Low given until 2014 to succeed
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Regardless of his team's performance at UEFA EURO 2012, Germany coach Joachim Low is set to coach the national side to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, DFB president Theo Zwanziger said today. With Germany set to face A Seleção in a friendly in Stuttgart this evening, German Football Federation (DFB) boss Zwanziger has given his full backing to Loew and says he expects the coach to fulfill his contract until 2014.

The 51-year-old Low has coached Germany since July 2006 and under his tenure the Germans have reached the EURO 2008 final and finished third at last year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Germany are currently ten points clear at the top of their qualifying group for EURO 2012, to be hosted by the Ukraine and Poland next year, and are set to finally confirm their place later this autumn.

Zwanziger has said he trusts Low and has not set any goals for the coach other than producing consistently good performances. "I'm certainly not making the mistake of putting Jogi Low under pressure by saying: 'You have to win the European Championships'," Zwanziger told German magazine Sport-Bild. "We are certainly one of the teams that could win EURO 2012, but the demand for a European title does not exist, otherwise we wouldn't have extended the contract of Low and his coaching team early."

Zwanziger has said he is against setting goals for national teams after Germany's women failed to win a third consecutive FIFA World Cup title and were eliminated in the quarter-finals when the DFB hosted the tournament last month.

Japan won the women's World Cup final in Frankfurt on 17 July, but Germany's women struggled to cope with the pressure of being both hosts and favourites. "Of course, we really want our teams to do well, but we saw how things can turn out during the women's World Cup tournament," said Zwanziger. "The only goal has to be to produce a good performance."