The German Football Association announced today, that coach Joachim Loaf will leave the position of coach of the German national team (Manschaft) after the European Nations Cup scheduled for the middle of this year.
The union said in a statement that Loaf asked to be exempted from completing his contract.
That was supposed to last until the 2022 World Cup.
After the European Championships scheduled between June 11 and July 11 next.
Loaf coached the German national team in 2006 and led the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But he faced criticism after the decline in the results of the national team in the recent period.
“I take this step with great awareness and full of immense pride and gratitude, and at the same time I will remain extremely excited about the upcoming European Championship,” Loaf said in remarks published in the statement.
He added, “I have been able to work with the best football players in our country for 17 years, and have supported them in their development journey.
I have achieved tremendous achievements with them as we have gone through painful defeats.
But the most important thing is that we went through many wonderful and magical moments together.
Not just crowning the 2014 World Cup in 2014.” Brazil”.
Loaf became assistant coach to former German coach Juergen Klinsmann in 2004, then replaced him as coach two years later.
Besides the 2014 World Cup title.
Loaf led the German national team to the European Nations Cup Final (Euro 2008).
And the semi-finals in both the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 and 2016 European Nations Cup editions.
And that with a golden generation of players, including Thomas Muller, Philip Lam, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Masoud Ozil.
However, things changed with the shocking and surprising exit of the German national team from the group stage at the 2018 World Cup.
After that, Joachim Loaf began the stage of rebuilding the national team, but it did not produce the desired results yet.
Whereas, despite the German national team qualifying for the European Nations Cup, which was postponed to this year.
The team faced in the last period among them His defeat to the Spanish national team 0/6.
The DFB and Lofe were criticized in the following period for their behavior.
A controversy arose over the possibility of returning Mueller and other players to the national team.
It should be noted that Loaf, who spent most of his career as a player for Freiburg.
He trained several teams, including Stuttgart, Fenerbahce, Turkey and Austria Vienna.
He is the most consistent coach with the German national team, having led the team in 189 matches so far.
It has seen 120 team victories, 38 draws and 31 defeats.
Fritz Keeler, President of the German Confederation, praised Joachim Loew, describing him as: “one of the greatest coaches in the world of football.
” Adding that: “He has shaped German football unrivaled over the years and led it to build its most prominent international reputation.”
“Under Loaf’s leadership, the national team is back in enjoying the game and presenting attacking and attractive football,” said Oliver Bierhoff, director of the DFB.
He added, “This team and its players have developed tremendously under his leadership.
I feel sorry about the end of the work between us after the European Championship.
” Loaf will continue to do his part with the team in the next three matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Then he will lead him through his preparations for the European Championship and during the tournament.
The German national team is competing in the European Championship in a difficult group that includes it.
Both the world champion France and the European Championship holders Portugal.
And the Hungarian national team, and its matches will be held in Munich.
I know that applies to the entire national team as well.
” Keeler said Loew’s announcement early: “gives us in the DFB the time we need to appoint his successors, calmly and appropriately.”
The list of candidates to succeed Loew in coaching the German national team.
All Juergen Klopp, former Liverpool manager, and Ralph Rangnick, former Leipzig coach.
Meanwhile, Julian Nagelsmann, the current coach of Leipzig, was quick to rule out taking the position.