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Germany coach Loew extends contract to 2010

Germany's national soccer team coach Joachim Loew looks up before the Euro 2008 Group D qualifying soccer match against Czech Republic in Munich October 17, 2007. Loew has extended his contract as coach of the German national team until 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

BERLIN (Reuters) - Joachim Loew has extended his contract as coach of the German national team until 2010.

“I’m very pleased that I’ll be able to continue with the team down this path,” Loew told the German Football Association Web site (www.dfb.de).

Loew, who stepped up to replace Juergen Klinsmann after Germany’s run to third place at the World Cup in 2006, has become increasingly popular and guided Germany to become the first team to qualify for Euro 2008.

His original contract ran until the end of next year’s tournament in Austria and Switzerland. His new deal will take him up to the World Cup in South Africa.

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