Loew signs 2-year extension

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, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

BERLIN -- Germany boss Joachim Loew signed a two-year extension Tuesday that will keep him with the team through Euro 2012.

Loew, who took over after the 2006 World Cup, has led Germany to second place in Euro 2008 and third place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His contract expired in June, but the 50-year-old will stay on for at least two more years.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick, team manager Oliver Bierhoff and goalkeeper coach Andreas Kopke have also signed two-year extensions.

"We're all happy that we'll be continuing to work with the national side together. Our team has excellent prospects and it will be a great challenge for us after the success at the World Cup in South Africa to get down to tackling preparations for Euro 2012," Loew said.

Germany Football Association President Theo Zwanziger called signing Loew his "number one priority."

"The coach's signature is immensely important for this still-young national team, and that is why continuing to work with Joachim Loew and his staff was my number one priority all along," Zwanziger said.

Germany opens Euro 2010 qualifying on Sept. 3 at Belgium. Austria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey are also in Group A of qualifying.


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