Thursday, 31 May 2012

Red Bull Arena (Zentalstadion), Leipzig

"It is clear we could have scored more goals but to go with a win into next week is good for us."

Germany - Mario Gomez 40', Andre Schürrle 82'

Germany head off to Euro 2012 with a win in their final match before the Championships begin.

Germany bounce back against Israel
Gomez gets Germans going in warm-up match
Germany beat Israel, still 'have far to go'

"It was a pretty decent final test, this will give us some momentum," he (Löw) said.
"Not everything ran smoothly, but taking a victory into next week will do us good. We still have to improve and work on finishing our goal chances, the organisation was better, but there is still much to do."
Germany beat defensive Israelis 2-0
Löw wants more from Germany

Improved Germany easy past Israel - UEFA match page

Germany's diplomatic coach warned that "there is never a first XI at a major tournament."

"The pace in the tournament will be higher than it was today," he (Löw) said "This starting XI will be very similar to the one next week [against Portugal]."
On whether he will use Philipp Lahm at left-back or right-back, he replied: "Next week we will decide where Lahm will play and that's where he'll play for the entire tournament then."
Another question was which two of Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels and Per Mertesacker will occupy central defence. "All three of them have international class. I will decide that next week as well," replied Löw. - from

Match report and players ratings from

Deutsche Nationalelf Joachim Löw ist heiß, richtig heiß - At the post match press conference, Jogi tells folks not to worry, the European Championships are finally here, and everyone is ready!

Jogi Löw: "Alle Spieler auf EM-Niveau bringen""
In an post-match interview on the website, Joachim Löw talks about the game against Israel, the possible starting line-up against Portugal, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the immediate preparation, which begins on Monday in Gdansk.

Another post-match interview with Jogi, originally on the Nivea website.

Match highlights from

A post-match interview with Sportschau

Jogi arrives at the team hotel in Leipzig, sporting the pearl Shambalia bracelet given to all the squad on Tuesday night by him and team manager Oliver Bierhoff. Of Tibetan origin, Shambalia translated means 'Light of Love' and the bracelet is traditionally the source of positive energy!
More on Mit Jogis Armband zum EM-Glück

Germany plays Israel in last test before Euro 2012 - 30 May 2012

'Battered' Schweinsteiger doubtful for Israel
"I will not use a battered player," said Löw from Germany's training camp in Tourrettes, France, as Schweinsteiger recovers from a demanding season.
"He is doing some individual training at the moment and I am sure he is physically and psychologically strong enough to put the injuries of last season behind him."
Israel friendly gives Löw a chance for fine tuning
"I see the game as a test, to try out this or that. A good result is desirable, it would help give the team a boost," Löw told reporters at Germany's training camp at Tourettes in the south of France on Tuesday. "But things only get really serious next week in Poland." - 29 May 2012

For reports from the German base in the lead up to this match,
see my Provence Training Camp page.

Last updated 1 June 2012
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