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Low convinced by Germany potential

Created on Oct. 19, 2013 12:02 PM EST

Joachim Low has revealed that the potential within German football convinced him to extend his contract in charge of the national team.

Low put pen to paper on a new two-year deal on Friday, with his existing contract with the German Football Association (DFB) due to have expired in 2014.

The news marks another chapter in the career of the 53-year-old, who was appointed to succeed Jurgen Klinsmann in 2006, having previously served as assistant.

And he needed little convincing to commit himself to the job.

"We've seen that the development of this team isn't over yet and we recognise the high potential of this team," he said.

"That's why we have so much fun working with this team and with the DFB. So we've decided to go further this way and are looking forward.

"Of course, it is our goal to reach the highest possible success over the next years. We want to reach great things."

The new deal - which will run until after the UEFA European Championships in 2016 - will give Low the opportunity to lead his side to a fifth major finals, having already secured a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Germany qualified unbeaten from UEFA Group C for next year's showpiece, winning nine of their 10 matches - including a 5-3 victory over Sweden on Tuesday to round off their campaign.

And Low believes that they can follow that up with success at the finals themselves to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites.

"I've learned as national coach to handle with the highest possible pressure which is always there," he added.

"Of course, it is our goal to achieve the maximum success in Brazil (at the World Cup).

"I think after the last four years with the world championship in South Africa we're one of the favourites and we will set ourselves this task and this pressure."

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