Joachim Löw: The Replacements (Part One)

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Germany
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Joachim Löw: which direction will Germany go in to replace him?

There’s no denying Joachim Löw has done a remarkable job since his appointment as Germany manager back in 2006– which has included reaching the final of Euro 2008 and the semi finals of the 2010 World Cup; in the process building one of the most exciting young sides in international football.

Despite reports linking him to the Chelsea job, Löw has seemingly implied he will be seeing out his contract with Germany – which runs until 2014. However, while it’s unlikely he will leave now, he will do at some point.

Terry Duffelen, of The Bundesliga Show podcast, said: “The replacement may be within the existing coaching structure of the DFB, rather than a successful club coach.”

Below are five people who, like Löw was, could be promoted from within the current national team setup to become manager if/when he does leave.

Rainer Adrion

If Germany decide to once again appoint from ‘within’, then Adrion is likely to be at the forefront of their minds. Like Low, both played for and managed Stuttgart on his way to working with Germany, and is currently doing very good things with the U21 side – although failure to qualify for the 2011 U21 European Championships may well be held against him.

Horst Hrubesch

Adrion’s predecessor at U21 level, he not only took them to the European Championships in 2009, but won the competition as well. He also took charge of the U19 squad on their way to winning the 2008 U19 European Championships, so perhaps a shot at managing the senior side is both deserved and a natural progression. Could also help that he had a successful playing career, including winning the European Championship in 1980.

Frank Wormuth

Been combining his role with the Germany U20 side with that of head instructor at the Hennes-Weisweiler-Academy, teaching the Uefa Pro Licence. Has relatively little experience in terms of actual management, and less playing experience than most on this list. However, certainly has plenty of ability as a coach – given he trains them.

Christian Ziege

With a playing career that saw him win over 70 caps and Euro 96 with Germany, as well as spells with Bayern Munich, Milan and Liverpool (to name but a few), he’s certainly a well-known and popula figure in Germany. Worked in various coaching positions at Borussia Monchengladbach after his playing days ended, before getting his first managerial job at Arminia Bielefeld. However, under him they experienced the worst start to a season in more than 20 years. Has been rebuilding his reputation with the German U18 side, but at just 40 years is probably a decade away from the top job.

Steffan Freund

Like Ziege, enjoyed a successful playing career, and was a part of the same Euro 96 winning side, while also winning two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund. Like Ziege again, however, he has little managerial experience and, for all his good work within the German youth setup, he’s probably a bit too young. Expect him and Ziege to be competing for the top job in ten years’ time.

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