BERLIN (AP) - It can't be a big surprise that the 2014 World winners Germany has lost contact with the leading nations in football. A fundamental rejuvenation followed a disastrous group exit at the 2018 World Cup. But somehow fans expected a quicker recovery due to the amount of talent at disposal.
The performance of the team's latest Euro 2020 qualifiers proved that much more effort and time are needed to return to the top. Fans might have to prepare for a more extended period of despair than expected.
Considering the current status of Joachim Loew's team, it seems apparent competing for the title in a year at the European Championships would be nothing less than a surprise.
******Germany coach Joachim Loew gestures during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sept 9, 2019.