After Euro 2020, Joachim Löw will step down as Germany’s boss, putting his 15-year reign to an end. The German Football Association, or DFB, announced on Tuesday that the 61-year-old, who led Germany to World Cup victory in 2014, will step down in the summer.
Löw’s deal was set to run until the 2022 World Cup, but he contacted the DFB to seek an early release following the completion of the postponed tournament this summer.
“I take this step very knowingly, full of pride and immense gratitude,” Löw said, “but I remain very inspired when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament.” “I am proud because it is a privilege and an honor for me to be active in my country, and because I have had the opportunity to work with and help the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years.
“I’ve had amazing victories and heartbreaking losses with them, but above all, I’ve had many wonderful and magical moments with them – not least winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am and will always be thankful to the DFB for providing an optimal working atmosphere for me and my team.”
Germany will play fellow heavyweights France and Portugal, as well as Hungary, in Group F at Euro 2020, with all of their matches taking place at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Löw wants to leave his position on a high note.
“I still have a strong desire, as well as a lot of energy and enthusiasm, for the upcoming European Championship. I will do everything in my power to make our fans happy and to help us win this tournament. I’m also aware that this is true for the whole team.”
Germany reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals under Löw, losing to hosts France, but then exited the World Cup group stage for the first time in 2018, as well as struggling to succeed in the inaugural Nations League campaign. Between 2004 and 2006, Löw worked as an assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann before being promoted to manager.