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Löw meets Steinmeier: Much praise for the long-time national coach – Sport

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier extensively praised Joachim Löw at a farewell meeting in Bellevue Palace. Steinmeier said on Wednesday in his speech before the scheduled lunch with the world champion, the long-time national coach had not only done “historical things for German football”, but also “made a contribution to the cohesion of our society and the reputation of our country in the world” -Coach.

“That is why I am pleased that I can say goodbye to you today, in a small circle, but in the name of all of football Germany,” added the Federal President, who sees Löw as a “innovator and visionary”. “Your art of dealing with people, your ability to make each individual in the ensemble even better, all of this makes you a coach of the golden generation,” said Steinmeier.

Löw is “a world traveler, never stuffy and backward-looking, but always open to new ideas,” says Steinmeier

Löw gave the people in Germany “many moments that will stay in the memory of our nation” – above all the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and as assistant coach the unforgettable 2006 home World Cup. “Today we thank a coach who helped his team has also shaped the image of our country in the world, “said Steinmeier. The Federal President was also enthusiastic about Löw’s tightrope walk between closeness to his homeland and cosmopolitanism. “Joachim Löw, that was and is for many ‘the Jogi’, a native, firmly rooted in the Black Forest, in Schönau and Freiburg im Breisgau,” he said, “but at the same time a world traveler, never narrow-minded and backward-looking, but always open to New.”

Steinmeier wished the former national coach good luck for the new phase of life and, above all, time “to take a deep breath and draw new strength. And I am sure that new ideas and goals have long been growing in you, plans for the game that is now in front of you lies”.

Löw had resigned after the knockout round at the European Championships last summer, three years earlier he had been responsible for the historic World Cup preliminary round in Russia. In addition to the 2014 World Cup title, Löw also won the Confederation Cup (2017) with the national team. The German Football Association (DFB) will officially bid farewell to Hansi Flick’s predecessor in the World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein next Thursday in Wolfsburg.

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