2018 World Cup Group Stage Trap

Posted on by John MW

This 2018 World Cup has been a thing of a fairy tale for some teams and a nightmare for others. According to pundits Germany was among the favorites to win the 2018 World Cup but that has not been the case. We have seen big teams in the competition waver in performance and Germany is among the first of those to bow out. The results have brought to light how the group stage could be the best trap for testing the skills and experience of the stronger teams.

South Korea hammered Germany 2-0 ending Germany’s journey in the 2018 World Cup competition. This is an unfamiliar position for Germany as they have always managed to cruise through this group stage effortlessly for the past 80 years.

There has been a pattern that has followed the winners of the World Cup and it has repeated itself once more. France won in 1998, and the exited the competition in the group stage of the 2002 competition. Italy won in the 2006 World Cup, and exited in the group stage of the 2010 competition. Spain won the 2010 World Cup and exited in the group stage of the 2014 competition which Germany won. Germany have exited the competition in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup competition and have lost their chance to defend the title as the number one country in football.

Could this mean that the defending champions cannot handle the pressure of defending their title or is the group stage trap a curse that precedes the World Cup winner? Either way the floor is open for another country to rise and take the seat at the top of world football. I believe that more surprises are yet to come in the 2018 World Cup competition, so we better brace ourselves and enjoy the wild ride.

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