Euro 2016 Qualifying Campaign Index


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Signal-Iduna Park, Dortmund
Euro 2016 Group D Qualifier

"I am completely satisfied that we have the three points."
Germany - Thomas Müller 18', 70'
Scotland - Ikechi Anya 68'

The qualification campaign for Joachim Löw's fifth tournament as Bundestrainer gets underway with a victory for Germany.

Match reports:
Winning start for Germany in 2016 qualifying
Müller magic sees Germany past battling Scots - from
Muller double gives Germany victory in Dortmund - from Scottish FA

Müller hits brace as Germany beat Scotland
Müller double helps Germany edge past Scotland 2-1

Coach Joachim Löw told reporters. "It was clear the Scots had nothing to lose. I knew it would be tough after the World Cup, and we were also missing a lot of players."
"My players tried to do things up front but we made mistakes at the back, especially in the second half. We lost a bit of control of the game. It was also a matter of fitness."
Germany boss Joachim Löw praises Scotland after hard fought 2-1 win
"I am happy with the three points, that was my main expectations of the players," Low told Sky Sports."I knew it would be difficult. Scotland had not lost in a year."
"The first half we controlled, we pressed them back, we didn't give them many chances and we managed to get a lot of chances ourselves. We lost a little bit of control of the game in the second-half, Scotland scored but we reacted well and came back and scored.
"So, as I say, I am happy with the three points."
Germany coach stays calm despite lackluster win against Scotland
"We didn't score the second goal straightaway,"Löw said. "We did have chances, and we take the blame for that. Maybe our players lacked a little dynamism. It's very difficult at this stage of the season in September. Players do get tired. Maybe in October, it will get better."
Reus to face tests after fresh injury scare
Germany boss Joachim Löw is trying to remain positive but admitted that the full extent of the damage has not yet been established.
"It seems that it is not totally bad," the World Cup-winning coach told RTL immediately after his side's 2-1 victory over the Scots. "But we have to wait for the further examinations."
Live match ticker from - with link to players ratings

National Coach Löw: "Müller can no longer surprise me".
In an interview on, Jogi spoke of Thomas Müller saying his at first his coolness and hunger to score goals surprised him, but now he cannot surprise him any more. "He's always in the thick of the action, where he needs to be."
Asked about the surprise selection of Sebastian Rudy at right back, he said he after After the Argentina match, he had thought about giving it a try in training, knowing he had played in that position before. "He has the necessary ball control." He was happy with his and Erik Durm's performance, but added they are still young and lack experience. He also spoke of trying out others such as Oliver Sorg and Christian Günter. Antonio Rüdiger has also impressed.
On a three-man back-up, he admitted there were certain advantages to the system, but also dangers with wide attacking players, such as André Schürrle, Thomas Müller, Marco Reus and Julian Draxler.
Jogi added " we'll have to improvise because some players will probably be out for longer than that. Over the next six months, we'll probably change the team around a lot. We have to face that fact and make the best of it, but it doesn't worry me because I know we'll manage when it matters."

"Löw: Wir müssen die nächsten Monate improvisieren" - another media interview

Löw's Rudy experiment was a curious step - analysis from

DFB Post-match Press Conference - from

RTL gibt zu: Löw-Interview wegen Werbepause aufgezeichnet
Much was made of new broadcaster RTL's decision to interrupt Jogi's traditional post-match TV interview with a lengthy commercial break, after having handed him an espresso. He did not have to hang around, they explained, the second part of the interview was recorded and then replayed!
If anyone has a copy of the full post-match interview, I would love to see it!

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Sebastian Rudy, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Erik Durm, Christoph Kramer, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Marco Reus (Matthias Ginters), Andre Schürrle (Lukas Podolski), Mario Götze

Jogi in conversation with ARD

An interview with SKy Sports (left) shown just before kick-off in the UK

Training, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, 6 September 2014

Abschlusstraining in Kamen - from

Press Conference, Sportschule Kaiserau, 6 September 2014, with Andre Schürrle

Germany wary of 'motivated' Scots: Löw

"Scotland had relatively few problems in the build up and they have nothing to lose playing against the world champions."They're very motivated, they cover a lot of ground and they're physical in the tackle."But for the last few months we've seen that they don't play a typical British game. They're trying to play more football."
Scots 'have nothing to lose' - from the Scotsman
"Scotland have had no problems in their preparations," he said.
"They have a British mentality but they don't play with a British style these days."They try to play good football but are still very well organised.
"They have quality players and have nothing to lose in this match so will play with no fear.
"We know all about their team and their biggest strength is that they are a team. They have good players like (Steven) Naismith, (Shaun) Maloney and (Ikechi) Anya. Darren Fletcher is the best known player playing for Manchester United. He is also the most experienced player.
""They will be motivated, physical and they will run a lot and they are also very good in one-on-one.
"They have won twice against Croatia and drew again USA and Nigeria and so we know they are a very good team.
"It will be a difficult match for us."
Germany coach Joachim Löw's hunger for success undiminished
"My motivation is there completely," said the 54-year-old."The motivation from me is from the inside and if I thought I wouldn't have the motivation I would quit this job."

"After every tournament you always have to replace players. We have to always look to the future."We have to deal with the situation and with the players who have had knocks. But now the players are focused and concentrated," - from the Independent

Löw: Boateng return will help us
"Overall in the first half (against Argentina) we weren't too badly organised," Low said on Saturday. "There were some problems with concentration and you saw that if you make mistakes like that against a top-class team you get punished. We can't do that tomorrow. We have to close the space down and we have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes."
"He's [Mario Gomez's] done a lot for the German team in the past and he's scored a lot of goals," Low said. "He's only played one competitive game for Fiorentina after seven months out through injury. He needs games.
"When Mario is in top form, he's a world class player and one of the best strikers around. Booing any player isn't fair. It doesn't help the player and it doesn't help our team. I think the Dortmund fans will stand behind our players."
He has not yet decided whether Mario Gomez will start - a decision will be made after training.

Löw: "Scotland will demand our best"

"We have a lot of young players who need more time to reach the same world class level and quality as Boateng, Hummels and Mertesacker."
"Dortmund is famous for its fantastic support - we've had good experiences there. Mario [Götze - a former Dortmund player] scored the winner in the World Cup final. I'm sure the German supporters will cheer him on," said Löw.
Joachim Löw: "Spain will return stronger"
"Take the example of Spain. Against France there were a lot of changes and they played well," AS reports Low as saying.
"Spain will safely be in the final four in France [in 2016], I can say today."
Main points:
- Jerome Boateng will play in central defense with Benedikt Höwedes. Have not got a complete idea on right and left positions, not that many options. Have seen positives in these positions, the players that they have need to develop.
- Erik Durm willing and eager to learn, good at attacking, creates chances, very difficult for him because of Di Maria v Argentina, may need to improve in one-on-ones.
- Scottish fans are among the best in the world. Really looking forward to hearing them, especially in Glasgow.

Summary of the press conference on

Löw erwartet keine Pfiffe gegen Gomez - video from ZDF

Löws Ansage: "Weltmeisterlich" starten zur EM - 5 September 2014

World champions Germany rocked by injuries ahead of Scotland showdown
Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels are all out of Sunday's game.

He said: "With Khedira out for a few weeks and now others, it leaves us a bit thin in midfield."
"I'm not worried. You noticed our lack of experience in a few situations but that's to be expected. Argentina played with eight or nine men from the final and are very experienced, whereas we had many failures."
Löw also believes the Dortmund clash will be the opening of a new chapter for his team, adding: "On Sunday against Scotland, it's another game.
"It's the first match of the qualifiers and that has to be our focus. Now we must concentrate on qualification."
Löw nominiert Schalkes Sam nach - 4 September 2014
Sidney Sam has been called-up to join the squad.

Joachim Löw fears Scotland could shock Germany - 3 September 2014

Scotland are the kind of team Germany has always struggled against. With their sheer commitment and their running - they are a team who never give up no matter what the score is.
"They are difficult opponents for us on Sunday. We've gone from being hunter to potential prey."
If you look at this group and Scotland and Ireland, they come across as similar teams. They have similar playing styles, who excel for their passion and physicality of their football.
"We know this group is anything but easy because all the teams will try as hard as they can to make life difficult for us."
Eighteen World Cup winners in squad to face Argentina and Scotland - 29 August 2014
"We won the World Cup but that's in the past. We've set ourselves new aims for the present and for the future. We want to integrate new players into the side and the door to the national team is open. We have a lot of interesting options. Our objective is clear: we don't want to have to wait such a long time before winning the next trophy. We want to go on the front foot at EURO 2016 and compete for the title. But first we need to qualify so a good start is imperative. Of course we have to be aiming to pick up three points at home to Scotland but we won't underestimate them. Scotland play with passion and a lot of heart, they'll give it everything and will fight as hard as they can."
For full squad details, see my page for the Argentina friendly held four days earlier.

Last updated 9 September 20142
With thanks to everyone on the Group, especially Lucille, Silke, Susanne, Elfriede and Sonia.
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