Lessons from the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Just reboot or perish
Four of the last five champions have all been eliminated at the group stages. The only exception in the 21st century was Brazil's 2006 campaign, in which they reached the last eight following the win in 2002
Germany bowed out of the World Cup after an insipid campaign capped off by an insipid match last week. Famed sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer was not only dispossessed up the pitch with school-ground ease, but also had to watch mutely as South Korea strung together a great pass and a composed finish to score their second. The Germans are out of the World Cup at the group stages for the first time since 1938, having scored just two goals and conceded four in their three matches.