Joachim LÃ¶w has been handed a one match touchline ban by Uefa and may have already managed his last match in charge of the German national side. Although he will officially be in charge of their quarter-final tie against Portugal, LÃ¶w will not be allowed any contact with his players once they reach the stadium in Basel tomorrow. This comes as a result of his actions towards both the fouth official and Austria coach Josef Hickersberger, who was also sent to the stand when the two nations met in Vienna on Monday.
Many in Germany were not impressed by the appointment of LÃ¶w as national coach and his team have failed to impress at Euro 2008. The absence of LÃ¶w will make an already tricky encounter, against an impressive looking Portugal side, more difficult. Added to this the news that influential midfielder Torsten Frings and top scorer Lukas Podolski could be missing and it seems a real possibility that the Portuguese could see off the Germans tomorrow night. With Germany starting the tournament as favourites, an exit at the quarter-final stage could spell the end of LÃ¶w’s time in charge of the national team.
Germany assistant Hansi Flick will be in charge for the game tomorrow night which take place at St. Jakob Park in Basel and kicks-off at 7.45pm.
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