FIFA World Cup: Germany Eager to End Third-Place Curse

Germany finished as semi-finalists in the last two editions of the FIFA World Cup and were runners-up in 2002, with their last title triumph coming way back in 1990.

updated: May 26, 2014 11:21 IST
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Germany head to Brazil aiming to end their 24-year wait for a fourth World Cup title with captain Philipp Lahm insisting he is sick of finishing third.

Consecutive semi-final defeats have led to Germany taking bronze at both of the last two World Cups with Lahm in the side and it is 12 years since the Germans lost the 2002 final to Brazil in Yokohama, Japan.

"I do not want to go out in the semi-finals again or visit Brazil just to soak up the sun," insisted Lahm after a decade in the Germany team.

"I have a clear goal, to achieve the biggest possible success and win the World Cup."

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