'Shocking Defeat in Japan' German Flick Sacked Immediately After Battle
Germany has sheathed its sword.
Germany's national soccer team head coach Hans Flick has been fired, the German newspaper Bild reported on Tuesday. Rudy Füller, the head coach of the German national soccer team, will take over on an interim basis for the upcoming match against France. "The German Football Association is looking to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as his successor," Bild reported.
Flick's team lost 1-4 in a friendly against Japan at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Oct. 10. They self-destructed in front of their home fans.
With the Euro on the horizon, Germany followed up the World Cup with a poor showing in the Nations League. They were looking to bounce back when they hosted Japan, the team that humiliated them at the last World Cup, but they suffered a shocking defeat.
Earlier, Germany failed to advance to the round of 16 after a 1-2 loss to Japan in the group stage of the 2022 Katar World Cup. Japan, on the other hand, survived the 'Group of Death' to top their group and reach the round of 16.
This return match was a similar story. Germany dominated possession, but it was Japan who took advantage. The Japanese harassed the Germans with instant, strong forward pressure, organized passing, and quick counterattacks to earn an away win. Japan got off to a good start. In the 11th minute, Sugawara broke down the right flank and sent a low, quick cross in front of the goal. Ito quickly rushed in to get a foot on it, and the ball hit Rudiger, deflected once, and went into the back of the net.
Germany equalized. In the 18th minute, Zane broke down the right side of the box and found the far corner of the net with a precise left-footed shot to equalize. The goal was the result of neat passing between Guindoan, Birz, and Zane. Japan added another goal. In the 21st minute, Ito tried to connect with Sugawara's cross from the right and shot wide. But Ueda reacted quickly to get a foot on it, and the ball deflected into the back of the net.
Germany collapsed under their own weight. They lost the ball in the 44th minute due to a defensive error and conceded a wedge goal to Asano, and a fourth goal to Ao Tanaka in stoppage time. The match ended in a 1-4 loss for Germany. "Flick is under severe pressure after a disastrous 4-1 defeat to Japan," said the BBC, adding, "Since taking over from Joachim Loew in August 2021, Flick has won just 12 of his 25 games in charge of the German national team."
Indeed, the likelihood of Flick's resignation immediately following this match has become extremely high. "I'm shocked. "It's shocking, it's a shame," he said, adding, "We tried, but this is not acceptable.
Flick's dismissal is looking increasingly likely. With Germany about to host the Euros on home soil, the general consensus is 바카라 that they can't wait any longer. Bild reported in its own survey that "95 percent of Germans want Flick fired" and that "73 percent of Germans think he should be fired now, rather than wait until the France game."
Eventually, the German Football Association drew the knife. "Immediately after the Japan game, Flick left the national team," Bild reported. "Füller will take over as interim coach," said Bild, adding that "the DFB is looking for a replacement, with Nagelsmann as their first choice.