Questions surrounding Germany manager Joachim Low have been seemingly answered for the short-term. The DFB, Germany’s football body, released a lengthy statement detailing that Low had the support of the administration and would continue with his plans ahead of the delayed European Championships.
Germany had won 3 of their last 8 international matches and just 2 in their Nations League group. Two wins against the Ukraine did little to stem the fury after drawing both matches against Switzerland and once with the Spanish in the opening match. However, it was the final group game which led to calls for Low’s dismissal.
A 6-0 thrashing at the hands of La Roja and Low’s future was suddenly very uncertain.
Germany have a young squad having moved on from many senior players. Mesut Ozil retired prematurely after accusations of racism within the German ranks. Low himself removed the possibility of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, even prompting Ozil to tweet during the 6-0 defeat that the former should be brought back in.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 17, 2020
The likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle will be at the forefront of the German hopes with established stars such as Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Ilkay Gundogan providing the experience.
The lengthy statement on the DFB website detailed the decision-making processes behind the decision for Low to remain in charge.
“The DFB Presidium agreed on Monday in a telephone conference that the path of renewal of the National team with national coach Joachim Löw to continue without restriction. The Presidium thus followed a recommendation by the Presidential Committee and by Oliver Bierhoff, Director National Teams & Academy.
On Monday morning, the members of the Presidential Committee (President Fritz Keller, 1st Vice President Amateurs Rainer Koch, 1st Vice President Professional Football Peter Peters, Treasurer Stephan Osnabrugge; Secretary General Friedrich Curtius absent due to illness) met Oliver Bierhoff and Joachim Löw in Frankfurt am Main. It was important for the national coach to discuss the current situation, the defeat against Spain and the months ahead of the European Championship in an open, constructive and intensive exchange.
In the process, Joachim Löw informed those involved about his assessments, ideas and further plans. The members of the Executive Committee agreed that what counts is the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the intact relationship between the team and the coach and a clear concept for the previous and future procedures. A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and the national coach.
The DFB Presidium agrees: On the way to the EM 2021, important sporting goals have already been achieved – including the EM qualification, staying in League A of the Nations League and positioning in the first lottery pot in the World Cup qualification. Accordingly, Joachim Löw continues to have the trust of the DFB Presidium.
The defeat of the national team against Spain was also discussed in the conversation with the national coach and in the subsequent telephone conference of the DFB presidium. For everyone – the players, the national coach, the DFB, the fans and the public interested in football – the 6-0 win against Spain was a disappointment.
Together, the view is purposeful and focused on further preparations for the European Championship next year. There is a firm conviction that Joachim Löw and his coaching team will deliver successful games and results despite a challenging situation for everyone. The national coach will take all necessary measures to play an exciting European Championship in 2021 with the team. The national coach’s assessment also receives approval that subsequent tournaments – specifically the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2024 European Championship, which will take place in their own country – must already play a role as perspectives and sporting goals in further sporting and personal considerations at this point in time.
Germany’s next fixtures are yet to be decided with the final international break taking place in early 2021.
Germany will face France, Portugal and Hungary in what many are describing as the tournament’s group of death. Low will have a tough task qualifying the side past the reigning World and European champions plus a spirited and improved Hungary side.
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