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Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Low to leave

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After 15 glorious and eventful years in charge of the German national team, Low has decided to step down in the summer.

Germany manager Joachim Low has announced plans to leave the national team after the European Championship campaign in the summer.

The 61-year-old, who previously coached the likes of VfB Stuttgart and Fenerbahce, has been a part of the national team since 2004. He started as an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann for his first two years before becoming the manager after the 2006 World Cup.

Low has since overseen 188 games as head coach, winning 120 times and losing on only 31 occasions. His most famous moment was in leading Die Mannschaft to a fourth World Cup in 2014, which included a memorable 7-1 win over hosts Brazil in the semi-finals.

Now Low, who also led Germany to the Euro 2008 final as runners-up, will end his 15-year reign in charge of the national team once the upcoming European Championship this summer has ended – a year before his contract expires.

“I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude but I’ll still have the same great motivation for the European Championship this summer,” said Low in a statement.

“I’m proud because it’s been very special and an honour for me to be involved with my country.

“I’ve worked with some of Germany’s best players for 17 years. We’ve had great triumphs and painful defeats but above all, there have been so many magical moments – not just winning the World Cup.

“We’ll do our best to make our fans happy this summer and be successful at our final tournament.”