11 October 2008

World Cup 2010 Qualifier, Group

Germany - Lukas Podolski 9', Michael Ballack 29'
Russia - Andrey Arshavin 51'

Match reports - 11/12 October 2012
Ballack, Podolski seal Germany win over Russia
Early Birds Germany Too Much For Russia

Löw Pleased With First Half Display

"We played some fantastic combination football in the first half, and I have to pay a huge compliment to my team" Löw said after the match.
"In the second half we certainly had a little luck in the closing stages. The, we didn't have the game under control and Russia used that, because they are an incredibly strong side. "In the first half the team were superb, in the second we stumbled our way through" he concluded.
Clown prince Podolski enjoys shining night - "The inscrutable Poldi - who later claimed his performance in Dortmund was the result of "support and trust" from a manager prepared to give him 90 minutes on the pitch.." says the Guardian

Joachim Löw: "Der Sieg ist auf jeden Fall verdient"
In an interview on, Jogi says the victory against Russia was certainly deserved. He speaks of his side being dominant in the first-half, but was glad when the final whistle came because of the Russia fightback in the second. He commended the defence, after having conceded three goals in the last match against Finland, and praised debutant goalkeeper Rene Adler.
"Ich war froh, als der Abpfiff kam" - the interview also on

Post match interview with Jogi on Sportschau.

Löw: Frings Reacted Perfectly - 13 October 2012

"I told Torsten on Friday evening and I had the impression he was very, very disappointed, and he told me so" Löw told Bild newspaper.
"But it was excellent how he behaved, it was exemplary."
"There are no guaranteed places" Löw added. "I will now try and talk with Torsten again."
The game was overshadowed in the hours after the final whistle when it became known that forward Kevin Kuranyi, in the squad but not selected to play against Russia, had left the ground and gone home, despite being instructed by Jogi to remain with his fellow squad members.

What was to follow became one of the most controversial issues in German football over the next two years, with fans split as to whether Kuranyi should or should not be considered for further selection, Jogi having made it clear that he was not prepared to consider the striker for selection again!

Read the full story on >'The Kuranyi Affair' in this separate account

Löw macht Schluss mit der Stammplatzgarantie - 10 October 2012
There are no guaranteed places in the side, warns German coach Joachim Löw.

Press Conference, 8 October 2008

Löw: Russia Are A Real Attacking Force

"I have seldom seen a team that can change so quickly. Between winning the ball and the finish is often only a few moments" he explained.
"I view them in terms of footballing ability on about the same level as Spain. They have continually improved over recent years. They have a balanced and disciplined team. In contrast to days gone by their game has become more structured and more organised" he added.
"If we make too many mistakes, we will be mercilessly punished. We have to play cleverly, but also with a lot of power."
The Bundestrainer also gave a clue that Bundesliga top scorer Patrick Helmes could feature in Saturday's match after the Bayer Leverkusen man's great start to the season.
"I see unbelievable potential in Patrick" Löw admitted. "Sure, he still has to learn a few things, but he already has a perfect shooting technique. He will score plenty more goals this year."
Germany fear Russian counter-attacking zest
"I am happy that the return of Ballack, Friedrich, Frings and Mertesacker gives me more options but I will look closely at each player in training and then decide who plays," he said.
Bundestrainer Löw spricht Klartext - a summary of the press conference from t-online.

Löw: "Ich brauche mehrere Leader" - 7 October 2008
Jogi spoke of needing 'more leaders' in the team. "Michael Ballack will no longer be the sole head in the DFB Team." he said. "One alone is not enough. Especially when things are not going well on the pitch, the responsibility must be spread over many shoulders". He also made it clear that he had told Oliver Bierhoff and Michael Ballack that he wanted their dispute to be laid to rest during the preparation for the Russia game.

Training and German Fan Party, Düsseldorf, 7 October 2008,

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