Joachim Loew ex­tends Ger­many con­tract un­til 2020

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ger­many coach Joachim Loew has ex­tended his con­tract through the 2020 Euro­pean Championship, giv­ing him an­other chance to win the con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle.

Loew guided Ger­many to the World Cup ti­tle in 2014 in Brazil but has failed to win the Euro­pean Championship in three at­tempts, most re­cently this year in France, where the Ger­mans lost in the semi­fi­nals.

“I feel the un­lim­ited trust of the (Ger­man) fed­er­a­tion be­hind me,” Loew said yes­ter­day. “When the heart and the mind both say yes, then there isn’t much to think about.”

Loew, whose pre­vi­ous deal took him through the World Cup in Rus­sia in 2018, has been in charge since tak­ing over from Juer­gen Klins­mann af­ter the 2006 World Cup.

As late as Septem­ber, Loew had said that there was no need to dis­cuss a con­tract ex­ten­sion this early. But Grindel was ea­ger to se­cure the deal be­fore a fed­er­a­tion congress later this week that is ex­pected to re-elect him.

Loew, a for­mer Freiburg for­ward who fa­vors a pos­ses­sion­based game and at­tack­ing soc­cer, has over­seen steady progress for Ger­many, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up at Euro 2008 and third at the World Cup in 2010 be­fore reach­ing the semi­fi­nals at Euro 2012. Two years af­ter that, Ger­many won the World Cup.

Ger­many hopes to make up for an­other semi­fi­nal loss at Euro 2016 by re­tain­ing its world ti­tle.

Loew ap­pears com­pletely at ease in the role and re­cently ruled out a re­turn to the Bun­desliga. As Ger­many coach, he has a free rein over sport­ing de­ci­sions, a re­ported salary of €3.5 mil­lion, boosted by ad­di­tional promotional con­tracts, and a squad ca­pa­ble of win­ning more ma­jor tour­na­ments.

Play­ers like Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Me­sut Ozil and Mario Goetze can ex­pect to play in at least two more ma­jor cham­pi­onships as Ger­many en­joys the fruits of a golden gen­er­a­tion with more play­ers com­ing through.

Loew could break the record of 167 matches in charge held by Sepp Her­berger, who coached Ger­many be­tween 1936 and 1942 and again be­tween 1950 and 1964, win­ning Ger­many’s first World Cup ti­tle in 1954.

Loew has al­ready tied Her­berger for most wins at 94, need­ing only 141 games to match the mark.

Joachim Loew, left, speaks as the Pres­i­dent of Ger­man soc­cer fed­er­a­tion, Rein­hard Grindel, looks on af­ter sign­ing a new con­tract Photo: AP

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