5 Statements on Germanys early World Cup elimination

The early World Cup elimination of the German national team has historical proportions. Nevertheless, the situation must be evaluated appropriately. Here is the exclusive assessment of Prof. Schmidt.

1. Short-term decisions should be avoided at all costs

14 years ago, Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff joined the DFB, reformed the national team and led it to the World Cup title in 2014. The departure in Russia is a setback, but not synonymous with the failure of their long-term strategy. Not for nothing were the contracts with both extended before the World Cup until 2022 and 2024 respectively. Therefore, short and to fast decisions should now be avoided at all costs.

2. The luck of German football does not depend solely on the World Cup title

In the digital age, stagnation means death. Companies are dying faster today than ever, mostly because there is a lack of strategic self-renewal. This trend affects all industries - including football. The leadership of the national team recognized the signs of time more than four years ago and set the course for the future with the "Grand Project 2024". Thanks to the reorganization of the association and the DFB Academy, long term success should be secured. The early World Cup elimination is bitter and hurts, but it does not change this facts.

3. The national team has learned from mistakes of the past, sustainability is given

In the 1990s, those in charge at the DFB thought that they would be unbeatable for years to come. They missed taking on necessary reforms in time. The FIFA World Cup title of 1990 and later also the victory at the European Championship in 1996 overshadowed the fact that necessary structural measures were urgently needed. This is different today. Despite the early failure in Russia, sustainability in the environment of the national team is given by the reforms and strategic decisions of the past 14 to 16 years. That's why we should not be worried about German football.

4. Football is much more brutal than the economy

Sport, especially football is dependent of many unpredictable factors and imponderables. Wins and titles are not plannable. In the business world, several companies can simultaneously be world leaders. Football is incomparably more brutal: Only one team can win the World Cup title, only one team can be at the top. Public pressure is much higher in football too. All parties are constantly in the crossfire of public perception. All this should be taken into account by those responsible for assessing the performance at the World Cup in Russia.

5. The biggest challenge now will be to stay calm and find the right balance

It is clear that the early failure at this World Cup must lead to changes in the national team - on the sports side and also form an organizational point of view. It's about "creative destruction". Existing structures and processes have to be questioned and new approaches should be tried. At the same time, not everything that has been successful in the past should be thrown overboard. The leaders of the DFB must find the right balance between both.