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Joachim Low
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Football Coach
Desc A man who knows how to win the World Cup. Leaving out Leroy Sane was testament to Lowe’s belief in the system and collective context and, when the winger didn’t perform again, he was cut because there are others he can trust to work within a gameplan. He’s shown versatility and won last summer’s Confederations Cup with a new generation of talent.


Org Germany National Team

2008 05 22 Retrieve

[Despite having spent much of this season on the bench at the Emirates, Jens’ country still has faith in him, as Löw has revealed that, should he recover the required sharpness in the coming weeks, he will start at the European Championship] He’ll have a few more practice sessions. Jens has not played so much recently. There is no reason to determine the hierarchy at the start of training camp. But if everything goes on as usual, if Jens is in form in the two games before the tournament and he is in top condition, then you can assume that he will be our No. 1. There is a competition for the place between the posts but Jens does have some advantage over the others. But we’ll be looking at the training impressions over the entire two weeks

2010 11 13 Retrieve

[German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew and his team with the jury’s Bambi Award Special Prize for the outstanding performance they put in at the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, where Germany claimed third place] The players did a great job. They played with incredible enthusiasm and discipline

2011 03 27 Retrieve

[The 32-year-old is clearly not rated highly by Louis van Gaal, Munich’s coach, who benches him while Mario Gómez piles up the goals for the club. Come the national team, the opposite applies] I am happy that Mario Gómez is scoring goals. But as long as Miro keeps scoring, he will be playing for us

2013 09 04 Retrieve

[Germany coach Joachim Low on The sale of Mesut Ozil] It is incomprehensible for me that Real Madrid would sell the player who assisted an unbelievable amount of goals in the last two or three years. He is a player who is sensitive and needs to have the trust of the coach and his club. The last few days before his switch, you could tell that the trust maybe wasn’t 100 per cent there any more. Mesut is an intelligent player, he’ll be a great fit for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s imagination and creativity will be a great bonus for Mesut’s development

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Joachim Low on Miroslav Klose’s retirement from international football] His footballing qualities; his aerial ability, his goal threat, his understanding and his tireless commitment are second to none, and yet I have barely seen a player who is so much about modesty and team spirit. For Miro it was always an honour to play for the national team and he has given everything to Germany. He will be missed as a footballer and a person and I am happy and grateful I was able to work with him

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Joachim Low brushes aside claims that Angel Di Maria - who scored one and set-up three for Argentina against Germany - would have made a difference during the FIFA World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro] We would have beaten Argentina in the final on July 13 even if Di Maria had been playing. He couldn’t have beaten us on that day

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Joachim Low on Manuel Neuer] Anything other than Neuer winning the Ballon d’Or would be very disappointing. Manuel has given the goalkeeping game an entirely new dimension in the past few years. He’s been a goalkeeper like no-one else

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Germany coach Joachim Low on Philipp Lahm] Away from the Ballon d’Or, there should be a player of the decade that FIFA should choose sometime soon. They should consider Philipp Lahm for this award. He has performed outstandingly in three World Cups - 2006, 2010 and 2014 - where he twice helped Germany to the semi-finals, then last summer he lifted the trophy. For me, he is the best player of the past decade

2015 11 14 Retrieve

[Joachim Low speaking after Germany’s 2-0 loss to Les Bleus at the Stade de France on Friday, which was one of the locations of the attacks that took place across Paris] We’re all shaken and shocked. For me personally, the game and the sport loses importance. We’re at a loss. We don’t know what to do

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Joachim Low on wanting to retain the FIFA World Cup] The [DFB’s] trust honours me, but currently there is no need for [a contract extension]. Now I am looking first of all for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. I have a high basic motivation in me. For me, 2014 [acts] as an incentive. I want to defend this title

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Joachim Low talks about his high standards for the World Cup holders] There are not quite as many [who are ready] as we always think. We’re talking about [beating] Messi and Ronaldo for Germany to become world champions. If someone in the Bundesliga performs well, that does not mean that he will perform well in World Cup knockout games, which the team needs to win the title. We speak of world class, of absolute world class

2017 07 08 Retrieve

[Joachim Low after winning the FIFA Confederation] Germany has never won this trophy in our history. So this team and this victory will go down in history. The team absolutely deserved it and that’s why we’re all super happy

2018 05 15 Retrieve

[Joachim Low on Özil and Gundogan’s Erdogan photos. Joachim Löw has emerged as one of the few forgiving voices in the debate, saying people with a migrant background sometimes had] two hearts beating in their chest which wasn’t always quite so easy to reconcile

2018 06 23 Retrieve

[German Coach Joachim Low reports that centre-back Mats Hummels should be back to fitness for the final group game against South Korea after a neck injury] I appreciated that we didn’t lose our nerves, we didn’t break out in panic after conceding. We kept a level head. I appreciated the spirit of the team

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Joachim Low reflects on his side’s group stage exit at Russia 2018] My biggest mistake was believing that we would get through the group stage with this possession-based football. The overall conditions weren’t right for us in those games. It was almost arrogant of me. I wanted to take it to the limit and perfect it

2019 05 24 Retrieve

[Leroy Sane joining Bayern Munich would be welcomed by Germany head coach Joachim Low] If the transfer happened it would be a good story for him, for Bayern, for the national team and for the Bundesliga.

2019 05 29 Retrieve

[Germany head coach Joachim Low has said he no longer has any contact with his former player Mesut Ozil] I have nothing to do with Mesut Ozil. It went without saying that [he should have] called me personally. His agent called me and said that the Mesut [would] call me one day later to explain everything to me, but that did not happen. Sometimes, as a coach, you have to somehow accept personal disappointments.

[Low will be keeping a keen eye on the all-Premier League showdown in Baku, one which could feature four representative from the German national team in the past five years] We have players on both sides who were with us

2019 05 31 Retrieve

[Germany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a sporting accident] I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks. I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches. Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break.

The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax. Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway

2019 06 01 Retrieve

[After suffering an accident, Joachim Low has been told to rest for a few weeks by his doctor, meaning he will miss the trip to Borisov as well as the meeting with Estonia in Mainz] I’m feeling very well again, but I have to rest a bit in the next four weeks. I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches. Sorg, Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience together and together we will bridge this short break

: 2019 07 07 Marc Kosicke pointed out that Germany coach Joachim Low is also on a contract that runs out in 2022 and indicated that taking charge of Die Mannschaft is not out of the question for his client Jurgen Klopp.

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[There has been some controversy over the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams] The sporting value can not be diluted although I understand the smaller nations who could enter the big stage in this way

[He also expressed concern over the fact that an expanded tournament would have more games and thus would increase player fatigue after long seasons with their clubs] We must be aware that the quality will suffer in the long run. We must not overdo it

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Joachim Low believes injured Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will be fit in time to take part in next summer’s European Championships] We were very sad and downcast when we heard about Sane’s injury. I had contact with Leroy. For him and his situation, of course, it was the worst possible time. We hope he will come back as soon as possible. He is a player of incredible quality and we wish him all the best. He will make it for the European Championship

[Dortmund came close to ending Bayern’s dominance last season. The runners-up reinforced heavily this summer, bringing back Mats Hummels from Bayern, adding Nico Schulz, as well as exciting attackers Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt] I see it as very positive that Dortmund focused on their championship target aggressively and they have strengthened very well. Mats Hummels - outstanding! Nico Schulz - outstanding! Thorgan Hazard - very good! Julian Brandt as well. Dortmund have reinforced very well and are a serious competitor for Bayern

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Joachim Low has used a front three in each of those games but will be without injured duo Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka, who started the reverse fixture with Netherlands, for Friday’s clash at Volksparkstadion] Leon had a bit of a bruise after training yesterday. It’s very important for a young team to gain familiarity, but we will still go into the game with a spring in our step despite the missing players. We want to keep playing with a front three. We can set up in a 4-3-3 or a 5-2-3, though. The team are very capable of doing both. Everyone is capable of showing their individual quality, but our unity and positional structure is our foundation

[Germany are also without Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Rudiger for their qualifying double-header and Low wants others to step up, such as three-cap midfielder Kai Havertz] Kai Havertz has real quality and can be a star player over the next few years. He still needs to develop and improve, though. He’s shown his class so far and I’m sure that he will establish himself

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Germany vs Netherlands. Joachim Low’s side have overcome a tricky away trip to Belarus with a 2-0 win, and a home match against Estonia, in which they ran out 8-0 winners] We’ve managed to change well, and that was a difficult endeavour after the World Cup. The Dutch have also developed enormously in recent years

2019 09 06b Retrieve

[Germany(2) vs (4)Netherlands. Germany had begun their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 3-2 away victory over Netherlands] A win in the Netherlands is a very good way to start these qualifiers but we could also see that we still have some work ahead of us when it comes to defending such a lead

[Just like in March in Amsterdam, Low again admitted that his side were not good enough] We played well below our abilities. Although we were leading 1-0, you did not have the feeling that we had the game under control. Holland was the better team over 90 minutes, we deserved to lose

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Joachim Low was full of praise for winger Serge Gnabry, after the Bayern Munich man scored the second in his side’s crucial 2-0 win in Northern Ireland] Serge is really great. Not just in front of the goal, he has become an important player for us. He is always on an extremely high level

We were under pressure today, we had to win. We did not get into the game very well. The Northern Irishmen were brave and did a good job of attacking us. We talked about a couple of things during the half-time break, then it was better. We had more speed and the goal brought some calmness, it came at just the right time, we should have scored the second goal earlier. We can not give away a game like that, so players have to adapt better. We’re in a learning phase

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Joachim Low addresses the controversy to overlook Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and instead play Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, by indicating that the 27-year-old will be given his chance in time] We all can just be happy to have two world-class goalkeepers with Neuer and Ter Stegen. And Kevin Trapp or Bernd Leno are also capable of outstanding performances. It’s clear that every single one is ambitious and wants to play. We need and want this situation in the national team. Andreas Kopke and I will stick to our promise that Marc will get his chances. We fully understand his disappointment but it’s like that - only one can play. We wanted to let him play in June but unfortunately he was slightly injured back then. And Manu has played very good games for us recently. He is our captain

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Low confirms Marc-Andre ter Stegen will play against Argentina as he announces Germany squad] Together with [goalkeeper coach] Andreas Kopke, we’ve decided that Marc will play in Dortmund and Manu in Tallinn. We’ve discussed it with both players. I have confirmed numerous times that Manuel Neuer is our captain and our No.1 regarding the European Championship - so long as nothing extraordinary happens

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Joachim Low says Bastian Schweinsteiger will go down in history as one of Germany’s all-time greats] Today we talked about Argentina, when Basti finished his career, a player with such a class. He was certainly one of the greatest players Germany had. Each one of us must have a picture of him in our head and that’s the game, the final in the Maracana, blood streaming, he keeps getting up. He fights until he falls down. His will to win could also be seen in every action. He was a great player and a great personality

[Low says Schweinsteiger will always have a place in Germany’s set up] Every player who has once played with us, is of course always welcome. Just as Miroslav Klose thought of it. I know him, always open, always honest, always emphatic towards the fans. The fans liked him. For Bastian, we always have a place with us

[While retiring as a player, Schweinsteiger hinted his future remains connected to the beautiful game in some capacity] Dear fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon. I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart!

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Joachim Low applauded Serge Gnabry’s very dangerous performance in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Argentina on Wednesday but added that his choice to remove him was a protective matter] We didn’t want Serge Gnabry playing for 90 minutes. He has also played a lot of games lately. He went very fast and covered a lot of ground. Serge showed up almost everywhere, was always very dangerous and made the Argentine defence insecure in the first half. That’s why it was clear from the outset that we would take him off the pitch after 70 minutes. We definitely need him in the next games, and the risk was too big for me that he could still injure himself there

[Gnabry’s team-mate Joshua Kimmich wore the armband for his country with Manuel Neuer on the bench and Low offered expansive praise for the 24-year-old’s showing] Jo [Kimmich] has been with us a long time. He fits in with his personality. He’s a role model when it comes to deployment. He is a role model in his whole attitude. Meanwhile he also has some experience. He can also verbally lead a team on the pitch. He is very good at organisation and gives instructions. He is also always omnipresent on the pitch. So it was clear to me that Jo was captain today

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Although Joachim Low says he will talk to Havertz about his future, he says it is not the right time to think about a move] I’ll talk to him on occasion, but not now and not this year. He’s supposed to be playing in Leverkusen, where he plays regularly, that’s the biggest advantage for a young player like that. He made a clear decision for himself and with those around him to stay in Leverkusen. I don’t know what will happen next year, but he certainly has many opportunities. I already trust him to have a very good career, absolutely. But he has already started

Kai is always relatively close to our starting XI. Kai can stand in the starting XI in almost any game, he has this quality. His goal, for example, was a typical Kai Havertz goal - orchestrated from deep in the midfield on a technically high level. That was great

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Joachim Low wanted to take Serge Gnabry to 2014 World Cup at age 18] In spring 2014, I made a couple of trips to London. He played well in several matches and really impressed me. I wanted to include Serge in the squad for the 2014 World Cup, but he was unfortunately injured. He has been very strong in several matches for us recently. I like the way that he moves and how dangerous he is in front of goal. He is fortunate to have the chance to play at the very highest level. We need to encourage that and support him. Based on his performances over the past nine months, he needs to be on the pitch for us if he’s fit and able to play

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Bayern’s interim head coach Hansi Flick was the mastermind of Dortmund’s downfall, taking charge of two matches heading into the international break, following Niko Kovac’s sacking] I know Hansi by heart. We worked together for eight years. The players also profited a lot from him. I talked to him on the phone last week. He was very calm and very balanced. Of course, Hansi has a clear idea of what he wants to convey to the team. So it was clear to me that he would have a good start. He has so much experience in so many areas. He has great competence and empathy. I believe Bayern will give him confidence

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Joachim Low sees similarities between Germany’s youthful squad and the exciting 2010 vintage but does not consider his team a leading Euro 2020 contender] As of today we have a very talented, ambitious, hungry team with a lot of potential, comparable to the team for the 2010 World Cup. But we will not be among the absolute top favourites. For that, many players have to be even further along in their development. We’re working on it. France, England have been playing with the same players for years. There’s the Dutch, Spain … to play for a title is incredibly difficult. But the guys are really good, we have a good base

[The Bundesliga champions, still without a full-time head coach, are now being linked with an audacious bid to bring Pep Guardiola back to Allianz Arena] Pep Guardiola was very good for the Bundesliga. He is one of the best coaches. I don’t know if he will come back and whether he wants to [return] is just speculation. I don’t know what Bayern are planning, that’s their business

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Joachim Low does not believe Germany can be considered the favourites to win Euro 2020] I think, we can be satisfied with the year. When it comes to the development as a whole, there are surely other nations who are ahead of us. England, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium - those teams had been forced into a big transformation before, because during the last big tournaments, like England for example, they exited early a few times

Therefore, those teams have been playing together for three, four years now. The same goes for Netherlands, who have had a well-adjusted team for three, four years. That’s not the case for us at the moment, which is why I don’t see us as the favourites for this tournament. But one thing is for sure, that we’ll try everything, prepare well and that we want to reach the maximum during the tournament

No idea. I don’t know what it’ll be next year. Yesterday some of the injured players were here with us. But then there are more players like Sule and Sane who are doing rehab, where we don’t know how they’re going to be. It’s also important for me, in what shape players are in January, February or March. And then during the months to follow, who’s able to play, who’s in a good rhythm. There are certainly a couple of decisions which I can’t answer today

[He believes the matches the team play during the international break in March next year will show where the team is at] It’s no surprise that we want to win the game. Of course, the chance to finish first in the group is a bit of extra motivation. We’ve got some good players who have had some minutes. In terms of a grade, I’d put the year between a B and a C, because it’s nothing special that we’ve qualified. Several of the younger players have improved already. We’ve made some progress. The international games in March will be important again as we play against big nations. We’ll have to wait and see how we perform at the Euros, but I have a good feeling about it

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Low on Serge Gnabry] I’ve always had the highest possible opinion of Gnabry. Right from the start it was obvious to me he would be a fantastically important player. He was always one to pass the ball to, he doesn’t play up front all the time, he lets himself fall back a bit and you can find him anywhere on the pitch and he’s able to play in many different positions. These are prime qualities in any players and also his finishing is technically fantastic. When he was at Arsenal he was plagued by injury and all these injuries set him back. But even at the time, around the 2014 World Cup he had always been in my thoughts. He had some very good games with Arsenal and [Per] Mertesacker and [Mesut] Ozil would say to me, ‘Look at Gnabry, he’s a fantastic player, he keeps defences very busy’, so we had him in our sights for a long time

[After he matched the Muller record, can Gnabry could be as good as Ronaldo or Messi] At the European Championships he can become world class. Tournaments show who is a great player

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Low happy to see Germany in ‘group of death’ after Euro 2020 draw] At first I feel joy because these are highlight games against France and Portugal. We play against the reigning world champions and European champions. I think the players are also looking forward to these games. Of course it’s a group of death. Everyone in this group has to go to the limit if they want to get ahead. But I think that these games will be football festivals. Then we also play in Germany. I’m looking forward to it

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Germany boss Low talks up Leroy Sane Bundesliga switch as report claims Man City star wants Bayern move] He’s got many special skills and a completely unique style of play. He would be an attraction for the Bundesliga. The Bundesliga needs to watch out - the international ranking doesn’t look too good because in recent years the league fell behind a bit. Sane could maintain the attractiveness of the Bundesliga

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Germany manager Joachim Low has questioned the wisdom of ​Alexander Nubel’s impending move to Bayern Munich] Basically, I am a supporter of young players getting as much playing time as possible. That way they can develop better. If a player is 20 or 21 and sits on the bench for two or three years, I don’t know if that’s useful

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Germany’s Low happy with Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule’s recovery as injured pair battle to make Euros] Regarding the Euros, I hope my national players will stay in form and clear of injuries. Leroy Sane and Niklas Süle will get all the time they need following their severe knee injuries and we are happy, they’re progressing well

[Low believes that Germany have succeeded in their bid to bring through new blood that can compete at the Euros] Of course we aim to get as far as possible. Still it is to early to predict anything. But you can say already: To manage an overhaul like we did within only one year is a very positive thing for me. Other nations like France, England or the Netherlands were not able to to do that and it took them two or four years to build a successful team after a change of generations. We finished the Euro Qualifiers top of our group, even though there were big challenges. That’s why this young team gives me hope. We might not be the top favorites in the current constellation, but these tournaments always have their own dynamics, as you know

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller ‘not interested’ in Germany call-up after Joachim Low dismisses talk of return] The probability [of a recall] is relatively low if everyone is fit. Thomas has scored a few times in the second half of the season. I am pleased, but I said we would go with the young players. That is what we have to maintain. However, if things should happen that you do not expect, it is clear you will have to look again

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Moukoko has already caught the attention of Germany coach Joachim Low, who said last year] I’ve been speaking to [Dortmund U-19 coach] Michael Skibbe for a while. Everyone involved is well advised to wait and let him develop in peace

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Germany coach Joachim Low on coronavirus] The last few days have kept me very busy and very thoughtful. The world has a collective burnout. Not just individuals, but everyone. I felt that the world or the Earth is a little bit stubborn and resisting against the people. People always think that somehow they know everything, can do everything. The speed, which we humans have set in the last years, could not be increased. Power, greed, profit, even better results and records were in the foreground. Environmental disasters or the forest fires in Australia only touched us in passing. Diseases, Ebola from Africa got stuck somewhere. Now we have experienced something that affects every single person and the whole of humanity. And now we realise in this time that we also have to look at important things

We are discovering what counts, namely family, friends, fellow human beings, how we treat each other, how we respect each other. That these are things that also count in life. And that is what we have to look at first and foremost

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that he planned to use Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka as a right-back] It was always my idea to use him as a full-back because he can also be this type of player. He’s never played this role. Games and training are necessary for this. Why his dynamism, his feeling for the ball and his understanding of the game, he would be an option. He is a player with a combination of a lot of dynamism, very good technique and good positional ability. From the central position he exudes - and this is what sets him apart - a goal scoring threat because he keeps pushing forward. He knows how to score with his right and left foot, as well as his head. That’s why I think we’ll see him in a more attacking central role in the coming years. He’s very critical and is aware of trends and what’s going on around him. He’s very good to talk to for young players. He’s someone who thinks outside the box and it’s interesting to talk to him. He’s also got a very acute sense of justice