Germany coach Joachim Loew will continue to wear his trademark blue sweater at matches and won't have it cleaned while his team keeps winning.
He claimed on Monday he was not superstitious but admitted that pressure from other coaching staff and players to keep wearing his familiar sweater had paid off ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash against Spain in Durban on Wednesday.
"The thing with the sweater is that I am not driven by superstition," a smiling Loew told reporters. "The other coaching staff said I should be wearing the sweater now because every time I wear it we score four goals."
Germany beat England 4-1 in the second round and reached the semi-finals following a 4-0 demolition of Argentina, with Loew donning the V-necked garment each time.
"I am not even allowed to wash it now and I think I will wear it again (against Spain)," he said.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also hoped to see his coach wearing it at Durban Stadium.
"I do not know how many sweaters he has that are blue. But I hope he has the one or two left in his suitcase," he said.
(Read by Renee Haines. Renee Haines is a journalist at the China Daily Web site.)
（中国日报网英语点津 陈丹妮 编辑蔡姗姗）