Loew to ex­tend Ger­many reign un­til 2020: Re­ports

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BER­LIN:

Ger­many’s World Cup-win­ning coach Joachim Loew is set to ex­tend his reign un­til 2020 amidst re­ports his new con­tract will be con­firmed to­mor­row by the Ger­man FA (DFB). Ger­man daily Bild re­ported yes­ter­day that the 56year-old, who took charge in 2006, will pen a two-year ex­ten­sion to lead Ger­many’s de­fence of the World Cup in Rus­sia in 2018 and to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in 2020. Loew, who led die Mannschaft to their fourth World Cup ti­tle in Brazil two years ago, is set to re­ceive a huge pay rise to four mil­lion eu­ros ($4.4m) per year. His cur­rent con­tract, which ex­pires af­ter the 2018 World Cup, re­port­edly earned him an an­nual salary of around three mil­lion eu­ros. The DFB’s pres­i­dent Rein­hard Grindel re­fused to com­ment when ap­proached by SID, an AFP sub­sidiary, but he is be­lieved to want to get the deal sealed be­fore the Ger­man FA meets in Er­furt on Novem­ber 3-4. If Loew stays in of­fice un­til 2020, his 14-year reign would make him the joint sec­ond-long­est serv­ing Ger­many coach, equal to Hel­mut Schoen (1964-78). Sepp Her­berger holds the 28-year record, from 1936-64, dur­ing which time he led West Ger­many to their first World Cup ti­tle in 1954.— AFP

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