By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua)
-- Joachim Loew’s fighting spirit
seems to have returned only a few days after Germany’s
disastrous group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup. After the
58-year-old’s decision to continue as national coach, he
announced he would present a “rescue plan” for the struggling
international heavyweight to secure future success.
The 2014 World Cup
winning coach announced he is working on a new strategy ahead of
Germany’s match against France in the newly-formed Nations
League on September 6.
Loew is said to be
abandoning possession-based football. Loew promised in an
official statement to be made by the German Football Association
(DFB) “to organize the relaunch” of the team with “full
commitment”. Loew spoke about a “new German team” and
“significant changes.” The General Manager Oliver Bierhoff said:
“Joachim Loew and I feel a lot of energy to set sail and shape a
new era for German football.”
Despite the relief
of the DFB president Reinhard Grindel about Loew’s decision, the
coach remains under heavy fire from the media, former
internationals and fans. The Die Welt newspaper said “heads will
have to roll” indicating that Loew will have to do without
several of his World Cup-winning heroes.
The paper said he
missed the chance to rejuvenate the team and assumed many of his
established performers will have to be discarded. Kicker
football magazine told its readers that “Loew has to deliver
quickly” and that there will be no trial period. Loew will have
to develop a new structure wrote the weekly news-magazine Der
Loew will have to
reinvent himself as a coach to avoid further disappointment.
While the general public remains suspicious when it comes to
Loew’s next steps, the coach said it will take a few weeks to
present a plan.
changes in Loew’s coaching staff and a possible return of former
sports director Hans-Dieter Flick. The pundits and the media
don’t expect a new German football revolution like the one Loew
and former German national coach Juergen Klinsmann initiated in
“What we need is new
inspiration and the opportunity to discuss things much more
openly than in the last [few] years,” former international
Thomas Berthold said on German television. Former national coach
Hans-Hubert Vogts demanded a change in the team’s tactical
approach. The time of endless passing and possession is over
said Vogts who won the European Championship in 1996. Argentina,
Spain, and Germany have failed with that style. Vogts demanded
that German football needs to modernize.
Vogts said he
supports Loew’s decision to continue and is convinced the coach
knows how to handle pressure. However, Loew is not the only one
to blame for the poor World Cup campaign.
According to rumors,
Loew is thinking about changing Germany’s style significantly.
He told Bierhoff that the 2018 World Cup will prove that
possession-oriented teams will not be successful in the future.
In other words,
“Tiki-Taka” is dead. Loew also informed the general manager that
the reigning world champions will have to follow the example of
France, Brazil, and England and design the future without too
much ball-possession and endless passing situations.
Loew is expected to
talk to several of his aged performers over the next weeks and
tell some of them they are no longer needed in the national