RTE Sport analyst Didi Hamann was in no mood to be sympathetic after witnessing Germany’s World Cup exit on Wednesday afternoon.
Jogi Low’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat against South Korea in Kazan in what was a must-win game, ending their reign as world champions and sending them home in the first round for the first time since 1938.
Hamann, a World Cup finalist with Germany in 2002, criticised their lack of leadership on the pitch and the poor manner by which they had represented German football:
“You have to criticise them for the way they represented German football.
“I got knocked out in the European Championships in the group stages, but you have to conduct yourself in a certain way, and they didn’t do that. That’s the disappointing thing.
“They lacked leadership on the pitch, but off the pitch, how they represented Germany disappointed me.”
“Jogi Loew is going to have to face questions like whether he is the right man. Maybe that decision will be taken out of his hands. He’s going to face questions like why the World Cup ended in such a disastrous way? He only signed a two-year extension to his contract before the tournament, so he has another four years left.”
Didi Hamann believes that there will be many questions asked back home considering Germany believed that they were “unbeatable for the next decade”.#RTEsoccerhttps://t.co/Kg8U2GxdoO pic.twitter.com/boyGQBAp6B
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Germany’s exit is the latest in a bizarre recent trend that has seen the holders crash out in the group stages in the very next tournament. Nonetheless, that is unlikely to give Germany much comfort as they begin the inquest after a sorely disappointing World Cup campaign for the holders.