- Deutschland v Turkei (2020) – 2nd half & Post-match show: The Löw Highlights
- Deutschland v Turkei (2020) – Pre-match show & 1st half: The Löw Highlights
- Abschlusstraining vor dem Turkei Spiel & PK 06/10/20
- Ankunft in Köln 05/10/20
- Schweiz v Deutschland (2020) – 2nd half & Post-match show: The Löw Highlights
- Schweiz v Deutschland (2020) – Pre-match show & 1st half: The Löw Highlights
- Ankunft in Basel & PK 05/09/20
- Deutschland v Spanien (2020) – 2nd half & Post-match show: The Löw Highlights
- Deutschland v Spanien (2020) – Pre-match show & 1st half: The Löw Highlights
- Abschlusstraining & PK vor dem Spanien Spiel 02/09/20
Tag Archives: 2014 World Cup
Here it finally is, one year exactly since the World Cup final. 365 days since Mario Götze made history and became the first ever substitute to score a World cup winning goal. 365 days since the last time Hansi stood by Jogi’s side. In an interview he gave to a German newspaper, Joachim Löw said that he’s not doing anything World Cup related today, nothing special to mark today’s occasion. I’m not doing anything World Cup related either, nothing other than posting these posts which doesn’t count technically since all of the work was done before today. There are seven posts in total, which was of course deliberate. As is the way in which they are going to be posted, in lots of four. The first set at the time the match kicked off, the second at the end of the 90 minutes, the third at the approximate time the goal was scored and the fourth at the approximate time the match ended.
Random tangent, I can’t help but find it amusing that my first visitor today was from the Czech Republic. Amusing because they are one of the few teams to beat Germany in a qualifier under Joachim Löw’s command.
Despite not watching the final today or the even the goal, I have in other ways recreated that day. And not entirely intentionally, I can tell myself that I stayed up late because I did a year ago and I want everything to be just right. But saying so does not make it true, in having stayed up so late I wasn’t recreating that all so special day. I was looking for videos of Hansi online. As it turns out YouTube is a treasure trove of old matches and not just highlights either. I added three almost complete matches to my Hansi Flick collection. The day belonged to Hansi before it even really began, which just proves everyone’s point really. It’s the day of the World Cup final and instead of celebrating, I’m thinking about Hansi and looking for videos related to him. It’s not all about him, I did at least write some more of my latest Löw adventure, it’s not finished and it won’t be finished to be posted today. I think there’s more to the story and with the idea I’ve got to finish it, I think it will be worth the wait.
It’s not quite one year to the day yet, that’s tomorrow. But it is Sunday and the game was on a Sunday, plus I already have tomorrows posts already worked out. There’s more than enough of them for tomorrow, so I thought I’d do something today as well. A new video, one with pictures of Jogi and Hansi from last summer, this time round I used a track from the film Deutschland Ein: Sommermärchen. Most fitting I thought, since this was indeed their summer fairy tale.
Today is of course one year on from that momentous day on the 8th July 2014. In celebration the DFB have put up another article. It was that article in fact that the title of my post comes from. From this particular part in fact:
“They were 90 history-making minutes in Belo Horizonte – one game which will at the very least produced a turning point for football in Brazil. A lot was written, said and analysed after the game, but nobody was capable of grasping the marvellousness. A newspaper in Germany didn’t ask you “Why”, but it wonderfully and fittingly wrote that German football now had its own moon-landing question: Where were you when Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals of the World Cup? 80 million Germans can answer this question with certainty on behalf of one of their fellow countrymen: Joachim Löw. He was in Belo Horizonte, in the stadium, on, near and in front of the bench. And in seventh heaven. ”
The level of detail it provides about Jogi, Hansi and their reactions to the game is simply brilliant. Just absolutely perfect. They also noted two things that I didn’t see before, the first of which I’m kind of annoyed at given that I’ve seen the clip of this moment more times than I’d care to count. That is Jogi’s reaction to the first goal. The article puts it better than I can:
“Corner for Germany, 11th minute. Toni Kroos heads over to take it. Joachim Löw gets out of his seat. The substitute benches are low in the ground in Belo Horizonte, so Löw had to climb three steps so that he was at eye level with his players, instead of looking at their feet. Kroos delivers the ball, Löw’s eyes are wide open, his lips pressed together, his hands in his trouser pockets. The coach takes two small steps forward while the ball is in the air. Thomas Müller loses two opposition players and takes two small steps backward. The ball flies into the net, and Löw’s left arm flies into the air accompanied by a primal scream, and maybe a hunch? Löw pumps his arm once, twice… seven times – we’ve counted. He then forms a fist and gives a thumbs up. Löw’s celebration of the opening goal ended with a ritual that would be repeated later: A sip of water from a bottle. ”
They also noted that after the fourth goal, when Jogi went back to his seat, Hansi pats him on the shoulder, exactly four times. It’s the kind of thing I would a get kick out of, little details like that. Which is why it’s so annoying that I didn’t notice that, it’s exactly the kind of thing I would usually notice. One detail that hasn’t escaped me however is the fact that this is post number 547. To think if I had written something for the daily prompt before doing this, that wouldn’t have been so.
One final video, an interview with Sami Khedira:
Today however is not only about 2014. Today also marks 25 years since the 1990 World Cup victory against Argentina.
Today is one year on from that historic semi final. It still seems unbelievable, 7-1. I’ve seen this match at least five times and seen the goals several times by now, and yet it still has a slightly unreal feel to it. In a weird way more so than the final itself. Given how I watched it the first time, that is several hours after the rest of the world, it’s only fitting that tonight is a late night too. Though I’m happy to say it’s for different reasons. Back then it was because I couldn’t sleep at night, I was in my customary summer tailspin. Now it’s not because of that, now it’s because I’m working on three Jogi adventures and I just have to write a little more before going to sleep.
One thing I won’t be doing today is watching the match again. Not because I didn’t watch the others on the dates, or because I’ve got plenty of other things to do, or because I miss Hansi. All those things are true, especially the last one but none of them are the real reason. Truth is, it’s still as thrilling to watch as the first time, a little too thrilling, way too exciting in fact. I don’t want to be all hyped up, not when I’ve got a story to finish and not when I’m already hyped up about getting to order my new Freiburg shirt on Thursday. I will however be having my customary World Cup sandwich, that I will do.
I didn’t think it was possible to like Jogi anymore than I already do and yet something that I read in an interview lately had just that effect. It was the last one he gave before his summer break, just the other week. I can’t remember what the question was but I can remember the part of the answer that I liked so much. He tells how around the 30 minute mark of the match he turned to Hansi and said to him “Hansi, tell me, is this really real, what’s happening here?”
I don’t know why exactly, at least I can’t explain but I really liked that. I wish I had pictures from that point in the match but the last picture I have from the first half is in the 22nd minute.
I got one of my favourite Jogi videos from this match, and one of my favourite ever Jogi & Hansi moments. Both of those are terrific but it’s Manuel Neuer who got the moment of the match, not an on the field one, something he did after the match. Something which I liked enough to make a video of and put online. And just for some extra fun, I made a GIF too. That first and then the Jogi ones: