Joachim Löw will step down as the German national team head coach after the finish of Germany’s Euro-2020 campaign, one year before the end of his contract. The announcement was made official by the Twitter handle of the German Football Association (DFB). Löw led Germany to the final of Euro 2008 and World Cup success in 2014, when Mario Götze’s extra-time goal earned Germany victory in final against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Official announcement made by German Football Association (DFB)
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 9, 2021
Low has been in charge of Die Mannschaft since 2006 when he replaced Jurgen Klinsmann. Low’s contract was due to expire in 2022, but the 61-year old has asked to be released from his contract following the re-scheduled Euros this summer.
Great triumphs and painful defeats during my time with Germany
Löw opened up on his decision to step down and said, “I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament.”
“And because I have been able to work with the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years and support them in their development,” he added.
Löw went on to say, “I have great triumphs with them and painful defeats, but above all many wonderful and magical moments – not just winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil… I am and will remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an ideal working environment… Proud, because it is something very special and an honor for me to be involved in my country.”
Will do my best to make our fans happy at EURO 2020
Löw also expressed his desire to leave his role on a winning note with a triumphant EURO 2020 campaign. “I still feel the unconditional will as well as great energy and ambition for the upcoming European Championship. I will do my best to make our fans happy and successful at this tournament. I also know that this applies to the entire team,” he said.