Berlin, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- Joachim Löw will step down as head coach of the German national team after Euro 2020, which is due to be played this year.
He had been due to remain at the helm until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but approached the German football federation (DFB) to request an early end to his contract.
“I’m absolutely sure about taking this step and do so full of pride and with immense gratitude, but at the same time still with great motivation as far as the upcoming European Championship tournament is concerned,” Löw said.
“Proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to represent my country. And because I have been able to work with the country’s best footballers for almost 17 years and support them in their development.
He added: “We’ve experienced great triumphs and painful defeats with them, but above all many wonderful and magical moments — not only winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am and remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an optimal working environment.”
Having served as second-in-command since 2004, Löw took over from Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach following the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
In 2014, he led the team to World Cup glory in Brazil, a campaign that included the team’s historic 7-1 victory against the host nation.
Four years later, in Russia, Germany failed to make it out of the group stages for the first time in the team’s history.
Euro 2020 is due to kick off in June having been postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.EFE-EPA