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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Port Elizabeth
World Cup 2010, Third Place Play-Off

"We're going home with a very good feeling" - Joachim Löw

"The whole of Germany has been grateful for what he has done." - German President Christian Wulff

9 July 2010 - 11 July 2010

Joachim Löw and Germany team to receive top sporting honours

Newly-elected German President Christian Wulff visited the team, just before they left their World Cup base to fly home on Sunday night after they beat Uruguay 3-2 in Saturday's third place play-off, to announce the news.Löw is to receive Germany's Federal Cross of Merit, while the team will receive the Silver Bay Laurel Leaf."This team is Germany's best ambassador on the world stage," said 51-year-old Wulff."The team has deserved this distinction, they have won the hearts and minds of people not just in Germany, but across the world.
The Cross of Merit for Joachim Löw is in recognition of his work as a coach, we all know how important he has been."

"I am delighted we have taken a big step forward, we have shown we can dominate some big nations, we have played some great attack-minded football which keeps our opponents under pressure," said Löw."Even the match against Spain could have gone either way, Toni Kroos had a chance to score and we could be preparing for the final, the way the team has played is exemplary. We have reached as high as we possibly could.We can all be justifiably proud of all the players, we were up against the odds, we had players dropping out with injuries. We dealt with the problems, the team trained and worked incredibly hard.
There were no divas - we were a compact and solid unit."
from telegraph.co.uk. - 11 July 2010

Germany - Thomas Müller 19', Marcell Jansen 56', Sami Khedira 82'
Uruguay - Edinson Cavani 28', Diego Forlan 51'

Sami Khedira secures third place as Joachim Low's side put down a marker
Super Germany Trounced Uruguay 3-2 to grab the bronze

"In the second half, when we were forced to dig deep, we saw the mental strength the team had to resist and then snatch victory," said the Germany coach.
"I'm pleased with that, the team deserves it. Altogether, what we've achieved, we never would have expected it eight or nine months ago."
Löw delights in vibrant Germany
Löw so proud as Germany fight back again
"Both sides wanted the victory, both had great chances but when we were trailing we could see the strength of this team," Löw told a news conference."I'm so happy to see them turn it around, they thoroughly deserved to win."We knew it was important to finish off with a win, but champions rise again, we rose to the occasion again and my players are satisfied. Our objective was to travel to Soccer City (for the final), but tonight we saw so much joy."
"This World Cup was truly remarkable," he said. "We worked really hard, we invested really hard, many players had no tournament experience whatsoever.What I'm incredibly proud of is that the team were great on and off the pitch, they were wonderful, they showed great character and identity and knew the importance of being great off the pitch, brave, respect for each other.
They played for each other, we proved that in every match. The day after Spain, everyone was struggling but there's no need to be disappointed. We will travel home feeling great."
Löw: I had to drop Klose
"We needed 100 per cent from everyone so couldn't afford players who weren't fit," said Löw.
"That's why we didn't field injured or ill players. It would have been irresponsible. He simply couldn't play, he failed the fitness test, he could hardly walk.
"He was absolutely devastated but knew it was the team that was important."
A post-match interview originally found on the niveaformen website.

Official FIFA match page


Post-Match and final South African press conference,
Velmore Hotel, 11 July 2010


Match highlights

Post-match interview from ARD

Klose on bench as Löw shuffles German pack - 11 July 2010

Löw has 'flu, four miss training
"Germany coach laid Loew with the flu" - Germany coach Joachim Löw was forced to skip training and stay in bed on Friday, a day before his team's third place playoff against Uruguay, after coming down with a flu virus, the team said.Löw, whose future as Germany coach will be decided after the World Cup, will, however, travel to Port Elizabeth with the team for Saturday's match. - 9 July 2010

3rd and 4th place play-off preview from bleacherreport.com - 9 July 2010

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