Germany Tour of United States - Stage 1

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Boca Raton, Florida

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"This trip is extremely important for the players here to show what they can do."

Germany - Lukas Podolski 9.1 seconds, 17', Lars Bender 4', 24'
Ecuador - Antonio Valencia 45', Jaime Ayoví 84'

Lukas Podolski scores the fastest ever goal by Germany in international football, as they race to a scintillating lead in the first match of the US tour. Although Ecuador stage a comeback in the second half, there are many positive signs from the new faces on show.

Germany kicks off US Tour with 4-2 win over Ecuador
Podolski & Bender at the double

Early-birds Germany ease past Ecuador

"These games are great for youngsters to gain experience."
"It was a very, very good first half for us," said Löw after the match. "In the end we weren't able to hold the pace."
Germany prevails in exhibition against Ecuador - from the Miami Herald
Germany's unbeaten run continues
""Our basic philosophy has been not to rely on a pool of 15 but 30 players, and which is why this trip is important. Germany has benefited from great development the last few years."
Two-Goal Podolski Impresses Germany Boss
"He put in a class performance with two goals, he ran hard and showed plenty of fighting spirit," said Löw.
"He has already showed repeatedly in recent years how important he is for our team."
Löw pleased with debutant performances

DFB-Team: Ein Erfolg gegen alle Kritiker - Jogi greeted the crowd, says sport1, and was in a visibly good mood on the short trip back to Miami. He had seen what he wanted to see - a good performance across the miles, his 'replacement squad' playing together like regulars, and, above all, a victory!

Löw: "Muss der Mannschaft großen Respekt zollen" - In an interview on, Jogi spoke positively about the game saying the players had done exactly what was asked of them. He said the opening few minutes had 'inspired' the team, but in the second half were lacking some of their pace from the first-half and lost balls going forward.
He praised Lukas Podolski "a class performance" and goalkeeper Rene Adler who he called "superlative" in handling several difficult situations.
Talking of the trip as a whole he said that it was a welcome opportunity for the players to show themselves over a longer period.

Bundestrainer Löw lobt "sagenhaft gute Kombinationen" - a post-match interview with Jogi

Post-match press conference, originally on

Post-match analysis with Jogi on ARD on my youtube channel.

Starting Line-Up:
René Adler, Heiko Westermann, Per Mertesacker, Marcell Jansen, Benedikt Höwedes, Sidney Sam (André Schürrle), Lukas Podolski (Nicolai Müller), Roman Neustädter (Stefan Reinartz), Julian Draxler (Aaron Hunt), Lars Bender (Philipp Wollscheid), Max Kruse (Dennis Aogo)

Press Conference, Miami, 28 May 2013

Joachim Löw has confirmed that Max Kruse will make his debut for Germany tomorrow. Also confirmed in the line-up are Adler, Jansen, Mertesacker, Westermann, Höwedes, Neustädter, Lars Bender. The three-man attacking midfield line-up behind Kruse is still to be announced.

Löw names eight starters for Ecuador friendly

"I'll have to think a little more about who will play behind the striker," Löw said in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, promising, however, that "all the players will get their chance over these two games."
"The new boys have made a very, very good impression," Löw said. "Wollscheid's strength with his head, Müller's showing a great eye for goal and Kruse is a really clever, refined player while Sam is great running with the ball."
DFB debutants out to impress
"These types of international encounters offer an opportunity for individual players to prove themselves at this level," Löw said. "Players who haven't had a leading role in the side thus far now have the chance to take on responsibility and prove that they're up to the task."
"All four have had excellent seasons with their clubs," said Löw. "Their call-ups are a fitting reward for their performances. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to invite them into the national team set-up."
"Above all, I hope to gain new insights ahead of the upcoming campaign. I'd be very satisfied if this journey helped a few players take the next step."
Despite his willingness to try something new against in-form Ecuador, who themselves are without a loss in nine matches, Löw insisted his line-up would also consist of experienced players, with Arsenal FC's Lukas Podolski expected to captain the side to mark his 109th international appearance: "I will have to make sure the mixture is right."

Löw nimmt Podolski gegen Bierhoff in Schutz
Jogi sprung to the defence of Lukas Podolski. The Arsenal star, he said in today's press conference, has always been an integral part of his squad, and he praised the tremendous positives he brought to the squad with his humour and good spirit.
Joachim Löw plays down Podolski spat
"For me personally as a coach, he (Podolski) is incredibly important and an extremely important team player," said Löw, speaking from Germany's American training camp in Florida.
"I am completely satisfied with his commitment and his attitude."

Nach "Idiot"-Äußerung: Löw macht sich über Sammer lustig
Much was made in the press about Jogi's witty retort to Matthias Sammer's comment that the dfb would need to find a 'right idiot' for the Sporting Director post vacated by Robin Dutt. "Dann kann er ja wiederkommen." (Then he can come back) quipped Jogi about Sammer, Dutt's predecessor.
"Ein guter Idiot": Löw lacht über Sammer - The clip can be seen on this video

And from the local Miami Herald:
"We are very prepared for this match, although Ecuador is one of the most disciplined teams I have ever encountered in my career."
Because of the Champions League final match between Dortmund and Bayern Munich on Saturday - which Bayern won 2-1 - Löw called up his B-team which he calls "the new generation of German football."
"The big guys [experienced players such as Mertesacker, Adler, Höwedes and Podolski] always bring positivity and guidance to the team," Löw said.

Training, Barry University, Miami, 27/28 May 2013

Training bei Starken Wind - from

Ungemütlicher Test gegen Ecuador - DFB-Tour füllt Kasse - 27 May 2013
"This is a home game for Ecuador. These are their conditions," says Joachim Löw ahead of Wednesday's first friendly of the US tour.
He spoke of the players' "groer Freude" in being on the tour, and that they were now well acclimatised to the conditions in Miami, and their desire to make the most of their chances."Ecuador is a stronger opponent," said Loew. "But the USA game has greater importance. The Americans are celebrating their centenary, the full stadium is an incentive for us both."

The squad watch the Champions League final, and Jogi speaks to

Herr Löw, holen wir jetzt den WM-Titel?
And the obvious question as the team sit down in their hotel with 'popcorn and some beers'.
More comments about the Final can be found in my May 2013 archive.

DFB-Team bereitet sich auf Hitzeschlacht vor - 24 May 2013
As the squad entered their second day of training, the temperatures and humidity were soaring in Miami.
"You realise it's difficult for players to come from seven to eight degrees in Germany to 30° here, but they will get used to it." said Jogi. Talking of the Ecuador game, he said they would have preferred to play in the evening, but have to play early afternoon local time, due to the TV coverage in Germany.

First Training Session, Barry University, Miami, 23 May 2013

Ankunft in Miami - after a nine-hour flight the squad touch down in Miami, early Wednesday afternoon local time. A video from

Video footage as the squad leave for the US plus a short interview with Jogi.

Löw: Abflug ins Ungewisse - 22 May 2013
As they departed for America, flying from a wet Germany to a forecast of rain in Miami, Jogi spoke of the weather not being as is imagined, but added that they expected good conditions and would just have to be flexible. He spoke of a happy and motivated squad, especially newcomers Philipp Wollenberg, Sidney Sam (both Leverkusen), Max Kruse (Freiburg) and Nicolai Müller (Mainz). It was a "bisschen schade" that he will not be at Wembley for the all-German Champions League final, but it was only logical "dass ich bei meinen Jungs bleibe"..

The absence of players from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid gave Jogi the chance to call on some fresh faces and those who have been on the fringes of the team for the past year or so.The uncapped players chosen for the squad are Bayer 04 Leverkusen duo Philipp Wollscheid and Sidney Sam, FSV Mainz 05 winger Nicolai Müller and Max Kruse of SC Freiburg.  Full details of the Squad Selection Press Conference can be found on my May 2013 Archive.

Last updated 8 December 2013
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