Stars of Germany Vs Netherlands 2-1 Euro 2012 – Gómez, van Persie. Media Coverage Analysis

We continue with our series media impact analysis of Euro 2012 football matches.

We study in this post the match Germany Vs Netherlands, played in 13 June 2012.

Contents of this post:

1. Pre Game media attention to stars of Germany and Netherlands

2. Legends and controversies of Germany Vs Netherlands

3. The stars of Germany Vs Netherlands 2-1 Euro 2012. Photo gallery (available). Media impact analysis (coming)

4. Annex: Statistics of the match

5. Annex: Videos Germany vs Netherlands Highlights, reactions and press conferences

6. Annex: Tactics analysis of Germany Vs Netherlands 2-1 Euro 2012.

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Another great classic in European football.

Germany won its first match against Portugal. The Netherlands lost 1-0 against Denmark, being this the first big surprise of the championship. This means that Netherlands needs a victory against archrival Germany in order to maintain chances of classification for the next round.

According to online betting firms, the game will be very balanced, with Germany somehow favorite. It receives 40% of implicit chances of winning the match, and 28% chances for a draw. Thus, Netherlands is assigned with 32% of chances to reach its necessary win. We expect a very open and unpredictable result.

As in some other previous cases, we present first some results about media coverage of this match before to it is played. Once the game is played, we will come back in this post with additional information concerning the post-match media impact.

We have chosen news in English published during the day of the match and the day before. As in all other cases in this series about the Euro 2012, we apply the technique of measurement through the photos published in the newspapers.

According to our results, newspapers in English provide much more space and images to Dutch players in the photo news, as players from Netherlands represent 58% of all image content about the preview of the match Germany Vs Netherlands. There is just 42% of the images oriented to German team.

Who are the stars the the media expect to appear in this exciting game full of top footballers?

According to our results, the leading media reference of the match is not a player. It’s the coach from The Netherlands, Bert van Marwijk. He appears in 14.1% of all images about the preview of the game. Second media reference is Mario Gómez, from Germany with 12.2% images. He was the hero of the first match, as he scored the unique goal of the match. We find the German coach in third position, Joachim Löw, with 10.5%.

This is a common result. Sport managers reach the peak in terms of media coverage just before the match, and may become like in this case the main media reference of the team, above football players stars. As we have shown in the post-game media analysis of other games of the Euro 2012, coaches rarely appear among top 10 stars of the game. If they appear, they never take top positions (except in cases of bold controversies created by trainers with big media power).

According to our results, we find that media expect as stars in the German side Mario Gómez, LuKas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger. As for the Dutch camp, media expect as stars for the match Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie. This means that media still perceive Robben as leader of Netherlands team.

Legends and controversies of Germany Vs Netherlands

Germany has played more than 30 official matches against Netherlands. Some of them as crucial as the final of FIFA World Cup 1974.

Every new match Germany Vs Netherlands is an occasion to remember the best moments and the controversies linked to this classical sport rivalry. See for instance a good article about the sport rivalry between two national football teams (‘Euro 2012: Germany’s rivalry with England is nothing compared to the Netherlands’, The Independent, 13 June 2012), or background of the historic rivalry in UEFA site (‘Dutch and Germans reunited in Kharkiv’, UEFA, 6 January 2012) Which are the main references chosen by the media? The answer provides a way to measure what media consider the legendary games.

We use again the technique of monitoring photos from media during the last day.

Our results say that the top legend is Johan Cruyff 1974. It selected in 17.1% of all cases.

Second moment most printed in the news is the controversy during the Wolrd Cup 1990, affecting Rudi Völler (Germany) and Frank Rijkaard). There were some episodes of aggressions before and after receiving both players a red card. In between Rijkaard spitted into Völler. This ‘spitting’ moment is the photo that captures all the controversy and is reporduced in many newspapers. As it is somehow disgusting, we show intead another cpation of this game. This controversy is present in 14.5% photos of past Germany Vs Netherlands game.

This is how the episode is explained in Völlers biography in Wikipedia:

He was a member of the team that won the 1990 World Cup. He scored 3 times in the tournament, including one goal in a 4–1 win over Yugoslavia, and then found the net twice against the United Arab Emirates in a 5–1 win. During the second-round game against Holland, Völler and Dutch player Frank Rijkaard were sent off the field after a spitting incident. Völler came back to play and star for Germany in both the semi-final and final, and he was the player brought down in the penalty area by an Argentinian defender, leading to Andreas Brehme’s penalty kick in the final. Germany ended up winning the match 1–0.

The unsavoury incident that took place during the second-round match with Holland started when Rijkaard was booked for a bad tackle on Völler. As Rijkaard took up position for the free kick, he spat in Völler’s hair. Völler complained to the referee and was booked as well. From the resulting free kick, Völler dived to avoid a collision with Dutch Keeper Hans van Breukelen, although it did also look as if he dived for a penalty. Van Breukelen was angry at this, but Rijkaard again confronted Völler by twisting his ear and stamping on his foot. Both Völler and Rijkaard were sent off, but Rijkaard again spat in Völler’s hair as they left the pitch and was rumoured to have repeated this on the touchline. Rijkaard later stated that it was his fault: “That day I was wrong. There was no insult. I always had much respect for Rudi Völler. But I went berserk when I saw that red card. I talked to him after the match and I apologized. I’m very happy that he accepted. I have no bad feeling about him now. We even posed for a very funny advert together, years after.” (Rudi Völler, Wikipedia)

If you wish you can watch a video with comments and analysis in English about that match full of controversies and unfair behaviour

Fourth most remembered moment is the Wold Cup final 1974 Germany Vs Netherlands, won by Germany 2-1, showing Franz Beckenbauer, in 10.4% cases.

The other legendary players and moments in this rivarly, as remembered in the preview of Euro 2012 game are:

5. Gerd Müller, 6.6%. German scorer in FIFA World Cup 1974.

6. Ronald Koeman, Netherlands, 3.9%. Euro 1988

7. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany. 3.9%. Euro 2004

8. Jürgen Klinsmann, Germany. 3.9% 1992, 1996

The stars of Germany Vs Netherlands 2-1 Euro 2012

We will provide later today the results concerning the post-game media impact of the match.

Germany got and advance of two goals thanks to top striker Mario Gómez (now top scorer of the tournament with three goals, as Alan Dzagoev from Russia). Robina van Persie reduced distances in the second half, but it was not enough. Germany is qualified for the quarter finals, and the Netherlands havde only a small chance to get classified.

Of course, Mario Gómez was named the man of the match.

You can access here to the story of the match as how it was commented live by UEFA: Live Commentary of Germany vs Netherlands Euro 2012, UEFA.com

Source of the images of the match (El País, 13 June 2012)

Mario Gómez scoring 1-0

mario Gómez scoring 2-0

Robin van Persie scoring final 2-1

Annex: Lineups and Statistics of the match

1
Stekelenburg Maarten Stekelenburg(GK)
1
Neuer Manuel Neuer (GK)
2
Van der Wiel Gregory van der Wiel
5
Hummels Mats Hummels
3
Heitinga John Heitinga
6
Khedira Sami Khedira
4
Mathijsen Joris Mathijsen
7
Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger
6
Van Bommel Mark van Bommel (C)
Substitution46
8
Özil Mesut Özil
Substitution81
8
N. de Jong Nigel de Jong
Yellow Card80
10
Podolski Lukas Podolski
10
Sneijder Wesley Sneijder
13
T. Müller Thomas Müller
Substitution90+2
11
Robben Arjen Robben
Substitution83
14
Badstuber Holger Badstuber
15
Willems Jetro Willems
Yellow Card90
16
Lahm Philipp Lahm (C)
16
Van Persie Robin van Persie
Goal73
20
Boateng Jérôme Boateng
Yellow Card87
20
Afellay Ibrahim Afellay
Substitution46
23
Gomez Mario Gomez
Goal24
Goal38
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
Vorm Michel Vorm (GK)
12
Wiese Tim Wiese (GK)
22
Krul Tim Krul (GK)
22
Zieler Ron-Robert Zieler (GK)
5
Bouma Wilfred Bouma
2
Gündoğan İlkay Gündoğan
7
Kuyt Dirk Kuyt
Substitution83
3
Schmelzer Marcel Schmelzer
9
Huntelaar Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution46
4
Höwedes Benedikt Höwedes
13
Vlaar Ron Vlaar
9
Schürrle André Schürrle
14
Schaars Stijn Schaars
11
Klose Miroslav Klose
Substitution72
17
Strootman Kevin Strootman
15
Bender Lars Bender
Substitution90+2
18
L. de Jong Luuk de Jong
17
Mertesacker Per Mertesacker
19
Narsingh Luciano Narsingh
18
Kroos Toni Kroos
Substitution81
21
Boulahrouz Khalid Boulahrouz
19
Götze Mario Götze
23
Van der Vaart Rafael van der Vaart
Substitution46
21
Reus Marco Reus

Coach

Bert van Marwijk (NED) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Source: UEFA.com

Netherlands Germany
1
Goals scored
2
52
Possession (%)
48
13
Total attempts
12
6
Attempts on target
9
7
Attempts off target
3
0
Attempts blocked
0
0
Attempts against woodwork
1
6
Corners
5
1
Offsides
4
2
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards
0
11
Fouls committed
7
7
Fouls suffered
11

Annex: Videos Germany vs Netherlands Highlights

Here, you can access to official videos by UEFA, at UEFA.com.

1. Match highlights with all goals Duration, 40 seconds. Comments in English. Watch here Netherlands – Germany highlights.

2. Auf Deutsch. In German. Match highlights with all goals Duration, 40 seconds. Watch here. ‘Höhepunkte Niederlande – Deutschland’.

3. Auf Deutsch. In German. Post game press Conference, coach Joachim Löw. Duration, 16 minutes. Pressekonferenz nach dem Spiel: NED – GER.

4. Auf Deutsch. In German. Post game interviews to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Holger Badstuber. Duration: 1:44 minutes. NED – GER Stimmen.

5. In English. Post game interviews to Mark van Bommel and Arjen Robben. Duration: 1:37. NED – GER Reaction

6. In English. Post game press Conference, German coach Joachim Löw. Duration, 16 minutes. Post-match press conference: NED – GER

7. In English. Post game press Conference, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk. Duration, 9 minutes. Post-match press conference: NED – GER

Annex: Tactics analysis of Germany Vs Netherlands 2-1 Euro 2012

We select some elements of the tactics analysis of the match provided by Zonnalmarking.net. You can access to full analyis here: ‘Germany 2-1 Holland: German flexibility outwits the static Dutch midfield’, Zonalmarking.net, 14 June 2012.

Quotations from their analysis:

Germany were much the better side here – they were more comfortable on the ball, their movement was better and they played at a quicker tempo. It was something of a surprise to see them hanging on towards the end of the game, having been so superior in the first half.

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Central midfield 

This game was all about the midfield, and the contrast between the two systems. Holland were very structured – Nigel de Jong was retained alongside Mark van Bommel, while Wesley Sneijder stayed high up the pitch, more like a second striker than an attacking midfielder. Holland were effectively outnumbered 3 v 2 in the middle, but this wasn’t necessarily a problem if they sat deep, kept their positions, and forced Germany wide.

Holland’s trouble inevitably started from the movement of the fabulous Mesut Ozil, who drifted towards the right of the pitch in the first half, combining with Muller. As the deepest-lying Dutch midfielder, de Jong generally followed him – which left Mark van Bommel covering a large space of the pitch in front of the Dutch defence.

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Conclusion 

This was the perfect demonstration of how a flexible midfield duo can outwit the opposition. Germany were brave, and risked being caught on the break by leaving Sneijder free between the lines, but the alternate forward runs from Schweinsteiger and Khedira confused van Bommel, while de Jong was distracted by Ozil’s usual selfless off-the-ball movement to the flanks.

In more general terms, this was all about cohesion. Germany did everything together – they pressed as a unit, defended as a unit, and broke through with integrated movement and clever passing. Holland relied on individuals, while the defensive shape of the side was poor – quite damning, considering van Marwijk went for the defensive option of two holding midfielders. Germany aren’t mathematically through, Holland aren’t mathematically eliminated, and this was only a one-goal win, but the difference in quality was huge.

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