David Lee in Russia for the World Cup: Joachim Low's selection, system to blame for Germany's exit

German coach Joachim Low speaks with forward Thomas Muller ahead of a substitution during the World Cup match against South Korea.
German coach Joachim Low speaks with forward Thomas Muller ahead of a substitution during the World Cup match against South Korea. PHOTO: AFP

ST PETERSBURG -The last time Germany were knocked out of the World Cup at the first hurdle was in 1938, 10 years before South Korea gained independence in 1948.

Fifty-six places separate them in the football hierarchy but, on Wednesday (June 27), the Koreans stunned the world No. 1 Germans 2-0 in Kazan to send the defending champions packing.

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