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2018 FIFA World Cup Days 12-15: Third phase of group matches

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I had an uneasy feeling already for some time, not only after the Mexico match...and then the "scandal" about the Özil/Gündogan pic with Erdogan didn't really help the spirit in the team either.

Then again, if four out of five recent WC winners crash in the group stage four years later, we're not in bad company :-)

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Wooooooooooooo...Amazing.

 

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17 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

I had an uneasy feeling already for some time, not only after the Mexico match...and then the "scandal" about the Özil/Gündogan pic with Erdogan didn't really help the spirit in the team either.

Then again, if four out of five recent WC winners crash in the group stage four years later, we're not in bad company :-)

Germany didn't play well at this World Cup - the Mannschaft didn't deserve to reach the last 16...

Congratulations to México and SVERIGE


One of my sweepstake reached the next ROUND - COME ONE SWEDEN!!!

 

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Oh, the German devastation! Easily the worst team Germany has ever sent to the World Cup. And the most disgraceful and embarassing. I picked them to go deep. Likely to repeat despite knowing full well how hard it is to repeat at a World Cup. Sure the women did not that a decade ago, but the women's game is very different in that there's not as many nations that are reasonably competitive among each other. To be fair, not many of us would see this happen in Russia given their well-oiled machine rep. Brazilians are taking some schadenfruede and seeing karma for what happened in Belo Horizante. You know, that infamous 7-1 semifinal. And they steamrolled the European qualifiers this world Cup --and they weren't dominant last time out. All that talent and were capable as a team. Couldn't adjust and adapt to someone like what Juan Carlos Osorio's mad scientist ways with Mexico that worked on them. Now Kazan is up with 

Cries are already there regarding Leroy Sane. While I think he would've help as a stablizing spark with his speed and athleticism, Sane would not be enough. Ditto for Jonathan Tah. A lot of players from the World Cup winning 2014 campaign are gone and their World Cup qualities ended up being missed more than they realized; these players, while talented, couldn't adjust and aren't the 2014ers like Klose, Lahm, Podolski, and Schweinsteiger. I think Deutschland especially misses Lahm's strong on-pitch leadership and game control on both ends of the grass. He did not just played his position or his assigned duties, but he got involved in all the actions on the field and players on the field tended to draw extra energies from him to heighten their games. Was well-respected for this as the team's heart and soul. Every German championship team had someone of this quality and responsibilities up to 2014. Look for several players to end their German international career in shame after this World Cup debacle now that they're back home in Frankfurt--and should've been hounded with anger upon their return. Also look for stories of dissension, miscalculation, accusations, and disunity in Russia afterward.

Global shock and sarcasm coming from newspapers and social media worldwide after yesterday's German surprise exit both within and outside Germany:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/27/over-and-out-media-reaction-to-germanys-world-cup-exit

https://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/wm-2018/article178356304/WM-2018-Presse-zu-Deutschland-Weltmeister-hinterlaesst-eine-gedemuetigte-Nation.html

http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/4/blog/post/3547335/a-wild-day-in-world-cup-group-f-how-social-media-reacted-to-germanys-elimination

https://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/wm-2018/article178360358/WM-2018-Diese-Spieler-koennten-die-Zukunft-der-deutschen-Nationalelf-sein.html

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/27/germany-south-korea-world-cup-internet-reacts

https://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/wm-2018/article178366636/WM-2018-Aus-Deutschland-Viel-Qualitaet-aber-keine-Fuehrung.html

 

 

  

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