The well-known tactical discipline, the sense of a long-term project and the technical quality of a very talented generation were the ingredients cited by German coach Joachim Löw as the recipe to achieve the fourth World Cup title in Brazil. With the 1-0 triumph against Argentina in overtime, Germany has now become the first European team to win a World Cup in South America.
“We started this project a decade ago, and what happened today was the result of many years of work, beginning with Jürgen Klinsmann. We made constant progress, believed in the project, worked hard, and if a team ever deserved, it is this one,” said the coach. “We’ve always played good football, and believe that, throughout the matches, we’ve had the best performances of all teams in Brazil. They boys have fantastic technical skill, and the willpower required to do what was needed. We are the first European team to win a World Cup in South America, and that makes us very proud”, he added.
Löw insisted in highlighting the warm welcome received in Brazil and the partnership they established with supporters. “When we left Germany, we knew that we would be representing an entire people, and that we had to play the part well and enjoy the stay in Brazil to interact and show that we like to play football. The reception we had in Brazil was sensational, amazing. On the day we sent Brazil off by 7-1 we knew we had saddened a whole country. But on the way back to the airport, we saw dozens of people on the streets applauding us. That was something unimaginable. When we were getting to our Training Base Camp in Bahia, there we people with signs congratulating us. So all we have left is to thank Brazilians.”
On the Argentine side, coach Alejandro Sabella did not hide his frustration, but made a point of highlighting the combativeness of his players. “We faced a major team and the match had highs and lows. Germany had more possession and control of the playing field, but we had the better shots on goal. My players wee warriors, and I congratulate them, because, despite the sadness of the result, a coach always needs to assess the performance of his team – and I believe that mine’s was very good. They gave it all on the pitch. At the moment I have conflicting feelings: frustration for not having achieved our dream and pride for having done our duty.”