"I dont think you can ask for a better end to the year than that."
Toni Kroos 89'
Joachim Löw caps off a wonderful year for him, Germany and all those of us who support him by achieving his first win against Spain and his 80th in total as Bundestrainer.
I'm very happy with our defensive display. We were better going forward in the second half than we were in the first. We have to keep on developing and improving in areas, but that was a good start today."Löw revels in perfect finish to 2014
"I think we tried to play with order and attacked calmly. Spain always combine their play well, so we had to put another man in midfield," he said.Spain win boosts Löw's spirits for 2015
"We haven't delivered particularly convincing performances recently and lag behind a little in our European Championship qualifiers, so it's nice to end this sensational year with the feeling of success against a top team," said Löw.Löw: "Successful end to a sensational year" - post-match interview on dfb.de
Jogi praised goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler and explained why he had been chosen over Roman Weidenfeller: "Robert played simply because Roman Weidenfeller played a game before the World Cup. I am very happy with Robert. He made two or three great saves and made sure that we didn't go behind. But what particularly impressed me was that he played well and in the opening stages he remained composed, so that we could safely play out from the back."
He also spoke of his choice to use only three substitutes instead of the allowed six: I wanted to give a few players the chance to play for 90 minutes. That's why I only made three substitutions, although I planned to do things differently before the game.
Joachim Löw erklärt, weshalb er nicht mehr wechselte - another press interview
Bundestrainer tippt auf deutschen Weltfußballer 2014
Germany coach Joachim Löw plays down Thomas Muller injury worry
Coach Joachim Löw added: "I think he will be fine in a few days."In his post-match interviews, Jogi also sent his commiserations to his former skipper Philipp Lahm who had broken his ankle in training back in Germany earlier in the day "I was quite shocked. I feel very sorry for Philipp and wish him a speedy recovery."
Match facts: This was Spain's first home defeat under Vincente del Bosque and the first time in six years that they have had less possession than their opponent!
The match in full length can be watched on youtube.
Pre-match scenes from ARD
Champions and gentlemen - a profile on the opposing coaches and their admiration for each other - 18 November 2014
Del Bosque has never hidden his admiration for German football and for Löw: "He is the perfect national coach. After we weren't able to, we were pleased to see Germany go on to win the World Cup. I greatly admire Löw. We have the utmost respect for his work and elegance".
Löw did not hesitate when we asked him for the first word that popped into his head when he thought of Del Bosque: "Gentleman. You never hear him say anything inappropriate, or show a lack of disrespect. His behaviour is exemplary. When he talks, he's one of those people you have to listen to and learn from".
The German team touched down In Vigo for the last international of the season, slightly late as their flight from Munich was delayed by fog, .
Joachim Löw went immediately into a press conference and, after Toni Kroos had spoken, was clear was he wanted from his players, "I expect a good performance and the players to be ready mentally as I will be judging every single one of them." he said.
"Of course, I'm really looking forward to the game," he said at the pre-match media conference. "We're playing against a very good and technically-strong team. For us and for the individual players, this game is a very good test. But it is a pity for us that some key players are missing.""Dieses Jahr war sensationell gut"
Talking of their 'sensational year', Jogi said they had their special place in history, and this would not be cancelled out by a friendly!
"I don't think that we'll have more of the possession tomorrow. I expect us to be compact and solid against a well organised team. We'll have players such as Toni Kroos, Benedkit Höwedes and Thomas Müller, who all have experience and can lead the team." - from dfb.de
Also discussed was Vigo as the venue: "Of course, it would be nice to play in Barcelona or Madrid. I think that Spain choose to play in smaller cities more often than not and that's completely fine.
Löw: "Estamos influenciados por el juego de España"
"To be honest, when I started, I had watched a lot of Spanish football, with Jürgen Klinsmann too. I shadowed a club manager in Spain and I found it impressive that you could almost lay a stencil over the pitch and there was a disciplined approach. We have definitely been influenced by Spain's game, but we have also tried to apply our own style."And praise for Jogi and the German team from his Spanish counterpart, Vicente del Bosque:
"Germany have always behaved very well towards us. There is a great relationship with [Germany Coach] Joachim Low because he has conducted himself well after defeats. Their behaviour has always been correct and they have shown the right character for sportsmen. One of the demands of sport is to show this behaviour." - from football-espana.net
The DFB website announced this morning that Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of the Spain friendly. The FC Bayern defender will not be available for selection due to muscular problems in his left calf. Joachim Löw has called up Robin Knoche to the senior squad for the first time as a replacement. - 16 November 2014
"We must show that we can still bring a positive end to the World Cup year with a different performance and a different tension (against Spain)," insisted Löw. "There have been many tributes and celebrations, but we have to free our minds and draw a line (under the World Cup) by the end of the year."Manuel Neuer will not be in goal for the Germany national side for their international friendly against Spain in Vigo this coming Tuesday. The number one has left the DFB-Team hotel due to a pain in his right knee and will not re-join the squad at the scheduled meet-up in Munich on Sunday evening.
Joachim L?w stated: "I would have liked to play with the best team possible against Spain but we didn't want to take any risks with Manuel. We have two excellent alternatives in the form of Roman Weidenfeller and Ron-Robert Zieler, who will have more than deserved an appearance against Spain. I know that I can completely rely on them both." from dfb.de
"The game against Spain [a friendly on Tuesday] will be different. They have a totally different way of playing, are way more attacking and have more individual quality. We will need to choose a different lineup and play a different game." - from uefa.com - 14 November 2014
"Spain have dominated football in recent years," explained Löw: "I have a lot of respect for them. Both teams will be extremely motivated. We are looking forward to facing one of the best teams in the world.", from dfb.de - 7 November 2014
For squad selection and news prior to the two November matches, see my Gibraltar page.
Last updated 20 November 2014