The number in the upper right corner a reflection of the team's meek capitulation against a South Korean team in a match that should've been a routine Germany win: 0-2. Joachim Low hasn't failed to reach the semi-finals of Euro or the World Cup in his 12-year-old regime.
Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.
A stunning win over Germany (2-0) has changed the sentiments in the local football community that had been disheartened after the defeats by Sweden (0-1) and Mexico (1-2) in the first two games of Group F.
The Times also quotes a German source as saying there was an arrogance in the camp that hampered them from the outset, saying: 'The whole squad, the whole organisation, thought they are the World Cup winners.
Mueller was relegated to the bench after drawing a blank in Germany's first two matches in Russian Federation.
South Korea's already slim chances have taken a hit in the buildup to the match when captain Ki Sung-yueng was ruled out with a left calf injury.
With that, Germany have officially succumbed to the champions curse. "More tournaments will come where we can celebrate". El Tri was on the brink of elimination if Germany had beaten South Korea. "Of course we are very sad and we were also very angry, but that helps nothing now".
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff said he assumed that Low, who led Germany to their triumph in Brazil four years ago, would remain in his position.
The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs.
After a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, Germany recovered with a last-grasp win over Sweden and now hopes to build on the momentum to secure a convincing win against South Korea.
It ends any chance of England facing off against their historical rivals - and ensures they outlast them at a World Cup finals until 1966. Brazilians flocked to Kroos' account in numbers, taking turns to send him similar messages mocking Germany's exit from the tournament.