New to my website is a spotlight on Jogi’s career at VfB Stuttgart.
Taking over from Rolf Fringer (to whom he had been assistant) after the 1995/96 season, Joachim Löw coached Stuttgart to two fourth places in the Bundesliga (1996/97 and 1997/98 – and at one point heading the table), a DFB-Pokal win and a European Final appearance in the Cup-Winners Cup the season after. Appointed in the first instance as the ‘caretaker’ manager, he was given the position permanently after five games without a defeat. The skepticism was never to go away though, with constant inferences from the dinosaurs that are still inhabiting the planet of his demeanour being ‘too nice’ to take such a position of responsibility, conjuring up the “Der Nette Herr Löw” tag that stayed for so many years. Exactly a week after the Final in Stockholm, Jogi’s contract (due to end in 1999) was ‘unanimously’ terminated by the Stuttgart board. A succession of coaches followed and they have not reached a European final since.