Joachim Löw leaves the German post after the EM

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National coach Joachim Löw
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Dubai: Germany’s world champion head coach Joachim Löw will resign after the European Championship in July, the German Football Association announced on Tuesday. Löw will resign with a one-year term until the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

In a statement, Löw said that after almost 15 years as national coach, he was “full of pride and great gratitude” and “motivated” for his swan song at the newly held European Championship from June 11th to July 11th.

The 61-year-old nickname “Jogi” has headed Germany since 2006 and won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the height of his tenure.

Since the 6-0 win against Spain in the Nations League last November against Germany, however, he has been asked to resign. This horror result followed two years of fierce criticism of Löw since Germany dropped out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Until then, the Germans under Löw had at least reached the semi-finals of every tournament. The aftermath of the debacle in Russia stained his legacy as he tried to rebuild the team.

His decision in March 2019 to end the international careers of veterans Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels soon backfired.

The secured performances of Mueller and Boateng in the years 2019/20 helped FC Bayern Munich to win the Champions League title and meant that Löw had to constantly defend his decision to exclude them from the national line-up.

Löw recently indicated that he could call back the exile trio for World Cup qualification in Germany at the end of March. His record as a coach is an impressive 120 wins in 189 games with Germany as well as 38 draws and 31 defeats.

“I have great respect for Joachim Löw’s decision,” said DFB President Fritz Keller. “The DFB knows what’s in ‘Jogi’, he is one of the greatest coaches in world football. Over the years Jogi Löw has shaped German football like no other and has given it the highest international reputation.”

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