Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Allianz Arena, München
Euro 2008 Qualifier

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Czech Republic - 2' Libor Sionko 2', Marek Matejovsky 23', Jaroslav Plašil 63'

Jogi suffers only his second defeat in 16 games as Bundestrainer. Germany had, however, already qualified for the Euro 2008 Championships, with a draw against Ireland in Dublin four days earlier.

Match reports: - 17/18 October
Czechs demolish Germany to book Euro 2008 place

Head coach Joachim Löw said none of his players did themselves justice in a flat performance."We were without movement, tempo and structure," said Löw.
"The whole match was disappointing, everything we have worked on and strengthened in the last month was missing.The tension was there yesterday, but it was all missing tonight. Each and everyone of my players was below their normal level."
Three-goal Czechs humble Germany to book Euro 2008 ticket
"We lost our rhythm after the early goal and struggled to regain it. In the second half we fell back into old bad habits. We lacked pace, movement, organization. There were few ideas or movement from midfield, no decent crosses."
Match highlights on youtube
And, ahead of the championships in Austria and Switzerland, Jogi is presented with a present from the ZDF studio

DFB Bundestag, 25/26 October 2007

A week after the Czech Republic match, Jogi signed a contract extension, taking him up until the 2010 World Cup.

Germany reward Löw achievements
Löw said: "I'm really delighted that I can continue the progress I have made with my team in the coming years."

Germany coach Joachim Löw will have injury doubt Bastian Schweinsteiger in his lineup for the showdown for first place in Euro 2008 qualifying Group D against the Czech Republic in Munich on Wednesday.
But he will be missing injured captain Michael Ballack, suspended goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and other leading players.
Midfielder Schweinsteiger left the field in the 18th minute with a bleeding forehead after a collision and his creativity was sorely missed. Löw said his wound was healing well.
"We want to win and give the fans a good show," Löw told a news conference. "The biggest danger is if anyone thinks they can let up now that we've qualified."
Löw will put Lukas Podolski, who has struggled to get playing time at Bayern Munich, back in the attack next to Kevin Kuranyi, who was anonymous in Dublin. Podolski sparkled in the final half hour after he replaced the ineffective Mario Gomez.
Also missing for Germany are injured striker Miroslav Klose, midfielder Bernd Schneider and defender Philipp Lahm. - from espn - 15 October 2007
Löw: "Ganze Konzentration auf Tschechien-Spiel"
Asked about rumours in the press that he was about to sign an extension to his contract as Bundestrainer, Jogi emphasised that the whole of his concentration over the next few days would be on the match against the Czech Republic. - 15 October 2007

Interviewed on after the Ireland game, Jogi said his intention was to perform well and win against the Czech Republic in Munich and described the game as a 'little highlight' of the European qualifiers. He also spoke of his intention to play Lukas Podolski from the start. - 14 October 2007

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