FRANKFURT: The German DFB has formally placed its faith in national coach Joachim Low despite last month’s historic 6-0 defeat by Spain in the UEFA Nations League in Seville.
Low was unable to explain Germany’s worst upset in a competitive game but the DFB said, in a statement, that he had met the goals of qualifying for the Euro finals, maintaining Germany’s status in League A of the Nations League and ensuring the national team would be in the first pot for the World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying draw.
The 60-year-old has been in charge for a Germany record of 14 years, having taken over in 2006 and led his country to their 2014 World Cup triumph.
But Germany have exited the last three tournaments — the 2018 World Cup and two consecutive Nations Leagues, at the group stage despite an overhauling of the team, that included dropping world champions Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.
Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff said at the time of the Spain defeat that one game would not change their minds about Loew’s credentials and that sentiment was echoed by the members of the Presidential Committee who met Loew on Monday.
A DFB statement said: “The Executive Committee agreed that what counts is the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the intact relationship between the team and the coach and a clear concept for the previous and future procedures.
“The defeat of the national team against Spain was also discussed in the conversation with the national coach and in the following telephone conference of the DFB board.
“A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and national coach.
“There is the strong conviction that Joachim Low and his coaching team, despite the challenging situation, will deliver successful games and results.
“The national team coach will take all the necessary measures so that the team plays an exciting Euro 2021.”