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Löw not off the hook yet: the DFB could decide his future on December 4

The DFB has summoned team manager Oliver Bierhoff to account for Germany’s 6-0 loss to Spain.

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Jogi Löw may have gotten off with a 30-minute debriefing alone with DFB President Fritz Keller after Spain humiliated the German national team 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League, but team manager Oliver Bierhoff faces more formal scrutiny: the presidential board of the DFB has summoned Bierhoff to its upcoming session on December 4, where he will give account of the historic defeat and his team’s analysis of it.

Per Bild, the board decided it needed to address the situation surrounding Löw in light of the debacle, although the national team was not on the agenda that day. Bild reports that the deliberations proceeded “very factually” and came to a “clear conclusion” to summon the team manager.

Löw, his assistent Marcus Sorg, and goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke will meet with Bierhoff in the coming days to prepare the analysis that he will present to the DFB.

One unnamed member told Bild, “There’s no free ticket for Jogi Löw. I will listen very closely to how his review sounds, not only concerning the game in Spain but also beyond it, and what prospects he shows us with respect to the European Championship in 2021.”

In this member’s mind, Löw also must justify his decision to drop veterans Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng from the team. “That includes the question of whether more experienced players are needed on the squad who can take command — particularly when things are not going well,” he said.

The board could potentially hold a vote about Löw’s future, and it will be interesting to see how much support Keller can still muster for Löw at the DFB. Bild also reports that he has acted largely independently since the final whistle of the game against Spain. “We are united! Even if a storm is coming, we’ll stand together!” Keller declared in the locker room immediately after the game.

There are obviously cracks in the façade now, though. Keller’s own statement after the game also conspicuously omitted any mention of Löw. He thus has not publicly declared his confidence in the coach. Löw thus could really go, if the DFB decides it has seen enough.

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