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Germany's Loew ready to face heat in Brazil

Posted On Monday, 9th December 2013

Joachim Low

Germany coach Joachim Loew said his side will need to adapt to hot and humid conditions against Ghana, USA and Portugal at the World Cup.

Loew’s Germany kick off their Brazil 2014 campaign in Group G against Portugal in Salvador on June 16 before facing Ghana’s Black Stars in Fortaleza on June 21 then take on the USA in Recife five days later.

“In our preparations, we have to get used to the humidity and high temperatures,” said Loew.

“I have already been to Fortaleza and Recife, where we will find difficult conditions to acclimatise to.

“We will have to adapt our preparations.”

The Germans have yet to decide between using either Salvador or Sao Paulo as their World Cup base with the FIFA deadline set for December 18.

Loew will lead a delegation from the German Football Federation (DFB) to visit both hotels over the weekend before flying home.

All three games will be played on Brazil’s coast, with the games against Portugal and the USA kicking off at 1300 local time, with average daytime high temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) expected in both Salvador and Recife.

The Ghana game in Fortaleza on the north coast will be played in similar temperatures despite the 1600 local time kick-off.

“We have to accept the group as it is, we now know who and where we play and we can take the next step to work for the World Cup,” said Loew.

The Recife clash against the USA pits Jurgen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup, against Loew, who succeeded him as German head coach in 2006 having been his assistant at that year’s World Cup.

“So, we will be meeting old friends,” said Loew.

“It’s already something special to have the USA in our group.

“Jurgen and I have had a very good and close relationship for a long time.

“We have always exchanged ideas on a regular basis, but that will certainly change before the World Cup match.”

The draw also means Berlin-born half brothers Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany centre-back will face each other at another World Cup.

They both played when Germany beat Ghana 1-0 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in the group stages — the first time brothers had played on opposite teams at a World Cup.

“Brother, it’s time again… that’s how beautiful life is!” Schake’s Kevin-Prince wrote on his Twitter account to Bayern Munich’s Jerome.

Boateng will also be up against Schalke team-mate Jermaine Jones when the USA play Ghana in Natal on June 16.

“I’m happy with that,” Kevin-Prince Boateng told Sport Bild.

“You can see that dreams can come true.

“I am looking to another game against my brother at the World Cup.

“And also against my team-mate Jermaine Jones, he’s simply great.”

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Boro says:

    WORDS OF CAUTION TO AKWASI APPIAH
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all time) and our technical bench.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual basis begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected. The Ghanaian players to avoid any lackadaisical attitudes in each of the 90 minutes they will play.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now!!!
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies for our international friendly games and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either passes the ball than us or try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy was not well executed. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to prevent such technical disability from happening to this team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attack through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position well to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.

  2. spellBOUND says:

    HAHAHA, this loew character will change his tune when the desert like temperatures get to his pail frail skin. he will sweat pepper. it will cloud his judgement, prompting him to make unwanted substitutions. loew, spend the next six months in brazil to acclimate to the weather, or else u have no chance. lol





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