Friday, 6 June 2014

Coface Arena, Mainz

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"When we switch on that turbo my team can do a lot of things. I am looking forward to the tournament."

Germany - Andre Schürrle 52', Lukas Podolski 72', Benedikt Höwedes 73', Miroslav Klose 76', Mario Götze 82', 89'
Armenia - Henrikh Mkhitaryan 69' (pg)

The last match before the team travel to Brasil was an eventful game with five goals in 17 minutes for Germany, including a record-breaking one for Miroslav Klose. The victory is overshadowed however by a worrying injury to Marco Reus.

Match reports:
Klose claims record but win marred by Reus injury
Marco Reus hurts ankle in Germany's 6-1 win over Armenia
Reus injury dampens Germany's six-goal romp

"We looked fresher and we took the tempo up in the second-half, but we still need a few good days training in Brazil," said Löw.
Germany sweat over injury to Marco Reus after rout of Armenia
"I do not know how bad it is," coach Joachim Löw told ZDF television. "He is being examined as we speak in hospital and we will wait and see what comes out of it.
"A lot goes through your head at that moment and you just hope it is not too bad but then you see it swell up a bit. I hope the ligaments hold up. Until 24 hours before the first World Cup game, according to the rules, we can nominate someone else."
Six-goal Germany crush Armenia in final warmup
Miroslav Klose becomes all time top scorer
With his 69th international goal, Miroslav Klose has become the highest German national team goalscorer of all time, surpassing Gerd Müller's record.

Primed Podolski has Germany firing in time for Brazil

Player ratings and match statistics from

Löw: "Das kann noch mal einen Schub geben" -Joachim Löw is interviewed on
Bundestrainer Löw: "Man wird nicht mit elf Spielern Weltmeister" - more post-match comments

On a personal note, there was a career milestone for Jogi, this match marking his longest ever unbeaten run as Bundestrainer - eleven games!

Reus verpasst WM - Löw nominiert Mustafi nach - 7 June 2014
It was announced Saturday morning that Marco Reus will miss the World Cup due to the ligament injury suffered the night before. Jogi has called up Shkodran Mustafi.
A statement from Joachim Löw has appeared on
"This is very unfortunate for both us and him. Marco was in great shape, he has left an excellent impression in training camp and in the two games against Cameroon and Armenia. He played a central role in our plans for Brazil"
"It was not our intention to call a like-for-life replacement for Marco Reus. The quality of players in position behind the strikers is very high, we have plenty of alternatives with Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos. This is why we opted for another option for the defensive area. Shkodran impressed us in training camp, he's fit, we have confidence in him. We know that we can rely on him 100%."

Bundestrainer Joachim Löw zur Verletzung von Marco Reus - an interview on

Match highlights from

Post-match interview with ZDF

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Roman Weidenfeller, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng (Kevin Großkreutz), Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Philipp Lahm (Mesut Özil), Marco Reus (Lukas Podolski), Toni Kroos, Andre Schürrle (Mario Götze), Thomas Müller (Miroslav Klose)

Joachim Löw: "Fans vor Abreise mit Sieg erfreuen" - Jogi speaks to ZDF

Training, Coface Arena, Mainz, 5 June 2014

Press Conference, DFB Headquarters, Frankfurt, 5 June 2014

Joachim Löw spoke of the match against Armenia the following day, and said they had been specifically chosen as playing a similar attacking game to Portugal. He said they wanted to leave Germany with a good performance and momentum to carry them into Brazil.

Löw: Lahm, Schweinsteiger 'will play' against Armenia

"Both Philipp and Bastian have trained without problems and I assume they will play, but I don't know yet for how long," Germany head coach Joachim Low said on Thursday.
"I have spoken with Manuel Neuer and he won't play against Armenia, but there is no problem with him being ready for our first (World Cup) game against Portugal." Löw said.
(Attacking options)  "Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Mario Götze can all play up front, so we have options if we need them," he said.
Manuel Neuer to miss Germany World Cup warm-up with shoulder injury
"Müller-Wohlfahrt [the team doctor] says there's absolutely no danger of him missing the first game against Portugal," Löw said. "We know how important a good start in the competition is for us."
"Preparations, from my point of view, have worked out very well with the players we had," Löw said. "I also think it was important for the players to rest a couple of days, good for them to recover some energy."
Roman Weidenfeller will play in goal.

Germany's Ozil will bounce back at World Cup: Löw

"To be honest I am a bit surprised by the reaction against Mesut," Löw told a news conference ahead of his team's final warmup game against Armenia on Friday.
"Mesut won German national team player of the year last season but it is clear that he has not performed to the fullest of his abilities in the past few games."
"Through discussions and by showing him trust I think that he will deploy his exceptional abilities," Löw said.
"I am certain because I know him and because I have had longer talks in the past months, that he is hot for the World Cup."
"I am certain that he will do it and that Mesut will be better at the World Cup than he may be at the moment."
Löw "The Striker-type has changed significantly over the years"
"The topic of a "false" or "traditional 9" have been discussed quite a lot in Germany. I won't be taking that discussion to Brazil though. In Marco Reus, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller, Andrew Schurrle and Miroslav Klose players who have trained and developed to score goals. The striker-type has changed significantly over the years. He must be technically good to be able to utilize the space up front. And we have enough players in our squad who can play as a striker." - from
Summary of other points:
- Speaks of the 'tingling' and anticipation - will be glad when they finally arrive in Brazil. Preparation went well with the players that were available.
- He is not tense, he is relaxed, but knows the importance of a good start to the tournament.
- Said he had seen the Adidas advert with Lukas Podolski and it is not a matter he considers himself involved in.
- Thomas Müller will not allow the talk over his club future to distract him.
- The atmosphere tomorrow night will depend on us and our performance, but the Mainz crowd usually make for a good atmosphere.
- As a coach is used to injury situations.

Löw: "Wenn es losgeht, werden wir den WM-Turbo zünden" - a summary of the press conference from

Löw accepts failure could lead to axe - 6 June 2014

"I have a contract, but I also know that a Bundestrainer will always be judged by the team's performance in a tournament," he said. "Should we be eliminated at the group stage, it would be necessary that changes are made.
"But I am not concerned with 'what if?' scenarios. What happens to me is not of any importance. The players are not interested in it, and nor am I. We are all focused. What happens after the World Cup, we shall see."
Yet again at the press conference it was necessary for Jogi to discuss the terms of his contract and talk about what would happen in the event of a "failure". I have no doubt that these questions are being asked despite the answer he will give being already known - he has had to say it enough times - and are being asked simply to give the headline makers yet another chance to accentuate the negative.
Does it really need saying that any coach of one of the top nations would most likely vacate his post in the event of a Group stage exit? And can anyone in Italy confirm whether Cesare Prandelli is being constantly asked this question?

Last updated 8 June 2014
With thanks to everyone, especially Lucille, Silke, Susanne and Elfriede.
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