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The First Days in Evian-les-Bains

7 - 10 June 2016

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 7 June 2016

After arrival in Evian-les-Bains, the German national team held an open training session, but misfortune was soon on its way:
Antonio Rüdiger ruled out of Euros - 7 June 2016
Germany international has been ruled out of the European Championship after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Die Mannschaft's first training session in Evian. This was confirmed by an examination carried out by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt and the medical team.
Joachim Löw and the rest of the management team will now make a decision on whether they will call up a replacement, with UEFA regulations allowing them to do so until the first matchday.

Training, Evian-les-Bains, 8 June 2016

Press Conference, Evian-les-Bains, 8 June 2016

After words from DFB President Reinhard Grindel, Joachim Löw spoke of his sympathy for Antonio Rüdiger, who had had to withdraw from the squad following yesterday's injury. He said it was extremely unfortunate for something like that to happen on the first day of training. He announced the decision to call up Jonathan Tah, explaining that he had wanted a centre-half and thus a like-for-like replacement, and said he could be fully integrated into the squad within a few days.

"Yesterday was marred by the serious injury to Toni Rüdiger. This morning the hospital has confirmed what the medical staff suspected, that his cruciate ligament is turn. I am very sorry for Toni. He has continually developed over the past year. I have had contact with him often, and he has been in very good shape for us over the last few games. He was very convincing."

Jonathan Tah replaces injured Antonio Rüdiger in Germany squad

"I wanted a one-on-one replacement for Rudiger, someone who can play a centre-back role," Loew said, praising Tah's individual fitness regime of the past three weeks despite not being called up in the preliminary squad last month.
Germany won't let injuries affect Euro 2016 campaign - Joachim Low
"Indeed, we have to do without players who have certainly played an important role in our plans a few weeks ago," Low told a news conference. "It's clear that I would have liked to have the squad I wished for a few months ago. But we will not moan. We have a very good team, I absolutely trust my players.
"We won't downgrade our claims, our goals will not be altered."
Löw spoke of the importance of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to the team, while adding that the Germany players' council -- consisting of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Kroos -- will form the "axis" on the pitch.
"Kroos is our anchor on the field, he has qualities a midfielder needs," Low said. "[Those] players are high up in the hierarchy."
Speaking of the missing players, he included Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and now Rudiger. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mats Hummels are also nursing injuries.

As far as the possible replacement for Antonio Rüdiger in Sunday's game, he said "Shkodran Mustafi has some experience. Another possibility is to move Benedikt Höwedes to the centre. I have faith in both of them. Jerome Boateng and Benedikt Höwedes played together for the U21s."

The situation regarding personnel issues and injuries: "Mats Hummels has completed a first individual session with the ball. He is developing well and we're looking at the situation day-by-day. Joshua Kimmich (cold) and Julian Weigl (calf) both missed training this morning. We hope that the entire team, with the exception of Hummels, can train together tomorrow."

Jogi also said he would announce the captain for Sunday's match against Ukraine after he had told the players, and added, on the senior players, "Toni Kroos is a point of focus in our team; he has all the qualities that you need as a midfielder. We have a strong player council with Jerome Boateng, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels. They all play a central role and are at the top of the pyramid. After the World Cup, they've all developed brilliantly and are in a position to be able to assume this responsibility. They look out for the other players, not only themselves, and consider what they can do to help them improve. Bastian Schweinsteiger is the captain; we have worked together for twelve years. For years, he has been a leader, had lots of experience - and as far as his personality and character is concerned, he has a high rank in the team."

Joachim Löw sieht Probleme bei Standardsituationen
Jogi also spoke of working of the problems they have had in recent matches at defending set pieces. However he did say he had seen great developments with their own.

Ahead of the Ukraine match, Jogi said over the course of the next few days, there will be one or two sessions on tactics for facing our first opponents. He said it is important that the team gains the necessary freshness. They have trained twice daily in last week and this was noticeable in the game against Hungary.

Training in Evian

Training, 9 June 2016

An approaching tournament always means the odd biographical article appearing!:
Die schöne Zeit im Kastanienbaum - 11freunde features Jogi's time at FC Schaffhausen

Not to mention the team analysis, guides and predictions:
Tactics, key players and expert predictions from the Guardian
Germany's big questions include shaky defence, Ozil's role, Muller's form by Raphael Honigstein
How Germany Engineered a Soccer Machine - from the Wall Street Journal

No official training photographs today, 10 June 2016, as the last training session before the first Group match against Ukraine was held behind closed doors.

Die Gelassenheit in Person Für Joachim Löw steht der Teamgedanke über allem - from n-tv

Germany coach interview: Joachim Löw - from World Soccer
Jogi discusses safety at Euro 2016, the 2006 'Summer Fairy Tale' and November's defeat to England.

Evian - die Vorbereitung - including Jogi having his official portrait taken

The German squad travelled to Lille on Saturday 11 June, and the tournament can now be followed in its entirety through my Match Pages, beginning with their
first Group C match against Ukraine

Last updated 11 June 2016
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