Champion's Curse - Germany knocked out

Germany has been knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages, carrying on the trend of what's been known as the dreaded 'Champion's Curse".

Young-Gwon Kim scored for South Korea in the 94th minute and a second goal by Heung-Min Son in the 96th minute gave the Asians a 2-0 win and as 3-0 win by Sweden meant Germany finished last in the group.

Sweden and Mexico will go through from Group F with Sweden on top, Mexico second and South Korea third.

In the last four tournaments, the Champions have been eliminated in the group stages three times.

The “curse” started with France, who lifted the trophy in 1998 but could not make it past the group stages in 2002, in spite of the likes of Thierry Henry, Djibril Cisse and David Trezeguet leading their attacking line-up. France failed to score a single goal and were beaten by Senegal and Denmark in the group stages as they left the tournament earlier than anyone predicted.

The curse returned to haunt Italy in 2010 when they entered the tournament as the defending champions but failed to get past the first stage. The side led by coach Marcelo Lippi, who guided the Azzurri to glory four years ago, were held on to draws by Paraguay and New Zealand in their first two outings, and then suffered a 3-2 defeat against Slovakia to seal their exit.

Spain suffered a similar fate four years later in Brazil as the defending Champions lost to Netherlands 5-1 in their opening match, followed by a 2-0 loss to Chile, which saw them getting knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages.

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