Low extends Germany contract
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Germany coach Joachim Low has agreed a new contract that will take him through until 2016, the German football federation (DFB) announced on Friday. Low's existing deal runs until the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ but both the manager and DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach had made it clear they wanted the arrangement to continue after Brazil.

"Since the 2006 World Cup, the national team has finished in the top four at each World Cup and Euro and they brilliantly qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil," Niersbach said. "All credit must go to Joachim Low and his team and the DFB wanted to show our confidence in them."

The 53-year-old Low praised the DFB saying that they provided the ideal platform for footballing success.

"We are not yet at the end of our journey and still have some big objectives ahead of us," he said. Under Low, Germany made it through to the final of UEFA EURO 2008, where they lost 1-0 to Spain, third place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the semi-finals at EURO 2012.

And Germany sailed through qualification for next year's World Cup unbeaten in European Group A, culminating in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Sweden. Since Low took over from Jurgen Klinsmann after their third place in the 2006 World Cup on home soil, Germany's record stands at 68 wins from 99 matches.

But ultimate success has eluded the Germans with their last title win coming at EURO 1996 in England.