Comment on Löw’s farewell: Missed opportunity

A comment from NDR national team reporter Martin Roschitz

Jogi Löw didn’t deserve that. An international match against Brazil would have been a worthy setting for his farewell. His name will forever be associated with the historic 7: 1. Maybe a test of strength with the big rival Italy or a new edition of the World Cup final against Argentina. In Dortmund, Munich or Berlin. The DFB is planning a top-class test for the spring. Would have fit. As a sign of appreciation for the most successful national coach in history with 124 victories. He won almost two thirds of his games, the most important of which was on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.

Exit through the back door

Because of the big train station! The end of the line for the world champion coach is now Wolfsburg, not exactly the big stage of international football. Opponent Liechtenstein – 190th in the current FIFA rankings. Yes. It was literally stuck to his chair. Yes. He left way too late. Yes. He has grossly overestimated himself in the last few years of his tenure. And yet Jogi Löw does not do justice to the exit through the back door after almost 16 years as national coach. “He was the best we had.” Hansi Flick doesn’t say this out of politeness, but with conviction.

The image of Germany positively influenced

Löw first dusted off the national team and then turned it inside out, banning the so-called German virtues into the moth box. The lead wolf hunted down. The outdated longing for strong men in the German jersey with flat hierarchies and integration was satisfied. Lahm, Kroos, Müller and Schweinsteiger. Özil. Khedira. Mustafi and Boateng. Diversity instead of simplicity. Ease instead of doggedness. Aesthetics instead of hardness. The successes of his team have changed far more than just the rumble football of days gone by. Löw and his 2014 world champions have had a positive impact on Germany’s image in the world.

Prominent place in German football history

Some say: he had the best job in the world. Much less work than a club coach with a significantly higher salary. The downside: hardly any privacy. Lonliness. Depressive mood. When 80 million national coaches judge the term of office and the work of Jogi Löw, they should do so with more gentleness and distance than after his last game in the European Championship round of 16 on June 29 at Wembley Stadium, which he left like a beaten dog had to.

Due to his services on and off the pitch, Löw has a prominent place in German football history and must be mentioned in the same breath as the other world champion coaches Herberger, Schön and Beckenbauer. With all due respect for the city of Wolfsburg and the opponents from Liechtenstein: The DFB mercilessly screwed up the chance for a due departure of a manager and a formative figure in German football.

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