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Loew promises ´no major personnel overhaul´

Germany coach Joachim Loew has promised to stay the course and help his young team grow following their exit from Euro 2012.

The 52-year-old praised his side’s overall performance in Poland and Ukraine, saying their record in the tournament up until their semi-final loss to Italy showed how good they were.

Young stars Marco Reus and Mario Goetze played bit-part roles, but Loew believes they have the potential to integrate with the team in future as he assured there would be no drastic changes.

“There is absolutely no reason to question everything now,” Loew told reporters.

“There will be no major personnel overhaul. We have, after all, a very young team, and the youngest team in the tournament

“We won all our games in a tough group. The team will stomach this defeat and continue to develop.

“Clearly we are all disappointed but the players have showed their spirit and for us, overall, it was a good tournament.

“There were several young players who came into the team at the Euros like Marco Reus. Others such as Mario Goetze also have great prospects.

German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Loew, and emphasised that the current youthful squad have yet to achieve their full potential.

“Joachim, you have done a superb job and we are extremely happy to have you as our coach,” he said in an early morning address at the team hotel.

“The path of this team is far from over, but it is a young team overflowing with talent.”

Sat 30 June, 2012
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