Özil - more from - 6 October 2011

Interview with ZDF from the team hotel in Istanbul

Germany's Löw sets deadline for injured trio - 6 October 2011
"We have in fact a few question marks over our players," admitted Löw, who has left Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos at home in Germany with the 'flu.
"Gomez, Klose and Ozil have yet to train with the team.We have agreed on Thursday that they should at least attend the final training session or it would be very difficult for them to play against Turkey."
In the press conference today in Istanbul, Jogi spoke of his team's incentive to set a new German qualifying record, his respect for the Turkish side (he believes the Turks did not show their true colours in Berlin) and the quandry for German-Turkish players in deciding who to represent. He also dismissed any parallels between tomorrow's match and that after securing top spot in the Euro 2008 qualifiers (lost by Germany 3-0 to the Czech Republic).

Löw erwartet "andere" Türken - drei Spieler angeschlagen - the press conference summarised on
Live ticker from today's press conferenceThe full length conference with Jogi and Philipp Lahm can be watched on

The Team arrive in Turkey

Training, Mainz, 4/5 October 2011

Germany pursue perfection in final qualifiers - 5 October 2011
"We want to go through this campaign undefeated and will try to win the remaining two games," coach Joachim Löw told reporters. "We want to set an historic milestone with ten wins out of as many games."
Löw said he would not experiment with his team and his line-up would remain largely unchanged from the previous qualifiers, also because there was still a lot at stake for both Belgium, in third place, and second-placed Turkey.
"Especially the game against Turkey [in Istanbul] will be marked by a lot of emotions. The fans will do everything to stand behind their team as an extra player," he said.
"I will most certainly not make seven or eight changes to positions as I did [in a friendly game] against Poland for example," Löw added.
Die furchterregenden Istanbul-Erlebnisse des Joachim Löw - an article focusing on Jogi's past time in Turkey

Press Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mainz, 4 October 2011

Joachim Löw began the press conference by stating his desire to finish the Euro 2012 qualifiers with ten wins out of ten, but said that Turkey and Belgium would be great challenges as both teams are battling for second place. He expected the Turkey game to be in an emotionally charged atmosphere.
He spoke of his lack of concern at a recent public survey on Germany's chance of winning Euro 2012, as there are many months still to go.

Germany boss Joachim Löw confident Mesut Özil will not be affected by jeers in Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey

"We know what to expect in Turkey. Whenever they play against Germany the mood is heated and the whole country is behind their team," Löw told the press.
"Turkey are still in with a chance of making the championships and so everyone will be behind them. Özil dealt well with all the whistles in the first game in Berlin and it will be the same in Turkey. It will be an emotional game for him. However, someone who can play for Real Madrid six times against Barcelona will not be affected by jeers. Özil has matured and has learned how to cope."
"We may play with a 4-4-2 for the next two games with two strikers up front," he added."We will not change much regarding the defence, but I hope to see some flexibility in midfield."
One reporter asked about Sami Khedira and the rumours of a possible move away from Real Madrid, with Chelsea being mentioned. Jogi's response was that both Sami and Mesut Özil have great respect for Jose Mourinho, who Jogi is in regular contact with, and that he does not believe that Khedira will be released.
Marco Reus' may make his debut, Jogi commenting 'Es ist an der Zeit, dass er bei uns eingesetzt wird'.
On the subject of German-born players, such as Ömer Toprak, opting to play for Turkey, he said no player is put under pressure and whilst the opportunities are pointed out to them, every individual's decision is accepted.

Kroos doubtful for Turkey showdown
"Toni Kroos could miss out," Löw told reporters. "He was still in bed with a virus yesterday but he felt better, but today blood results show he is still not over it. So we may decide that he can't travel with us."
"We have qualified so early and enormously dominant and with many young players who have great prospect for the future," said Löw.
"This dominant qualification does not mean a Euro title, that's clear," he warned."We also have the aim of ending this qualifying campaign without a loss of points. We will try to win these two remaining games. Because 10 games and 10 wins is our wish. We could set a new milestone," Löw said.
Löw will Gündogan für Deutschland sichern

Löw: "Wollen die Qualifikation ungeschlagen überstehen" - Summary of the press conference from
Quotes from the press conference on de.eurosport

Live ticker from the Press Conference

A video from taken as the team arrive in Mainz.

Löw expects ten out of ten - 30 September 2011
Gomez and Khedira back in Germany squad

"It was important for us to qualify early on and now we want to win these two qualifiers to have won 10 out of 10," said coach Joachim Löw.

Mario Gomez & Sami Khedira return for Germany ahead of Turkey & Belgium clashes

(on leaving out Marcel Schmelzer and Sven Bender) "They have both been plagued by injuries in the past few weeks, so we have decided not to call them up this time," Joachim Low said. "I've spoken to them on the phone, they will use the next few days to get some training action at their club."
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburger SV), Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (all Bayern Munich) Benedict Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg)
Midfield: Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund)Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Simon Rolfes, Andr&3acute; Schürrle (both Bayer Leverkusen)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich),Miroslav Klose (Lazio),Cacau (VfB Stuttgart)

Look back on the home Turkey Euro 2012 qualifier which took place in Berlin last year.

Thanks once again to Famous3Kings, West Kensington, London, for screening the game and everyone there for such a great atmosphere!

Last updated 27 December 2011
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