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Germany’s Loss To Macedonia Prompts Calls For Loew’s Sacking

Germany’s coach Joachim Loew wears a face masks as he arives for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification soccer match Germany v North Macedonia in Duisburg, western Germany on March 31, 2021. Ina Fassbender / AFP

 

Four-time World Cup winners Germany’s defeat to North Macedonia sparked calls on Thursday for coach Joachim Loew to face down as a substitute of ready until after this summer time’s European Championship.

Goran Pandev had put North Macedonia forward in Wednesday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier simply earlier than half-time and though Ilkay Gundogan equalised from the penalty spot early within the second half, the minnows snatched victory when Eljif Elmas scored a late winner in Duisburg.

Loew, who led Germany to glory on the 2014 World Cup however has suffered a string of poor outcomes nearly ever since, had introduced final month that he’ll stand down after Euro 2020.

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Bild, Germany’s most-read newspaper, stated that call needs to be reversed after the loss to the world’s Sixty fifth-ranked crew.

“It’s over Jogi,” it stated in its headline. “The magic that Loew conjured up during the World Cup (in 2014) has unfortunately disappeared. His achievements for German football cannot be questioned but his time has gone,” the paper stated.

Loew has tried to forge a younger new crew with out veteran stars akin to Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng that he discarded after early Germany’s early elimination from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Kicker journal stated the rebuilding mission was not working.

“This newly formed German national team is still looking for direction and trying to find its way… both in the players’ legs and heads,” it stated.

Kicker stated Loew’s clarification that his gamers have been “tired” merely “does not stand up… against opponents of that level”.

And Sport1 web site stated the crew had “dishonoured itself”, and was significantly important of Chelsea ahead Timo Werner who missed an open objective.

“Some players are not reaching their usual level,” the web site stated.

The efficiency will solely add gasoline to the argument that 31-year-old Mueller, who’s once more in good kind this season after main Bayern Munich to victory within the 2020 Champions League, be recalled for the Euro finals this summer time when Germany face a troublesome first-round group of reigning champions Portugal, World Cup holders France and Hungary.

The loudest calls got here from Uli Hoeness, Bayern’s honorary president.

“Mueller should be in the team, he can still score goals and he can help any team in the world to get out of difficult situations,” Hoeness stated.

Loew in the meantime insisted he had not misplaced religion in his crew for the Euro — and he urged Germans to not both.

“We must not lose belief,” Loew stated. “In the coming days and weeks we will check over everything once again.”

 

AFP

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