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


Croatia dominated the group and were easily the stand-out performers, thumping Argentina 3-0 as they won all three games and conceded just one goal. "We have to admit that we really disappointed at this tournament".

They knocked Yugoslavia out on spot-kicks in 1990 before doing the same thing to England eight years later.

He admitted "I cannot explain my personal performance" and said that he would consider his own future in the team after some soul-searching.

"They (Germany) are the defending champions, number one on the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and they probably felt they would be able to beat us, so I felt we could use that as a reverse strategy and we hit the nail on the head". We have to analyse what mistakes we have made. "The World Cup is an unbelievable social event that brings the passion for football into limits, because we are speaking about countries, but innovations in the World Cup, I don't see it".

"Far-reaching measures and clear changes are needed, and we must talk about how we do that". Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Most of the big boys are still standing, but Germany's group-stage exit proved anything can happen in Russian Federation.

But they could find themselves on a collision course with Brazil in the semi-finals, as they lie on a side of the draw that features countries totalling 10 World Cup wins between them.

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He added, however, that the World Cup does produce moments that go down in football folklore - often from unlikely sources.

The 31-year-old may only have a few years left of his footballing career but the experience is on his side and would certainly make a great asset to any big team.

Jurgen Klopp, Jupp Heynckes, Thomas Tuchel, Miroslav Klose, Marcus Sorg, Thomas Schneider, Stefan Kuntz, Matthias Sammer and Klinsmann were mentioned by Bild as possible candidates should Low step down.

In the wake of that defeat, German newspaper Bild ran a cover photo of a buoyant Toni Kroos being hefted aloft by fellow midfielder Sami Khedira as striker Miraslov Klose looked on.

He said: "I'm surprised".

"We did not know (the Sweden score), it was only after the game was over that we knew", Cho told a news conference.

"In the end we did not do enough. Five goals in three matches is not the way forward", said coach Fernando Hierro of their defensive record, as it remains to be seen if Spain were right to sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament. We got what we deserved.