Germany suffered a significant 4-1 defeat at home against Japan, leading to the firing of coach Hansi Flick by the German federation. Flick, who had achieved success with Bayern Munich, winning two Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League, was named as Joachim Loew’s replacement as Germany’s coach. However, the team has been struggling, with a winless streak of five friendly matches, including four losses. Flick’s win percentage is considerably lower than his predecessors, with the team failing to advance from the group stage of the 2022 World Cup.
In addition to Flick, assistant coaches Marcus Sorg and Danny Rohl were also relieved of their duties. Germany’s next match is a friendly against France, adding to the urgency of finding a new coach for the national team. It is an unattractive situation for Germany, as this is the second consecutive coach to face a disappointing end to their tenure, following Joachim Loew’s drawn-out departure.
While speculation will inevitably surround the candidacy of Julian Nagelsmann, who has a reputation but also left Bayern Munich on shaky terms, it may not be the right time for Jurgen Klopp to take over, considering his ongoing rehaul of Liverpool. The team possesses talented players such as Marc-Andre ter Stegfen, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich, and Ilkay Gundogan. The attacking trio of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Thomas Muller also adds to their strength. However, notable players like Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus, and Karim Adeyemi were absent from the roster.
Ultimately, Germany’s focus now turns to finding a new coach who can guide the team to success in the upcoming EURO 2024, which they will host in just nine months.