Despite a humiliating defeat to Spain in November, the German Football Association has announced that Joachim Low will remain in charge of the German National team for the European Championships next year.
Joachim Low Will Remain in Charge of German National Side
Uncertainty Surrounding His Position
German football officials met on November 30 to discuss the uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Joachim Low. The 60-year-old has taken charge of the national Team in six major tournaments and will now take charge of his seventh in 2021.
Informally, Low had already been given assurances over his future by the national team’s director Oliver Bierhoff following that 6-0 thrashing by Spain in the UEFA Nations League. It was Germany’s worst result since May 1931 and not a record any manager would want against their name.
The German Football Association are clear that one game should not define or condemn a manager.
In an official statement, they said: ”A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and the national coach.”
Euro 2020 Qualification Was Key to Decision
Germany only lost one of eight games to comfortably qualify for Euro 2020 – now being played in 2021 due to the global Coronavirus pandemic – and this has been key to the decision to keep the manager in place.
Joachim Low has been in charge for 14 years now and one defeat, albeit embarrassing, is not seen as enough to justify his removal from his position. The German FA were also keen to point out that they have every confidence in future successes and Germany remain top seeds for the World Cup 2022 qualification matches. The draw for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers will be made on December 7.
“There is a firm conviction that Joachim Low and his coaching team will deliver successful games and results despite a challenging situation for everyone,” the FA statement read.
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