Euro 2016 Index

The Tournament Itself

Germany 2 - 0 Ukraine
12 June 2016, Group C

Off to a tournament winning start yet again for Jogi, as Germany claim a victory over Ukraine

Including:
UEFA Press Conference, 11 June 2016
Training in Lille, media interviews
the match itself and, of course, 'Hosengate'

Germany 0 - 0 Poland
16 June 2016, Group C

Stalemate in Paris with both the German and Poland attack failing to break down each other's defence.

Including:
Training in Evian and Lille
UEFA Press Conference, 15 June 2016
and the match itself

Germany 1 - 0 Northern Ireland
21 June 2016, Group C

Germany win their Group and progress to the knock-out stage without conceding a goal

Including:
Training in Evian
DFB Press Conference, 18 June 2016
Suffering from a cold on arrival in Paris
the match itself and final Group table

Germany 3 - 0 Slovakia
26 June 2016, Round of Sixteen

A return to Lille and an impressive performance in the first knock-out stage

Including:
Training in Evian
Interviews and UEFA Press Conference, 25 June 2016
the match itself and praise for Jogi

Germany (1)6 - 5(1) Italy
2 July 2016, Quarter-Final

Germany's first ever defeat of Italy in a competitive match, albeit in the most nail-biting manner!

Including:
DFB Press Conference, 28 June 2016
Training in Evian and departure for Bordeaux
UEFA Press Conference, 1 July 2016
the match itself and THAT penalty shoot-out

France 2 - 0 Germany
7 July 2016, Semi-Final

Germany's hopes of successive tournament wins end as they lose to France in the Semi-Final

Including:
DFB Press Conference, 4 July 2016
Training in Evian
Discussions on Jogi, football and non-footballing matters
Departure from Evian
UEFA Press Conference, 6 July 2016
the match itself, feedback and analysis afterwards


The squad's arrival at their Tournament Base can be found on my First Days in Evian page.

The Final Squad

1. Manuel Neuer
2. Shkodran Mustafi
3. Jonas Hector
4. Benedikt Höwedes
5. Mats Hummels
6. Sami Khedira
7.  Bastian Schweinsteiger
8.  Mesut Özil
9.  Andre Schürrle
10. Lukas Podolski
11. Julian Draxler
12. Bernd Leno
13. Thomas Müller
14. Emre Can
15. Julian Weigl
16. Jonathan Tah (not in photo
 - replacing Antonio Rüdiger)
17. Jerome Boateng
18. Toni Kroos
19. Mario Götze
20. Leroy Sane
21. Joshua Kimmich
22. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
23. Mario Gomez

Antonio Rüdiger had to withdraw after suffering a knee injury in the first training session on arrival, and was replaced by Jonathan Tah

The Preparation

A day-by-day account of the Training Camp on Lake Maggiore, Switzerland, can be found on my Ascona training camp pages.

The European Championship build-up continues in my two match pages for the Slovakia (29 May) and Hungary (4 June) friendlies.

The Provisional Squad

""We have chosen these players because we are convinced that we have a good mixture of experience and youthful exuberance"

The 27-man provisional squad for Euro 2016:

Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Defenders:  Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Emre Can, Antonio Rüdiger, Jerome Boateng, Sebastian Rudy

Midfielders/Forwards:  Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Andre Schürrle, Lukas PodolskiMarco Reus, Thomas Müller, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mario Götze, Karim Bellarabi, Mario Gomez, Julian Brandt, Leroy Sane, Julia Weigl, Joshua Kimmich


Comments and quotes on the Provisional Squad can be found in my May 2016 Archive

The Group Draw

Germany have been drawn against Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in the Group stage of Euro 2016. They will play their first match in the northern city of Lille, and their other two matches at the two Parisien venues. The draw took place at the Palais des Congres, Paris, on 12 December 2015.

12 June 2016, 21.00 CETUkraineLille
16 June 2016, 21.00 CETPolandStade de France, Paris
21 June 2016, 18.00 CETNorthern IrelandParc de Princes, Paris

"We will concentrate from the very first game. Poland are a great side while Ukraine and Northern Ireland can be unpleasant to play with their counters and good defending. We are the favourites and want to win the group." - from dfb.de

Löw satisfied with 'doable' Euro 2016 draw after Germany pitted against Poland - 12 December 2015
Germany coach Joachim Löw was satisfied with his side's Euro 2016 draw, which he described as "doable" after being pitted against Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland.
The World Cup winners' clash with neighbour Poland on June 16 promises to be one of the highlights of the competition's group stage.
Germany gets its campaign underway against Group C underdog Northern Ireland and faces Ukraine in its final group match.
"This group definitely is doable. We are the favorites, we want to finish top and that is our aim," Löw told ZDF. "I think we have to pay close attention to every opponent. We know Poland well from the qualification. Ukraine conceded the least goals of all the teams I think and Northern Ireland are very uncomfortable to play against."
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will go up against many of his teammates when Poland plays Germany, and the sides swapped wins against each other in qualifying.
When asked if Poland was the strongest opponent in Group C, Löw replied: "I would not say that. We know their quality from the group, but the other two teams are dangerous as well."

Germany's Löw has score to settle with ItalyGermany coach Joachim Löw says he wishes the world champions had drawn Italy in their Euro 2016 group, because he has a score to settle with the Azzurri.
Germany have drawn Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C of next June's tournament in France, while Italy are in Group E along with Sweden, Ireland and Belgium.
But Löw says he hopes his side meets Italy during the knock-out stages, so he can finally taste victory after two defeats at the hands of the Azzurri.
"I was twice involved when we lost important matches against Italy," said Löw."At some point, I want to play against them again and I want to beat them."
Löw says Poland are Germany's biggest threat in the battle to win Group C having shocked the world champions with a 2-0 win in Warsaw in 2014 before losing 3-1 to the Germans in September during Euro 2016 qualifiers.
"They have made tremendous progress over the last five or six years and played two big qualifying matches against us," said Loew, who says Bayern Munich's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is their biggest threat.
"We must improve 100 percent compared to our qualifying campaign, but if we are well prepared then we will be among the favourites."

Löw zur EM-Auslosung: Wir sind der Favorit
Jogi speaks to ZDF and tv.dfb.de


Jogi's record as Bundestrainer against Germany's Group C opponents:

Ukraine 1 0 10332011 Friendly
Poland5221 75Euro 2008, Group B
2011 Friendly
2014 Friendly
Euro 2016 Qualifier (A)
Euro 2016 Qualifier (H)
Northern Ireland - - - - - --

Joachim Löw has never faced Northern Ireland as Bundestrainer, and has not faced the Ukraine in a competitive match.
He has also not any of the three sides in actual tournament football (only loss is to Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifier).



Joachim Löw was interviewed on dfb.de two days before the Group Draw in Paris, 10 December 2015. He said that the return to Paris for the draw would be special for him. "I think that I will pay my respects for what happened on 13th November and to the immediate family of those lost. The whole DFB delegation will go. I hope that our French hosts can return to normality as soon as possible. They are a big and traditional footballing nation. With the Euro draw at the weekend, football will come more into focus again. France are an amazing host, and will be for both this weekend and the competition itself. To look ahead, the European Championships are also something to look forward to. As with all the partakers in Paris, we want to represent our way of life, meaning openness, tolerance, respect, solidarity and freedom. We will not surrender these values." Talking of Oliver Bierhoff resuming his role as 'Losfee', Jogi said that Oliver did well at the World Cup draw in Saint Petersburg, he has practice, but that Jogi does not mind who Germany get drawn against. What is more important to him is that concrete plans and preparation are put in place for the competition directly after the draw.
"The opposition is not important, it's how we play that counts. It's all down to us. I am confident as we have so often proved that we are in the position to use our time wisely to prepare. As coach, my greatest pleasure is to play in competitions and that starts from the very first game. We are cautious of every opponent. We will prepare sufficiently for every match, regardless of who we get in the draw."
He added that he found having 16 teams in the competition better and thought it was a more attractive prospect for fans. He could, however, see positives for smaller nations to qualify. "At the end of the day it will always be the stronger teams that progress. It doesn't really make a difference to me, though, whether it's 16 or 24."

Visit my separate page for Germany's Qualifying Campaign

last updated 9 July 2016
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