Wednesday 22 August 2007

Wembley Stadium, London

England - Frank Lampard 9'
Germany - Kevin Kuranyi 26', Christian Pander 40'

Match Reports - 23/24 August 2007
Coach hails 'Operation Becks'
Löw says stopping Beckham was the key to German victory

"We won the one-on-one defensive battles without making stupid fouls, without tripping them and without tearing their shirts," Löw said afterwards, clearly delighted with Germany's first win against a former World Cup winning team in nearly seven years.
"England only got a few free kicks. That's the biggest danger with England, the free kicks from Beckham.We said before the match we didn't want to provoke any stupid fouls near the area. I'm very pleased that everyone stuck to that."
But Löw admitted his young team, scrambled together at the last minute after a half dozen key players were injured, failed to follow his game plan to attack from the opening whistle, conceding they they were outplayed after quickly going 1-0 down.
"In the first 15 minutes we had too much respect for England," he said. "We did exactly what we didn't want to do. We wanted to attack right away."You could see that this team had not really had a chance to come together. In the beginning we appeared to be a bit intimidated. Perhaps we were too impressed by the atmosphere."But fortunately we got one back and that helped the confidence."
England suffer first loss at new Wembley
Wales a higher priority than England for Germany coach
"The 2-1 win, with an emergency eleven, was great, but the development of both the team and individuals towards the Euro 2008 qualification is more important," said a delighted Joachim Löw, whose side lead their qualifying group, on Thursday.
"I'm very happy and proud of this team, there are not many places where you are so pleased to win as Wembley."The result's a great achievement, but qualification for the European Championships is more important to us.
"This success was great, but a victory in Wales in September is far more important."
Germany's Second-best Sting England Hard
"It's always good when you have to make a number of changes and you see those changes work," Löw said. "I am satisfied to see that we can play 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. I am happy for my young players."
"Löw also has an aura about him, exuding a sense that a serious footballing intellect was being applied to problems." - Match discussion on telegraph.co.uk

In his first international in charge against England, the British press were not in dispute over Jogi's tactical superiority to England coach Steve McClaren. They were however in a quandry as to which 'era' Jogi's 'look' fitted.
Whilst the telegraph.co.uk described him as resembling a 'Teutonic Bryan Ferry', the Guardian moved forward three decades and likened Jogi's look to that of a 'Libertines tribute band member'. From an original page formerly at Brandish.tv.

Löw: "Sehr glücklich und stolz auf dieses Team" - in this interview on the dfb.de website, Jogi talks of his pride in his team and the pleasure of winning at Wembley Stadium. He was also impressed with the way Christian Pander overcame an early error to play an excellent game, and not only because he scored a lovely goal. He also spoke of the injuries suffered giving him a chance to experiment with new formations. - 23 August 2007

"Alle sind sehr happy"- Fragen an Joachim Löw - A post-match interview with n-tv.de

The match in full can be seen on youtube, starting with Part One here

"England versus Germany is a true football classic, comparable to Wimbledon in tennis or Monaco in Formula One," Germany coach Joachim Löw said. - from thedailystar.net - 22 August 2007

Klinsmann: "Löw is my perfect successor" - Jürgen talks to dfb.de - 21 August 2007

Germany coach Joachim Löw has blamed bad tackling in the Bundesliga for the number of withdrawals from his squad ahead of Wednesday's game with England.Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira all pulled out after Saturday's German league matches.Löw is already missing numerous other players for Wednesday's friendly.
"There are 60 players injured in the Bundesliga, there has to be a reason," said Löw. "The tackling of some players leaves a lot to be desired.""I am not saying anything bad about Naldo (whose tackle caused Klose's knee ligament injury), but that was typical of many Bundesliga fouls in that the player simply goes for the legs without any chance of winning the ball," added Löw.
"Some players think they have won a tackle simply by hacking down their opponent, pulling their shirt or fouling to break up the play."A tackle should be an attempt to win the ball and start an attack or score, but today I see players who just want to stop their opponent." from BBC Sport

Germany coach Joachim Löw has given his full backing to goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, despite the two glaring mistakes the Arsenal man has made for his club already this season.
"With a view to Euro 2008 Jens is, and will stay, our number one," Löw told reporters on the eve of Germany's friendly against England on Wednesday.from Reuters - 21 August 2007

Press Conference,
20 August 2007
DFB video of the team arriving in London
and training at Wembley

Training at Wembley 20/21 August 2007

Klose, Schweinsteiger to miss Wembley trip - 20 August 2007Germany coach Joachim Loew will be without most of his first choice team for Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley after Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger became the latest casualties yesterday.
Sami Khedira, the VfB Stuttgart player who had been hoping to make his full international debut against England, was also ruled out after suffering a foot injury in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Hertha Berlin.
Löw later called up David Odonkor of Real Betis and Gonzalo Castro from Bayer Leverkusen to bolster the squad.
Löw had already lost captain Michael Ballack, forwards Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Jan Schlaudraff, midfielders Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski, and full-backs Marcell Jansen and Clemens Fritz.
Ballack, Podolski, Klose, Schweinsteiger, Frings and Jansen are all fixtures in the Germany starting line-up whenever they are fit, meaning most of the coach's preferred team will be absent at Wembley on Wednesday.

Ballack Out, 2 Rookies Called Up, First time call-ups for Sami Khedira and Serdar Tasci - 16 August 2007

"Because of injuries, we had to think a long time before deciding whom to call up," Löw said. "But we don't want to complain, we are very happy with the new young players coming up."
"It's an honor to be invited to play at the new Wembley," Löw said. "It's always a special game when you play England."
In his end-of-year press conference, German soccer coach Joachim Löw appeared to let slip news his side would face England on August 22, 2007, in a friendly .The match would be the first international fixture to be staged at the venue since its multi-million dollar rebuild.
However, the English FA have so far refused to confirm the date or match.Germany were the last opponents England faced at the old Wembley in 2000 - inflicting a 1-0 defeat on them. from sportsbusiness.com, 12 December 2006.

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