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Sunday, 8 June 2008

Euro 2008, Group B

"We desperately wanted to start with a victory and we can be happy with the result."

Germany - Lukas Podolski 20', 72'

Match Reports - 8/9 June 2008

Victory Over Poland Ends Germany's Euro Drought
Polish-born Podolski's brace ends Germany's 12-year Euro wait

"The whole team, not just Lukas Podolski, played well, we know Lukas is a very dangerous attacker for any goalkeeper, but Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose helped him immensely," said Löw.
"I think from a tactical point of view our defence worked very well, we didn't make many defensive mistakes.
Podolski has amazing ability, says Germany coach
"For the past three weeks Lukas has worked very hard," Löw told reporters. "He has amazing physical ability and potential.Lukas has an excellent shot. When he gets free for a shot it's very tough for a goalkeeper to stop him."
"For us Lukas has always played well," said Löw. "But even for Bayern, when he played, he had good performances because otherwise he would not be part of the national team."
"Podolski scored both goals for us today and he has the ability to play both positions," the coach added referring to the attacking midfield role the two-goal striker adopted against Poland."He can come from deep in midfield and play like today."
Lukas Podolski's double ensured Germany made a winning start to their Euro 2008 campaign against Poland in Klagenfurt - Match report from

Löw seeks to dampen German euphoria

"It was a great experience," Loew, who is in his first tournament as head coach, told reporters.
"There is always a current that shoots through you when you sit on the bench during a game. It was a great atmosphere and everyone is happy to get this tournament underway.But I think we've got to stay down to earth. At the end of the first half we let ourselves drop back too far, we did not have the confidence we needed, our organisation wasn't great and we lost the ball too often.
We've got to improve. We've got a long way ahead of us."

Match highlights from

Post-match interview on youtube

Löw high ideals are raising Germany's game
Germany Enter Euro 2008 Campaign With Confidence
"We go into this game confident, full of belief and with a certain degree of boldness," Löw told a news conference after the team's arrival in the Austrian host city of Klagenfurt.
"We want to end this series (Germany's losing run in Euro championship) as soon as possible," Löw said. "I believe that we have a team that is capable of winning this first match. If we perform to our capabilities then we will have a team that will take charge and dictate the rhythm."
Löw had earlier appealed to the German fans in an open letter published in several German dailies."Our team doesn't end with the shirt number 23. The millions of German fans are also part of it. We saw at the summer fairy tale 2006 (Germany's run to third place at the World Cup) what can be possible with enthusiasm and big support," said Löw."The Euro title must not remain a dream if everyone involved seeks one common goal," he added. "Our mountain tour in the alpine countries of Austria and Switzerland is going to have a happy ending - on June 29 in the Vienna final."
Beenhakker apologises to Loew over gruesome image
Earlier Löw, who revealed nothing about his own team selection or tactics, had rushed to praise Beenhakker.
"Leo has worked with a number of very good clubs and as a national coach he brings a certain style to each team he coaches," said Löw of the former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach."The last time we met was in Vienna, we exchanged views and I learnt a lot from him he is a very nice and able colleague." - 7 June 2008

Training, Woerthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, 7 June 2008

Tenero, 6 June 2008

Poles in for a vintage Klose encounter, says Löw
"I've never seen him looking so fit, so agile and so strong," Löw told a news conference on Thursday, three days before his team's Group B opener in Klagenfurt.
"The way he moved yesterday, you could see him back to his old dynamic self," Löw said. "You just had to look at the runs he was making into space. Physically he's at his best."
Löw: "Die Anspannung wächst von Tag zu Tag" - full details of the press conference from

Joachim Löw has been feeling Sleepless in Ascona but the Germany coach said on Thursday his apprenticeship under Jürgen Klinsmann had made it easier to cope with the pressure.

"I don't feel much pressure and I don't feel weighed down with responsibility," Löw told reporters at Germany's training camp, a few kilometres from their hotel in Ascona."In 2006 Klinsmann was in charge but I had a lot of responsibility even then. We shared the running of the team for two years and I felt as responsible then as I do now.
In bed you do torment yourself a bit over whether you've found out enough about the Poles, about which players you need to talk to one on one," Löw added three days before Germany's opening Group B match against Poland in Klagenfurt. "But these are good questions. It's good preparation and now I want it to start."
"Seeing our players give everything in training gives me peace, satisfaction and great joy," he said. from Reuters - 5 June 2008
Poland football coach says sorry for 'sick' Euro 2008 tabloid war
Coach says sorry for tasteless reports
Poland coach Leo Beenhakker apologized Thursday after one Polish newspaper printed doctored photos of him holding the chopped-off heads of Germany's coach and captain.
"What was in one newspaper is not representative ... Polish and German fans were together celebrating the match at the World Cup two years ago," Löw said. "I have a very high opinion of Beenhakker and he is very humane and very open." - 5 June 2008

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