Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday 7 September 2010

Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"You can sense that things are becoming automatic now."
Germany - Heiko Westermann 28', Lukas Podolski45+1', Miroslav Klose 45+2', 90+2', Rashad Sadygov 53' (og), Holger Badstuber 86'
Azerbaijan - Rail Melikov 57'
With two wins in two games in the first set of qualifiers, Germany sits at the top of their qualifying table.

Match Reports - 7/8 September 2010
"Germany hit Azerbaijan for Six" - from
"Joachim Löw pleased with Germany's Attacking Chemistry"
"Löw pleased after Germany's 6-1 rout"

"The team produced some more top football and some of the combinations worked very well," beamed Löw, "It was fun to see that, we have been working on things since even before the World Cup."
"It was noted that (Lukas) Podolski was willing to put in a lot of leg work.He shows his strength in the national side and his goal ratio (41 goals in 81 games) speaks for itself."
Germany cruise to emphatic win over Azerbaijan

Match statistics and player ratings - from

"Enorme Spiel- und Kombinationsfreude" - in a post-match interview on, Jogi talks of his pleasure that rehearsed moves are now becoming automatic. He praised Lukas Podolski saying he had shown again his strength in the national team, and that his goal ratio speaks for itself. He also gave his reasons for choosing Sascha Riether in the starting eleven and looks ahead to the next match, against Turkey in Berlin.
Bundestrainer Löw: "Dynamik macht Lukas stark" - another post-match interview

Löw hat keine Ambitionen auf Vogts-Nachfolge - In an answer to a question at the post-match press conference, as to whether Jogi would follow Berti Vogts and one day become the Azerbaijan coach, he replied, with a grin "Not even in 2022, would I be ready to go to Azerbaijan"!

Post-match interviews from Spiegel Online

Screencap from the post match interview from ARD (sadly no longer available - does anyone know where a copy can be found?)

Match highlights from

Press Conference, Köln, 6 September 2010

Pre-Match Preview from - 6 September 2010
Löw happy to see team's free-flowing style continuing in Euro campaign
Löw demands focus for Azerbaijan game

"We need the points, we need to win this game. When I talk to the players, I get the impression that they want to put in a big performance."
"Of course it would be a massive setback for us if we don't get the three points... but I am confident we will win,"
"These games are always difficult because basically, these teams have nothing to lose."

On Lukas Podolski: "I've spoken to Lukas and we looked at two or three chances," said Löw."When he's at 100 percent he's really brilliant and I'm convinced he'll play a great game at home (against Azerbaijan on Tuesday)."- from AFP
On Michael Ballack's possible international football retirement: I am 100% convinced that he won't do that. I don't know why he should."Of course there is a lot of speculation over the issue. I didn't have the feeling that Michael Ballack wants to retire from the national team." - from

Training Sessions, Köln, 5/6 September 2010

For articles on squad selection for the September Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan, see my Belgium page.

Last updated 24 July 2013
With thanks to Silke.
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