With the International break, just 2 weeks away let’s take a look at 2014 World Champions, Germany and their abysmal run in 2018.
The German National team has been the worst year in the history of Football, at least in terms of defeats registered in a Calendar Year. With Successive defeats in the UEFA Nations League, 3 – 0 loss against the Netherlands and a 2 – 1 loss against defending World Champions France, Die Mannschaft have forged up a record that they wouldn’t be proud of. The German National Team has lost six games in a calendar year for the first time in their History. Suffering defeat against Brazil, Austria, Mexico, South Korea, the Netherlands and now France to wrap up six losses in what has been a pathetic 2018, to say the least.
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 16, 2018
Germany’s Toni Kroos saved his country from further embarrassment as he managed to score from the Penalty spot in the 2 – 1 loss to France or else Germany’s goal drought would’ve been extended to four games. Unfortunately, that was the only good news to come out of the France game, with the 2014 World Cup champions continuing to establish a string of embarrassing milestones. Germany are now without a win in four continuous competitive fixtures for the first time in almost 20 years, with their last abysmal run from October 1999 to June 2000. The defeat also marked the first time Germany have suffered two consecutive defeats in competitive matches since 2000.
If you thought it was just the forwards not able to notch up goals, think again. The defence has been pretty leaky as well, Germany managed to notch up only one clean sheet in 2018 out of 11 games in the calendar. Which is a shocking record considering they have a defence comprising of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich and have Manuel Neuer with Marc Andre Ter Stegen as his Understudy in Goal. It’s shocking that that defence has managed to keep only one clean sheet. The last time they had such a bad percentage of Clean sheets to games we’ll have to go back to 1964.
Things can go from bad to worse for Die Mannschaft as they take on Russia in a friendly on the 15th of November followed by another UEFA Nations League game against the Netherlands. Seeing how things are going for Joachim Low and his men a string of similar results could lead to relegation from the Nations League. Making qualification for the 2020 UEFA Euros that much harder.