• Sweden edition
 
Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate

Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate

Published: 18 Nov 2010 07:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2010 07:30 GMT+01:00

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén expressed satisfaction at holding Germany to their first goalless draw for five years, with his team rarely threatened by a limited performance from their illustrious visitors.

"I am very pleased with the performance of my team," Hamrén said after the friendly.

"I would have wished for a few more scoring chances, but the German defence was once again very strong. We played against the third-best team in the world and it is not always so easy against such a well organised side."

Hamren's side certainly did not threaten the Germany goal as Rene Adler did not have to make a single save all evening.

Sweden were without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was rested after the AC Milan forward picked up a knock after scoring the only goal in his side's 1-0 win over Inter Milan last weekend.

German coach Joachim Loew meanwhile cast an eye to the future and gave four players their debuts.

Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer, 22, and Mainz winger Lewis Holtby, 20, both made their debuts from the start with Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger captaining the team.

Teenager Mario Goetze became the youngest German player since 1954 to make his debut when he came on, aged just 18 years and 167 days, alongside Mainz's 20-year-old Andre Schuerrle as the pair also made their debuts late on.

"I am very pleased with the performance," said Loew.

"It was very quickly clear that it was going to be a game of patience. The Swedes put lots of men behind the ball and waited for us to attack, they didn't attack like you would expect a home team to."

"I was really pleased with those who made their debuts and those who were making their second appearances."

Loew expressed satisfaction over the development of a team that came third in this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

"This year has seen the development I was hoping for, we have seen some quality football with 'Made in Germany' stamped all over it."

Star names like Mesut Özil, Thomas Mueller, striker Miroslav Klose and defender Philipp Lahm, key players in the World Cup campaign, were all missing at Gothenburg's Nya Ullevi Stadium.

Loew fielded effectively a Germany Under-21 side to look at combinations with the Germans set to host Italy in February next year in Dortmund.

This was not an impressive performance from a Germany side which seemed slightly overawed by the occasion and threatened little in a drab first half.

The visitors resorted to firing in long balls in attacks which were repeatedly snuffed out.

Holtby went closest in the 58th minute when he curled his shot around the far post, while at the other end Hoffenheim defender Andreas Beck blocked a shot from PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ola Toivonen on 52 minutes.

World Cup players Toni Kroos, of Bayern Munich, and Stuttgart striker Cacau were introduced in the second half to try and lift the game's tempo, but without great success.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:27 November 18, 2010 by StockholmSam
Wow, Sweden earned a goalless draw with Germany's 3rd-string/Under-21/wannabe-hacker/amateur-hopefuls squad. Way to go Sweden. Good to see our hopes for football success rest with one player.
10:30 November 18, 2010 by Tennessee Thunder
soccer,oh how exciting a zero/zero tie,,what a pussy game.
10:55 November 18, 2010 by tysklampa
Boring match, at least it was used as a test run for some newbies from Germany... But way to go Sweden, and stick to Ice Hockey and Innebandy...
11:00 November 18, 2010 by Argentina84
Who writes the sport news for The Local? Can you please stop polishing the apple with Zlatan? He is only good at boasting!!! I really hope Sweden soon finds younger kids with talent and drive to play for your national soccer team!
13:24 November 18, 2010 by Norrlands Turk
Yes it was a boring match but stopping this German team is not an easy thing. Hamren needs to bring more young players into the squad though. If a player like Kallstrom still finds a place in this squad, then there is something seriously wrong.
14:18 November 18, 2010 by BERTRAM
better look France kill the English babies...................Yeah Yeah...
16:01 November 18, 2010 by Recon
Zzzzzzzzzzlatan boring!
16:20 November 18, 2010 by Rolle
It's not an easy thing to attack a powerful, quick team as the German squad, so the goaless draw is not a bad result.

Nevertheless, you would expect in the upcoming qualy matches some more ball possession and drive for the score. After all, you won't get to the EM unless you win matches and you won't win matches unless you score some goals.

Oh and yes, no matter what the many non-swedish rednecks have to say in this forum: the landslaget needs Zlatan.
17:34 November 18, 2010 by Recon
Zlatan is so over rated! It's only swedes who think he is the greatest footballer in the world!

I would have loved him to have gone to a PL team and mouthed it off there! He wouldn't stand a chance!
17:48 November 18, 2010 by zooeden
One of the worst, if not the worst national team in the history of sweden!!!

That´s it, and the league in sweden so boring and tacky!!!

Zlatan does not have the fault of anything really... Is Sweden!
18:28 November 18, 2010 by Beavis
They would have lost if Zlatan had of played and spent the entirte match trying to get it to the over rated donkey so he could miss from a metre out like he did vs San Marino
05:26 November 19, 2010 by bravedave
they were booed of the field
Today's headlines
National
Chainsaw man destroys house in family feud
The man used a chainsaw to destroy most of the Lidköping home. Photo: Shutterstock

Chainsaw man destroys house in family feud

A man in central Sweden has gone on a rampage with a chainsaw after a family housing dispute took an unexpected turn. READ  

National
Man frames beggar with stolen tablet computer
The beggar was detained for almost 24 hours after the accusation. Photo: TT

Man frames beggar with stolen tablet computer

A man in southern Sweden has landed in hot water after he stole a tablet computer, gave it to a beggar, then reported her to the police. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden ready to use force to surface sub
The Swedish Armed Forces have sent out 200 troops. Photo: TT

Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sub hunt: 'There is something out there'
Former navy officer Bosse Linden in Vaxholm. Photo: Maddy Savage

Sub hunt: 'There is something out there'

Stockholm's archipelago is the focus of the biggest military operation in Sweden since the Cold War. The Local is in the region's capital, Vaxholm, to see what residents make of the drama. READ  

Presented by CurrencyFair
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
CurrencyFair co-founder Brett Meyers

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers

Tired of losing money when you send cash back home? Join other expats in Sweden who avoid bank fees and hidden charges by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair, an online marketplace where secure transactions are faster and cheaper. READ  

European Union
Extremist saves Sweden Democrats' EU group
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Extremist saves Sweden Democrats' EU group

The EU group that bound several Eurosceptic parties including the Sweden Democrats has been saved by an MEP from a far-right Polish group, just a week after it appeared to have crumbled, according to a UK press report. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Timeline: Mystery 'submarine' in Stockholm
Sweden's Armed Forces are out in force after reports of a foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. Photo: TT

Timeline: Mystery 'submarine' in Stockholm

The world has had its periscope on Sweden since the Swedish military launched an extensive hunt for what is rumoured to be a damaged Russian submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Here is the timeline of events so far. READ  

Business & Money
Profit leap for Swedbank
A branch of Swedbank in Malmö. Photo. TT

Profit leap for Swedbank

Swedbank has seen its profits rise higher than expected. READ  

New coalition
Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition
Stefan Löfven has changed his strategy on sick pay. Photo: TT

Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition

Small businesses won't face rising sick pay costs, following a policy reversal from Sweden's new coalition government. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'
Minehunter HMS Koster takes part in the search in the Stockholm archipelago on Sunday. Photo: Marko Säävälä/TT

Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'

The search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago continues with "full strength" on Tuesday morning, according to Sweden's armed forces. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
National
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Blog updates

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 

17 October

Editor’s Blog, Oct 17th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Here’s the whole week of news in just 60 seconds. The most-read story was about a..." READ »

 
 
 
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
National
A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Lifestyle
Sweden's The Bridge to become 'more Danish'
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
National
Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' protection
Society
Interview with Geena Davis: 'I want to be in a Swedish movie'
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,006
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN