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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai

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Germany Tour of Asia - Stage 2, 30 May - 2 June 2009

United Arab Emirates - Ismail Salem Al-Hammadi 53', Nawaf Amir Mubarak 73'
Germany - Heiko Westermann 29', Mario Gomez 35', 45+2', 47', 92', Piotr Trochowski 39', Faris Juma (og) 52'

Mario Gomez ends his 14-month goalscoring drought for Germany in emphatic style with four goals in a win over the United Arab Emirates.

Neuer makes debut, Gomez ends slump, Germany win big
Germany Thrash UAE
Germany striker Gomez relieved to break 'curse'

"This Asian tour was worth it. (Keeper Manuel) Neuer played great, Gomez scored again. These are two things that make me very happy," coach Joachim Löw said.
Löw: "Manuel Neuer was outstanding" - interviewed on the dfb.de website, Jogi said of the game in Dubai:
"The heat, and the humidity certainly were a factor, but despite these conditions, we played aggressively and attacked their goal. We were much quicker than in our game in Shanghai."
However he attributed the scoring chances given to a country ranked 120th in the world as a neglect of the basics. "Our midfielders did not attack the man with the ball, especially in the first half. Instead they dropped back."
Gomez stars as Germany hand UAE 7-2 thrashing

A post match interview with ZDF
German Trainer Joachim Loew: Asia Trip Paid Off
"In June and July we will work on a few things. There have been games that have been good, but there have also been games where things haven't been so good," he said.
"There are a few things that have not gone as well as we thought they would. For example we have to improve ourselves tactically," he added.

Match reports and statistics from espn.

Match highlights on youtube

Kein Urlaub für Löw - WM-Pflichtenheft für Spieler - on their return home, there will be no holiday for Jogi and his management team. They are firstly off to watch the UEFA European U-21 Championships in Sweden and are also fitting in a trip to South Africa, with the upcoming World Cup in mind, for the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Löw backs Fifa's new experiment for next season - 2 June 2009
German national football team coach Joachim Löw has backed the Fifa experiment of having five officials at each match starting with next season's Europa League.
"It is a Fifa decision and it has been taken after much discussion and deliberation," Löw told media along the sidelines of their international friendly against the UAE yesterday.
"This has not landed on us all of a sudden. It has been debated for quite a while in footballing circles," he added.
"I am sure such an experiment will help the most questionable decision of 'was it or was it not a goal'. I am sure this aspect is meant to be for the good of the game. If this decision has been taken to prevent officials from avoiding errors and wrong decisions then it is certainly a good move," Löw said.
However, Löw was still apprehensive: "I think it is too early to make a decisive statement. These are early days and only practice of the system will help prove whether we have adopted the right choice or not. Time alone will tell."
The German was also in favour of his players scanning the length and breath of the globe plying their trade in varied cultures and destinations.
Citing Chelsea FC's Michael Ballack as a prime example, Löw said that such players can only bring in added value to the national side. "It is a huge advantage to have such players in the team as they help the younger ones develop while also bringing in a new mentality.
"Ballack, for instance has seen the highest level in Germany (with Bayern Munich) and now he is one of a team of superstars at Chelsea. In doing so, he has added a new dimension to his career and to the German national squad," Löw said.

German footballers turn to yoga - 2 June 2009

Coach Joachim Löw too vouched for this ancient practice associated with meditative practices in Buddhism and Hinduism in India. "We have sessions only in the mornings and players are free to attend. Most of them enjoy being there. It's a great idea as I am sure it helps our players," Löw said.
Scenes from the DFB/DFL Gala at the Burj al Arab Hotel, Dubai - 1 June 2009
Training, Dubai, 1 June 2009

German coach expects tougher match ahead - 1 June 2009
"If China was tough then the UAE is going to be more even more difficult considering the heat and humidity here," stated Löw.
"I am not satisfied with out performance against China. We had problems all over, in the defence, in the midfield and there was lack of support upfront. There is definitely more room for improvement in all quarters," Löw said.
The coach even felt that the UAE is a much better team than China."I have seen a video summary of the UAE and I can see the French influence in the team. They have good ball handling skills and the French touch is visible," Loew said."We need to be on the lookout."The Germans played the classic 4-5-1 formation against China, but this may change to the more attacking 4-4-2 against the UAE."I have not yet decided who is going to play in which position," said the German coach.

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, 1 June 2009

Training, Dubai, 31 May 2009

Training in Dubai - from tv.dfb.de - 31 May 2009

Löw: "DFB-Pokalfinale auf hohem Niveau"
The squad kept one eye on those team-mates who had remained in Europe due to club commitments. The DFB-Pokal Final was played at a high level commented Jogi, who described it as 'intense' and 'fast'. Werden Bremen deserved their win over Bayer Leverkusen, he said, as they appeared stronger over the 90 minutes.
Meanwhile at Wembley, Jogi congratulated Michael Ballack on his FA Cup winners' medal with Chelsea. "I am pleased for Michael that he has finished the season with a title win." - 31 May 2009

Löw kündigt Wechsel an - 41 Grad in Dubai - Jogi talks of the tremendous effort needed to play a game in 40° heat. To combat the extreme temperatures, the squad will train as late as possible in the evening and keep up their fluid intake! For the match against the United Arab Emirates, Heiko Westermann and Andreas Hinkel will come into the starting line-up and Christian Träsch and Tobias Weis will make their debuts. He also spoke of working with smaller squad numbers with the 2010 World Cup in mind. - 30 May 2009

The team fly to Dubai - video from tv.dfb.de

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