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‘Over and out’: media reacts to Germany’s World Cup exit | Football

  • June 28, 2018

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In Germany

Niedergeschlagenheit (noun, feminine): Despondency

German football fans, who had never seen their country fall at the first hurdle of a World Cup finals before, will recognise it as they pick up their papers on Thursday morning.

Their team, the holders and one of the pre-tournament favourites, finished bottom of Group F after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.


Germany’s most popular newspaper is “speechless” as it contrasts its front page from June 2014 – after the national team inflicted a 7-1 semi-final defeat on Brazil on its way to winning the World Cup – with its Thursday edition.

The headline is the same. The story is not.


Links: unsere Seite 1 nach dem 7:1 2014.
Rechts: unsere Seite 1 nach dem WM-Aus 2018. pic.twitter.com/r0EB0xpSki

June 27, 2018

Die Welt

“Over and out,” says Die Welt, next to a picture of a crestfallen Toni Kroos. He had looked like Germany’s saviour after a stunning late winner against Sweden. But he was unable to haul his team into the second round.


Unsere Seite 1 nach dem deutschen WM-Aus. #KORGER #WM2018 pic.twitter.com/nusolGyfKV

June 27, 2018

Rheinische Post

The Düsseldorf-based paper is even more succinct. “Out” is its one-word headline.

Gianni Costa

Aus. #WM2018 @rponline @rpo_sport pic.twitter.com/iiIFKeLLOK

June 27, 2018

Frankfurter Allgemeine

The paper calls the defeat “Germany’s downfall”. Like Die Welt, it also contrasts Wednesday’s defeat against South Korea with the hope felt after the last-gasp victory over Sweden looked to have revved-up the nation’s stalling World Cup campaign. Instead, it says, Germany is “back to earth with a bump”.

Frankfurter website

Photograph: Web

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Online, the title accuses Joachim Löw’s team – once arguably the most exciting in the world – of “slow-motion football”.

Suddeutsche Zeitung website

Photograph: Web

Rest of the world

Schadenfreude (noun, feminine): Taking pleasure in the misfortune of others

British football fans, most of whom have seen their country fall at the first hurdle in a World Cup tournament, will recognise it as they pick up their papers on Thursday morning.

The Sun, the Daily Telegraph and the i all go for similar headlines:

Helen Miller

Thursday’s SUN: Schadenfreude #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/QcuAM4TZoU

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Helen Miller

Thursday’s TELEGRAPH: Britain heading for ‘worst’ Brexit deal #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/IGvQHQacL1

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Helen Miller

Thursday’s i: Prisons revolution #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/qQ9h3JIek3

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There was also a liberal dose of schadenfreude in Brazil, the nation that – as Bild pointed out – suffered its most humiliating footballing defeat against Germany in its home World Cup in 2014.

Readers of O Globo are invited to see images of dejected Germans, while viewers of Fox Sports Brazil are invited to laugh at them.

Jornal O Globo

2 a 0 Coreia do Sul: veja imagens da tristeza alemã com a eliminação na Copa do Mundo: https://t.co/ZAuRIk2lwv pic.twitter.com/tHyPXz4djl

June 27, 2018

FOX Sports Brasil


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And Folha de S Paulo struggles to maintain a neutral tone as it reports a South Korean goal.

Folha de S.Paulo

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL DA COREIA DO SUL CONTRA ALEMANHA #GER X #KOR #Copa2018 https://t.co/0LRC4atNgm pic.twitter.com/xYcgA6empy

June 27, 2018

The back pages of the Times and the Guardian focus on the historic nature of Germany’s humiliation.

Guardian sport

Photograph: The Guardian

Helen Miller

TIMES SPORT: Day the Germans just disappeared #tomorrowspaperstoday
⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/A6YFCT50iZ

June 27, 2018

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