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Joachim Löw reportedly extends contract with Germany

The German football association appears set to announce that it has extended the contract of national team coach Joachim Löw. The new deal would reportedly keep Löw in the post through the next European championship.

A number of German media organizations reported on Monday that coach Löw has signed a contract extension with the German football association (DFB), which would keep him at the helm of the national team until 2020. The DFB has called a press conference featuring Löw and association president Reinhard Grindel in which they are expected to officially announce the move.

The extension would mean that Löw would lead the team into the 2020 European championship, a title that has so far eluded the 56-year-old coach. At Euro 2016 in France last summer, Germany stumbled at the second-to-last hurdle, losing 2-0 to the host nation in their semifinal in Marseille. In 2008, Löw guided Germany to the final of the European Championship, when they were defeated 1-0 by Spain.

The national team is currently attempting to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they will be aiming to defend the title they won in Brazil two years ago. Germany lead World Cup qualifying Group C with perfect record following wins over Norway, the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. Their next qualifier is against San Marino on November 11.

pfd/dv (dpa, SID)