World Cup 2018 Qualifying Campaign Index


Saturday, 10 June 2017

World Cup 2018 Group C Qualifier

"It was a great opportunity to gain some confidence."

Julian Draxler 11', Sandro Wagner 16', 29', 85', Amin Younes 38', Shkodran Mustafi 47', Julian Brandt 72'

Germany maintain their 100% record in World Cup qualifying and head off to the Confederations Cup in Russia unbeaten since Euro 2016.

Germany ease past San Marino in 7-0 win

Sandro Wagner stars as Germany dismantle San Marino
Wagner hits hat-trick for world champions

"It was a test for us because San Marino are not on the same level as us. We were able to do a lot of things we practiced in training today. The Confed Cup will be an important experience for many of our young players."

Afer the match, Jogi praised the way his young team had approached their task "We did well what we had intended to, playing with a high tempo, putting the opposition under pressure with our work off the ball and our quick passing. The team were excellent at that. We've been able to work on a few things and that has given us some security. It has also done a lot for our confidence. That was our aim, so I am very, very pleased."

He has personality and stands by his opinion' - Löw hails Wagner after Germany hat-trick

"The boys kept the pace up over 90 minutes.
"It was an important game for [Wagner]. He's using his body well and is not easy to defend against. He is a player with maturity and personality and one who stands by his own opinion.
"He is a very open and honest guy and he is very positive within the team."
He added "Sandro Wagner really put himself about up front with the long balls and was very physical. His commitment and movement was very dangerous, as was he himself from crosses. He scored three goals. We are delighted with that and so is he. Sandro has taken a big step forward this week." but when asked if he was now considered the side's No 1 striker, Jogi was non-committal and explained that there may be occasions where they have to play on the counterattack and would need some very quick strikers looking to make very deep runs.

More quotes from Jogi - with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Fussball on Twitter:
On Julian Draxler - "I believe he's feeling comfortable and proud to wear the captain's armband."
On Amin Younes - "always tries for the risky one-on-one situation."

Joachim Löw unhappy with Germany fans' jeering of Timo Werner

"There was a dive once, he made a mistake, and he admitted he was wrong," Low told Bild. "But we are talking about a very young player here.
"Someone who plays for the national team, is only at the start of his career and who has scored 21 goals in one season in the Bundesliga should not be jeered and whistled. That is simply not OK."

However he added that the atmosphere was on the whole "class". "You could see that you can still give the fans something to cheer about even against San Marino when you play at your best."
Footage of Jogi speaking at the post-match press conference

The German team became the first Starting XI for 57 years where each player came from a different club (in this case from five different countries - see right)

Löw hofft auf Reus-Comeback im WM-Jahr
Joachim Löw also sent his regards to Marco Reus after the BVB player underwent cruciate knee ligament surgery.
I wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he is able to get back into training in the New Year and that everything goes well for him." and he commiserated with the BVB player for his long history of injury problems.

As the squad now take a few days' rest before moving on to the Confederations Cup, Jogi was asked what he feels is now required "We will continue to work on our attacking play. That will be our main focus. At the same time we need to make sure that we are consistent at the back and well-organised. We also need to beware at set-pieces."

"I'm going there with a very good feeling and excitement about this tournament. It is difficult to say how we will do because the team has had three or four sessions and one week for a newly put-together team is not a lot of time. You can sense the ambition from the young players and that they want to do the best they can. But we will come up against other teams at the Confed Cup that are top-class in their continents and were very successful, such as Portugal and Chile. That is the calibre we are up against."

Post-match interview on RTL

Post-match press conference

Starting line-up:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector (Marvin Plattenhardt), Emre Can, Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Julian Draxler (Diego Demme), Amin Younes, Lars Stindl (Timo Werner), Sandro Wagner

Julian Draxler was passed fit, and captained the side.

Training, Herzogenaurach, 9 June 2017

Abschlusstraining in Herzogenaurach

Der Bundestrainer fordert Tore - from ZDF

Press Conference, Herzogenaurach, 9 June 2017, with Sebastian Rudy

Joachim Löw spoke positively of his new collection of players, saying "We've been able to sense from the first few days that the atmosphere in the team is very positive. The players bring desire and excitement with them and you can see they are all relishing the Confed Cup. They give you the feeling that they are generally looking forward to the Confed Cup and playing for the national team."

However, after comments in some quarters about the exclusion of top stars, he defended his decision:

Joachim Löw defends Germany's experimental Confed Cup squad

"Those players who played so many games reach their limit at one point," Löw said. "I can understand the hosts in Russia and that they have different expectations. But they will see the stars next summer."
Citing the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany where Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski made a lasting impression and became key players for the national team, Low explained that the "object of the Confed Cup is not the results but the development of players."
He said: "No matter where we will finish the Confed Cup, it just makes sense to go into the Confed Cup with this squad. It might already help us next year, or maybe in three years. One day the Confed Cup will become important for those who played in it."
He also said that he appreciated that the Confederations Cup was part of a country getting into the World Cup mood, as it was in Germany twelve years ago, he said it was important for young players to play, to look to the future as with Podolski and Schweinsteiger in 2005.

Joachim Löw spoke of his line-up gaainst San Marino tomorrow: "Marc-Andre ter Stegen is likely to start. I'll discuss some ideas again today with Andreas Köpke. Sandro Wagner will also start. Julian Draxler completed a small training session without any problems and he is expected to train with the rest of the team later today. If he is also able to do that without any problems, then he will also be in the starting XI and the captain. If some problems do arise though, then we will not be taking any risks. Shkodran Mustafi is available. We left him out on Tuesday as a precaution following his concussion. If Draxler does not play, he will be the captain."

Sandro Wagner to start, Julian Draxler to captain Germany against San Marino

"With all due respect to San Marino, tomorrow it is all about how we will approach the game and not how San Marino will play," Löw said.
"It is not really realistic with this new team to go on a new record hunt," he added. "Clearly we want to win, we want to show fans enjoyable fun football and also score a lot of goals."

He said he would not be preparing the team as intensely for the match against San Marino. "My focus will be on how we shape this game. We will be working on our runs doing different things going forward. We want to push San Marino back, play offensively and score goals. But next week, we will have to concentrate on different things since we will be playing at a completely different level at the Confed Cup."

Looking ahead to the Confederations Cup, he made it clear that the Confederations Cup will be a success if three or four players were able to make a step up to the level of the World Cup winning team. "I'm looking forward to it. The tournament provides a welcome change. But the idea behind it for me is not the results. We want to help the players to get to that next level, which international football demands of you. This Confed Cup will probably end up being important for a few of these guys in a couple of years. I'll be pleased if two, three or four players can develop in the way I would like them to, regardless of the results. We don't just want to take each game as it comes. The Confed Cup will allow us and the younger players to benefit in one, two years."

On squad members:

Löw traut Rudy Durchbruch bei den Bayern zu

Joachim Löw has a high opinion of Sebastian Rudy. He is an excellent player in midfield and his omission from the final Euro 2016 squad was purely due to multiple players in that position, and having players in the central midfield who had more experience. Jogi praised his professionalism attitude. He said to move to Bayern Munich (from Hoffenheim) was right at this stage of his career and although competition for places will be tight, he has complete trust in him.

"Marvin has been calm and collected. He knows his position very well and has been very consistent. He will get chances with us," said Löw. "He can still develop as a player and is a good alternative option for us."- from
Jogi said he saw him as a needed alternative for Jonas Hector who has been a constant presence for the past two years.

Jogi was also asked about the new generation of young trainers in Germany such as Julian Nagelsmann and Heiko Herrlic. He replied that a coach must have a high level of competence and be able to convey clear ideas to the team as to his vision of football. In addition he must have leadership skills and build empathy. Experience also plays an important role as you learn from year to year, and from situation to situation. He added "Julian Nagelsmann is already impressive as he has already acquired such qualities in his short journey so far. Heiko Herrlich has already done good work with the U17 and U19 teams at the DFB and I believe he is well suited to Bayer Leverkusen."

With thanks to

In an interview on, Andreas Köpke had earlier confirmed that all three goalkeepers will play at the Confederations Cup.

Training, Herzogenaurach, 8 June 2017

PK, Training und eine nette Begegnung

Die Mannschaft Anreise nach Nürnberg - 8 June 2017

The full squad for the June internationals and Confederations Cup, together with detailed comments, can be found in my May 2017 Archive page.

Last updated 11 June 2017
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