BERLIN (AP) – The German football federation sticks to Joachim Löw as national team coach despite losing 6-0 to Spain.
The federation said Monday that its management agreed in a conference call that Löw, who has been in charge since taking over after the 2006 World Cup, should “continue unconditionally” with the team.
“One match cannot and should not be the benchmark for the general performance of the national team and national coaches,” the federation said, referring to match against Spain in the Nations League on November 17th.
Top federation officials, including president Fritz Keller and vice president Rainer Koch, met with Löw and national team director Oliver Bierhoff on Monday morning.
The federation said Löw informed executive committee members about its assessment, ideas and plans for the European Championship, which was postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany are in a tough group with France, Portugal and Hungary for Euro 2020, which will be held in June 2021.
Löw led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, but his reputation has taken a hit following poor team title defense in Russia and no clear upward trend since then.
Löw fielded supporters Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, but their younger replacements failed to live up to expectations and the team was prone to costly mistakes.
The decision not to recall the experienced trio has been criticized by former players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lothar Matthäus.
Apart from the Nations League win over a Ukrainian side weakened by the coronavirus infection, Germany also conceded late in the match in the 1-1 draws against Spain and Switzerland in September. Turkey scored in injury time to draw 3-3 in their friendly in October.
Löw has officiated 189 matches on contract until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The lack of replacements available may have helped the federation maintain faith in the 60-year-old former Freiburg striker.
Löw also has the support of Bundesliga clubs like Bayern Munich and Leipzig for choosing to give their players a break for friendlies amid a busy schedule caused by delays due to the coronavirus.
Löw incised defeat against Spain as an isolated failure.
“When everyone is healthy, our team is very dangerous, even if it is young and inexperienced,” said Löw in Seville.
The Federation seems to agree.
“There is a strong belief that Joachim Löw and his coaching team will deliver successful games and results even in challenging situations for everyone. The coach will take all the steps necessary for an interesting 2021 European Championship, “the federation said in a statement.
“We agree with the coach’s assessment that the following tournaments must already play a role in sporting perspectives and goals – namely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2024 European Championship in our own country.”
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