World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Friday 12 October 2012

Aviva Stadium, Dublin
World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"We deserved to win by this margin."

Germany - Marco Reus 32', 40', Mesut Özil 55' (pg), Miroslav Klose 58', Toni Kroos 61', 83'
Ireland - Andy Keogh 90+2'

Ireland suffer their heaviest home defeat, as Jogi records his 60th win as Bundestrainer!

Reus leads Germany to Ireland blow-out in qualifier
Germany run riot in Dublin
Germany hands Ireland crushing home defeat

Rampant Germany receive Löw praise
Löw pleased with Germany rout
Germany deserved 6-1 Ireland win, says Löw

"The team was focused from the beginning - that was noticeable throughout the whole week in training," he told reporters after the match.
"When he had the ball, we played it forward quickly and found the right balance. We deserved to win by this margin. the opponents were unimaginative, playing long balls forward without any real pressure.
"We were much better organised defensively than in recent games."
Löw pleased by German presence
"I think we've seen a very confident performance by my team. Right from the word go, it was palpable that there was a German presence on that pitch with good organisation as we prepared ourselves for the long ball game which Ireland was going to be playing."
"We found the right kind of balance."
Löw also pointed out the significance of the win, Germany's first on Irish soil since their "B" team's 1-0 win in a friendly in 1975.
"The result I think is ok, even if 6-1 sounds a bit high. We created many goalscoring opportunities. We're very glad as Germany haven't won away in Ireland for a long time."
German doubts dispelled in Dublin
with ESPN saying "Those who had been preparing to downgrade Low's standing as a tactical master were forced to consume a piece of humble pie after this sparkling, scintillating, majestic demolition of a team whose energy and effort was no match for Germany's brilliance, with the clinical finishing on display complemented by some superb build-up play."

"Wir haben die richtige Balance gefunden"
In this interview on Jogi also discussed the perceived 'criticism' of Marcel Schmelzer from the pre-match press conference - his comments he said had been 'misunderstood'. The coach had admitted that Schmelzer had not played well in the Austria game, and that often found the leap up to the international stage is a difficult one, but committed his support to the player over the coming months. (Terms such as 'counter-productive' by those usual suspects always quick with a barbed comment, were perhaps a little premature as it was agreed by all Schmelzer had a far better game this time around!)

"Wir haben wieder einen besseren Rhythmus"
And in this press interview Jogi talks about the recent media comments, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and how a win against Sweden on Tuesday would be a good conclusion for the 2012 qualifiers.

Relive Ireland's demolition as it happened, with this Play-By-Play account from

Match highlights now on youtube.
Footage from ZDF, including that rather unusual renditon of the German national anthem.

Post-match interview on ARD
Video footage of Jogi at the Post-match Press Conference

Löw triumphiert über Kritiker - Mannschaft setzt Zeichen talks of a 'personal triumph' for Jogi after the victory in Dublin. Answering the critics after the game, he said "In six or seven years in office, it's normal to go through difficult phrases." and repeated that he was always open to advice on sporting matters, but given personally and not via the media.

The day after the match, 13 October 2012, a training session with a small group of players was held in Dublin. However Jogi was missing, due to the heavy cold he could clearly be seen suffering from the previous evening! - from

Line-up: Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose.
Subtitutes Used: Toni Kroos, Lukas Podolski, Andre Schürrle.

Training, Dublin, 11 October 2012

Press Conference, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 11 October 2012

Flying in to Dublin, Jogi arrived on time, as usual, at the Aviva Stadium for the pre-match Press Conference, only to find it was delayed by 45 minutes due to the late arrival of the German media. The waiting photographers, however, were in for a thrill as Jogi treated them to an inpromptu modelling session.

"You had to hand it to Löw, who arrived punctually for his pre-match press conference, strode about and stopped for the photographers like a catwalk model" said the Guardian. "He remained supremely unruffled; über-confident. There is a glorious directness about Löw and he did not duck any of the questions, as many of his counterparts might have done, particularly the one about squad harmony."

Here's your 'Jogi Löw is worried about Ireland, real worried' pic of the day said, adding Jogi "went all out: standing in watch-showing-off pose and sporting a lovely blue suit with black shoes, effortlessly accessorised by a matching scarf."

And describes Jogi as looking like "a Swiss banker out for a lunchtime stroll".

And now to the football!

Joachim Löw aims to revive Germany's spirit against Republic of Ireland

"There can be friction to a degree, which I admit to," he said about Euro 2012. "Having a team away together for seven or eight weeks is tremendously difficult. You have 23 players who all have their own problems. But the basic spirit was fantastic. Maybe it was not as good as 2010 but that was because the pre-tournament preparation conditions were not as good.
"Schweinsteiger just felt that maybe the odd detail could be changed for the better. I told him that I didn't have that feeling. But he was not really too happy. He came [to Euro 2012] a bit dejected, having given away the Bundesliga title and lost the Champions League final. That brought him down mentally."
"The players have better rhythm now," Löw said. "Defensively, we will be good. Ireland will be committed but my team will be there from the off."
Under pressure Joachim gives the low down on Schweinsteiger - from the Irish Times describing Jogi as "the ever suave looking 52-year-old".
(On defensive changes) ; "Some changes have been pressed upon us but we have done some very good training sessions with some experienced players who have played in the back four many times."
(On Bastian Schweinsteiger comments)"Bastian explained to me what his feelings were during the Euros," said Löw.
"He himself wasn't all too happy. He was dejected having given away the German championship to Dortmund and having lost the Champions League final. It brought him down, mentally speaking."
"He gave me a piece of his mind and we had a very fruitful discussion about it and he just felt that maybe the odd detail could be changed for the better in the German camp."
"I certainly told him that I didn't have that feeling. Many of you were at the European Championships, were you not? You saw the pre-tournament preparation period and everyone confirmed that the mood in the German camp was fantastic.Having said that, you have got to consider we are together for seven, eight weeks and the incredible psychological pressure on all parties concerned."
Löw rejects claims of squad unrest
"Maybe not as good as it was in 2010 (at the World Cup in South Africa). Things were a little different then, with some players perhaps not pleased to be on the bench but they still gave the team their full support."
"Since 2008 we have had more and more candidates and this increases the competition for places," Loew said.
"Competition for places is necessary because, in the national team, nobody's place is cast in stone."
Löw: I don't understand criticism of Klose
"I did not understand the statements made by Uli Hoeness. Miroslav Klose has done a lot for German football, he scored many goals and showed great performances in the last 12 or 13 years," he stated at a press conference.
"It's phenomenal how he plays at his age, his presence and how he plays and scores in Italy. He has to take responsibility, he is experienced.
"He and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger must set the sails and direct the organisation. Take care of the structure. Players like [Sami] Khedira, [Per] Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger, [Manuel] Neuer, [Holger] Badstuber and Klose need to be able to implement these things that we trained."
Löw: Podolski growing with Arsenal experience
"I can only say positive things about him, even when he does not play," said Löw.
"I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly."
"I always said it would be a good move for him," said Low. "I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal."
"We're prepared for Ireland's physical threat" - Jogi Löw
"They will play fast, long balls into our half. We need to break their rhythm and get into our own style."
"We mustn't and shouldn't believe that Ireland will think they are beaten at any point. For the full 90 minutes Ireland will believe in themselves and even go for victory. We will find our own style and exude personality."
(Ireland's defeat to Spain at Euro 2012)  "What I saw was that Spain only became dominant as the match wore on. It didn't look that clear for large parts. Even at one and two nil down, they fought on and showed tremendous pride and fight.",br>"We're in for the same. The atmosphere will be electric. An audience will be behind their team like one man. We will be treated to a fantastic atmosphere.They will go full steam ahead and do a lot of tackling. We will see a different match to the one against Spain."
Löw: "Wir richten uns auf einen harten Kampf ein"
Live ticker from the Press Conference as Jogi says Germany have a 'tough fight' ahead of them.

Training, Frankfurt, 10 October 2012

Training, Frankfurt, 9 October 2012

Germany still caught in those post Euro blues - from the Irish Times
(Uli Hoeness comments) "I don't care anymore about other people talking about these things," Löw replied coolly in Frankfurt. "As long as the players focus on the job at hand with the same intensity as they have done before, we will continue to do things in the same manner."
"Es ist mir egal, wer was sagt"
Jogi is interviewed on arrival in Frankfurt in this video.

Heiko Westermann called up by Germany due to injury crisis - 9 October 2012

Speaking about the injury crisis, Low told reporters "We can deal with this situation."
Following the withdrawal of Mats Hummels with severe bruising to his right foot, Jogi has called up Hamburg's Heiko Westermann as cover. - 8 October 2012

Lars Bender has had to withdraw from the squad due to knee problems said the website Sunday - 7 October 2012

Press Conference, Frankfurt, 5 October 2012, with Rainer Adrion

Germany adds Bastian Schweinsteiger

"We did not choose him last time for a reason and that was to give him a chance in peace and quiet to get back into a training and match rhythm," said Löw. "His performances with Bayern have shown that this was precisely the right choice. I am delighted that Bastian is back with us. It was always certain that Bastian would be in the squad for Ireland and Sweden."
(Julian Draxler's injury)  "It is, obviously, a very bitter injury for Julian," said Low. "We all wish him a speedy recovery."
"We have already laid the foundations for the qualification, but now it gets very serious," he said. "We know that we are favourites in the group and that is why we want to be successful in both of these games. We know what to expect in terms of the atmosphere in Dublin. The Irish will give everything in front of their own fans to beat us in their own stadium."
Joachim Löw names Germany squad to face Ireland - from greenscene, Irish football news
"Lukas Podolski can also play the position, he has played up front in Arsenal. We are very pleased with Lukas' development in England, we have good feedback from Arsene Wenger," Low said.
Löw quizzed over German keepers, Schweini back
"We decided a while ago that we would include these two young keepers for these games (in October) so they could get experience," Löw told a news conference on Friday as he was quizzed by reporters.
"We have taken note of Rene Adler's performances and I'm happy that he has been playing so well recently after his injury problems. He has certainly not been written off, we will have another look before the 2014 World Cup to see what's best for the squad."
Fehlender Teamgeist im DFB-Team? Joachim Löw erkundet den Sprengsatz
When asked, Jogi dismissed the suggestion of a lack of team-spirit in the Euro squad.

Bundestrainer Löw lobt Eintracht - Rode im Fokus
Jogi praised newly-promoted Eintracht Frankfurt, currently second in the Bundesliga. He said their game had 'incredible momentum' and spoke positively of their strong will and desire to win. Midfielder Sebastian Rode, he said, was a player with the potential to move up to the senior team.

Other points:
- Commented on Ireland and Sweden - both qualified for Euro 2012 - and who have quality to come from behind. Aware that Germany are considered favourites in the Group.
- Have drawn conclusions from the mistakes made against Austria in the last match.
- Speaking of Michael Ballack's retirement, said he thought he decided after not wanting to go somewhere where the overall standard is not as high as Germany or England. He said he could leave with pride.

Bastian Schweinsteiger only change from squad from September internationals (Julian Draxler who suffered a broken arm midweek misses out). Ilkay Gündogan has also had to withdraw through injury. Philipp Lahm is suspended for the Ireland match due to two yellow cards in the two previous qualifiers.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers:  Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders:  Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng (all FC Bayern Munich), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders:  Lars Bender, André Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Mario Götze, Marco Reus (both Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil (both Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (all FC Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Forwards:  Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Low praises Schweinsteiger, Podolski - 27 September 2012
Germany coach Joachim Low has expressed his delight at the return to form and fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of next month's programme of World Cup qualifiers.
"With his current form, he is an asset for any team," said Löw, who emphasised Schweinsteiger's "strong personality" and his "ability to take responsibility at delicate moments to help the team find the stability and style of play that has made us strong in the past."Low, who also praised Lukas Podolski for his impressive start to life at Arsenal and gave his backing to under-fire Borussia Dortmund full-back Marcel Schmelzer, will name his squad for the two qualifiers on 5 October.

Last updated 14 October 2012
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