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Joachim Löw to remain Germany coach

Joachim Löw has decided to carry on as head coach of Germany. Löw had received a vote of confidence from the German FA despite the defending World Cup champions being knocked out at the group stage.

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Extra time for Germany national coach

The German football association (DFB) announced on Tuesday that Joachim Löw will carry on as head coach of the national team. This comes despite the fact that Germany, the 2014 champions, failed to progress beyond the group stage at the World Cup in Russia.

The decision comes just days after the DFB presidential board discussed Löw's future in a telephone conference and unanimously agreed that the coach, who first joined the national team as Jürgen Klinsmann's assistant in 2004, should continue in his role.

The decision had thus been left in the hands of Löw, whose contract had been extended just weeks before the start of the tournament in Russia to run through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Votes of confidence from Bierhoff and Neuer

"I very much appreciate the trust the DFB continues to place in me. Despite the justified criticism over our elimination [from the World Cup], I still sense that I enjoy a great deal of support and encouragement," Löw was quoted as saying in the DFB statement.

"I am pleased that Jogi Löw will continue to lead our national team," Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff said.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer expressed a similar sentiment, saying he was confident that under Löw's leadership, the national team would return to its former strength.

Since taking over from Klinsmann as head coach of the national team, he has led Germany to the semifinal or better in every major international tournament, winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.

After signing his contract extension in mid-May, Löw described his role of national team head coach as his dream vocation.

Germany's next game is on September 6, when they face France in their first match of the new UEFA Nations League.

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