Boateng hopes low stays on
21 July 2014, 18:46
Germany - Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has given Joachim Low
his full backing to continue as head coach of the German national team.
Low was promoted to take charge of Die Mannschaft after the
2006 World Cup, following a two-year stint as the assistant coach to Jurgen
The Germans claimed bronze at the 2006 tournament on
homesoil, as well as at the 2010 edition in South Africa, but managed to go all
the way in Brazil this year to claim their fourth World Cup title.
Boateng said that he would like to continue working under
the 54-year-old, who's expiring contract is currently being reviewed by his
employers at the DFB offices in Frankfurt.
"I certainly hope that (Low) remains as our coach. He
has a very large share of the team's success and has developed us
enormously," the 25-year-old said in an interview with Die Welt am Sonntag.
The Bayern defender added that he was still buzzing from
their 1-0 triumph over Argentina, which was achieved thanks to an extra-time
strike by substitute Mario Gotze.
"It's all happened so fast. I have not even seen our
game since then on DVD. All the images, all the emotions - it takes time to
process it all. I am going to take that time," he said.
"The European Championships are my next goal. With the
Under-21s I have already won it, but not with the senior team. So, don't worry:
I'm still far from satisfied."
He added: "I've received about 120 (congratulatory
messages). Many from my friends and former team-mates. This means a lot to me.
"With the final of the Champions League, it was
certainly the best game of my career so far. I am not a man who needs
self-satisfaction. Of course, I've noticed the criticism, but I had not thought
about it after winning the title. I am just looking forward.
"After the game, I called my father, who could not be
at the final. He told me that he was very proud. This is much more important
than any satisfaction for me."