British media rejoice in German World Cup despair
Joachim Loew (Getty Images)
London - British newspapers revelled in Germany's Soccer
World Cup despair on Thursday as Italy's Corriere della Sera commiserated with
their plight - mindful of the fact the Italians did not even make it to Russia.
Germany, four-time world champions, are England's historic
nemesis after inflicting some painful defeats over the course of more than half
And the press made the most of the demise of Joachim Loew's
side, eliminated from the World Cup at the first-round stage for the first time
"Schadenfreude, noun (from the German): Pleasure
derived from another person's misfortune," said the Sun's front page.
The paper - never slow to put on a brash show of jingoism -
printed a cut-out-and-keep table showing Germany rooted to the bottom, also
listing several English footballing names who suffered at the hands of the
"Sir Bobby (Robson), Psycho (Stuart Pearce), Chrissy
Waddle, El Tel (Venables), Gareth (Southgate), Lamps (Frank Lampard) and every
England fan... This is for you.
The Sun issued a rallying call for the England team, set to
play Belgium on Thursday to decide who finishes top of their group: "Now
come on England!"
The Mirror also banged the drum: "Come on England ...
but don't mention the VAR!" above a photo of grieving German fans, while
adding: "Auf wiedersehen to the worst German team in the history of the
The Daily Mail reverted to stereotypes of Germans on
"Get your towels on a sunbed, Germans are starting
their holidays early after World Cup humiliation. IT'S WUNDERBAR."
The broadsheet press were more measured but still unsparing
of Loew and his under-performing players.
"End of the world (as we know it)," said the
The Times said: "Day the Germans just
disappeared," with a photo of Son Heung-min about to shoot into the net
without a single German player in the picture.
But Italy's Corriere della Sera took a softer line, saying
at least the Germans could now look forward to a break.
"See you at the beach. Germany has gone out of the
World Cup in the first round and, like us, they are on holiday now," it
On a more serious note, the paper said the football team's
failure mirrored wider issues in Germany.
"We are seeing a Germany that has slipped down to where
we are. It is to be expected that old traditions and ways of doing things will
be turned on their head."
Another Italian daily, La Repubblica, said the last time
Germany were knocked out of the World Cup so early was in 1938.
"So we are at the lowest point, or rather the most
dramatic point, in 80 years in the history of a sport played by 11 players in
which the Germans always win at the end," it said.