Saturday, 17 November 2007

Euro 2008 Qualifier

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Germany - Clemens Fritz 2', Miroslav Klose 20', Lukas Podolski 53', Thomas Hitzlsperger 82'

Already qualified for Euro 2008, Germany secure an easy win over Cyprus and are now battling it out for top spot with the Czech Republic.

Germany prove too good for Cyprus
Germany ease past Cyprus - match report from

Podolski leads Germany to easy 4-0 win over Cyprus
Easy 4-0-victory for the DFB-team against Cyprus

After the match, Löw praised his team and stressed the performance of Lukas Podolski: "We knew that Lukas would get over his crisis and his performance was brilliant. The national team counts on him."
"We wanted to make up for the 0-3 loss to the Czech republic. And we were very successful at doing that", said coach Joachim Löw after the win.
The German team made good on their intentions to rebound and still have a chance to come out on top of their group. With the 50th win of the German team in the European Championship qualification round, the third place finishers in the World Cup offered fans an evening of excitement.
The possibility of the team stumbling in the upcoming match against Wales does not bother Löw: "There's no need for me to worry. The team has worked hard these past few days. Every one knows what has has to happen." from

Löw: "Kampf um die EM-Plätze wird sich weiter verschärfen"In an interview on, Jogi talks of his overall satisfaction with the 4-0 win, but that there were some errors which did give the Cypriots opportunities. He said the team had upped their tempo since the Czech defeat and played with more aggression.
He praised Lukas Podolski's strong performance, but added that he had also performed well for Bayern Munich in the Europa Cup and DFB-Pokal. He also spoke of Jens Lehmann, the battle for squad places ahead of Euro 2008, and that he believed the Czech Republic were more likely to end up as the Group winners.

Match highlights on

Bundestrainer zieht die Zügel stramm - 17 November 2007
Jogi 'tightens the reins' promising "aggressive, passionate" football and says he is keen to finish the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with two wins.

Training, Barsinghausen, 14/16 November 2007

Press Conference, 14 November 2007

Coach Joachim Low is predicting tough competition for places, not only for Saturday's game against Cyprus, but also for the next seven months leading up to Euro 2008.
"It is not only the games which count, but the training sessions do too and we can use a lot of players still," he said."The competition will increase up to 2008."
However, Low will not experiment too extensively and wants all of the players who represent their country to be totally committed - a swipe at the players who celebrated Euro 2008 qualification with a 3-0 defeat to the Czechs.
He said: "We will be asking for other things again while others will no longer be tolerated." - from

Germany coach wants big show against Cyprus
Germany's head coach Joachim Löw is insisting on a top-class performance against minnows Cyprus in Hanover on Saturday to wipe out memories of Germany's Euro 2008 Czech humbling last month.
The Cypriots have been Group D's over-achievers and drew 1-1 with Germany a year ago in a Euro 2008 qualifier, but the Germans are still smarting from their 3-0 humbling by the Czech Republic on home turf in Munich last month.
Germany qualified with a 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin last month, but Löw inists they finish with a flourish against Cyprus, and then Wales in Frankfurt next Wednesday, to restore some pride.
"We made errors which we have not seen for a long time against the Czech Republic, that is something we still need to talk about, because a performance like that will not be tolerated again," Löw told German sports agency SID.
"We want to finish the two games with wins and then we can take the necessary confidence into our preparations for next summer's European Championships. The players have to show good form, not only in the two games, but also in the seven or eight training camps we will have."

Low to chat with Lehmann
Löw said he now wants a serious chat with goalkeeper Lehmann who trained with the national squad on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus."I do not know yet how things are with him," Löw told German sports agency SID. "We always said we would sit down and discuss the situation during the winter break. He knows it will be difficult to play in the European Championships if he hasn't played for his club for the eight months before that."
Meanwhile, Löw insists places are still up for grabs as his side prepare for their penultimate qualifier.
The Germans have already qualified for next summer's tournament in Austria and Switzerland, but Löw wants wins over Cyprus in Hanover and Wales in Frankfurt next Wednesday to finish on a high.The head coach is also keen to see how experienced trio of Mike Hanke, Tim Borowski and veteran Oliver Neuville cope after long spells off with injury.
"We look forward to the two home games and want to celebrate the last two games of this campaign with a win," said Löw. "All the players have the possibility of proving themselves. Players who had long-term injuries like Hanke, Borowski and Neuville have the chance to prove themselves and fight for places at next year's championships."
Experienced pair Neuville and Borowski were the only players to sit out training on Tuesday.

German unveil their new strip for Euro 2008, to be worn at Saturday's game.

On the website, Jogi described the shirt as "ein richtiger Blickfang" (a real eye-catcher)!


Arrival at the training base in Barsinghausen, 13 November 2011

Jogi is interviewed on arrival in Barsinghausen

Löw fordert Umdenken nach Europacup-Desaster... - 12 November 2007
Bundestrainer Joachim Löw calls for a rethink amongst German clubs after a disastrous showing in the week's European competitions.

Jogi is pictured right at the Champions League Group B match between Schalke and Chelsea at the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, on 6 November 2007. The match ended 0-0.



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