After the team was once again eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage on Thursday night, the German Football Association (DFB) will begin a round of discussions to determine the causes of their second consecutive World Cup failure.
Despite defeating Costa Rica 4-2 in their final Group E game, four-time champions Germany, who will host the European Championship in 2024, was eliminated from the World Cup, beginning a tournament early for the second time in a row.
They have come to Qatar with the intention of repairing their damaged reputation following their unexpected group stage exit in 2018. Instead, they came in third place, tied with Spain on points with four, but losing on goal differential, and they were forced to leave the tournament early in the face of harsh criticism.
“You can imagine that today there is deep disappointment,” DFB President Bernd Neuendorf told reporters on Friday at Doha airport as the team prepared to return home.
“This elimination is extremely painful. But we have to look ahead and so we will lead a process on how to deal with this.”
Following their shocking World Cup exit, expectations and pressure for Germany, which will host Euro 2024, have increased significantly.
German Football League (DFL) CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, team manager Oliver Bierhoff, and national team coach Hansi Flick will meet next week to discuss the most recent mishap, according to Neuendorf.
“The expectation is for the sporting direction to have a sporting analysis of this tournament and to also develop a prospect for after the tournament and the Euros (2024) on home soil,” Neuendorf said.
“It (analysis) must also include the development of the national team since 2018. This is the demand and claim that we have. Then we will have more talks.”
The Germans lost in the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which was their earliest exit in more than 80 years at the time. However, the once-dominant tournament team had never lost both of its opening two group games before Qatar.
“I am a strong supporter of clear processes and expect to hold these talks with respect and in private. We are taking the first step before the second step,” Neuendorf said.
Fans and media in Germany will be incensed by Neuendorf, Flick, and Bierhoff’s disappointing performance, which included a loss to Japan in their opening match, a 1-1 draw with Spain, and a win over Costa Rica that came too late to prevent them from being eliminated by Spain on goal differential.
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