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Saturday 3 July 2010

Cape Town
World Cup 2010, Quarterfinal

"We closed down Messi very well - without resorting to fouls, so that was great."
29 June 2010 - 4 July 2010

"There once was this guy, Maradona
Who wanted to win World Cup honour.
He sought help from above.
But instead, Joachim Löw
has ensured that Diego's a goner."

Germany - Thomas Müller 3', Miroslav Klose 68', 89', Arne Friedrich 73'

A post-match interview from ZDF
now on my youtube channel
Löw Praises Germany's 'Champions Performance - 3 July 2010

"What's important now is to keep our emotions under control," said Löw, whose side have an average age of under 25 years."The team has been excellent so far in celebrating, but remaining realistic. The joy in the dressing room is huge, my players know we are now among the top four teams in the world, but it is very important now to use the coming days to concentrate and focus for the semi-final."
"We were not surprised, because we observed Argentina carefully," said Löw. "We expected the named lineup and knew Messi would fall back into midfield."He is a key player, so we tried to keep him under control by putting him under pressure and staying close to him."We weren't surprised by the Argentinian tactics. We beat a world-class team 4-0, so it's all positives and also scored some wonderful goals, so we are very pleased."It is always very dangerous to take the lead against Argentina, but my team went the extra mile."

Glorious Germany Crush Argentina -
Joachim Löw hails 'incredible' Germany

"We really turned in an incredible showing.Scoring four goals against Argentina you have to say that that was class.We really stepped on the gas in the second half and played a liberated style of attacking football,I have been proud of my team for a long time, not only today. We played some really great football in the second-half and the team has shown the will of champions.This result and the amount of goals we scored was almost unimaginable before the game."
Joachim Löw sends Lionel Messi to superstar scrapheap

"Normally it is a troubling symptom when the manager turns into a star but only pure churlishness would deny Joachim Löw acclaim for Germany's exploits."

Die Mannschaft Comprehensively Outclass Maradona's Men

"(Chancellor Angela Merkel's) reaction to the first, early goal was to look around the VIP box and then do a little jig. It stems from Joachim Low, who looks as if he's a paid-up member of Berlin's hip, arty set." from soccernet.espn.go.com

Player ratings from goal.com
Official FIFA World Cup 2010 Match page

Löw: "Wir dürfen emotional nicht überdrehen" - In an interview originally on dfb.de, Jogi speaks of his pride in his team, and discusses the tactics used against Argentina. He calls Bastian Schweinsteiger "outstanding in every respect" and says how delighted he was for Miroslav Klose to scre twice in his 100th international. However he speaks of his disappointment that Thomas Müller will miss the semi-final adding his yellow card was not deserved.

Footage of the two Coaches taken during the match
Match highlights on youtube, and highlights from FIFA's Channel.

Battle of the Bosses - an article from telegraph.co.uk. The tongue-in-cheek comparison of the two coaches about to face each other calls Jogi standing "alone in the football world high on a pedastal as a fashion pioneer."

Training, 2 July 2010

ZDF Interview 2 July 2010

Kicker video, 2 July 2010,

Joachim Löw sweating on fitness of Lukas Podolski and Mesut Özil - 2 July 2010
"Podolski had a hardening in his muscle and we decided to be cautious and give him some physio sessions," said Low about the attacking midfielder who scored in the 4-1 rout of England."The plan is for him to contribute and take part in the final training session, if he were to fail the test this afternoon we will have to look at other options."
(On Mesut Özil) "He will practise and train again this evening, he worked hard against England and I saw he needed an extra day of rest," said Löw."Mesut was part of the Germany Under-21 team which won the European Championships last June and he didn't have much of a break last summer."
The 50-year-old Germany coach says he is impressed with the fitness of the squad's fringe players and has an array of 'secret weapons' to chose from in his arsenal of bench players."I have been watching the different training units and the level of fitness is extremely good," said Löw.
"At any point, I have secret weapons and trump cards to call on who may not have had much experience on the pitch, but whenever I decide to bring someone on they are able to excel."I have no reservations about any of the players, Lukas Podolski is very important to us, but I would not hesitate to bring on Marcell Jansen, Marko Marin or Toni Kroos if necessary.
"Every single player has a role to play in this team."
Germany will not shiver in the changing rooms
"We will not be shivering in the changing rooms, hoping the referee will not start the game," Germany coach Joachim Löw told reporters."I know that in matches like these, against England (in the round of 16) and Argentina, I do not really have to help the players with any motivational tricks."They are all fully motivated and when we walk on to the pitch they will be ready," Löw said of Germany's youngest squad since 1934, average age around 25.
The 50-year-old coach also played down a war of words that had erupted in the past days with German players calling the Argentines unfair, disrespectful and bad losers."There is freedom of opinion in my team. If you ask me, I think that game was at no moment brutal or unfair until after the penalties."It was tightly contested but not marked by unfairness. Argentines have passion and commitment and that is their mentality and we have to prepare for that. The problem in 2006 started after the game was decided," Löw said.
He said he expected Argentina to continue playing their offensive game just like Germany would."It is not part of (Argentine coach Diego Maradona's) mentality to play defensively," he said."When you have seen him on the bench he powers his team forward and as a player he never really thought about defence."Argentina will be deadly dangerous in attack and will look to score and I cannot imagine that they will come out with more respect and fear," he said.

Löw implicitly drew attention to the genuine camaraderie of his side.
He added: "We can be very happy with what we've achieved so far, both in results and in the way we've played. "We represent Germany abroad, so we have to present ourselves in a good light.
"The team is united, the mood is excellent. We've been together 50 days now, so you can't take it for granted that the mood's great, but it is. We play with each other and for each other. "We won't change our approach now but to help motivate the team we will show them video footage of our fans back home celebrating the goals against England, to add to the emotion in the lead-up to the game." - from thefreelibrary.com

Miroslav Klose as hungry as ever
"After whatever match, or success, or goal he remains very modest and even after 100 caps he has a burning ambition," Germany coach Löw told reporters before their World Cup quarter final against Argentina on Saturday.
"When someone wins 100 caps then that speaks volumes about the quality of the player," said Löw. "He deserves a big compliment because he has scored 50 goals. Scoring in every second match means very high level of play. I think what he has been able to do as well is be self-critical and be extremely modest."
An excerpt from the press confernece on youtube

Messi is not a Threat - Löw - 1 July 2010

At the base camp in Erasmia, on the outskirts of South African capital Pretoria, Löw said the team would 'try collectively' to stop Messi.
"Other teams have done so, he hasn't scored any goals so far, but there are other players who we have to watch out for," Löw said.

Training, 1 July 2010

With Philipp Lahm and Michael Ballack,
1 July 2010

Training 30 June 2010

Press Conference, Pretoria, 30 June 2010, with Bastian Schweinsteiger

Germany revel in support of Merkel

"We are great fans of Angela Merkel," Löw said.
"She has often visited us. With her charming manner she has earned a lot of sympathy from the players. It is always pleasant to see her," he said.

"There is a very positive feeling in the team. We have gained a lot of confidence from the victory against England," said Löw ahead of Saturday's clash in Cape Town."A lot of the younger players became European Under-21 champions and it has given them a lot of confidence for a tournament like this." from Deccan Chronicle - 30 June 2010

As the quarter-final stage approached, goal.com took a look at the final eight contenders, choosing a suitable pop song for each:
If they were a pop song: Dedicated Follower of Fashion/The Kinks - Coach Joachim Löw is almost as stylish as his German team. Fashion critics have picked up on his penchant for v-neck sweaters and trendy shirts. With his Beatle haircut, Jogi would fit right into the 60s."

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