Euro 2016 Qualifying Campaign Index


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Estadio Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Euro 2016 Group D Qualifier

"Yes, I had to put across my point. But there was only one thing that needed discussing - clinical finishing"

Andre Schürrle 28', 65', 71', Max Kruse 47', 81', Ilkay Gündogan 51', Karim Bellarabi 57'

Jogi and Germany 'nail' it in the second-half to go into the summer holidays in second place in Group D, after a hat-trick from Andre Schürrle and three assists from Mesut Ozil earn Jogi's his second-largest ever margin of victory.

Germany hand Gibraltar second-half drubbing
Schürrle stars as Germany hammer Gibraltar

Germany leap into second
Gibraltar 0-7 Germany: Schurrle nets hat-trick in easy victory

Löw's halftime pep talk inspires Germany

"There was only one topic at half time: converting our chances. I was clear on that," Low said. "We weren't happy with the first half, especially because we were missing chances.After the break we were probing and clinical."
"We weren't happy with the first half because we weren't taking our chances. After the break we pushed a bit more and made the most of them. Gibraltar had nothing to lose but we should really have scored three or four goals before the break. We need to pick up more points in the autumn in order to reach the tournament." - from

Asked if he had to raise his voice at half-time, he said "Yes, I had to put across my point. But there was only one thing that needed discussing - clinical finishing. I wasn't able to accuse any player of a lack of dedication. But the chances that we left out, were bordering arrogance. That's why I told my players that I wanted to see some goals in the second half."

Jogi confirmed that Mario Götze, who had to be substituted in the first-half, was not badly injured, "Mario took a knock to one of his thighs. There's bruising, but no tear and no serious muscle damage," he confirmed on German television network RTL. "It's just a bruise - he was simply unable to move.

Joachim Löw: "The game, and when it's played, doesn't bother us" - from

Talking of the young players given their chances this time around, he said "There were a few players who were able to show their qualities. Patrick Herrmann showed a strong performance in the first half against the United States and Antonio Rüdiger had a good game in his first appearance at centre back. I was very pleased with the performance of Jonas Hector in both games. He's very to-the point, humble, makes few mistakes and takes on tactical instructions well."

Looking back on Germany's season, he said it was a difficult year, but that was to be expected. He said several players had injury problems or struggled for form, but that he always knew they could face those type of issuees. Germany weren't as confident as in previous years, he agreed, but felt sure they team would be back on track after they have taken a break.

As for an upheaval in the national team, he said he would wait and see what is right for each individual player, and there is no pressure to make final decisions. However the clear intention is to introduce new young players into the team. He spoke of seeing how the U21 side perform at the Euros, and cited the 2009 U21 squad as an example as to how they can then move up to senior level, many of that side then forming the squad in South Africa and beyond. He called their policy a "medium term" one and pointed out there are now several players over 30 in his squad.

Post-match interview with RTL

Match highlights and Post-match press conference from

DFB-Elft gewinnt 7-0 gegen Gibraltar - Darum feilte Jogi die Nägel

In the immediate aftermath of the match the main talking point was a four-second clip of Jogi - shown just after the fourth goal - seemingly filing his nails in the dug-out. In the hours that followed it seemed almost impossible to find an actual write-up of the game itself, such was the furore over 'Nagelgate', with articles expressing disdain at Jogi's apparent 'disrespect' - as if he had cracked his nail deliberately to annoy them - and the inevitable copious amount of ridicule. Eventually some showed a more sympathetic approach.

Jogi himself immediately said that it had been a torn nail (clearly born out by the photo below, bottom left) and that he had not meant to be disrespectful to his opponents.

Im Zeichen der Feile - really goes to town on the metaphors (along with the obligatory mention of the 4-4 Sweden draw from 2012)
Joachim Löw glättet ein Klischee - a more sympathetic point of view

To be filed under O for 'Over-reaction' - my thoughts

Starting Line-Up:
Roman Weidenfeller; Sebastian Rudy, Jerome Boateng, Jonas Hector; Karim Bellarabi, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ilkay Gündogan (Sami Khedira), Patrik Herrmann (Lukas Podolski); Mesut Özil, Mario Götze (Max Kruse), Andre Schürrle
Jogi sent out an attacking line-up for the match. As expected, Roman Weidenfeller was given his competitive debut. Jerome Boateng returned in the middle of a three-man defence.

A new interview from - 13 June 2015

The pre-match interview from RTL

Training, Faro, 12 June 2015

Tag Zwei in Faro

Press Conference, Faro, 12 June 2015, with Sami Khedira

Jogi explained there were not to be widespread changes for the match against Gibraltar, the main ones being Roman Weidenfeller to be in goal, the intention to be that both he and Ron-Robert Zieler took one game each. Kevin Trapp will therefore move up in case anything happens to the keepers. Jerome Boateng, as expected, will return in defence.

Löw calls for German reinvention

Ahead of Saturday's qualifier with Gibraltar, Low said: "We have to reinvent ourselves in some areas.
"Opponents have adjusted to us. Over the years we have become a possession team with up to 60 - 70 per cent possession."
Low cited the games against United States and Australia as evidence.
"Games against Australia and United States have shown there is a means to disrupt our game early, which makes it hard for us," he said.
"We also need to improve on the counterattack, but also in the final third, the last pass. We have rarely been rewarded, missed the goal."
Asked specifically about the clash with minnows Gibraltar, Low added: "We are expecting Gibraltar to play very defensively. Of course, we are expecting to get three points. They [Gibraltar] like to be defensively well organized. They hold back. Up front they will try to counterattack."
Joachim Löw wants Germany to go for goals against Gibraltar
"We want to score a few goals. The sooner we score, the better it is," Low said. "But these games [against smaller nations] are not about the result for me, but rather about the manner of our performance."
On other members of his squad:
Ilkay Gundogan: "I saw him often during the second half of the season and played a few good balls. But he's missing the consistency he played with before his injury. I was surprised how good he is with the ball during team training and how good his positional play already is again. He was superb before his injury and was a terrific presence in midfield. Then after five or six months out, it's still a bit early, but he'll find a way back in the coming months."
Sami Khedira and his recent move to Juventus: "I welcome the move. He would certainly have done well in the Bundesliga, but Juventus is good."

Löw bringt Weidenfeller offenbar zum letzten Mal
Jogi's comment that he believed "the future belongs to the young players, like Marc-André ter Stegen, Timo Horn or Kevin Trapp" led to immediate speculation in the media that this would be the last time Roman Weidenfeller would be seen in goal for Germany.
"We don't have to define it a year in advance but it's clear to us that we have two or three tremendous goalkeepers, which we'll introduce. The Euros with the U21s will do Marc-André ter Stegen the world of good. Roman was really crucial for us at the World Cup as a squad player and also good for the younger players due to his experience. He was important in every relationship."

Für einen Tag muss Löw nach Khediras Pfeife tanzen
But on Sunday he will change places to take part in Sami Khedira's charity match in Stuttgart. Sami pointed out that they knew Jogi was extremely fit from his early morning beach jogs in Brazil - and as he demands a lot from them, they would like to put him to the test!

Joachim Löw: "There'll be one or two changes" - summary of the press conference.

"We're not here to go on holiday" :Skhodran Mustafi) - as features the team's luxury hotel on the holiday coast of the Algarve

"It's important not to push the players too hard here," he [Jogi] explains. "They need to have their energy at top levels for the game. The final training will be short too."
As for Jogi's schedule over the next few weeks. He is looking forward to taking a holiday, but will also be watching some of the U21 games. The coaching team will meet up again at the end of July.

Bundestrainer findet klare Worte: Löw im Interview: Darum soll Götze beim FC Bayern bleiben - 12 June 2015
A new interview with Jogi where he talks about Mario Götze and the squad decisions he will have to make after the summer break.
Joachim Low backs Mario Gotze to overcome Bayern Munich difficulties
Germany coach Joachim Low has urged Mario Gotze to battle through his crisis at Bayern Munich, telling Express: "I don't see a hero in freefall."
The Germany international midfielder has been criticised in the media, while Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer urged him to grow up.
Earlier this week, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was evasive when Sport Bild asked him whether the club would negotiate with potential buyers for Gotze.
But Low urged the player, who scored the winner in the World Cup final, to stay with the Bundesliga champions.
"At Bayern, you have to reckon that you won't be a permanent starter," he explained. "Mario has to try to break through at Bayern. He will do just that because he is an extraordinary player.
"I don't see a hero in freefall. After the first half of the season, everyone said that he coped with the World Cup really well. It's clear that you have to pay the price for the loss of energy [following the Brazil tournament]."
He praised Gotze as "a football player with a great attitude to work... with a special gift."
But he added: "He is still young. That means that he has no reached the end of his development yet."

Ankunft in Faro - 11 June 2015

Jogi is mobbed as the team leave their Cologne hotel to travel to Faro.

Löw looking forward to mid-year break
Joachim Low feels his Germany players are ready for a rest as their energy-sapping season draws to a close in Gibraltar this weekend.
Germany travel to Portugal's Estadio Algarve to take on the Euro 2016 qualification minnows exactly 11 months on from their World Cup final victory over Argentina.
Many of Germany's regulars endured gruelling campaigns at club level off the back of their World Cup exertions and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Die Mannschaft's form has suffered something of a hangover after the glory of Brazil 2014.
And, after a 2-1 friendly defeat to United States on Wednesday that saw Germany give up a lead given to them by Mario Gotze, Low said his squad is looking forward to a break.
"What we need to do now is to keep up the concentration and to play a good game against Gibraltar," the coach commented.
"We need to keep the concentration as high as in the first half of this match. I believe it is very important for the players that they now have three or four weeks' holiday.
"It was a tough season for the players and it took a lot of energy. Therefore we will be glad when the season is finished on Saturday."

"We will show a good performance against Gibraltar and take the three points home with us. I'm fully convinced of this. Then we can sit back and enjoy the summer break. It's completely normal for players to feel tired or strained after a long and busy season. But we must and will keep the tension high one more time this season on Saturday." from - 11 June 2015

"We won't underestimate them [Gibraltar]; we haven't forgotten the game in Nuremberg. They were compact and made life difficult for us. I expect the players to take the game seriously. We want all three points." from - 26 May 2015

Full squad news in advance of the two June internationals can be found on my USA page

The match is to be played in Faro, Portugal, as Gibraltar do not have a home stadium that meets UEFA requirements.

Last updated 15 June 2015
With thanks to everyone on the Group, especially Lucille, Silke, Sarah, Magda and Delmy.
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