Joachim Löw will step down as Germany manager after Euro 2020, bringing an end to his 15 years in charge.
An announcement from the German Football Association on Tuesday confirmed that the 61-year-old, who led Germany to victory in the 2014 World Cup, will leave his post in the summer.
“I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament,” Löw said on the German Football Association website.
“Proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to be involved in my country and because I have been able to work with the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years and support them in their development.
“I have great triumphs with them and painful defeats, but above all many wonderful and magical moments – not just winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am and will remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an ideal working environment.”
Germany are in Group F at Euro 2020, where they will face fellow heavyweights France and Portugal as well as Hungary, with all their matches set for the Allianz Arena in Munich. Löw has his sights set on leaving the job on a high.
“I still feel the unconditional will as well as great energy and ambition for the upcoming European Championship,” he said. “I will do my best to make our fans happy and successful at this tournament. I also know that this applies to the entire team.”
Löw’s contract is due to expire in the summer having led Germany to a disastrous first-round exit at the World Cup in 2018. He was appointed in 2006 after serving as an assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann.