Jogi Calls It Quits

Head Coach of the German Soccer National Team to resign after the European Cup.

BERLIN/ FRANKFURT(MAIN)- „I’m knowingly taking this step with pride, thankfulness and with full continuous motivation as far as the European Cup is concerned.“  This was the statement of Joachim Löwe, the head coach of the German National Soccer Team as he announced to the German Soccer Federation DFB today that he is stepping down after the European Cup. The Cup is scheduled to take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021 in several European cities, and it will mark the 60th anniversary of the event. After 17 years at the helm, the 61-year old is leaving but not without taking one last shot at a tournament title.

Löwe started as an assistant coach for the team in 2004 when Jürgen Klinsmann was head coach, but was promoted to the position in 2006 when Klinsmann resigned from his position. From that point on until the present, Löwe coached a talented group of players which included Sebastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neubert and Robert Müller, just to name a few.

The highlights of Löwe’s career include a 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Championship, bronze medal in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the Creme de la creme: the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which included a 7-1 pasting of the host team in the semi-finals, followed by a 1-0 victory over Argentina to seal the deal with the gold medal.

Since bowing out of the first round of the World Cup in 2018, Germany has not fared well in international competition which included an embarassing 6-0 loss to Spain in November 2020, its worst loss since 1931 and one which stoked calls for his resignation.

Still, Löwe has plans to leave the team with a bang and hopes to put the devil to sleep by winning the European Cup, but Germany will have Hungary, Portugal and France to contend with in Group F of the first round of play. Nevertheless, many like Julian Nagelsmann, head coach of RB Leipzig, believe that because of his impact he has had for soccer, that he will be successful. „I hope this will be a glorious send-off,“ he stated in an interview with MDR.  Should Löwe win the cup, it will mark the only time a German coach won each international tournament at least one time, and this in addition to the record he will leave behind, namely:

219 wins, 93 losses and 86 ties in 25 years as soccer head coach in general, of which 120 wins, 31 losses and 38 ties come from his time as the head coach of the German national team……

………and still counting between now and July when he steps down for good. To Jogi’s 11: best of luck and let’s do this! 🙂