Loew ex­tends Ger­many reign un­til 2020

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BER­LIN — Ger­many’s World Cup­win­ning coach Joachim Loew has ex­tended his con­tract un­til 2020, the Ger­man FA (DFB) an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The 56-year-old, who took charge in 2006, has penned a two-year ex­ten­sion to lead Ger­many’s de­fence of the World Cup in Rus­sia in 2018 and to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in 2020.

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 (196478).

Hav­ing won a fourth World Cup in Brazil two years ago but lost to hosts France in the Euro 2016 semi-fi­nals in July, one of Loew’s goal is to win their first Euro­pean crown since 1996.

“We have vi­sions and things that we want to tackle, so the time of the ex­ten­sion was just right,” Loew told a press con­fer­ence in Frankfurt.

“The goal is, of course, to re­peat our suc­cess story in Rio and we want to be Euro­pean cham­pi­ons, which is a big goal of mine.

“When the head and the heart both say ' yes' at the same time, then there is not much to think about.

“I feel the same mo­ti­va­tion as I did at the be­gin­ning of my term at the DFB and I still feel their con­fi­dence. “It’s sim­ply great fun to work with this team and these play­ers.” Loew, who took charge of the die Mannschaft af­ter the 2006 World Cup fol­low­ing two years as as­sis­tant coach un­der Jur­gen Klins­mann, will re­port­edly re­ceive a pay rise to earn four mil­lion eu­ros ($4.4m) per year. His old deal is be­lieved to have earned him an an­nual salary of around three mil­lion eu­ros. “Loew is the best coach, that we in the DFB’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee can imag­ine,” said Ger­man FA pres­i­dent Rein­hard Grindel. “We have the same goal — we want to de­fend our World Cup ti­tle in Rus­sia and, af­ter we were so close to it in France this year, we want to try to be Europe cham­pi­ons in 2020.” Grindel added that Loew’s new deal was “a re­ward” for the head coach’s hard work, but the pres­i­dent wanted to get the con­tract signed be­fore the Ger­man FA meets in Er­furt on Novem­ber 3-4. Sepp Her­berger holds the 28-year-record for a Ger­many coach, from 1936-64, dur­ing which time he led West Ger­many to their first World Cup ti­tle in 1954. Ger­many, who are top of their 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group with three straight wins, play minnows San Marino away in their next qual­i­fier on Novem­ber 11 be­fore fac­ing Italy four days later in a friendly in Mi­lan. — AFP

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