Category Archives: Euro 2016

Advent Calendar Day 24: The Best of Löw 2016

I didn’t have to worry about coming up with ideas for this post, despite the lack of DFB cards this post will be exactly the same as the final one last year. As the title says it’s “The Best of Löw 2016.” It won’t be quite so easy this year though to narrow down the best pictures, sticking to one per month was always going to be an impossible challenge in a tournament year. Though truth be told it’s always difficult narrowing down the best pictures of Jogi, there’s just so many of them. First up is Jogi pictures from each month of the year, then favourite videos and GIFs. And of course favourite Hansi pictures, you can’t have Jogi without Hansi after all.

But first the final two players from the advent calendars with both players coming from the Dortmund one because in the Freiburg one was the mascot. It’s certainly a very fitting choice in regards to the two players together behind door 24, the two former Freiburgers Matthias Ginter and Roman Bürki:

20161224_163250-1First up is Jogi pictures from each month of the year:

Joachim Löw at HSV v FC Bayern München 2Joachim Löw ARD half-time interview – HSV v FC Bayern München 2015-16 7Joachim Löw ARD half-time interview – HSV v FC Bayern München 2015-16 6Joachim Löw at Hertha BSC v VfL Wolfsburg 2015-16 1Joachim Löw at Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund 2015-16 7Joachim Löw - Leverkusen v Dortmund half-time interview 9Joachim Löw at der Klassiker 2015-16Joachim Löw half-time interview – Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München 8Joachim Löw – Bayern v Juventus half-time interview 5Joachim Löw – press conference 23-03-16 7Joachim Löw – Deutschland v England – 2nd half 6Joachim Löw at Bayern v Schalke 2015-16 2Joachim Löw – Laureus Awards 2016 1Joachim Löw – Laureus Awards 2016 11Joachim Löw half-time interview - Hertha BSC v Borussia Dortmund (DFB Pokal) 2015-16 1Joachim Löw pre-match interview –Bayern v Atletico 15-16 2Joachim Löw half-time interview – Bayern v Atletico 15-16 2Joachim Löw & Julian Weigl – Ankunft in Ascona 3Joachim Löw – Volle Kanne 25-05-16 6Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 26-05-16 2Joachim Löw – SPORTextra 5Joachim Löw – Der Tag in Ascona 31-05-16 3Joachim Löw – 1st half – Deutschland v Ungarn 7Joachim Löw – 2nd half – Deutschland v Ungarn 1Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 7Joachim Löw – Evian PK 28Joachim Löw – ZDF video 11-06-16 7Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Polen 1st half (EM 2016) 4Joachim Löw PK 18-06-16 4Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien extra time (EM 2016) 10Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 5Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien penalties (EM 2016) 1.7Joachim Löw at Bayern München v Werder Bremen 2016-17 3Joachim Löw HT Interview - Bayern München v Werder Bremen 2016-17 5Joachim Löw – Tageschau 29-08-16 5Joachim Löw & Bastian Schweinsteiger – Deutschland v Finnland second half 4Joachim Löw – Norwegen v Deutschland pre-match show 2joachim-low-ht-interview-dortmund-v-real-madrid-cl-16-17-7joachim-low-mittagsmagazin-07-10-16-3joachim-low-rtl-interview-07-10-16-3joachim-low-at-sc-freiburg-v-fc-augsburg-2016-17-4joachim-low-vertragsverlangerung-2020-6joachim-low-hansi-flick-bundestag-03-11-16-4joachim-low-at-hertha-bsc-v-borussia-monchengladbach-3joachim-low-deutscher-sportpresseball-2016-8joachim-low-pk-14-11-16-7joachim-low-sportschau-14-10-16-1joachim-low-bambi-awards-2016-9joachim-low-wir-helfen-kinder-rtl-video-24-11-16-4joachim-low-zdf-interview-14-12-16-1joachim-low-mittagsmagazin-15-12-16-9Favourite videos and GIFs:

Jogi_Klinsi_celebrate_Germany_v_Tunisia_2005Jogi_Hansi_hug_Slovakia_v_GermanyJogi_hugging_Jonathan_Tah_Deutschland_EnglandJogi_posingJogi_the_keeperJonas_Hector_gets_a_Jogi_hug_Deutschland_v_Italien_EM_2016jogi_deutschland_v_tschechien_2016And to round things up favourite Hansi pictures:

Hansi Flick - Umweltbotschafter video 5Hansi Flick – Sportschau interview 7Hansi Flick at Deutschland v Slowakei (EM 2016) 4Hansi Flick interivew - Österreich v Deutschland (U19 EM 2016) 1Hansi Flick - Vive la Olympiamannschaft 3Hansi Flick - Hrubeschs Olympia Team nach Rio gereist 1hansi-flick-at-deutschland-u21-v-russland-u21-1hansi-flick-horst-hrubesch-visit-2joachim-low-hansi-flick-bundestag-03-11-16-6

Unwelcome Guests

Whether it be anxiety related stuff, self-doubt or my usual obsessive thoughts I usually have an unwelcome guest of some sort in my mind. Not today however, well maybe a few obsessive thoughts but not bad ones. Nothing to really complain about. If the only things I have to complain about are the fact I have to wait a month to get my new Freiburg kit and the fact I can only afford a 12cm action figure of Jogi instead of one of the bigger ones then I must be doing ok. I haven’t magically solved all of my problems, haven’t dealt with any of them in fact because I’ve done nothing but think about the Euros for the past seven weeks. Now that’s over, unfortunately a little bit earlier than I anticipated and I’m in a strange place, somewhere halfway between being disappointed at how the summer ended and excited for the new season. I don’t know why I’m in such a good mood, well that’s the wrong way to put it, I don’t think it’s right to be in a good mood just yet. I’m not despairing over it all anyway, that’s the main thing. That and the fact Freiburg’s new kits look cool:

SC Freiburg Heimtrikot 2016-17SC Freiburg Auswärtstrikot 2016-17Also unusual is the fact I’m not obsessing over that last game, I’m not obsessively going over it trying to work out how it could have gone differently. I’m still upset about it and it still hurts but I actually think I’m dealing with ok. Today’s news certainly helped on this count.  Since Thursday night I’ve been waiting anxiously to see what Jogi was going to do, if he intended to continue in his post for the Confederations Cup next summer and the World Cup in 2018. His answer to the question put to him at the end of the interview after the France game was I have to admit most unnerving. He was asked if he was going to be on the bench for the Finland game on the 31st August, after taking an age his eventual answer was “I think so.”  Afterwards he said he’d be taking a few days to consider his position and to take in the events of the summer. I’m just glad I didn’t have to wait too long to find out, having gotten confirmation now I can get on with enjoying the pre-season.

It’s a good thing I’m not obsessing over the tournament because the ending of it was something of a disappointment, but in a way the final is in a lot of ways a fair reflection of how the tournament went. I would have been unhappy no matter who won, I know that, but Portugal winning it is just so very wrong. I mean they drew all three of their group games, beat just one team in 90 minutes of regular time and were perfectly happy it seems to just wait out the game, not actually play but just run their opponents into the ground. A disappointing final for what was overall something of a disappointing tournament. It did have it’s magic moments, Iceland’s terrific journey to the quarter finals among them but that didn’t make up for it. The final cemented my initial dislike of the newly expanded format and for me it shows everything that’s wrong with it. Portugal finished third in their group yet end up in the final, despite never looking like a team that could win the thing. Being rewarded for finishing in third place is just rewarding mediocrity. I know it gives smaller countries a chance to qualify when they otherwise wouldn’t, that’s fair in one way. But what’s fair is not necessarily what’s best for having a good competition. After all isn’t the tournament meant to be between the best teams in Europe?

I didn’t mean to write so much on the matter, I may not be obsessing about the semi-final but evidently I can’t say the same for the final. At least it’s not preventing me from enjoying anything else. There’s no shortage of other matters I should be thinking about, like getting back into a good routine and maybe spending some more time outside. I figured I couldn’t keep putting it off forever and so I did just that today. Since the tournament started I haven’t spent a considerable amount of time with anyone or gone anywhere. Today’s events put an end to that, it was just a trip to the cinema to see Tarzan but it’s a start. It went about as ok as it could go, consdering I haven’t stepped outside in almost two months. Wisely I didn’t go alone, it might not have ended so well had I done so.

Getting used to not having done something after avoiding it for a while isn’t easy, a bit like writing this post in fact. I’ve written just two posts since the summer started, the rest has all been pictures and videos. That’s all done now and it’s back to normality. I don’t really have any plans yet, other than getting back into the habit of writing regular posts again, hopefully ones that are a little less rambling than this. The only other thing on my list is to get some reading done. I’ve got a lot of books to catch up on and given that I feel more focused than I have done in a long time it’s a good time to get reading again. I also have plenty of stories to work on, which may be part of the reason I’ve not gotten quite so upset about getting knocked out in the semi finals. They’ve given me a safe place to express my feelings and make sense of what’s bothering me, they can’t help with everything but even if that’s all they can do then it’s enough. Not that I have any inerest in justifying how I spend my time to anyone right now. The past few weeks I’ve been too wrapped up in the tournament to care and now I just don’t care at all. I’m doing what I need, not what someone else thinks I should be doing.

Europameisterschaft 2016 – The Jogi Löw Highlights Part 2

Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland (Tageschau) 08/07/16

Favourite GIFs, pictures and other random videos:

Jogi_Mario_Nordirland_v_DeutschlandJogi_s_goal_celebration_Deutschland_v_Slowakei_EM_2016Jogi_s_Trick_ShotJogi_for_the_win_Deutschland_v_Italien_EM_2016Jonas_Hector_gets_a_Jogi_hug_Deutschland_v_Italien_EM_2016Jogi_celebrates_Italian_penalty_miss

Joachim Löw – Sportschau 27-06-16 3Joachim Löw – PK 28-06-16 4Joachim Löw – Mittagsmagazin 29-06-16 22Joachim Löw – PK 01-07-16 4Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien 1st half (EM 2016) 1Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien penalties (EM 2016) 8Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien penalties (EM 2016) 10Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien penalties (EM 2016) 11Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 13Joachim Löw – ARD video 04-07-16 10Joachim Löw – Tageschau 04-07-16 4

Joachim Löw – PK 04-07-16 8Joachim Löw – PK 04-07-16 13Joachim Löw – ARD video 05-07-16 2Joachim Löw ZDF Interview 06-07-16 1Joachim Löw – PK 06-07-16 8Joachim Löw – PK 06-07-16 12Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 2Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 4Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 5

Europameisterschaft 2016 – The Jogi Löw Highlights Part 1

The complete Jogi highlights from the 2016 Euros, plus press conferences,  interviews and post-match interviews and some other favourite videos along with some selected pictures and GIFs:

Some other random favourite videos, pictures and GIFs, some from training in Evian and other from the summer training camp in Ascona:

Joachim Löw & Julian Weigl – Ankunft in Ascona 3Joachim Löw – EM Fieber 26-05-16 1Joachim Löw - Morgenmagazin 26-05-16 7

Joachim Löw – SPORTextra 2Joachim Löw – SPORTextra 3Joachim Löw – SPORTextra 5Joachim Löw – SPORTextra 6Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Slowakei 2nd half 12Joachim Löw & Lukas Podolski - Regeneration nach dem Slowakei Spiel 2Joachim Löw Pressekonferenz 31-05-16 5Joachim Löw- EM Fieber 02-06-16 3Joachim Löw & Mario Götze – Mittagsmagazin 03-06-16 1Joachim Löw – Sportschau 04-06-16 7

Joachim Löw – Tageschau 07-06-16 5Joachim Löw – Training 12Jogi_training_1Joachim Löw – Evian PK 19Joachim Löw – Evian PK 22Joachim Löw – ZDF video 11-06-16 7Joachim Löw – ZDF video 11-06-16 8Joachim Löw – ZDF video 11-06-16 11Joachim Löw – ZDF video 11-06-16 13Jogi_posingJogi_taking_a_shot_at_Bastian_in_goalJogi_the_keeperJogi_celebrating_Deutschland_Ukraine_EM_2016Jogi_Deutschland_v_PolenJogi_training

Joachim Löw – ARD video 17-06-16 1Joachim Löw PK 18-06-16 4Joachim Löw – ARD video 19-06-16 3Joachim Löw – ZDF video 19-06-16 5Joachim Löw – ZDF heute 20-06-16 1Joachim Löw – ZDF heute 20-06-16 3Joachim Löw – ZDF video 25-06-16 11

Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland 08/07/16

Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland (Tageschau) 08/07/16

Joachim Löw – Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland 1Joachim Löw – Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland 2Joachim Löw – Die Mannschaft zurück in Deutschland 3

Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 1Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 2Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 3Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 4Joachim Löw – Sportstudio 09-07-16 5

Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) – The Löw Highlights

Deutschland v Frankreich (EM 2016) post-match show

Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 1Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 2Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 3Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 4Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 5Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 6Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 7Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich post-match show (EM 2016) 8

Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) – The Löw Highlights

Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 1Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 2Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 3Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 4Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 5Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 6Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 7Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 8Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 9Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 10Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 11Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 12Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 13Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 14Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 15Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 16Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 17Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 18Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 19Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 20Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 21Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Frankreich 2nd half (EM 2016) 22