Friday 11 November 2011

Olympic Stadium, Kiev

"I am taking a lot of positives from this and I reserve the right to experiment at this stage of our preparations."

Ukraine - Andriy Yarmolenko 28', Yevgen Konoplyanka 36' Serhiy Nazarenko 45'
Germany - Toni Kroos 38', Simon Rolfes 65', Thomas Müller 77'

The inaugural match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, venue for the Euro 2012 final in July, saw Germany pull back a two-goal defecit to draw 3-3 with the Ukraine.

Ukraine hold Germany in stadium opener
Löw tactical experiment proves shaky in draw with Ukraine

"I tested a three-man defence as a contingency just in case we need to play this way at some time during Euro 2012," said Löw. "I also saw that this young team wanted to turn the game around and came out after the break with a lot of confidence."
Löw takes positives from draw
"I was very happy, even if I am probably one of the very few to be so," he said."There are a lot of positives that I can take. The team showed great morale and I am not dissatisfied.Of course we can do certain things better, but we wanted to take a look at a few things today."
"Two of the goals we conceded came from our own corners when all of our defenders were in the opposition penalty area," he said."Those goals had nothing to do with our system."
Germans will be better against Holland, insists Löw
"We had an awful lot dominance in the game, hence I am not dissatisfied. Of course we will have to be better against a team like the Dutch, but there were a lot of good things to take from this game."
Stars struck by spectacular Olympic Stadium
"We put on a very strong attacking display and went looking for the win," said the Germany coach. "The reason we didn't was because the hosts played very well. But I am satisfied with this trip to Kyiv. I have seen the beautiful venue for the European Championship final and, hopefully, this experience will come in handy for us."
Ukraine and Germany serve up Kyiv treat
Youthful Germans survive Ukraine scare in Kiev

Joachim Löw: "Ich habe eine klare Dominanz gesehen" - on
and an English translation of the interview with thanks to
Löw: "Haben ein Hauptsystem, das gut funktioniert" - a post-match interview on Hamburger Abendblatt

An in-depth analysis of the match from Bundesliga fanatic.
Five things Germany can learn from their thrilling draw with Ukraine - from
Also their match report and link to player ratings.

One moment at the end of the match is spotlighted in Bild as Jogi shouts at his players "Seid ihr denn total bescheuert? and explains why!

Match highlights from

Post-match analysis with Sportschau

Footage on youtube from Sportschau with post-match chat from Jogi and the team

A video from as the squad arrive in Kiev

Training, Olympic Stadium, Kiev, 10 November 2011

This article from talks to Jogi on the flight to Kiev. - 10 November 2011

Press Conference, Mercedes-Benz Centre, Hamburg, 9 November 2011

The press conference began with the introduction of the new DFB-Trikot to be worn at the European Championships next June. The squad filmed a new Adidas advert at training later that day, and more about this can be found in my November 2011 news archive.

Mesut Özil should play a little ahead of Mario Götze against Ukraine, says Germany's Joachim Low - from

"I want to keep to my word when it comes to experimentation," he told reporters. "Of course, I had expected to have [Miroslav] Klose and [Marco] Reus, so a few plans were thrown away. There will be some tinkering. I hope that both return to the team on Saturday."
"The game plans are not yet complete. Tentatively, however, the plan is that in Ukraine we may start with Götze and Özil. Özil should play a little ahead of Gotze, because (Özil) can pull the strings while further forward. Götze has been used in the 'six' position and can play in between. I'll have to talk to them more." He added that in the event of both Klose and Gomez being available, he would play a 4-2-4 formation, and that Özil up-front was not an option. Instead, Cacau, Andre Schürrle, or Lukas Podolski would lead the line.
(On Klose's injury)  "Our doctor says the injury is not serious. There is nothing wrong with the meniscus or the like."
"Müller should not play 90 minutes twice. He will be given the opportunity to regenerate. Schürrle can play there. Reus, if his stomach flu does not last for a week."
(On the central defensive line-up)  "We have many options in defence. (Mats) Hummels - very strong. (Holger) Badstuber - strong. Also (Jerome) Boateng is possible."
Löw's Germany warming to Euro 2012 task
"We need to keep experimenting because I feel that we are good enough to do that, having qualified so well for the tournament, and because I feel we need to," Löw said.
"Overall, I think that our preparations are further advanced than at this stage two years ago. The team understand better how we want to play than we did before. I think they're more on the same wavelength than before. The foundations are certainly there, and I think that gives us a big base from which to shake things up a little for these two games."
"It isn't just these two games that are important for our preparation for Euro 2012, there are three more games as well," he said."It's the training sessions we have together as a team, the meetings we have as well that are important in this phase of our preparation."
Live ticker from the press conference
Löw: "Tendenz, dass Götze und Özil beginnen" - more on the press conference from
It can also be watched in full on

Training, Victoria Stadion, Hamburg, 8 November 2011

Klose and Reus ruled out for Germany - 8 November 2011

On Marco Reus from - 7 November 2011

"Marco has suffered greatly; despite being called up several times, he could not join the national team. He was very desperate. But he has overcome this hurdle and has played in two games. He will play [in friendlies against Ukraine and the Netherlands]."
In this interview with tz-online, Jogi describes Bastian Schweinsteiger as the 'emotional leader' of the team, and, although it might sound odd, said it was better for him to be injured now, rather than just before the Euro tournament in May. He also repeated the need for the players not to be complacent. Squad members playing abroad was also discussed. He said Lukas Podolski was, in his opinion, ready to take the step of playing abroad, and that he was always there to offer advice to any player contemplating such a move. On potential squad members, he mentioned Moritz Leitner and Lewis Holtby as players on the selection list, but added there was unlikely to be any major surprises.

Germany's Joachim Low to experiment in November friendlies

Zieler to make Germany debut - 6 November 2011

"That is what we have planned today," Löw said. "All other decisions will be taken during the course of the week based on the impressions we get from training."

Löw gives Lahm a rest

"We want to bring this successful year to a positive conclusion," he said. "It is important that we now visit the Ukraine after facing Poland in Gdansk so that we will have experienced both host nations for Euro 2012."
"Not many words are required to explain our prestigious clash with our Dutch neighbours. The Oranje have been playing the most consistently good football together with Spain and us, and all of the fans can look forward to an attractive match."
Germany captain Philipp Lahm will be rested for the two friendlies against the Ukraine and Netherlands. Coach Joachim Löw said he had spoken to Philipp Thursday. He explained in a statement on the website that the Bayern Munich skipper plays a lot every season, usually for the full 90 minutes, and that this move will also give him a chance to try out other players at left-back. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not travel to the Ukraine, goalkeeping duties for the game being shared between Tim Wiese and Ron-Robert Zieler. - 4 November 2011

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler(Hannover 96)
Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburger), Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng (both FC Bayern München),Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund),Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Simon Rolfes, André Schürrle (all Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos,Thomas Müller (both FC Bayern München), Lukas Podolski (FC Köln), Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Forwards:  Cacau (VfB Stuttgart),Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München),Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany's two friendlies against the Ukraine and the Netherlands after breaking his collarbone during Bayern Munich's Champions League match against Napoli. More from - 3 November 2011

Thanks once again to Famous 3 Kings, West Kensington, for showing the game in such a great atmosphere! Special thanks to Lee.

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