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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom007:
    Its a new start for Engand IMHO and they should build on it. At the end nobody really cares if they had an easy path 2018 or not. But now they should follow up. Euro's 2020 ain't far away
    Agree young team. They need some bite and a an ability to pass more than simple 1-2's in oppositions 1/2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom007:
    Its a new start for Engand IMHO and they should build on it. At the end nobody really cares if they had an easy path 2018 or not. But now they should follow up. Euro's 2020 ain't far away
    I actually like the Euro Cup better than W.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huja:
    Compared to Italy, Germany's run was long and storied.
    A lot of soul searching going on right now in Germany. It's not entirely new that the defending champions exited in the Group Stages ( France 2002, Italy 2010 and Spain 2014 ) but seriously nobody expected this from Germany!

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    Quote Originally Posted by huja:
    I actually like the Euro Cup better than W.C.
    Agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom007:
    A lot of soul searching going on right now in Germany. It's not entirely new that the defending champions exited in the Group Stages ( France 2002, Italy 2010 and Spain 2014 ) but seriously nobody expected this from Germany!
    Don't know much about the German team, are they gettig older and need a new crop of players?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Don't know much about the German team, are they gettig older and need a new crop of players?
    Yes one of the reasons but also it's about failures of the management ( remember Löw ridiculously didn't nominate Leroy Sané and instead cozying up to a group of established players ) Then the infamous incident with Özil & Gündogan ( group photo with Erdogan prior the training camp and World Cup preparation) didn't help either and will be haunting them for quite some time. The people in Germany turned against both players and the German FA underestimated the impact!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom007:
    Yes one of the reasons but also it's about failures of the management ( remember Löw ridiculously didn't nominate Leroy Sané and instead cozying up to a group of established players ) Then the infamous incident with Özil & Gündogan ( group photo with Erdogan prior the training camp and World Cup preparation) didn't help either and will be haunting them for quite some time. The people in Germany turned against both players and the German FA underestimated the impact!
    As a Man City supporter, the omission of Leroy Sane was inexplicable. I watched him play all season. He's a matchup nightmare if deployed properly. And he's young, meaning he's part of the present and future of Die Mannschaft.
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    Let's have a look into France World Cup history starting with 1998. Truly a rollercoaster!

    1998 France - Champions (1st time)
    2002 Japan/South Korea - Group Stage 4th (1point)
    2006 Germany - Final ( Runner-up ) Zidane
    2010 South Africa - Group Stage 4th (1 point)
    2014 Brazil - Quarterfinals 0:1 to Germany
    2018 Russia - Final ...

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