World Cup 2010 - New Germany deal for Loew

Tue, 20 Jul 10:49:00 2010

Germany manager Joachim Loew has signed a new contract committing him to the job for another two years.

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Loew's most recent deal expired after the World Cup finals in South Africa, where he led a side comprising many young players to the semi-finals.

However, it was announced at a press conference in Berlin that the 50-year-old coach and his staff have agreed new deals to lead Germany up until after the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff, Low's assistant Hans-Dieter Flick and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke will all remain in their roles, and will reconvene to travel to Denmark for a friendly on August 11.

Loew said: "I will say thanks for these uncomplicated talks. We’re looking forward to our work with the team and the DFB.

"After the World Cup I was a bit exhausted. Now I will meet with my team in the next few days to figure out what kind of new ideas we can establish. We have a lot of ideas and we see a lot of potential."

However, he would not be drawn on his future plans for the captaincy of the national side, which has sparked a row between injured skipper Michael Ballack and Philipp Lahm, who took the armband at the World Cup in the midfielder's absence.

"I have not made up my mind on this, it's important for me to speak to the players and let them know my decision personally," Loew said.

German Football Federation president Dr Theo Zwanziger added: "We expect that Jogi Loew and his team will continue their excellent work. We now have a great basis for that.

"We have young talented players which reached world class level during World Cup 2010 and we have a coach who fits. I am very proud that we managed to reach this situation. Our confidence was affirmed."

En route to the last four in South Africa the Mannschaft put four goals past Australia, England and Argentina, before losing out to eventual winners Spain in Durban.

Germany also lost to Spain in the final of Euro 2008, Loew's first major tournament in charge of the national side after he was Juergen Klinsmann's assistant when their country hosted the World Cup in 2006.

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