Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Stade de France, Paris

"We showed great morale to bounce back from conceding just before half-time."
France - Mathieu Valbuena 44'
Germany - Thomas Müller 51', Sami Khedira 74'


Germany win for the first time away against France since 1935 - as Jogi shows the French that whilst he may be romantic - he is certainly not a loser!

Match reports - 6/7 February 2013
Classy Germany break French curse
Mesut Özil Shines As Germany Land Historic Triumph in Paris
Germany clinch friendly in France
Germany break jinx with win over France

"It was our first big test of 2013, we played with a lot of rhythm," said Löw. "It was fast-paced game with a lot of good action up front. There were a lot of things that we did very well which last time, against the Netherlands, we couldn't manage to do."
Löw cautiously happy after win
"I think that games like this show how friendlies can also be good tests. Tonight, both teams played to win."
"We were very good going forward today, but we have got to be stronger in defence," he continued. "In the end, we were a bit lucky that they did not make it 2-2 as we made some mistakes."
"Mario Gomez does not have much match practice, which is why I thought I would take a look at this," he said. "I wanted to be a bit more variable with Mesut and Toni Kroos and I think it worked well. Maybe I can play with two up front too, if they get on well. I can imagine Marco Reus and Mario Gotze up there, for example."
"We have got to have players who are unpredictable and want the ball played through to them."
Löw delighted with performance
"This was an important game for the development of my players and for the team as a whole," Löw said.
"To play here in front of 75,000 fans against a team that has had some great results recently, and to come from behind to do so, was fantastic."
"Both teams played some good stuff, but we wanted to put in a performance and we were the better side over the 90 minutes."
Plenty of positives from Paris - talks of Ilkay Gündogan, singled out by Jogi for his "assuredness in possession and aggressive commitment".

Khedira earns the spoils in Paris - with player ratings and match statistics
Germany earn comeback win against France - UEFA match page

"Wir waren die bessere Mannschaft" - An interview from the dfb website, where Jogi in particular praises Mesut Özil calling him 'one of the most outstanding players on the pitch'. When asked, he also explains he was annoyed at the end of the match as the team's openness could easily have led to them conceding.
"Nie die Kontrolle verloren" - a post-match interview

Vive le Löw! - Long Live Löw! The headline in celebrates Germany's first win in France for 78 years!

Gegen alle Zweifel - Jogi has lifted German football to a new level, and that is enough reason to be grateful, says, raising the very selfsame points I did nearly two months ago in my personal message to the German media!

Both highlights and the match in full length can be watched on my youtube channel.

Post-match interview on ARD

Clips from the post-match press conference


Starting Line-Up:
Rene Adler, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Höwedes, Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gündogan, Thomas Müller (Lars Bender 90'), Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (Andre Schürrle 68') Mario Gomez (Toni Kroos 57')

Training, Stade de France, Paris, 5 February 2013

Mehr als elf gute Spieler - Scenes from training and the press conference

Press Conference, Paris, 5 February 2013

Low believes best is yet to come from Germany

"We are second in the Fifa ranking, we are only behind Spain which has a team of the century," he told reporters at a press conference. "But we improved our playing style incredibly in the last [few] years. We made a very big step forward. Now we try to optimize that to go to the top."
"This match is an acid test. France [have] found [their] old strength. We need to show a top performance if we want to compete. They have a good mix, they are technically and physically great."
(On Choosing Rene Adler to start on Wednesday)  "I spoke with Manuel. Our task is to, in case something should happen, create alternatives. We want competition in all positions, that's why we made this decision. Manuel has to accept and will play the next two games."
"Neuer was and still is our number one, but competition is important in a year without a tournament."
Löw dismisses jitters claim against top teams
"We are currently the world number two," he said. "Maybe we have not yet landed the ultimate blow, but let's not forget that Spain's team of the century has crossed our path."
"Just look at 2008, 2010 and 2012, when we were in the semis, or even finals, then I think we have improved. "I am incredibly proud of the way we have taken a huge step forwards, giving lots of joy to our fans. Sure, we're disappointed with a few results, like 2010 or 2012 against Italy, but we're working on getting it right and it has got to be said we have made huge improvements."
(On injury withdrawals) "It's not a setback," he said. "These problems have been around as long as we've been playing international games. You get injuries and illnesses, especially in February or in November. Certainly it's frustrating for a coach, but you've got to be able to cope with the situation and prove that we have more than just 11 good players in Germany."
"We have got to be ready to test this kind of a situation in case it arises in a tournament and that is what a year like this one, without any major tournament, is all about.
"It is about putting together a squad where we have at least two players suitable for every position. I think we have a good squad overall, even if we are without these players."
"It's a tough test because France in recent months have got back to their former best," he said at a press conference in the French capital.
"They get good results against big nations, like beating Italy and drawing 1-1 with Spain, and like I said, they are back to their best so we have got to play a great game just to be on a par with them. "They have a fantastic mix of technically-gifted players, like Franck Ribery or Karim Benzema, but also very physical players in their midfield and defence, and now they are incredibly well-organised and play a fast combination game too."
Joachim Löw und die romantischen Verlierer - the headline referring to one question from a French journalist as to whether the German team could be referred to as 'perdants romantiques' (romantic losers).

Other points:
- Philipp Lahm will start on the right.
- Spoke about the advantages of having the majority of the team's players from Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, as a longer Champions League run will increase their international experience.
- Importance of Toni Kroos for the team, has proved himself and constantly developed

Live ticker from the press conference

Deschamps lauds Germany´s progress - 5 February 2012

The team arrive in Frankfurt and later hold a very wet first training session!

Announced this afternoon on that Miroslav Klose has now had to drop out from the squad for Wednesday. Sven Bender has been called up.

An interview with Jogi has appeared in today's issue of 'Le Parisien' (not available without purchasing), and various excerpts have appeared online: - 4 February 2013

Löw: It's style, not graft, for Germany

"Today, you can no longer win titles by playing badly. You have to beat your opponent with a well-structured and thought-out way of playing," Löw, who will employ those methods against France in a friendly in Paris on Wednesday, said.
"I'm delighted that we've beaten the Netherlands, Argentina and England with a spectacular style of playing, and not just because we were better at tackling. That's the past. We wanted to change the culture of the German national team. We've managed to do that. Now we want to win the World Cup playing attractive football."
"You can play badly and win one or two times, but it never lasts," he explained. "What I like most after a game is being able to say that we played better than our opponents."
"My philosophy was clear from the start: there is no question we will just launch the ball upfield and hope a goal comes from nothing. Titles are all well and good, everyone wants to win, but you also have to leave a legacy in terms of how you play. People have to be able to say: 'This team is great,' even if it loses. It's essential to provoke emotions and that people remember you in years to come."
Low's mindset is in harmony with that of Pep Guardiola, who took Barcelona to the summit of club football with a positive playing style.
"I see [his arrival] as a sign of recognition for the Bundesliga," he said. "We're all delighted he's coming. He's going to try and establish his ideas, his clear philosophy, which he learned very early on at Barcelona. But is he going to succeed at Bayern? Only the future will say."
Löw: Wenger coaching worth a trophy
"I like Arsene Wenger a lot, because he stays true to his ideas and has been loyal to the same club for such a long time. With him, young players become stars. That's worth having a title or two fewer," Low told Le Parisien. (On French coach Didier Deschamps)  "He's an excellent coach. He's done good work at Monaco, Juventus and Marseille. As a player, I was impressed by his ability to read the game and by his attitude of working for the team. He's a natural leader. With him, France will get back to winning ways," Low said, before picking out his favourite players in Deschamps' squad.
"You just need to see Franck Ribery with Bayern Munich: what a player! He's one of the best in the world. I also like Karim Benzema a lot, he's brilliant with Real Madrid, and Patrice Evra. It has nothing to do with luck that he's been a first-team regular at Manchester United for so long."
Germany without Dortmund trio Goetze, Reus, Schmelzer - 4 February 2013

Schweinsteiger ruled out of France friendly - 3 February 2013
Germany will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger when they face France in Wednesday's friendly, but coach Joachim Löw is not too concerned by the midfielder's absence.
The Bayern Munich man picked up an ankle injury late in Bayern's 3-0 win over Mainz yesterday and he has withdrawn from Low's 23-man squad.

"Of course we want to get a good result, but this game is a welcome opportunity for us to try something out and maybe see players who have not played regularly for us lately," he said. "The focus this year is on qualifying directly for the World Cup."
(On Stefan Kiessling's omission)  "Stefan has been with us before and he is not a youngster any more either," he said on the German Football Association's website. "That is why it would not have been fair on him to call him up for just a short appearance. I am always evaluating the situation, but I am not going to just call Kiessling up for one game. I will (call him up) when I can give him some real hope of getting a chance."
Löw: Adler spielt gegen Frankreich - the full interview on the website, where Jogi also discusses the annual opening matches and the strength of the opponents, Mario Gomez and Philipp Lahm.

Joachim Löw setzt auf René Adler gegen Frankreich
Gomez returns for Germany - 1 February 2013

"Mario Gomez is back in a good physical condition after his long injury," said Löw. "Like Miroslav Klose, he has everything he needs to put our philosophy into practice in the central striker's role. I am convinced that, given his qualities and his experience, he will be able to prove himself again at the highest international level."
"Rene (Adler) played an excellent first half of the season in the Bundesliga," said Löw. "After returning to our squad to face the Netherlands, he has now earned the chance to prove himself against France. In March, we will then put our faith in Manuel Neuer again for the decisive World Cup qualifying games. He remains our number one."
"I think we have a very good squad which needs to be able to play on a par with a very strong, technical French side," he said. "France are on their way back to their former glories and, for me, they are among the best sides in the world, especially with players of the quality of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery."
"They impressed me a lot in their last two away games against Spain and Italy and you can clearly see the signature of their coach Didier Deschamps, who I rate very highly considering he loves quick attacking football as much as I do. It's going to be a real test for us and we are looking forward to this neighbourly battle in Paris which we want to use to tune us up for a year in which direct qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is the clear objective."

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), René Adler (Hamburger SV)
Defenders:  Philipp Lahm, Jérome Boateng (both FC Bayern München), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal FC), Heiko Westermann (Hamburger Sv)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, André Schürrle (both Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (FC Schalke), Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all FC Bayern München), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal FC)
Forwards:  Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München), Miroslav Klose (Lazio Rom)

Joachim Löw vor Paris-Test ohne Zwang zu Experimenten - 31 January 2013

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