GERMANY 2 - 0 GEORGIA
Saturday, 7 October 2006
Bastian Schweinsteiger 24', Michael Ballack 67'
It's a fourth successive victory for Joachim Löw since taking over from Jürgen Klinsmann two months earlier.
Germany claim friendly triumph
Schweinsteiger and Ballack score for Germany against Georgia
Germany warmed up for Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia with a 2-0 friendly win over Georgia in Rostock on Saturday. A long-range shot from Bastian Schweinsteiger on 24 minutes and a 67th minute goal from captain Michael Ballack secured victory for Germany who now travel to Bratislava with confidence.
"We played with passion and lots of effort but the team had a lot of changes tonight and we made mistakes," said Germany coach Joachim Löw. "But the win is important and we now go into the Slovakia match full of confidence."
Bayern Munich marksman Lukas Podolski was sent off on 48 minutes but will not be suspended for the Slovakia game as this match was a friendly.
Germany Down Georgia 2-0
"It was an entertaining game and we made some mistakes but we had four players playing for the first time and a lot of young players in the side," Löw said. "We played with a lot of heart, but we will have to talk about some things with the team."
Löw said the red card for Podolski was "a logical consequence" of the kick on Khizanishvili.
"He is a young player but this is something we will have to talk about internally," Löw said. "It's the sort of thing that should not happen."
Löw rested key players such as World Cup golden boot hero Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Bernd Schneider and Torsten Frings with the trip to Bratislava in mind. Werder Bremen defender Clemens Fritz and SV Hamburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski both made their debuts in the starting line-up as Löw tested out some fresh faces.
Bundestrainer Joachim Löw: "Eine gute Basis für die Zukunft" - 8 October 2006
Speaking afterwards on dfb.de, Jogi described the match as a 'fun game', and said that he was pleased with his young players performances, although they made some mistakes, especially in the first half. He said his team did not disrupt the opposition early enough, and it was lucky that they had managed not to concede.
He called the match one of "Opportunity and Responsibility" with players such as Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arne Friedrich helping to lead the young team, out of whom Piotr Trochowski came in for special praise ("he was very good, he set the tone, especially at the beginning").
He said he 100% win record made him happy as it showed the team could not only play good football in a tournament, but could carry on afterwards with attacking and enjoyable football.
He said players such as Klose, Schneider, Frings or Lahm will now be back for the Slovakia qualifier, having recharged their batteries, and they must now train and work on their defence.
Footage of match goals on youtube
Press Conference, Berlin, 4 October 2006
Uncapped Germans Receive Chance in Georgia Friendly - 7 October 2006
Germany coach Joachim Löw aims to test a number of uncapped players in Saturday's friendly international against Georgia, with his mind focused on a Euro 2008 qualifier in Slovakia on Wednesday.
Five uncapped players made their way into Löw's squad for the friendly match in Rostock, and several of them can expect to play some part in the game against opponents coached by German Klaus Toppmöller.
"It's up to them to prove they belong," Löw told reporters. "The important thing is that they get a little taste of the international team and learn how it feels to be part of the elite."Löw holt Schlaudraff, Fritz und Trochowski
Hamburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski, Werder Bremen defender Clemens Fritz and Alemannia Aachen striker Jan Schlaudraff will all be hoping for a chance to take the pitch after being nominated to the international team for the first time.
As much emphasis as he puts on testing new players and continuing to use the methods and attacking approach he developed with his predecessor Jürgen Klinsmann, injuries have also limited Löw's choices.In all, injuries have kept seven World Cup players off Löw's squad, while other senior squad members are recovering from knocks and are unlikely to play the full 90 minutes in Rostock ahead of the trip to Bratislava and Euro 2008 Group D opponents Slovakia.
"The focus is on the match next Wednesday in Slovakia," Löw said. "We have the chance to open a six-point lead against one of our major rivals in the group. That's clearly our goal."
- 4 October 2006
Speaking of those called into the squad, Jogi explained his choices:
Jan Schlaudraff -"He has delivered very convincing performances so far. And since he has been one of the players on our radar, we have decided to give him a chance this time," e as much experience in the next week..."
PiotrTrochowski - considered a "promising alternative"
Clemens Fritz had "come strongly to the fore this season in Bremen. He can set the tone offensively and defensively at right-back."
Deutschland ein Sommermärchen Film Premiere, 3 October 2006
The stars of Germany's 2006 World Cup team (and other notable names, including Angela Merkel) gathered in Berlin for the premiere of 'Deutschland ein Sommermärchen', the behind-the-scenes documentary of their tournament.
German movie director Soenke Wortmann was allowed to follow the German soccer team closely during the 2006 football World Cup in Germany in order to make a film.
The DVD of the film is svailable through many online retailers. Sadly there are no subtitled or alternative language versions
New film brings good feelings of World Cup back for Germans
In the month before the match:
|Jogi with the 'Goldene Henne' Award, Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin - 20 September 2006|
The 'Goldene Henne' is a German media award, given each year to those in the world of politics, culture, sport and media in honour of entertainer Helga Hahnemann, who had the nickname "Henne".
|On 16 September 2006, Joachim Löw made his first ever appearance on ZDF's "Das aktuelle Sportstudio".|
In advance of his appearance on the show in March 2015, ZDF uploaded a copy of this first appearance and this can be watched on my youtube channel.
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