Bayern Munich recently managed to secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze, as they start the preparations for the arrival of Guardiola in the summer. Gotze has been a Bayern Munich target for a long time now, but the club has been unable to sign him since the player has been rejecting any advances up until now. Now, they have managed to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old, who is widely regarded as the best young talent in Germany right now.
They have also managed to capture his signature without connecting any negotiations with his club Dortmund since they activated his release clause of around £ 35 million. The move was announced ahead of the Champions league semi-final with Real Madrid, which is one of the biggest matches of the season. It is also especially important for Dortmund since they could reach the final of the competition after more than a decade. Germany national team manager Joachim Loew has expressed surprise at the timing of this announcement.
Dortmund manager Klopp has been calling for the fans to stay supportive of Gotze, as he still remains a Dortmund player with aspirations to beat Real Madrid. The club could face Bayern Munich in the final of the competition at Wembley.
“I was not surprised that a player is going to Bayern Munich. This is a top destination in the league, and I’m glad that Mario will remain in the Bundesliga. However, the timing of the announcement surprised me and I think that it was very questionable,” said Low after the announcement was made. Gotze had been linked with a move to several clubs including Arsenal and Manchester city in the last few months. He has had a brilliant season for Dortmund. The club are several points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga table.
Germany manager Joachim Loew has said that his team should remain extremely focused despite the fact that there will be coming up against one of the minnows in the competition. Germany will be playing against Kazakhstan in the World Cup qualifying match. In the reverse fixture, Germany managed to beat their opposition 3-0, but many are expecting a much bigger scoreline this time around due to the fact that it will be at Germany’s home. As a result, there has been a relaxed atmosphere ahead of the match. Loew has said that he has warned his players enough about being complacent.
He has said that the team has not qualified for the World Cup yet, and they want to do so in style. A victory in the match could put Germany eight points clear at the top of the table. As a result, they believe that Germany almost into the finals of the World Cup. Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be a major absentee for the match as he is suspended. However, Loew has said that the team has enough quality players across the squad to be able to replace him for this match. Schweinsteiger was one of the players who scored in the reverse fixture.
“If you score a victory away then there is the danger that you keep this in your head for some time. We have to keep reminding the players that we are playing at home and we will only win if we have the right attitude. If we can start on the front foot, like we did against Sweden, and have the pressing, cohesive unit that we had the other night and stop Austria playing, then we can build our attacks from there,” said the Germany manager ahead of the match. Germany’s next match will be against Ecuador.
Germany were taking on France in a friendly match looking to build on the recent unbeaten form, which has taken the pressure off the manager Joachim Loew. After failing to win the last two major tournaments despite having extremely close, the manager has come under intense pressure of late. Results like the 4-4 draw with Sweden in which they threw away a four goal lead in the second half have also resulted in reports suggesting that he will be replaced if results do not improve. However, he faced one of the biggest tests of his managerial reign when Germany visited France looking for the first victory since 1987.
Things looked to have gone horribly wrong after the half-time break due to the fact that France managed to take the lead in the 44th minute. However, two goals in the second half but that Loew was able to rejoice a famous victory over one of Germany’s important rival. After the match, Loew said that it is always not easy to play in front of 75,000 fans supporting the opposition. He has said that the character of the team to come back from being a goal down in such situations is extremely remarkable. He has called for the team to build on this result.
“This was an important game for the development of my players and for the team as a whole. To play here in front of 75,000 fans against a team that has had some great results recently, and to come from behind to do so, was fantastic. Both teams played some good stuff, but we wanted to put in a performance and we were the better side over the 90 minutes,” said the German manager. Sami Khedira and Thomas Müller scored the goals for Germany in this amazing comeback victory.
The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has been linked with an exit from the club at the end of the season. Recent reports appear to suggest that the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has identified the German national team manager Joachim Loew as an ideal candidate to replace the Portuguese. However, the 52-year-old has rejected any speculation linking him with the Spanish club. Mourinho has overseen one of the worst league campaigns in the history of the club as they are 16 points behind the leaders Barcelona. Even if Mourinho does well in the European competitions, he is widely expected to get the sack in the summer.
Loew has a contract with the German team until the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but it is also thought that the German football Association are considering the position of the manager due to a recent run of poor results and the inability to perform well in the final stages of a major tournament. Despite getting extremely close to winning a major title, Germany have spectacularly collapsed in the latter stages of the World Cup and European championships. The team also recently threw away a four goal lead in less than 30 min of football.
“At some point, perhaps I may return to coaching at club level. Right now is not the time. I am incredibly proud to be national team coach, and this has given me great joy during all these years. I do not concern myself (with the rumours). This is just speculation, Jose Mourinho has a contract until 2016. I have a contract with the DFB until 2014. The best thing I could hope for is to become world champion with Germany before I leave,” said Loew. The 52-year-old was the assistant manager of Germany before being promoted to the main role.
The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he feels that the players within the national team should improve a lot in terms of the maturity aspect if they are to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Germans have been one of the most impressive teams in recent seasons, but they have been unable to win a trophy to show for their work. They have come extremely close on numerous occasions since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Patience has finally run out for the manager Joachim Loew after the semi-final defeat in the Euro 2012.
He was heavily criticised following the 4-4 draw with Sweden in a World Cup qualifying match. Now, the pressure on him has increased even more following the 0-0 draw with Netherlands. Germany looked extremely toothless in attack, which was extremely surprising given how they performed against Sweden just a few months ago. There were very little chances created during the match, but Joachim Loew could point to the numerous absentee from the usual squad. Most of the players had pulled out of this match due to injury and suspensions. As a result, the manager named a relatively new team for this match. He has said that they still have to mature in order to be considered as challengers for the title in Brazil.
“When we have stuck to our playing style, we had no problems. But when we came away from that, we ran into difficulties. This team has an awful lot of potential, but still needs to mature. I have already said that it makes a lot of sense to play a strong opponent. I have learnt a lot and when you are missing eight regulars, it’s a good opportunity to give others the chance to prove themselves at this level,” said Loew.
The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he made a few mistakes in the recent 4-4 draw with Sweden. This has to be one of the most amazing matches in recent times after the German national team managed a 4-0 scoreline going into the second half. It appeared that they would coast to victory in the World Cup qualifying campaign. They are coming into this match on the back of three consecutive victories, but Sweden produced an amazing comeback in the second half – mainly inspired by the PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and managed to draw the match 4-4.
Many have said that even though this is a draw, it feels like a defeat due to the nature of the match. This has increased the pressure on the manager Joachim Loew, who was already criticised following a poor performance by Germany in the final stages of a major competition. Rather than blame others for the defeat, the former assistant manager has taken the blame by saying that he made a few mistakes in the match. He has also said that he never saw the game turning around in the manner that it did. He has said that have altered things be sending a defensive midfielder, but it was too late.
“Of course I can, absolutely. I also couldn’t believe the game was turning. Maybe I could have sent out a signal by making a substitution, with a defensive man who could have provided some relief to the team. I had also not experienced something like this in 20 years. I will also learn from this. Our players had the feeling of certain victory and didn’t imagine it would come down to such a situation,” said Joachim Loew, whose team will face the Netherlands and France in friendly matches after this match.
The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is extremely disappointed with the performance of his strikers in the final third of the pitch. Germany has begun the World Cup qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in excellent form after winning the first two matches against Faroe Islands and Austria. However, Germany were expected to score a lot of goals in both these matches, but they could only get five goals in total from these two matches. The national team manager has attributed the lack of coherence in the final third of the pitch as a reason for the team not scoring as many goals as they should have.
Still, he has said that he is happy to have taken six points from the first two qualification matches and it puts them in the front foot straight away. The biggest tests for Germany will be coming in the next few matches when they will be facing the Republic of Ireland and Sweden. The captain Philipp Lahm will not be available for the match against the Republic of Ireland, which will be a major headache for Joachim Loew. Loew has come under criticism for the failure to win the Euro 2012.
“We are lacking some ease and calm in our game, not everything is working well. We need to stabilise our game. Sometimes it’s good when the deficits are obvious, then we know which areas we have specifically to focus on. We need to do some work on the basics again and that is the phase we are currently in. I do not think it is unreasonable that we are now being looked at more critically,” said Joachim Loew after the Austria match. The Real Madrid attacker Mesut Ozil has been the outstanding player in these two matches.
The German national team manager Joachim Loew failed to criticise his players after the poor 3-1 defeat at the hands of Argentina in a friendly match. Germany were coming into the match with many rumours about the future of the manager Joachim Loew. Joachim Loew managed to guide Germany into the semifinals of a major tournament for the third consecutive tournament. However, he was unable to get them past the finishing line yet again after Germany fell at the hands of Italy in the semi-final of the Euro 2012. This has led to rumours suggesting that Germany will be looking for a replacement prior to the start of the World Cup qualification rounds.
The rumours intensified once more after Germany lost 3-1 at the hands of Argentina in a recent friendly match. However, the manager Joachim Loew has said that the red card issued to the goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler host the pivotal point in the match. He has said that Germany would not have lost the match had it not been for the red card. Ron-Robert Zieler received his marching orders after the hour mark. Despite the loss, Loew has said that he is satisfied with the performance of his players in the match.
“We started very well for 20 or 25 minutes and then the red card meant we were chasing the game. Then there was the own goal and it was difficult for us after that against class players like (Lionel) Messi, (Gonzalo) Higuain or (Angel) di Maria. We made a few tactical mistakes, but the players gave everything. It is hard to get at them early when you have a man less. We managed it in the first 20 minutes, but not afterwards,” said Joachim Loew after the match. Germany will be starting the World Cup qualifications against the Faroe Islands.
The German team manager Oliver Bierhoff has said that he expects the national team manager Joachim Loew to return strongly after a small break. Germany have been excellent in the last four major tournaments, but they have finished in the runners-up and the semi-final positions in each and every one of them. As a result, there is a feeling that Joachim Loew might have taken Germany to the peak, but Oliver Bierhoff disagrees with this argument. He has said that the 42-year-old has all it takes to help make Germany a winner once again, and that it will be only a matter of time.
Due to the younger age of the squad, Germany are once again expected to be the favourites for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. They came into the Euro 2012 as one of favourites to win the competition, but were beaten 2-1 by Italy in the quarter-final stage. Even though they had been unbeaten in the competition up until then, a very poor performance in the final stages has once again been the reason for the downfall in a major competition. Oliver Bierhoff has said that there were discussions about the strength of Ottmar Hitzfeld after he lost the 1999 Champions League final with Bayern Munich, but he later went on to lift the title within two years.
“Jogi Loew will analyse the game against Italy for himself and he will soon find the energy again for the next stretch. I am not worried about Jogi. In 1999 Bayern (Munich) lost the Champions League final with Ottmar Hitzfeld and there was a big discussion. Two years later they then won the final,” said the German team manager Oliver Bierhoff after reports in the media suggested that Joachim Loew will step down from the national team manager’s post.
Joachim Loew’s record as Germany manager is impressive. Since taking the top job after the 2006 World Cup he has led them to second place in Euro 2008 and third in 2010’s World Cup. He goes into the European Championships this year with a guarantee of job security but the target is clear. The only way he will be able to further improve his reputation and to satisfy the German public is to bring home the trophy with victory in Kiev on July 1.
Germany qualified with 10 wins from 10 and go into the tournament as one of the favourites and many people’s tip to triumph in Eastern Europe. The pressure is on Loew though, having performed well in recent years the German’s are awaiting their first trophy since 1996. 16 years of hurt may not seem to bad for most nations, but for Germany 16 years is too long to wait for a trophy.
The President of the German FA, the DFB has fully backed both Loew and team manager Oliver Bierhoff describing them as “the best pair possible”. “they both do excellent jobs and so we see no reason to change a winning formula. If we suffer disappointment we are strong enough to stand up and face it”.
To get to the final Germany will have to get past both Fernando Torres’s Spain and the Portugal side epitomised by Cristiano Ronaldo.
His record of 52 wins, 13 draws and 11 defeats in 76 internationals over the last six years compares favourably to Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts who took Germany to World Cup glory in 1990 and European glory in 1996 respectively. Should Loew join them in attaining a major honour for his country he will no doubt be seen as one of the best they have ever had.
Going into the Euros they have been seen as one of the favourites for a long time, but defeat at home to France in February exposed some defensive problems that could be their undoing. One thing is for certain going into any major tournament though, don’t write the Germans off.