July 13 – Joachim Low has decided to stay on as Germany’s head coach following their semi-final exit at Euro 2016.
Low has confirmed he will lead the world champions into their title defence in Russia in 2018, provided they qualify, despite initial hesitation following the defeat to host nation France.
Low has coached Germany for 10 years and to five successive semi-final appearances at World Cups and European Championships and said: “Despite our disappointment, the team didn’t disappoint. It was the youngest team in the tournament and I continue to see great potential.”
Low’s decision followed a wave of support, with an opinion poll showing that 84%of Germans wanted the man they call ‘Jogi’ (pronounced ‘Yogi’) to continue having defeated Argentina in the World Cup final two years ago.
Germany’s World Cup defence starts on September 4 with a qualifier against Norway. “I’m just as excited as ever to carry on working with these players and continue developing them,” said Low who previously worked as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant for two years.
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