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Joachim Löw accepts possibility of losing Germany job

Jun 6, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT

Coach Joachim Low of Germany sings the National Anthem of Germany before their friendly soccer match against the Netherlands in Amsterdam Reuters

Should Germany fail to impress at the 2014 World Cup, there’s a good possibility that manager Joachim Löw could be out of a job. Germany have been drawn alongside Portugal, the United States and Ghana in Group G, which many have labeled this tournament’s “Group of Death.”

But despite being drawn into such a tough group, the Germany coach knows his team’s performances will be heavily scrutinized. And even though he recently signed a contract extension keeping him in place through Euro 2016, Löw knows that’s no guarantee. If Germany don’t live up to expectations, a new manager is likely, acknowledged the coach:

I have a contract, but I also know that a Bundestrainer [German national coach] will always be judged by the team’s performance in a tournament. Should we be eliminated at the group stage, it would be necessary that changes are made.

Germany, considered one of the favorites to lift the Cup, has a tough road ahead of them. Not only are the U.S., Portugal and Ghana all dangerous opponents, capable of taking points away from them, but Germany has quite a few injury concerns as well. Central midfielders Ilkay Gündogan and Lars Bender were left out of the squad. Marcel Schmelzer was cut from the roster with a knee injury. Bayern Munich teammates Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Philipp Lahm all came to training camp carrying knocks.

Fortunately for Germany, they have the depth to deal with injuries, particularly in the midfield. Even better news is that Neuer, Schweinsteiger and Lahm are all expected to be fit for the first game of the tournament, against Portugal.

That’s not fantastic news for their opponents, of course. But it’s certainly music to the ears of Joachim Löw.

  1. sniperdoc - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    You may want to fix the following line’s grammar:

    “If Germany don’t live up to expectations, a new manager is likely” – it should read – “If Germany doesn’t live up to expectations, a new manager is likely.”

    • tomcatfl - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      In UK English, the name of a team (whether national or club) is treated grammatically as a plural noun, rather than singular, presumably with the idea that the team name represents multiple individuals. So “Man U are going to miss Champions League again next year” is perfectly correct in UK, while in the US we would say “Man U is going to miss Champions League again next year”.

      I’m not sure if this rule applied to all collective nouns, as the vast majority of British-dialect writing that I read happens to be about soccer :-)

      • sibertt - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Heck, I refer to sports teams in the plural all the time, and I’m born&raised in the USA. X-D

  2. ccarochar - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Standard procedure if any top/second-seeded nation at any tournament gets a group stage knock-out then the coach is pretty much always on their way. Consequently this could apply to any coach at any tournament, or indeed football in general.

    The way this is seemingly being applied to Loew in this negative fashion as if such a practice will only apply in his case is pretty ridiculous.

  3. talgrath - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    So, let’s say the worst happens for Germany (hopefully not, I always root for Germany once USA is out) and Low gets fired; what are the odds the USMNT can bring him in as assistant coach to Klinsmann? Can you imagine those two, teamed up again, to coach the USA? A man can dream.

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