After the success of the German national team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa it was announced today that Joachim Löw will hold on to the head coaching duties of the national team through July 31, 2012. This news assures that Low will be the man in charge when Germany competes in the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
German Football Association president Dr. Theo Zwanziger and general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, Low, assistant coach Hansi Flick, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke, and team manager Oliver Bierhoff all had their contracts extended to provide stability of the national team’s organization moving forward to Euro 2012. Germany figures to be one of the favorites in the European championship tournament, with Spain being the team to beat.
“I’m pleased for German football that we’ve managed to solve the key personnel decisions regarding the national team so quickly and equably, just as we said we would prior to the World Cup,” Dr. Zwanziger in a session with the media. “The German game has undergone a very positive development since 2004. That is down to a number of factors, first among them of course the nurturing of new talent at club level. The coach’s signature is immensely important for this still-young national team, and that is why continuing to work with Joachim Löw and his staff was my number one priority all along.”
The recent World Cup saw a different style from the Germans. The offensive scheme was opened up a bit and Germany was more likely to strike than in years past. Germany also demonstrated a killer instinct, capitalizing off of key turnovers or missed opportunities b the opposition. England and Argentina can surely attest to that.
With Germany showing signs of great expectations in the future the German fans were vocal about keeping Löw on board. His previous contract ended after the World Cup. “We are all pleased that we can continue our work with the national team,” Low said to the media after announcing his new contract extension. Discussions to extend the contract were put on hold as the two sides failed to see eye-to-eye. It is simply amazing what winning can do to a contract negotiation.
“We’re all happy that we’ll be continuing to work with the national side together,” Löw said. “Our team has excellent prospects and it will be a great challenge for us after the success at the World Cup in South Africa to get down to tackling preparations for Euro 2012.”
Germany’s first qualifying match for the Euro 2012 is on September 3, 2010 against Belgium.
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