Joachim Low hospitalized due to dumbell accident

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Joachim Low, the head coach of the German national soccer team, has been hospitalized following an accident at the gym.

A few days ago, German head coach Joachim Löw (59) was taken to the hospital after a gym accident during which the dumbbells he was using fell on him, crushing his rib cage. An artery was damaged by the accident and the coach was hospitalized because of blood circulation problems.

“I have to rest for a month,” he wrote in a message broadcast by the DFB, the German Federation. He will not be on the bench for the matches against Belarus (June 8) and Estonia (June 11), in the context of qualifying for the Euro 2020. His assistant Marcus Sorg will officiate.

 I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches. 

Joachim Low

However, many worry about how this turn of events might affect the four-time world champion. For Sorg, the role will still be unfamiliar. Although the trained graduate engineer for basic and building physics always wanted to work “full-time in football”, his goal was “not necessarily to become Bundesliga coach”.

Since March 2016, Sorg has been Low’s assistant. “My job is to help Jogi make the most of the half-time break, so of course it can help him if he gets the information, in compressed form. I work with him day after day and I know exactly what he wants and needs, I know his ideas,” said Sorg. 

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He now has to implement these ideas.

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Carl Frantz

Polyglot, humanitarian, Carl was born in Germany but raised in the USA. He writes mostly on tech, science and culture.