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25 October 2007 @ 04:07 pm
Popular Joachim Loew extends coaching contracts with Germany until 2010  
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MAINZ, Germany: Joachim Loew extended his contract as Germany coach until 2010 on Thursday.

Germany became the first team to qualify for next year's European Championship, and Loew's popularity has soared at home since he took over from Juergen Klinsmann after the 2006 World Cup. He has guided the team to 12 wins, along with two draws and two losses.

"I'm enormously pleased that I can guide the team farther along the path we've taken in the coming years," Loew said.

Silvia Neid, who guided Germany's women's team to the World Cup title in September, also extended her contract to 2013.

"I'm very happy about continuing to work with two competent and successful coaches," German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger said of Loew and Neid.

Loew's team has continued the attacking philosophy adopted under Klinsmann, with a combined goal difference of 44-11, leading many to call the team a favorite to win a fourth title next year in Switzerland and Austria.

"We want to play a very good tournament, with good results and a style that is enthusiastic for the fans," Loew said. "But the important thing is the players have continued to make progress the last six months. We want to continue that."

Financial details of the contract were not released, although the Bild newspaper reported Loew will earn €2.5 million (US$3.4 million) annually.

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