Parent page: Latest in sports
It appears to be the end of an era for the German Machine as three World Cup winners have at the beginning of March 2019 been told they are no longer needed in the team. Defensive duo Matts Hummels and Jerome Boateng and striker Thomas Muller received the message from Die Mannschaft head coach Joachim Low.
The three Bayern Munich players face the axe as the team enters a new era after falling at the first hurdle at the 2018 World Cup. Boateng and Hummels, both 30, were put to task at the team lost two of its three group matches in Russia. Muller, 29, was tellingly blunt in front of goal at the same tournament.
The coach says that the decision is not based on the players’ decline but rather the need to begin a new era for the national tea. Low says that the drop of the three senior players will pave way for new talent to flourish. He has called on younger players to step up and fill the void left.
Low had to make some bold decisions after barely managing to keep his position following the disaster in Russia. He has led the team to great success and the German FA appears to have faith that he can still deliver them from the recent mess. His record of bringing new players through must have played a huge role in the decision to retain him.
The trio will now have a chance to concentrate on the business at Bayern, where they have struggled to defend the title this season. Where they have in the past few seasons has a free run towards the title, they are now neck to neck in competition with Dortmund. All three are in their sunset playing years and will want to put in a good showing before they sign off.