Shock, scorn in Germany as World Cup champions suffer humiliating exit

Valeriy Matytsin  TASS

Valeriy Matytsin TASS

Loew is still regarded as the best coach to take Germany back to the level they were, but he now has to find a way to ease out old players who disappointed in Russian Federation to make room for younger players.

Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have accused him of using the World Cup to defy Western sanctions over the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, though a number of national leaders and ministers have attended matches and met Putin or members of his government.

But history was not on Germany's side - as BBC "Match of the Day" tweeted out, this is the third straight tournament in which the reigning World Cup winners have failed to get out of the group stage.

Defending champions Germany provided the biggest shock of the tournament by becoming the fourth holders in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.

ESPN Stats & Info noted that the left side of the bracket shares within it 10 World Cup titles and 16 appearances in the final, compared with just two titles and three appearances among the other eight teams.

"There is no explanation as to how a team with this quality can end at the bottom of this group".

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The reigning champions finished bottom of their group in Russian Federation following their 2-0 defeat by South Korea in the final round of matches which saw Sweden and Mexico qualify for the last-16. Not to mention the flop show by favourite teams like Argentina, Brazil and Germany in their opening matches and stunning performances of the underdogs.

"I think we tried our best, it wasn't a lack of that", Kroos said.

Low's future has been called into question despite signing a new deal before the start of the World Cup.

After 16 consecutive World Cups, world champions Germany are going home. They then scraped through ahead of Senegal on fair play points. Whatever they chose, Loew or the next German coach needs to focus on youth and keep giving chances to the likes of Nikas Suele, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt, who will all gain some valuable experience from the Russian failure.

Brazil's tournament got off to a rocky start when they were held 1-1 by Switzerland, but two stoppage-time goals against Costa Rica set them on their way to top spot. In German football, there is an apocalyptical mood right now'.

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