Germany coach Loew honored for World Cup run

October 5, 2010

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.