Even when he was sat on the bench as Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant, there was something magnetic about the presence of Joachim Loew, which made people wonder who was really pulling the strings.
Together they reached the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup with their young team playing some thrilling football en-route.
Loew became head coach after that tournament and proved that he could do it on his own as Germany reached the final of Euro 2008 before losing to Spain.
It was Spain who again frustrated Loew at the 2010 World Cup, as Spain defeated Germany this time in the semi-final. At least the German coach could be content in the knowledge that his side always lost to the eventual champions.
That was until Euro 2012 when Germany lost in the semi-final to Italy. This German side was the one expected to make the breakthrough and be able to challenge Spain's dominance of the world game.
If Loew is to be considered a great, then sooner or later, he has to win something. Until then, we can all just sit back and admire the fast-paced football from this powerful German side.