Two more years for Loew

  • Last Updated: July 23 2014, 20:20 BST

Joachim Loew says he did not hesitate for a second about staying on as Germany coach after winning the World Cup this summer.

Joachim Loew has signed a contract extension
Joachim Loew has signed a contract extension

Loew signed a new contract until 2016 prior to the tournament, and he has now confirmed he will remain in charge of the world champions until at least Euro 2016 in France.

"I did not think about (resigning) for a second," Loew said on the German Football Association (DFB) website.

"I just stuck to what had been agreed prior to the World Cup, that we would sit down and analyse things afterwards, like we have done after every tournament.

"I did not extend my contract until 2016 only to end it prematurely.

"I've always felt a huge amount of faith from the DFB. Right now, I couldn't imagine anything better than continuing working with this team and to lead them to the European Championship title in France.

"I am as motivated as I was on my very first day for the DFB. We celebrated a huge success in Brazil, but we have further goals to aim for.

"The 2014 World Cup was a highlight, but it was not the ending."

Loew is therefore not going to follow the example of his captain Philipp Lahm, who ended his international career after lifting the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

"From a sporting point of view, his retirement is a bitter blow to us," Loew said.

"I could not have dreamed of having a better captain than him. He defined, led and presented this national team in such a marvellous way.

"That is why I am sorry that I will no longer have him at my disposal, but I accept and respect his decision.

"Philipp worked 10 years for this success and all we can do is thank him."