South Tyrol Training Camp
Part 1, 23 - 27 May 2018
23 May 2018
Arrival at Bolzano Airport and Eppan
24 May 2018
A major interview with Jogi has appeared in Bild. He spoke about the omission of Mario Götze:
"It wasn't the easiest conversation with him," Low told Bild on Wednesday.
"I'm optimistic and I assume that Manuel Neuer is able to make it," he told Bild after Neuer was given squad number one in Germany's party earlier this week.
"We're well equipped to prepare optimally for the World Cup. I have a good feeling, and the players do too."
Joachim Löw took to the stage for the first DFB press conference at their preparation camp in South Tyrol.
"He needs to complete the sessions and show that he isn't suffering from any problems whatsoever. He is well aware of his responsibility to both the team and his health. He trained fine with Bayern and is fully on board here too, showing he is capable of dealing with the intensity. We will take things one day at a time and will continue to discuss the matter with him. If he feels like he can play at 100 percent, then he will be in the squad. If not, we need to talk about other options. As of today, there are no problems, even with the more strenuous work like jumping and diving. Things are looking positive."
However Jogi also spoke of his contingency plans for the captaincy:
FC Bayern Munchen attacking midfielder Thomas Müller is set to be named the captain of Germany for the 2018 World Cup should goalkeeper Manuel Neuer not return to full fitness.
Jerome Boateng: We're still not 100 percent sure whether Jerome will join up with the squad on Friday or not. He will undergo a final examination in Munich, and then we will decide whether or not he will travel tomorrow or in a few days. He has completed some sessions, is doing running exercises and is almost able to push himself to the limit physically again. It's a muscle injury, so we don't want to make any mistakes. He is always under observation by the medical staff at Bayern and he is on track. I won't put a definitive timeframe on anything, but he should be able to complete parts of team training next week.
Building the training intensity: We have 19 players at the moment - 16 outfield players and three goalkeepers. I spoke to almost everyone on the phone in the last week, and I offered the players who played on the weekend the chance to join up two days later. Most of them said yes, but Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler wanted to arrive with the rest of the squad on Wednesday. The first few days will be more focused on individual work; our job is to get those players who have had varying workloads in the past weeks all on the same level. The plan is to move onto tactical and team elements on the weekend.
On the final World Cup squad: We will sit down before the deadline and discuss it. We haven't said to anyone that they're only here provisionally. Everyone should have the same chance to make the squad and we don't want to unsettle anyone. We need to wait and see if any injuries happen, which the past has shown us is a possibility. We will play against the U20s on Monday and Wednesday. We need to have balanced options for every position. We'll wait and see what happens. At a pre-World Cup training camp like this, every player is fully motivated and wants to prove that they deserve to be here. A decision won't be made until close to the deadline.
"We've had a private discussion and both players have assured us that no political message was intended," he said.He added that it had been Ilkay's idea to meet the President of Germany and for him the issue is now closed.
Joachim Löw beendet Diskussion über Sandro Wagner
Klare Fingerzeige von Joachim Löw
In conclusion, Jogi confirmed he was more than happy with his surroundings in South Tyrol "Huge credit to the whole of South Tyrol. They have really put an exceptional setup together here. Everything we requested has been implemented perfectly. We were here in 2010 and 2014 and feel very much at home. We have excellent conditions; the hotel is great, and it's very close to the pitch, which is in great shape."
Löws leidenschaftliches Plädoyer
Löw: "Things are looking positive for Neuer, Boateng is on track." - dfb summary of the press conference
Training, Sportanlage Rungg, Eppan
Fahrradtour in Südtirol
What would a training camp be without a bike ride?
Auf Bundestrainer Joachim Löw warten einige Baustellen
Start der WM-Vorbereitung: Anreise nach Eppan - from tv.dfb.de
25 May 2018
A major interview with Jogi appeared in today's print edition of Bild.
He was pictured posing with cardboard cut-outs of various figures including Messi, Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, plus Angela Merkel and Oliver Kahn, as he discussed the players of the year, TV pundits and the German Chancellor.
"I would stick with Messi," said Löw. "Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen."Germany boss Joachim Löw praises Mohamed Salah
"For me, Mohamed Salah is the biggest surprise of the season - so many goals in the Premier League and the Champions League,"Asked if he considered he had given up the chance to coach one of these three players in a top European club side, he disagreed, saying it was possible he could still be coaching at 72!
He also said he knew about his South Korean 'clone', their coach Shin Tae-yong, but that he had yet to meet him.
On critical TV expert such as Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann, he said he appreciated their contributions, and while not watching them for national team matches, they do sometimes offer a new perspective. He did however say it was unlikely that he would himself become a TV pundit in the future.
The edition's interview turned towards the more serious side of the World Cup taking place in Russia, and he thoughts on political issues. He expressed his admiration for Angela Merkel and her support for s strong, united Europe, and his appreciation of how she communicates with the national team, often explaining complex political issues in a simple and clear manner which he said was a 'great gift'. He confirmed that the Chancellor had told him to ensure they concentrated on sporting issues in Russia and left politics to the politicians, but he said he wanted to convey the message that they stand for open-mindedness and tolerance. He also praised Reinhard Grindel's leadership. He hoped Angela Merkel would make the decision to attend a match in Russia, especially if it was the Final!
Jogi: "Ich wünsche mir die Kanzlerin in Russland" - the full interview
Open Training Session, Eppan
Joachim Löw bittet Fans um Ruhe
26 May 2018
Bundestrainer erklärt das Phänomen Kroos
Fitter Neuer als Nummer 1 zur WM
Löw: Mit Petersen die Gegner überraschen - Jogi talks to ZDF on Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Nils Petersen and his future plans.
Tag 4 im Trainingslager
27 May 2018
A day off from training today for the squad.
Jogi Löw wird kein Headset tragen
Last updated 30 May 2018