World Cup holders were knocked out in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup after losing with a score of 2-0 to South Korea in Group F on Wednesday.
Germany went into the match placing second in Group F following an excellent victory over Sweden, but eventually sank to the last place, after the Scandinavians beat Mexico with a score of 3-0.
It is the first time Germany have failed to go out in the first round of a World Cup since 1938, and the third straight time the holders of the World Cup were eliminated at the group stage.
The 2006 winners, Italy’s national team, crashed out of the group stage in 2010, while that champioship’s winners, Spain, followed them in 2014.
Germany were shocked by the loss with a score of 1-0 to Mexico in their first World Cup game, but it seemed that the side have found themselves after defeating Sweden. After that, the fate of the Germans was in their hands – they knew that a victory with any score over South Korea would provide them with a place on the list of the top world“s 16 teams.
Germany had come to this tournament not only as holders, but also as the winners of the last year’s Confederations Cup. Their academic system of training players was the object of envy throughout the world, the production of talents on an industrial scale. And in the end Die Mannschaft lost to South Korea – a side that have already lost to Sweden and Mexico.