World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday 11 September 2012

World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"We were leading 2-0 and then managed to get ourselves into a jam by making individual mistakes."
Austria - Zlatko Junuzovic 57'
Germany - Marco Reus 44', Mesut Özil 52' (pg)

It's two wins out of two in the qualifiers so far, but Germany were certainly not at their best!

Germany still out of sorts, beat Austria 2-1
Germany beat feisty Austria by skin of their teeth
Mesut Özil, Marco Reus shine in Germany win over Austria

"I am only partly satisfied with this match," Löw said. "We've always had our problems when playing in Austria. They got some great chances, but they all resulted from our mistakes."
Germany pip Austria in World Cup qualifier
"In the end, we have to count ourselves lucky that Arnautovic missed the final chance."
Löw: Every Austria chance was Germany's fault
"We made a lot of mistakes. Every one of Austria's chances was caused by one of our mistakes," he explained to ARD after the match.
"We allowed Austria to get back into the match during the final four minutes."
Joachim Low: "We should have been more comfortable"
"We had the chances to make it 3-0, which we should have done."
"They showed a lot of energy but they tired after an hour or 70 minutes and we should have got the third goal and that would have been that. Instead, we let them come at us and committed too many mistakes."
Germans narrowly down Austria - from
Ozil & Reus earn victory in Vienna - match report and statistics from

Germany remain on course after 12th win in a row

(On future squad selection)  "That depends on the performance the players show in the next few weeks. Of course we will be looking at other players. We have not yet finalized the squad, there are many players we are watching," said Löw after the victory.
He said that he expected a lot. "To play averagely in the Bundesliga will not be enough. They have to be top players as we have the aim of being a top international side. Average performances will not be good enough in such games," he said.
"In some areas we need to improve, that is clear," the 52-year-old said.
"We have to work on it for a few months before we are in a position to push forward for a whole match. Our players have to perfect that in the coming months and then play it better," he said.
Bundestrainer Löw: "Klar müssen wir uns steigern" - Jogi is interviewed on
Löw: "Letztendlich zählen für mich die drei Punkte" - another post-match interview with Jogi

Three days after the Austria game, Jogi was interviewed in Bild, quotes from the interview appearing in other media sources. - 14 September 2012

"We are lacking some ease and calm in our game, not everything is working well," he told German daily Bild. "We need to stabilise our game. Sometimes it's good when the deficits are obvious, then we know which areas we have specifically to focus on. We need to do some work on the basics again and that is the phase we are currently in."
"I do not think it is unreasonable that we are now being looked at more critically," he said. "So be it, we all have to deal with that, including the trainer, the expectations on us are now extremely high, but we will not be swayed - we need to keep moving forwards," said Low. "Since 2008, we have won 20 out of our 22 high quality games, it can't be that we are as bad as is now being suggested in some quarters."
After Low's Germany shone at the 2010 FIFA World Cup with some eye-catching attacking football to finish third, beating both England and Argentina en route to the last four, the coach says his team has now plateaued.
"We took giant strides in the first six years, but the steps we are taking now near the top can't be as great. We are now at the level where you can't afford to make mistakes," he said. - from

Match highlights

A post-match interview from Sportschau

Post-match press conference

Starting line-up: Manuel Neuer, Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose.
Subtitutes Used: Mario Götze, Lukas Podolski

Löw: "Österreich ist stark im Kommen" - The German coach shows his respect for the Austrian team in this interview with - 11 September 2012

Training, Vienna, 10 September 2012

Press Conference, Vienna, 10 September 2012

Germany boss Low ready for 'different' Austria test

"Of course, I studied Austria and found that they are making headlines - and rightly so," the coach remarked at a press conference.
"They won their last game and are evolving and competitive. We've always had problems in Vienna."
"All of the squad are in contention. Schmelzer trained and should not have any further problems. Kroos was in training on Saturday. It is a very different game to Faroe Islands, which was not so easy to an extent with the long balls that they continually hit forward."
"It's not easy to translate our work in training into a competitive match. We have generated many chances in recent games, but failed to take them all."
"We must try to maintain our concentration," he added. "Against the Faroes, our concentration in the final third was not sustained. We can do better."
"It makes no sense to talk about the World Cup now, no-one in our squad is thinking about Brazil. We need to take the next step and improve.
Regardless of their strengths, we will still play to win, and make the best possible start to our qualification campaign, although [Austria] are certainly a more difficult proposition than the Faroe Islands."
Germany coach Löw on high alert over improving Austria
"Austria have improved and are more self-confident," he told reporters on Monday. "This time you can feel they mean it when they say they are sniffing a chance to beat Germany."
"We have had big problems here before and there is always a heated atmosphere," he said. "The whole country is feverish about this match.
They have learned a lot in terms of organisation and structure, they are a courageous and attacking team.
"The players who have come on the scene over the last few years all play abroad ... it used to be the other way round with foreign players moving to Austria so the players had less match practice" added Löw.
"They all have regular first team action, they are all important players in their clubs and there are eight or nine in tomorrow's starting lineup who play in Germany."
"The danger posed by players such as Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen) and Martin Harnik (VfB Stuttgart) has increased because they have asserted themselves in the Bundesliga." said Löw.
Joachim Löw: "We are not anxious - why should we be?"
"In qualifying for the World Cup there are 30 points to win, so this is a long competition that has just begun. We won the first game, now we need to put another log on the fire here in Vienna, but I think that Austria's team has learned a lot in terms of organisation and structure, they are playing courageously and very offensively."
"We are not anxious - why should we be? - but we approach all our opponents seriously and with respect. In our meeting yesterday we watched some examples from their games against Finland, Ukraine and Turkey and it was obvious that Austria have quality players and they are playing at our level."
Löw: "Duell auf Augenhöhe".
At a press conference upon arriving in Austria this (Monday) morning, Joachim Löw said he expected the qualifier against their neighbours to be a 'dual of equals'.

Löw erwartet "harten Abnutzungskampf"
Jogi expects a 'tough battle of attrition' at the Ernst-Happel Stadium, and particularly praised Austria coach Marcel Koller who took over the side last November.

Marcel Schmelzer and Toni Kroos are both fit. He said all players were fit and available. A final decision regarding the left-back position will be made tonight, depending on the final training session - either Marcel Schmelzer or Holger Badstuber.

Live ticker from the press conference

The press conference in full can be found on

Arrival in Vienna, 10 September 2012

"Jogi, du kommst wie ein Popstar" - 10 September 2012
As the team arrive in Vienna, former Austrian player Frenkie Schinkels describes Jogi as having the aura of a 'pop star'!

Löw warnt: "Österreich wittert seine Chance" - 9 September 2012
Jogi warns that Austria senses their chance, and says they must approach the game with more consistency than against the Faroe Islands. He called the Austrians 'highly motivated', and said there was always a heated atmosphere in Vienna.

Last day's training in Barsinghausen

"Wir haben kein Sturmproblem"
- Jogi talks to Sportschau

"Österreich so gut wie noch nie" - and ZDF

An exclusive interview on

Training, Barsinghausen, 8 September 2012

Austria will be a step up, admits Löw

"Austria will of course want to win, so it will be a totally different type of game," said Löw. "And it will be anything other than easy, the Austrians are stronger than they have been for years. They will want to make our lives far from easy. The team has to learn to take their chances with some cold finishing."

With Ozil having scored both of Germany's second-half goals to ensure the three points, Löw rejected any notion that the Real star will be affected by the battle for his Madrid place with Luka Modric.
"No, in that regards Mesut has far too much quality for that," said the 52-year-old. "For me, he was the outstanding player on the pitch and he really impressed me. A lot of our attacking play comes from him and he has an eye for goal."

Löw hält Österreich für "stark verbessert" - Quoted in Kicker magazine, Joachim Löw says the Austrian team have improved greatly in terms of organisation and structure in recent months, with many players being based abroad. - 3 September 2012

Full squad details for the two September World Cup qualifiers can be found on my Faroe Islands page.

Last revised 10 November 2012
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