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Monday, 16 June 2008

Euro 2008, Group B

"I tried in several languages to tell him not to interfere. In the end I was a little more blunt"
Germany - Michael Ballack 49'

Match Reports - 16/17 June 2008

A post-match TV interview
Germany books berth in last eight of Euro 2008
Germany reach Goal thanks to brilliant Michael Ballack
German Coach Löw Suspended for Quarter-Finals - 17 June 2008

"I told him that my colleague (Hickersberger) and I wanted to work in peace in the coaching zone. From the start the fourth man almost every minute told me to sit down. He disturbed my concentration. The zone is there for the coach," insisted Löw.
"I did not insult the fourth official," Löw said. "I tried in several languages to tell him not to interfere. In the end I was a little more blunt."
Löw added that the fourth officials have become a growing pain for him over the past years.
"There have been growing problems with the fourth official in the last year or two. I want my freedom in the coaching zone," he insisted.

"I feel good and am happy with the win" Löw said. "There was enormous pressure, but it's good to have games with such pressure and emotion.
"I told the fourth official that Joseph Hickersberger and I wanted to get on with our jobs in the technical area but we were sent into the stands. I did not leave my technical area and both trainers have the right to give instructions to their teams" he mused.
"My team stuck to the plan 100%. If we want to reach our next target, then we will have to raise ourselves to the level we have shown in the previous two years" the Bundestrainer concluded.. from Goal.com -

A match review from BBC Sport

Löw Under Fire After Germany Disappoint in Euro 2008 - Germany qualify for the quarter-final, but as usual there are always those that see fit to criticise!!

A video showing the dismissal of the two coaches
Match highlights from tv.dfb.de

Germany's Honor At Stake in Clash With Austria - 16 June 2008

Löw says Germany won't underestimate Austria

Germany will not take Austria lightly when they meet the co-hosts in their last game of the Euro 2008 group stage on Monday, said coach Joachim Low."We definitely won't underestimate them and tomorrow we will go to our limit and beyond," Loew told reporters on Sunday.
A point would be enough for triple European champions Germany to progress to the quarter-finals as Group B runners-up behind Croatia.Austria, ranked 92nd in the world, can also advance if they overcome Germany in Vienna, as long as Poland do not beat Croatia by a bigger margin in Klagenfurt.
"Of course we suffered a (2-1) defeat against Croatia (on Thursday) but tomorrow our team will definitely step on to the pitch with a very different demeanour," said Löw."Every player is aware tomorrow in Germany some 30 million fans will probably be watching us and putting their hopes on us, hence it is our duty to our fans, to our nation to play a completely different game."We will be full of energy and confidence." from Times of Malta
German stars hold clear the air talks
"I do think the meeting was a good thing because we should avoid pointing the finger at each other," Löw said."Within the team, players and coaching staff have to keep questioning ourselves but not others.We cannot blame offence or defence - it was a team. It is why I encouraged team members sitting down and talking and avoiding finger-pointing. I think it did a lot of good."
"Austria stand a chance and want a place in the quarter-final. They are under as much pressure as we are.We will play our game and impose it on our opponent, we are confident enough to show what we can do."He added: "I know that our team are able to manage pressure. From time to time a little pressure doesn't hurt. It will allow us to live up to the challenge. I think we are ready to live with the pressure.If we play well there is no reason to be afraid of our opponents."

An interview with n24.de - 15 June 2008

Jogi's footprints form part of a bronze sculpture bearing the footprints of the German national team players in Ascona, Switzerland, by sculptor Stephan Schmidling

Training, 14 June 2008

Germany vow to fight Austrian spirit of Cordoba - 13 June 2008
Löw told reporters. "Austria have a one-off chance to make themselves immortal in the public eye.I can only promise you it will be a completely different German team you see on the pitch in Vienna. There will be no repeat of the Croatia match."We will have the will to run the extra mile and show all the things missing against Croatia."
Löw said he could not explain why Germany, who had played so well in beating Poland 2-0, had suddenly lost form."There will be changes in attitude and possibly in the lineup as well," Löw said.The coach may be forced into changes, with Lukas Podolski, Philipp Lahm and Marcell Jansen carrying injuries.Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has come off the bench in the two matches so far, is suspended after his red card at the end of the Croatia game.
"Injuries apart we may look to new players to put another accent on the team," Löw said.

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