Loew to remain as Germany coach
Joachim Loew (Getty Images)
Berlin - Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World
Cup holders' shock elimination in the group phase in Russia, the German
Football Association (DFB) said on Tuesday.
The DFB said Loew, who
has been in the job for 12 years, had told German football chiefs he
wanted to carry on and oversee the "rebuilding" of the national team.
who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil in 2014, was told he
continued to enjoy "the support of the entire leadership" despite the
team's failure to progress from the first round for the first time in 80
In one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, Germany
finished bottom of their group after defeats to Mexico and South Korea
Shortly before the tournament, Loew signed a contract extension until the 2022 World Cup.
said: "I am very grateful for the confidence that the DFB has again
shown in me and I feel a lot of support and encouragement despite the
justified criticism of our elimination.
"I am still hugely
disappointed, but now my team and I would like to get started on the
rebuilding. I will analyse with my team, hold discussions and draw
conclusions before the start of the new season. That all takes time, but
it will be done by the time international matches start in September."
players in the Germany team including Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and
Thomas Mueller have given Loew their backing, yet could all face the axe
after poor displays.
There are, however, reports of player disgruntlement in other quarters.
newspaper FAZ quoted unnamed Germany players who said the squad was
deeply divided between senior and younger players in Russia.
Timo Werner and Julian Brandt, both 22, were given less playing time than the players who won the World Cup in 2014.
There was also reportedly resentment about the special status given to captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
played all three group games, ahead of Barcelona 'keeper Marc-Andre Ter
Stegen, even though the Bayern Munich player had just returned after he
was sidelined by a foot fracture for eight months.
The report said that was "a problem for some players" as Loew had said he would only use those who were playing well regularly.
complaints included the choice of Germany's isolated World Cup base in
south-west Moscow which many players hated, and the clumsy handling of
the pre-World Cup scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.
players' loyalty to Germany was brought into question on the eve of the
World Cup after they met Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom
Gundogan presented with a jersey signed "to my president".
Both players were booed by German fans during pre-World Cup friendlies, which overshadowed preparations for the finals.
refused to comment on the controversy during the World Cup, while
Gundogan gave a single interview in which he said the furore was "a