German FA to review state of national team on December 4


Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Group D - Spain v Germany - Estadio La Cartuja, Seville, Spain - November 17, 2020 General view of Germany players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Football Association (DFB) will review the state of the national team following their 6-0 demolition by Spain last week in a meeting with team manager Oliver Bierhoff on Dec. 4, it said on Monday.

While Germany have qualified for next year's European Championship they have exited their last three competitions in the first round, and their defeat by Spain was the heaviest since 1931.

"In the DFB meeting on Dec. 4 Oliver Bierhoff... will present and evaluate the current situation of the national team," the DFB said in a statement. "Part of this discussion are the experiences of the defeat against Spain but also the overall development of the team in the past two years."

Coach Joachim Loew, in charge for 14 years, is under mounting pressure following the heavy loss to Spain which meant the Germans exited the Nations League competition in the group stage for the second time in a row.

The four-time world champions, who last won the title in 2014, also crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the first round while an overhauling of the team since then has not yet delivered on Loew's promises.

"The DFB board unanimously agreed on the roadmap in order to collect insights and evaluate them and discuss them. It gives the national team coach time and emotional distance in order to process the current situation," the statement added.

"On a sporting level to analyse the reasons for the clear defeat in Seville and on a personal level to process the big frustration. That is the proper thing to do."

It said it would inform of the results of the meeting in due course.

Germany will next play again in March before a few more warm-up matches prior to the Euros start in June.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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