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DFB PK mit Joachim Löw: Kader Nominierung für den Serbien und Niederlande Spiele 15/03/19

One thing you can guarantee these days about anything DFB related is that it will be controversial in some way, even when they’re doing something right (which you have to admit is a rare occasion these days) they somehow manage to screw it up and the past two weeks have been no exception. Even before the squad was announced there’s been plenty of drama due to Jogi’s decision last week to inform Müller, Boateng and Hummels that they would no longer form part of his plans (at least that’s what it sounded like then – Jogi has since backtracked a little on that – which is exactly part of the problem). The way it was worded in the press release (obviously I don’t know how exactly he put it to the players – which just adds another layer of confusion) is that Jogi is planning in the future without them, that 2019 is the right time to give the team a new face, in time for the Euros in 2020.

With what he said yesterday, he’s slightly backtracking on that now, or just being very pedantic – depending on your perspective. He got very short with the sky journalist who attempted to get him to clarify that point further, asking if the three had any chance of returning to the team in the future.  Jogi’s reply did not make anything any clearer. He stated that he doesn’t know what will happen a year from now, that such a thing is a hypothetical situation. More to the point Jogi said that he told the players in question he’s planning the qualification for the Euros and the tournament itself without them.

But given their ages, that kind of is the same thing as ending their international careers. It’s not just the sky journalist he was short with, he commented on his displeasure at the way in which the press analysed and interpreted the situation. He doesn’t seem to see that if he had been more clear from the outset, there would have been less confusion on that point. But then communications and handling the press does not seem to be the DFB’s strong point at the moment. He claims not to be swayed by public opinion or what other people think he should do, that he’s guided by the courage of his own convictions. I have to say, it doesn’t come across that way. It comes across like he doesn’t have the courage to come right out and say that he has no future use for those players at all, and instead is hiding behind hypothetical situations and claiming he can’t answer that.

Surely he can answer, because if the development of the young players works out as planned, then there won’t be any place for those three. It not only makes it seem like he doesn’t have the courage to say that, it has the effect of making it seem almost as if he doubts that the younger players will progress to the point where those three won’t have a place in the squad. Whether he likes it or not, people can and will interpret it that way. Der Spiegel wrote a pretty good piece on the matter which included a paragraph about Jogi being in his own world and not affected by outside views – making the point that it’s not always a good thing to be that way. It is possible for a person to get too ensconced in their own world, too rigid and too fixed on their view of things. Believe me, I know a lot about that.

There is one very interesting aspect of this that article could have mentioned but didn’t, namely that things haven’t gone very well since Hansi left. I know the Confed Cup happened after he left, but that seems to have been an anomaly of sorts. In the case of the Confed Cup Jogi had no choice, he couldn’t take his A-team players. So whilst it’s right to credit him with winning the tournament, it’s wrong to praise his flexibility on the matter. For the simple reason he was forced into it, he had absolutely no choice in the matter, he had to make those wholesale changes in putting a squad together. But when it came to 2018 and the choice was entirely his, he couldn’t do it, he had the young players there but he stuck with his tried and trusted system and failed with that system. It would be very interesting to learn about the relationship he has with his assistant, how things worked with his previous assistant Schneider, and what the difference is between those two and Hansi. It’s a very intriguing subject to muse over.

The fact he came to that conclusion, how he did so and when he chose to inform the three players in question has come under a lot of criticism. Whether you agree or not with the decision itself, I don’t think there’s a lot to criticise in how it was handled, I mean Jogi went there himself to tell them in person. Doing it over the phone would have been extremely disrespectful on the other hand, as would simply not including them in the squad and not saying exactly why (or not making it clear that they won’t be part of the squad anytime soon) – now that would have been taking the coward’s way out. The timing was criticised because it was the week before Bayern’s big Champions League game with Liverpool, but that doesn’t really wash with me either – one, because Müller was banned for that game anyway and two because you’d have to be absurdly optimistic to believe Bayern ever had a chance in that game. They were going to lose that game regardless of Jogi telling them last week.

That said I do disagree with the timing, I think they took far too long to both reach this conclusion and make it known both to the players and the public. The way some people are acting it’s like this has come out of nowhere, but this has been coming ever since their premature end to their world cup campaign. And just in case that didn’t make it obvious enough the Netherlands game helped to make it that little bit clearer. Now I’m not saying they ended up drawing that game solely because Jogi brought Müller on late in the second half, I mean more on a symbolic level. He took Gnabry off and brought Müller on for his 100th cap, maybe I’m over-thinking this but I wonder if he was brought on then because they knew they wouldn’t be calling him up this year. Either way it pretty much summed up the disaster that 2018 has been for the DFB and for Jogi himself.

On the matter of them taking too long to decide, that has been a frequently reoccurring theme with the team in the past year. And if there’s any reason I doubt Jogi it’s that, simply because they aren’t consistent in the statements they make and their decision making process in general. It was only a few months ago that both Jogi and his assistant Marcus Sorg said that having that “axis of experience” (meaning Neuer, Müller, Kroos, Boateng & Hummels) in the team was necessary.  They said that you couldn’t have a squad that consisted solely of young players with little experience, that it was important to have the right mix. Which is funny really, because isn’t that exactly what Jogi did in 2010? He brought together (partly due to injuries and other circumstances) a group of young players and moulded them into a team, playing exciting football in the process. The mainstay of that group then went on to win the world cup in 2014, but that’s history, all in the past. Some people don’t seem to want to accept that, and quite a few of them are Bayern fans who claim “die Mannschaft is nothing without Müller.” And there was me thinking football was a team sport. No one player should be that important to the team, and for what it’s worth for all his past greatness, Müller isn’t that important to the team right now anyway. Change is never easy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t right.

You can’t ignore the hypocrisy in only leaving those three players out either, Hector as expected was not included this time, ditto for Nils Petersen (as much as I love seeing him in a German shirt, including him would have severely undermined Jogi’s point in focusing on younger players). But for reasons I cannot understand both Neuer and Kroos are still in the squad. How to explain Jogi’s inexplicable attachment to including Neuer in the squad? I suppose it could be stubbornness on his part, as if leaving Neuer out of the squad would be admitting he made a mistake in making him captain (which he did – I like Neuer just fine, but he’s not captain material). And as much as I like Neuer, it can’t be ignored that he’s nowhere near as good as he used to be since he returned from injury, he’s had time to recover and get back to his best, it hasn’t happened. Meanwhile Jogi has ter Stegen waiting in the wings, he’s more than ready now. And still Jogi keeps saying “he’ll get his chance.” Not when Jogi won’t believe in him and drop Neuer he won’t.

With all this negativity one might conclude I’m not looking forward to the upcoming games, or that there’s no reason to look forward to them. But there is, and I am, for whilst Julian Draxler is out injured, Matze Ginter has been named in the squad. Whether he’ll actually get any significant playing time or not remains to be seen, but I’m just pleased he’s in the squad. He didn’t actually play on Friday night against Freiburg, which means it’s the second game in a row he’s missed for Gladbach. However despite his slight muscle problem he’s supposed to be fit to play for next week. Good thing too, he’s kind of the last man standing as far as my favourite players go.

Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – RTL Aktuell 15/03/19

DFB PK – Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter & Joachim Löw 26/03/18

Advent Calendar Day 1: King Jogi

Things haven’t exactly been good on the writing front (or any other for that matter) so taking on the challenge of posting every day may not be the best thing to do right now. Not least because the challenge is incomplete anyway because for reasons I don’t understand it proved impossible to get a Freiburg calendar. At first that gave me the perfect excuse not to even bother trying doing this, though I didn’t really need an excuse. The same excuse I use for everything else these days probably would have sufficed, that is the excuse of “I can’t be bothered.”

But seeing the contents of the DFB advent calendar I decided I had to at least give it a shot, even more so when behind door number one I got Jogi’s sticker and Manuel Neuer’s card. In place of the Freiburg calendar I had to get something and seeing as how the Bayern one was too expensive and there’s no reason to get a Dortmund one anymore I took the only logical option, I went with Matze and got a Borussia Mönchengladbach one. Though on that count I was to be disappointed because the Gladbach one is not like the Freiburg one at all, there are no cute little faces behind the doors, just wrapped pieces of chocolate. As for Freiburg whilst I may not have them in chocolate form this year I won’t be abandoning them, even though it looks like they are destined to spend Christmas in the relegation places again and relegation itself is looking more and more definite with every passing weekend. It’s not a lot of fun watching them at the moment but I’m not going to abandon them just because of that. I could never envision following another team anyway, so no matter what I wanted I’m with them.

Ever since I got back from London I’ve been saying I’d write a post about the trip and the game, and post pictures of the autographs I was lucky enough to get. Not to forget the pictures I got of Jogi which are even more precious. But like so many other things I just let it slide. It’s not just that I don’t care about anything, it’s that I can’t even pretend I care. So since I got back I’ve pretty much done nothing. Unless you count of course writing extremely depressing stories late at night when I should be asleep, that I have no problem doing. The helpful insight I got from someone on that count was “maybe you’re writing depressing stuff because that’s how you feel.” No really, because I hadn’t worked that out. Just how stupid do people think I am? Anyway that sounds suspiciously like the beginnings of a rant so I’ll stop that there. Point is I haven’t done a whole lot, I’ve kept up with my Jogi videos but it doesn’t feel the same anymore. It feels like I’m just doing it because I don’t know what else to do. Which is pretty much how everything else feels too.

I’ve tried to resist the temptation of simply sleeping all day but it’s not easy, especially when I can’t get a decent amount of sleep at night. So that I don’t get stuck thinking obsessive thoughts I’ve been spending a lot of time reading, that’s probably the only good thing to come out of all this. The fact I’ve started reading like I used to again. I can’t even remember the last time I got through ten books in a month. That was my target for November, to read ten books. Just so I didn’t feel like a complete failure and that I could at least do that.

Though even that has slowed down over the past few days. All of a sudden out of nowhere everything just came to a shuddering halt, reality once more making it’s presence felt and reminding me that life sucks and this is the way things are. Almost like the universe is putting me back in my place, reminding me not to be too happy after all the excitement of the London trip. It doesn’t seem like it at all right now but I had been trying hard not to feel sorry for myself. But the truth is things have been slipping and I can’t ignore it anymore. Stuff is piling up everywhere, both in a physical and a virtual sense. I dare not even look at my main e-mail inbox anymore because from the few times I have been brave enough to take a peek I’ve seen the ever growing piles of increasingly irate messages.  I should have known something was really wrong when I stopped opening, sorting and otherwise dealing with my sticker collection. When I don’t care about or have energy for simple repetitive tasks like that then I know I’m really in trouble. But still I keep collecting things because what else would I do? I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s not like I’m going to go outside and make friends or something, there is no real life to be had. It’s the collectibles and the stories or nothing. Maybe if I wait this out they’ll make me feel happy again, like they used to do.

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

Deutschland v Italien post-match show – contains interviews with Jonas Hector, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Joachim Löw, Jerome Boateng & Oliver Bierhoff

Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 1 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 2 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 3 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 4 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 5 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 6Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 7Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 8Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 9 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 10 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 11 Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 12Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 13Joachim Löw – Deutschland v Italien post-match show (EM 2016) 14

DFB Pressekonferenz: Oliver Bierhoff, Jerome Boateng & Toni Kroos/Video round-up 30/06/16

Jerome Boateng & Toni Kroos - PK 30-06-16 1 Jerome Boateng - PK 30-06-16 1 Toni Kroos - PK 30-06-16 1 Toni Kroos - PK 30-06-16 2 Toni Kroos - PK 30-06-16 3 Toni Kroos - PK 30-06-16 4 Jerome Boateng - PK 30-06-16 2

Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – Sportschau 2 30-06-16

Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 1 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 2 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 3 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 4 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 5 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 6 Toni Kroos - Sportschau 30-06-16 7Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – Mittagsmagazin 30-06-16

Joachim Löw – Mittagsmagazin 30-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Mittagsmagazin 30-06-16 2 Joachim Löw – Mittagsmagazin 30-06-16 3 Joachim Löw – Mittagsmagazin 30-06-16 4

Joachim Löw – ZDF video 30-06-16 Jogi training 1

Vor Nordirland-Spiel – Anreise nach Paris/PK und Abschlusstraining in Paris 20/06/16

Joachim Löw - Vor Nordirland-Spiel - Anreise nach ParisJerome Boateng & Lukas Podolski - Vor Nordirland-Spiel - Anreise nach Paris

Bastian Schweinsteiger - PK und Abschlusstraining in ParisJoachim Löw - PK und Abschlusstraining in Paris

Joachim Löw – ZDF heute 20-06-16 1Joachim Löw – ZDF heute 20-06-16 2Joachim Löw – ZDF heute 20-06-16 3Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – Tageschau 20/06/16

Joachim Löw – Tageschau 20-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – Tageschau 20-06-16 2 Mesut Özil – Tageschau 20-06-16Mats Hummels – Tageschau 20-06-16ZDF video – Umstellungen gegen Nordirland möglich 20/06/16

Joachim Löw – ZDF video 20-06-16 1 Joachim Löw – ZDF video 20-06-16 2Joachim Löw – ZDF video 20-06-16 3Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – Sportschau 20/06/16 1

Jogi_trainingThomas Müller - Sportschau 20-06-16 1 Thomas Müller - Sportschau 20-06-16 2Mario Götze - Sportschau 20-06-16Thomas Müller - Sportschau 20-06-16 3Joachim Löw – Sportschau 20-06-16 1Joachim Löw – Sportschau 20-06-16 2Joachim Löw – Sportschau 20-06-16 3Joachim Löw – Sportschau 20-06-16 4Joachim Löw – Sportschau 20-06-16 5

Vor Polen-Spiel – Anreise nach Paris/Video round-up 15/06/16

Jonas Hector - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach Paris Jerome Boateng - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach Paris Shkodran Mustafi - Vor Polen-Spiel - Anreise nach ParisDFB Team geht gut gelaunt ins Spiel gegen Polen 15/06/16

Joachim Löw/die Mannschaft – ARD video 15/06/16

Jogi_taking_a_shot_at_Bastian_in_goalThomas Müller & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Thomas Müller & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 2 Joachim Löw – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 2 Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16 3 Joachim Löw & Bastian Schweinsteiger – ARD video 15-06-16ZDF heute journal: Deutsche elf vor Spiel gegen Poland 15/0616

Manuel Neuer - ZDF heute journal 1 Manuel Neuer - ZDF heute journal 2 Thomas Müller & Joshua Kimmich - ZDF heute journal Jonas Hector & Mario Götze - ZDF heute journal Andre Schürrle - ZDF heute journal Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 1 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 2 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 3 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 4 Joachim Löw – ZDF heute journal 5