GERMANY 1 - 3 ARGENTINA

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt
Friendly

"Being outnumbered it was hard for us to turn the game around"

Goalscorers:
Germany - Benedikt Höwedes 81'
Argentina - Sami Khedira 45+1' (og), Lionel Messi 52', Angel di Maria 73'

After being reduced to ten men half-an-hour into the game, Germany would always have their backs to the wall against a strong Argentinian side, and could not avoid a defeat. There were however encouraging performances from Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle, and, despite the result, the German side left the field to cheers from the 48,000 crowd.

Argentina beat Germany 3-1 in friendly

"The red card put us on a back foot - then came the own goal as well," Löw added. "After that it was hard for us to play against such brilliant players as Messi, Higuain or di Maria. We made a few tactical mistakes, but the players gave everything."
'Red card took us by surprise,' admits Low after Argentina defeat
"We had 20, 25 very good minutes," he is quoted as saying by DFB.de. "
"We made some tactical errors, but the players gave their all.It is difficult to disrupt the opponent when you are outnumbered. In the first 20 minutes, we did it, but not later."

"Players gave everything"

"If we are a goal and a man down and commit three or four men forward in attack, then it's difficult to remain compact and tight when the opposition launches a counter attack."
Early red card turns match in Argentina's favor - from bundesligafanatic
Match report from UEFA.com

Löw: "Eine gewisse Orientierung für mich" - from team.dfb.de
Joachim Löw: "Der Spielverlauf war einfach gegen uns"
- In the post-match interviews, Jogi talks about the match, the dismissal of Ron-Robert Zieler, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and his penalty save against Messi and Marco Reus. He is also asked about the criticism from Oliver Kahn and says he cannot agree that players gave less than 100%. He also commended the crowd for their support, even when the side were 0-3 down.

Zieler only suspended for friendly

Germany coach Joachim Loew said that the rule that forced referees to send off players who commit last-man fouls was a poor one. "I don't even want to know who made the rule, it simply makes no sense," said Löw.
Löw gewinnt den Stimmungstest - n-tv talks of the support shown by the crowd at the end of the game.

Match highlights from ZDF and tv.dfb.de


In the immediate aftermath of the game, much was spoken about ZDF pundit and former national goalie Oliver Kahn's criticism of the German team. A video of the full post-match discussions on ZDF can be found on my youtube channel

Streit um die Defensivarbeit: Kahn contra Löw

The post-match press conference marked the final appearance of Harald Stenger as DFB press secretary, and he is pictured with Jogi left. More from the press conference can be seen on this youtube video.

And more from the game, plus comments afterwards from Jogi, on this video from Sportschau.





"Habe nie an Rücktritt gedacht" (I never thought of resigning) - Jogi is interviewed by ZDF
Training, Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, 14 August 2012


Khedira: Germany squad trust Low - Sami Khedira is quoted from the press conference today - 14 August 2012
Berti Vogts bricht eine Lanze für Bundestrainer Joachim Löw
And in a superb interview from one who knows, former Bundestrainer Berti Vogts describes the over-exaggerated criticism of Jogi as "großer Bullshit". I couldn't have said it better myself, Berti!
 

 

Training, Frankfurt, 13 August 2012

 

Press Conference, Frankfurt, 13 August 2012

It was only to be expected that the first press conference after the European Championship would be less about the forthcoming friendly and more about the tournament last June!

Speaking for 28-minutes, without notes and without interruption, Jogi said that he had wanted some time to spend on a comprehensive analysis of the EM, and described the defeat to Italy as 'painful'. The team now have the task of working on the errors made at Euro 2012, and looking for solutions over the next two years. They have a long-term concept and will be sticking with it. He spoke of the world-record 15 consecutive games won before the semi-final, and they will continue on this track, with minor corrections.

While he was able to accept criticism, he spoke of that which he found tedious and non-productive - comments on the lack of strong leadership within the team ('the Leitwolfdiskussion'), the negative press surrounding the non-singing of the National Anthem, and the accusation that the players were too 'spoiled'.

German coach tires of 'some forms of criticism'

"I take sporting criticism on board very keenly and with deference, and I also try to make decisions based on it," Löw told reporters, before saying that he thought many of the questions raised after Euro 2012 were not of a sporting nature, and sometimes criticized the very progress pundits were praising prior to the tournament."Some parts of the criticism strike me as unproductive and tiresome."
"To sing the national anthem is wonderful, but it's far from the sign of a strong team and it is absolutely no indication of a lack of desire to fight," Löw said, also warning against such a debate starting to revolve around players with foreign roots. "All our players identify completely with the team, the jersey and with Germany."
(On whether the players were pampered)  "The [Euro 2012-winning] Spaniards have a chef too, they don't cook their own meals," Löw said, adding that it was the job of the German Football Association (DFB) to ensure the players were able to concentrate purely on match preparations.
Löw looking to future
"I want to make it quite clear - this leadership question, I don't think it is fair to discuss it and I don't want to hear it again in the future," he said at a press conference.
"Many clubs with classic leaders went home before us and I don't think there would have been millions of people watching us on TV and millions on the streets watching us on big screens if we did not have lead figures.We have players who want to win games and we have proven that often enough."
Low is particularly looking forward to seeing his younger players stake a claim for a place in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers."I think that some young players like Julian Draxler and others can get the experience for the upcoming challenges in future years to be able to measure up to Argentina, Messi and Co," he said."This game is important for the further development of these players."

Löw highlighted the increased number of chances his players created at Euro 2012, an improved defensive performance and more possession, compared to the World Cup in 2010.

"You can ask if we've become more dominant or if opponents are allowing us more space. It's probably a case of both," Löw said.
However, Germany's lack of precision up front - one goal for every five chances in South Africa, compared to one for every nine chances in Poland and Ukraine - was "bad," he said.
He also blamed a lack of preparation time for the semifinal defeat to Italy. "We couldn't do some things we planned on doing because we didn't have the time," he said.
The Germany coach said his side has to aspire to play more like European champion Spain "who are excellent with the ball and even more active when they don't have it."
"We've set high expectations with our playing style. It's still a small step from being world class, as we are now, to world's best. We've taken many big steps forward. Now they'll be smaller," Löw said."We set the objectives ourselves. Expectations are huge and it's normally so in Germany. It hasn't yet worked out with a title win, but we'll keep going for it." - from globeandmail
Klose aims for Brazil swansong
"I am still counting on Miroslav Klose in the next two years. When he is in his stride, he still ranks among the best attackers in the world," Loew told a news conference in Frankfurt today, two days before Germany's friendly with Argentina.
"I don't see age being a bar with him," he added, pointing out his strong performances during UEFA Euro 2012.

Also in the press conference, Jogi rejected the comments of Markus Babbel that goalkeeper Tim Wiese should not have learned of his non-selection from Andreas Köpke and Hansi Flick. "Wie, wann und wo wir das machen, ist unsere Entscheidung. Das kann niemand anders". He added such remarks showed a lack of respect to Köpke and Flick. Still on the question of the goalkeeping position, he said he had not yet decided who would start on Wednesday, in the absence of Manuel Neuer.

Löw: "Große Motivation und Spannung" - A summary of the press conference on dfb.de

Coverage of the press conference from the German media:
Der nette Herr Löw kann auch anders
28 Minuten redete sich Jogi den EM-Frust von der Seele
Monolog ohne Reue
Listiger Löw kämpft um die Hoheit
Löw verbittet sich Kritik am Nationalteam

Live ticker from the press conference

The press conference in full can be watched on tv.dfb.de

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has had to withdraw from Wednesday's game due to a hip injury suffered during the Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been called up to take his place as one of the two goalies in the squad (Ron-Robert Zieler has already been nominated). - from dfb.de - 13 August 2012

Sven Bender has had to withdraw from the squad as he is to undergo surgery on Monday due to hernias on both groins. The German international will be out for four weeks, says team doctor Dr. Markus Braun. from schwatzgelb.de - 10 August 2012

Germany announce first post-Euro squad - 9 August 2012

"Three days after this game the Premier League season begins in England," said Löw. "So for Per, who was injured for a long time, and Lukas, who is fighting for a regular place, it is more important to prepare with their club in London in the final days before the season starts."
Quoted on dfb.de Jogi said that Philipp Lahm had wanted to play, but, after a lengthy telephone conversation, the coach made the decision to leave him out due to his personal circumstances (his wife is shortly to give birth to their first child).

All players nominiated were in the preliminary squad for Euro 2012, only Julian Draxler and Sven Bender did not make it to Poland/Ukraine.
Notable omissions from the team are Mario Gomez, who has just had an operation on his injured ankle, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, and the Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. Ron-Robert Zieler is given the second goalkeeping spot, over Tim Wiese.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich) Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders:  Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng (both FC Bayern Munich, Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders:  Sven Bender, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04), Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil (all Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (FC Bayern Munich), André Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Forwards:  Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Last updated 5 September 2012
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