By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua)
-- German fans have to wait until next
week for a final decision about Joachim Loew’s future as the
national football association’s president Reinhard Grindel
announced that all parties would first analyze the disappointing
departure from the World Cup after the group stage.
It is rumored that
head coach Loew offered his resignation in Moscow before the
disappointed German delegation set off on their trip back home.
Reports talk off a controversial discussion in the Lufthansa
aircraft and the association urging Loew to reconsider. The
officials are said to be confident the coach will fulfil his
contract that runs until 2022.
While Loew is trying
to make up his mind, several surveys indicate German fans want
him to resign. Leading newspapers like the Sueddeutsche and Die
Welt assume Loew will quit as the burden of a new start would be
too much for him.
First rumors speak
about former German international Matthias Sammer as a possible
successor as top German coaches like Juergen Klopp (the fans
favorite/Liverpool) and Thomas Tuchel (Paris St Germain) are not
available. Former German international Horst Hrubesch has been
mentioned. The 1980 European Champion recently took over the
German women’s team because the association couldn’t find
anybody. Under 21 junior coach Stefan Kuntz is mentioned.
The media assumes
Loew will have to abandon working patterns he has used for years
in his efforts to develop a new young team and leave most of his
2014 World Cup heroes behind.
Loew said radical
changes are inevitable: “We have been the most consistent team
over the last ten years, but now we need far-reaching changes.”
The 58-year old also admitted the bad performance was his
Fans accuse Loew of
having lost contact with his team. 55 to 68 percent of them were
against him continuing while only 33 percent voted for Loew.
They felt the coach’s tactics and squad selection left a lot to
be desired and that he had ignored signs that his squad had
split up into groups.
Most supporters also
expect several players like Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Mario
Gomez will resign.
But not only Loew
and the players are under attack, officials like Grindel and the
general manager Oliver Bierhoff are also coming in for a lot of
German media accuse
the German association of losing contact with fans due to too
much commercialism. The Sueddeutsche said not only the German
team (coaches and players) have to solve pressing problems, but
the governing body need to rethink the way they promote the
The paper says
Bierhoff fueled an arrogant and self-satisfied attitude of the
team by choosing a team headquarters near Moscow as it was
located near the venue for the semifinal and final. He also
opposed Loew’s first choice such as Sotschi.
The association is
also accused of overpriced tickets, closed training sessions and
kick-off-times and treating the football like a business.
But the main topic
in Germany remains with Loew’s future. The 58-year-old said the
country’s football must not fear the future as there are many
young talented players to count on, but has to intensify youth
education especially when it comes to strikers. In Russia German
only scored two goals, but fired off 72 shot, more than every
“I remember in 2004
when Juergen Klinsmann and I came, we started several changes
that in the end lead to many successful years,” Loew commented.
The question this time is, who will be the man in charge to help
German football to get over a significant depression?