Wednesday 17 November 2010


"I was really pleased with those who made their debuts and those who were making their second appearances."

Match Reports - 17/18 November 2010
Germany checked in Sweden stalemate
Experimentation yields underwhelming yet productive stalemate

Joachim Löw 'Completely Satisfied' With Germany's Performance Despite Scoreless Draw With Sweden

"It quickly became clear to me that my team would be puzzled going forward," he told reporters. "The Swedes played with ten men behind the ball."
Nonetheless, Löw was pleased with the way his team, which featured four debutants, quickly acclimated.
"But I think we have made a good showing, especially when you consider how many new entries there were. Given the number of players who made their first or second international appearance, I am completely satisfied.""The team this year has played some quality football this year with 'Made in Germany' stamped all over it and we want to build on that in 2011," said Löw.
Löw glad World Cup form lingering despite Sweden draw
"The World Cup was certainly the highlight of this year, but I am also very pleased that we have transferred the good performances seamlessly into the Euro 2012 qualifiers," said Löw.
"After a year like that, it was not a given that we would do so well in the Euro qualifiers."
"I will never accept that we are negligent and suffer setbacks," he said with Germany still facing six Euro 2012 qualifiers in 2011."The team made a big leap forward this year, but we will keep working and continue to develop. It starts for us in 2011 with the game against Italy and will have a strong opponent in Brazil waiting for us."
"Mats Hummels was very confident in defence and responded well to the long balls," said Löw."I never had the feeling he could have problems and, likewise, I was impressed with Lewis Holtby. From the first training session on Monday, he did remarkably well. He is technically strong, takes good options and is very safe on the ball."

A post-match press conference from kicker.tv
Löw banks on youth - and Ballack
"I am entirely happy with the commitment and attitude of the young players," Löw said."The result was secondary for me. What interested me the most was getting to know the players better in the few days we had together. They fitted in right away and took on responsibility both in training and out on the pitch.
"We have very, very good prospects with this young team. I am particular happy that the transition to the European Championship qualifiers has been so smooth after the highlight of the World Cup."
Match report and statistics from Goal.com

"Ein reines Geduldspiel" - the post-match interview on dfb.de, where Jogi also apeaks of his belief in a comeback for Michael Ballack.

Another German post-match interview with Jogi, this time from Sueddeutsche.de

Match Highlights from tv.dfb.de

A post-match interview with Sportschau

And one from ZDF with match highlights

Pre Match Preview from Goal.com, 17 November 2010
"We'll know in a few weeks or maybe at some point next year, (whether new players can challenge established stars)" Löw told reporters in a pre-match press conference.
He has taken inspiration from Sebastian Vettel, who recently became the youngest Formula 1 champion in history."He pulled it off because of his tremendous determination, his professionalism, and his meticulous work habits."
The Germany gaffer believes that in Germany, there are many young footballers who share Vettel's ambition."Five or six years ago, our under 21 players did not play a major role at their clubs, but that has changed. Between 18 and 22 years is such an important phase in their development."

An interview with ZDF

Spielen sie sich heute in Jogis EM-Elf? - Interview footage from Bild.de, 16 November 2010

Germany coach Löw taps young Dortmund talent for Sweden friendly - profiles on the boys from Dortmund
Joachim Löw to choose Germany's back-up players

15 November 2010

A ZDF video of the team arriving and first day's training

More interview footage from t-online

Press Conference in Gothenburg

More video footage of the team's arrival and first day in Gothenburg from dfb.de

Pre-Match News:
Lukas Podolski has pulled out of Germany's squad for the forthcoming friendly against Sweden with an ankle injury, the German football federation (DFB) said Sunday.Coach Joachim Löw has decided not to replace the striker. He will now take 21 players to Gothenburg for the match on Wednesday., from M&C Sport, 14 November 2010.
Joachim Löw Includes Four Debutants In Confirmed Germany Squad For Sweden Friendly; Mesut Özil, Philipp Lahm & Thomas Müller Left Out - with full squad details,
Löw to Blood Future Stars for Sweden, 11 November 2010
"The game in Sweden is a good opportunity to give a chance to players with great potential who have been in the spotlight lately and (who) fit our overall philosophy,"
"A positive step for us is to introduce several players to the national team and we want to go into the winter break with a good performance," said Löw.
"We have the classic match against Italy in February which will be an interesting challenge for us."
Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle & Lewis Holtby Included In Germany Squad For Sweden Friendly, 10 November 2010
"They are definitely going to be included. All of them have played really, really well this season over a long period of time. I can imagine them making the step up to the very highest level internationally," said Löw to Bild.
"The plan is to give every single player in the squad a slice of the action. During the course of the game, those who don't start will come on.
"If I have the feeling that a player fits in with our philosophy, then I will call him up. That can happen even after a matter of weeks. Age does not come into it.
"The argument that you need to have two or three years of experience performing consistently well before you can be called into the national team does not apply with me."

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