England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

The absence of Italy, Germany and Netherlands, who have played in a total of 17 World Cup finals between them, has left a rare void.

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In Russia, the Germans got off to a bad start with a 1-0 loss to Mexico, and their campaign ended on an even more bitter note after a stoppage-time victor from Toni Kroos against Sweden gave the false impression they had finally kick-started their tournament.

Defending champions Germany provided the biggest shock of the tournament by becoming the fourth holders in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.

Beaten 2-0 by the Korea Republic, the result means that Germany follow in the footsteps of 2006 winners Italy and 2010 winners Spain to be knocked out in the group stage the following tournament.

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Leaving aside Uruguay - which won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for the 1934 edition - it is the 6th time in the history of the competition that the reigning champions have failed to make it past the first hurdle.

Still, since both teams share the ultimate goal of winning the World Cup, rather than merely reaching the quarterfinals, it's hard not to see England's placement as advantageous. It seems that the head coach Jorge Sampaoli does not handle the situation in the team at all, and, as they say, all decisions are really taken by Messi.

Switzerland held Brazil in their opening game before beating Serbia and drawing with Costa Rica sent them through, but even though Federation Internationale de Football Association rank them the sixth best in the world, they have not reached the last eight since hosting the tournament in 1954. "We have to admit that we really disappointed at this tournament".

Sweden and Mexico finished top and second to qualify for the World Cup round of 16. They were not playing with body language. Whatever they chose, Loew or the next German coach needs to focus on youth and keep giving chances to the likes of Nikas Suele, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt, who will all gain some valuable experience from the Russian failure. I'll need some time to get over it'. In German football, there is an apocalyptical mood right now'.

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