By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua)
-- It only took five days for Joachim
Low to decide to continue as Germany’s head coach. After the
reigning world champions’ disastrous group stage exit at the
2018 World Cup, the 58-year-old had said he had to think about
According to several
media reports, Low has now informed the German Football
Association (DFB) that he is prepared to face the new challenges
and fulfil his contract that runs to 2022.
finished bottom of Group F to be eliminated in the World Cup
group stage for the first time in its history, Low shut himself
away at his home in Freiburg near the Swiss border. The
country’s fans and media were all eagerly awaiting his decision.
Photos appeared of
the coach sitting in cafes and driving around the Black Forest
in his classic black Mercedes convertible.
Low’s decision may
be good news for the DFB, with no suitable successor in sight.
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Thomas Tuchel (Paris St. Germain),
Ralf Rangnick (RB Leipzig), former Borussia Dortmund coach and
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer, and former
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes were all unavailable.
The DFB had set a
deadline for Low to make a decision, though neither party has
yet confirmed the latest media reports.
After a weekend in
isolation, the first hints about Low’s future came from his
circle of friends, who said he did not want to retire after such
a great disappointment.
Cup-winning coach will now have to face the biggest challenge of
his career. After 12 years in charge, during which he reached at
least the semi-final of five major tournaments, the former
striker talked about the need to make radical changes.
After the Russia
debacle, Low has come under fire from both Germany’s media and
former international players. Critics said he had relied too
heavily on his 2014 World Cup heroes, some of whom are said to
have passed their peak. Low was also accused of ignoring the
signs of complacency and a lack of motivation among the more
Low and general
manager Oliver Bierhoff were also said to be divided on other
issues, such as the location of the team’s headquarters in
Russia. While Bierhoff favored Vatutinki, near Moscow, Low
wanted to stay in Sochi in southern Russia.
Low is now said to
want to prove the 2018 World Cup was just a blip. The coach will
now have to find a successful combination of established players
and up-and-coming prospects. Low could not solve this conundrum
in Russia, and the team lacked the necessary team spirit.
The German team was
also accused of having no clear game plan in Russia. Low was
criticized for not selecting youngsters like Leroy Sane
(Manchester City) and instead relying on old hands like Thomas
Muller (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus) and Mesut Ozil
(Arsenal), many of whom seemed tired mentally.
At home, Low was
asked by the DFB and several former and current international
players to carry on and start preparing the team for the 2020
European Championships. These positive messages are said to have
helped convince Low to stay, as he is aware he will be under
enormous pressure right from the start.
“There are several
reasons why we couldn’t perform as we wanted in Russia, all are
my responsibility,” the coach commented. He is expected to
consider Germany’s young talents for his future team.
Fans and media alike
are demanding the association changes its approach, as it stands
accused of having lost contact with supporters due to excessive
commercialization around the German team. The public was
excluded from nearly every training session, ticket prices are
said to be too high and kick-off times too late.
competitive game will be against France on September 6 in the
newly-formed Nations League.
Joachim Loew to
remain Germany’s head coach
BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) --
Joachim Loew will fulfill his running contract
and remain in charge as Germany’s head coach, the German FA (DFB)
confirmed in an official statement on Tuesday.
disappointing group-stage exit by the 2014 FIFA World Cup
champions, the DFB and head coach Loew agreed to fulfill the
running contract until 2022.
“We had very open
and trusting talks in which we addressed several issues. We are
all firmly convinced that our national coach Joachim Loew will
analyse the events of the past days very carefully. He will take
the right steps and lead our team back on track,” Germany FA
president Reinhard Grindl said.
crashed out in the group phase after losing to Mexico and South
Korea, finishing bottom of the group. Hence, doubts about Loew’s
“I am very grateful
for the trust that the DFB places in me. Despite the criticism
due to our exit I feel a lot of support and encouragement. My
disappointment is still huge but now I want to shape and rebuild
the squad with full commitment,” Loew said.
coach, who has been in charge since July 2006, is about to equal
Sepp Herberger’s record of 169 matches as Germany coach. The
former Freiburg player led Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in
Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
“I am pleased that
we can continue our long successful path with Joachim Loew. I
have the confidence that together we get back to our old
strength,” Germany’s team captain Manuel Neuer added.
Germany host France
for the first round of the UEFA Nations League on September 6.
Joachim Low to
continue as German team coach
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Joachim Low will remain as the head coach of
Germany despite their shock early exit from the 2018 World Cup,
the Germany Football Federation (DFB) confirmed on Tuesday.
With the possible
exception of Russia’s victory over Spain on penalties, the
failure of the 2014 World Cup Champions to make it to the
knockout stages in Russia, after defeats to Mexico and South
Korea in their qualifying group, was the biggest surprise of the
World Cup finals to date and was accompanied by soul-searching
and calls for change.
That change may well
come but on Tuesday the DFB confirmed it will be led by Low, who
only in May signed a new contract to remain in charge of “der
Mannschaft” until after the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
“I am very grateful
for the belief that the DFB has shown in me and I feel,
generally, that despite the justified criticism towards me, a
lot of support and encouragement too.”
“It was important
for me, after a few days in which I did a lot of thinking, to
sit down and have a face to face talk with the top of the
federation,” said Low.
The 58-year-old has
been in charge of Germany since 2009 and until this summer had
never failed to lead Germany to at least the semifinals of every
major tournament they have competed in leading them to the final
of the 2008 European Championships, the semifinals in the 2010
World Cup (losing to Spain on both occasions), the semifinals of
the 2012 and 2016 European Championships and to the title in the
2014 World Cup.
The news Low was
remaining in charge was welcomed by German goalkeeper and
captain Manuel Neuer, who said he was “pleased that we can
continue our long, successful path with Jogi Low and I have the
confidence that together we will regain our strength.”