Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Weserstadion, Bremen

"When you lose a game, you are annoyed. However, I am more annoyed at how we lost it"

Germany - Cacau 90+1"
France - Olivier Giroud 21', Florent Malouda 69'

France beats Germany 2-1 in friendly
Clinical French see off depleted Germany

"We didn't find our game and France were clearly better than us.There was too much space between our midfield and defence."
Löw annoyed with German defeat
Germany get reality check in time for Euro 2012
Despite defeat not all doom for Germany
"It is a fact that whenever Germany compete in a major tournament they are one of the favourites. The defeat against France has not changed that." he said.
"Irrespective of the result, the things I saw in the match I knew beforehand. We need to work in some areas and the plan remains the same, win or lose.Defensively the team needed to improve ahead of the Euro finals, Löw said.
"Offensively, we are very strong, but it has always been a bit more difficult to play defensively as a team. We need to work on that," he added.
"I think I have seen some positives and some negatives from my side, but as I have said, I am not too concerned about the result. The main thing is that the players have to be at their best when the competition starts.
What happens in March does not matter. We have to get the results in June, not in March."
Coaches agree: Don't read too much into the result
"We had several chances and a goal would have been good for us - as the game went on France became better and in the second half they were stronger than we were.Once the score was 2-0, there was no coming back and France deserved their victory.
However, the plans and the structure for the Euro stand and this game does not really make much difference.We have a solid basis and through several good games we have pushed up expectations. When the Euro starts later this year, all players have to be at their best and it does not really make a huge difference what happens in March."
He said that he managed to always find positives and negatives from each game that his side played. "Our goal was an example of how we look strong: Three, four passes to the front and we score. But defensively, there were some weaknesses."
Löw: France among favourites
"France will be among the Euro favourites, just like Spain and Germany,"
Joachim Löw: "Defensivarbeit ist noch nicht perfekt" - in this interview on the dfb website, Jogi talks of the defeat against France, the build-up to Euro 2012, and says he will be spending the next couple of months watching Bundesliga games, travelling to Madrid, Rome and London, plus visiting league games of Germany's Euro Group opponents, Portugal and Holland in preparation for the championships.
Joachim Löw: "Ich glaube, unsere Basis ist gut" - a post-match interview on

An exclusive interview originally on the Nivea website

Match report from match page
Players ratings and match statistics from

Post match interview from ZDF

Match highlights from

Pre-Match Interviews with Jogi and Oliver Bierhoff,
originally on ZDF

Training, Bremen, 28 February 2012

Tim Wiese will be in goal, Miroslav Klose will captain the side, and Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber as the central defence pairing, assistant coach Hansi Flick announced at a press conference this morning - 28 February 2012

Press Conference, Mercedes Benz Centre, Bremen, 27 February 2012

Taking to the microphone at the press conference, Joachim Löw confirmed yesterday's news that Philipp Lahm is out of Wednesday.s match, having been advised by the team doctor to stay in Munich and receive treatment on his injured knee. Marcel Schmelzer or Denis Aogo will compete for the left-back berth.

Bender ruled out of France visit

"Initial fears for a broken nose have not been confirmed but he has a major bruise on the bone there," Löw explained.
"So it is understandable that he called his participation off as he would be unable to go into one-on-one situations."

"Sven sent us a photograph of his face using his mobile phone and with so much swelling and bruising, it is obvious he can't play," said Löw. - from AFP

Jogi spoke of the French side and how things had changed since their poor showing at the 2010 World Cup, new coach Laurent Blanc having instilled discipline into the team. He praised Franck Ribery, so impressive in the Bundesliga this season:
"I think France are a different side to the one we saw at World Cup 2010 in South Africa," Löw said.
"They have a new manager and have only lost one game since September 2010 - they haven't lost in a long time. I think they have only conceded four goals in their last 10 games. That shows how well-organised and well-disciplined the French side has become."
"They are defensively very difficult to break down and have very good players going forward, some of whom I believe are among the best in the world - Ribery, (Samir) Nasri, (Eric) Abidal, (Patrice) Evra - and I could go on." - from soccerway
"They are playing at the very best clubs and have a lot of quality. I am expecting an interesting test and we will learn a lot, as always. We will use what we know about the French to prepare as thoroughly as possible."

"He's (Ribery) already played well in a huge amount of matches in Germany," said Löw."He can dominate the one-on-one situations almost to perfection."It wasn't just against Schalke that he was strong, agile and threatening in front of goal.Ribery has been one of the key players at Bayern for years." - from AFP

Joachim Löw zum Klose-Wechsel: "Für uns alle die richtige Entscheidung" Jogi on Miroslav Klose, who will captain the side, if he starts.
Bundestrainer Löw hat Marin "nicht abgeschrieben" - Marko Marin not 'written off', from the Werder Bremen website.
Löw muss auch auf Sven Bender verzichten. - from
Live ticker from the press conference - Jogi was also quizzed on Tim Wiese, Mike Hanke and Hertha BSC.

The full press conference with Joachim Löw and Lars Bender can be watched on

Videos of the squad arriving in Bremen from, as the team pose with some artwork, ZDF and Sportschau (with a short interview with Jogi), and n-tv

Euro 2012 preparations continue with friendlies - 27 February 2012

"We're well-rehearsed, the philosophy fits,' Löw said. "So in the game against France there will be situations where we'll try one or two things. We'll probably make a few changes. It's important generally for us to meet again, for us to be together for two or three days.We can address some things regarding the European Championships and tell the players what we expect of them in the coming months."
"Of course we want to win the game against France, but in this case other aspects are more important. The result doesn't matter for the European Championships," Löw said. "In the last two or three years we've laid the foundations."
Captain Philipp Lahm is out of the squad due to bursitis in his right knee, the website announced today. - 26 February 2012

Löw will gegen Franzosen experimentieren Jogi again plays down the importance of the February friendly before a tournament (Argentina - 2010?!) citing the May preparation period as the crucial phase. - 26 February 2012

EM Media Workshop and Press Conference, Mercedes Benz World, Berlin, 22 February 2012

Bundestrainer Löw: "Das hohe Niveau weiter verbessern"
In an interview on the dfb website, Jogi talks of the forthcoming Euro championships, the expectations for success and the team's development, Bayern Munich, the upcoming France friendly and squad selection, countries in the running for Euro 2012 and the future for German football.

Löw: Germany success is as much an achievement for society as sport

"The expectation in our country is very high. In the next few months we must improve upon that which we have achieved," he said.
"This is the burden of a good deed, the height of the fall is correspondingly high. But our players are not afraid of the height. We spent the last two or three years shaping a young, promising team.
"We have shown that we can compete with the world leaders. This team is good for society in terms of integration and mutual respect. We can be just as proud of this as we are of our achievements in sport."
"We will make some changes against France, to get rid of the automation. It will be important for the players to get together and communicate what we work on in training. Of course we want to win, but this is a secondary aspect."
To Löw, the result ultimately of the France game will not impact his team's performance at Euro 2012, which he feels has been already shaped in recent years.
"The result plays no role in the Euro. Ultimately, it all starts in the preparation, the groundwork has been laid over the last two or three years. The preparation determines the course of the tournament - not a game in late February." - from
Germany coach Löw makes no changes to play France - 22 February 2012
"We have a few injured players and we have some players who are in good form now, but they could lose that form over the new months," said Löw, referring to Hannover striker Jan Schlaudraff and Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Mike Hanke.
"The door is never completely closed. There's always the chance a player could jump in a short notice," said Löw, who has kept his faith in Cacau, despite the Brazil-born striker losing his starting place at Stuttgart.
The coach opted to pick only two goalkeepers on Wednesday, with Werder Bremen's Tim Wiese deputizing for Bayern No. 1 Manuel Neuer. Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler, who made his debut on Nov. 11 in Ukraine, was not called up.
"The experience of preparing for the last tournaments has shown that it doesn't make sense to try and predict, already in February or March, who is most likely to be in the squad in the end," Löw said. "And we can only make our decision shortly before we set sail."
First joint Germany call-up for Bender twins

Löw ruft "Jahr der großen Chance" aus - Jogi speaks of 2012 as the year of 'great opportunity'.

Excerpts from the press conference can be seen on youtube courtesy of SID and dapd

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
Defenders:  Dennis Aogo (Hamburger SV), Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm (all FC Bayern München) Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, Simon Rolfes, André Schürrle (all Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund) Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (both FC Bayern München), Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Forwards:  Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München), Miroslav Klose (Lazio Rom)

No panic for Löw as Mertesacker joins injury list - 15 February 2012
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has become the fourth Germany star forced out of the pre-Euro 2012 friendly against France because of injury, but coach Joachim Löw insists he is staying calm.
The towering centre-back picked up an ankle injury in the Gunners' 2-1 victory at Sunderland last Saturday and posted a picture of his swollen ankle on his Facebook page. He looks to be out for several weeks and joins Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger (ankle), Dortmund's Mario Götze (groin) and Cologne's Lukas Podolski (foot) on the casualty list for the coming weeks.
Germany host France in Bremen on February 29, but national coach Löw is relaxed about losing four of his first-choice team four months before the start of Euro 2012, to be co-hosted by the Ukraine and Poland.
"There is no panic when we hear of a new injury," said Löw. "The clubs need to worry more than I do, at the moment. For us, we can still cope."

Last updated 13 April 2012
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