World Cup winning coach Joachim Loew to remain Germany’s head soccer coach


Joachim Loew will remain the head coach of Germany’s national soccer team, reports Bloomberg.

“I can’t imagine anything better than working with that team again, taking them to the European Championship in France and continuing to develop the individual players within the squad,” Loew said in an interview on the national team’s Web site “I’m as motivated now as on my first day with the DFB.”

The fact that the team wanted Loew to remain on is not surprising, considering the floppy-haired 54-year-old led the team to a World Cup win earlier this month.  However, there was some speculation that Loew would leave before his contract expires in 2016, especially after German captain Philipp Lahm resigned from international competition last week. But Loew told that the thought or resigning never crossed his mind.

“I didn’t think about any of that,” Loew said. “[I] was only sticking to what we had agreed before the World Cup –- that after the tournament we would sit down together in peace and analyse our campaign, just as we have done after every other competition. I didn’t extend my contract with DFB until 2016 just to terminate it prematurely…”

He added the only reason that he didn’t speak up about his future with the team immediately after the World Cup was because he wanted to relax.

“I simply needed a couple of days to let everything sink in, process all the emotions and then begin looking ahead to the next challenge,” he said.

Speaking of, the next challenge will be getting to and winning the 2016 Euro championships in France. The qualifying matches for that tournament are set to get underway in September.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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Marissa Payne · July 23, 2014