Germany’s Loew to stay until 2012

Joachim Loew is set to remain as Germany’s coach until the 2012

European Championship, the national football federation said

Wednesday.

“There was never any question for us over the fact that we

wanted to continue working with the national coach,” German

Football Federation president Theo Zwanziger said as he confirmed

that the 49-year-old is to stay on after next year’s World Cup.

“I am glad that we were able to shake hands on a contract

extension and now can go calmly into the World Cup year,” he added.

Loew succeeded Juergen Klinsmann after the 2006 World Cup. He

took the team to the final of last year’s European Championship,

which it lost 1-0 to Spain.

Germany topped its qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup.

It will face Australia, Serbia and Ghana in the group phase.

The German federation said that Loew’s new contract will be

signed next month.

Loew’s assistant, Hans-Dieter Flick, team manager Oliver

Bierhoff, goalkeeping trainer Andreas Koepke and chief scout Urs

Siegenthaler also will stay on, it added.