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Germany Soccer Coach Loew to Stay Until 2022 World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Loew has extended his contract by two years until the 2022 World Cup, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Tuesday.

If the 58-year-old World Cup-winning coach does stay until the Qatar showpiece, he will have been in charge of Germany for 16 years. A federation statement, which came out as Loew was about to announce his preliminary 2018 World Cup squad, said assistant coach Thomas Schneider and goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke had also extended their deals until 2022.

“I thank federation president Reinhard Grindel, general secretary Friedrich Curtius and the whole DFB for their support and the faith they have in us and our work,” Loew said in a statement.

Grindel said he had no doubts about Loew’s hunger for more success despite having already lifted the 2014 World Cup.  “I always said that, for me, Jogi Loew is the best coach for the national team,” he said.  “Off the field he stands for fair play and tolerance, making him an excellent representative for Germany and the DFB.”

Born in the small Black Forest hamlet of Schönau im Schwarzwald, Joachim Loew  was named an honorary citizen in his hometown back in 2014, following the World Cup triumph in Brazil with the DFB-Team. The 2,300-capacity stadium in his hometown was also renamed the Joachim-Löw Stadium.   Around 3,000 Schönau residents followed the ceremony on a big screen outside the school that Löw once attended.

As well as Joachim being made an honorary citizen, the Schönau stadium also has a new name.

 

Thanks – Berlin (dpa)

 

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