2 September 2006

Euro 2008 Group D Qualifier

"Sometimes a difficult birth produces a beautiful child"
Germany - Lukas Podolski 56'

Six years after leaving VfB Stuttgart, Jogi returns to the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium for his first competitive match as Bundestrainer, and starts the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a win.

The match also introduced Hans-Dieter 'Hansi' Flick to the DFB Management team as Assistant Trainer.

Germany find way past Ireland - from

Germany gave new coach Joachim Löw the perfect start to his reign with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the first Group D qualifying match of the Euro 2008 campaign on Saturday. - from

Podolski strike edges out Irish
Germany beat plucky Irish - from

"We are glad we have won this match," said Löw. "It was a hard piece of work."
"Die Arbeit der vergangenen Tage hat sich ausgezahlt"
"Sometimes a difficult birth produces a beautiful child" - Jogi is quoted in this post-match interview.
He speaks of his pleasure in the victory, and that he was confident the team would start the qualifying campaign with a win. The 'Friedrich duo' contributed significantly to the clean sheet, he says, and also talks of the boost the game will have give Lukas Podolski.

Joachim Löw: "Sind sehr zufrieden, dass wir das Spiel hat gewonnen" - Jogi is interviewed on

Coach Joachim Löw also called in newspaper interviews for improvements, especially on the coaching of young players.
"The national team has pointed the way tactically and from the playing side. These things now have to be unified right across all the youth team levels," Löw said.
Löw also wants to see the international scouting system strengthened. Whereas the German team has one chief scout, other nations had teams of experts observing international developments, he said. - from

World Cup party hangover may leave Germany Löw - and it's bad pun time as the British press spotlight the 'strategist' stepping up as the boss and the role he played in the World Cup just past. - 2 September 2006

Facts and Statistics on the upcoming game - the most notable Germany being have not beaten Ireland since 1979!

Press Conference, 1 September 2006

Löw looks at youth to inspire
Germany coach Joachim Löw goes into Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland in the belief the youngsters that sparkled, but ultimately failed, in the World Cup can come of age over the next two years.
However, as the Germans start out on the road to Austria and Switzerland, they are not taking the Irish for granted.
"The Irish have their backs to the wall and will accept the challenge from the very first second," said Löw.
Helping Löw scout on the opposition is Michael Ballack and Jens Lehmann, who both play against many of the Ireland squad in the Premier League and know where their strengths lie.
Löw has his injury problems ahead of the Ireland game.
Per Mertesacker, Christoph Metzelder, Jens Nowotny and Robert Huth are all absent, meaning the likes of Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings will share more responsibility to keep the ball away from the back four.
"The midfield has got to clear up any dangerous situations and build up the pressure going forward," said Löw."That way, we can keep the opponents far away from our goal."

Germany turn the lights on Löw - profiles Jogi in his first competitive game in charge.

"We won't underestimate Ireland, but we certainly want to win our home match - there can be no other goal for us," said Löw.

At the Mercedes Benz museum, Stuttgart, Jogi poses in front of a 1902 Mercedes Simplex. - 1 September 2006

Jogi is presented with a teddy bear (left) by Baden-Württemberg's Ministerpräsident Günther H. Oettinger who spoke of Jogi succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann - another Bundestrainer coming from Baden-Württemberg. Jogi replied "I am glad to be back in Stuttgart where I spent three great years as Club Coach." He spoke of the enthusiasm of the Stuttgart crowd and that he was sure they would again support the team to victory. from, 31 August 2006

Joachim Löw läutet neues Zeitalter ein
At a press conference on 30 August, Joachim Löw heralded a 'new age' for the German team. "The World Cup is over" he said "Now we have to look forward, and not back. We need to set new goals, ignite a new enthusiasm and find fresh motiviation." Changes due to injury problems have not altered the team's purpose, and that was to get six points in two games. He said they would be working on defensive issues in the sessions ahead and spoke of the importance of the return of Michael Ballack who he declared "in very good shape physically".

Also at the press conference Jogi spoke of the hope that the kick-off time could be brought forward in future World Cup qualifiers. He reasoned that not only were children not being able to see matches in their entirity, but that returning to the team hotel at 1.00 am in the morning meant less recovery time for the players when matches are spaced close together. - from

Training, Amateur Stadion, Stuttgart, 29 August 2006

Captain Ballack back in Germany Squad - 26 August 2006

Germany coach Joachim Löw will be without three of his four World Cup central defenders for the start of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign on Sept. 2 against Ireland.
Injuries to Per Mertesacker, Robert Huth and Jens Nowotny will force Loew to rebuild his defence. Christoph Metzelder, who missed Germany's 3-0 victory over Sweden in a friendly last week, will, however, be back in the 20-man squad.
"We've certainly got some problems with our central defence," Löw said. Loew, who opted not to nominate any new players for the first two Euro qualifiers in the first week of September, will also have captain Michael Ballack back in midfield. Ballack had missed the Sweden friendly with a hip injury. "These two players are enormously important for us," Löw said. "We assume Michael will be able to return to training soon. I talked with Christoph Metzelder on the phone and he expects to be back in training by the start of next week." from - 24 August 2006

Hansi Joins the Team!

On 24 August 2006, it was announced that Hans-Dieter Flick would be joining the German Management Team as Assistant to Joachim Löw.

"Hans-Dieter Flick is an excellent addition to our team, I look forward to working with him" said the Bundestrainer.

Flick als Co-Trainer der DFB-Auswahl vorgestellt - with quotes from Franz Beckenbauer and Oliver Bierhoff on Hansi's appointment.

Hansi played for Bayern Munich in the 1980's, and had previously been coach at Hoffenheim.

And visit my special Hansi Flick page for a full breakdown of Hansi's career and more photographs of our favourite couple!

Last updated 1 October 2012
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