World Cup winning captain Lahm hails Loew’s ‘sensational’ spell

World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has hailed the long era of Joachim Loew as German coach, saying for “over 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, Germany were successful in every tournament.”

Loew, who stepped up from assistant to Juergen Klinsmann after the 2006 World Cup, will step down as coach after Euro 2020 this summer.

“Germany were third at the 2006 World Cup, runners-up at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, third at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, semi-finalists at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, world champions at Brazil 2014 and in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France,” Lahm told, calling Loew’s record “sensational.”

Lahm was Loew’s long-term captain and retired from international football after lifting the World Cup in 2014.

But the defence of that title four years later ended with a group stage exit in Russia and Loew now hopes to go out on a high after also strugglin in the Nations League.

“We professional athletes are rated on success and failure,” said Lahm. “Now Joachim Loew has given the team another strong impulse with his announcement to step away after Euro 2020/2021.

“I hope for a successful European Championships so he gets a good farewell.”

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