Rummenigge in think tank to review German World Cup flop

The German Football Association (DFB) on Tuesday announced a think tank of former internationals, including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Matthias Sammer, to help restore the country's fortunes after a dismal performance at the World Cup in Qatar.

AFP , Tuesday 13 Dec 2022,
(COMBO) This combination created on December 13, 2022 of six pictures shows (Top L-R) the DFB logo (
(COMBO) This combination created on December 13, 2022 of six pictures shows (Top L-R) the DFB logo ( on December 13, 2022) and members of an expert panel appointed by the German Football Association DFB, Oliver Mintzlaff (on December 12, 2017 in Wolfsburg), Oliver Kahn (on January 17, 2020 in Gelsenkirchen, (bottom row L-R) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (on May 29, 2017 in Munich), Rudi Voeller (on February 15, 2014 in Leverkusen) and Matthias Sammer (on December 19, 2015 in Hanover). - DFB-President Bernd Neuendorf announced on December 13, 2022 that the panel was created following the German national football team s bad performance at the Qatar 2022 Football World Cup, in order to support the association in crisis management. The German national team had crashed out in the group stage of the Qatar tournament for the second consecutive World Cup. AFP

Rudi Voller, Oliver Kahn and Oliver Mintzlaff will also participate in the group which has been tasked with helping Germany to prepare for Euro 2024, which it will organise in 18 months, said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf.

Germany have struggled on the international stage since winning the World Cup in 2014, winning just three of their last 11 matches at a major tournament.

They failed to get out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and suffered the same fate in Qatar where they lost to Japan, drew with Spain and won their final match against Costa Rica.

Coach Hansi Flick has been confirmed in his role until 2024 despite the early elimination in Qatar but the DFB need to find a new team director after Oliver Bierhoff left his post.

The Germans will also have to line up, on a temporary basis at least, without their experienced goalkeeper and captain, Manuel Neuer.

The 36-year-old Bayern player broke his leg skiing after returning from Qatar and will miss the rest of the season.

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