Germany chief makes plea for Loew to stay

Germany’s football chief has given a strong endorsement of coach

Joachim Loew and says he hopes Loew will stay on after the World

Cup regardless of how the team performs in South Africa.

Loew’s contract runs out after the World Cup and talks between

him and the football federation president Theo Zwanziger over an

extension broke down unexpectedly in February.

Zwanziger says he is optimistic Loew will stay on as coach “of

a great team with a future.” Germany beat Australia 4-0 in a

strong World Cup opener on Sunday.

Loew responded Monday by saying he was totally focused on the

tournament and did not want to think about his contract.