Another attempt at domination
With its youth team winning the Euro U-21 Championship and a less-than-full-strength senior squad lifting the Confederations Cup, Germany’s road towards football domination seems to be well paved, writes Sridhar Venkatesh.
When he succeeded Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the German men's national football team in 2006, Joachim Löw did not actually bring about drastic changes to the team. Klinsmann had performed well as coach since 2004, but after Germany finished third in the 2006 FIFA World Cup – which they had also hosted – Klinsmann decided against renewing his contract and instead stepped down. This cleared the path for Löw, his assistant, to take over.