19 November 2008

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Germany - Patrick Helmes 63'
England - Matthew Upson 23', John Terry 84'

Match Reports, 19/20 November 2008
Experimental Germany Fall to England Reserves in Berlin Friendly
Terry seals England win over Germany

Germany coach Joachim Löw faces further scrutiny after being outplayed by England

"The Englishmen were better over the entire game," admitted Löw, "We had a bad day at the office and earned the defeat."
"Only in the second half did we find our feet, in what was our best phase of the game, but we had big problems in terms of organisation and structure.
You could see England getting stronger and we didn't take our chances when we had them. We didn't find our shape on the pitch, were badly organised and lost possession much too often."
"England have got a lot better since the European Championships and we didn't have the ability to beat a team like them on the night."
Löw: "Haben schlechten Tag erwischt" - In an interview on, Jogi says the team had a 'bad day' and deserved to lose, and that they had lacked the maturity to deal with their opponent. He discusses the debutees' performances and reaffirms Michael Ballack's role as captain.

Poor performance by Germany - Deserved victory for England - this report describing the match as 'one of the worst performances under Löw'.

The match goals can be seen on this youtube link

And finally, let's skip forward just over 18 months for the next encounter between the two rivals in Bloemfontein, South Africa, World Cup 2010. A different result entirely - when it 'mattered'!!

The match marked the farewell game of physiotherapist Adolf "Adi" Katzenmaier (pictured above right with Jogi and Oliver Bierhoff).

Training, Berlin, 17 November 2008

Press Conference, Berlin, 17 November 2008

Löw ready for new and improved England

"After failing to make Euro 2008, England have changed," he said at a press conference on Monday."They have taken huge steps forwards and what we have seen of them and analysed over the last few days have shown us that England at the moment - and independent of who plays - are the strongest they have been for years.
"They have learned from not qualifying for Euro 2008 and, with Capello, they have a coach who has brought his strong Italian influence on this team. I don't have to talk them up - they are strong enough as it is."
"They have players who can replace a (Wayne) Rooney," he said. "The others are equally good. They have 20 to 25 players who are all motivated and can fit into the team seamlessly, so this is no advantage for us. They are and will be tough opponents.
"We were in a similar situation when we played at Wembley and had Philipp Lahm forced to play in midfield due to shortages, and we won there. The style of England will not change just because two or three players are not there."
He said: "England are an intact, very disciplined and, above all, very dynamic team.You can see in the Premier League that they are incredibly quick to turn games around and the midfielders always support the attack.
"That is a trademark of the Premier League teams like Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea. They put the pressure on the opponents so that you cannot get at them. It has impressed me, what we have seen of them, and they have won all their games since the European Championships and been convincing.
"With 14 goals scored and only two conceded, that speaks for itself and we are up against a strong England team here in Berlin."
Löw wary of 'weak' England
"To have England as our last game of the year at home in such a large stadium is always something special," said Löw. "England missed out on playing at Euro 2008, but since then they are undefeated in their qualifying games so far - that speaks for itself.
"They will bring a strong team to Berlin, even with their injuries they will be none the weaker.
The German coach has called up three new caps in Hoffenheim pair Marvin Compper and Tobias Weis as well as Wolfsburg's Marcel Schaefer, but Löw refused to say which of them will start.
"It is no accident they are in the squad," said Löw."We have watched them and the way they play is exactly what we want in the team. They bring along all the necessary physical dynamics and can also shine as players, all three have a good chance of playing."

Live ticker of the press conference

A short clip as the squad assembles in Berlin.

Löw to lay down the law ahead of England friendly - 17 November 2008
Germany coach Joachim Löw will on Monday lay down the law to his players after last month's public spat with captain Michael Ballack, as his side prepares for its Berlin friendly against England.
Germany and England will meet at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, but Löw will gather his squad at their city centre hotel to spell out what is acceptable behaviour after last month's bust-up with Ballack.
During the 30-minute speech, Löw will leave his players in no doubt of what is acceptable behaviour over the next 18 months on the road to South Africa with his side top of their qualifying group.
"It will be a clear and frank address," Löw told German tabloid Bild am Sonntag. "It will not be a debate nor a discussion. I want to make it absolutely clear how I imagine the run-up to the next World Cup will be - and exactly what I expect from the players. I believe that they will take my words on board, they will not need a written copy of what I have to say."
Having taken over as Germany head coach after the 2006 World Cup, Löw faced by far the biggest test of his tenure when Ballack and fellow senior player Torsten Frings openly criticised the national coach last month.Frings slammed Löw on television for dropping him for the World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales, while, in an interview with a German newspaper, Ballack said the coach should show his senior players more respect.
The pair later apologised in person and both will miss the England friendly with Löw saying he wants to use the game to experiment with younger players. But the coach's authority has been questioned after an episode in which no party emerged with any credit.
"That is a question of the respect," said Löw when asked about Ballack and Frings. "We have in principle a good relationship with one another. But these incidents moved the national team into a negative light.
"That does not mean I am above criticism, quite the opposite - I am even glad when someone says something to me internally."
"It is of no concern what someone has done before," said Löw. "We will observe players and only after watching their performances will we decide who plays."And Germany squad members can expect stringent testing throughout next year as Löw revealed he was far from happy with some of the fitness levels at June's Euro 2008 tournament which the Germans lost in the final to Spain.
"Some things were neglected," said Löw. "I want to know exactly in which physical condition the players are. At the Euro, some players did not maintain their fitness for the whole tournament on a high level and that must not be allowed to happen again."
In contrast [to England], Löw has no injury worries. There are three new caps in the Germany squad and Löw is expected to play an inexperienced midfield without Ballack and Frings with Borussia Mönchengladbach teenager Marko Marin expected to start.

Frings Dropped from Germany Squad for England Friendly - 13 November 2008
"We want to use the last match of the year to try out a few things and to have some impressions for next year. The three newcomers have deserved their nomination through their performance," said Löw.
Löw told the German football federation Web site on Thursday he would "plan without him," but added that Frings would figure in national team plans next year provided he has "good preparation and good form."
Despite not appearing on the park next Wednesday, Ballack, Frings and Lahm will nonetheless be with the team on match night. Löw is slated to use the opportunity to lay down some rules and guidelines on how he expects his players to behave for the duration of the qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
"There will be a speech to clarify a few issues," said the coach. Bonuses for successful qualification are also to be discussed by players and the national federation DFB.

In the previous weeks:

Frings issues Löw apology - 5 November 2008
Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings has apologised to Germany boss Joachim Low following his public outburst at being dropped.
Frings had vented his frustration to the press after being dropped from the starting XI for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales.
But a clear-the-air meeting with Löw in Berlin on Tuesday would appear to have resolved the problem between the two and he now looks likely to be in the Germany squad to face England on 19th November.
Frings, who has won 78 caps for his country, said in a German FA statement: "I know that I can't expect any special treatment as a result of any success or performances in the past.
"I can only repeat that I was extremely disappointed at only getting a few minutes on the pitch during the last two World Cup qualifiers."
"It was a new and difficult situation for me and in a first reaction I used one or two words that I now regret."
"I will battle for my place in the national team, don't expect any guarantees and will do my best to win my place through good performances."
He added: "It is still something very special for me to play for my country."

On 4 November 2008, at a press conference in Berlin, it was announced that Jogi had signed a three-year contract with the German Travel company, Tui.

For a spotlight on the wonderful series of adverts that followed, see my Tui section.

Germany coach Löw to meet Frings over remarks - 3 November 2008
"There will also be a conversation (with Frings) because there are a few things that have to be cleared up between him and me," Löw told German website Sport1, without specifying a date for the meeting.
The coach said that Frings's future with the team "will depend on the conversation we have and of course on his sporting performances."
"The most important thing for me was having the private meeting," Löw said of his get-together with Ballack."I had the feeling that Michael had apologised and understood his mistakes, and had totally accepted everything that I said to him."

Ballack to remain national team captain - 31 October 2008
"Michael Ballack will remain my captain. But the captain has stick to the rules too," Löw said. "All sporting and personel decisions will be made by the coaching staff - I've made this unequivocally clear to Michael."

Ballack to apologise for remarks about Löw - 26 October 2008
The spat between football skipper Michael Ballack and German national trainer Joachim Löw is apparently over, after the Chelsea player said he will apologise for his criticism of the coach's treatment of senior players.
Ballack had come in for a storm of protest after he complained to a newspaper about a lack of respect from Löw, with some demanding he resign as captain or even be suspended from the German national team.
"I knew that I would receive criticism for my comments in the press, but I didn't expect it to be this big," Ballack said in a statement.
"Therefore I have to admit that it was a mistake to have chosen this path. I will sit down with Joachim Löw as soon as my health permits and will apologise for my conduct. Because one thing is clear, I'm only interested in the success of the team."
Ballack had given an interview earlier in the week with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in which he demanded more honesty and respect for the national players.
Löw has made it clear the future role of Ballack in the national team will depend on the outcome of the conversation.
"I have registered the explanation of Michael Ballack," he said on the German Football Federation (DFB) website."The personal discussion is much more important. Afterwards, I will give a concluding statement."
Bild newspaper reported that Ballack called Löw Saturday to explain the comments, saying he had not meant to criticise him directly but merely protect and support other players who were in a difficult situation.
"I value Jogi Löw personally as a person and as a trainer," Ballack said.
Löw's lawyer said his client had been deeply hurt by the skipper's comments. "At first, he was completely speechless and disappointed with his captain's comments," Christoph Schickhardt told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. "In particular, the comment that he had shown a lack of respect injured him deeply. That was what really annoyed him, it is one of the things he cares about most."
Ballack, who plays for the Chelsea London football club, is currently recovering from a foot operation. He said he plans to travel to Germany to speak personally with the coach and heal the rift as soon as his health allows.

Jogi talks at the German Turkish football culture festival at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 18 October 2008

Chelsea blocks Ballack crisis talks - 25 October 2008

Löw summons Ballack for talks - 23 October 2008
Löw is angry after Ballack criticised him in newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in which he said the coach should show his senior players more respect and loyalty.
"I will call Michael Ballack and insist on a meeting in Germany," Löw told the German Football Federation (DFB) website on Wednesday.
"I am extremely disappointed by the manner and content of what he has said - I cannot accept this. What happens after that, and the decision I make, will depend on this conversation.
"Quite often in the past, we have asked Michael Ballack as captain to address things which he sees critically or differently. The fact that he chose to air these criticisms in the media is utterly wrong and incomprehensible.
"No player - and the captain isn't an exception - has the right to criticise the selection policy or decisions of the coach, or to level public criticism against the team."
Earlier in the day, Löw and team manager Oliver Bierhoff held an emergency phone conference call with DFB president Theo Zwanziger, who is in Zurich for a FIFA conference, to discuss the matter.

Last updated 25 February 2013
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