Germany's Joachim Low named FIFA World Coach of the Year
Joachim Low, who managed Germany to a World Cup victory in Brazil last summer, was named the FIFA World Coach of the Year for men’s soccer on Monday.
FIFA announced the award as part of its annual gala in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday.
The 54-year-old Low has been the manager of the German national squad since July 2006. Germany is 80-17-21 during his tenure, winning the World Cup in 2014 after a third-place finish in South Africa in 2010.
"It is the icing on the cake, the cake being the World Cup,” Lowe said of the award, according to FIFA.com. "I know this award is not just for me. I am taking it here on behalf of all those who have assisted. We have had excellent conditions to produce what we have been able to produce.
"It’s a consequence of many years of hard work. I’d like to say thank you to all of the German coaches who do so much with the young players every day. What would a coach be without a fantastic team? To all the other guys who are not here, my gratitude to you is eternal, you are world class. It is a gift to me to be able to work with you."
Low’s managerial career begin in August 1996 with Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, where he was 46-23-20 over two years.
He was named assistant manager for the German national squad in 2004, succeeding current U.S. men’s national team skipper Jurgen Kilnsmann.
- Phil Watson