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The Silent Fall of the German National Team: How Grace turned to Grass

by Lesley Ngwa
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Currently ranked 11th on the FIFA Coca-Cola standings, Germany is one of the most successful nations, with regards to international competitions and continue to boast as favorites on many occasions.

Having won three European championships, one confederations cup and four World Cups, the most recent being 2014, the _Die Mannschatt_ as the team is fondly referred to, are yet to register a commanding display in the major football jamboree since that historic fourth win.

The European nation could be said to have hit rock bottom since the 2014 win over Argentina in the finals, having made five outings since, and only picking up one win in the process.

The slim 2-1 victory over Sweden in the 2018 World Cup, is the last time the boys of Hansi Flick tasted victory at the grand stage, but the win has however been accompanied with a number of unwanted results. A one-all tie against Spain, along with a 2-1 defeat to Germany, a 1-nil loss to Mexico and a 2-0 shock defeat to South Korea, have all dropped the European giants below standard.

Following the 2018 World Cup exit from the group stage, the team further suffered humiliation after being knocked out by England in the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16, by two goals to zero.

Now, Germany find themselves in a territory which is becoming the “new normal” to fans, sitting bottom of group E, and in dire need of a match day three win over Costa Rica, while hoping Spain or Japan can beat each other, with a significant goal margin, to stand a chance to pick up a round of 16 ticket.

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