Real Madrid: Uh, who told Joachim Low he even has a chance?

Germany, Joachim Low (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
Germany, Joachim Low (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images) /

The Real Madrid gig is the most coveted coaching position in football and probably in all of professional sports. No job has the most pressure, given all that this club has achieved and the sky-high expectations of the Madridistas themselves. But no job can be more rewarding or prestigious, as we saw in recent years when Zinedine Zidane won the Champions League trophy an unprecedented three straight times.

So it is not unnatural for a manager to dream of joining Real Madrid one day. But for most, it is an unachievable goal. Right now, with Zidane at the helm, it is especially unrealistic. Though Zidane has come under fire before, his job should be secure, as he’s navigated the team through injuries and an inadequate, rebuilding squad over the past two seasons.

Even so, that hasn’t stopped Germany national team coach Joachim Low. According to BILD’s Christian Falk, Low is learning Spanish and has “often” told Falk that he wants to coach Real Madrid one day.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Low is gunning for the job now, but it does mean he’s seriously interested and would look to Madrid after he officially resigns from the Germany post when the Euros end.

Raul, Julian Nagelsmann are much better candidates for Real Madrid if they have to make a new hire in the future

For all the jokes about Low and the recent, deserved criticisms of the job he’s done with Germany, Low did plenty of good things with the national team over the years. He turned them into a highly competitive side at every major tournament, including winning the World Cup in 2014.

But Low has accomplished very little at the club level, which is a totally different game. He’s never managed a club remotely near the level of Real Madrid. When he managed lower-level sides in Germany, he got them relegated or in the relegation zone, such as Karlsrusher and Adanaspor.

Needless to say, Real Madrid almost certainly won’t entertain Low as a future replacement for Zidane, if there were to be a parting of ways in the next few years. Raul is already earmarked as an internal candidate to be a future coach, as he could rise up the ranks much like Zidane did. Low’s countryman Julian Nagelsmann is a much more exciting external candidate, as he’s done wonderful things with TSG Hoffenheim and, now, RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

For now, Zidane is the manager and is doing a damn good job with the team he has. You can only imagine what he’d accomplish again in Madrid with a full squad. Money is tight right now, but, hopefully, Zidane will get a couple of the players he wants, specifically in the attack.

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As for Low, I don’t know why he believes he has a shot. There’s just no way this happens. But credit to him for learning Spanish and wanting to shoot his shot. Who knows? He could end up being the next Barcelona coach or something. I’m sure there will be a few teams willing to roll the dice on him around Europe, but Los Merengues simply do not seem like one of them.