Confederations Cup 2017
The Tournament Itself
The Build-UpOfficial Portraits and Team Photo
Visit my match pages for the two earlier June internationals - a friendly against Denmark and the World Cup qualifier against San Marino, for news during the build-up to the tournament.
Germany were drawn against Australia, Chile and the 2017 African Cup of Nations winner in Group B in the Confederations Cup at the draw on 26 November in Kazan, Russia. Eight teams compete in two groups, with the top two in each group progressing to the semi-finals.
Germany knew their third and final Group opponents when Cameroon become African Cup of Nations winners, 5 February 2017.
A press-conference was held after the draw with all the seven known nations' coaches present, and Jogi was the first to be questioned. He said that it had been an interesting draw and he is looking forward to the matches.
Chile, he said, were a team that is tactically excellent, as a relatively small country but at the same time they have a great number of good individual players. He believes that Chile have shown over the last couple of years that they belong up there with the world's best. They are excellent in attack, and he does feel that they will be among the favourites for the tournament.
When asked whether it was his intention to bring a full-strength side, Jogi replied by saying that he will certainly bring a very strong team "that goes without saying". However he added "At this time I cannot fill you in with who will be the individual players but we will certainly look closely into the matter." As far as he is concerned the Confed Cup is an opportunity to offer the opportunity to offer individual young players the chance to play against different countries and an opportunity to develop young players. He emphasised "We will have a very strong team as such. We will be highly concentrated and very well prepared going into the tournament."
As World Champions, Germany will be one of the favourites going into the tournament, and Joachim Löw was asked how he felt about this "I've been a coach of the national team for a number of years and the situation is always the same. Whenever Germany is in a tournament they are always among the favourites, a group of favourities. Spain were certainly favourites over last couple of years, also Argentina and Italy as well." He is well accustomed to going into a tournament as favourite, doesn't really pose a problem for him, but he is aware that at atournament you have to prove yourself again and again and every match is important. "Nevertheless this role does not signify an extra burden for us."
"It's good opportunity for some younger players but we will have a strong team," said Germany coach Joachim Löw.The coaches' press conference on FIFA TV.
The competing coaches attempt the difficult task of learning Russian in this FIFA video.
Jogi's record as Bundestrainer against each Group B opponent.
Löw to travel to Kazan for Confederations Cup draw - 22 November 2016
last updated 19 September 2017