Future starts now for Germany after shock first-round exit in Russian Federation

Lynette Rowe
June 30, 2018

Interestingly, the German Football Association has already announced that coach Joachim Löw, who has been the head coach since 2006, will stay on as the team's coach.

Players like Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and even misfiring Thomas Muller all face a fight to prove that this World Cup was a one-off aberration.

Few would have expected Sweden to progress at all let alone finish top of Group F. Only Toni Kroos' 95th-minute victor spoilt an unbeaten record and Sweden responded with an emphatic win over Mexico.

Especially after the now-deposed champions won the Confederations Cup a year ago with a rejuvenated team full of talent and qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of ten wins.

"Throughout the 88-year history of the World Cup, Germany had always been a hero", the daily said.

After two impressive wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia came back down to earth with a bump against Uruguay, with the 3-0 defeat seeing them finish second in Group A.

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That's right. Before this tournament a Germany side had never been knocked out at the World Cup group stage since 1938, but in an incredibly disappointing campaign for Joachim Low's side, they will bow out of the tournament with just four points.

With nail-biting matches - it saw many this season, be it defending champions Germany's shocking exit for the first time in the group stage to Senegal's departure owing to the fair play rule - it has left its audience captivated.

There is a huge amount of education and information embedded in the performances of every team in the 2018 World Cup, simply because the general standard of play all across the board has risen.

"Speechless", read a one-word tweet on the German team's official Twitter account, summing up the national mood.

Still, since both teams share the ultimate goal of winning the World Cup, rather than merely reaching the quarterfinals, it's hard not to see England's placement as advantageous. "We have to admit that we really disappointed at this tournament".

"I feel great but at the same time I feel a little bit empty, I feel a little ambivalent", he said. "They have shown no will, it was all too slow". We'll have to talk about it calmly and I think it's premature for me to say something.

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