Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit

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Now, Germany looks to be entering into a rebuilding period, or perhaps more accurately a retooling period, something the country's history - Germany has won four World Cups in all - and robust club and youth development infrastructure suggests it should be able to do.

The fact that three of the last four World Cup Champions have gone out in the group stage of the following World Cup is quite incredible.

Brazil had bucked the trend in 2006 but it came back to haunt Italy in 2010.

Both teams advance to the round of 16 despite Sweden's 3-0 win in Yekaterinburg.

However, on the eve of the tournament, Zinedine Zidane injured his thigh in a friendly and would miss the start of the tournament.

Zinedine Zidane was missing due to injury as France were stunned 1-0 by Senegal in their first game, and they followed that with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, as Thierry Henry was sent off.

Germany's elimination from the World Cup at the first hurdle and dismal performances in Russian Federation could see calls for that dreaded hallmark of summer failure: the root and branch review.

"Get your towels on a sunbed, Germans are starting their holidays early after World Cup humiliation".




Despite late victory over Sweden in their second game, that backlash never emerged, and Germany's limp performance in their 2-0 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday was evidence of this.

"Now is one of the hardest moments for the entire team and also for me personally", the Juventus man said.

The leaders must be the first to take the fall.

"We knew that Sweden were leading but we didn't have enough to get a goal".

The second half capitulation was a shock.

'If a player goes into a tournament like that then it's always a small disadvantage'.

Germany, still with the nucleus of the successful 2014 team, arrived in Russian Federation expected to contend after doing little wrong between World Cups.

In Spain, meanwhile, national sport newspaper Marca called Germany's exit "the curse of the champions". But a 2-0 loss to South Korea in the final group match meant elimination and last place in the group.

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