“KO at Wembley”. Die welt has a hangover this Wednesday morning following the elimination of Germany against England in the round of 16 of Euro 2020 (2-0). But more than the result, it is above all the end of Joachim Löw’s reign at the head of the Nationalmannschaft that makes most of the headlines. “Jogi, it’s over!”, title Bild, Rather satisfied. “Bye bye Jogi,” the Express quipped.
“Hi Jogi and thank you for 2014!”, remember BZ for his part, also relieved of the departure of the German technician. Michael Ballack, former international and not really tender with the coach usually, did not fail to tackle him again at the microphone of Magenta TV. “He took too long to intervene in the game. I do not understand”, he slipped, questioning once again his coaching.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger, consultant for ARD, was much more moved. “It’s a sad moment for the whole team. Personally, I think of Jogi Löw, it was his last international match today. He had an incredible career. It’s just sad that it’s over now ”, launched the former midfielder. Manuel Neuer, too, shared his sadness at the end of the meeting.
“He’s a great guy and a great person and he’s accomplished so much with us as a coach. It’s really sad that the era is ending like this. Former players owe him a lot and he shaped this team. It hurts”, released the goalkeeper of Bayern Munich at the microphone of the German channel ARD. The emotion was also at the rendezvous during the press conference of the person concerned.
A future on a bench?
“There were some unforgettable moments. I got to know people who are very important to me in my life today ”, confided the winner of the 2014 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup before continuing. “I also have to accept the disappointment and emptiness that comes with it. You don’t forget a tournament like this from the first days, because you need time ”, he explained.
And if everyone is not necessarily unhappy to see him leave his place after many years in office, Löw does not intend to draw a line on his coaching career. “There will be new energy again. I never spoke of retirement. There are certainly new tasks that will be of interest to me. For the moment, I have no concrete plans ”, he concluded. The message got through. Notice to amateurs. Germany is not unhappy to turn the page.