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If he were to go, who would replace Joachim Löw?

Following this list of managers from within the national team setup who could replace Joachim Low, either now or in the future, the is also a very distinct possiblilty the replacement will come from a coach at club level.

Allan Edgar, of Bundesliga Football, said: “There is a wealth of talent in Germany at the moment with regards to coaching. Although there’s no shortage of potential targets – Klopp in particular has shown his clear ability again this year whilst Tuchel, Slomka and Favre all deserve mentions – there is no inclination yet as to who will be offered the position given the length of time Löw is expected to remain at the helm.”

Here’s a look at five club managers who could be in the frame…

Jurgen Klopp

At 44, he is young in terms of age – only two years older than Freund – but already has over a decade in management to his name. Played over 300 games for Mainz 05 between 1990 and 2001, before taking over as manager after hanging up his boots. Under him they qualified for the 2005/06 Uefa Cup, but were also relegated in 2007. Kept his job after relegation, but left after they failed to gain promotion. He became manager of Dortmund in 2008, and has set about transforming the side – culminating with last season’s Bundesliga win, a feat they look set to repeat this season. If Germany were to replace Low from outside the national setup, he’d surely be the favourite.

Heiko Vogel

Worked for almost ten years at various levels within Bayern Munich’s youth system, after studying to become a sports teacher/coach. He was assistant to Thorsten Fink at Ingolstadt 04, and followed him to FC Basel in 2009. Got the top job at the Swiss club when Fink left for Hamburg SV. Has taken Basel to the last-16 of the Champions League, and overseen famous victories over Manchester United and Bayern Munich. At 36, he’d represent a big risk, but is a talented manager with a big future in the game.

Thorsten Fink

Won four Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a player with Bayern Munich, and has since set about working his way up the managerial ladder. Started out with Red Bull Salzburg, before moving on to Ingolstadt and then making his name at Basel, where – with Vogel alongside him – he won back-to-back Swiss Super League titles. Currently in charge of HSV, they sit a somewhat disappointing 14th, but there’s no denying he’s one of the best up-and-coming young managers in German club football.

Thomas Tuchel

After his playing career in the lower-leagues was cut short by injury, he began working with the U19 side of Stuttgart, and then performing a similar role with the youth teams of FC Augsburg. Was appointed Head Coach of Mainz 05 in 2009, and has since done remarkably well, including a 5th place finish last year. At only 38 and two years in the Bundesliga, he has an extremely bright future, which may well include the national job at some point down the line – but it’s unlikely to be anytime in the near future.

Ralf Rangnick

A long and extensive career in management has saw Rangnick have spells in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim and two with Schalke – to name a few in a career that has so far lasted over 20 years – including some player/manager roles in the lower-leagues early on, although he did not enjoy a particularly successful playing career. He guided Schalke to the semi finals of the Champions League with a two-legged win over Inter Milan, but stepped down in September due to health reasons. He actually missed out on the role of Germany’s assistant to Joachim Low back in 2004, but could now be the man who replaces him. Given he cited exhaustion as the reason for leaving Schalke, international management could be perfect for him – but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be considered perfect for it.

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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.