Moscow: The Germany squad has made a low-key return home after their embarrassing first-round exit at the World Cup, and coach Joachim Loew's future looks likely to remain unclear for several days.
Loew and his squad landed in Frankfurt, where captain Manuel Neuer told reporters that the players are "furious with ourselves" and insisted that the debacle was "nothing to do with the coach."
Germany's loss to South Korea ended its chances of defending the title it won in 2014, making Loew's squad the fourth defending champion in the last five World Cups to be knocked out in the group stage.
German federation president Reinhard Grindel says an initial analysis of Germany's failure will be ready next week, "and then I expect the coach will talk about his future." Loew's contract runs through 2022.
Loew said that "there need to be far-reaching measures, there need to be clear changes, and now we have to discuss how we do that." He offered no details.