Germany Tour of Asia - Stage 2, 30 May - 2 June 2009
Mario Gomez ends his 14-month goalscoring drought for Germany in emphatic style with four goals in a win over the United Arab Emirates.
"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."Gomez stars as Germany hand UAE 7-2 thrashing
"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.
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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
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.
Training, Dubai, 31 May 2009
Training in Dubai - from tv.dfb.de - 31 May 2009
Löw: "DFB-Pokalfinale auf hohem Niveau"
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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