Being a defending champion at World Cup isn't always easy

Mats Hummels
      

 
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Other countries took more delight in Germany's departure, however, after they lost 2-0 to South Korea.

Whatever the reasons, the truth is that Germany never played as a team in Russian Federation and the loss to South Korea marked the end of a glorious era.

Former captain Lothar Matthaus, who lifted the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, wrote on Twitter: 'This is a very sad afternoon'.

The German Football Association (DFB) has apologised to the nation the morning after Joachim Low's side were sensationally knocked out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

The Germans even have a word for it: schadenfreude, the feeling of joy caused by the suffering or humiliation of another person; and it was in plentiful supply once the final whistle blew on their disastrous World Cup campaign.

Hundreds of Mexicans mobbed the South Korean embassy, chanting "We are all Koreans!" as one fan lifted the consul general, Han Byoung-jin, onto his shoulders.

"We usually play with three at the back and an anchor man who is very good in the air", he said. We got what we deserved.




Loew, who guided Germany to the title at the 2014 World Cup after a routing host Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals, said it was too early to talk about his future with the national team.

The 1966 World Cup is not fondly remembered by everyone.

Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico. They did not have speed in the game. "At the end we had to go for the goal and then they scored".

Mexico's only hope was Germany, the defending champion, didn't win. Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us.

KAZAN, June 27 ― Germany forward Thomas Mueller was dropped for their crunch Group F clash against South Korea today but his fellow World Cup winners Mezut Ozil and Sami Khedira were recalled to the starting lineup.

The technically gifted Brandt did not get much time at the World Cup, but he made convincing appearances as a substitute, showing the enthusiasm that his older teammates lacked.

"First of all I have to say that we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea", he told reporters in Yekaterinburg.

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