World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday 15 October 2013

Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm
World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"The team won because they had the will."

Sweden - Tobias Hysen 6', Alexander Kacaniklic 42', Tobias Hysen 69'
Germany - Mesut Özil 45', Mario Götze 53', Andre Schürrle 57', 66', 76'

The One at the Friends Arena turned out to be a thriller, Germany overcoming a two-goal deficit to win 5-3. with a second-half hat-trick from Andre Schürrle and a goal from birthday boy Mesut Özil.

Germany floor SWeden in eight-goal thriller
Germany end qualifying campaign in style

Goals galore as Sweden falls to Germany
Schürrle hat-trick helps Germany win goal fest

"We had a lot of chances and a lot of possession in the first half without supplying the finishing touch," Germany coach Joachim Löw told ZDF.
"At halftime we said we can turn this around because the Swedes will get tired if we increase the pace."
Joachim Löw pleased with Germany comeback
"We were 2-0 behind, even though we saw plenty of the ball and had many chances,".
"It was important to pull one back for 2-1 before half time. We said we can win this if we step things up - and so it was."
Schürrle hits hat-trick in eight-goal thriller

Germany star Andre Schurrle has been revitalised by Chelsea form, says Jogi Löw

"I told him recently that last year I wasn't very happy with his development."
"But now, in some games with us and in England, he has shown again what he can do. "He is dynamic, works back well and has a strong finish."
"His physical strength was also always an issue, but he has worked well. If he continues to play like that, the World Cup will certainly not pass him by."
"We will take the right conclusions out of this game," continued Löw.
"That we want to improved defensively with a view to the World Cup is clear. That is not just the case since this game.
"Also offensively, we have to show more urgency in the final third."
Löw makes case for Germany defence
"We are aware that we should not make those mistakes in defence," Löw said after the match in Stockholm.
"But it doesn't always work out. Two attacking moves led to us being behind, but other than that we had a lot of possession. During the second half we were more dangerous in front of the goal."
Match statistics and player ratings from

Joachim Löw: "Werden die richtigen Schlüsse ziehen" - Jogi is interviewed on the website, and praises Mario Götze's motivation and the progress he has made in training.

Löw's team breaks 32-year-old goalscoring record
The German team's finishing tally of 36 goals has broken a German qualifying record set in 1982!

Joachim Löw: " La Belgique est mon favori secret"
Jogi explains why he believes the Belgians will do well in Brazil.

Match highlights from

Post-match interview on ZDF

Excerpts from Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up
Manuel Neuer, Marcell Jansen, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Andre Schürrle, Mesut Özil (Julian Draxler), Thomas Müller (Mario Götze), Max Kruse (Benedikt Höwedes)

In an exclusive interview from, Jogi talks about the upcoming game, and 'centurion' Bastian Schweinsteiger. - 15 October 2013

Training, Solna, 14 October 2013

Ankunft in Stockholm - from

"Wir wollen einen Titel holen" - Jogi speaks to ZDF

Press Conference, Stockholm, 14 October 2013

Germany ready to experiment

"It's not going to be eight positions because it's important that we maintain a certain rhythm now, but I think I will test in the next three games - Tuesday and the two in November," he said at a press conference in Stockholm.
"Sweden still need a point to be one of the top four second-placed sides, who are seeded (for the play-offs), and we go into the game wanting to win."
"We have won eight out of nine and now we want to win the 10th game so we do have motivation."
"Götze is an option for both - he could start, but he could start on the bench," Löw said.
"We know he's not ready for a full 90 minutes as he's had very little match practice and rarely played 90 minutes in recent months."
Should Schweinsteiger play, he will reach the milestone of 100 games for Germany, something Low will also reach in the two friendlies next month.
"100 is a magic figure for all the players," Low said. "I think reaching 100 is incredibly good for Basti".
"As for me, I could not have imagined making 100 games and it fills me with pride to reach that in Italy."
(suspension of Zlatan Ibrahimovic)  "I think it's good for Sweden that he's not suspended in the play-offs as Sweden do benefit a lot from him and he's an eminently important player for them," he said.
Löw eyes two-year Germany extension
"Both sides are interested in extending the contract until 2016," the 53-year-old told a press conference.
"There will certainly be a change should we get eliminated from the group stages at the World Cup without a point or a victory."
"However, a successful performance is not solely tied to results."
"It's also important how we played and how good the relationship with the team is."
Löw bangt um "außerordentlichen" Kroos
Praising the progress Toni Kroos has made in the national team, Jogi told the press conference his midfield man, along with Per Mertesacker, is suffering with a cold, and he will make a decision after final training today.

Brief summary of other points:
- Team were happy with two days off and the mood is good.
- Although top two positions in Group are resolved, expect players to be motivated. Playing in a great stadium and will enjoy the game.
- Have to replace Sami Khedira.
- Option to start Max Kruse up front.
- Manuel Neuer will be in goal.
- Spoke of benefits of having a 'double-header' of internationals in November.

The Donald Sutherland-lookalike acting as translator? It was Swedish handball coach, Staffan Olsson, who, it would appear, is quite a fan!!
Star-struck coach steps in as Löw's translator

Joachim Löw: Our impressive record - 13 October 2013
In an interview on, Jogi discusses the qualifying campaign, giving his players a break, Mesut Özil and looking for constant improvements. On the upcoming match, he said:
"The qualifying campaign isn't over yet. A ticket to Brazil is no longer at stake when we play Sweden, but we'll be taking the match completely seriously. Our target was and still is not to lose any group matches. And after the 4-4 draw in the reverse fixture, we definitely have a score to settle, given that Sweden scored four goals in the second half."

"Die erste Etappe ist abgeschlossen" - 13 October 2013
"Wer lamentiert, verliert" - In a two part interview in Cologne before the team left for Sweden, Jogi spoke of last year's match saying how losing a four-goal lead hurt them, but also has its positive side. The players at Berlin have learnt their lesson and it will certainly not happen to them again! He also looks ahead to the challenges facing them in Brazil, and of having to accept the challenges they will face.

Joachim Löw: "Mit Wut im Bauch nach Schweden"
An interview with ZDF - 12 October 2013

Joachim Löw keen on Swede revenge - 12 October 2013
"The (German) team has done well and we're happy to qualify, but we definitely have a score to settle against Sweden," said Löw.
"I'll see how the players come out of this match, I might switch things up depending on that, but we want to win in Sweden."
Speaking at the press conference prior to the Ireland game, 9 October 2013, Jogi said of his final match opponents, "Sweden is still a way off. Everyone knows Ibrahimovic fairly well. He is one of the best strikers in the world", and added "We have a little unfinished business with Sweden."

I am sure there are not, but just in case there are a few of you who need reminding of last year's 4-4 draw in Berlin, you can always visit my Sweden 2012 page!

For squad news and selection prior to the two final qualifiers, see my Ireland page.

Last updated 23 January 2014
With thanks to everyone on the Group for their contribution, especially Silke, Sandra, Susanne, Lucille and Sonia.
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