Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday 12 October 2010

Euro 2012 Group A qualifier

"With 12 points so far we have a brilliant record which makes me happy. What the team has done in recent months is sensational."

Miroslav Klose 48', Mario Gomez 76', Lukas Podolski 86'

A perfect start to Germany's Euro 2012 qualification campaign, as they end the 2010 matches with four wins out of four.

Match Reports - 12/13 October 2010
Löw Basks in Flawless Start - from
Germany maintain perfect record - from
Joachim Löw: "I cannot expect Germany to be brilliant in every game"

"We have 12 points - that is what we wanted, so I have to be satisfied," Löw told the media after the match. "We achieved what we wanted to do, but obviously some errors occurred.""What the team managed to achieve this year has been great, I can't expect them to be brilliant every game.
"We have a lead at the top and that is comfortable, but we still need to win a few games before we can plan for the finals."
Germany confirm lead with routine win in Kazakhstan
"We achieved our goal against opponents who made life difficult through their athleticism and discipline," Löw told German television."I expected this sort of match from the Kazakhs. We made quite a few errors but that was a problem of adaptation to the pitch with its articifial grass. We have 12 points and we are in a good place. I cannot ask for more.""We are all the more comfortable after the surprise loss for the Turks - but we still must win more matches before we can go to Euro 2012."

"Ich bin stolz auf diese Mannschaft!"
Video footage and interviews from as the team returns home

Match statistics and player ratings from

Löw: "Haben enorm viel geleistet" - in an interview with, Jogi spoke of taking a 'big step' towards Euro 2012, that they still need to win some more games, but can be confident with four wins out of four. He also spoke of the surprise result with Azerbaijan beating Turkey, and that it was a good result for former Bundestrainer Berti Vogts.
He said that his team certainly never underestimated their opponents Kazakhstan, and that considering the unfamiliar surface and time difference, they had done 'pretty well'.

Bundestrainer Löw: "Die Mannschaft hat Sensationelles geleistet" - another post-match media interview,

Match highlights from

Post-match Interview with ZDF

Training, Astana, 11 October 2010

Monday, 11 October 2010, 10.00 CET.

"Löw is in the Air"

The team depart from Berlin to fly across four time zones to Kazakhstan.

Jogi winkt der nächste Dreier. More in this article from

Short video of team leaving for Kazakhstan

Training and Media Interviews, Berlin, 10 October 2010

Interviews from ZDF and Sportschau

Press Conference, Berlin, 10 October 2010

Özil to make Kazakh Clash

"If everything goes well and according to our plan, Mesut will be able to train on Monday evening and then will be fit to play," Löw said.
"We have enough quality to replace any player," said Löw, who warned that Kazakhstan would be no pushovers.
We are expecting a very tough match. The Kazakhs are much better than (group rivals) Azerbaijan. We have to be on guard because we will have a lot of work to do."
Confident Germany ready for Kazakhstan Test
(on Mesut Özil's injury doubts) "I'm convinced that we can also surmount this hurdle,' Löw said Sunday in Berlin."If everything goes as it should then I expect to name the same team," said Löw, who will make a decision on Özil's fitness 24 hours before kick-off."I also have Toni Kroos, Cacau or Marko Marin to play in Özil's position," he added.
Löw's only other injury concern is over replacement defender Jerome Boateng. The Manchester City star is struggling with a stomach problem and might not fly out with the squad on Monday if he fails to recover in time.
"If we have 12 points after this game in Kazakhstan on Tuesday then I'll be completely happy,"
(on missing key players) "We have the quality to replace these players for the occasional games,"
The match against Kazakhstan will be played on an artificial surface, something Löw feels his team have the ability have to adapt to."We are going to have to deal with the situation. We haven't reached our target yet."
Speaking of the artificial surface the German side will face, Jogi reminded the press that many of the side had faced a similar surface, (in Russia in 2009), but that the team only have today to get used to it, and whilst not easy, they will manage it.
On a personal basis Jogi spoke the recovery time after the World Cup, not just the tournament itself but the year of preparation beforehand. He said this took a time of around six weeks, and that when September arrived he was fully motivated and excited. "I had no energy problems" he said.

A summary of the Press Conference from de.eurosport

Löws Helden nachts in Berlin unterwegs - 10 October 2010
Jogi gives the team the evening off after their victory against Turkey, and enjoys a meal in Berlin

Germany's Mesut Ozil will undergo a last-minute test on an ankle injury before the World Cup semi-finalists take on Kazakhstan in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday, the national federation said."National coach Joachim Löw has arranged with the doctors and physical trainers to give him a fitness test in the final training session on Monday," the DFB said in a statement. from AFP, - 9 October 2010

For articles on squad selection for the October 2010 Euro 2012 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan, see my Turkey page.

With thanks to everyone at the Group, especially Nicole, Silke, Lucille, Paula and Sanni - for the wonderful pun!

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