Ger­many coach Loew agrees con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2022

Joachim Loew has been in charge for 160 matches, win­ning 106, more than any other Ger­many coach

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DORT­MUND

(GER­MANY): Ger­many coach Joachim Loew has agreed to ex­tend his con­tract with the world cham­pi­ons to 2022, he said on Tues­day be­fore the un­veil­ing of his pre­lim­i­nary World Cup squad.

Loew, whose cur­rent deal runs out in 2020, has been in charge for 12 years and in 2014 led Ger­many to their fourth World Cup ti­tle.

“This is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing play­ers,” the 58-year-old told re­porters af­ter Ger­man Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Rein­hard Grindel said they had agreed to ex­tend their cur­rent deal by two more years.

“To work with the best play­ers in Ger­many, then de­velop them and to make them bet­ter, to form a team that sets the high­est goals, this is what drives and still gives me joy.”

Loew has been in charge for 160 matches, win­ning 106, more than any other Ger­many coach.

He started out as as­sis­tant to Juer­gen Klins­mann af­ter only lim­ited coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in club foot­ball.

Loew took over af­ter the 2006 World Cup in Ger­many and has led his coun­try to at least the semi-fi­nals in all of the five ma­jor tour­na­ments for which he has been at the helm.

“We did not need long to get a con­clu­sion,” Grindel said.

“We will ex­tend the con­tract of Joachim Loew and the en­tire train­ing team un­til 2022.”

Ger­many will face Mexico, Swe­den and South Korea in Group F at next month’s World Cup in Rus­sia.

— REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

BIG RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY: Ger­many coach Joachim Loew with a holo­gram of Rus­sia coach Stanislav Cherch­esov dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

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