World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 6 September 2013

Allianz Arena, Munich
World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"We had a bit more time to work together this week and we did our homework."

Miroslav Klose 33', Toni Kroos 51', Thomas Müller 88'

Equalling Gerd Müller's goalscoring record, Miroslav Klose sets up a convincing win for Germany to put them within sight of automatic qualification.

Klose scores record goal as Germany near World Cup berth
Germany close in on qualification with Austria win

"We knew the way Austria would play and we took the sting out of their tail.
"Our defence worked well and it pleased me that we kept them goalless, but the main thing is the victory.
"The result gives us a bit more security at the top of the group.
"I am pleased that Miro Klose finally got his goal and the subject is finally closed. I am sure he will go onto score his 69th goal." - from globalpost
World Cup in sight as Germany see off Austria - from
Klose helps hosts towards World Cup - with player ratings.

Klose still 'incredibly important' - Löw

"In this form, Miro is incredibly important for the team," Löw, who habitually fields a lone striker, told the post-match news conference.
"Klose's secrets are his professionalism and his head. His great strength is his determination to keep up this standard and not relax."
"If he can maintain his physical fitness and train without injuries, Miro is always a player who can produce goals, quality runs and good passing combinations, an extraordinary striker," Löw added.
Klose ties Gerd Müller, Lahm reaches 100 caps and Germany one step closer to Brazil - a match review from Bundesliga Fanatic
Toni Kroos Stakes Claim for Germany Role in Virtuoso Performance Against Austria - a focus on one of Friday's star performers.

Löw happy with Germany improvement from back to front

"There are always certain things you could do better during matches, but our intensity going forward was much better than in our previous match against Paraguay," he explained.
"We caused Austria problems early on and managed to stifle them. They were forced to play long balls that our central defenders were able to intercept without much trouble. The intenstity with which our forward line put the opposition under pressure was good. If we play like we did against Austria and beat the Faroe Islands and the Republic of Ireland,clearly we can top the group."
Joachim Löw: "Überragend gut gemacht"
"Supremely well done" - Jogi's post-match interview on

Guardiola and Löw lead tributes to centurion Lahm

"Nowhere near past his best yet" according to Germany coach Joachim Löw, Philipp Lahm had no shortage of admirers as he reached a century of international caps on Friday, said
I was right to drop Hummels, claims Low
"Hummels is a very good central defender," began Löw to SID. "[But] I've seen him in recent games for Dortmund.
"Maybe he lacks the security. Boateng earned this opportunity because of his performances for Bayern Munich. You cannot always prevent opponent's chances, but it is always up to the whole team.
"The intensity which we attacked Austria with was much higher than recent games. They were forced to play high balls which our defence intercepted easily."
Excerpts from the post-match press conference from

Löw bestätigt Verhandlungen mit dem DFB - 7 September 2013
In the immediate aftermath of the match, the press were full of news of a possible contract extension for Jogi and his team, with Kicker quoting him as saying he has had no conversations with the DFB, but his advisor Harun Arslan had been in consultation with DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock over two to three issues.


Match highlights from

The post-match interview on ZDF

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Marcel Schmelzer (Benedikt Höwedes), Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Marco Reus (Julian Draxler), Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose (Sven Bender).

Training, Allianz Arena, 5 September 2013

"Punkte statt Pannen": Löw siegesgewiss
An interview with ZDF - 5 September 2013

Der grüne Catwalk von Joachim Löw - 5 September 2013
The Austrian Kurier celebrates Jogi's touchline style with a fashion slideshow!

Press Conference, Munich, 4 September 2013

Even with World Cup qualification on the horizon, there was no doubt what the media wanted to hear first, and Jogi's comments regarding Mesut Ozil's deadline day transfer to Arsenal featured throughout Europe all day, including headlining on Sky Sports News in the UK

Germany boss Joachim Löw labels Real Madrid decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal as 'incomprehensible'

Germany coach Joachim Löw has criticised Real Madrid's decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, labelling the move as "incomprehensible" although he does feel that the switch will benefit the attacking midfielder.
Ozil's German team-mate Sami Khedira admitted his regret at the club's decision to sell, and Löw has also expressed his confusion as to why the Spanish club would sell one of their best players.
"Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer," Löw said at a press conference ahead of Germany's clash against Austria on Friday.
"For me, it's incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers."
"Mesut is a sensitive player and he needs the faith from the club and the coach," Löw added.
"It seems that was not longer 100% there at Real whereas Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger pulled out all the stops to get him.
"He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues.
"Arsenal are a strong team who play technically high-quality football."
Löw is also confident that the change of clubs has not affected Ozil, and that he is more than happy to play him in the match against Austria and Tuesday's clash with the Faroe Islands, claiming he "looks perfectly happy and satisfied. He is fully focused".
However, Löw is not taking the match for granted, and says his side will need to be on top of their game when the two sides meet at the Allianz Arena.
"We were lucky the last time we played them," he said.
"We know that they have taken a step forwards and Austria are serious opponents. Nobody will under-estimate this very strong team."
Löw demands improvement against Austria
"It's pretty clear that our defence is an issue," he explained. "We weren't tight enough against Paraguay. Whenever that has happened, we've played badly. When we've been compact, we've played well and won. These are the basics we've talked about and tried to get right in training."
"We have to avoid the simple, individual errors we made against Paraguay. I'm sure it will go better for us on Friday. The team have taken the advice on board."
"Austria still have a great chance to finish second and make the World Cup by way of the play-offs," Löw continued. "That's their goal. They're hugely motivated [...] We mustn't throw anything away, let alone the chance to put some space between ourselves and second place. No one will underestimate them."
(On Philipp Lahm picking up his 100th cap) "I have been with him all the way these past ten years," recalled Löw. "He's a shining example of reliability, willingness and football ability [...] The fact he can celebrate his 100th cap in his own backyard is great." Suffice to say, three points would be the icing on the milestone cake.
Germany wary of rivals Austria as World Cup qualifier approaches
"Everyone knows that our neighbors are always enormously motivated for a match against Germany," said Löw, who knows Austrian football well from his time on the coaching staff of clubs Tirol Innsbruck and Austria Vienna.
"Austria are distinguished by their good pressing and the way they can switch play quickly. The influence of my esteemed colleague [Austria coach] Marcel Koller is clearly recognizable."
"They will give everything to maintain their chances of qualifying."
Joachim Löw promises attacking game versus Austria
"I'm not prepared to see us fall back and only push forward on the counter-attack," said Löw.
"We are not going to hide in our half of the field and let the opposition attack.
"The team can't only be strong in attack, we have to also do well in defence, but we're not going to be defensive in our overall orientation."
Löw fearful over Gotze injury
"For me it was a bad tackle {Ramires in European Super Cup], not a good one," said Löw.
"I thought it could have been worse as well, luckily it wasn't."
Löw also expressed a hope that Gotze can recover quickly from his injury and fight for a spot in the national side.
"He will be here (at the game) on Friday, we are contacting him regularly. For him it's really bad, for Bayern as well, suffering another major injury, shortly after recovering from a previous one. He will have to fight back.
"I hope he finds his rhythm back quickly and he will be an outstanding player.
"In 2012 he suffered the same with being out for six months. Now the World Cup is coming closer, so we really hope he won't be injured too much and too often."
Bundestrainer Löw: "Wir haben die Abwehr nie vergessen" - a summary of the press conference on

Joachim Löw: "Philipp Lahm einer der besten Spieler der Welt" - 2 September 2013
On the eve of his captain's 100th match for Germany, Jogi described Philipp as standing for reliability and consistency and as a coach, considers himself 'lucky' to have him in his squad. "He has a natural authority, assumes responsibility, is communicative and, despite the flat hierarchy we have in the national team, an absolute leader."

Bayern duo withdraw from Germany Squad - 31 August 2013
Mario Götze and Bastian Schweinsteiger will take no part in the two matches, both suffering ankle injuries.

Joachim Löw nominiert Sydney Sam und Max Kruse - 30 August 2013

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), René Adler (Hamburger SV) Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders:  Jérome Boateng, Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Sidney Sam (both Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Sven Bender, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil* (both Real Madrid) Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze (all Bayern Munich), André Schürrle (Chelsea)
Forwards:  Mario Gomez (Fiorentina), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

* A Madrid player when the squad was announced, Mesut signed for Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

Germany squad announcement delayed - 28 August 2013
Germany coach Joachim Loew has postponed the team nomination for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers until Friday in the wake of several injuries.
The latest setbacks came on Tuesday when Arsenal's Lukas Podolski suffered a thigh-muscle injury which will put him out of action for a round three weeks and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger damaged his ankle.
Schweinsteiger could be back for the qualifiers, but that could also depend on whether he will play or not for Munich in Friday's European Super Cup game against Chelsea.
In addition, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gündogan is sidelined for the internationals with a back injury, while Hamburg left back Marcell Janssen is doubtful and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira also not fully fit. .

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