Germany's football team has returned home after apologising for their dismal World Cup performance and saying they were sorry 'for not playing like world champions'.
The Germany squad has made a low-key return to Frankfurt after their embarrassing first-round exit at the World Cup, and coach Joachim Löw's future looks likely to remain unclear for several days.
Löw and his squad landed at Frankfurt Airport, where captain Manuel Neuer told reporters that the players are 'furious with ourselves' but insisted that the debacle was 'nothing to do with the coach'.
About to face the music: Forward Timo Werner touches down in Frankfurt after Germany crashed out of the World Cup
Midfielder Sebastian Rudy was sporting a black eye after suffering multiple fractures to his nose when he took a boot to his face in the first half of Germany's game against Sweden
Head coach Joachim Löw touching down in Frankfurt after the German team was eliminated from the World Cup in Russia
Germany's Toni Kroos holds his daughter after leaving a plane in Frankfurt, Germany, today after the German team was eliminated from the World Cup in Russia
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said that the players are 'furious with ourselves' but insisted that the debacle was 'nothing to do with the coach'
Germany's loss to South Korea ended its chances of defending the title it won in 2014, making Löw's squad the fourth defending champion in the last five World Cups to be knocked out in the group stage.
German federation president Reinhard Grindel says an initial analysis of Germany's failure will be ready next week, 'and then I expect the coach will talk about his future.' Löw's contract runs through 2022.
Löw said that 'there need to be far-reaching measures, there need to be clear changes, and now we have to discuss how we do that.' He offered no further details.
Huge media interest: Germany's embattled national team was braced for a cold homecoming after a shock World Cup exit that has plunged the football-mad nation into mourning and leaves the future of coach Joachim Löw (above) in question
It was a grim-looking head coach, Joachim Löw, addressing the media after arriving at Frankfurt from Moscow following the German national football team's defeat
Löw said that 'there need to be far-reaching measures, there need to be clear changes, and now we have to discuss how we do that.' He offered no details, however
An apology for their performance was contained in a statement posted the morning after Germany were dumped out of football's showpiece tournament in humiliating style, losing 2-0 to South Korea in Russia's Kazan Arena.
Tabloid Bild called the defeat - which left the team bottom of Group F - 'the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history' amid uproar and disbelief in the country.
It comes as pictures
emerged of Joachim Löw and his players gathering at Moscow's Vnukovo
airport with their suitcases packed ahead of a flight home to face the
music in their homeland.
This morning, a message to fans appeared on the German football team's Twitter account offering a frank assessment of the side's disastrous campaign.
'Dear fans, we feel just as disappointed as you. The World Cup only comes around every four years and we expected so much more from us,' it said.
'We're sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out.'
Auf wiedersehen: Germany's football team has apologised for their dismal World Cup performance and said they are sorry 'for not playing like world champions'. Team members are pictured at Vnukovo airport in Moscow today ahead of flying home
Ach nein: The statement was posted the morning after Germany side were dumped out of football's showpiece tournament in humiliating style, losing 2-0 to South Korea in Russia's Kazan Arena. Manager Joachim Löw is pictured passing through security at Moscow's airport today
They're coming home: Germany Team bus leaves the Vatutinki Hotel Spa Complex this morning after being eliminated from the World Cup 2018
This morning, a message to fans appeared on the German football team's Twitter account offering a frank assessment of the side's disastrous campaign
Another tweet congratulated their Group F rivals Sweden, Mexico for qualifying and applauding South Korea for their stunning victory.
support across the globe was incredible. We celebrated together in
2014, but sometimes in football you have to accept defeat and admit that
your opponents were better.'
The tweet added: 'Thanks to Russia for your hospitality!'
Defender Mats Hummels, who had two glorious chances to score before Die Mannschaft's fate was sealed, also had a message for fans after the game, writing 'sorry' on his Twitter account along with a crying emoji.
German media described the result as an 'embarrassing end of a catastrophic group' and a 'nightmare'.
Die Welt said 'the embarrassment is perfect' and branded the team's performance 'harmless, unimaginative, listless'.
Defender Mats Hummels, who had two glorious chances to score before Die Mannschaft's fate was sealed, also had a message for fans after the game, writing 'sorry' on his Twitter account along with a crying emoji
Pack your bags: The German teams suitcases are pictured at Vnukovo airport after the side's humiliating exit from the World Cup
Humiliating: Germany players react with disbelief after crashing out of the World Cup and coming bottom of their group
Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil appeared to offer a hand of apology to Germany fans after the side's capitulation last night
The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico.
But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw's side were sent home from Russia earlier than expected.
After the game the media summed up the mood of the shocked nation with Spiegel's headline saying 'Germany is out!' and calling the defeat a 'historic disgrace'.
'For the first time in World Cup history, the German national team failed in the preliminary round,' said the paper.
Heartbreak: Two German fans in Hamburg console each other after the final whistle saw their team crash out of the World Cup at the group stage.
The German media caught the shocked mood of the nation including this distraught fan who watched the game at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Despair is etched across the faces of these German fans as they endure the torture of seeing the team beaten by South Korea
The German tabloid Bild captured the mood of the nation with its headline and picture of a distraught player
As the magnitude of the defeat began to sink in, Zeit carried a picture of two dejected players sitting on the bench watching the game unfold.
'I'll pack my suitcase ... and take the German team with me,' was the headline.
Focus.de said it was defeat for manager Joachim Löw's 'helpless troupe' in what was a 'shameful final appearance' in the tournament.
It was 'the blackest day in the history of German football', its football reporter said added that the team was 'haphazard'.
The theme of it being Germany's worst World Cup performance was continued by the Nordbayern paper.
'Four years after the triumph of Rio, after only ten tournament days, the title defence ended with the low point of German World Cup history,' it wrote.