Löw extends coaching contract until 2014

German Football
By German Football March 15, 2011 17:41

Löw extends coaching contract until 2014

It now looks like Bayern Munich will have to look elsewhere for a new coach.

The German Football Federation (DFB) on Tuesday confirmed that national soccer coach Joachim Löw has extended his contract for another two years, until the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Reports have indicated that Löw was the top candidate to take over the coaching job at Bayern after 2012. However, the new contract indicates that Löw is not going anywhere just yet.

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff, assistant coach Hansi Flick and goalkeeping trainer Andreas Köpke have also signed on until July 31, 2014. Meanwhile, the secretary general of the DFB, Wolfgang Niersbach, has extended his contract until 2016.

“Hansi Flick, Andreas Köpke, Oliver Bierhoff and I are having enormous fun tackling this challenging task,” Löw said after the announcement. “We have faith in the quality of our players and see a bright future for our team. That’s why we were happy to accept the early extension offered by the DFB’s management.”

Löw took up his current post after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, graduating to the starring role after playing understudy to Jürgen Klinsmann during his two-year tenure. Under his guidance, Germany were runners-up to Spain in Euro 2008, and third-placed at last year’s World Cup.

Löw’s fresh deal with the German team, signed over 15 months before the end of his existing contract was considerably less acrimonious than his last round of negotiations.

Germany went into World Cup 2010 with no idea who would be stewarding the side after the competition, after a protracted war of words between Löw and the DFB president, Theo Zwanziger, which overshadowed preparations for the tournament.

But for a set of stunning German performances in South Africa – most notably the demolitions of England (4-1) and Argentina (4-0) in the knockout stages – the DFB might have replaced their national team coach, who Zwanziger said was showing signs of “being tired of the job” in the run-up to the competition. Löw finally confirmed that he would remain at the helm ten days after the World Cup finished.

Löw’s first order of business remains guiding Germany to the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. So far, the team’s qualification campaign is running smoothly; Löw’s men have won all four of their matches, and are heavy favorites to win their next match against Kazakhstan in Kaiserslautern on March 26.

German Football
By German Football March 15, 2011 17:41
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