German World Cup-winning coach Joachim Low has extended his contract until 2018, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed.
Low was named coach of Germany’s national team in 2006 following a previous two-year spell as assistant under his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.
Prior to the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where ‘Die NacionalManschaft’ recorded their fourth success with victory over Argentina in the final at the Maracana, he extended his previous contract until 2016.
It was announced in a press conference on Friday that the 55-year-old will be in charge of the German team through to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
“I am really very happy that Joachim Low is going to stay (as) coach of Germany until the 2018 World Cup,” DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said in the press conference in Frankfurt.
“With his skills, his ambition and class, Jogi does the national team and the German Football Association a lot of good. We want to stay at world number one, that is our joint goal.”
On Friday, the DFB also announced a new role for the team’s commercial manager Oliver Bierhoff, who would now take over organisation of the federation’s academy.
Germany reached the semi-finals of the 2010 South Africa World Cup, where they lost to Spain and also, lost the 2008 European Championship to the same opponent in the final under Low.
Germany were eliminated by Italy in the last four of the Euro 2012 before going all the way in Brazil last year.
“I said yes with my heart and my head, Low said. “We feel incredibly good working together and we have shared goals.
“We were crowned world champions and we want to experience that feeling again.”