World Cup Curse Hits Germany As Defending Champions Fall

Germany falls 2-0 to South Korea, defending champions out of the World Cup.

The streak continues.

After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany become the fourth European World Cup winner in a row to fail to get out of the group stage after falling 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday.

The loss put the defending champions at the bottom of Group F.

Days after coming from behind to stun Sweden on a game-winning kick with just seconds left in the game, Germany’s magic finally ran out. The group stage loss was the first time Germany has been knocked out in the first round since 1938.

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Wednesday’s loss wasn’t surprising considering what has happened to past defending champions. Since 1994, every World Cup champion from Europe has failed to escape the group stage with Germany becoming the fourth consecutive team to fall.

Here’s how former players and fans reacted on social media to the news.

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