Every World Cup has its defining image. In 2014, it was Mario Gotze buzzing through the Maracana night like a drunk bumble bee. Four years later, the picture that will come to sum up Germany's campaign in Russia -- if you can even call it that -- doesn't depict a football scene. Quite the opposite, in fact: it shows Joachim Low in sunglasses, interrupting his morning jog in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to lean on a street lantern, posing for an agency photographer.
Three quick thoughts from South Korea's 2-0 win over Germany at the Kazan Arena, which sees both nations eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage.
1. Low's radical changes solve some problems, create others
Ahead of the game in the tropical heat of Kazan, Joachim Low had again talked about the need to protect against counterattacks. Three measures, he hinted, were necessary: better ball circulation, better counter-pressing to recycle balls before counterattacks were launched and more...
At the start of play on Wednesday Germany and Mexico look well poised to advance -- as expected -- out of Group F.
The Germans just needed to beat South Korea -- who had lost both of their first two games -- to punch their ticket to the knockout rounds while Mexico needed just a draw and could even advance with a small defeat to Sweden.
Neither of those thing happened and after 90+ minutes of game time, about two hours of regular time and a whole bunch of twists and turns, Sweden's 3-0 win over...
Germany's World Cup ended in humiliation after a shock defeat to South Korea. ESPN brings you the numbers behind their disastrous campaign.
Germany have been eliminated in the first round of the World Cup for the first time in 80 years, since a defeat in 1938 at the hands of Switzerland, where they drew the first match 1-1, before being beaten 4-2 in the replay. Since group stages were introduced in the World Cup in 1950 -- though they missed out on participation in that edition -- Germany...