Joachim Low to remain as Germany boss for Euro 2020 despite historic defeat

The German Football Association (DFB) have announced thatthe under-fire national team boss Joachim Low will continue as Germany’s coach for the Euro 2020. The federation said earlier this week that its management agreed in a conference call that Low should “unreservedly continue” with the team. Earlier, Low was given “time and emotional distance” following Germany’s heavy to Spain.

“The presidential committee of the DFB decided unanimously this Monday during a teleconference to continue with coach Joachim Low on the difficult path of renewal started in March 2019,” the DFB’s statement. “A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and the national coach,” the federation added, referring to the match against Spain.

Last month, Spain handed Germany its worst defeat for the first time in 89 years, winning 6-0 to advance to the final four. It was their first loss of 2020, yet they won only three of their eight matches in Group A4, also drawing with Spain, Switzerland twice and Turkey. The 60-year-old has been in charge since 2006, finishing third at the 2010 World Cup before claiming the title four years later.

Germany have not been beaten so heavily since losing to Austria by the same scoreline in a friendly in 1931. Germany’s only five-goal loss in a competitive match had been West Germany’s 8-3 defeat to Hungary at the 1954 World Cup group stage. West Germany went on to beat Hungary in the final, while the friendlies in Austria in 1931 handed them the 6-0 score.

The DFB added that Low had met its goals of qualifying for the Euros, 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 2022 qualifying draw. Low will now prepare his squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers from March and the Euro 2020 finals, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, next summer.

In the qualifier last year, Toni Kroos struck twice as Germany qualified for the European Championship with a 4-0 win over Belarus. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter opened the scoring for the hosts before Leon Goretzka doubled their lead to book their place in the tournament. Low’s Germany havequalified for the finals for a record 13th time in a row.

Germany has been drawn into a challenging group alongside France, Portugal, and Hungary for Euro 2020, which kicks off in June 2021. Low has been in charge for 189 games with a contract until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and and the 2024 European Championship, which will take place in Germany. The federation expects him “to take all necessary measures to play an exciting EM 2021 with the team.”