Joachim Loew has been named assistant to new Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed.

An ex-Stuttgart player and coach, Loew, 44, has signed a two-year deal with the DFB.

Former Germany captain Klinsmann officially took over as national team coach on Thursday. He replaces Rudi Voeller, who resigned last month after Germany’s disappointing performance at Euro 2004.

The DFB wanted Holger Osieck to help Klinsmann, but the man who assisted Franz Beckenbauer at the 1990 World Cup, turned down the offer.

Loew has coached Stuttgart and several other clubs, including Turkish side Fenerbahce and most recently Austria Vienna.

“In Joachim Loew we have found a perfect and competent candidate who fulfils all my requirements,” said Klinsmann.

“I’ve known him for years and I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved as coach.”