Loew extends contract
Germany coach Joachim Loew could not walk away from the challenge of transforming his side from World Cup semi-finalists to European champions.
The 50-year-old has ended speculation over his future by announcing he has extended his contract until after Euro 2012.
Loew's previous deal expired after the World Cup, but the team's display in South Africa -- where they reached the last four before losing to eventual winners Spain -- led to a public clamour for it to be extended.
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff, Loew's assistant Hans-Dieter Flick and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke have also agreed two-year extensions to their contracts, meaning the quartet will remain in their posts until after the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. Loew said: "We are all pleased that we can continue our work with the national team.
"Our team has excellent sporting prospects and it is a big challenge for us to be able to get stuck into the preparations for Euro 2012 after the successful World Cup in South Africa.
"Thanks to the excellent work the Bundesliga clubs do with young players and to the youth teams of the DFB we are convinced that the national team can further enhance their international standing through modern and attractive football."
The Germans won praise for their football in South Africa, sweeping aside England 4-1 in the last 16 and Argentina 4-0 in the quarter-finals.