LILLE, France – Joachim Loew is the head coach of the current World Cup champion, spearheads one of the most talented groups of players soccer can offer and is the favorite to enter history by adding a European Championship to his collection of career silverware.
Yet you have to wonder whether at times Loew, coach of Germany, casts his eye across the Atlantic and considers the position of his close friend and former colleague Jurgen Klinsmann with envy.
For Loew’s task, as evidence increasingly suggests, is completely thankless. His team kept rolling in Euro 2016 on Sunday, effortlessly crafting a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in the round of 16 that was executed simply and clinically.
That means he has now compiled a record of 21-2-5 in major tournaments since taking over the Germany job in 2008, having previously been brought in as Klinsmann’s assistant for the 2006 World Cup. In recent history, only Spain can match that kind of consistency.
And it is still not enough.
Soccer as its highest level is so fickle that even a track record such as that of Loew is not sufficient to spare public criticism or guarantee job security. Not in…