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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Low mixed English grit with Spanish flair

Soccernet staff

Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that he cherry picked the best aspects from English, Spanish and Italian football to create the Nationalmannschaft's impressive new style.

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Low's side smashed four goals past three different teams en-route to securing a World Cup semi-final against Spain and have thrown off the stereotype of workman-like German teams of the past.

The former Freiburg player has tried to fuse English pace, Spanish fluidity and Italian defending to create a new cosmopolitan, and winning, approach.

"I've seen a lot of international football, I have soaked it all up and taken away many aspects," Low explained.

"In England the tempo is incredible and something to be emulated. In Spain, there is the free-flowing style, technique and skill and you can see that's something that is second nature to them, even to their youth teams.

"In Spain the game is not just played or worked [at] but celebrated. It impresses me how easy it looks even though, of course, it isn't easy at all. I like combination passing football and that is what I work towards.

"Italy won the World Cup in 2006 with perfect defensive play but the game has moved on in the last four years. The teams in the final four have solid defences but you have to have a more than that, a more versatile style of play," he said.

On Germany's chances of gaining revenge for their Euro 2008 final defeat to Spain in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, Low said: "In 2008, there is no doubt that Spain were the best team at the tournament. They were also very good in the final. But now the situation is different. We too have a good team and we have every reason to believe that we can succeed."

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