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The Local · 29 Jun 2012, 12:42

Published: 29 Jun 2012 10:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Jun 2012 12:42 GMT+02:00

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The Germans 2-1 semi-final defeat to Italy in Warsaw on Thursday left Joachim Löw's team shell-shocked after the Italians’ dominant first-half display yielded two goals from Mario Balotelli to effectively floor Germany.

"For me, there won't be many European Championships or World Cups in the future," said Klose as Mesut Özil's 92nd-minute consolation penalty for the Germans proved too little, too late.

"That's why I'm as disappointed as the rest.

"It's hard to decide now, but I can imagine playing on for two more years to make amends in 2014."

Klose, 34, said the German dressing room was not a happy place after the final whistle and with 64 goals in 121 appearances for Germany, the Lazio man says he wants to play on to help make amends at the next World Cup.

"There is a very sad atmosphere. Some guys are crying and you can only tell them that they have to keep their heads up," said Klose, who is four goals short of Gerd Müller's all-time record for Germany.

"It was one of my bitterest moments, but the hurdle posed by Italy was too high.

"We couldn't play to our potential. Maybe we showed them too much respect."

Italy have maintained their amazing record of having never lost to the Germans in eight meetings at either the European Championships or the World Cup, but midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said the young team could only learn.

"We have a very young and talented team and if every player stays on their path, then the (overall) quality will improve for the next tournament," said the 27-year-old.

"It's a positive thing that we've had this experience, especially for the players in their first tournament."

For all their potential and impressive form, Schweinsteiger admits the Germans were found wanting against the Italians.

"They were very clever. Italy are very experienced in terms of the system they play, and it's hard to play against," he said.

"They did very well and managed to score the first goal. It was a mistake to give it away and we didn't manage to equalise.

"The second goal was even worse, and it was hard to find a way back against such an experienced side.

"We lacked a bit of luck and determination, balls bounced off and landed at the feet of the Italians, where it could have landed at our feet, which made it more difficult."

Despite scoring three goals at Euro 2012, Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez endured a frustrating tournament - indeed he was taken off at half-time of the Italy game after a listless performance - and has yet to bring the consistency of his club form to the international stage.

"Congratulations to Italy, they played an excellent match. We didn't," he admitted.

"It's difficult to find the right words now. "We are very disappointed. We didn't imagine it like this.

"It will certainly take some time to digest all this.

"We all really believed in it and unfortunately once again it didn't happen."

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Nearly half a million people had gathered by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin confident of an all-night party on the back of victory – and could scarcely comprehend the defeat.

"Germany can't lose - it's just not possible," moaned Gina Pusche, a 20-year-old student decked out in a black, red and gold necklace.

"It would have been huge for the people here if their team had won," said Gregory Revel, 51, a metal worker. "You can understand that - the youngsters are really in tune with their team."

In Wolfsburg around 750 Italian fans drove in victory laps around the inner city – where German fans repeatedly tried to stop them. A few scuffles broke out between the opposing sides, and several fans were detained by police for being very drunk.

And in Wuppertal, the derwestern.de newsportal reported German fans threw pasta at Italians after more than 1,000 mixed fans watched the match at an outside public viewing facility.

A confrontation between hundreds of opposing fans was barely controlled by police who used pepper spray to keep the aggressive Germans and Italians apart.

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11:55 June 29, 2012 by Wrench
Only one thing to say, "Too bad, so sad, bye bye.'
12:55 June 29, 2012 by Luthier
Totally gutted for Germany! Why didn't Low use the same tactics against Italy when they beat them in the friendly a few months ago? Still, this team has massive potential. So admire Klose, but is he past his prime?
17:54 June 29, 2012 by mos101392
So long as the Germans fear the Italians, they will never win.

Or maybe stop taking payoffs from the mafia to lose :O)

It looked as if some of the players missed goals they would normally make. As for the Portuguese, it seemed as if Ranoldo spent most of his time laying on the ground and when he tried to score, he always missed at the same spot above the goal..

18:32 June 29, 2012 by super888
I am quite sure that, Germany has become more like England, Holland and France that will never be able to win any major tournament forever. Although it is true that many of the young players in this team are good, but you need to be the BEST to be EURO or WorldCup champion, being just good is simply not enough.

I can't see how Joachim Low will bring the cup glory back to Germany when he is always saying good things about his current team when they played quite badly thru' out EURO-2012. He has no experience in winning any champion either in club or national football, he is just not the type of coach that will motivate the players to hit the last 1% of their potential to be the world champion. It is time to change the coach before it is too late.

This team is young today but they will not be young in 2014 or 2016, time is quickly running out for this golden generation and as I said before, unlikely these group of national players will bring back any glory to Germany anytime soon...
19:00 June 29, 2012 by Englishted

"when they played quite badly thru' out EURO-2012."

As a England fan ,I would ask which Euro 2012 where you watching ?.

p.s. We held them to a draw for 120 minutes ,and didn't lose in "normal" football time in the championships not as bad as it looked then ?.
20:03 June 29, 2012 by Bavaria Mike
Maybe it's just me but, the game seemed politically driven. Germany came out hard charging for about 15 minutes then went into rookie mode making pathetic mistakes. Italy played well considering Germany didn't seem to be defending theirselves. Next headline, Spain and Italy get EU welfare payments, Hmmmm, a coincidence?
21:43 June 29, 2012 by Englishted
@Bavaria Mike

Yes -------a coincidence,maybe you forget Spain won the Euros in 2008 per crisis and the World Cup in 2010 .Italy were World Champs in 2006 not even Moody's had predicted the crash then had they ?.

But I do believe you are only playing .
23:42 June 29, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Terrible defending for both goals by Italy. Low needs to seriously look at the German defence. It was pretty poor throughout the tournament but they got away with it up to a point somehow. I don't know why the German midfield stood off Pirlo the same way the English did. He will murder you with passing when you do that. The Spanish will be all over him and he won't have half the space or passing chances.
11:02 July 2, 2012 by Magdeburg
It has gotten to the stage where you really have to come to th conclusion that Germany, be it some fans and all of the media, is just one big bad loser! It is embarrassing to read some of the above comments and to listen to comments on radio ajnd TV about how things could have been done better or who is at fault! GET OVER IT! It's only football! Where is the good sportsmanship in this country?
09:59 July 3, 2012 by Rhine
2014 host nation is Brazil. According the history, no other continent has ever won the trophy in South America soil. It is very unlikely that Germany will reach to semi final.German team did not go beyond semi final at 2006,2010 & 2012. In 2008 Euro, it was the second runner. Since Germany hired Kinssman and Loaw as coaches, German defense is getting weaker. It has lost many tournament. It is right time for Loaw to retire before his contract expired.

If Germany want to get back the good old days, they have to discard unworkable ideology of endless attack from many angles. They have to concentrate more on solid defense with precise passing.
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