- Joachim Low’s contract with the German national team was set to run until 2022
- But the German tactician requested the DFB to end his tenure earlier than expected
- The 61-year-old will leave the job after Euro 2020, having been with the national team for 15 years
Joachim Low will step down as Germany’s national team boss after the Euro 2020 to bring an end to his 15-year spell in charge.
The Germany Football Association made the announcement on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
Low, who guided Germany to the Wold Cup in 2014, will leave his post one year before the end of his contract.
Since World Cup glory, Germany has been in a slow steady decline, with pressure mounting on the 61-year old.
Germany reached the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 but fell short of any success in the next World Cup where they were famously eliminated in the group stages.
They also failed to impress in the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign.
According to Sky Sports, Lowe, whose contract ran until 2022, approached the German Football Association (DFB) to request an early departure.
"I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament," he said.
He initially took the Germany top job in August 2006 from the country’s legendary striker Jurgen Klinsmann.
Stefan Kuntz, who is Germany’s current under 21 coach, has been tipped as the most likely successor of Low.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has won the Bundesliga, Champions League and Premier League, has also been thrown in the mix of possible replacements.
In total, Lowe managed 189 games as Germany’s head coach, winning 120 of those games and drawing 38 and experiencing 31 losses. His win percentage currently stands at 61%.
The most memorable victory as Germany coach for Low will probably be the infamous 7-1 victory over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi final.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Joshua Kimmich who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for German, European and world champions Bayern Munich has set a new record in the Champions League after his side's win over Lazio on Tuesday night, February 23.
Bayern Munich were at their best in their Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter beating Lazio 4-1 in a game that Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane scored one goal each.
The win over Lazio was Kimmich's 50th game in the Champions League for Bayern Munich and German footballer has gotten 38 wins more than any player on earth in their first 50 matches.
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Source: Legit Newspaper