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Loew ´perfect´ for Germany, says Woerns

7 September 2012 17:35

Former Borussia Dortmund defender Christian Woerns believes Joachim Loew is still the perfect coach for Germany.

The 52-year-old took charge of the national side after the 2006 World Cup, but has so far been unable to guide them to a major trophy.

Nevertheless, Woerns, who made 66 international appearances for Germany, is still confident Loew is the right man for the job.

"I think that Germany have moved in the right direction in recent years. I still think Loew is the perfect coach for Germany," Woerns told Goal.com.

"Reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 was not a bad performance. We all saw during the tournament that Italy were not a bad team.

"Everybody was talking about winning the tournament and Germany were even expected to win it. There's always going to be criticism if you don't go all the way. That's the way football works.

"It's important to keep things in perspective, though. The high expectations were the problem. Italy simply played a fantastic tournament."

The former Bayer Leverkusen defender looked ahead to the qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup and said Germany were the favourites to progress.

"Germany are obviously the favourites in the group, but we shouldn't underestimate our opponents," Woerns said.

"Sweden are a strong team and the rivalry with Austria always brings something extra out in them. Some unpleasant games await."

Germany start their qualification campaign with a home game against the Faroe Islands.

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
7 September 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
HDI-Arena (Hannover)
Attendance
32769

Goals

M. Götze 28'
(assist by M. Hummels) 
1 - 0
M. Özil 54'
(assist by T. Müller) 
2 - 0
M. Özil 72'
(assist by M. Reus) 
3 - 0

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