The DFB have today confirmed that Germany head coach Joachim Löw will end his tenure after the European Championship this summer, ending his contract one year early.
“I’m taking this step quite consciously, full or pride and with enormous gratitude but at the same time will with an unbroken great motivation as far as the upcoming European Championship tournament is concerned,” said Löw.
“I’m proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to be involved with my country in this way because I was able to work with the country’s best footballers for almost 17 years and accompany them in their development.
“I share great triumphs and painful defeats with them but above all many wonderful and magical moments and not just winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am and remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an optimal working environment.”
DFB President Fritz Keller added: “I have great respect for Joachim Löw’s decision. The DFB knows what it has in Jogi, he is one of the greatest coaches in world football.
“Jogi Löw has shaped German football like no other over the years and helped it achieve the highest standing on the international stage. Not only because of his sporting achievements, but also because of his empathy and humanity.
“The fact that he informed us about his decision at an early stage is very respectable. In doing so, he is giving us at the DFB the time needed to appoint his successor with calmness and a sense of proportion.”
Both Löw and the DFB agreed to terminate their cooperation one year early.