World Cup 2014 Qualifying Campaign Index


Tuesday 16 October 2012

Olympiastadion, Berlin
World Cup 2014 Group C qualifier

"I am shocked. I have never experienced anything like it.
Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence. We are speechless."

Germany - Miroslav Klose 8', 15', Per Mertesacker 39', Mesut Özil 56'
Sweden - Zlatan Ibrahimovic 62', M Lustig 64', Johan Elmander 76', Rasmus Elm 90+3'

After two goals from Miroslav Klose, Per Mertesacker's first-ever for Germany, and Mesut Özil's fifth of the campaign, it looked as if Germany was cruising for another emphatic victory. And then came a final half-hour few of us will ever forget!

Germany wastes huge lead to draw Sweden 4-4
Four-goal Sweden comeback stuns Germany

Joachim Löw 'in a state of shock' after Germany squander 4-0 lead against Sweden

"I am in a state of shock," Löw told reporters. "For us this should be a life lesson. A lesson in how one should finish off a game. I simply have no explanation for what happened."
"I never expected to see my team thrown off rhythm like that," said Löw. "It was something that had to do with their head and we are all bitterly disappointed.
Löw shocked by 4-4 draw
"To be honest, 10 minutes after the game, I cannot explain this."
"The first 60 minutes were amazing, we played very, very well. Then we let ourselves lose rhythm, it's unexplainable. There was no organisation, we had problems with high balls and it is hard to say what happened there."
Asked what triggered the collapse, Low felt it was more complacency that led to defensive errors than anything else.
"The problem probably started in our heads. You lead 4-0 and you think everything goes your way," he said.
"We made so many mistakes in the last 30 minutes. We have to analyse that. For me it is very difficult to say why we made this many errors."
"The team started both matches full of concentration. We were very strong against Ireland and we started strong against Sweden."
"Now we are extremely disappointed but this match won't take us off our track."
'Impossible' collapse stuns Low
"I cannot explain it so soon after the game has finished," he said. "It is hard to explain how we could throw away such an advantage. To throw away a 4-0 lead is normally impossible. I am shocked. I have never experienced anything like it. Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence; we are speechless."
"It must be a problem in the head - when you are 4-0 up, you think it is all over, but what was symptomatic was in the last minute when we had a free-kick in their half," said Low on Germany's ARD television.
"The ball ended up being played back to (Manuel) Neuer rather than going into the corner and vehemently defending the ball there. We passed it back, then we lost possession and they score. It's inexplicable. It is very hard to say what it came down to. But for 60 minutes, we were sensational and there was no sign of what was to come. We are incredibly disappointed."
Löw: Germany will bounce back from Sweden shock

'A victory, grotesquely given away' - assesses what the newspapers say.
60 minutes heaven, 30 minutes hell - says the Independent

The action, minute by minute, from

Löw: "Werden die Lehren daraus ziehen" - Jogi speaks to

Löw: "Es soll uns eine Lehre für alle Zeiten sein"

Post-match interview on ARD

and ZDF

DFB highlights and Extended highlights of the match on youtube

It was probably too much to hope that there would not be the now inevitable negative press headlines in the immediate aftermath of the team surrendering a four-goal lead!

Hyperbole and over-exaggeration were the tone of the day as Der Tagesspiegel had Germany sinking into 'Ein neuer Abgrund' - a new abyss - as a result of the draw. RP-online turned to Hollywood for inspiration, claiming Jogi could be suffering from a 'seven-year itch' and ran a 'survey' that would probably not have passed the 'fair test' criteria of the average classroom.

However, showing the same class off the pitch, as he had shown some four decades previously on it, Franz Beckenbauer showed his love for the game in all its unpredictability by admitting he had 'laughed in front of the TV' Tuesday night, and tweeting "Germanys game yesterday is not a drama. Actually one can only smile that something like this can still happen in todays football."

Six days after the match, and having cancelled an appearance on das aktuelle sportstudio due to flu, a lengthy interview with Jogi appeared on This drew a very positive reaction all round:
with even Uli Hoeness showing his support - FC-Bayern-Präsident lobt den Bundestrainer Hoeneß: "Löw wurde schon mit Gott verglichen" - 23 October 2012
and declaring Löw macht Fehler, ist aber der richtige Mann

Line-up: Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose.
Subtitutes Used: Mario Götze, Lukas Podolski.

Training, Berlin, 15 October 2012

Press Conference, Berlin, with Miroslav Klose, 15 October 2012

Injured Khedira a doubt for Germany
"We have just one problem at the moment - the question of Sami Khedira," Löw said. "We do not know 100% whether Sami will be fit to play as he was treated today and will continue to be treated this evening."
"Defensively we did it very well [against Ireland]," Low said. "But obviously Philipp Lahm will return to the team after the end of his suspension."
Löw: : We're lucky to have Klose
"But every coach is lucky if he has a Miroslav Klose in the team. He is the leading scorer at the World Cup. This is an uncommonly good performance and that speaks volumes."
"He has always been a player who has had many opportunities as a striker. He is very important for the way we play. He is very complete and he brings our game on."
Germans target Ibrahimovic, Khedira still doubtful
(Zlatan Ibrahimovic)  "He's a dangerous player, who can decide games on his own and can often find the solution in very difficult situations," said the 52-year-old Löw.
"Manuel Neuer didn't have much to do against Ireland, but that is not the yardstick for us and we expect it to be very different.
"Sweden are more dangerous in attack than Ireland, their offensive game is heavily focused on Ibrahimovic.He may be totally unpredictable, but he has individual class and can often find solutions to very difficult situations."
"He is a key player, but the Swedes also work very well as a team and it is always hard to score against them.It will be important that we disturb Ibrahimovic early when receiving a pass and don't give him much space."
(Miroslav Klose)  "Anyone who has scored 65 goals doesn't need to have much said about him," said Löw.
"He plays an important role, he is a player who always speaks his mind internally.The younger players look up to him, because his life revolves around football."

Jogi is interviewed by ZDF while at the press conference
Bundestrainer Löw entschuldigt sich bei Schmelzer
Having reviewed his words from the press conference in Dublin last week, Jogi spoke of his regret at the comments he made about left-back Marcel Schmelzer. "Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not criticize players in public like that." he said.
"My choice of words was very, very unfortunate. That was not meant to come out that way. The choice of words was out of order. I have discussed it with him." - from espn
Video footage from

Löw: "Warum sollte ich etwas ändern?"
"I do not think I have changed as a coach and especially as a person since I took the over in 2006." said Jogi, but went on to add that the whole management team were always open to new ideas and questioning how things could be done better. "Nevertheless, we have won 13 qualifying games in a row and are number two in the world. Why should I change too much?"

Löw: "Interner Konkurrenzkampf ist wichtig"
In an interview on, Jogi says he will not make any line-up decisions until after training, and stresses the important of competition within the squad.

Berlin freut sich auf die nächste Löw-Party - Berlin looks forward to the next Löw-Party, says BZ! - 14 October 2012

Khedira doubtful for Sweden tie

"Nothing is torn, we must now wait for the next few days to see how the healing goes," said Löw at Sunday's press conference after Khedira missed training on Sunday.
We managed to get him off before the injury became more serious."
(On Mario Götze - who missed the Ireland game with injury)  "He had tweaked a muscle, but he should be fit for Tuesday," said Loew.
Training, Berlin, 14 October 2012

Low plays down Khedira injury fears after Germany win
"I think we took him off at half-time before anything got completely broken," he told reporters after the (Ireland) game.
"Khedira still has a problem, but there is nothing broken. We have to wait two or three days [before we know more]."
"As far as the Sweden game is concerned, I expect they will be working altogether unlike the Irish team tonight, with different combinations of play, not just long balls," Löw said. - 13 October 2012

"The Swedish team is not only about their world-class player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but about their team as a whole." from - 5 October 2012

For full squad details for the two October World Cup qualifiers, see my Ireland page.

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