Wednesday, 10 June 2015

RheinEnergieStadion, Köln

"I'm very, very happy with the first half. At some point in the game though we lost our way and could no longer react properly."

Germany - Mario Götze 12'
USA - Mix Diskerud 41', Bobby Wood 87'

There are both positives and negatives for Jogi as Germany lose on home soil to Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team.

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Löw takes positives from US defeat

"With the first half, I'm very, very pleased but - in the second half - our performance dwindled," he explained. "Patrick Herrmann did very well today, because he was key to the goal. You could see that our energy was high in the first 45 minutes. We will need to maintain in the next three days."
Poor finishing bothers Germany coach Löw after 2-1 USA defeat
"For me, some of the players lacked that lust to score a goal," said Löw, who had rested several first-choice players ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against minnows Gibraltar in Faro, southern Portugal.
"It was the same against Poland and Georgia (when Germany won 2-0 in Tbilisi in March), as well as the United States."
"The conversion of chances is very important and therefore remains an issue for us."
"It is an area we must improve on if we are to ensure a successful autumn campaign."
Joachim Low warns Germany to learn a lesson after to falling to USA comeback
"The result is annoying," Low told a news conference. 'But considering everything - such as our players being out of training and match rhythm during the last few weeks - we can live with it.I was extremely pleased with the first half, we had a lot of pace and there were lots of chances. But we should have been ahead by 2-0 or 3-0. If we had got ahead by three goals I don't think the U.S. would have come back."
Löw said that would be a lesson his team must learn going into their Euro qualifier on Saturday against Gibraltar as well as in key qualifier matches coming up later in the year."I think right now it's important that our players get a summer holiday," said Löw. "We'll be happy on Saturday once this season is wrapped up."
DFB-Debütant Herrmann bekommt Lob von allen SeitenThe most positive aspect of the evening was the confident debut of Borussia Mönchengladbach's Patrick Hermann - the 75th player to earn a debut under Jogi. Having been told by him before the game to play as boldly as he does in the Bundesliga, Jogi, in his post match interview, commended his performance.
"Patrick Herrmann played well and always generated pace and a sense of urgency when going forward. He created problems for our opponents' defence a couple of times and showed good overview when assisting the opener. Mesut Özil and Mario Götze also had good spells in their performances, especially in the first half."

Turning to his defensive line-up, he asked for consideration to be given to their inexperience:
"You have to consider, that this was the first time we played with these players in defence. Young players like Antonio Rüdiger or Sebastian Rudy do not have much experience yet, which can be seen in some situations. Jonas Hector played well, especially going forward. Nevertheless, we undoubtedly made individual mistakes today and it was certainly not perfect."

Joachim Löw also asked if he had already started to look ahead to next season.
He replied "Of course. Next autumn will be decisive in our outcome in the European Championships qualifying segment. I'm certain however, that we will comfortably qualify for the EURO's and that we will play a good role there too. We did a lot of things correctly in the first half against the United States, which will also be important for our game in the future. We kept calm in possession and patiently passed our way out of pressure moments at the back. It's good that we have become a team that looks to have possession. But we also have to find the right timing to drop back and then suddenly shift gears into attack at a high pace. That's something that we've done better already in the past. And that's what we are aiming for."

Löw: "We can get over the defeat" - the post-match quotes.

Live ticker from, with links to statistics and player ratings

Joachim Löw's experiments leave questions as US snatch late win over Germany

The Jogi Löw highlights from the game - a wonderful video!

Match highlights from

Post-match interview on ARD

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Ron-Robert Zieler; Sebastian Rudy, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Rüdiger, Jonas Hector; Bastian Schweinsteiger (Sami Khedira), Ilkay Gündogan (Christoph Kramer); Patrick Herrmann (Karim Bellarabi), Mesut Özil, Andre Schürrle (Lukas Podolski); Mario Götze (Max Kruse).

Joachim Löw and Jurgen Klinsmann Interview - 9 June 2015, broadcast pre-match by ARD

Tag Zwei in Köln

Press Conference, Köln, 9 June 2015, with Jurgen Klinsmann

Joachim Löw credits Jurgen Klinsmann for Germany success

"Whenever I travel the world, and I do that often enough, people tell me that the Germany team is a unit," Löw told reporters during a joint press conference with Klinsmann prior to the international friendly in Cologne.
"Of course, people talk about the football we play too. But the team idea is what strikes people the most. Jurgen laid the foundation in 2004, and we continued with that idea.
"With Jurgen a new era began. The youth performance centre was already in place previously," Low said. "Jurgen has altered decisive things, which still resonate today. He put a new manager in place, sports psychologists and American fitness trainers."
He added: "They were drastic changes, which were incredibly important back then. Without those, they wouldn't have been able to enjoy this kind of success."
The Germany coach believes that Klinsmann has not changed since spearheading U.S. Soccer's efforts to take that country's team a step forward.
"He's someone, who knows his way, goes straightforward and has the power to implement this way against every opposition, if he is convinced of it. That's something which is reflected in the team too," Löw said.
"I was impressed by the tempo at which U.S. played against Netherlands, and their mentality too. The team has made remarkable progress, play on a very high level tactically. They played with an unbelievable dynamic and intensity against the Netherlands."
Klinsmann and Löw go head to head
"Jurgen and I took over in 2004 when there were serious problems," Löw said. "It was the dawning of a new era when Jurgen took charge.
"Jurgen made some decisive changes, like the manager or the fitness coach. Without these changes, we would never have won the World Cup in 2014.
"We all know that Jurgen made a major contribution to our title in 2014. We are very grateful to him for that."
Klinsmann, Löw revive old times on eve of USMNT-Germany friendly - from Fox News

And Jurgen on Jogi?

"We were such a team back then," Klinsmann said at a press conference. "It was great fun.
"Neither of us felt second to the other. I learned incredibly much from Jogi.
"The important thing is that we still have this bond. If ever I need something, I would always call Jogi up.
"Wherever you go in the world, people are talking about Jogi and his lads, and that's fantastic."
Klinsi's undying love for Jogi's team - why Klinsi's love affair with the DFB has never died, by

On the game itself:

"Of course I expect my team to build up the tension and play with the necessary intensity," Low said.
"We mustn't raise the expectations too high after a long, hard season, however. That would be wrong."

We're glad we're playing a testing opponent before the Gibraltar game, as USA have come on really well in past years. We have to get up and running again, something which isn't too easy as being in June, the fixture isn't the best for us. We have to deal with the situation and raise our concentration and integrity, and we'll do just that.

On his proposed line-up:

Löw setzt gegen die USA auf seine "Bubi-Abwehr" - spoke of a possible inexperienced defensive line up against the USA.
Jogi said he could well give Antonio Rüdiger and Shkodran Mustafi run-outs at centre-back. We had our first training yesterday and a short discussion with the medical department. Everyone is fit but we'll wait for the final training session this afternoon. I'd like to make use of the substitution quota (for international friendlies). One or two will perhaps play a half each, I'm thinking of Sami Khedira, who hasn't featured for his club for a long time.

(On individual players and the introduction of new blood)  You shouldn't have too high expectations of individual players following a long season. Everyone had time to catch their breath after the World Cup. Emotionally, physically and mentally, it was tough. I'd like to bring in some new blood again next season and will hope to get crucial insights from the U21 EUROs for that. It would do us good, if two or three younger players can make the step up at the start of the season in September.

Joachim Löw: "We have to get up and running again" - summary of the press conference from

Länderspiel-Cap für Jürgen Klinsmann - from

Training, Köln, 8 June 2015

Der Tag in Köln - 8 June 2015

Löw-Team muss raus aus Urlaubs-Modus - Hummels fällt aus - 7 June 2015
As the team assembled in Cologne, much was made of the need for Jogi to get his players out of 'holiday mode', as many of them had taken the chance since the end of the Bundesliga season to have some time for relaxation!
Jogi said that before the Champions League final he had discussed with his staff their particular duties, and that the players had been advised exactly what their specific plans should be.
"It is important that we gain three points against Gibraltar and get into tempo beforehand against the United States" he said, but would not be drawn on whether he would call up players on stand-by, such as Julian Draxler or Marco Reus "One or two [of the squad] have minor injuries. We will have to wait and see." He regarded Patrick Herrmann as one of the players who could play a role in the European Championship.
"We have dropped points in the European Championship qualifiers, but we will make up the defecit. There is no reason to be nervous." he concluded.

Germany coach Joachim Löw will not have Mats Hummels at his disposal for both the friendly against the USA in Cologne on Wednesday and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Faro, Portugal, on Saturday against Gibraltar. The Borussia Dortmund defender has been struggling with a hip injury for several weeks and will be unavailable for both games.
Löw has also granted Jérome Boateng a delayed arrival. The FC Bayern München defender won't join up with the rest of the squad until Wednesday. He will be available for the encounter with Gibraltar.
The rest of the team will meet up at the "Hyatt Regency" in Cologne by late on Sunday. from - 7 June 2015

Kroos, Neuer and Müller all missing from Löw's new squad - 26 May 2015

Joachim Löw has selected 20 players for the June internationals, 13 of which won the World Cup last summer.
The squad is lead by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. There are recalls for Antonio Rüdiger and Patrick Herrmann. Rüdiger has five senior caps, the last came against Spain in Vigo last November. Herrmann is in line to make his debut. He was previously involved with the squad in March 2013 but didn't make an appearance.
Bayern's Thomas Müller and Real Madrid's Toni Kroos haven't been selected. The duo are being allowed to rest after a busy season. Kroos has played 69 games overall since summer 2014; Müller has featured 62 times.
"I've been able to count on them a lot recently. They deserve a break. I have one eye on the next set of qualifiers and on next year's European Championship, should we reach it," explained Löw.
Manuel Neuer misses out through injury. "Manuel is also a reliable player. Everyone knows him. However, the team doctor has told us that he can't train or play pain free currently. He's had a long season and picked up a number of knocks so we're letting him rest. He'll be back in the squad for autumn's games."
Marco Reus and Julian Draxler haven't been included in the original squad but have been put on standby. "Marco and Julian have had tough seasons. They're true professionals and are ready. I am certain that even without these players we have enough quality in our squad to be successful against the USA and Gibraltar. We have a lot of options."
Talking of Jürgen Klinsmann, Jogi said "It won't be the first time that we've faced a side coached by him but obviously it's a big game for him. I'm looking forward to the reunion. It's an important test for us ahead of the rest of our qualifiers. Everyone knows how ambitious Jürgen is. He will want his side to put in a good performance and impress against his home nation". - from

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders:  Jérome Boateng (both Bayern München), Jonas Hector (FC Köln), Erik Durm, Mats Hummels (both Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim) Antonio Rüdiger (VfB Stuttgart)
Midfielders:  Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Patrick Herrmann, Christoph Kramer (both Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan), André Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München)
Forwards:  Mario Götze (Bayern München), Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

This is Jogi's third encounter with his predecessor as Bundestrainer, Jürgen Klinsmann. The two previous matches were on Germany's 2013 tour to the USA and, of course, the unforgettable rainy encounter at last year's World Cup.

Last updated 13 June 2015
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