Frankfurt - Germany head coach Joachim Löw has extended his contract as boss of die Nationalmannschaft until 2016.
The 53-year-old will leave his post after the UEFA European Championships in France. The Deutsche Fußball Bund (German FA) has also confirmed that Löw's current assistant Hans-Dieter 'Hansi' Flick will be the next DFB sporting director.
DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach made it clear that the decision to extend Löw's contract was unanimous. "Since the 2006 World Cup the team has been among the last four at every World Cup and European Championship and have qualified for the World Cup in 2014 in style. They play an attractive and dynamic brand of football. All of that is down to Joachim Löw and his coaching team."
Low himself was humbled by the opportunity to continue leading the Germany team for a further two years and is looking forward to the future. "I'd like to thank the DFB for their trust in me. The work we have all done has been outstanding and this is a positive sign of how far we have come. There's is huge motivation and great passion from the team. We all want to achieve great things [...] I'm delighted to have extended."
On the future co-operation with Flick, Löw was equally excited: "I've had an outstanding working relationship with Hansi Flick. We know each other very well and we're looking forward to the future. I'm convinced it will be a fruitful partnership."
Andreas Köpke, the national team goalkeeping coach, and team manager Oliver Bierhoff have also agreed to extend their contracts until 2016.
You can find out all about the playing career of Joachim Löw on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.