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Joachim Loew to stay as Germany coach through 2018 World Cup

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 12: Germany National team coach Joachim Low speaks to the media during the nominees press conference for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football prior to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2014 at the Kongresshaus on January 12, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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BERLIN (AP) Joachim Loew says he is staying on as Germany coach through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The German federation says Loew “clearly told” federation president Reinhard Grindel that he will fulfill his contract, which runs until 2018.

Questions arose over Loew’s future after Germany lost to France in the European Championship semifinals last week.

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Grindel says Loew is “the best coach for this team” and “has our unrestricted confidence.”

Loew says “a few days of calm and detachment” has been necessary following the loss. He says he still sees great potential in the Germany team and wants to continue working with the players.