Wednesday, 5 March 2014


My Joachim Löw Pages
"It is always good when one can see that there are not only good footballers in Germany."
Mario Götze 16'

The World Cup year opens with a win, but it is still a somewhat frustrating evening for Jogi in Stuttgart with the South American team being 'just the opponent Germany needed' to show them what to expect in Brazil!

Germany cling on against battling Chile
Götze settles Chile friendly
Germany ride their luck to narrowly beat Chile

"We have seen how well Chile can play," said Löw. "We had to put in a crazy amount of effort to get into the game," he said. "It was incredibly difficult."
Worries For Germany, Chile Rue Missed Chance
"We had a lot of trouble breaking down their defence, it was incredibly difficult. We lost far too much possession and that gave us problems. Today we weren't in position to dominate the game and that is something we have to work on in the coming months."
Götze strike makes difference for Die Mannschaft - with link to player ratings
A flat and uninspired German side scrape past Chile - with match analysis

Magician Ozil sets up Gotze's clincher in Stuttgart

Bundestrainer Löw: "There are plenty of other strong nations" - an interview on
Describing the match as a 'lucky win', Jogi again emphasised the need for improvement. He confirmed his 'complete faith' in Mesut Özil and that he expects to see a strong Bastian Schweinsteiger with a few more games under his belt. Asked to explain the missed chances in the match, he replied "It's easy to explain: we had a lot of space because we were playing across the pitch with five or six players but couldn't complete our passes. The extremely solid passing game that served us so well against Italy and England failed us this time. We lost the ball too often." He added that Chile's tag of dark horses for the World Cup is not without good reason.

Joachim Löw: Chile win perfect preparation - a post-match interview with English voiceover.
Of his South American visitors, Jogi says "I've said this before, Chile are a really great, well-organised side. They played against Spain and the Spaniards were stuck in their own-half for much of the game and they are the World Champions. They press forward in an outstanding way. They are one of the best teams in the world to watch ..... Today it didn't really work out for us but this was the benchmark of what we can expect in Brazil. Chile will also play like this in 30 degree heat at 1pm in Brazil. They won't play any less intense. It is a fact that a lot of my players have to improve during the next months but we still have time."

"Chile zwingt Joachim Löw zu einem Tänzchen der Wut" - summing up the press reaction in Germany and speaking of Jogi's 'dance of anger'.
And other headlines left anyone hard-pressed to realise the match had actually been a victory!
Joachim Löw muss handeln: WM-Testspiel gegen Chile war ein Weckruf
Sturm-Flaute? Abwehr-Chaos ? Diskussion "Falsche 9"Jogi, das sind deine WM-Baustellen!
but the ultimate prize for (oxy)moron of the week must go to with their
Deutscher Grusel-Sieg gegen Chile: So träumt keiner mehr vom WM-Titel mit Joachim Löw describing the match as a 'horror victory'.

More constructive criticism could however could be found at:
Joachim Löw ist dankbar für den Warnschuss gegen Chile -
Expectations are weighing on Germany ahead of World Cup - a perspective on the Chile game, and those other tournament year openers.
Defensive worries linger as Germany edge past Chile - from Bundesliga Fanatic

The comments made by Jogi after the match were later included in an interview with magazine World Soccer, May 2014

Match highlights from

Post-match interview with ARD

Post-match press conference

Starting line-up:
Manuel Neuer, Marcell Jansen (Marcel Schmelzer), Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Kevin Großkreutz, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Mesut Özil (Matthias Ginter), Toni Kroos, Mario Götze (Lukas Podolski), Miroslav Klose (Andre Schürrle)

Lasogga pulls out of Germany squad - 5 March 2014

Joachim Löw: "Ginter verfügt über eine hohe Spielintelligenz" - 5 March 2014
Jogi talks to Badische Zeitung on a variety of topics including Matthias Ginter (sees him as a central defender). He is asked the usual questions about the expectations and legacy of a title, his contract extension, the conditions in Brazil ("I only deal with facts. It is not an excuse when I point out it is 30 degrees and high humidity in Brazil."), his goal of being the first European country to win in South America, his squad, and adds that the reality of putting a team together is a little more complex than youngsters making an eleven out of trading cards!

Joachim Löw - der taillierte Trainer - a profile of Jogi, and there is no better sign of an upcoming tournament than a fashion metaphor!

Poldi mit Löw im Pub - 4 March 2014
At the press conference with Philipp Lahm and Kevin Großkreutz, Lukas told of how he had Jogi had met up in a London pub and had discussed many things, including the World Cup, over "einem Glas Tee".

Joachim Löw demands more of Podolski and Ozil

Abschlusstraining in Stuttgart - 4 March 2014

Training, Stuttgart, 3 March 2014

Tag Eins in Stuttgart - highlights from the first day in Stuttgart

Press Conference, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, 3 March 2014

"Die Uhr tickt, nur wer sie hört, wird eine reelle Chance haben."

In his first press conference of the year Jogi warned that "The clock is ticking" sending a message to his players that the wise ones would use it is a wake-up call to ensure they are ready for the task ahead. He will announce his World Cup squad on 8 May.

Löw concerned about Germany

"On paper, we have a top team with top quality and top individuals, but the reality looks a little different," he said at a press conference on Monday.
"The truth is not so nice because many of our players have been injured for a long time and don't have much rhythm, be it due to a dip in form or niggling injuries, which is why we need to use these next two and a half months to improve and do everything to reach top form."
Löw issues Germany challenge
"Anybody who's here in the squad is in contention [for the World Cup]," continued Löw.
"The clock is ticking and only those who actually hear it have a real chance of being involved," he warned. "At the World Cup, we'll need the players who are actually the best, not the ones who are best on paper. We cannot currently say which 23 players will form the squad. Some people will be hurt."
(Defeats of Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke in the UCL)  "Of course I'm disappointed by some results in the Champions League. Not just because of the defeats, but because of the scorelines."
"Of course we have Bayern, who are one of if not the best in Europe, and Dortmund showed that when it matters they can also perform," Löw said. "It would have been desirable for us for a third or fourth side to stay in for longer, but the Bundesliga is very exciting. The relegation battle is gripping, and so are the Champions League battle and the fight for places in Europe."
"Die Uhr tickt"

Some personnel points:
- Philipp Lahm will start in midfield on Wednesday, Kevin Grosskreutz likely to be used at right-back.
- Lars Bender will probably not be ready. Miroslav Klose currently receiving treatment.
- Sami Khedira's development is good, his personality invaluable to team.
- Toni Kroos in great form. Saw him play against Arsenal and he will start against Chile.
- Importance of Bastian Schweinsteiger with his experience and leadership qualities.
- Unsure as to whether Ilkay Gündogan will be a participant at the World Cup.
- U20 side will go to South Tyrol preparation camp as training match opponents. "Very good idea" of Hansi Flick.

A summary of the press conference, originally on

Löw knallhart: "Ich verlange maximale Belastbarkeit" - live ticker from the press conference

The press conference in full can be watched on

More footage from the day from ZDF

And what would a press conference at the Mercedes-Benz Centre be without a 'model on the bonnet of a car' shot?

Four new faces have been named in Jogi's first squad of 2014 - Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter of Freiburg, Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hamburger SV, and Andre Hahn of Augsburg. - 28 February 2014

Löw Makes Four Surprise Nominations Ahead of Chile Friendly

"Mustafi and Ginter we have been watching with the U21s already. Like Lasogga and Hahn, they have earned their nomination. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to get to know them and see them around the rest of the national team," said Löw.
New faces in Germany squad
"In view of the World Cup, we cannot make any compromises," Löw said. "We've got to do everything for success now and I've held lots of one-to-one talks with my players in recent weeks."
"Many of them, even key players, are still carrying knocks or are just back from injuries and they are not yet in a rhythm.
"We now have a chance to act and work on solutions and alternatives for the worst-case scenario.
"That is why we've called up some fresh faces, who have been playing consistently well for their clubs lately. Our aims are fully focused on our first World Cup game on June 16 because we've got to have hit our peak when we face Portugal.
"We will only manage that when all of the players we will work with in Sudtirol in two and a half months' time are fit, both physically and mentally."
"They're [Chile] going to be uncomfortable opponents for us at the start of this World Cup year," added Low. "We want to test a few variations against them because we don't have much more chance to do so."
Schweinsteiger returns to Germany squad
"Bastian is on the right track, as his recent performances for FC Bayern prove," said Joachim Löw on Friday. "We all know how important he is for our game. He's a world class player who can make a difference in Brazil. I know how hard he's working to be in top shape for the summer and I'm sure he will show his leadership qualities for us again."
Draxler & Reus left out of Germany squad for Chile game
Neither are being risked after recent injuries.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)
Defenders:  Philipp Lahm, Jérome Boateng (both FC Bayern München), Marcel Schmelzer, Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Sidney Sam (both Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze (all FC Bayern München), Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (both Arsenal), André Schürrle (Chelsea), André Hahn (FC Augsburg)
Forwards:  Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV)

WM - "Papa Löw" und seine Sorgenkinder - 27 February 2014
Jogi's personnel worries ahead of the first friendly of the season.

Hoffnungsschimmer für Löw - Chile-Plan mit Rückkehrern - 24 February 2014
The latest injury news as both Thomas Müller and Sven Bender suffer injuries, but Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose have confident games.

Last updated 10 May 2014
With thanks to everyone, especially Silke, Lucille, Susanne, Elfriede, Natascha and Ines.
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