The World Cup coach is to the great regret of the Russian hosts at the workshop of the 32 nations participating in the World Cup in Russia.
Joachim Löw has sent his assistant Thomas Schneider as the most prominent representative of the defending champion to Sochi, where the 32 World Cup participants gathered more than 100 days before the kick-off of the World Cup on 14 June. After the successful dress rehearsal at the 2017 Confederation Cup, Russia expert Loew believes that he knows what awaits him and his players in the summer. “Germany will be hunted like never before,” said the 58-year-old Löw at his outlook on 2018.
Russia’s head of organization opened the seminar with a pledge to the participants. “Everything will be ready,” said Alexey Sorokin in the convention center near the World Cup stadium. The more than 250 delegates will be informed on two days about the organizational and sporting tournament procedures. During the breaks, you can also take in the magical scenery of the snow-covered mountains of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Is the video evidence used?
One of the big topics for the coaches is the video evidence, which will most likely be used for the first time in a World Cup finals. The decision is imminent. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is a big supporter of the Video Assistant, already tested at the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Löw is no exception in Sochi. The chief coaches of almost all major nations can be represented. In addition to European champion Fernando Santos from Portugal but Russia coach Stanislaw Tschertschessow course on the ground; unlike in 2006 Jürgen Klinsmann.
Twelve years ago, Klinsmann, who already lives in the USA, also ordered his assistant – Joachim Loew – to attend the workshop in Dusseldorf. This contributed to the national coach sharp criticism of OC President Franz Beckenbauer. Beckenbauer was furious, as he admitted to having a bad nursery for Klinsmann. “Everyone deals with his area the way he was raised, he should have appeared, it’s a must-have, he does not have that many compulsory appointments.”
Millions of rubles flow into the World Cup spectacle
Times have changed since then. The workshop is no longer a public stage for national coaches, even if the hosts would have wished world champion shine by Löw. “For Russia, here is another opportunity to show how hard we have worked for this tournament,” said the 54-year-old Chertschessow, who played from 1993 to 1995 as goalkeeper for Dynamo Dresden in the Bundesliga and later at FC Tirol Innsbruck was a player under coach Joachim Löw. For Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the World Cup in its giant empire is a prestigious project. Many billions of rubles will cost the spectacle.
As a World Cup veteran Löw knows before his fourth final round participation as a DFB coach largely what awaits him from 14 June to 15 July. Especially since the coach could test the conditions in Russia at the 2017 Confederation Cup. The resort of Sochi on the Black Sea was even an option as a World Cup hostel. In the end, the DFB but then chose Watutinki near the capital Moscow. “We also have our reason turned on”, Löw justified the vote for Moscow, where the German team in addition to the opening match against Mexico could also contest the semi-finals and the final.