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Germany have no plans after exit

The Germans will eye their next title challenge with a lot more mental strength - Joachim Loew.

German coach Joachim Loew at Euro 2012. Picture: AFP
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WARSAW - Germany will not undergo a radical overhaul after they stumbled out of Euro 2012 at the semi-final stage against Italy and now have to wait longer for their first major title since 1996.

The Germans, among the favourites after winning 15 straight competitive games before Thursday's loss, will learn from this experience and eye their next title challenge with a lot more mental strength, according to coach Joachim Loew.

"There is absolutely no reason to question everything now," said Loew. "We were the youngest team in the tournament. We won all our games in a tough group. The team will stomach this defeat as well and continue to develop.

"Clearly we are all disappointed but the team has showed soul and for us, overall, it was a good tournament," added the 52-year-old.

Germany FA president Wolfgang Niersbach echoed that view.

"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 long from over but it is a young team overflowing with talent."

Loew, who took charge after their 2006 World Cup semi-final exit by Italy, steered them to a runners-up spot at Euro 2008 and a third-place finish at the 2010 World Cup before reaching the semi-final stage again in Poland and Ukraine.

A perfect qualifying campaign with 10 wins in 10 games - a German record - and another three victories in the group stage against Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark rightly made Loew's team, with an average age of 24, one of the front runners.


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