Germany coach Loew honored for World Cup run
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.