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Euro 2012 Index

The Tournament Itself

Each match page linked to below contains reports, interviews and photographs from the game itself, plus extensive pre-match news from the days beforehand - and thus each page links to form a chronological record of the tournament!

Germany 1 - 0 Portugal
9 June 2012, Group B

Off to a winning start, as Germany claim a victory over Portugal

Including:
Press Conference, 7 June 2012
Training in Gdansk and Lviv
UEFA Press Conference, 8 June 2012
and the match itself

Germany 2 - 1 Netherlands
13 June 2012

Germany overcome their 'second game' tournament jinx to beat the Netherlands and go top of Group B with a maximum 6 points!

Including:
Press Conference with Mario Gomez, 11 June 2012
Training in Gdansk and Kharkiv
UEFA Press Conference, 12 June 2012
'So stylish ist unser Bundestrainer!'
and the match itself with the 'Ball Boy' conspiracy and the Jogi dance!

Germany 2 - 1 Denmark
17 June 2012

Germany bid farewell to the 'Group of Death' as group winners, and head to the quarter-finals with their 14th consecutive win in a competitive match!

Including:
watching Spain v Ireland
Training in Gdansk and Lviv
A Day of Media Interviews
UEFA Press Conference, 16 June 2012
and the match itself, with the final Group B table

Germany 4 - 2 Greece
22 June 2012

With a international football-record setting 15th consecutive competitive victory, and some clever changes from Jogi, Germany storm through to the Euro semi-finals!

Including:
Regeneration after the Denmark game
Watching Spain v Croatia
Training in Gdansk
Press Conference, 19 June 2012
UEFA Press Conference, 21 June 2012
and the match itself

Germany 1 - 2 Italy
28 June 2012

No appearance in the final for Germany as they lose to Italy, and suddenly everyone becomes an expert!

Including:
Training in Gdansk
Jogi becomes the media's darling!
Press Conference with Miroslav Klose, 26 June 2012
UEFA Press Conference, 27 June 2012
Training in Warsaw
the match itself, and the fallout begins!

The Final Squad for Euro 2012
Goalkeepers:
Manuel Neuer, Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders:
Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielders:
Lars Bender, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Forwards:
Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose

The Preparation

Extensive photographs and all the news from their stay at the Hotel Romazzino in Sardinia early in May have been uploaded to my Sardinia Regeneration Camp page.

Full details of the preparation phase at Tourettes in Southern France at the Hotel Four Seasons Terre Blanche can now be found on my Provence Training Camp pages.

Visit my Match Record Index to link to individual match pages on the two friendlies against Switzerland and Israel that also took place during May.


The Squad

Announcement of Preliminary Squad, Mercedes-Benz Customer Centre, Rastatt, 7 May 2012

 
"We have a well-balanced squad with young players and players with experience."

Goalkeepers:
Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders:
Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielders:
Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Julian Draxler, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Forwards:
Cacau, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose

The only uncapped players are Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Julian Draxler. The squad will be trimmed to 23 by 29 May.


Löw impressed by Germany debutants Ter Stegen and Draxler
"(Draxler) has enormous potential. We think he will develop and are convinced that he can help us, despite his young age," said Löw at a press conference.
"We calculated that Manuel Neuer would miss the majority of our preparations and we wanted to have three goalkeepers for that period.  Ter Stegen has had an outstanding season and has performed well, despite being so young. The final decision on who goes will come on May 29."
Löw then spoke about the importance of having a large squad at his disposal, claiming: "Good teams have good rotation."When someone can play unchallenged in same position for 10 years without a competitor it's no good nowadays."
Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in Germany's provisional Euro 2012 squad
"We have spoken with Per and he has put in a lot of effort in getting back to fitness," said the Germany coach, Joachim Löw. "I spoke to him and his coach Arsene Wenger yesterday. We agreed that he will fly with the squad to Sardinia on Friday. Wenger said he is not ready to play yet so he has welcomed us taking him with us for training.
He has got to get back to competitive levels of fitness and we hope to get him there over the coming weeks."

Live ticker from the press conference

The Build-Up

It's not just in squad selection and tactics where important decisions have to be made!
In this article on Immobilien, Strenesse Chief Gerd Strehle talks of choosing the 'outfit' for the approaching European Championships. - 4 March 2012
"Normally it works that we give him (Jogi) suggestions. And then, in consultation with us, he decides what to wear. This time it will be summer, not winter in South Africa. Maybe it will be a shirt."

Official Team Photoshoot, Hamburg, 14 November 2011


Whilst in Poland for the friendly on 6 September 2011, the DFB announced that the team will make Sopot their headquarters for the Euro 2012 tournament. More on express.de - 5 September 2011

Video from tv.dfb.de showing the Dwór Oliwski City Hotel & Spa, where the team will have their base.

The Draw

The draw for the Group stages of Euro 2012 took place at the Palace of Arts, Kiev, on Friday 2 December 2011. Germany are in Group B and their three opponents are the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark.

Their Group match schedule is as follows:

9 June 2012PortugalLviv
13 June 2012NetherlandsKharkiv
17 June 2012DenmarkLviv


Löw: "Wir haben keine Angst" - an interview on dfb.de immediately after the draw.

Germany coach Joachim Löw has said his side will have no fear when they start their Euro 2012 campaign against Portugal having also drawn World Cup finalists Holland and Denmark in Group B.
The Germans will be based in north Poland, but will travel to the Ukraine for all three of their group games.
Löw said there will be no easy games in the group, although there is no fear of Portugal, who Germany beat 3-2 in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.
"We'll take it as it comes, we have no fear," said Löw. "Before the draw, I said that there was no team I prefered to meet, everyone will be hard to play against. Being at a European Championships is just like being at a World Cup, any team can pull off a surprise."
The 51-year-old said he is also looking forward to facing World Cup finalists Holland, but says European neighbours Denmark will be especially dangerous.
"I believe that this is the heaviest and most balanced group with the strongest teams," said Löw."The Netherlands and Portugal have world-class players and we can look forward to interesting games against them.Denmark are always an uncomfortable team to face in a tournament.
"The Danes can assume the role of underdogs and take on bigger teams without pressure or fear. That makes them dangerous."Speaking of Germany's role of one of the favourites he said "Before a tournament, a lot is always said, especially when people look at the qualification results. But everyone knows that the title can only be won by the team in top form at the right time and when everything works. There is still a half year before the Euros and a lot can still happen, injuries for example.
If we are in top form, we have a good chance, but that is also valid for Spain, who everyone has to be measured against, and also Holland, who will be stronger than they were against us in Hamburg.Also England, France, Italy and Portugal will have their chances."
Germany will be based in the north Poland resort of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea and face flights of 750km to Lviv, twice, and 1,500km to Kharkiv, but Löw says the travelling will be no worse than his team have already experienced."You have to fly anyway, perhaps we will play the quarters or semi-final in Poland," said Löw."We were based in Switzerland for Euro 2008, but ended up flying to the final in Vienna." - from thelocal.de

Jogi talks about the draw in this interview with Sportschau and this youtube video from UEFA.com has comments from several of the national coaches. This youtube clip also has a short piece from Jogi in English.
Jogi and team manager Oliver Bierhoff speak from the streets of Kiev on tv.dfb.de


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

Netherlands 1 1 0 0 3 0 2011 Friendly
Portugal 1 1 0 0 3 2 Euro 2008 Quarter-Final
Denmark 1 0 1 1 2 3 2007 Friendly
2010 Friendly

The Championship will run from between 8 June to 1 July 2012.  For more details of the full draw, see UEFA.com

Löw warns of Poland, Ukraine danger

"With all the enthusiasm in their own countries and the support in the stadiums they are bound to be especially motivated," he said. "The hosts are good for a surprise. One shouldn't under-estimate them."
Following the draw, Löw will sit down Saturday with his group opponents to discuss final scheduling details before he begins his own planning for the tournament."We can start firming up our planning for the group stage and reach final decisions on organizational matters," he said.
Germany boss Joachim Low does not fear potential 'Group of Death' with Spain or Netherlands in Euro 2012
"We will take the draw as it comes," he told Sport1. "We know that virtually anything is possible, because we are not seeded, and we can even be placed with Spain or the Netherlands.
I will just let myself be surprised. And then we'll go to work. In our team a lot of players are at top clubs or abroad, so they can deal with the pressure.
It is the wrong approach, if you speak only about Germany and Spain. There are four or five other world class teams with title hopes. And the Euro is harder to win than the World Cup, because nuances are often decisive."
The full interview with sport1.de - 1 December 2011
As the DFB delegation left for Kiev, Jogi was quoted as saying on the dfb.de website that, as far as he was concerned, there were no dream or nightmare opponents, and will take the draw as it comes. He added that Euro 2012 was a high-class tournament with all the top-ranked teams in UEFA and there would be no easy games, even in the Group stage. - 30 November 2011

Talking earlier of the possible draw permutations, Jogi commented:

"We know that anything is possible," he said. "We know that we could meet Spain or Holland in the group stage and we have to assume that can happen. I have no concerns. We have been working for years towards our goal of being better and consistent."
"You can only beat the good teams when you are playing well, not with aggression. Our development is very good, we have showed consistency and beaten the best teams. The consistency is what pleases me the most."
"This time we were better, but things won't necessarily stay the same," said Löw, with Germany set to face France in a friendly in Bremen next February.
"Until Euro 2012, we still have a long six months to prepare and we have just one game left before the final preparations begin. Things could change by then. If the Euro was to start tomorrow, of course, I'd be happy. But we have to keep this form and in the tournament, you have to hold it for three or four weeks." - from football.co.uk - 16 November 2011

The Qualifying Campaign

He's a Perfect Ten!

Click on link on opponent's name to visit individual match page.

3 Sep 2010BelgiumBrusselsW 1 - 0
"The victory was important, the team has shown plenty of spirit"
7 Sep 2010AzerbaijanKölnW 6 - 1
"You can sense that things are becoming automatic now"
8 Oct 2010TurkeyBerlinW 3 - 0
"The team showed tremendous determination, very impressive desire and a joy in playing"
12 Oct 2010KazakhstanAstanaW 3 - 0
"With 12 points so far we have a brilliant record which makes me happy. What the team has done in recent months is sensational"
26 Mar 2011KazakhstanKaiserslauternW 4 - 0
"We've still got some tricky games to come, but I'm fairly sure we will qualify"
3 Jun 2011AustriaViennaW 2 - 1
"There comes a point where the result is more important than the way in which it was achieved and we now have six wins from six games"
7 Jun 2011AzerbaijanBakuW 3 - 1
"Compliments to the team, I'm really proud of them. They have totally earned their holiday"
2 Sep 2011AustriaGelsenkirchenW 6 - 2
"The way we have dealt with qualification has shown a lot of class"
7 Oct 2011TurkeyIstanbulW 3 - 1
"We played with confidence in front of their 50,000 fans and against a side who really wanted to win"
11 Oct 2011BelgiumDüsseldorfW 3 - 1
"Ten wins from 10 games - what more could you ask for?"

A great montage from dfb.de of all the goals from the qualifying campaign.

Final Group A Table:
 PWDLFAGDPts
Germany10100034 72730
Turkey10 5231311 217
Belgium10 4332115 615
Austria10 3341617 -112
Azerbaijan10 2171026-16 7
Kazakhstan10 118 624-18 4


  • Germany were the first side to qualify:  as Group A winners, on 2 September 2011, when they beat Austria 6-2.
  • Germany were the sole country playing 10 games to achieve a 100% record (Spain only played 8 games for theirs), and thus had the highest points tally of all the groups - 30 points
  • German goalscoring honours:   Miroslav Klose - 9, Mario Gomez - 6, Mesut Özil - 5, Thomas Müller, Lukas Podolski, Andre Schürrle - 3, Holger Badstuber, Mario Götze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Heiko Westermann - 1, Opponent Own Goal - 1
  • In the 15 hours of football played in the qualifiers, Germany were never once behind in the scoreline.

last updated 16 July 2012
With thanks to UEFA.com and Wikipedia
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