Podolski hopes Loew will lead Germany to Euro 2012

German Football
By German Football June 16, 2010 07:26

Podolski hopes Loew will lead Germany to Euro 2012

Germany’s Lukas Podolski said on Tuesday he hopes coach Joachim Loew will remain in charge after the World Cup and lead them into their Euro 2012 campaign.

With the Germans bidding for a fourth World Cup title, Loew’s team opened their South African campaign with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Australia on Sunday and face Serbia in Group D on Thursday.

Loew, 50, is out of contract after the World Cup and after contract extension talks with the German Football Federation broke down at the start of the year, the decision on Loew’s future will be made after the World Cup.

He took over as Germany coach four years ago and led his side to the final of Euro 2008, but his future remains uncertain after the World Cup with the Euro 2012 qualifiers starting in September.

Podolski scored the opening goal against Australia and said he spoke on behalf of the squad by saying he hopes Loew remains in charge.

“As far as contracts are concerned, now is not the time to talk about it, but all I can say is that both the team and myself would like to keep working with him,” said Podolski.

The Cologne forward, voted the best young player at the last World Cup, owes much of his success in the white shirt of Germany to Loew.

While Podolski has only rarely produced a bad performance in all of his 74 appearances, scoring 39 goals, his domestic form in the Bundesliga has been below average.

Loew’s faith in Podolski and veteran striker Miroslav Klose, who spent most of last season warming the bench at Bayern Munich, paid off spectacularly on Sunday when the pair both contributed goals in the rout of Australia.

“I think he (Loew) has been delivering the goods for a whole lot of years and for him to be loyal to players, who were on a bit of a downward curve, has paid off,” said Podolski.

“I don’t think there are many team coaches like him, he has accompanied me for many long stretches of my career, he has taught me a great many things tactically.”

Klose, 32, is just three caps away from his century and his record of 49 goals leaves him as Germany’s third-highest goal-scorer and Podolski said question marks over his form in the German media should never have been raised.

“If you look at Klose’s record, his performances shouldn’t even be put into doubt, he has always played at a high level for the national side.”

Inspired by their national side’s performance, a wave of euphoria is engulfing football-mad German fans eager to rekindle memories of June 2006 when Germany hosted the last World Cup.

“I think the euphoria back home is even greater than in 2006, I just hope things will keep going on the same way,” said Podolski.

“But we are just concentrating on the game with Serbia.

“The German team is all about playing attack-minded football, this is what we have been trying to do for the last few years.

“It is what we need to keep doing.”

German Football
By German Football June 16, 2010 07:26
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