Germany coach rules out fixing match with USA to ditch Ghana at World Cup

Joachim Loew, coach of Germany, has played down the possibility of a fixed match or even rumours of it between his side and the USA in their last Group G match on Thursday.

Loew (Left) and Klinsmann worked together and they are both Germans which has sparked fixing fears

Joachim Loew, coach of Germany, has played down the possibility of a fixed match or even rumours of it between his side and the USA in their last Group G match on Thursday.

The question was not directly put to Loew but journalists covering the World Cup believed something of the sort could be on the cards as the current favourable standings of the two teams on the group table could make Germany play it soft against the USA in their last match to enable both qualify from the group for the next round.

At a post-match press conference in Fortaleza on Saturday, the question was put to the German coach as to his relationship with the USA coach, Juergen Klinsman, and his answer was instructive: “My relationship with Juergen is brilliant but we have not had any frequent contacts during this tournament and l believe it will stay that way till after the tournament”.

It is suspected that following Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana either a draw or a win by the USA against Germany on Thursday will see both countries through to the next round of the tournament regardless of the outcome of the match between Ghana and Portugal on the same day.

This scenario holds, especially in the event that the Americans fail to beat or draw with the Portuguese in their second group match in Manaus today.

But Loew dismissed any such conspiracy theory, saying … “For us, the situation hasn’t changed with the drawn game against Ghana, we can’t afford to lose the last match”.

He stressed that despite the result against Ghana which put Germany in pole position for second round qualification, they would not back down, an apparent hint that Germany would not lower their guards against the USA in the last match.

Germany and Austria were infamously accused of fixing a World Cup match to deny African side Algeria from progressing in one of the previous World Cups.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Emma says:

    Germany has done it before and they will fix this one too with the US……Take it or leave it!!!

    • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:

      I keep challenging the ability of AA to hold his office; common sense approach to some issues and his tactics leaves a lot of sour in my mouth and my T. Everyone knows the current 23 men German squad about 19 were all brought into the national stage first by klinsman, the coach Loews was klinsman assistant, Oliver Bierhoff was klinsmans scouting director etc meaning the current German team and the technical handlers relationship is very strong with klinsman and his backroom staff.
      As head of a national team facing these two men in a competition; thus should be a guide to most of your games against them i,e beat them or draw. Somebody should go and ask AA about this and he might have no idea about this open secret. The common sense approach seems lost in some of the decisions of AA, example you’re leading 2:1 and you need a win do you strengthen your defence or attack?.
      These two men i.e Klinsman and Loews are going to play a fix match and AA can do nothing about it. The only way out for us OR for Germany and U.S.A to sit up is for Portugal to beat U.S.A by 5:0; this put Portugal in a win or draw to qualify position and this will scare both teams i.e German and US.
      Interms of some Ghanaians still thinking about the next stage, please save your heart breaks because AA blow BS chances of going to the next stage by loosing and drawing easy easy winnable matches. Germans were tired and Out-muscle and USA team lost their best striker in 27mins, And AKWASI APPIAH could not take any tactical decision to benefit his team. Don’t remind me about his tactics against Germany 4-5-1 and counter is not new to any soccer loving analyst. AA is tactically bankrupt.

  2. OGYA says:

    Of course he will fix the match. Those so called developed world feel that every good thing on the planet belongs to them so why not. USA is an inferior team to Ghana no matter what they think they are with all German players.Yes we lost to them but we have played 5 games against them in history and they have only won one game against us, so big deal.

    They inject politics into everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have already started their politics of sabotage.

  3. Mensah says:

    No way two German coaches coaching two different Western countries will permit an African country to progress. They will play a draw to eliminate a black country, Ghana, you mark it on the wall.

  4. GHANSON says:

    #Africaunite
    As long as we fail to unite, we’re always bound to crumble in the face of evil.

  5. Mengele says:

    I hope they fix it. Why don’t you fix yours with Portugal?

  6. myque says:

    But you expect Joachim Loew to say they will play for a draw.

  7. Carlos Danger says:

    We knew this and your coach still was stubborn with his selection in the first game that cost Ghana the game— Adomah had no business in the game… Badu, acquah and warris should have been in the game.

  8. Jah Prophet says:

    I WILL NOT BLAME THEM B’COS TECHNICALLY, GHANA POSSES MORE DANGER THAN OTHERS. WE PUT OURSELVES IN THIS SITUATION. I BLAME AKWASI APPIAH. THE EARLY GOAL STARTED WITH OUR FRIENDLY WITH BOSNIA; THEY SCORED 5 MINUTES INTO THE GAME, AA PAID NO ATTENTION. IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN FRIENDLY WITH HOLLAND, AA PAID NO ATTENTION. IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN THE WC PROPER. WHY? HAVE U NOT LEARN ANYTHING YET? OUR DEFENSIVE SET UP IS NOT SOLID BUT LOOSE. AA MUST RE-TOOL HIS DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD PROPERLY. I STILL BELIEF IN COACH MILO’S DEFENSIVE TACTICAL PLAY; LET YOUR OPPONENT HAVE THE BALL AND COUNTER-ATTACK WITH JET SPEED. USA STUDIED IT AND SAID WE WOULD NOT COME FORWARD, THEIR TACTICAL PLAY WAS “GHANA CAN KEEP POSSESSION” TO AVOID DEADLY COUNTER-ATTACKING. WE SHD NOT BLAME POTENTIAL FIX GAME, LET’S BLAME AKWASI APPIAH.

  9. MUMUNI HAFIZ says:

    The coach does not know anything
    he is just a so-called coach why would you live Waris on bench will j.yew is playing

  10. gordon says:

    it is posible they do it but i blame kwasi appiah for that,bcos yesterday he needed not to hv brought jordan ayew ,he is so selfish player

  11. keith from germany says:

    germany will never fix this match becuz if portugal beat usa.usa hsv 3 points becuz to be able to advance they also have to beat germany becuz both germany and usa knows that the last matches in the group G are decisive matches.
    Löw will do klinsman no favours.
    becuz if german draw usa n portugal beat ghana,which wont happen,usa will be out.
    SO USA AND GERMANY WHO ALL PLAY TO WIN,THE ONE WHO WINS THAT GAME IS DEFINATELY THROUGH.

  12. Milky says:

    Am i getting something wrong here. If Portugal beats the US today, then nobody can fix any games. Am I wrong?

  13. danger says:

    Ghana will qualify by the grace of god

  14. milky says:

    @keith from germany you are right. If Portugal beats the US then this group is as open as ever. I believe Portugal will beat the US. Ronald has a point to prove hence they will come out swinging but I just want themto beat the US by just a lone goal. And Germany will go heaven and hell to beat the US. The US has no team – they will definitely fall to Portugal and Germany.

  15. Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:

    @Milky. Depending on the score. Remember Portugal -4, Ghana -1, USA +1 and Germany +4. Christian Ronaldo need at least 5:0 to be at par with US; what I know is goal difference followed by head to head. if portugal can score at least 2 or 3 against US without a response than the Germans will be scare of losing to the US because If Portugal beat us and German lose to US than the Germans and Ghana will be out.
    But if portugal and US draw today than fixing for USA to go through is a high possibility. Now if portugal can beat US 2:0, Match fixing becomes very difficult because it will be German +4 with 4points, USA -1 with 3points, Portugal -2 with 3points and Ghana -1 with 1point.
    I stand for correction bros.

    • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:

      According to fifa “If two or more teams in the same group finish on the same number of points, goal difference will decide who finishes higher. If the teams are still level, positions will be calculated based on the number of goals scored, followed by the teams’ head-to-head records ”
      With the regulation clearly stated BS need portugal to beat US just 3:0 to send usa to -2 and BS need to beat portugal 2:0 with no response and US losing to Germany 1:0 in other for BS to goal through.
      Can AA come up with a strategy to achieve this results? I doubt.

  16. Karim says:

    1,2,3 Viv Algerie!

  17. bill says:

    Now that the USA. Vs Portugal game has ended in a draw,Germany vs Usa wil surely be fixed.A draw wil do for both.theres goin to be a repeat of the Anschluss. Its all Ghanas doin.we shuld av got at least a point from the USA game.hmmmmmm we r surely out

  18. France says:

    They will fix the match, no doubt about that

  19. lifegiver says:

    We know germans are racists to the core; Fifa’s attention must be drawn to this issue of fixing because those 2 german coaches will surely fix the match.

  20. Holoka says:

    “We know germans are racists to the core” – is that not a racist statement? Watch yourself before you speak of others!

  21. Raj says:

    So the USA have no team and will fall to Portugal? Mphagaga. Sure milky keep dreaming buddy. USA baby!

  22. mengele wwII villain says:

    If they collude and play for a draw Ghana should blame themselves for losing to USA. Germany doesn’t owe Ghana anything to expect favors when a draw is enough to top the group

  23. waiguru says:

    God of Africa is faithful.!!!!

  24. Telakute says:

    Germany is a racist lot no doubt but i as a kenyan will always consider Ghana the best team in Africa and top 5 in the world.Those lads are talented.#loveghana

  25. Josh says:

    I feel that it is unfair to say that the US-Germany match will be fixed. Obviously, both countries have had slightly racist backgrounds. (Slavery in America, the Nazi party in Germany). However, Neither team will yield.

    Of course both teams want to advance, and they will do almost anything to make sure that happens, cheating is not one of those things.

    I believe that Germany has a better squad; however, The USA could still win.

    Whatever the outcome, I can assure you that the match won’t be fixed. It is merely a conspiracy theory.

    Thank You.
    (Go USA!)