Friday, 15 November 2013

San Siro, Milan

My Joachim Löw Pages

"We expected an intense and aggressive game, which proved to be the case."

Germany - Mats Hummels 8'
Italy - Ignazio Abate 28'

Only the woodword was to deny Jogi a victory in his 100th international - a friendly that was sometimes anything but!

European giants shares spoils in Milan
Italy ride luck to snatch draw against Germany
Germany held to draw against archrivals Italy in Milan

"I am happy with how the match went on the whole. We had an aggressive attacking performance and performed well defensively," said Löw. "It was clear to us beforehand that against the Italians it's not a friendly and that it sometimes gets tough."
Joachim Low rues missed chances
Löw: "Intense and aggressive game"
"We did well in defence against Mario Balotelli and Daniel Osvaldo, but it was also a positive performance in attack."
"We dominated the midfield and had many scoring opportunities, even hitting the upright at the last second. We hit the woodwork three times, which I think has to be a record for a friendly. It's a shame.
Mixed fortunes for Germany in Milan
"We were very competitive. The things we discussed and practised in training worked well," he summarised. All the more so given that, "Italy are the most flexible team defensively around. It's not easy to adapt and find a way past them."
(On Sami Khedira's injury)  "It's a bitter blow for Sami and for all of us," Löw acknowledged, adding however that the former VfB Stuttgart favourite's naturally positive attitude "will help him, and I'm optimistic about his chances of being fit again in time for the start of the World Cup."
Bundestrainer Joachim Löw: "Haben eine gute Leistung abgeliefert" - Jogi also praised Mats Hummels, saying he had showed his class in the opening goal.

Löw: "112 Länderspiele würden mir mehr bedeuten"
Jogi talks to the media after the games and says a 112th cap in the World Cup final will mean more to him than his 100th! He also discusses the performances of Marcell Jansen and Jerome Boateng, and playing Philipp Lahm as a defensive midfielder. The match, he said, sent a clear message to Italy that even at the San Siro, Germany are able to keep up with them.

Jubilar Löw dankt der Mannschaft: "Ihr seid dafür verantwortlich"
Midnight. Back at the team hotel. Wolfgang Niersbach taps his glass, and proposes a toast to the centurion Jogi: "The DFB is behind you and what you do 100%. The national team plays exciting and successful football.... And this is thanks to you, Jogi."
In response, Jogi addressed his players: "You are responsible for ensuring that I have reached 100 games. Your skills, your commitment, your willingness to perform. Ranging from Roman, who is here for the first time, through players who have made ten, 15 internationals, Mesut who has completed 50 matches, up to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm, who have made 100 or more."

"Wir haben schon Möglichkeiten" - 16 November 2013
The celebratory mood was dampened somewhat the following day with the news that Sami Khedira faced a long lay-off with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Jogi speaks to ARD, calling Sami a very important player and is not able to recall such a serious injury since he joined the DFB in 2004. He wished Sami well in his operation and a successful rehab period, and then when on to speak of the alternatives available to the team in midfield.

My Special Montage in celebration of Jogi's 100 Games

Match highlights from

Post-match interview on ZDF

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira (Sven BEnder), Thomas Müller (Lars Bender), Toni Kroos, Andre Schürrle (Marco Reus), Mario Götze (Mesut Özil)

Löw reaches three figures with Germany - and UEFA celebrate Jogi's 100th match with some memorable quotes from the Bundestrainer!

Look back at moments from Jogi's career so far as Bundestrainer,
with this special compilation video from
to mark the day of his 100th international

Facts and figures on Jogi's record in charge from

Joachim Löw: Vor seinem 100. Länderspiel - a video from ZDF

Training session on arrival in Milan, 14 November 2013

Ozil could face Italy - Löw - 14 November 2013
"Mesut is feeling better," Low was quoted as saying by Bild. "I expect that he will take full part in our final training session (on Thursday)."
Two short interviews with Jogi on ZDF:
"Es gibt keine Revanche!"
"Auch Italien hat Respekt"

Press Conference, Munich, 13 November 2013

No matter how much he tried to downplay his achievement, there was never a chance the press conference would pass without a mention of Jogi's amazing milestone of 100 matches in charge! Modestly, he claimed a century of games was a far greater landmark for a player, as they had to be selected, whereas a coach was there regardless!

Löw reminisces ahead of 100th game

"I have a lot to thank both the DFB and [German Football Association President] Wolfgang Niersbach for," said Löw at a press conference in Munich, where the Germany squad are preparing for their friendlies against Italy and England. "They always backed me, even when things weren't so easy," he continued, before joking: "It's much more difficult for players to reach that number - they have to be called up, whereas I'm guaranteed my place."
"The team has produced many, many good displays," he said. "Looking back I can see an improvement. I find it extremely satisfying to realise we've gone up to another level since 2008. In the last two or three years in particular we've taken incredibly big steps forward."
Best result as coach? The 4-0 victory against Argentina, with Messi and their other superstars!
Team news:
- Miroslav Klose out for both games.
- Per Mertesacker will remain in London, and will hopefully meet up with the team Saturday. Mesut Ozil is flying to Munich and should train tomorrow.
- Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng will be centre-back partnership.
- Upfront striker options are Max Kruse or Mario Götze. He sees Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle as better suited on the flanks.
- Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos commended, and in starting line-up.
- There will be changes in the games, but as a break of 3 and 5 months before the next games, makes sense to play all the players available.

Other points:
- He thanked the players who have been with him throughout his stay as Bundestrainer - Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose.
- On semi-final defeat to Italy, he said how he was annoyed with the talk of resignation afterwards, and added that he made mistakes "every week or even every day", and that they reflect and question themselves constantly.

Löw: "Auf Überraschungen Italiens richtig reagieren"
Quoted on his opponents: "Italy are incredibly tactically flexible as a team, they are 'clever', they can adapt quickly to any situation. I think it will be important that we keep vigilance and total concentration and react in the right way to any surprises from the Italians."

Löw spricht Machtwort: "Jeder sollte es schaffen zu regenerieren"
With the upcoming Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund the Saturday following, Jogi made it clear that would not feature in his reckoning for selection: "No-one can this time tell me to protect any player," he said. He spoke of a recovery time of four days being ample, no matter how long a player was on the pitch.
Der Bundestrainer kritisiert "Märchenerzähler"
Jogi likened those who say only German can win the World Cup as "fairy story tellers", and said that in order to win the ittle in Brazil any team would have to maintain an incredibly high performance level.

Tag Zwei in München footage from and also ZDF.

Joachim Low Praises AC Milan Star

"Mario Balotelli is one of the best players in the world and Cesare Prandelli is an excellent tactician, who has done a tremendous job with the national team." he was speaking exclusively to ExtraTime.
The last time these two sides met, Italy outwitted the Germans in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
"We were very young back then and Italy were smarter but now we are ready."
"But I am a supporter of Italian football. Italian teams are not the most successful as they once were, however, the national team have shown great strength and improvement."
"Italy are a wolf in sheep's clothing" - Löw excited by Azzurri test - 13 November 2013
"There are no better opponents than Italy for a November friendly," Löw told reporters.
"They come as a wolf in sheep's clothing as you never know what to expect from this team. They can adjust their game like no other team in the world, they are illusionists."
The 53-year-old also says he will be looking for an impressive performance from his side, even though there is little riding on the clash.
"The vagaries of the match should not affect our display," he added. "This team must continue to mature, and improve many aspects of our game."

Training, Säbener Strasse, Munich, 12 November 2013


"Wir spielen den Stil der Nationalmannschaft" - 12 November 2013
In an interview today with Süddeutsche Zeiting, Jogi spoke of his delight in playing such strong opponents as Italy, and his desire to play in the style of the national team.
Bundestrainer beißt zurück: Löw verbittet sich Einmischung
He also defended his right to publically criticise players (having told as much to Jürgen Klopp after the Dortmund coach spoke out against comments taken as criticism of Mats Hummels). In the interview Jogi modestly dismissed his 100th match as being less important than for a player, saying his time with the DFB had begun two years earlier as assistant.

Video of the squad arriving in Munich and Cacau visits the squad

As the squad assembled in Munich, 11 November 2013, it wasn't just the players with fitness worries. Jogi having suffered two dislocated fingers while playing indoor football in Freiburg! "I caught my right hand in the jersey of an opponent" he said. - from Bild
Hope it's not too painful, Jogi!

Mesut Özil grounded by Arsenal bug
Löw sweats over Klose, Ozil fitness - 11 November 2013
Miroslav Klose has had to withdraw from the squad due to dislocating his shoulder in Lazio's match at the weekend. Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker are both suffering from flu and remain in London, having been advised not to fly.

Weidenfeller called up for Italy and England friendlies - 8 November 2013

"Manuel Neuer is currently our clear number one. We know what we have in Rene Adler or younger goalkeepers such as Ron-Robert Zieler and Marc-André ter Stegen. We have watched Roman Weidenfeller for some time and noted his consistently strong performances for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. We are looking forward to having Roman with us and getting to know him better." - Joachim Löw is quoted on

Full squad:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Rene Adler (Hamburger SV), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)
Defenders:  Philipp Lahm, Jérome Boateng (both Bayern München), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen, Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal),
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Sidney Sam (both Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender, Marco Reus (both Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, (all Bayern München), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), - André Schürrle (Chelsea)
Forwards:  Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Klose back, Schweinsteiger out for Germany - 8 November 2013
Bastian Schweinsteiger will not be available due to having to undergo ankle surgery.

Löw to celebrate 100th football match against Italy - 12 October 2013
Germany coach Joachim Löw will celebrate his 100th game in charge with a friendly against Italy in Milan on November 15, the German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed on Saturday.
"It is always our wish to play teams who are amongst the world's best," said Löw, after Italy beat Germany 2-1 in the Euro 2012 semi-finals on their last meeting.
"It's good for our development when we play teams at a high level."

The Italy game marked Jogi's 100th as Bundestrainer and, quoted on the website, he said "More important than any milestone is that I still have the same joy, energy and motivation working with the national team as I had on my first international game as head coach more than seven years ago, in the game against Sweden,"

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