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Joachim Loew Is Hugely Impressed By The Irish Football Culture

Joachim Loew Is Hugely Impressed By The Irish Football Culture
By Ben Kiely

Germany manager Joachim Loew predicted an "unpleasant" night at home to Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The Germans kicked off their qualifying campaign with a hard-worked 2-1 victory over Scotland but are now facing a tricky match against Poland before playing the Boys In Green at home. Despite having a star-studded squad, Loew remains wary that Ireland could pull off an upset against Die Adler.

It can be unpleasant to play against them. Most of their players play in the Premier League in England, they are strong and never give up. The football culture of the Irish people excites me, they have a real passion and devotion for their team.

I expect a very intense game but I am looking forward to the atmosphere in Gelsenkirchen.

Apparently, the German boss doesn't remember the 6-1 hammering his side gave Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers two years ago.

Loew emphasised the importance of his side remaining grounded after their historic World Cup win this summer. He is hopeful that Germany don't get too cocky and take qualification for granted.

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Even for the world champions, Euro 2016 qualification is not automatic.

But I have confidence in the players and these games against Ireland and Poland are an opportunity for us to push forward.

Ireland face Germany in the lion's den on Tuesday October 8. Kick-off from the Veltins-Arena is at 7:45 pm.

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Hat tip: Irish Independent

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