Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 3 September 2010

Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"The victory was important, the team has shown plenty of spirit."
Miroslav Klöse 51'

Match Reports - 3/4 Sep 2010
"Evergreen Klose Strikes to Sink Belgium"
Germany stays the course against Belgium
"Löw eager for more points in Eurofootball."

"I expected the Belgians to be as good as they were," said Löw. "Now we are very pleased to face Azerbaijan next week at home.""In the first half, we needed something to get going," he added. "The combinations were not so sure of themselves as at the World Cup.In the second half, things got better because we had the match well under control."
Post match analysis from Bundesliga Talk with match statistics and player ratings.

Löw: "Waren streckenweise schon sehr gut" - in a post-match interview with Jogi stresses the importance of starting the campaign with a win, but says that his side have not yet reached peak performance. On an individual basis, he speaks of his liking central defender Holger Badstuber's play, and says he has good prospects.

If anyone has a copy, or knows of the whereabouts, of the post-match interview with ARD, or any other post-match interviews, I would love to hear from you!


Match highlights from

An in-depth analysis of Germany's Group A rivals
Lahm on the captaincy issue

"I had to recharge for two or three days after the World Cup, but now a new phase begins," said Löw.
"We have a tough qualifying group for the championship in Poland and Ukraine, but the working conditions at the DFB (German Football Federation) are perfect, so we are looking forward to it."We have a lot of ideas on how to further develop this young team." from this review of the opening qualifiers - 2 Sep 2010.
"Löw demands win against Belgium" - 2 Sep 2010
"As nice as the praise for our performances at the World Cup was, a new chapter with interesting challenges is beginning," said Löw."Our goal must be to take six points from our first two games."
Day Two in Frankfurt - training footage, 1 September 2010

Press Conference, Frankfurt, 1 September 2010

A write-up from Reuters

The coach said he had told Ballack that he is "not in a position to strengthen the team right now" and will have to work hard to win back his position."I told him quite openly that I do not yet see him in condition to help us and that this World Cup brought about a new situation," Löw said. -from AP.

Germany keeper Neuer gets nod

"We are now planning with Manuel Neuer. As long as he is fit and in good form he will play in the qualifiers,"

Ballack to remain Germany captain - 1 Sep 2010
"Löw looks to harness Cupmomentum"

"There are no easy qualification groups any more.Obviously we're the strong favourites to qualify for the European Championship and we want to make that clear right away by starting confidently."

Training Session in Frankfurt, 31 Aug 2010

The Team arrive at their Frankfurt Hotel - 31 August 2010, from

Full Squad Details for First two Euro 2012 qualifiers - 27 Aug 2010
"Ballack Out as Teams Announce Squads"

"We had a good and truthful discussion," Loew said after talking to Ballack on the phone. "Michael is on a good road back after three months out with his injury and everyone is satisfied with his recovery. It is important now for him to find his top form with Leverkusen."
On Rene Adler's recall to the squad"It was understood that Rene would come back," Loew said. "After his operation he has shown until now that he is in good form."

"Of course we are striving for a successful start in the Euro 2012 qualification and want to build on our achievements at the World Cup," from from AP

Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
Defenders: Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (both Bayern Munich), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Sascha Riether (Wolfsburg), Heiko Westermann (Schalke)
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (Köln), Cacau, Christian Träsch (both Stuttgart)
Attackers: Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose (both Bayern Munich), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen)

With thanks to Silke and Nicole with their help with links and photographs

Last updated 24 July 2013
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