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 France’s  and Argentina’s  Lionel Messi whose teams will meet in the last  16 clash on Saturday. Photograph: Simon Christophe/AFP/Getty

A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe me, I know all about that. In 2002 we went into the first (...)

Head coach Joachim Löw faces the media   following the German team’s arrival at Frankfurt airport on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

The most amazing thing about Germany’s World Cup exit at the group stage is that the sun still rose this morning. You wouldn’t have thought so on Wedn(...)

Korean players celebrate next to Mario Gomez of Germany at the end of their 2018 World Cup Group F match in Kazan. Photo: Diego Azubel/EPA

In Germany Niedergeschlagenheit (noun, feminine): Despondency German football fans, who had never seen their country fall at the first hurdle of a W(...)

Thomas Mueller of Germany stands dejected after their 2018 World Cup Group F loss to South Korea in Kazan. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

As Germany left the stadium for their flight back to Moscow, there was no mistaking just how starkly their status had changed. Defeat by South Korea m(...)

Germany’s Thomas Müller, left, and Toni Kroos react after South Korea’s second goal. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP Photo

Day 14. The only wonder is that Gary Lineker didn’t sign off with “Don’t mention ze Var!” If he’d checked his Twitter feed in time, he’d have seen it (...)

Germany’s Julian Brandt and Thomas Muller look dejected as South Korea players celebrate on the pitch after their 2018 World Cup Group F win. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

South Korea 2 Germany 0 The champions have crashed out of the World Cup here in Kazan after Joachim Löw’s side were beaten by South Korea in a game t(...)

Joachim Löw: under his stewardship Germany  have had the odd scare before but ultimately always made it to at least the semi-final stage of the World Cup. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Having acquired a reputation as a highly successful problem solver at tournaments these past few years, Joachim Löw must complete the challenge German(...)

Xherdan Shaqiri can inspire Switzerland into the last-16 of the World Cup. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP F South Korea v Germany (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: South Korea 16-1, Germany 1-5, Draw 13-2 Mexico v Sweden (Yekaterinbur(...)

German midfielder Toni Kroos  after scoring against  Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Photograph:  AFP Photo

Germany 2 Sweden 1 Toni Kroos had to blot out the background noise and, boy, was there a lot of it. The build up to Germany’s second Group F match ag(...)

Germany’s  Toni Kroos pounds the pitch in celebration after the victory over Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

In the end, Jogi Löw’s team had to walk right to the brink of defeat and back again in order for Germany to rediscover its love for Die Mannschaft. Af(...)

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