Sunday 29 May 2011


In aid of the Egidius Braun Foundation
"There were many things I liked in our game today, especially in the first half,"

Germany - Mario Gomez 21', Andre Schürrle 36'
Uruguay - Walter Gargano 49'

Match reports - 29/30 May 2011:
Joachim Löw's men repeat World Cup triumph in friendly - report and player ratings
Germany beat Uruguay ahead of Euro Qualifiers

"There was a lot of pace, something we had not expected (after the end of the Bundesliga season).
Germany edges Uruguay 2-1 in friendly with goals from Mario Gomez and Andre Schürrle
"There were many things I liked in our game today, especially in the first half," Germany coach Joachim Löw said. "Uruguay came back in the second half, when we were not so fluid,"
Germany beat Uruguay in pre-qualifier friendly
"In the second half, we made some small mistakes and it was difficult to control the match because we made a few replacements."
Germany get better of Uruguay again - match page

A post-match interview with Jogi from the website

Match highlights from

A post-match interview from ZDF


Joachim Löw über Neuer, Gomez und Gegner Uruguay

An interview with Sportschau
Unfortunately this interview now appears to been deleted from the Sportschau website.
If there is anyone out there who has a copy, or knows where to find one, please do let me know!

"Ballack und ich haben ausgetauscht"

Jogi talks to ZDF

Klose still Löw's number one ahead of Gomez
"'Miro' is still a little superior to Mario with regards to his ability to change his style of play during a match and his all-round capability," said Löw.
See the full conversation with Frankfurter Allgemeine "Wir wollen in Europa die Nummer eins sein" - 28 May 2011

Uruguay seeks to beat Germany after 8 decades - 27 May 2011

(playing two weeks after the Bundesliga season ended)  "It's a new situation for all of us," Löw said. "Maybe the break was good for some players, especially mentally. But we can practice for a week and that is good."
"We have to get the players concentrated again. It's not easy, because some players already had a few days of vacation. But we have two important games coming up, we can open the door to the European Championship and I am sure the players will find the right attitude," Löw said.
"I am glad we have the chance to try out a few things against Uruguay before playing Austria and Azerbaijan. We are missing two important players in (defender) Mertesacker and (midfielder) Schweinsteiger," the coach said.

Press Conference, Frankfurt, 27 May 2011
The full Press Conference can be watched on

Löw expects a lot from his players -
"I am even expecting a lot from the young players. Never before have we had nearly a dozen highly talented players. But the question is now how the youngsters can adapt to international football and whether they can reach that stage."
Löw called up youngsters Benedikt Hoewedes and Marco Reus for the first time and both can look forward to their first match. "I plan to give them a chance," Löw said.
(On Sami Khedira)  "We will attempt to integrate Sami into our training, but, as discussed with Real Madrid, we will not take any chances."
The 51-year-old said he was hoping for three victories."They will be three completely different matches," the coach said. "All three of our opponents are very different.Uruguay play a very physical match with a lot of pressing. But they are also technically gifted. With Forlan, Suarez and Cavani they have an excellent front line. I consider them to be world class.
That would be the perfect season-finale and with wins in the Euro qualifiers we would nearly be there for the finals. Everything we do is geared towards the match against Austria. The players now need to prepare mentally to find their form again after a bit of a break. They need to be at their best to be successful in the qualifiers."
Neuer im Tor - Klose im Angriff - more details on team selection from Zeit Online.
Live ticker from the Press Conference
More from the press conference from SID on youtube

Uruguay will be no picnic, insists German boss - 27 May 2011

"It won't be easy to motivate the players as they have had a few days off to enjoy since the end of the Bundesliga season," said Löw. "But we have to raise our concentration again in the week before the Austria game.
"We have two important games coming up which can improve our chances of qualifying for the Euros, so this will be no picnic in the park. I am confident the players involved will have the right attitude for the task ahead."
(On the injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger)  "Certainly it is not easy to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger," said Löw. "But in Simon Rolfes, (Stuttgart's) Christian Träsch or Toni Kroos, we have midfield alternatives who have already proven their qualities."
(On the constant transfer speculation surrounding Manuel Neuer)  "No, I do not see a problem," said Löw. "Manuel is dealing with the situation is a very professional manner and it is not weighing him down. Regardless of how things may go, Manuel has assured me that he is looking forward to the three games."
"Tor zur EURO weit aufschlagen" - An interview with Jogi from

Squad for the May and June 2011 internationals:

Höwedes gets Germany call - 26 May 2011

"Benedikt is one of those young players we have been monitoring for a long time. He is versatile in the defence and that is why we called him up at short notice," Germany coach Joachim Löw said in a statement.
Bender misses Germany games, Khedira could make qualifiers - 25 May 2011
'I don't think he (Sami Khedira) will make it for the Uruguay match. We don't want to take risks. There could be a plan that he is ready for Austria,' said Löw.
Schweini pulls out of qualifiers - 20 May 2011

Reus gets Germany call, Ballack again unlucky - 12 May 2011

(on Marco Reus' call-up)  "Marco has developed interestingly and he has good prospects," said Löw."He has been playing really well in the Bundesliga in recent weeks and has been incredibly dangerous in front of goal. He has deserved to be called up."
(on Simon Rolfes' return)  "Now the time has come for Simon to be given another chance after his long injury absence," said Low. "We had never written him off. He has worked hard on himself this year and has often been in a good condition."
(on Michael Ballack's omission)  "Michael has not been nominated for the next three internationals and I have informed him of my decision," said Löw. "We have been in touch for the last few weeks and we met at the end of March also."

"We have decided together that it is not the time, he should have time to cure his injuries and recover for the new season," Low said of (Jerome) Boateng. - from

Goalkeepers:  Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Arne Friedrich (Wolfsburg), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Christian Träsch (Stuttgart)
Midfielders: Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schürrle (Mainz)
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich)

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