By Paul Giblin MOSCOW (Xinhua) --
Germany’s 2-0 defeat to South Korea which saw
them crash out of the World Cup finals on Wednesday left them to
join a group of teams which have gone from being World Champions
in one World Cup to be eliminated from the first round in
Germany join 2010
champions Spain, who failed to progress past the group stage in
Brazil in 2014, while 2006 winners, Italy, failed to get past
the first round in South Africa.
In 2002 it was
France’s turn as the 1998 champions were on the first plane home
from South Korea and in 1966 Brazil made a surprise early exit
early exit is clearly a major surprise, the signs weren’t good
for them going into the World Cup.
A narrow 2-1 win
over Saudi Arabia shortly before catching the plane to Russia
was their first win in six matches and you had to go back to a
5-1 victory over Azerbaijan in October 2017 to see their last
win before beating the Saudis.
After the 1-0 defeat
to Mexico in their opening match at the World Cup, Thomas Muller
said that while the side had discussed their poor results in
warm-up matches, there had always been the feeling that ‘it
would be all right on the night’ and things would click into
place once the tournament started in earnest.
Clearly that wasn’t
the case and even after the defeat to Mexico the Germans labored
to break down Sweden and although Tony Kroos’ 95th
minute free kick gave them a nerve-wracking win, flaws were
still evident in German’s football.
The defense, so
often the rock on which German triumphs have been built, looked
porous and twice the Swedes came close to scoring on the break,
while there was little connection between midfield and attack,
so although Kroos’ goal saved the day, the game was just another
example of huffing and puffing, only this time with a happy
There was to be no
happy ending against South Korea as the same flaws showed up
time and again. A midfield which didn’t connect, an attack which
seemed to rely on effort more than guile and this time lady luck
was looking the other way as it was the South Koreans and not
the Germans who scored twice in injury time to earn a historic
win and send the ‘Mannschaft’ home.
recriminations are sure to follow amid stories of a squad
divided into two groups: the so-called ‘Bavarians’ which
contains players such as Muller and Tony Kroos and another group
containing Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil. How true these rumors
are and how much is down to a sector of society looking to blame
players whose parents were from outside Germany is open to
conjecture, but Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan posing with Turkish
president Recep Erdogan recently probably didn’t help matters.
Coach Joaquin Low
has apparently been told by the German Football Association that
his job is safe despite the early exit, but after 12 years in
charge he may feel the time has come for a change and perhaps
for a squad which appears to have grown overconfident that may
be the best thing.
A curse from 7-1? Brazil’s
media react to Germany’s World Cup elimination
By Michael Place MOSCOW (Xinhua) --
Brazil’s media reacted without mercy - and
with no shortage of humor - to Germany’s shock elimination from
the World Cup on Wednesday.
Four years after the
European side humiliated Brazil 7-1 en route to winning the 2014
World Cup, Joachim Loew’s team lost 2-0 to South Korea to bow
out before the knockout phase in Russia.
“South Korea avenge
Brazil’s defeat and send Germany home,” the Estado de S.Paulo
newspaper said on its web portal.
The Lance sports
website ran an editorial piece that led with the question: “Was
it a curse from the 7-1?”
The article cited a
raft of shortcomings in the Germany team, including a perceived
lack of pace, uncharacteristic errors by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
and the poor form of forward Thomas Muller, who began Sunday’s
match on the bench.
“This is the end of
the line for Germany,” it said. “With a poor performance,
disinterest and a team that was underserving, the four-time
world champions were eliminated.”
published a social media post showing Brazilian fans celebrating
the result before their team’s final group match against Serbia
at Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
delirium in Moscow!”, the video was captioned with the words:
“Goodbye Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and [Thomas] Muller. Goodbye.”
Folha de S.Paulo
said: “Germany fall in the first phase to continue the
champions’ jinx,” referring to the group-stage elimination of
the title holders in three successive World Cups.
We didn’t deserve
to reach Round of 16, says German coach
KAZAN Russia (Xinhua) --
German coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday that
the reigning champions didn’t deserve to reach the World Cup
Round of 16 as they failed to bring out their normal play in the
decisive match against South Korea.
suffered their first group stage elimination since 1938 as two
late goals from a resilient South Korean side forced a 2-0
stunner over the defending champions here in the Kazan Arena.
“Our team in this
match was missing the ease of play and the classiness that we
normally have displayed. Also the dynamism that led to the
goalscoring opportunities was not there,” said the disappointed
coach at a post-match press conference.
“We didn’t deserve
to win the World Cup title once again, we didn’t deserve to move
into the Round of 16,” he said.
He added that his
team had prepared well for the match and had a few good
opportunities to score, but just couldn’t manage to come down
and take the lead.
“Why was that? This
is something for us to reckon with,” he said, adding that he
still needed some hours to come to terms with the defeat, and
after that the team would talk calmly about it.
Loew had made a few
changes to the starting lineup, including keeping star striker
Thomas Mueller on the bench until late in the second half.
When asked about the
decision, he said that although a different lineup might have
produced different results, he still stood by his decision and
as he saw it, it was a good lineup, as Mueller was not
convincing in the previous two matches.
“We had to make some
changes to the starting lineup because of a number of injuries
and the suspension. That’s something that (just) happens,” he
Despite the huge
disappointment following the defeat, the 58-year-old coach said
he was still confident about the prospect of German football.
“We have young
players who are very talented, and some have the potential to go
forward. This has happened to other nations before, and we just
have to draw the right conclusions and make it better going
forward,” he said.
German local time will cause
many Germans to shy away from work
BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) --
The German national team’s match against South
Korea at the World Cup in Russia could cost the German economy a
three-digit million losses, according to a study published on
Wednesday by the German Economic Institute (IW).
The match that will
start today at 4 p.m. German local time will cause many Germans
to shy away from work. The IW estimates that around 30 percent
of the German work force will be affected, leading to economic
losses of 130 to 200 million euros (151 to 232 million U.S.
The IW calculations
are based on recent studies on economic losses caused by public
holidays in Germany and are assuming that the missed work will
not be caught up later.
Speaking to Xinhua,
IW labor market expert Christoph Schroeder added that some
“economic losses are offset by positive effects in specific
industries such as gastronomy especially.”
further emphasized that the experience of watching a match
together, especially at the workplace, could also strengthen
team spirit—which in turn could have a positive effect on
“It’s not always
about money, but also about teambuilding—and there’s certainly
nothing better than watching an exciting football match together
with your colleagues,” said IW labor market expert Christoph