Brazil 2014: Germany’s national team coach Joachim Loew banned six-months

Loew, who was Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant with Germany 2006 World Cup team and the head coach since then, lost his license for racking up too many points for speeding and talking on his cellphone.

The mighty German national soccer team is speeding ahead in its plans for World Cup success.

But their coach is being forced to slow down … at least when he gets behind the wheel of his Mercedes.

Germany’s coach Joachim Loew, 54, was banned from driving for six months after racking up too many points on his license for speeding and talking on his cellphone,  the website The Local reported .

“Of course, I stand by the fact that sometimes, unfortunately, I drive too fast. I know that I need to be reined in,” Loew, the former assistant to current U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann with the 2006 version of Die Mannschaft, said in a statement released by the German Football Association (DFB).

Loew, who is now in his second World Cup cycle in charge of Germany and is bringing one of the pre-tournament favorites to Brazil, is no stranger to driving too fast even by German standards. The Local reported that he was previously banned from driving for four weeks in 2006 after a speeding bust.

Joachim Loew puts his squad through a training session on a rainy day in Passiria, Italy Tuesday.

Former Germany star and current team manager Oliver Bierhoff had a little fun at Loew’s expense during the team’s pre-World Cup training camp in north Italy.

“We will talk to our main sponsors (Mercedes Benz) and make sure that Jogi only gets cars from now on which have a regulated top speed,” Bierhoff said.

Germany, three-time World Cup champions, is heavy favorite to emerge from Group G in Brazil as they headline a group that includes the United States, Portugal and Ghana. The tournament kicks off June 12 and Germany’s first game is against Portugal on June 16.

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