Germany’s World Cup exit
Very few people saw it coming.
Germany, the reigning World Cup winners, were dumped out of this summer’s tournament in the group phase.
The final nail in the coffin came in a 2-0 defeat to South Korea. That defeat meant Germany finished their group rock bottom.
It’s the first time that Germany have ever been knocked out a World Cup in the group phase.
Of course, 2014 world champions Germany, along with Brazil, were the pre-tournament favourites to win the trophy.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil singled out
Germany’s World Cup exit hasn’t been pleasant for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
Ozil created seven goal-scoring opportunities as Germany lost to Korea.
Yet Ozil has been lambasted for his performances at the World Cup. And some of the rhetoric has been vile and nasty, as Ozil has been singled out for his Turkish roots.
Things turned sour for Ozil long before the World Cup began, as the Arsenal midfielder, along with Ilkay Gundogan, met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
That meeting sparked a major backlash against the German twosome.
Exklusives #Boateng-Interview heute bei uns in WELT AM SONNTAG: Der Abwehrchef des #dfb über #Özil, die #WM, die Gründe für das Ausscheiden, seine Zukunft, den Neuaufbau und seinen Wunsch in Sachen #Löw @WELT_Sport @welt pic.twitter.com/tqsggRu0sq
— Julien Wolff (@julienwolffwelt) July 1, 2018
Jerome Boateng defends Mesut Ozil
On Sunday, Bayern Munich and Germany centre-half Jerome Boateng has spoken to Welt.
One of the main issues which Boateng stressed in the interview is that the hate towards Ozil isn’t right:
You can not let go of the whole criticism against one person. The whole team bears the responsibility.
Everyone single out Mesut Ozil. That will not do. Mesut is a human.
(Ozil) is an artist on the ball, not a fighter in defence like me. Maybe he sometimes comes across sometimes badly, but that does not mean he does not want to (impress), or that he make mistakes on purpose.
The issue with the (Erdogan) photo was unfortunate, it was a difficult situation for him recently.
Boateng also confirmed that he has no plans to retire from international football.
Boateng also threw his support behind Jogi Low, saying he should “definitely” stay on as the German national team coach.