World Cup 2018 Index

Germany 0 - 1 Mexico
17 June 2018, Group F

A losing start to a tournament for the first time make the task all the more harder for Germany.

Arrival in Russia
Training in Vatutinki
DFB Press Conference, 13 June 2018
FIFA Press Conference, 16 June 2018
and the match itself

Germany 2 - 1 Sweden
23 June 2018, Group F

A thrilling end, as Germany secure a vital win in their second Group match!

Travel from Vatutinki to Sochi
Jogi's morning promenade runs
Training in Sochi
FIFA Press Conference, 22 June 2018
and the match itself

Germany 0 - 2 South Korea
27 June 2018, Group F

Germany exit at the group stage and the dream of a second successive
World title comes to an early end.

Training in Vatutinki
FIFA Press Conference, 26 June 2018
the match itself, the immediate post-mortems and reaction
and the return to Germany

Official FIFA Portraits

The Final Squad

1. Manuel Neuer
2. Marvin Plattenhardt
3. Jonas Hector
4. Matthias Ginter
5. Mats Hummels
6. Sami Khedira
7.  Julian Draxler
8.  Toni Kroos
9.  Timo Werner
10. Mesut Özil
11. Marco Reus
12. Kevin Trapp
13. Thomas Müller
14. Leon Goretzka
15. Niklas Süle
16. Antonio Rüdiger
17. Jerome Boateng
18. Joshua Kimmich
19. Sebastian Rudy
20. Julian Brandt
21. Ilkay Gündogan
22. Marc-André ter Stegen
23. Mario Gomez

The Preparation

A day-by-day account of the Training Camp at the Hotel Weinegg, Girlan, Eppan, Italy, 24 May - 7 June 2018, can be found on my three pages, each covering a week at the camp.

South Tyrol Training Camp Week 3
South Tyrol Training Camp Week 2
South Tyrol Training Camp Week 1

The World Cup build-up continues on my two match pages for the Austria (2 June) and Saudi Arabia (8 June) friendlies.

The Provisional Squad

"The entire squad was selected based on piecing together a coherent overall picture.
The team needs to function well together both on the pitch and off it."

For comments on the provisional squad selections, see my May 2018 Archive.

On 4 June 2018, Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah, Nils Petersen and Leroy Sané were omitted to reduce the squad to 23.

Die Mannschaft's World Cup Hotel near Moscow - 15 December 2017
Germany's living quarters for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be in Vatutinki, in close proximity to Moscow.
"The decision wasn't easy for us, because we had a very good time in Sochi during the Confederations Cup. For success, everything needs to be right. In Moscow, we'll be able to work with concentration under the best training conditions and we have found a quietly located hotel where we'll be able to regenerate after games and training," said Germany head coach Joachim Löw.

The Group Draw

"It will be an exciting World Cup and we're all looking forward to it getting started."

17 June 2018MexicoMoscow
23 June 2018SwedenSochi
27 June 2018South KoreaKazan

Germany have been drawn in World Cup Group F and will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. The draw took place in the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow.

"I'm definitely not afraid. We know Mexico from the Confed Cup, Sweden from Europe and South Korea are also not unknown. We're looking forward to the World Cup, it will be an exciting group. Whatever group we are in, we need to progress. That is clearly our expectation. For that reason, I was pretty relaxed. Sporting wise they are very interesting opponents. We want to lay to foundations for a successful title defence in the group stages. That's our goal. When you are world champions, other countries look to Germany to see what's going on in Germany - especially after our Confed Cup win. You notice that when you meet colleagues. Other nations have caught up, they have strong teams and class players." - from

"There is no reason to be nervous. They are athletic but very interesting opponents. We want to lay the foundation for a successful title defense in this group. That is our goal." - from

Löw warns World Cup holders Germany against being "own biggest enemy"

"Mexico play at an incredibly high level," he told . "We know them from the Confederations Cup where we beat them [4-1 in the semi-final].
"Technically and tactically, they are a very good team, a tough opponent to open against. We definitely won't be taking things lightly against them. They have always done very well in recent years.
"Sweden knocked Italy out in the play-offs so we absolutely cannot underestimate them. They're a tough team, they have very good team spirit, lots of confidence and they defend well.
"I remember we drew 4-4 against them in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, having led 4-0. This game showed me that you can never give up. This time we want to lead 5-0 to be sure!""Our biggest enemy will be if we go into the games against Sweden or South Korea thinking we only need to put in 80 or 90 per cent," said Low."These teams will fight with all they have to reach the last 16. I know lots of Korean players, Heung-Min Son from Tottenham Hotspur of course, there are also lots in the Bundesliga."They have a great mentality and are very quick. They are getting better and better."
"Gegen Schweden wollen wir vielleicht 5:0 führen"

Jogi Löw: WM-Duell mit seinem Korea-Klon
South Korean coach Shin Tae-Yong previously came to our attention in July 2012, when his style and appearance - even down to the bracelet - drew immediate comparisons to that of the Bundestrainer!

Joachim Löw zur WM-Auslosung - from
Löw: "Wir wollen natürlich weiterkommen" - interview on ZDF
The longest interview I have yet to see with Jogi in English, as he speaks to a Mexican journalist.

WM-Basiscamp: Löw hat noch zwei Wochen Zeit - 3 December 2017
The German management team now have until the 15 December to decide on their team base. They are down to two choices, Moscow or Sochi. While Sochi remains the favourite, there are queries over the training ground facilities. Jogi was quoted as saying, before he took his return flight from Moscow "In the next few days, we will be making progress in our decision-making processes. Sometime we have to make a decision on where we will go."

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

Mexico 1 1 0 0 4 1 Confederations Cup 2017 Semi-Final
Sweden 4 2 2 0 12 7 2006 Friendly
2010 Friendly
World Cup 2014 Qualifier (H)
World Cup 2014 Qualifier (A)
South Korea - - - - - -  

  • Joachim Löw is unbeaten against both Mexico and Sweden in all types of internationals.
  • He has yet to face South Korea as Bundestrainer.
  • His first match as Bundestrainer was a friendly against Sweden in Gelsenkirchen.
  • However one of Germany's most notorious games was also against Sweden, when the visitors came back from 4-0 down to draw in Berlin in 2012.

Wir freuen uns auf die WM - a video from

Grindel, Löw, Bierhoff to attend World Cup draw - 29 November 2017

"We would like to be in an group of exciting football nations, but we'll take whatever we get," said Löw. "I really enjoy the World Cup draw because I get to meet my colleagues from all over the world. I'm on a tight schedule, but I'm still very much looking forward to meeting everyone again."
The draw for the Group Stage of the World Cup tournament will take place at the State Krelim Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin on Friday 1 December 2017.

This tournament around the teams have not been placed into pots according to their federation, but purely on their World ranking as at 1 October 2017. However no more than two national teams can be drawn into any one group from UEFA, and only one team from any other federation.

last updated 22 July 2018
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