Ballack surprised Low survived Germany axe after poor world cup outing


The Germany national team suffered a calamitous outing in Russia as they failed to get beyond the group stage in their defence of the World Cup title suffering defeat to Mexico and South Korea.

While a set of players suffered criticism for the terrible showing at the World Cup, the DFB decided to stick with manager Joachim Low keeping faith in the world-cup winning coach.

That decision comes as a surprise to one of Germany’s former stars who did not expect the Germany head coach to retain his job.

Michael Ballack was shocked to see Germany head coach Joachim Low remain in charge of Die Mannschaft after he guided the national team to a disastrous world cup defence that was marred by controversy before and after the mundial.

Low was questioned over his selections before the world cup after failing to include sensational Manchester City forward Leroy Sane in his world cup squad and even during the world cup for playing a match rusty Manuel Neuer in goal ahead of Ter Stegen who had enjoyed an impressive season at Barcelona.

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In the end, Germany exited the world cup at the group stage, the first time the country failed to go beyond the first round since 1938 winning only once against Sweden and that after Toni Kroos scored a superb stoppage-time free-kick to win the game.

The decision to keep Low as the national team comes as a surprise to Ballack who made this known while speaking to Deutsche Welle.

“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,

“For a long time he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.

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“As an outsider, I wished for German football that Low had gone out on top, because when you have talented players you shouldn’t talk about other things, which was the case before the World Cup.”

Ballack feels that a more thorough review should have been undertaken of Low’s performance and called for reforms to be made within the DFB.

He added: “The World Cup was a huge disappointment and there were reasons for that.

“You should analyse it, really, and not just say ‘we will analyse that’ when you have already made the decision to keep the coach. That’s not a real analysis.

“There should not just be one person who is making these decisions. There should be more people in the German federation and a better structure.

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“I think they can improve this for sure. But this has nothing to do with the performance on the pitch. That’s an excuse for players sometimes, but we shouldn’t forget these things.”

Ballack also urged German football to move on from the Mesut Ozil episode post-world cup.

Ozil announced his decision to retire from the Germany national team after the World Cup and accused the DFB of discrimination against his Turkish heritage in doing so.

“No one needs that before the World Cup and no one needs that in general, that discussion,” Ballack said.

“He [Ozil] made the decision he did, we have to accept it and the German national team has to move forward.”