Germany's Road to World Cup Glory
(World Cup 2014 Index)

The Tournament Itself

Look back on the tournament through my individual match pages,
which all link together to form a day-by-day account of Germany's Road to the Trophy

Germany 4 - 0 Portugal
16 June 2014, Group G

A fourth successive winning start to a tournament for Jogi, and there is plenty of praise for the coach as well as the team!

DFB Press Conference, 12 June 2014
FIFA Press Conference, 15 June 2014
Training in Salvador
UEFA Press Conference, 8 June 2014
and the match itself

Germany 2 - 2 Ghana
21 June 2014, Group G

The heat is turned up in a tough encounter!

Jogi on the beach
Training in Campo Bahia and Fortaleza
FIFA Press Conference, 20 June 2012
and the match itself

Germany 1 - 0 USA
26 June 2014, Group G

A much-anticipated reunion with Jurgen Klinsmann and Germany win Group G in the pouring rain!

Training in Campo Bahia and Recife
Interviews and FIFA Press Conference, 25 June 2012
and the match itself, with 'wet-look' Jogi causing a media seasation!

Germany 2 - 1 Algeria
Porto Alegre
30 June 2014, Round of Sixteen

Germany scrape through in extra-time, but in the knock-out stages to win is all that counts!

Training in Campo Bahia
DFB and FIFA Press Conferences, 29 June 2014
Training in Porto Alegre
and the match itself

Germany 1 - 0 France
Rio de Janeiro
4 July 2014, Quarter-Final

As the opposition gets stronger, so does Germany's performance!

Preparations, Pressures and Interviews
FIFA Press Conference, 3 July 2014
and the match itself

Brazil 1 - 7 Germany
Belo Horizonte
8 July 2014, Semi-Final

Simply one of the most sensational matches in World Cup history!

Training in Campo Bahia
Media interviews
Departure for and training in Belo Horizonte
UEFA Press Conference, 7 July 2014
and full reports from an incredible evening

Germany 1 - 0 Argentina
Rio de Janeiro
13 July 2014, Final

GERMANY ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS and Jogi secures his place in football coaching history !

Training in Campo Bahia
Media interviews
Departure for and training in Belo Horizonte
UEFA Press Conference, 7 July 2014
and full reports from an incredible evening

The Homecoming Celebrations
15 July 2014

The arrival in Campo Bahia and initial days are covered in my First Week in Brazil page.

Official DFB Portraits

The Final Squad

1. Manuel Neuer
2. Kevin Grosskreutz
3. Matthias Ginter
4. Benedikt Höwedes
5. Mats Hummels
6. Sami Khedira
7.  Bastian Schweinsteiger
8.  Mesut Özil
9.  Andre Schürrle
10. Lukas Podolski
11. Miroslav Klose
12. Ron-Robert Zieler
13. Thomas Müller
14. Julian Draxler
15. Erik Durm
16. Philipp Lahm
17. Per Mertesacker
18. Toni Kroos
19. Mario Götze
20. Jerome Boateng
21. Shkodran Mustafi
22. Roman Weidenfeller
23. Christoph Kramer

Shkodran Mustafi replacing Marco Reus from original 23

The Preparation

A day-by-day account of the Training Camp at the Hotel Andreus, San Martino in Passiria Bolzano, South Tyrol, 21-31 May 2014, can be found on my South Tyrol training camp pages.

The World Cup build-up continues in my two match pages for the Cameroon (1 June) and Armenia (6 June) friendlies.

The Provisional Squad

"When picking the squad it was important for us to have the right mix of experience and carefreeness and freshness,"

The 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup:

Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders:  Jerome Boateng,Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter*, Leon Goretzka, Mario Götze, Andre Hahn, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Maximilian Meyer, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Forwards:  Miroslav Klose, Kevin Volland

For the training camp in South Tirol, Joachim Löw omitted Andre Hahn, Leon Goretzka, Marcell Jansen and Max Meyer, and added Christoph Kramer to make a total of 27 players travelling to Italy.

For comments from Jogi on his selections, see my May 2014 Archive

During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the German national team will be based almost 30 kilometres north of Porto Seguro on the Bahia coast. After carrying out an inspection following the group draw in Costa do Sauipe, the national team's sporting management opted for "Campo Bahia", a sport and nature resort near Cabralia, where Portuguese explorers first sighted land when discovering Brazil in 1500. - 13 December 2013

The complex will be completed in March 2014. Read more on

Joachim Löw im DFB Quartier 2014 - a video from

The Group Draw

Mon 16 June 2014, 18.00 (German summer time)PortugalSalvador
Sat 21 June 2014, 21.00GhanaFortaleza
Thu 26 June 2014, 18.00USARecife

Coaches and delegates from all 32 competing countries assembled at the Costa do Sauipe Resort, Bahia, Brazil, for the Group Stage draw. The main talking point of Germany's Group is the pairing with Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team. The other two matches bring them up against teams they have also faced at the group stage in the past two tournaments, Ghana (2010 World Cup) and Portugal (Euro 2012).

German coaches Joachim Löw and Jurgen Klinsmann in old pals' reunion
Löw: Klinsmann and I are very close

"So, we will be meeting old friends," said Löw. "It's already something special to have the USA in our group."
"Jurgen and I have had a very good and close relationship for a long time. We have always exchanged ideas on a regular basis, but that will certainly change before the World Cup match."

Löw ready to face heat in Brazil

"In our preparations, we have to get used to the humidity and high temperatures," said Löw.
"I have already been to Fortaleza and Recife, where we will find difficult conditions to acclimatise to.We will have to adapt our preparations."
"We have to accept the group as it is, we now know who and where we play and we can take the next step to work for the World Cup," said Löw.
Löw focused following tough draw
"I briefly looked at Group H," he added of Germany's potential last 16 opponents, "but it's a lot of work to get out of the group. It's a World Cup of exertions."
"To be in one group with the U.S. is something special," he added. "Jurgen and I chatted yesterday. We have a great relationship."
Joachim Löw: "Wiedersehen mit alten Bekannten" - Jogi speaks to
"So we are meeting old friends" he said.

Joachim Löw nach der Auslosung im Interview - a longer media interview
Jogi speaks of the intense heat he experienced when previously visiting Fortaleza and the part team physician Tim Meyer will play in their preparations. Be believes Germany and Portugal as the favourites to go through from Group G. His top favourite for the tournament? Brazil.

Comments from Jogi after the Draw on the FIFA youtube channel and a short video of Jogi talking about the Group draw in English

In Bild Plus, 8 December 2013, there was an exclusive interview with Jogi, where he talked about the Draw and re-iterated the challenges facing the team. Saying he was not flying back to Germany with a better or worse feeling than he flew out. He again spoke of the World Cup being one of 'hardship' and spoke of the need for patience and to remain calm if things do not always go as planned. He again stressed the importance of the DFB medical team and their knowledge of how the body must adapt in such conditions. Uruguay is one of several options for a preparation period, but they will also consider if they may need to spend time in conditions more similar to north Brazil. Turning back to team selection, he said he need players who were resilient and 'fighting fit' and have had a good lead up to the tournament, the exception would be Sami Khedira who is fighting to be fit after his cruciate ligament operation. Jogi has been in touch and praised his positive approach. Finally, when asked if there could be any surprise nominations in the team, he replied "If I were to tell you that now, it would no longer be a surprise!"

Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff to talk to ARD

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

Portugal 2 2 0 0 4 2 Euro 2008 Quarter-Final
Euro 2012 Group match
Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 World Cup 2010 Group match
USA 1 0 0 1 3 4 2013 Friendly

Tuesday 3 December 2013, Jogi and other members of the German management team flew into Sao Paolo airport, and together with coaches from the other 31 countries involved, assembled in the Costa do Sauipe resort in Bahia, Brazil, for the Group Draw.
Löw: "Every group will be tough" - - 3 December 2013
Calling Brazil the 'ultimate football nation', he spoke of the likelihood of facing difficult opponents at the Group stage, "I think we have to accept the fact that there won't be any groups with two or even three supposedly easier opponents, as there were eight or twelve years ago. The high overall standard will make every group fairly difficult: Every nation is likely to have to face certain obstacles during the group stage. The standard is unbelievably high. If you take a look at pots three and four, you realise it's going to be difficult."
He described the necessity for European teams to adapt to conditions in Brazil, the humidity, the travel times and the differing conditions from one venue to the next, as witnessed on his recent visit to the Confederations Cup.
Also talking about his squad selection for Brazil and the injuries faced recently, he concluded "If we do make the final, we're determined to win it, but there's still a long, long way to go before then."

Visit my separate page for Germany's Qualifying Campaign

last updated 18 July 2014
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