By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The German national team were one of the favourites for Euro 2012 and impressed greatly with their fast-paced brand of attacking football. They also boasted a number of exciting players in the form of Mario Gomez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus and were tipped to finally win the Henri Delaunay trophy for the first time since 1996.
However, they were eliminated from the competition by a tactically adept Italy squad in the semi-final stage and have also struggled in subsequent international matches, most notably squandering a four-goal lead against Sweden in October.
The Germany coach admitted that it wasn't the best of years that he has witnessed but he wants the squad to get their heads down and concentrate in the coming year. Germany are three points ahead of Sweden in first place in Group C of the UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup and need to consolidate top spot in order to ensure automatic qualification to the tournament.
"[Next year will be] the year of concentration. We have to get a few more percent out of this team," Low told Bild.
"We must do everything to improve our resilience, and by doing this, Germany can look forward to World Cup 2014.
"We find it difficult when teams attack us early. Then we often play with long balls, as against Italy or Sweden.
"If something unexpected happens, we have often had a problem [dealing with it]. We've had our hand caught on the hot stove and it's burned us."
He still has vivid memories of the semi-final loss to Italy but confessed that he is learning to move on from that disappointing game.
"I have not forgotten that defeat the whole year. Of course, the frustration comes up again and again, I cannot shake off easily.
"But I've learned to deal with it. In addition, I have to learn from it."