After Germany lost in the group stage, Germany’s Coach, Joachim Low said he felt that they deserved to lose after the historic crash during the group stage. Germany were the defending champions going into this year’s World Cup and finished last in Group F after suffering a defeat to South Korea, a team many expected would not be much of a challenge for the Germans. It was the first time since 1938 that the country failed to advance.
For Coach Low, he said, “This is something for us to reckon with. This is historic. I am sure this will create some public uproar in Germany.”
The winners of Group F was Sweden, who beat Mexico 3-0. With Mexico advancing due to Germany’s loss, Mexican fans were on the edge as they watched, many in disbelieve as South Korea defeated the Germans.
When asked to expand on his comments, Low, who in 12 years of coaching had not made it to the semi-finals, explained,
“We saw Sweden had taken the lead, so we needed to keep the pressure up but our team was missing the ease of play and the classiness we usually have. So, we deserve to be eliminated, yes. At this tournament, we didn’t deserve to win again or move to the round of 16. We were eliminated not because we didn’t want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point – we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up.”
While the match came down to the wire, both of the goals scored by South Korea came during injury time. The first of those was by Kim Young-gwon who scored with a close range goal that was initially disallowed after an offside call, then later overturned and allowed. The second came minutes later after Ju Se-jong tapped another past German goaltender Manuel Neuer to give the Koreans a 2-0 win.
Germany’s Epic Exit
For Germany, the end was anything expected. It was only the second time in history that Germany failed to advance beyond the group stage. They have advanced to the semi-finals in their last four World Cup tournaments and have made the final four in the World Cup with the exception of three times. They have made the final two twice and before the loss to South Korea, had yet to lose in a match against an Asian country.
On the 7th of June, Amazon significantly increased its bet on live sports programming by buying the broadcasting rights to a package of soccer games in the English Premier League. These broadcasting rights are exclusive to Britain, enabling fans to watch a selection of twenty games this season on the Amazon Prime service. The rights to broadcast a small selection of games represents a significant boost to the modest foray by Amazon into live sporting events.
With handfuls of industries disrupted in the past by Amazon, which include from grocery businesses to health care. What comes next is the power to broadcast top sport events. The package does not include the league’s marquee offering and covers two rounds of play. These include mid-week events and one on Boxing Day, a day on which only the major league schedule games.
While thousands of Brittan’s look forward to more broadcasted games, their immediate optimism is all based on the game just before the World Cup commences. Marcus Rashford put England in the lead and reports indicate that players are high on confidence while Gareth Southgate is indeed capable of putting together exciting football.
Southgate Has Reason to Optimism
Another satisfying win gives Southgate reason to optimism and Rashford announced that he is pressing for a starting place as England arrives in Russia. He also reminded England’s manager that he can produce moments of outstanding quality. Even though he can be unpredictable at times, he can score goals even against the most accomplished defences.
What is most encouraging is that none of the Southgate players are off-form. Costa Rica placed twenty-third on the FIFA World Rankings, simply overwhelmed by the team’s energy in the first half. It was a relatively stress-free evening for Butland in the first round, replaced in the second half by Pope, while Dele Alli cleared the way in the 2nd half to the second goal for England. It was Jordon Henderson that captained the team in the absence of Harry Kane, and he did so with considerable authority.
The only negative if one is pressurised to find one, it would be that Jamie Vardy had a difficult time to impress. Alexandra-Arnold impressed many during his first international appearance, while it was also the debut of England’s goalkeeper Burnley Nick Pope replacing Jack Butland in the second half.
Now Southgate has some serious decisions to make regarding England’s starting line-up in the World Cup. He agrees that he would have to leave out 11 or 12 players that are genuinely good. Normally managers find it difficult to find players for each position, Southgate’s problem is which of the great players are best for the position, which might be even more challenging.
As the Real Madrid team is preparing for their fourth Champions League Final, players such as Gareth Bale are reflecting on how their progress as a team blew any expectations they had straight out of the water.
Gareth Bale is a forward for the Real Madrid team, though his name may sound familiar as he holds the title of being one of the world’s most expensive players when we made the switch between Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 for a whopping £ 83 million. The player stated proudly during an interview that the team is making history. He reflected no his reason for even joining this club as he aspired to win titles before beaming and ending his statement by stating it’s going to be a special day for him and the team.
The Real Madrid team has had a history of winning the prestigious competition three times in the past four seasons – while Liverpool’s last success happened thirteen years ago in 2005. Throughout all of those wins, the Welsh player Bale has been on the team. This is not Bale’s first impressive win as he won La Liga and the Copa del Rey when he was playing on the Spanish side earlier in his career.
The manager, Zinedine Zidane must hurry and make the decision regarding if Bale is going to be a starter after the Welsh scored five goals in his previous four times as a starter. Zidane stated that he is playing extremely well and has been racking up the goals as of late. The Frenchman beamed as he complimented the Welsh player’s consistency when he has been playing for the previous three games. Following this, Bale added in that he personally feels great and is looking forward to the final as the team already won their second Champions League and they want more under their belt.
In the wake of the game, Bale cannot seem to keep his excitement to himself. He reflects as he thinks about a time where he couldn’t imagine participating in so many finals. His performance on the team is easily superseding the expectations he had for himself.
While the spotlight may currently be on Madrid and Bale, the manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has mentioned previously about the team’s desire to overcome and beat the 12-time record holding winners, The Real Madrid. Other than Madrid, the only other team that was able to win the competition in three repetitive successful seasons happened between 1974 – 1976 and the winning team happened to be Bayern Munich.
Despite the team’s row of successful games, Zidane stated that saying teams such as Liverpool was hungrier than Madrid simply is not true. The manager spoke highly before simply stating that no team can take away the hunger to win and succeed from Real Madrid as the team will give it their all to win again. Zidane finished by stating that either way – Liverpool deserves respect during the match as they have worked and to get where they are.