Confederations Cup 2017

The Tournament Itself

Germany 3 -2 Australia, 19 June 2017 - Group B
Germany 1 - 1 Chile, 22 June 2017 - Group B
Germany 3 - 1 Cameroon, 25 June 2017 - Group B
Germany 4 - 1 Mexico, 29 June 2017 - Semi-Final
Germany 1 - 0 Chile, 2 July 2017 - Final

The Build-Up

Official 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.

The Squad

"The Confed Cup is a stop en route to the World Cup and a good warm up opportunity for next year. We want to get to know the country, the people and the atmosphere in Russia. Our players can gain good experience there."

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defence: Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Benjamin Henrichs, Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rüdiger, Niklas Süle

Midfield/Attack: Julian Brandt, Emre Can, Kerem Demirbay, Diego Demme, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Lars Stindl, Sandro Wagner, Timo Werner, Amin Younes

More comments can be found in my May 2017 Archive

Subsequent withdrawalL
Leroy Sane (23 May - nasal operation)
Diego Demme (13 June - back injury)

It was announced by Joachim Löw on 7 June that his final squad travellling to Russia will be the 22 players as above, less Leroy Sane. However on 13 June Diego Demme was forced to withdraw with a back injury.

The Group Draw

19 June 2017AustraliaSochi
22 June 2017ChileKazan
25 June 2017CameroonSochi

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."

Joachim Löw to expose younger players at 2017 tournament

"It's good opportunity for some younger players but we will have a strong team," said Germany coach Joachim Löw.
"It's an interesting group," said Löw.
<"What we've seen here in the last few days makes you look forward to the Confederations Cup.
"The country has good stadiums and the people are very friendly towards their guests.
"We're looking forward to it and the Russians do not have to worry - we will come with a good team."
The coaches' press conference on FIFA TV.

Jogi's reaction to the draw

The competing coaches attempt the difficult task of learning Russian in this FIFA video.

Jogi's record as Bundestrainer against each Group B opponent.
Click on links on right to see my individual Match Page:

Australia 3 1 1 1 7 4 World Cup 2010 Group match
2011 Friendly
2015 Friendly
Chile 1 1 0 0 1 0 2014 Friendly
Cameroon 1 0 1 0 2 2 2014 Friendly

Löw to travel to Kazan for Confederations Cup draw - 22 November 2016
The draw for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will take place in Kazan (Russia) on Saturday. Germany national team head coach Joachim Löw will travel 2300 kilometres to the Republic of Tatarstan on Friday to find out which teams Germany will face in the group stages live. The tournament will be played out between 17th June and 2nd July 2017.
"From our point of view, the Confederations Cup is a tournament to experiment. We will bring in a lot of youngsters and rest some of our key players. However, we will still keep some of our experienced players in the squad," said Löw ahead of his trip to Kazan on Friday.
With exception of the Africa Cup of Nations champions, the participating teams are as follows: World Champions Germany, Hosts Russia, AFC Asian Cup winners Australia, Copa America champions Chile, CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, OFC Asian Cup winners New Zealand and European Championship winners Portugal. The final will take place on 2nd July 2017 in front of 62,000 fans in the Krestowskij stadium in St. Petersburg.
Team coach Oliver Bierhoff and DFB deputy secretary Ralf Köttker will accompany Joachim Löw on his trip to Kazan. The Russian organisation committee will put on workshops alongside the draw answering questions on security, logistics and accommodation during the tournament.

last updated 19 September 2017
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