Loew set to extend contract

2010-01-16 16:59

Berlin - Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday he expects to have extended his contract with the German Football Federation (DFB) by the end of the month.

"The final discussions will take place this month," Loew told German broadcaster Sky.

"I have already talked over the issue with the DFB president and we have agreed to a two-year extension, but there are still some points to sort out."

DFB president Theo Zwanziger said last December he had agreed to extend Loew's contract until 2012 when the European Championships will be held in Poland and the Ukraine.

Loew succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann as coach after the 2006 World Cup - in which he had been the assistant coach - and had originally signed a contract to stay in charge until June's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Since taking charge, Loew has led Germany to the Euro 2008 final, where they lost 1-0 to Spain in Vienna and his side were unbeaten in their qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup.

After 45 matches in charge, Loew has 31 wins, six defeats and eight draws.

Germany have been drawn in Group D at the World Cup finals where they will face Australia, Ghana and Serbia.