Löw’s departure was announced after the Euro and his successor was already appointed, Hansi Flick, so what will come next will be an orderly transition.
Joachim Löw has said goodbye to his position as German coach, which he held for 15 years, after being eliminated in the Eurocup at the hands of England, thus ending an era that began in 2006 and that had its culminating point in the conquest of the 2014 World Cup.
The march of Löw had been announced – he had said this would be his last tournament – and his successor was already appointed, is Hansi flick, so what will come next will be an orderly transition.
Figure of Löw will undoubtedly be associated with World Cup 2014, with it was crowned a process that had aimed from the beginning towards success. Now, however, the feeling of a melancholic goodbye remains, although without drama.
Löw came to the German national team as an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann in 2004. He used to have a respectable, but not exceptional, career as a coach.
On Germany the most important thing he had achieved was a Germany Cup with the Stuttgart. He had also been an Austrian champion with the FC Tirol and had won a Turkey cup with the Besiktas.
Klinsmann chose him as an assistant because, he said, he needed someone he could blindly trust not only professionally but also personally. The two were friends and in their work together in the Löw team it was more than their second. They were a team and as such they appeared publicly.
TO THE SAGA OF SPAIN
When Klinsmann, after third place in the World Cup 2006, announced that he would not renew the German Football Federation (DFB) he wanted to bet on continuity and chose to be promoted to Löw.
In 2008 the Germany from Löw reached the end of the Eurocup, which he lost with Spain by 1-0.
That team still had much of the heritage of Klinsmann and his commitment to fast and vertical football. The seal of Löw began to be seen in the World Cup 2010 And, in part, it was the result of a series of contingencies.
Key players, starting with the captain Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings, they missed the tournament through injury. In 2009 Germany I had already won the U21 Euro Cup, Y Löw had called for the absolute several players of that team among those who were Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos, although the latter did not have much prominence in 2010.
Also, in the Bayern there was a certain Thomas muller that he had had an excellent season and that he would finish as a starter and scorer in South Africa.
The team reached the semi-finals and crashed again with Spain. Again 1-0. But again with the impression that he had been lost to a superior team that Löw decided to become his model.
THE LAST OPPORTUNITY
In the Euro 2012 the final station was again the semi-final but this time the executioner was Italy, the traditional black beast of Germany, and then there began to be a certain impatience. It was time for a title. And there were those who said that 2014 was the last chance to Löw.
On the way to the final there were two tough gnawing bones that were France in rooms and Brazil in the semifinals. In view of France, Germany won by a tight 1-0 already Brazil It passed him by with a 7-1 for history. Then came the final against Argentina and the goal of Mario Gotze for 1-0.
Captain, Philipp Lahm, He chose to say goodbye to the selection on the same day as the final. He knew, he said, that he could go no higher. Löw he could have chosen the same reasoning but did not.
THE MIRROR AND THE DECADENCE
In the Euro 2016 It was as if the story began again, with an elimination in the semifinals with a 2-0 against France.
Then came a curious period. Germany, between the end of the Eurocup and on April 27, 2018, when he fell to Brazil 0-1, he did not lose a single game. In that phase he won the Confederations Cup with a team that did not have the majority of regular starters and that Löw I wanted to use to test with perspective players.
That phase generated a mirage. Even Löw he began to publicly raise curious objectives, to learn to defend without entering the clash with the rival, always anticipating. And the idea of ball possession became an obsession for him.
After elimination in the group stage in Russia 2018, Löw he recognized that he had fallen into arrogance. “We came to believe that we could get to play as if the rival did not exist.”
It would have been another moment to leave but, just as he did not want to leave his moment of maximum glory, he also did not want to leave at his lowest moment and he tried a new beginning that in the end was filled with erratic decisions.
In the Eurocup at least he survived the group stage. The match against England, although the defeat was fair, it could have been different if Timo Werner and Müller they mark the two occasions they had.
But for now there is the feeling that Germany something is missing to be in the elite again. And that is not only the responsibility of Löw.
“When the game ended – said goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer – I looked at the center of the field and thought of Joachim Löw. It is time to thank him for a wonderful era. We all owe him a lot.”
Everyone in the field had made their international debut with him, which is normal after 15 years in office.