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has been announced As the Ullstein-Verlag in the spring of the publication of a new biography of German national coach, Joachim Löw, has probably expected hardly anyone expected that the book would need to be revised prior to publication. Originally, it was supposed to come on the market in October, is available and it is ultimately only at the end of November. This is because in the summer, even something Unexpected in löw's professional life happened, had to necessarily find the entrance in this book. From a biography about the world champion-Trainer quasi-double master-a biography of a world and a first-round route of the founder. In a Person.

For the dramaturgy of the book the early From in Russia, this sharp break in a seemingly continuous story of success, certainly not a disadvantage. Löw has experienced in the summer, a fall like no coach before him: from the highest heights to the deepest abyss. "How could it come to this?", author Mathias Schneider asks at the end of the first Chapter, in which he reported löw attempted workup of the WM-disaster in Russia.

Löw is surrounded by a "fluid of sovereignty"

Schneider's book moves between the Extremes, which is not unusual for löw's Vita: His Talent was early as so outstanding that the local newspaper had confidence in him after his second outing for the U-21 even "higher" tasks, the national team is so; but in the end it will be Löw, also because of a serious injury, as measured by his talent only brought a ridiculous number of League games. As a coach, he has not reached in 2014 with the world Cup Triumph in Rio de Janeiro, only the Highest possible achievement for a coach; Löw has also made the experience that after three months in the Turkish province suddenly without a Job and barely employable.

Schneider, a Reporter for the "star" and for almost two decades of journalistic companion to the national team, has spoken with many of the major companions löw. The book contains not only many unknown Details; Schneider is also a consistent picture of löw's personality. Already in the mid-Eighties, as a local Star at second division SC Freiburg, occupied Löw, the role of the freelance artist. He was surrounded by "an aura of sovereignty," recalls his former teammate Thomas stick to Roth.

20 years Ago when VfB Stuttgart, his first stop as a head coach in professional football, you can recognize the Löw today. "I'm not making a player a scapegoat," he says, as his team disintegrates more and more into their individual parts. "I've done it to me on principle, because I think of myself." Before Löw makes a wrong decision, he would rather not. Rainer Adrion, Co-coach at VfB, tells about his old boss: "It went close to him always, to decide something and then to bear the consequences." It seems – think of Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski – have, over the years, nothing Fundamental changed.

Was it self-assurance or overconfidence?

Löw is moving constantly between self-consciousness and self-doubt; Schneider calls it the "dialectic of his personality". And this self-certainty, he also makes up for the Failure at the world Cup in Russia is responsible. More determined critics of the national coach would say: do not his self-certainty, but his overconfidence.

The biography is interwoven with a fundamental sympathy for Löw. This is nothing Shameful, even if Schneider is applying at the end maybe a little thick. "Timelessly attractive, he looks up to today, as would be sometime remained in the forty years of his life, the time for him to stand," it says. "Accessible, gentle, and yet somehow unattainable to get away, coupled with success and a good style – that's his magnetism." The positive overall impression of it does not diminish nevertheless.

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Mathias Schneider: Löw. The Biography. Ullstein extra, 333 pages, 20 euros.

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