The Times also quotes a German source as saying there was an arrogance in the camp that hampered them from the outset, saying: 'The whole squad, the whole organisation, thought they are the World Cup winners.
The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.
But few could have bet that Europe's most successful football team would be sent packing after only three matches in Russian Federation. I think we tried our best, it wasn't a lack of effort.
"It's a dark day for German football", Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. We did not really convince in any game.
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Even before the final whistle blew in Russia's Kazan Arena, supporters in Berlin had begun leaving the city's so-called fan mile, disappointed by Germany's lacklustre performance against South Korea in a match heavy with missed opportunities. At the same time, Brazilian media has also picked up a video assistant referee (war) after Germany's first goal after South Korea. We got what we deserved.
"Before the tournament, we said that the world champions have to lead the way".
"The first mission has been accomplished and now we have to work hard and continue improving for the next one".
Die Mannschaft finished rock bottom of Group F after being beaten 2-0 by a South Korean side that had already effectively been eliminated from the tournament.
Germany had made it to the quarterfinals at the past nine World Cups, and reached at least to the semifinals at every tournament since 2002.
"We decided in the DFB executive committee before the World Cup to offer a contract extension", DFB boss Reinhard Grindel told Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ.