Auf Wiedersehen! Joachim Low bids farewell to Germany

Auf Wiedersehen! Joachim Low bids farewell to Germany

The German FA has introduced that coach Joachim Low will probably be stepping down after Euro 2020, thus bringing to an finish one among football’s longest national-team tenures.

Low really had one other 12 months to run on his contract, taking him to the World Cup finals in Qatar, however has struck an settlement to finish it early, thus clearing the way in which for a successor — Germany’s first new supervisor in nearly 15 years.

The 61-year-old was instrumental in reconstructing Germany’s footballing philosophy and reestablishing them as probably the most formidable teams in world football, guiding them to the Euro 2008 closing, then third place on the 2010 World Cup, earlier than profitable it outright in 2014.

So, to mark the top of a substantial period, listed here are 15 issues to know in regards to the man they name Jogi — one for yearly of his tenure.

1. Low formally took cost of Germany on July 12, 2006, however his affiliation with the nationwide team goes again an extra two years, having first been appointed as assistant to predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann in July 2004. Low then stepped as much as change into head coach upon Klinsmann’s departure from the function after Germany completed third of their house World Cup.

2. Low is way and away the longest-serving worldwide supervisor in Europe, having been in full cost of Germany for 14 years and 240 days. That is over three years longer than the subsequent coach on the checklist, Koldo Alvarez, who has been on the helm of the Andorra nationwide aspect for 11 years and 35 days.

3. Low can be the longest-tenured supervisor in world football, although he will not be however for the COVID-19 pandemic. Twelve months in the past the Uruguayan football federation have been compelled to layoff all their teaching workers on account of monetary points. This included veteran boss Oscar Tabarez, who’s second stint accountable for the nationwide team started three months earlier than Low’s, in March 2006.

4. He was a comparatively unknown coach earlier than he rose to prominence with Germany. Earlier than ascending to the nationwide team stage, Low had spells accountable for Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, in addition to various stints additional afield in Turkey with Fenerbahce, Adanaspor, and in Austria with Wacker Innsbruck and Austria Vienna.

5. Low additionally performed football professionally, although his profession as a striker by no means got here near hitting the heights he would later take pleasure in as a coach. The majority of his football was performed within the German second tier with Freiburg, although he did rating seven objectives in 52 Bundesliga appearances for Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt and Karlsruhe within the early 1980s.

6. Regardless of failing to make a lot of an affect within the prime tier, Low loved a prolific profession within the second division. Certainly, to today he stays the second-highest aim scorer in Freiburg historical past with 81 objectives in 252 appearances. He additionally received 4 caps for the German under-21 team.

7. His preliminary transition into teaching got here in 1994, earlier than formally retiring as a participant. Certainly, the German ahead lower his managerial enamel by serving to out as a youth coach at Swiss aspect FC Winterthur, the membership with whom he spent the ultimate two years of his professional profession. After hanging up his boots on the finish of the 1994 season, Low returned to the Bundesliga as assistant supervisor at Stuttgart. He was then handed the first-team reigns the next 12 months and by no means seemed again.

8. Low is barely the third particular person to change into Germany head coach having by no means represented the senior worldwide team as a participant. The primary was Otto Nerz (1926) and the second was Erich Ribbeck (1998).

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9. Numerous debuts have been handed to Germany gamers through the years, however the very first gamers to make their worldwide bows underneath Low have been Manuel Freidrich and Malik Fathi, each of whom got here off the bench in a 3-Zero win over Sweden in August 2006 — Low’s first recreation accountable for Die Mannschaft. The 100th participant to debut underneath Low was Mark Uth of Schalke, who took to the pitch in a 3-Zero UEFA Nations League defeat in opposition to Netherlands in October 2018 — Low’s 168th recreation in cost.

10. Low has led Germany to 6 main tournaments, reaching three finals (profitable one) and 6 semifinals. To place that in perspective, all 15 of England managers — from Walter Winterbottom within the 1940s by means of to present incumbent Gareth Southgate — have reached one closing and 4 semis.

11. Low’s event report is second to none, having each managed and received extra total video games at European Championships and World Cups than every other coach ever.

12. Low has overseen some astounding outcomes throughout his tenure as Germany coach, maybe none extra so than the actually crushing 7-1 humiliation his aspect inflicted on hosts Brazil on the 2014 World Cup. It’s a recreation that has already handed into immortality because the heaviest defeat in Brazil’s historical past and the most important aggressive loss ever suffered by a World Cup-winning nation. The scoreline has additionally handed into frequent parlance in Brazil, the place “being given a one-seven” has change into slang for taking a heavy blow — be it bodily or figurative.

13. One other resounding excessive got here later that very same event when Mario Gotze’s outstretched toe proved to be the distinction on the Maracana as Germany snatched World Cup glory from beneath Argentina’s noses in extra-time. Gotze got here off the bench within the 88th minute and subsequently scored the one aim of the sport within the 113th, thus changing into the primary substitute ever to attain a World Cup-winning aim, in addition to the youngest participant (22) to attain in a closing for 48 years. Low later revealed the inspirational phrases he mentioned to Gotze at half-time of extra-time, mere moments earlier than the younger ahead etched his identify within the annals of World Cup historical past: “Okay, present the world you might be higher than Messi.” Messi nonetheless had the higher hand in the long term, however you’ll be able to’t argue with the short-term outcomes.

14. After all, for all of the lofty highs there have additionally been crushing lows (pun absolutely meant) with the UEFA Nations League defeat in opposition to Spain in November 2020 among the many very lowest. Ferran Torres scored a hat trick as Die Mannschaft misplaced 6-Zero in Seville — Low’s bewildered aspect slumping to the second-heaviest defeat in the whole historical past of the Germany nationwide team. “It was a darkish day,” their embarrassed coach mentioned after the ultimate whistle.

15. In addition to the smooth knitwear and seemingly unflappable manner, Low can be famed for his much-coveted head of thick, inky black hair. The German as soon as confronted a grilling by newspaper Die Welt as as to if or not his trademark mop is pure, or in actual fact too silken to be true.

Requested to deal with claims he wore a wig, Low’s response was to take fast offence earlier than inviting the interviewer to step up and discover out for themselves.

“I’ve heard the rumours too. Nonsense. You’re welcome to drag on it!” he joked. “I simply have a whole lot of hair, I am unable to do a lot about my coiffure. My hair grows ahead, which bothers me a little bit.

“I am unable to even comb it again. That is why I’ve had the identical coiffure for so long as I can keep in mind.”



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