Joachim Löw leaves after the EM in the summer.
With this announcement, the German Football Association (DFB) surprised the country on Tuesday morning.
The German selection without Löw, without "Jogi" - difficult to imagine.
After all, the 61-year-old national coach has been on the sidelines in 189 international matches since 2006.
“I have great respect for Joachim Löw's decision.
That he informed us of his decision at an early stage is extremely decent.
He gives us as the DFB the necessary time to name his successor calmly and with a sense of proportion, ”President Fritz Keller was quoted in the DFB's announcement.
In fact, those responsible now have a lot of time to find a suitable successor.
But the pressure is immense because the decision is a trend-setting one.
Joachim Löw will resign as national coach after the EM in the summer
The national team is in the midst of upheaval after the embarrassing World Cup in Russia in 2018.
After Löw's farewell next summer, there will only be a year and a half until the 2022 Winter World Cup in Qatar.
Two years later, the European Championship is played in your own country.
WELT gives an overview of the candidates for Löw's successor:
With FC Bayern, Flick immediately won the triple of championship, cup and Champions League last season.
Then there was the Supercup of the DLF and the Uefa, as well as the Club World Cup.
In short: Flick won everything in Munich in a year and a half.
The post of national coach would be a new challenge.
In addition, Flick is said to have had more disagreements with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in the past with a view to transfers.
In addition, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the great confidante of the trainer, who always supports him when it comes to sporting questions, stops at the end of the season.
According to information from "Bild" it is by no means certain that Flick will fulfill his contract, which is valid until 2023.
At the end of the season he wants to reassess his situation in Munich.
Hans-Dieter Flick has won six titles with FC Bayern and knows the DFB down to the last detail
Source: dpa / Sven Hoppe
The 56-year-old knows the DFB like no other, after all, he was Löw's assistant coach from 2006 to 2014.
Most of the younger players who joined the national team after his time were known to Flick from working with Bayern.
Thanks to the six titles with the Munich team, he is sure of the respect of the players.
What also speaks for Flick: The national coach must be able to work constructively with the Bundesliga.
The Bayern coach is considered uncomplicated and popular in the league, so it would be the common denominator.
Jürgen Klopp has also been considered a kind of royal solution for the office of national coach for some time.
The coach of Liverpool FC crowned his already successful career with victory in the Champions League 2019 and the English championship last year.
So far, however, it has been considered unlikely that Klopp will give up his lifelong dream of Liverpool in the short term.
For many, Jürgen Klopp is the ideal solution as a national coach
Source: AFP / PHIL NOBLE
But the situation has changed.
Although the 53-year-old coach is still under contract in Liverpool until June 2024, he is currently in a difficult phase with his team.
In the Premier League, the "Reds" are only eighth.
Behind the scenes it is speculated that Klopp could suffer the same fate in Liverpool as in the final phase of his time at Borussia Dortmund.
After more than five years, the reigning world coach's emotionally charged attack football is apparently causing the first signs of wear and tear.
It fits that those responsible in Liverpool should prepare for a farewell to their coach.
British media report that the club is assuming that Klopp would not turn down a possible offer from the DFB as national coach.
Steven Gerrard is already being traded as his successor.
The Liverpool legend recently led the Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Championship.
Klopp himself said in response to inquiries that he could imagine the office of national coach in the future, but that he had a valid contract.
According to information from WELT, it will not be available this summer.
For many fans of the national team, however, the former Bundesliga coach with his euphoric manner is seen as a savior for the stumbling DFB team.
The football professor, as Rangnick is called because of his love for tactical formations, has been brought into play again and again as a possible national coach since the disastrous 0: 6 of the DFB-Elf against Spain.
"In principle, the office of national coach is not an office for any German coach that doesn't interest him," said Rangnick recently.
In contrast to Flick and Klopp, he is currently not bound by contract anywhere.
The job as national coach would be the culmination of his career.
For Ralf Rangnick, the job as team manager would be the culmination of his career
Source: dpa / Jan Woitas
Rangnick, now 62 years old, is a proven specialist, has a lot of experience and the necessary authority.
Born in Swabia, he has built successful soccer projects over the years in Hoffenheim and Leipzig.
Since then he has been considered a reformer who likes to combine the posts of manager and trainer.
But that is precisely why Rangnick is only partially compatible with associations in football circles.
At the DFB, an all-determining project manager who puts everything to the test would be difficult to imagine simply because of director Oliver Bierhoff.
His position remains unaffected by Löw's decision.
Lothar Matthäus, record national player, sees Rangnick as “a big favorite” to succeed national coach Löw.
“Ralf Rangnick is free.
You don't have to hope that the results in Liverpool will continue to be bad and that Jürgen Klopp will come under fire, ”said the 59-year-old on Tuesday afternoon the TV broadcaster“ Sky ”.
Stefan Kuntz, currently the U21 coach, would be the internal solution.
The 58-year-old has been working for the association since 2016 and enjoys a high reputation in the DFB due to his success and his loyal demeanor.
Löw himself had brought up the former national player a year ago as a possible successor: Kuntz did an “excellent job” and had “a very good address to the team” with a lot of empathy.
Stefan Kuntz has been training the DFB's U21s since 2016
Source: dpa / Patrick Seeger
The buddy nature could quickly wear out with the stars, however.
His work is highly valued in the association.
Julian Nagelsmann is expected to have a successful future as a trainer.
The job as national coach would come too early for the 33-year-old trainer from RB Leipzig.
Especially since Nagelsmann is still at the beginning with his work in Leipzig.
He himself brought Klopp into play on Tuesday.
When asked about the Liverpool coach as a possible successor to Löw, Nagelsmann said: “Jürgen Klopp is an outstanding coach.
But I think that both Liverpool and Jürgen are extremely satisfied with their respective partners.
The DFB has quite a large staff for finding coaches, so I'm not involved. "
Thomas Tuchel is also one of the most respected German coaches.
Professionally, the current coach of Chelsea FC is beyond any doubt, but is also considered to be a very demanding type in dealing with him.
In addition, he only recently took up the position in London and will be under contract there until the summer of next year.
Löw's assistant coach Marcus Sorg is only considered an outsider to the job of national coach
Source: dpa / Christian Charisius
The promotion of the current assistant Marcus Sorg would be the classic DFB way.
Löw also replaced his former boss Jürgen Klinsmann as national coach in 2006.
Sorg knows the team, but has so far hardly been noticed from the second row by the general public.
As head coach, the 55-year-old worked briefly in the Bundesliga at SC Freiburg, and Sorg was European champion with the U19 national team in 2014.
Before the Euro 2016 in France, he moved up in Löw's staff.