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Low: Milestones on the road to 150 matches

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  • Low manages Germany for 150th time against Cameroon
  • Looking back at nine decisive matches
  • 99 wins so far

*By Steffen Potter with Germany *

Germany’s final Group B match at Russia 2017 against Cameroon is also Joachim Low’s 150th game in charge of the national team. Only 1954 FIFA World Cup winner Sepp Herberger, who led the team between 1936-1942 and 1950-1964, has overseen more matches than Low at 168. The 57-year-old has managed 99 wins and 27 draws so far, losing just 23 times – most recently in the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016. looks back at several milestones during his time as head coach.

1* Germany 3-0 Sweden *Friendly (16 August 2006)
*A brace from Miroslav Klose and another goal from Bernd Schneider ensured a “successful start to the Low era”, as German football newspaper *Kicker
reported after this friendly. Few would have dared to dream that this period would last for over a decade.

26* Portugal 2-3 Germany  **UEFA EURO quarter-final (19 June 2008)
*Having deployed a 4-4-2 formation for almost every competitive fixture before this match, Low surprised many by opting for a 4-2-3-1 that helped Germany take control of the game and ultimately reach the semi-final.

28* Germany 0-1 Spain  **UEFA EURO final (29 June 2008)
*Low reached the final in his first major tournament but was forced to concede defeat to a formidable Spain side.

54* Argentina 0-4 Germany **FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final (3 July 2010)
*At his first World Cup, Low’s young team delighted fans with invigorating and fast-paced transitional play that brought them a 4-1 Round of 16 win over England and a 4-0 last-eight victory against an Argentina side coached by Diego Maradona. Low and his team analysed and exploited the weaknesses of their South American opponents with razor-sharp precision.

55* Germany 0-1 Spain ** FIFA World Cup™ semi-final (7 July 2010)
*Once again, however, eventual world champions Spain brought Germany’s campaign to an end. Although this encounter was slightly more even than the EURO final two years earlier, Low’s team paid dearly for their inability to convert clear chances. A Carles Puyol header from a corner ultimately decided the result.

83* Germany 1-2 Italy *UEFA EURO semi-finals (28 June 2012)
This may have been Low’s bitterest defeat in charge of the national team. Germany sparkled in qualifying and the group stages and had few problems overcoming Greece 4-2 in the quarter-finals. Yet the coach shocked many by adjusting his team’s tactics to suit their opponents and Germany were eliminated.

111* Brazil 1-7 Germany *FIFA World Cup semi-final (8 July 2014)
This match has a special place in football’s history books. After all, who can forget that remarkable night in Belo Horizonte? For Germany, it was an evening on which everything they tried on the pitch seemed to work, and it quickly became a living nightmare for their World Cup hosts. Low and his team had precisely analysed the gaps in Brazil’s defence before the match and the players implemented his game-plan perfectly.

112* Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET)  **FIFA World Cup Final (13 July 2014)
*This will be remembered as the crowning achievement of Low’s tenure – an enthralling, close-fought game until the 113th minute, when Andre Schurrle floated in a cross and Mario Gotze achieved immortality in Germany. Low could finally claim the biggest title of all.

136* Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 PSO) *UEFA EURO semi-final (2 July 2016)
As in 2012, Low adjusted his line-up to take on the Italians, this time by deploying a back three. The gamble paid off. Germany looked the stronger team in normal time and ultimately defeated Italy on penalties for the first time at a major tournament to make history once more.

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