Germany lost six matches in 2018 – their highest total ever in a single calendar year
World Cup humiliation. Nations League relegation. 2018 has been a year to forget for Germany. Here’s how the year unfolded, culminating in a 2-2 draw at home to the Netherlands…
Germany headed into the year on the back of an unbeaten 2017, and were consequently installed as favourites to defend their World Cup crown last summer.
Hindsight makes it easy to pinpoint problems, but the fact Germany drew with Spain and lost to Brazil in March friendlies – four months after drawing with England and France – showed that Joachim Low’s side were far from being the outright front-runners after all.