The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

World Cup: from 2018 to 2022, the slow and inexorable decline of Germany


After having climbed into the last six squares of the major tournaments (World and Euro combined) from 2006 to 2016, the Mannschaft has been chaining disillusions for four years, a symbol of an inexorable decline.

2018: the unexpected exit from the track

Reigning world champion, Germany arrives in Russia in the summer of 2018 in the costume of favorite to keep its crown, with nine survivors of the adventure at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including Mesut Özil.

But the curse of the title holder - like France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 - falls again in the World Cup.

This time, Germany is paying the price when it had benefited from a rather lenient draw, with opponents Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

To discover

  • Download the Le Figaro Sport app and follow the Blues in Qatar

  • World Cup group standings

  • Full World Cup match schedule

In the first match, the Germans were beaten by Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa (1-0).

They manage, in the fifth minute of additional time, to snatch the victory against Sweden (2-1) thanks to Tony Kroos.

In the last match, they collapsed completely against South Korea (2-0), still in the added time of the second period, aware that the victory in the same time of Sweden forced them to victory.

The return of the failed Russian campaign was painful, and tinged with a controversy around Özil, who withdrew from the Nationalmannschaft and launched accusations of racism within the selection.

2021: painful last for Joachim Löw

Coach icon of Germany's success during the decade 2006-2016, Joachim Löw announced a few months before Euro 2020 that it would be his last competition with the Mannschaft, he who was assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann from 2004 to 2006 before taking the reins of the team after the 2006 'summer's tale' at home.

The Euro is postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the containment in spring 2020.

In the fall of 2020, a sign of a much less efficient German team than usual, Löw's men were swept away in Seville by Spain in the League of Nations.

6-0, a historic defeat leads to calls for the resignation of Löw Outre-Rhin.

Unlike 2018, Germany find themselves in an extremely complicated group at the Euro organized throughout Europe.

France, who stole his world title in Russia, won in Munich 1-0.

After a difficult victory against Portugal (4-2) and a draw in Budapest (2-2) against Hungary, the Germans stop in the round of 16 against England (2-0), future finalist of the 'test.

For the first time in its post-war history, German football missed the quarter-finals of a major competition twice in a row, and its descent into hell would continue eighteen months later in Qatar.

2022: the fatal false start

The controversy around the inclusive armband "One Love" came to parasitize the first days of Germany in Qatar.

Its captain Manuel Neuer repeats several times wanting to wear it, but the Germans finally give up, faced with the risk of sporting sanctions.

In protest, the players of Hansi Flick, Löw's successor on the German bench, mime a gag with their hand in front of their mouths, accusing Fifa of having silenced them.

Flick refuses to take this loss of energy off the field as an excuse for the inaugural defeat against Japan (2-1).

This false start will be fatal to Germany, which recovers by snatching the draw against Spain (1-1) and wins against Costa Rica (4-2).

But the Mannschaft did not have its fate in its hands, and Japan's victory against Spain (2-1) resulted in another premature World Cup exit, four years after the Russian fiasco.

All World Cup winners since 1930

Go to slideshow (21)

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-12-02

Similar news:

You may like

Trends 24h


© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.