Germany Have Been Knocked Out Of The 2018 World Cup

Germany Have Been Knocked Out Of The 2018 World Cup

Germany Have Been Knocked Out Of The 2018 World Cup

Germany crashed out at the group stage after they were beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday. "We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to make the last 16".

As reigning champions, Germany were one of the favourites, alongside Brazil, to win this year's World Cup. Exiting Euro 2000 at the group stage, Germany pressed the reset button and renewed their football structures (even reaching the 2002 World Cup final in the midst of a hard transition period).

Vogts - who won the 1974 World Cup as a player - believes that Germany need to look at their successful Under-21 team, who won the U-21 European Championship in 2017, to create a completely new side moving forward.

He was convinced that the bank in which the Italian FA had stored the World Cup would not be secure and thus he pinched it and kept the priceless trophy under his bed in a shoebox to keep it safe during the war.

Zinedine Zidane was missing due to injury as France were stunned 1-0 by Senegal in their first game, and they followed that with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, as Thierry Henry was sent off.

The defeat was the first time four-time champions Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup group stages since 1938.

The Sun issued a rallying call for the England team, set to play Belgium on Thursday to decide who finishes top of their group: "Now come on England!"

"He's always going to be targeted because he's on big money but if you watch him play he's a very clever player, so Emery might even build a team around him".

Germany lost their opening World Cup match to Mexico and only beat Sweden in their second game thanks to a last-minute free-kick from Toni Kroos.

Marcello Lippi, the World Cup-winning coach from 2006, took responsibility for the disappointing performance in South Africa and admitted he hadn't prepared his team well enough.

But Sweden killed that hope with three unanswered goals that sealed the game midway into the second half in the other Group F finale.

In Spain, meanwhile, national sport newspaper Marca called Germany's exit "the curse of the champions".

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