Germany coach Loew honored for World Cup run
Germany's president has honored national coach Joachim Loew and his team for their strong showing at the World Cup in South Africa.
President Christian Wulff handed Loew the country's highest honor - the Federal Order of Merit - at a ceremony at the Bellevue palace Tuesday, and gave Loew's players the Silver Laurel Leaf, Germany's highest recognition for sporting achievement.
Wulff praised Loew as "an exemplary football coach, a model leadership personality, an internationally recognized football expert and a deeply likeable sportsman."
Germany finished third at the World Cup and was praised for its attractive play.
World Cup captain Philipp Lahm said the award was a "great incentive" for the future.