German newspaper blames players’ wives and girlfriends’ lack of celebration for early World Cup exit
There is now an official scapegoat for Germany’s elimination from the group stage of the 2022 World Cup: the players’ relatives.
Apparently, the Germans failed to qualify for the knockout stage because their players’ wives and girlfriends weren’t celebrating enough, according to a German newspaper.
« What’s really wrong with our WAGs (wives and girlfriends)? » asked the German newspaper Bild.
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« Not thirsty? Dancing leg allergy? Don’t feel like rushing?… » the newspaper added. « Be happy that you too are going home with your soccer gnomes! It can’t go on like this. »
The newspaper paid tribute to England’s WAGs for celebrating as they would « drink Qatar half dry ». England won Group B with seven points.
The German players were able to spend a few nights with their partners in a luxurious resort outside the Qatari capital before preparing for their final World Cup group stage match against Costa Rica.
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The wives and girlfriends of German players were allowed to stay at the Zulal Wellness Resort in Al Ruwais for two nights, and some of them were seen in the stands during Germany’s 1-1 draw with Spain last week, according to the newspaper .
Qatar has a strict alcohol policy, however, and FIFA and the country decided just two days before the tournament that beer would not be sold at matches. That apparently didn’t stop WAGs from England and Welsh players.
Germany secured a third-place finish in Group E. They went 1-1-1, as did Japan, but the latter had a plus-6 goal differential, while the Germans had just one. differential of plus-1.
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His elimination in the group stage was Germany’s second consecutive knockout.