Farewell to Joachim Löw, Germany's head coach
Some people are easily recognizable. Through their achievements, their clothing style, their physical features. Steve Jobs' black turtleneck sweater or David Bowie's heterochromia are ample examples of the argument. The "thick mop of black hair and piercing eyes" can point to a number of people. For the world of football, the designation can refer to a single person: Joachim Löw.
On Tuesday, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced that he will step down after the next European Championship. It was a statement marking the end of one of the longest cycles at the national team level. “Jochi” has been linked to Die Mannschaft for 17 years, first as Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant in the summer of 2004 and as head coach from 2006.
The announcement was followed by a statement by Löw himself:
"I'm absolutely sure about taking this step and do so full of pride and with immense gratitude, but at the same time still with great motivation as far as the upcoming European Championship tournament is concerned. Proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to represent my country. And because I have been able to work with the country's best footballers for almost 17 years and support them in their development. We've experienced great triumphs and painful defeats with them, but above all many wonderful and magical moments - not only winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”
During the career of the 61-year-old coach, Germany has been a dominant national side:
- champion in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, defeating Messi's Argentina 1-0 in the final at the Maracanã.
- semi-finalists in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups
- runner-ups of Euro 2008, where they lost to Spain with a 33rd-minute goal from Fernando Torres.
However, there have also been bitter disappointments, like their presence at the 2018 World Cup, where his team was eliminated in the group stage.
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Even more so, as lately, many doubts have been raised as to the state of the team. It was last November, when they suffered the worst defeat in their history, losing 6-0 to Spain in Seville for the UEFA Nations League. The way they have been playing during the world cup qualifiers did not exactly aspire confidence, as it would seem that they are quite vulnerable defensively. And that makes the Eurocup a major challenge, as the Germans share Group F with Hungary, Portugal and France.
"For the upcoming European Championship, I still absolute will as well as great energy and ambition. I will do my best to be successful at this tournament and bring great joy to our fans",
promised Löw in his farewell.
The DFB has promised to announce who will take over as head coach before Euro’s kick-off. The main candidate, Jürgen Klopp, has already announced that he would not undertake the assignment as he plans to fulfill his contract with Liverpool. Other names that the Federation is considering are: Ralf Rangnick, Stefan Kuntz, Hansi Flick, Arsene Wenger, Jupp Heynckes, Jürgen Klinsmann, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralph Hasenhüttl. We are all holding our breath on who will be the new manager for Die Mannschaft.