DFB says goodbye to "coach of the century" Joachim Löw

DFB says goodbye to "coach of the century" Joachim Löw
DFB says goodbye to "coach of the century" Joachim Löw

During the World Cup qualifier of the German national team against Liechtenstein, ex-national coach Joachim Löw was officially dismissed. A number of former players gathered at the Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg to pay their respects to their 2014 world champion coach.

Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Sami Khedira, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose and Benedikt Höwedes, among others, gave Loew applause on site. However, ex-captain Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger were not present. Löw received a framed certificate from Peter Peters, the temporary DFB President. On it he was described as the "trainer of the century" and thanked him with the words: "Historical. Human. World champion. Thanks for everything, Jogi."

Löw thanked him again with a public letter on the DFB website. In it he writes: "Dear players, dear team behind the team, dear DFB, dear fans, thank you very much for allowing me to be part of our national team for 17 years. It was a fantastic time, for which I am infinitely grateful." There is "nothing greater and more beautiful than being able to represent your country in sport." He wishes his successor Hansi Flick and the fans "all the best and many exciting and successful tournaments with our national team. You deserve it. I will remain your fan."

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Joachim "Jogi" Löw was assistant coach of the national team under Jürgen Klinsmann from 2004 before he took over the job of national coach in 2006. He held this office for 15 years before announcing in March 2021 that he would be stepping down after the European Championships in the same year. Flick took over for him. In Wolfsburg and under the eyes of his predecessor, he was able to celebrate his team's 9-0 goal against an overwhelmed and decimated Liechtensteiner.

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