Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Final Group D table:

Rep of Ireland10532197+1218
Georgia103071116 -6 9
Gibraltar100010 256-54 0

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7 Sep 2014ScotlandDortmundW 2 - 1
"I am completely satisfied with the three points."
11 Oct 2014PolandWarsawL 0 - 2
"I can't be unhappy because we created a lot of goalscoring chances.
We just weren't able to put the ball in the back of the net."
14 Oct 2014IrelandGelsenkirchenD 1 - 1
"We're all disappointed. We were too naive in the final minutes."
14 Nov 2014GibraltarNürnbergW 4 - 0
"If we want to play like World Champions, then four goals aren't enough."
29 Mar 2015GeorgiaTbilisiW 2 - 0
"If you looked at the table ahead of the game you would have seen that we had to win today."
13 June 2015GibraltarFaro, PortugalW 7 - 0
"Yes, I had to put across my point. But there was only one thing that needed discussing - clinical finishing"
4 Sep 2015PolandFrankfurtW 3 - 1
"We only had one goal: To win the game and claim the top spot in the standings."
7 Sep 2015ScotlandGlasgowW 3 - 2
"We dominated the match, and didn't give Scotland any chances from open play."
8 Oct 2015IrelandDublinL 0 - 1
"It was an unexpected and totally unnecessary defeat."
11 Oct 2015GeorgiaLeipzigW 2 - 1
"We won the group and can be happy about that, but I am not satisfied with the last two matches."

The away tie with Gibraltar was played in Faro, Portugal, due to Gibraltar not having a ground that meets UEFA standards.

The Opponents

Facts and trivia on Germany's opponents, and their record against Joachim Löw's Germany (as at 31 August 2014):
  • Joachim Löw has yet to face either Scotland or Gibraltar as Bundestrainer.
  • He has an unbeaten record as coach against the other Group D opponents.
  • This is the third time Jogi's Germany have faced the Republic of Ireland in a qualifying campaign, the previous ones being Euro 2008 and 2014 World Cup.
  • Ireland were the opponents in his first ever competitive match in charge. A 1-0 victory in Stuttgart.
  • Poland were Jogi's first-ever tournament opponents, where two goals from Lukas Podolski secured a first group stage victory in Euro 2008.

Germany under Joachim Löw - Statistics against each country prior to World Cup qualifying campaign.
Click on links on right-hand column to see my individual Match Page, where available.

Republic of Ireland 4 3 1 0 10 1 2008 Euro Qualifier (H)
2008 Euro Qualifier (A)
2014 World Cup Qualifier (A)
2014 World Cup Qualifier (H)
Poland3120 42Euro 2008, Group B
2011 Friendly
2014 Friendly
Georgia1100 202006 Friendly

Group winners and runners-up qualify automatically for the finals in France.

The Qualifying Draw

The Qualifying Draw took place in Nice on 23 February 2014 and Germany have been drawn against the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Group D.

Löw and Germany set sights high - from

"From a sporting point of view it is an interesting group, with Germany, Georgia, Scotland, Ireland and Poland. It's an even group, and from the atmosphere point of view, a good group. There are some Polish players playing in the Bundesliga, and then with Scotland or Ireland, wherever you play there is always a great atmosphere. So I think it is an interesting group. We don't necessarily want to say [Germany are favourites] but of course everybody is saying that. We always hope to win the group in all the qualification competitions we take part in, to qualify directly and set things straight immediately.
[Scotland and Ireland] play a lot with their hearts, and are very dynamic and passionate. They play for their country and they know how to fight; even if they are 2-0 down, they never give up. That makes it difficult, and they are always very intense matches, where you have to go to your limit to manage to beat them. I actually don't know much about Gibraltar and their team. It's their first time participating. They play in Faro in Portugal, I think, and we are excited to see what will happen against them."
Germany aim to top qualifying group for Euro 2016

Löw said: "We know the Scottish team will be physically strong and it has always been hard for Germany when we have played against them in the past."
"Gordon Strachan was a good tough player and his team will be the same."
"Martin O'Neill has been a top manager for a long time and his team will be a challenge too." - from belfasttelegraph

Scotland have heart, power and dynamism - but I only have eyes for Brazil says Germany manager Joachim Löw - from the Daily Record (Scotland)

"It's an okay group and we take it like it is. It will be interesting and difficult. Poland, Ireland and Scotland are all good teams. Of course, Germany are the favourites and we want to win the group.
"But we are up against strong teams. I don't know which is the strongest between Scotland, Poland and Ireland right now.
"Of course, Poland have some very good individual players such as Robert Lewandowski who plays in the Bundesliga.But both Scotland and Ireland have a lot of power, dynamism and heart.We know it is always difficult for Germany when we play against these nations."
"Gordon Strachan is a really good guy and a real man of football. I've only seen Scotland on television or DVD in the last year or so but after the World Cup this summer, I will begin to study them closely.Brazil is the first thing on my mind just now."
Joachim Löw freut sich nach Auslosung - Jogi is interviewed after the draw
He also talks to Sky Sports News (in English) with special emphasis on the Scottish and Irish teams.

Meanwhile the Mirror reported that an over-zealous steward had refused Jogi entry to the event as he had been unable to produce the right credentials. Mistook him for a film star who had made a wrong turn on the way to Cannes perhaps?

Löw: "Ich halte die Aufstockung für fragwürdig" - 21 February 2014
With the draw for qualifying stage of Euro 2016 to be made in Nice on Sunday morning, Joachim Löw has spoken against the new format of the competition (24 teams instead of the previous 16). "As a coach, I regard the increase in participants in a European Championship as questionable. This is also true of the new qualifying round. It decreases the sporting value of not only individual games, but the whole competition." and stated Germany's aim would, as always, be to win their Group.

last updated 18 November 2015
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