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Otmar Issing

Declining Germany Isn't Likely to Hoist World Cup

Speaking as one of Germany's 80 million would-be national coaches, I am afraid that the chances for a fourth victory are anything but bright.
What are Germany's World Cup chances?
What are Germany's World Cup chances?

Whenever the World Cup approaches, my thoughts run back to 1954, the year when Germany, a country still in postwar ruins, won the title against all the odds. The surprise was even greater as the German team had lost its first encounter, against Hungary, in the qualification rounds. Hungary had been unbeaten for years, and the "Magical Magyars" had even bested England at its own holy ground of Wembley, making them one of the clearest favorites ever in the history of football.

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