World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"It looks good overall. However, the group will not be decided until the autumn."

Germany - Marco Reus 23', 90, Mario Götze 27', Ilkay Gündogan 32'
Kazakhstan - Heinrich Schmidtgal 47'

With their fifth win out of six in the qualifiers played so far, Germany cement their lead at the top of Group C, with their third consecutive win in 2013.

Marco Reus goals sweep strikerless Germany past Kazakhstan
Dortmund trio take Germany past Kazakhstan

Germany ease past Kazakhstan with 4-1 win

"In the second half we didn't concentrate as much;" said Löw. The first half was good and after the break we could have got another goal, or more. But the game was already decided."
No striker, no problem as Germany beat Kazakhstan 4-1
"Kazakhstan were with 10 men around the box and waited for us but did little else. They did not want to play football," said Löw.
"Götze scored two goals in these two games [against Kazakhstan] and had good combinations," said Löw. "I did not say 'let's get rid of strikers' but when spaces are tight, with 10 men at the back, then it's good to have players like him."
Germany satisfied after routine win
Löw: I had no fear of a Sweden repeat
"We should have scored more goals, but I never had a 'Sweden feeling'."
Dortmund-fired Germany too good for Kazakhstan - from UEFA
Götze scores again as qualification edges ever closer for Low's men - from

Joachim Löw refuses to criticise players for easing off

"They have important Bundesliga games at the weekend and Champions League matches next week so possibly they were thinking about that," Löw told reporters.
"But we still created a lot of chances against very deep-lying opponents who didn't even want to play football."
Pfiffe für Neuer: Löw erbost über Nürnberger Publikum
Löw throws support behind Neuer
"What I do not like is the way that Manuel Neuer got whistled after his mistake," Löw told ARD."He belongs to (the group of) the best 'keepers in the world and he made one mistake. I do not think it is sporting that he was made the subject of the fans' irony for the rest of the game."
Joachim Löw: "Die Entscheidung fällt erst im Herbst" - in the post-match interview Jogi spoke of how important Ilkay Gündogan has become to the team, and speaks of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's chances in their upcoming Champions League quarter-finals, saying '"both teams have the quality to make it through this round".
Bundestrainer Löw : "Das finde ich nicht fair" - another post-match interview

After the two wins against Kazakhstan, there were some very positive comments in the media:
Germany's Development On Right Track After Kazakhstan Games says Bundesliga Fanatic and t-online lead with the headline "Der Bundestrainer hat das Sieger-Gen".

Video clips from the Post-Match Press Conference

Match highlights from

Post-match analysis and interview on ARD


Starting line-up:
Manuel Neuer, Marcel Schmelzer, Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Götze, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Thomas Müller, Marco Reus (Marcell Jansen 90')

On the morning of the match it was announced that neither Mario Gomez nor Benedikt Höwedes will be available tonight.

Training, Fürth, 25 March 2013

Press Conference, 'Adidas World of Sport', Herzogenaurach, 25 March 2013

At Monday's pre-match press conference, Joachim Löw used the word "schwachsinnig" (idiotic) to refute the claims that he intends to abolish the role of striker.

Löw retains faith in strikers

"There will always be a need for a striker. It's entirely not the case that I'm abolishing the use of strikers in this team."
"In modern international football, teams have become more organised and more solid defensively," explained Löw. "The spaces on the pitch are smaller and you have less time on the ball. For that reason, you will always need a striker who can run between the lines, stretch defences and shoot well. It just so happens that we have players like Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose to do the job, but also the likes of Mario Götze or Mesut Özil."
(against Kazakhstan in Astana)  "We made some small mistakes and gave the ball away on occasion," said Löw. "We have to make sure that we retain that focus for the duration of the game to make sure of the result."
Löw sees bright future for Gundogan
"Ilkay will play on Tuesday. He has made a huge step, not only at Dortmund, but also with us," Löw told reporters on Monday.
"Against France, he filled in the position outstandingly, added to the pace and played the right passes. He has gained a lot of recognition and plays at a top level internationally. He has all the potential to be a world-class player."
"During the second half in Kazakhstan, we took it a bit slower and almost paid for it. Subsequently, Kazakhstan were able to create chances," he said."We will make the players visualise that we're only able to play confidently if we maintain a high tempo and fulfill our tasks 100 per cent."
Germany's Gomez and Höwedes still doubtful for Kazakhstan
A decision on their fitness will be made after final training Monday. Mesut Ozil, however, is not a doubt.

"Vielleicht gibt's ja zukünftig kleine Innenverteidiger"
jogi spoke of the need to adapt to developments within football, and joked that in the future there may be very small centre-backs to combat the likes of Messi!

Weltmeister? Wahnsinnig schwer, aber nicht unmöglich
After the quotes of Oliver Bierhoff the previous day, Jogi said that it is incredibly difficult for a European team to win a World Cup in South America, but that did not mean they would approach their tast with less energy and concentration. He pointed out the unexpected victory by Greece at the 2004 European Championships. "We will do everything we can to enable us to compete for the title." he added.
Und sie wollen doch den WM-Titel - 26 March 2013
And Jogi's emphasis on Oliver Bierhoff's use of the word "eigentlich".

A summary of the press conference from

Other points:
- Patrick Hermann has arrived from U21 side in Tel Aviv. "He was still a little tired, but delighted to be invited". Jogi described him as a strong and fast player. Has great potential.
- Marcell Jansen: Has been repeatedly held back by injuries, but he is back on track and can be of assistance to the team, but most become consistent.
- Germany will cement their position in Group C if they take three points tomorrow.
- He had no doubts that Spain would be at the next World Cup, despite currently being second to France in their group.
- Jogi is personally making a trip to Brazil in June to get a picture of the logistics of the tournament.
- Asked about Michael Ballack, said there would not be time for them to get together tomorrow, but they will do so before his farewell game. Again spoke of his pleasure at being invited.

Taktik-Diskussionen nerven Bundestrainer Joachim Löw

Live ticker from press conference

Training, Grundig Stadion, Nürnberg, 24 March 2013

Löw: Germany can't be complacent - 24 March 2013
"If you score a victory away then there is the danger that you keep this in your head for some time," Löw told reporters.
"We have to keep reminding the players that we are playing at home and we will only win if we have the right attitude and seriousness."

Löw nominated by Jansen and Herrmann - 24 March 2013
Hamburg's Marcell Jansen and Borussia Mönchengladbach's Patrick Hermann have been called up into the squad ahead of Tuesday's game.

Joachim Löw nominiert Sven Bender nach - 23 March 2013
Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended for the Nürnberg match following a yellow card in Astana on Friday. Sven Bender, who did not travel to Kazakhstan due to 'flu is called up.

For squad details for the two Kazakhstan Qualifiers, see my match page for the Kazakhstan (Astana) game four days earlier.

Last updated 2 April 2013
With thanks to everyone on the Group for their contributions, especially Silke, Magda, Raheleh, Yowko, Susanne, Sandra, Rocio and Xenia.
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