Friday, February 3, 2023

Germany: once an elite team

JOR, QATAR ( Associated Press) – Another World Cup, another fiasco.

Former football powerhouse, Germany will once again go through a self-criticism session after getting a bye in the first exchange for the second time in a row in a World Cup.

German players talked a lot about good football passes and wasted chances, something they have done in recent times.

But no one knew how to give a clear answer about the shortcomings of the selection.

“Here you have 25 experts. Everyone can make recommendations and agree on some details,” midfielder Thomas Müller said after Germany’s 4-2 win over Costa Rica on Thursday.

Germany’s fortunes were essentially ruined after a 2–1 loss to Japan and a subsequent 1–1 draw against Spain.

This left Germany at the bottom of Group E, which was under the favor of Spain. Such a scenario did not materialise, as Japan beat Spain 2–1 on the last date to stay top of the tournament. Spain went ahead of Germany with a better goal difference.

Germany coach Hansi Flick said of relying on Spain, “I never pay attention to what the other team does or doesn’t do, it’s our responsibility.” “I think a whole amount of factors contributed to our elimination. We created a lot of chances, whether it was in the first half or the first 60 minutes against Japan, and even in the last part against Spain , when we had another great chance. We didn’t know how to take advantage of them.”

What Flick failed to mention is that Spain wasted countless chances to sink Germany before Niklas Fulkrug’s late goal.

That goal was the highlight for Germany, but underwhelmed in another disappointing campaign at a major tournament.

“We have not lived up to expectations in tournaments in recent years because, as a team, we do not have specialists in every position. True, we have many talented players”, interrupted his appearance in front of the press. Mueller said before committing.

Germany, the 2014 world champions in Brazil, also crashed out after the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Germany crashed out in the last 16 at last year’s European Championship after it was postponed due to the pandemic.

“I don’t really know what our level is,” captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said, referring to the team’s current situation.

Prior to the 2018 World Cup, Germany had reached at least the semi-finals of every major tournament it hosted since the 2006 World Cup.

Retired English striker Gary Lineker patented a phrase: “Soccer is a simple game invented by the British in which they play 11 against 11 and Germany always wins.”

it’s not like that.

“I made my national team debut in 2016. Germany was always in the semi-finals,” recalled midfielder Joshua Kimmich enthusiastically. Since I came here, we went through the first round (of the World Cup) and the second round (of the Euro Cup) last year. It hurts to take it.”

Barely eight years have passed since Germany included their fourth world champion star in the final played at the Maracana Stadium, with Lionel Messi defeating Argentina. With that consecration, Germany became the only European team to win the cup on the American continent.

Flick for a generational change.

“I believe in the future of German football, but we need to do something different in training,” said Flick, who took over as manager after last year’s Euro Cup. “We have been talking about new goalkeepers and full-backs for years, but Germany always defends well. We need to go back to the basics.

“For the future, for the next 10 years, it is very important to focus on the new generation,” he said.

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