“We can finally pay off the debt of 2018.”
That’s the joke that went viral among German soccer fans when it was announced that Jürgen Klinsmann, 59, would take over the reins of the South Korean men’s national soccer team. The German men’s national soccer team was knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 0-2 loss to South Korea in their final Group F match. It was the first time the German men’s national soccer team had ever failed to qualify for a World Cup tournament.
We say “paid off” because Klinsmann, one of Germany’s most famous strikers, was not well-received in his home country as a coach. So far, he’s not wrong. Since Klinsmann took over, the South Korean men’s national soccer team hasn’t won an A-match in four games.
But before the men’s soccer team has finished paying off its debts, the German women’s national team has a debt to pay to South Korea. The German women’s national team, ranked No. 2 by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), played South Korea (No. 17) to a 1-1 draw in the final Group H match of the Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup on Wednesday in Brisbane, Australia. The draw leaves Germany with one win, one draw and one loss, and the first group stage exit in Women’s World Cup history. “I don’t understand this situation at all,” said Germany captain Alexandra Pope.
Germany won back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles in 2003 in the United States and 2007 in China and had never lost in the round of 16 in the previous eight editions. They were the favorites to win the tournament, along with the United States (No. 1) and England (No. 4). Many of the conditions were similar to those of the German men’s national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they were ranked No. 1 by FIFA, and the results were similar.
“History repeats itself,” FIFA said after the game, posting a video of the match on social media. “Even the women’s national team is embarrassed…” was the headline in the German publication Bild, while the French publication L’Equipe wrote: “South Korea is becoming a problem for German football.” Former England international Farah Williams told the BBC that it was “the most shocking incident in the history of women’s soccer”.카지노
Moroccan fans, meanwhile, took to the Korea Football Association’s social media to express their gratitude, saying, “We send a lot of love from Morocco,” after South Korea drew with Germany to advance to the round of 16 in their first Women’s World Cup. Morocco, ranked 72nd in the FIFA rankings, was the second-lowest-ranked team to qualify for the tournament after Zambia (77th).