Joachim Low continues to write his own impressive history, and just how high the man from the Black Forest can set the bar remains to be seen. “I’ve been around a long time and I hope there are a few more [successful years] to come,” he said after his latest milestone: presiding over more wins than any other coach in Germany’s history.
Low’s side enjoyed an 8-0 away victory against San Marino in Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifier and, while it marked their best-ever start to a FIFA World Cup™ qualification campaign, the victory also earned Low a notable personal accolade. He now has 95 wins under his belt as Germany boss, one more than the great Sepp Herberger.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the German Football Federation recently renewed the 56-year-old’s contract at the DFB. After leading *Die Nationalmannschaft *to FIFA World Cup glory in Brazil in 2014, Low remarked: “Winning a trophy is wonderful but to confirm it by winning another is a tough task indeed.” It seems the challenge of becoming the first coach in history to defend the World Cup Trophy is feeding his continued appetite for success.
Broken down, the numbers of Low’s reign as Germany coach are certainly impressive:
95 - Like Herberger, Low has won more games than any other national team coach, and his 95 victories have come in 142 matches (Herberger’s 94 came in 167 matches). Low’s win percentage (he has also presided over 24 draws and 23 defeats) is 67 per cent, also higher than any of his predecessors. His most handsome victory in the job was in his third match in charge, against Friday’s opponents San Marino on 6 September 2006, which Germany won 13-0.
10 - He has now been Germany boss for ten years, longer than any other national team coach in Europe, having been appointed as the successor to Jurgen Klinsmann in August 2006. The two men led Germany to third place at that summer’s World Cup on home soil.
5 - Since his appointment, Germany have appeared at five major tournaments, reaching at least the semi-finals on each occasion. At UEFA EURO 2008 they were defeated in the final by Spain, before succumbing to the same opposition in the last four at the World Cup in South Africa two years later. Their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign ended in semi-final disappointment to Italy, but that was made up for by a FIFA World Cup triumph in Brazil that ended Germany’s 24-year wait to be world champions once more.
1 - Low has been named FIFA World Coach of the Year once, winning the award in 2014 ahead of Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone.