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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Euro 2012, Group B

"We have six points from the so-called Group of Death, which is very good."

10 June 2012 - 13 June 2012

Germany - Mario Gomez 24', 38'
Netherlands - Robin Van Persie 73'

Germany overcome their 'second game' tournament jinx to beat the Netherlands and go top of Group B with a maximum 6 points! One point on Sunday will see them through to the Quarter-Finals.

Match reports - 13/14 June 2012
Gomez double leaves Dutch in peril
Germany beat Holland to top group
Gomez strikes twice as Germany shred Holland's nerves

Germany open door to last eight - Löw

"We really wanted today to take that second step," said Löw.
"It was important to keep at it in the second game and the door to the quarter-finals has now been opened. I believe it will be very important (to beat Denmark in their final game). It would be good not to have to travel for the last eight (and play in Gdansk)."
Löw praised both Gomez and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who created both Germany goals and is hitting top form after suffering a thigh injury in May.
"The goals were great by Gomez. He's got good self confidence from the whole season and it's good for him," Löw said.
"Expectations are great, we got off to a good start but there is a long way to go," he said.
Germany striker Mario Gomez hailed by coach Joachim Löw for "fighter's" instinct
Löw hails influential Schweinsteiger
"Bastian Schweinsteiger is getting better with every game and is growing in influence," the coach said. "He is strong and wins a lot of duels."
"I had a feeling that in the 60th minute Netherlands were out of energy," he said. "The temperatures were extreme. The game was competitive and intense."There were phases in the game in which both teams lacked the right dynamic. We wanted to take the second step today at all costs so it was important to perform well."
Löw: "Bastian hat ein Klassespiel gemacht" - a post-match interview on dfb.de. Jogi talks of the victory against the Netherlands, the part the heat played in the game, goalscorer Mario Gomez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the loss of Jerome Boateng, through suspension, for the game against Denmark

...just Joachim Löw's iron fist - The gesture of the German coach was not one of triumph but of certainty says The Independent
Löw's joy of six

Cool, cooler, Löw - stern.de profiles the Bundestrainer!

More interviews with Jogi from before and afer the game, originally on the Nivea website

The 'Jogi Dance' - Jogi's celebration after Germany's second goal!

UEFA Post-Match Press Conference

"With this victory I think we've opened the door to the quarter-finals. It's now in our hands to make everything clear on Sunday [against Denmark]. It was a very intense game today, a very tight game. The temperatures were extreme and it was difficult to keep a high tempo for the whole match. We did really well defensively as Holland's game is to play on the attack - they have four or five top guys up there.
We took them out of the game and they didn't have many ideas. When we were leading 2-0 I thought Holland were a bit drained and we could've scored that third goal. Then it got a bit more exciting but we deserved that victory. One thing we did know was that Holland are not so good in one on ones in defence and that's how the two goals came about. There were little spaces next to [Joris] Mathijsen and [John] Heitinga and we knew if we could get in there it would be very dangerous for Holland.
There is always room for analysis after a game, though. We could have attacked a little better and been more dangerous in front of goal but we were very compact and were very good."
Quotations with thanks to UEFA.com

And one young ball boy has a moment to remember!
(Multiple uploads on youtube - but this 27 second clip is the longest I have found!)

When interviewed on ZDF immediately after the game and the footage shown to him, Jogi commented it had occurred before the game started, and not at the 21 minute mark as the TV footage indicated!

Regardless, however, sites are claiming:
Internet-Star Jogi Löw !!

Once the news of the footage having been edited in became widespread, the German media took up the story:
Löw spaßte vor dem Spiel:Uefa manipulierte Balljungen-Jux - 15 June 2012

You cannot give 80 per cent, Löw warns players - 13 June 2012
Joachim Low has warned his Germany squad that anything less than a full-throttle performance against Netherlands will not be good enough.
"Eighty per cent is not good enough," the former Fenerbahce boss screamed at his players after a misplaced pass in training, according to Kicker.
"You cannot do it when you only give 80%! You must play like you did in Hamburg!"
Training, Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, 12 June 2012

Jogi Löw: So stylish ist unser Bundestrainer! - 12 June 2012
Promiflash.de talks about the 'chic coach' firing up his boys against Portugal in a 'perfect as always' crisp white shirt and dark blue suit !!

UEFA Press Conference, 12 June 2012

Low calls for focus ahead of Netherlands match

"Everyone knows Holland is a team that is at the top level in the world and has been for many years with their quality and the way they play," Löw told reporters.
"They have a difficult situation because they lost the first game, but it's not important to us. We need to look at what we can do, we need to win our second group game. I don't think Netherlands deserved to lose against Denmark because they had a lot of chances and it was very unlucky for them.
They have world class players who, on their own or combined, can decide games. They can cause problems for any defence. I can't imagine that they will completely change their style or tactics because of the last result. Of course they might feel pressure during the game because they have to win the game. The match will be very open. In 2010 the Dutch were in the final, we were third. I think both teams are confident of winning the game."
"It doesn’t matter about changing a winning team because there are different situations when you have to look at things and analyse things," he added.
"We will see how training goes, have a chat and another think, then inform the players tonight [Tuesday].
"You have to take temperatures like this into consideration. Maybe you need a fresh player in the team or a sub after 60 or 70 minutes. I think we have good, adequate players for that. I was very satisfied with the team against Portugal. We know we could do a bit more up front. We weren’t absolutely clinical."
Löw expects a battle against Dutch
"We are miles away from comments like that, we wouldn't even say it," said the 52-year-old Löw when asked if he expected a "war" with the Dutch.
"Logically, there is a big rivalry between the two countries and these are always legendary games, some of the most interesting in Europe over the last 20 to 30 years.  From that point of view, there is a huge rivalry, it will be intense, but there is no place for words like 'war'.
Ok, maybe it will be a 'battle' on the pitch, but it's not more than a rivalry."
Löw has also been fielding plenty of interest in how he will deal with the searing temperatures here in Kharkiv. His response? Make sure the players drink plenty of water and that his substitutes are ready to play their part.
Joachim Löw is complimented on his dress sense by a female journalist and asked if he has any special plans for tomorrow's game. "With this weather, it will probably be shorts," he replies.
"I think both teams have very good possibilities up front. Our defence will be very much under pressure. Tomorrow what's important is for the players to show how good we are as a team. There will be a lot of one-on-ones as Holland are very fast and we won’t have time to double up. We'll have to win these one-on-ones."
Additional summary with thanks to UEFA.com.

Jogi also said that with him Germany were more organised than in 1974, when it is claimed the German team were not aware who should take the penalty in the World Cup Final. However he was not going to let on who he had selected in the event of a penalty kick!

The press conference can be watched on UEFA.com

Geheimtraining: Was plant Löw? - 11 June 2012
No training photos for Monday - as the session was carried out behind closed doors!

Press Conference, with Mario Gomez, Gdansk, 11 June 2012

Löw cautions against Germany complacency
"The tournament has started now, we have played against a side in the top ten in the world and we have won our first match," he said. "I believe winning the first game always gives you a sense of certainty but while we have made the first step, it is not a big one." Germany, he stresses, will not be satisfied with departing UEFA Euro 2012 with just one victory.

"We have room for improvement, no question, but I was pleased about the first match," countered the 52-year-old. "The teams [in Group B] are close, and any big mistakes will be duly punished."

Speaking of Germany's second Group match losses to Croatia (Euro 2008) and Serbia (World Cup 2010), Jogi said "We made life very hard for ourselves in those second matches. It meant we were under huge pressure in the third so we will try to avoid that this time around."
"Of course everyone knows a lot is at stake for the Netherlands; it is about staying in the tournament for them. They will not repeat the mistakes they made against Denmark," warned Löw. "We need to play our own game and we need to play well. We have our own strengths, and must impose those qualities on the match. That will be crucial."

Löw defends goal-scorer Gomez
“It really doesn’t bother me what somebody somewhere else thinks, (after he was asked about Mehmet Scholl's recent criticism of Mario Gomez)” he told reporters. “As head coach, I may very often have a different view to the media, the public or a few fans.
“We judge the players on how they play regardless of what everyone else says. Perhaps such opinions might interest me now and again, but I have my own ideas on things and that is all that matters.”
Coaches no idiots so expect surprises: Löw
"(Ireland coach) Giovanni Trapattoni once said that coaches are no idiots," Löw told reporters. "A coach sees things, is in constant contact with the players. The coach is very close and there are issues that help him decide. We analyse, we estimate."Then there are some situations where I decide out of instinct, where I go with my feeling and that is important for me personally."Löw said although his surprises worked this time it did not mean he would stick with the same starting lineup."I am not one to say never change a winning team," said the 52-year-old, who is in charge for a third consecutive major tournament with his team chasing their first major trophy since 1996."It is possible that there are one or two changes. I do not rule it out."Maybe in the last training sessions there is something that will convince me to take a decision," he said.
Joachim Low defends team selection ahead of Netherlands clash
"I haven't broken up the hierarchy. They are important players to which the young ones can come and talk to. We have a lot of young players on the bench who haven't played a tournament. That's why you need experience."
Low believes that his side can put in a better overall performance, but expects the Dutch to be tricky opposition.
"We have room to improve but it was important to get the three points. In defence, it's about fine-tuning. "It's all-or-nothing for them [Netherlands]. They must win to stay in the tournament. We have completed our first small stage.
I was pleased with the first game. But it's going to be a different game against Netherlands, both teams will act differently. Portugal focused a lot on defence, Netherlands will be more offensive-minded." he concluded.
Other points (with thanks to welt.de live ticker:
- No injuries from Portugal game, all players fit
- Jogi spoke of the great stability from the defence against Portugal, but improvements could be made in attack
- He dismissed the 3-0 victory over the Netherlands in November, pointing out they were three/four top players short. [My Netherlands match page from last November's game]
- He finished by saying "Ich bin nicht derjenige, der sagt, 'never change a winning team'."

Löw: "Das erste kleine Etappenziel ist erreicht" - A summary of the press conference from dfb.de

Training, 10 June 2012

The squad are seen cycling on this video spotlighting Max Hummels.

Löw wary of wounded Dutch - 9 June 2012
Germany coach Joachim Löw has said he is wary of Holland in their next match on Wednesday following the Netherlands' shock defeat to Denmark.World Cup finalists Holland were earlier shocked 1-0 by Denmark, and Löw is wary of Bert van Marwijk's Holland team, who have to beat Germany in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday if they are to progress.
"I would have preferred it if they had drawn (against Denmark), a strong Holland team has to win now," said the 52-year-old Löw.
"The Dutch had a huge amount of chances, I am surprised they didn't score a goal, it is all or nothing for them now. It will make it all the more difficult, but exciting, for us."

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