Euro 2020: Germany – Profiling Die Mannschaft Head Coach Joachim Löw

Euro 2020: Germany – Profiling Die Mannschaft Head Coach Joachim Löw

Joachim Löw will lead Germany at a seventh major international tournament at Euro 2020 this summer – his eighth if you include the 2017 Confederations Cup – in his 15th year at the helm of the national team.

Löw never played senior international football for West Germany, as it was then known, during his own career. His rather modest days as a player as an attack-minded midfielder peaked with three spells at Freiburg, then in 2.Bundesliga, in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.

His foray into playing at a higher level was ultimately limited to brief spells as a fringe player at Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt. By the age of 29, Löw had traded Germany for lower league football in Switzerland, which is where he soon landed his first job in coaching.

Teams Managed

Germany's coach Joachim Loew smiles prio

​FC Frauenfeld​1994 – 1995
​VfB Stuttgart​1996 – 1998
​Fenerbahce1998 – 1999​
​Karlsruher1999 – 2000​
​Adanaspor​2000 – 2001
​Tirol Innsbruck​2001 – 2002
​Austria Wien​2003 – 2004
Germany​2006 – present​

International management is where Löw has ultimately thrived, but he spent more than a decade in various jobs in Switzerland, Germany, Turkey and Austria before he landed a role with the German national team in 2004 as an assistant coach in Jurgen Klinsmann’s staff.

That was part of a German reboot after a general decline and a disastrous Euro 2004, with Löw brought on board several years after meeting Klinsmann on a coaching course.

Löw got his first job in 1992 at Swiss club Winterthur, where he coached the youth team. That led to a player-manager gig at Frauenfeld in 1994, followed by an assistant’s job back home in Germany at former club Stuttgart.

Löw was handed the Stuttgart reins in 1996 and in 1998 was hired by Fenerbahce. He spent the next few seasons jumping around short stays at Karslruher, Adanaspor, Tirol Innsbruck and Austria Wien, before the call came from Klinsmann in 2004 to join him in the Germany setup.

Coaching Achievements

Joachim Loew

​DFB Pokal​1996/97
​Austrian Bundesliga​2001/02
​Austrian Supercup​2003
​World Cup​2014
​FIFA World Coach of the Year2014​
​Confederations Cup​2017

The 2014 World Cup is by the far the crown jewel of Löw’s personal trophy collection, but he did enjoy degrees of success at several of his club sides in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

At Stuttgart, Löw was in charge as the club won the DFB Pokal in 1997, while his team were beaten finalists against Chelsea in the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final.

Löw took over at Tirol Innsbruck in October 2001 and led the already reigning Austrian champions to a third straight ​Bundesliga title that season, but lost his job when the club went bankrupt and was dissolved. Austrian Supercup success came with Austria Wien in 2003.

Having taken over from Klinsmann after the 2006 World Cup, Löw took Germany to the final of Euro 2008 and back-to-back semi-finals at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, before 2014 glory. Germany also reached the semis at Euro 2016 and won the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Euro 2020 Qualifying Record


​Netherlands 2-3 GermanySané, Gnabry, Schulz​
​Belarus 0-2 Germany​Sané, Reus
Germany 8-0 Estonia​Reus (2), Gnabry (2), Goretzka, Gündoğan, Wener, Sané​
Germany 2-4 Netherlands​Gnabry, Kroos​
​Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany​Halstenberg, Gnabry
​Estonia 0-3 Germany​Gündoğan (2), Werner
Germany 4-0 Belarus​​Ginter, Goretzka, Kroos (2)
Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland​Gnabry (3), Goretzka (2), Brandt

Germany qualified for their 13th European Championship by finishing top of Group C, securing their place with a game to spare after hammering Belarus in the penultimate round of fixtures. It made them one of the last automatic qualifiers to make it.

Löw’s team won seven of their eight qualifiers, only dropping points in a home defeat by the Netherlands midway through the campaign, while German players accounted for six of the nine highest scoring players in the group – not even including rising star Timo Werner.

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