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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

World Cup 2010, Semi-Final

"Compliments to Spain, I believe they will win this tournament"

5 July 2010 - 8 July 2010

Spain - Carlos Puyol 73'

Spain end Jogi's World Cup Dream
Puyol puts Spain in World Cup Final
Joachim Löw insists his side will improve

"Obviously, it's extremely disappointing to lose a semi-final. Morale is low in the immediate aftermath of course, because we had to accept that Spain were that bit better.
It has to be said for the sake of fairness that Spain played exceptionally well and deserved to win. The team have to be complimented for playing at such a high level since 2008, and winning the games that really count. They showed us our limitations."
While Löw was very direct and thorough with his analysis of the game, he remained perplexed by one factor of his team's performance: "We were also lacking in the kind of courage and self-belief we demonstrated against England and Argentina. Why, I can't really explain as yet."Still, Löw was optimistic about his team's future. "[The players] are still developing, it's a process that's really only just begun, and will continue for some time to come. The bulk of this side will form the German national team of the future, regardless of who's in charge. We've had a good tournament, and we'll improve further."
Joachim Löw backs Spain to win title
"They've been the best team for a few years. They circulate the ball well and you just can't keep up with them. We couldn't play the way we like to," said Löw.
"We had great plans but it didn't work out," commented Löw, whose team also lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2008. "Spain have won all the big games in the last year.Spain are a wonderful team who have played together now for two or three years. I am sure the Spanish can win any game because they are dominant and it's hard to contain their attack.They are the masters of the game. You can see it in every pass. They can hardly be beaten. They are extremely calm and convincing. Spain were just better than we were and they deserved to win."
"In 2008 they won the European Championships in a very convincing way and they have been unchanged over the past two or three years. They play in an automatic way and I am confident they will win the title."
Löw, meanwhile, turned his thoughts to Saturday's third place play-off against Uruguay and insisted he would not discuss his future."I have got to try to wake up the team tomorrow," the 50-year-old added. "We have another game to play. We will approach the match seriously."We will come to terms with the disappointment and look forward. We have to look ahead and work hard and on Saturday provide a grand finale, if even a small finale."I won't touch on this issue [my future] until after the tournament. Whoever the coach will be this team is here to stay over the next couple of years. The development has just started."
Spain stun Germany to reach final
"Spain let the ball roll so well and you just can't keep up with them. We played a great tournament but weren't as sharp tonight as we've been."
Germany coach Loew hails Spain's attacking ability
He said his team should not have allowed Puyol to head the winning goal from a corner."We should have intercepted that ball," Löw said.
The interview with Bundesliga.de

Player ratings and match report from goal.com
Match report from bbc.co.uk
Official FIFA match page

Match highlights from tv.dfb.de

Post-Match press conference from ZDF

"The Day After" - a video from tv.dfb.de

Germany unaffected by captain controversy
"That does not bother us at all," coach Joachim Löw told reporters. "Philipp spoke honestly about what he thinks. He has been enjoying the added responsibility and he has done his job here in an exemplary fashion."Lahm is officially the World Cup captain while Ballack, who recently moved from Chelsea to German club Bayer Leverkusen, remains the team captain."Philipp said he would like to continue but he also said he knows it is up to the coach to decide after the World Cup." - 6 July 2010
Germany-Spain feels more like a World Cup Final
"In 2008, my team may not have been as consistent," Germany coach Joachim Löw said. "We were fluctuating a little bit in terms of the quality, and might not have had the quality at all positions compared to the team we have today. The players we have now are incredibly skilled technically and tactically.
Our flow is clearly superior to what we had in 2008."

Training at Super Stadium, Atteridgeville - 5 July 2010, and Northlands School, Durban - 6 July 2010

Germany coach Joachim Löw will wear his trademark blue sweater for the World Cup 2010 semi-final against Spain and won't have it cleaned while his team keep winning.
Löw claimed on Monday he was not superstitious but admitted that pressure from other coaching staff and players to keep wearing his familiar sweater had paid off ahead of their World Cup clash with Spain in Durban on Wednesday.
"The thing with the sweater is that I am not driven by superstition," a smiling Löw told reporters. "The other coaching staff said I should be wearing the sweater now because every time I wear it we score four goals."Germany beat England 4-1 in the second round and reached the semi-finals following a 4-0 demolition of Argentina, with Löw donning the V-necked garment each time."I am not even allowed to wash it now and I think I will wear it again (against Spain)," Löw said.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also hoped to see his coach wearing it at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. "I do not know how many sweaters he has that are blue. But I hope he has the one or two left in his suitcase," he said. from the Daily Telegraph - 5 July 2010

Want more?
Then visit my Special page dedicated to the famous Strenesse blue jumper - and see excerpts from some of the best fashion articles from the World Cup !

Press Conference, Velmore Hotel, Pretoria, 5 July 2010

A Spanish interview with Cuatro
Joachim Löw wary of match winners Spain
Löw said: "Spain remain the natural World Cup favourites. They not only have one Messi, but they have several Messis.They have a whole range of players that can win a game, so we will have to be very watchful against them.They are a team that make very few mistakes. We have to force them into making mistakes."
The Germany boss ruled out any talk of revenge for that game (Euro 2008 final), adding: "We are not playing for revenge, those are not the kind of feelings I harbour.In 2008, there is no doubt that Spain were the best team at the tournament.They have shown great consistency and always played at the highest possible level. So they have been impressive.But now the situation is different. We too have a good team and we have every reason to believe that we can succeed."
Germany Coach Joachim Löw Reveals That Attacking Play Is The Only Way To Success
"The plans for how we wanted to play at the World Cup have been thought over long and hard since the draw on December 4," Löw revealed. "Our analysis was quite clear: we could only win the World Cup by playing attacking football and making life difficult for other teams.The way that Italy won the title in 2006, by defending and winning by a single goal, is no longer possible - you don't get anywhere playing like that nowadays. We planned the World Cup all the way to the final."
Löw also discussed his tactics and plan to split the pitch into 18 rectangles of the same size. "It's about order on the pitch. That is the most important condition for good football. The players should know their place in the basic structure of the team, so that no-one thinks he can run all over the pitch. Certain rectangles must always be covered," Löw stated.
"The game doesn't end when the ball is in play. I want to see players getting into space and asking for the ball. This makes the game more fluid and dynamic."I knew that some of our players are extremely good at that - Özil, Poldi [Lukas Podoloski], Müller, [Toni] Kroos. And I said to the team, 'If you don't move around the pitch, you're not even going to beat teams like Canada!' That was our golden rule from day one. We go over it in theory and in practice every day."
Loew added: "The team has mastered the art of playing simply. I have seen training sessions that have, at times, reached footballing perfection."
Joachim Löw deserves all the credit for Germany's Wonderful World Cup Adventure
Löw the mastermind of German renaissance
Jogi Smarter than your Average Herr - an article from Herald Scotland on Jogi - and his jumper - 5 July 2010

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