Joachim Löw will end his tenure as the national coach of the German football team after Euro 2020 in summer. Despite having a contract until 2022 World Cup, Löw wished to end his contract immediately after the conclusion of the European Championship tournament.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 9, 2021
In a statement released to confirm his decision, Low said, “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. I am and remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an optimal working environment.”
Löw joined the national team as an assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann in 2004 and became the head coach on August 1, 2006. He guided Germany to a World Cup victory in 2014, which included the 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil in the semi-finals. In his long career with the German national team, Löw has managed 189 games with 63% win record.
DFB President Fritz Keller addressed this new development and said, “I have great respect for Joachim Löw’s decision. The DFB knows what it has in Jogi, he is one of the greatest coaches in world football. Jogi Löw has shaped German football like no other over the years and helped it achieve the highest standing on the international stage. Not only because of his sporting achievements, but also because of his empathy and humanity. The fact that he informed us about his decision at an early stage is very respectable. In doing so, he is giving us at the DFB the time needed to appoint his successor with calmness and a sense of proportion.”
Although there is still time for the new appointment, speculations about Löw’s replacement have already started. Germany U-21 boss Stefan Kuntz is currently the most likely to replace Löw. Other potential high-profile names in this race can be Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp,
Löw’s predecessor Klinsmann, RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann and Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick. Even ex-Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger may get considered for this role.
Low is yet to win Euros despite going deep into the comeptition on numerous occasions. It will be a fitting end to his career if he ends his tenure with European title. Originally scheduled to happen in 2020, the Euro games will take place in June-July later this year due to the pandemic. Germany is placed in Group F with France, Hungary and defending champions Portugal.