Michael Ballack questions Joachim Low contract timing after Germany's World Cup failure

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2018

The South Korean squad had eggs hurled at them on what was meant to be a warm homecoming welcome after the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Former Germany global Michael Ballack has questioned the German Football Federation's decision to reward Joachim Low with a new contract shortly before their World Cup campaign.

Joachim Löw believes there must be "big changes" in Germany after the nation's shock group-stage exit at the World Cup.

It is only the second time that Germany have been knocked out in the first round, the last coming in 1938 before the introduction of the group stage.

It remains to be seen who England will play in the knockout stages, where the result against Belgium will determine who they play from either Japan or Colombia.

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"They (Germany) are the defending champions, number one on the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and they probably felt they would be able to beat us, so I felt we could use that as a reverse strategy and we hit the nail on the head". "We made our way to the top over a period of 14 years - we were the most consistent team in the world for the past 10 years and became world champions". "And the best part of it all was how we all celebrated after the referee blew the whistle and said it was a goal". England, in Southgate's mind, would be making a unsafe mistake if they started thinking too far ahead of themselves.

And that means England supporters are revelling in the fact their team has gone further in the a World Cup than Germany for the first time since they beat them in the final in 1966. To be honest, if we can't score a goal in 90 minutes against South Korea then we don't deserve to go through.

Midfielder Sami Khedira backed Low, adding that he would consider his own worldwide future in the weeks ahead.

"After a European (Championship) or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years".

"In the end we did not do enough".

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