Orange is Germany step for

Joachim Löw (r.)

Doorselecteren and reform while you are still successful, shows over and over again the trickiest part of professional football. The netherlands and Germany glorieerden both still in the 2014 world cup, where the Oranje finished third, while Germany for the fourth time in the history of the world championship title picked up.

Drastic reforms

How different the world looks four years later for both football. In Germany, the call for radical reforms everywhere after the struikelpartij in the group stage at the world cup, a process which in the Netherlands already in motion after the failed qualification for EURO 2016 and world cup 2018.

It has an Orange at this time, a head start on the path of rejuvenation. Although the teams that coach Ronald Koeman and his German colleague Joachim Löw at the kick-off of the Nations League the field instuurden in terms of average age, not even so much differed (26,1, compared with 27.3), is the national coach of Orange continues to work with the wide orbit will give to the youth.


With Matthijs de ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Steven Bergwijn and Pablo Rosario has Koeman the last time emphatically for a new generation of chosen. Although Löw in the run-up to the duel with France the mouth is full of renewal, he opted yet again for eleven world cup-goers in the base. The 19-year-old Kai Havertz, the big promise of German football, it had to do with subbing in some players with Peru. Against Orange he is missing due to a knee injury.

Not only in terms of the supply of fresh blood, but also at the top of the pyramid has Orange in the reform agenda ahead. Where the Dutch national team with Koeman, a new face for the group that the renewal form, that in Germany under the leadership of veteran Löw.

Criticism of Löw

His critics question whether Löw after his long-term employment is the right person for new elan. “I was, like so many surprised that he has his job should be retained,” said 98-c international Michael Ballack. “Sometimes you say things just not working as you as long as with a team are working on it.”

Plagued by many injuries in his selection has Löw good results needed against Orange and France to the criticism mute. The German coach sees himself in the meantime, faced with a vormcrisis at Bayern Munich, the leader of the German team. The way in which the cheesy Bayern in the Champions League in the corner was squeezed by a fresh and fruity Ajax will Löw: it’s a concern.

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