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World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

The qualifying campaign:
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7 Sep 2012Faroe IslandsHannoverW 3 - 0
"It's still a problem, that we are missing out on a lot of chances."
11 Sep 2012AustriaViennaW 2 - 1
"We were leading 2-0 and then managed to get ourselves into a jam by making individual mistakes."
12 Oct 2012IrelandDublinW 6 - 1
"We deserved to win by this margin."
16 Oct 2012SwedenBerlinD 4 - 4
"I am shocked. I have never experienced anything like it. Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence. We are speechless."
22 Mar 2013KazakhstanAstanaW 3 - 0
"It was our duty to win here."
26 Mar 2013KazakhstanNürnbergW 4 - 1
"It looks good overall. However, the group will not be decided until the autumn."
6 Sep 2013AustriaMunichW 3 - 0
"We had a bit more time to work together this week and we did our homework."
10 Sep 2013Faroe IslandsTorshavnW 3 - 0
"It was vital today to get three points and we accomplished that."
11 Oct 2013IrelandKölnW 3 - 0
"We have shown we are group leaders and deserved to be where we are having won eight of nine matches."
15 Oct 2013SwedenStockholmW 5 - 3
"The team won because they had the will."

Final Group C Table:
Sweden106221914 +520
Austria105232010 +1017
Rep of Ireland104241617 -114
Kazakhstan10127 621-15 5
Faroe Islands10019429-25 1

  • Germany's 36 goals scored was a record for any Germany international qualifying campaign.
  • No team in the UEFA qualifying campaign scored more goals, and only the Netherlands equalled their points tally.
  • German goalscoring honours: Mesut Özil - 8, Marco Reus - 5, Mario Götze, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Müller, Andre Schürrle - 4, Toni Kroos - 3, Per Mertesacker - 2, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira - 1
  • Jogi's record in qualifiers since he became Bundestrainer is P 42, W 35, D 6, L 1

The Opponents

Facts and trivia on Germany's opponents, and their record against Joachim Löw's Germany (as at 31 August 2012):
  • The only country from the Group Jogi has never met so far as Bundestrainer is the Faroe Islands.
  • Jogi has never lost as coach against any of the other Group C opponents and has a 100% win record against Austria and Kazakhstan
  • Jogi's first match as Bundestrainer was a friendly against Sweden, a 3-0 victory at Gelsenkirchen.
  • Ireland were the next opponents, in Jogi's first competitive match in charge, a 1-0 victory at Stuttgart in a Euro 2008 qualifier. These two games were the first in a run of five wins - the best start by any Bundestrainer.
  • Austria and Kazakhstan were both in Germany's Euro 2012 qualifying group, which Germany won with a 100% record, as part of their record-breaking run of 15 consecutive competitive match victories.

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.

Sweden 2 1 1 0 3 0 2007 Friendly
2010 Friendly
Republic of Ireland 2 1 1 0 1 0 2008 Euro Qualifier (H)
2008 Euro Qualifier (A)
Austria 4 4 0 0 12 3 2008 Friendly
Euro 2008 Group B
Euro 2012 Qualifier (A)
Euro 2012 Qualifier (H)
Faroe Islands - - - - - - -
Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 7 0 Euro 2012 Qualifier (A)
Euro 2012 Qualifier (H)

Germany will start 2014 World Cup qualifying against the Faroe Islands and end the campaign in Sweden, the German football federation DFB said on Friday.
The schedule for the European qualifying group C was finalized in Frankfurt by the national federations of the group teams Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands.Germany open their campaign on 7 September 2012, when they host the Faroes and wrap it up on 11 October 2013, against Ireland and four days later in Sweden.
"Of course Germany are the favourites," said Germany coach Joachim Löw.
Only the group winner qualifies directly for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. - from - 18 November 2011

A video from the meeting

The Qualifying Draw

The draw for the qualifying stages of the next World Cup, to be held in Brazil in 2014, took place at Copacabana Beach, Rio, on 30 July 2011. Germany, naturally seeded as one of the top tier sides, were drawn in European Group C and their opponents will be Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan. The qualifying tournament will take place between 7 September 2012 and 15 October 2013.

Jogi was not in Rio for the draw due to attending the first-round matches in the DFB-Pokal in preparation for the upcoming friendly against Brazil (see my July 2011 archives). However afterwards, in a statement on the website, remarked that Sweden and Ireland will be the toughest opponents in the group, but that Austria are also highly motivated against Germany.

This Sportschau news item has footage from Rio, and comment from Jogi.  In a full interview on on, he talks about the draw. - 31 July 2011

Whilst not underestimating their opponents, the general opinion was that the draw had worked out well for Germany, achieving the main objective of the top tier teams in avoiding France, who had been moved down to the second tier. General manager, Oliver Bierhoff, who attended the draw in Rio, told Deutsche Welle "Of course, we are the favourites in this group," but added "Any qualification group in Europe is always difficult these days." - from

last updated 13 December 2013
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