Joachim Löw to remain as Germany coach

World Cup winner says his appetite to lead Die Mannschaft is a strong as ever after success in Brazil

Joachim Löw will remain as Germany manager. Photograph:  Markus Gilliar - Pool /Getty Images

Joachim Löw will remain as Germany manager. Photograph: Markus Gilliar - Pool /Getty Images

Wed, Jul 23, 2014, 14:54

Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Löw remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said on Wednesday.

Löw was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side’s 1-0 World Cup final victory over Argentina 10 days ago.

In an interview on the DFB website he said he could think of nothing better than leading the side to the tournament in France, and was as motivated as he was on his first day on the job.

The Republic of Ireland are among those awaiting Löw and Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Martin O’Neill’s side will face the world champions away first, on October 14th.

Germany open their campaign against Scotland on September 7th.

Löw took over the national team after the 2006 World Cup having previously been assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann.

As well as Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph, he also led the side to the final at Euro 2008 and the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm retired from international soccer last week.

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