Browsing: Joachim Low

After catching the eye in the final group game against Czech Republic, a performance for which he won UEFA’s ‘Star of the match’ award, Saka will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up for the eagerly-anticipated last-16 clash at Wembley on Tuesday.

The former ‘galactico’, a majestic playmaker who dazzled crowds at the Santiago Bernabeu and beyond, Zidane returned to Madrid for two spells as coach. Now his era is over, with Madrid stating on Thursday: “Real Madrid announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current spell as coach of our club.

The 29-year-old, who often plays second fiddle to Manuel Neuer in Joachim Low’s Mannschaft setup, played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Celta Vigo, which ended Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes.

Low, who has held the position as Germany boss since 2006 and won the World Cup in 2014, has been under intense scrutiny in recent times following some disastrous results and reports of a rift with his players.

Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Mexico has left Germany with little margin for error against Sweden in Sochi on Saturday and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted the Mexican debacle was a “wake up call” that sparked a frank internal inquiry, with head coach Joachim Low faces growing calls to drop Mesut Ozil.

German boss Low doesn’t want WAGs ruining his preparations in Russia, with players forced to ask for special permission to see their other halves and even their children during the build-up to the competition, but they will be banned from contact during the tournament.