German football plunges into deep trouble after another World Cup exit

German football plunges into deep trouble after another World Cup exit

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Winners in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, Germany also finished as runners-up four times while reaching the semi-finals five times.

But those successes are now a distant memory, surrounded by desert sand in Qatar, with Germany a shadow of their former mighty self.

Gone are his never-give-up qualities, his determination and conviction that can turn any game, whatever the score.

Instead it was the Japanese who took a page out of their book and came from a goal down in their opening match of the tournament to score twice late on and snatch victory.

The Spaniards should have done better than a 1–1 draw against them four days later, as they dominated the game.

Flick’s team was a patchwork of aging and inexperienced players, with his choice of center forward being 29-year-old Niklas Feulkrug, who had earned his first cap days before the World Cup, and Youssef Moukoko, the youngest player in the tournament.

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