The four-time World Cup winners crashed out at the group stage in Qatar
Packing their bags: Germany are out of the Qatar World Cup. © Stefan Matzke / Corbis via Getty Images
Germany’s early exit from the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a “serious failure” for the nation while players spent more time concerned with LGBT issues than football, according to former Russian national team coach Valery Gazzaev.
Germany suffered a second successive group-stage departure at the World Cup when Japan’s victory over Spain on Thursday night meant that Hansi Flick’s team were packing their bags despite earning a win over Costa Rica.
Since triumphing at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Germany have now fallen at the first hurdle in both the Russian and Qatari editions of the tournament.
“When a team like Germany doesn’t make it out of the group for the second World Cup in a row, it’s a sign of failure in German football,” said Gazzaev in an interview with Championat.
“I think that German football will draw the appropriate conclusions. This is definitely a failure. Germany have always been on the list of favorites for major international tournaments, whether it’s the Euros or the World Cup.