"It can't be revenge. You can't repeat the final."
Germany - Andre Schürrle 52', Mario Götze 78'
Argentina - Sergio Agüero 20', Erik Lamela 40', Federico Fernández 47', Angel di Maria 50'
An inexperienced German side, containing only four starters from the World Cup Final, go down to visitors Argenteina.
In a match that was billed by everyone apart from him as a 're-match', Jogi reminded everyone of which one counted the most by being presented with his Kicker 'Coach of the Year' award before the game.
"I can't actually fault the team because they have never played like that together before. Some players aren't in form."Angel Di Maria gains small revenge while Germans milk World Cup victory
Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush Germany
"We would have beaten them on July 13 even if Di Maria had been playing," Löw said, a statement that prompted some German reporters to applaud. "He couldn't have beaten us on that day."Löw blames defensive frailty on inexperience
"We made some mistakes in our defence but I can't really blame the team because the squad has never played together like this," the world champions' coach told reporters. "Sometime you have to accept it.Jogi also spoke out about the whistling from some directions to returnee Mario Gomez.
"It was unfortunate because he's missed seven months injured and has only played a single competitive match.Germany's Löw says time for World Cup party to wind down
"It's nice to come together one last time to say farewell to all the players who are not with us anymore," Löw said.Joachim Löw: "Ich mache mir keine Sorgen" - a post-match interview from dfb.de
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And in case you need reminding, here's the one that did count
As well as Jogi's 'Coach of the Year' award, presentations were also made to the retiring Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker, together with Hansi Flick.
Manuel Neuer (Roman Weidenfeller), Erik Durm, Matthis Ginther, Benedikt Höwedes (Antonio Rüdiger), Kevin Großkreutz, Toni Kroos (Sebastian Rudy), Christoph Kramer, Julian Draxler (Lukas Podolski), Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle (Thomas Müller), Mario Gomez (Mario Götze)
World Cup winner Joachim Low begins rebuilding for Euro 2016 - 3 September 2014
"If only you could see how my desk looks right now," muttered Joachim Löw, a faintly flustered look flashing beneath that sweep of obsidian hair.A superb article from the Daily Telegraph, with quotes from yesterday's press conference.
Minutes before the press conference was due to start, reports on Sky Sports Deutschland revealed Thomas Schneider as the new assistant coach.
Joachim Löw opened the press conference by talking of the 'many magical moments' after the triumph in Brazil, moments that will last for an eternity. He spoke of each one enjoying the World Cup to the full, but also of the need for some space afterwards to process the joy and emotion, adding "One must turn to new goals, new tasks again."
Next up was a tribute to his assistant for the past 111 games:
"I have always been able to rely on Bastian in the past," Löw said to the gathered journalists. "He has the goal of playing in the EURO 2016, and I can tell that he is motivated to perform for Germany."Thomas Schneider named Assistant Coach
"Thomas is a very good fit for us. I'm 100 per cent convinced by his abilities as a coach and by his personal qualities. I'm very much looking forward to working with him, he'll be a wonderful addition to our team."Thomas Schneider played under Joachim Löw during his spell as coach at Stuttgart. Jogi described him as a 'very talented player', whose career was hampered by injuries. He will take his seat on the bench from the October qualifiers.
"The players had a short holiday and have to find their form, some have light physical problems. There were only five weeks between the final and the start of the Bundesliga. The World Cup was a strength-sapping exercise. It will take a few months for the players to recover their levels.""Now that it starts again it is about new targets and about new challenges. One must face new tasks. And our new target now is of course to approach and play the qualifcation round for the European Championships in the style of a world champion in order to qualify. I think our next big aim after the 2014 final in Rio should be, and must be, to reach the Euro final in Paris. even if it is still a long time until then."
On his South American opponents tomorrow, Jogi spoke of their class, but dismissed any suggestions that the result of a friendly could be counted as 'revenge' for a World Cup final!
"Argentina can defend incredibly well and they have players in the attack, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, even if Lionel Messi is missing, they have world class players in their attack. Sergio Aguero and so on. So Argentina are, as always, strong fighters, and they have very, very good football skills. And I think it is, of course, a nation that is absolutely on the same level as we are. One has seen that in the World Cup final. But this is not revenge, because Argentina can't bring this title back to them now. So there won't be revenge. With regard to this, the game in July was much more important than the game now. But I think for both teams it is good preparation for the things to come for the teams in the next weeks." from the guardian
Jogi also spoke of the team spirit in Brazil being an integral part of their success. Special mention was made of the reserve players.
Joachim Löw: "Argentina ya no puede ganar el Mundial" - the Argentinian papers pick up on Jogi's comment that tomorrow's game can be no re-match for a World Cup final!
75 Minuten Pressearbeit - the crowds greet Jogi outside the press conference.
"Keine Revanche gegen Argentinien" - Jogi is interviewed by ZDF.
Open Training, Düsseldorf, 1 September 2014
On Monday afternoon, a sell-out crowd of 45,000 fans turned up at Düsseldorf to watch the team train, sign autographs and perhaps even get the chance to touch a famous trophy!
Scenes from the Open Training Session from tv.dfb.de
Löw hat abgesagtMarcus Sorg wird nicht Jogi Löws neuer Assistent
Löw mit Sorgen gegen Argentinien: Özil fällt aus - 1 September 2014
Löw benennt DFB-Kapitän am Dienstag - 31 August 2014
Joachim Löw has named 18 members of his World Cup squad for the upcoming September matches. Mario Gomez and Marco Reus are recalled following injury. Also in the squad is Stuttgart defender Antonio Rüdiger who started against Poland in May. - 29 August 2014
From the 23 taken to Brazil, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose have announced their retirement from international football and will be honoured before the game, as will Hansi Flick. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Shkodran Mustafi will both travel to Düsseldorf with the squad, but will not play. Bastian is currently injured and Shkodran has only recently resumed training with new club Valencia.
"We are delighted that in Dusseldorf the entire team of players, coaches, staff and DFB delegation will again come together. It is the team with which we prepared for the World Cup and had for the tournament in Brazil. This will be for us in a sense the final conclusion of the World Cup in Brazil, before we fully focus on fresh large goals. " from dfb.de
"I'm really happy that Marco [Reus] is with us again and has fully recovered from his injury," exclaimed Löw.Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jérome Boateng (Bayern München), Erik Durm, Matthias Ginter, Kevin Großkreutz, Mats Hummels (all Borussia Dortmund)Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke), Antonio Rüdiger (VfB Stuttgart)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (FC Schalke), Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos (both Real Madrid), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (both Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), André Schürrle (Chelsea)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina), Mario Götze (Bayern München)
Last updated 6 September 2014