German National Team manager Jogi Löw has signed another contract extension that will see him remain in charge of Die Mannschaft until 2020. The 56-year-old Löw has been working with the national team since 2004, initially as the assistant manager under Jürgen Klinnsmann, and then replacing the current US national team manager in 2006.
The German team has made a return to the top under Löw, reaching at least the semifinals of every tournament, including winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and finishing as runners-up to Spain in the 2008 European Championships. There were some who were disappointed in the side’s showing this summer in this year’s edition of the European Championships in France, where the team was eliminated by the hosts 2-0. But the team quickly put any lingering disappointments behind them and have come out of the gate on an absolute tear, winning all three of the side’s opening World Cup Qualifying matches so far and have yet to concede a goal.
Should he see out this new extension, Löw will become the joint second longest tenured manager in German national team history alongside Helmut Schön at 14 years each. Sepp Herberger managed the Germans for a total of 20 years during two stints in charge, a record that will be hard to beat.
Löw already has one impressive record to his name, as he has the highest winning percentage of any German NT manager, at 67 percent. His next win, possibly against San Marino next month in the tiny republic will give him 95 total and break the tie he currently is in with Herberger for the most German wins all-time. Considering the current rate of matches it is plausible that Löw will have managed more matches than anyone else by the end of this new extension. With 141 matches, he is currently 26 behind Herberger.
Prior to managing Die Mannschaft, Löw had managed clubs in Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, and Austria. His greatest success at club level came when he managed VfB Stuttgart, where he led the side to two fourth place finishes in the Bundesliga, while also winning the DFB Pokal in 1997, while also finishing as runners-up in the 1997-98 UEFA Cup, losing to Chelsea 1-0. He also won the Austrian Bundesliga in 2001-2002 with Tirol Innsbruck, the club’s last season before going bankrupt.
As a player, Löw represented Bundesliga clubs VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg, and Karlsruher SC. His greatest successes came at SC Freiburg, where he made 252 appearances and scored 81 goals as an attacking midfielder in three different stints with the Black Forest club.
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